Photoshop Free DIY Silhouettes

by Marie April 4, 2013
DIY silhouettes nap time novels

Silhouettes are such fun mementos of childhood, I swear my mom still has ours from when we were kids done at Disneyland years ago! This DIY silhouette tutorial I found at the M&T Spotlight from Naptime Novels looks super simple and no Photoshop necessary, bonus!  More DIY home decor links below: DIY jewelry organization DIY chalkboard wreath […]

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Easy Dish Towel Wrapped Housewarming Gift

by Danyelle April 4, 2013
Dish towel wrapping for gifts

Giving gifts to friends and neighbors is one of my very favorite things to do. What can I say, it’s one of my love languages. Can you think of a better gift to give or receive than a nice warm fresh loaf of homemade bread? Me either. That’s why I came up with this simple […]

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Our Favorite Kids’ Cookbook: Honest Pretzels

by Amy April 3, 2013
Honest Pretzels Kids' Cookbook

My girls love to help prepare meals for the family. From mixing batter to tearing lettuce to scrambling eggs, they are always eager to learn a new skill or master a new recipe. We have a number of kids’ cookbooks, but our favorite by far is the adorable (and delicious) Honest Pretzels by Mollie Katzen. […]

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Making Marbled Paper With the Kids

by Marie April 2, 2013
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Easy and fun always get my vote when it comes to projects with the kids. I saw this tutorial from MJB for marbled paper at the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought it would definitely fit the criteria. Looks a little messy but what kid doesn’t love that?! More fun with paper here: Paint chip […]

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Simple Fabric Mosaic Artwork for Kids

by Caroline Urdaneta April 1, 2013
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I am constantly looking for great artwork for my home so it’s no wonder that I love it when my kids make awesome things! Children’s artwork doesn’t just have to be restricted to the refrigerator for display. In fact, some of the best artwork in my home was created by my children. The trick to […]

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The Artful Parent Resource Book

by Marie March 30, 2013
Artful Parent Book review

I love a good kids craft book and I’m so excited about this one from Jean of The Artful Parent. I’ve been following her blog since I started blogging and her site is filled with so many fabulous ideas. It’s all about being creative and bringing art back into our kids lives. So I was […]

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Crocheting a Chain Stitch Snake

by Marie March 29, 2013
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One of the easiest projects for crochet has got to be my cute little chain stitch snake. You can’t mess it up. And it’s a great way to practice your chain stitching, helping you feel confident in your crocheting, producing something that resembles a real thing! Follow along with my pattern below. Sssssss…

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Organizing Art Projects and School Papers

by Marie March 28, 2013
Decorating Better Binders

I love office products. They scream organization, and as a mother of 3, I need one of everything to keep my life in order. So I’m happy to partner with Staples, an M&T sponsor, on a few projects for this year and they are all about organization. First up are these fabulous new Better Binders. […]

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Dyed And Speckled Eggs For Easter

by Marie March 27, 2013
dyed and speckled easter eggs

Easter is in a few short days, can you believe it? Expand your egg dying skills with this cool tutorial from Homework for dyed and speckled eggs I spotted at the Make and Takes Spotlight. More Easter excitement below: Little Q-Tip bunny Easter chalkboard cards Neon puffy paint Easter eggs *Submit your projects to the […]

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Organize the Holiday Chaos with Easter Crafts

by Marie March 27, 2013
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This weekend, you’ll want to load up on a few activities for the kids. Between the Easter Bunny and decorating eggs, you might have a few kids bouncing off the walls. Give a few of these Easter crafts and activities a try to organize the chaos! Click on the image below to take you to […]

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Cropped Artwork – Displaying Abstract Pieces

by Melissa March 26, 2013
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After working on the gallery wall for my bedroom, I had an idea. An idea that I’ve used in some of my work in the past and that I’ve seen in the work of my friend, Annie. It’s like a peek-a-boo for abstract art – for your own or your child’s creations. It’s so easy! Let’s […]

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Spring Card Craft Using Melted Beads

by Marie March 25, 2013
melted beads chica circle

Perler beads can be used for lots of fun activities with the kids. Try melting them into fun shapes using pipe cleaners as molds like this tutorial from Club Chica I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight. You could even glue them onto cards and send to your favorite friends for a fun […]

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Use Up Your Scraps To Make This DIY Fabric Tape

by Marie March 24, 2013
DIY fabric tape

I saw this DIY fabric tape from Bee-Inspired at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think it would be such a genius way to use up all those awesome bits of fabric too big to throw away and too small to do anything else with. What do you think? More fun with fabric scraps: Embroidery […]

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For the Love of the Granny Square

by Marie March 22, 2013
Granny Square Colors and Patterns

I have finally mastered the ever popular crochet pattern, The Granny Square! But these days, there are so many fabulous patterns, colors, and tutorials… these are not your granny’s squares! This style of crochet is my new obsession. It’s addicting to keep crocheting in a round. Your edges always come out straight, or circle if […]

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Yarn Egg Wreath is Pretty Perfect for Easter

by Marie March 21, 2013
yarn egg wreath

Easter is around the corner, and spring too hopefully! Get in the spirit by making this pretty adorable yarn egg wreath from the Sweet Survival I found over at the Make and Takes Spotlight.   More great Easter links below: Q-tip bunny for Easter Neon puffy paint Easter eggs Easter bunting with plastic eggs Plastic […]

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An Ecological Easter Basket?!?

by Sabrena March 21, 2013
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This is not a joke.  I double-chocolate-bunny-dare you to think beyond plastic pastel eggs coupled with yellow and pink Peeps this year and incorporate a little more green into your celebration of Spring. Let’s give our Easter baskets a makeover! The Grass is Always Greener It’s unfortunate that so many of us associate that creepy […]

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Healthy Potato Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing

by Lindsey March 20, 2013
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I don’t care much for mayo-based potato salads. While I like a creamy dressing, the mayo feels a bit too heavy to me. So usually I opt for a salad more along the lines of a German potato salad made with an herb vinaigrette. Think of this as a healthified potato salad–but one that doesn’t […]

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Easter Egg Yarn Art

by Marie March 19, 2013
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As you may already know, we’re big fans of yarn! Today we’re sharing something fun for Easter and making some art to display. We’ve done this style of art before for a Christmas yarn art piece, now we’re crafting with eggs for Easter. You can get really creative with your colors and shapes for your […]

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Teeny Tiny Pipe Cleaner Bunnies

by Amy March 18, 2013
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My girls love both crafts and teeny tiny things, so these sweet little pipe cleaner bunnies are the perfect spring project for our house. I think they are taking over the dollhouse as we speak, turning it into an Easter wonderland. So fun! Once you get the hang of making these little bunnies, you can […]

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DIY Ruffled Party Streamers For The Win

by Marie March 14, 2013
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Streamers make a party right? So take that business up a notch by making them ruffled, yeah, RUFFLED STREAMERS. I found this tutorial from Pizzazzerie at the Make and Takes Spotlight and I’m feeling like I ought to give this a try! More party decor links below: Rainbow birthday party ideas Milestone birthday countdown Butterfly […]

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