Valentine’s Day Countdown – Start Today!

by Marie February 1, 2013

Looking for a fun Valentine countdown to do with the kids? I’ve got a free printable! Click here to get your Valentine Countdown printable and download to get started on your 14 Acts of Love.

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These Sweetie Pies Are A Perfect Treat For Valentine’s Day

by Marie February 1, 2013
sweetie pies

Looking for a fun Valentine’s Treat? I spotted these sweetie pies from the Farm Chicks at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think they’d hit that nail right on the head! More Valentine’s Day fun: Sophisticated brownie sundae Cutting symmetrical hearts Heart shaped leis *submit your links to the Make and Takes Spotlight for the […]

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DIY Fabric Bows are “Sew” Cute

by Marie January 31, 2013
fabric bows

Looking for an easy sewing project? These fabric bows from Simply Homemade I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight look like a good place to start. They’d be cute on anyone or added to anything! More Simple Sewing Projects Below:  Drawstring Bags Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art Easy Hooded Bath Towel

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Crafting Angry LOVE Birds

by Marie January 30, 2013
Angry LOVE Birds

We’ve had a lot of fun with our cute little pom-pom Angry Birds craft. I thought it only fitting that we make some LOVE birds for Valentine’s too! But don’t be fooled, this one is still angry and gonna get those pigs! Supplies for Angry LOVE Birds: yarn – pink, purple, or red 2 googly […]

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Heart-Shaped Friendship Bracelets

by Marie January 29, 2013
Heart Foam Bracelets Make and Takes for Kids Book

I’m happy to be able to share a fun and simple craft with you from my book, Make and Takes for Kids! It’s a great one for Valentine’s, getting the kids crafty and in the giving spirit with a few fun heart-shaped friendship bracelets. Supplies for Heart Shaped Foam Friendship Bracelets: Craft foam sheets in […]

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Every Kid Loves A Car Wash!

by Marie January 28, 2013
bubble bath car wash

In desperate need of a fun and easy activity to keep your little ones busy? This super fun bubble bath car wash from What Do We Do All Day jumped out at me from the Make and Takes Spotlight Page. Super easy and tons of fun!   A few more fun activities for kids: 3D […]

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Friendship Bracelets Make For The Perfect Valentine

by Marie January 26, 2013
dandee friendship bracelets

I am dying with love for these sweet little Valentine’s Day friendship bracelets from Dandee Designs I found over at the M&T Spotlight! Don’t you think they’d be so much fun? More unique Valentine’s below: Cute and crafty little love birds Robot Valentine’s Valentine’s heart letter match game *Submit your project to the M&T Spotlight […]

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Heart Stamped Gift Bags for Valentines

by Marie January 25, 2013
Heart Stamped Gift Bags

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, can you feel the love? I can! And I’m planning to give a little love to a few of my friends for Valentines. I’ve been a little obsessed with crochet lately, if you haven’t seen on my instagram, and I’m gifting some of my scarf creations. Which there […]

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Pipe Cleaner Paper Clip Hearts

by Marie January 24, 2013
Pipe Cleaner Heart Paper Clips

Pipe cleaners and hearts just seem to go together. We’ve made rings, love goggles, and now these super sweet paper clips. They are perfect for attaching all kinds of paper. I bet there’s a teacher or two who would love a set of these for Valentines! Supplies for Paper Clip Hearts: 1 pipe cleaner scissors […]

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DIY Wine Cork Stamps Have All The Fun!

by Marie January 24, 2013
wine cork stamps

I can’t think of a better way to repurpose those corks then by making a few of these awesome DIY stamps from Bespangled! I found this project while skimming the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought it looked like lots of fun! What stamps would you create from these cooky corks?

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3 Ways to Discourage Bullying at School

by Marie January 23, 2013
kids at school

I’ve partnered up with Secret and their Mean Stinks campaign, and I couldn’t be happier to share how to help our kids keep the mean out of schools, cuz it stinks! We all want happy kids at school! Here are a few things I do to help talk to my kids about school and bullying. […]

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Cute Coasters Made From Recycled T-Shirts

by Marie January 22, 2013
yard braided coasters

Coasters are one of those things you never think you need until you do…how about these cute braided ones I came across on the Make and Takes Spotlight page? Made from recycled t-shirts, these come together super easy! More fun t-shirt and fabric projects: Simple sewing t-shirt bags Freezer stencil pillowcase Painted T-Shirts With Acrylic […]

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Add Some Glitter to Your Plain Mat Frames

by Melissa January 22, 2013

Hi there! This is Celeste from Few Blocks East filling in for Melissa Esplin while she gets ready for Alt Summit. I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to customize framing. Framing as a process is so expensive, and matting is no exception. So when I need something framed, I almost always look for […]

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Make Some Magic With These Macaroni Snowflakes

by Marie January 21, 2013
macaroni snowflakes

Dig into your pantry for all the supplies you’ll need to make these awesome macaroni snowflakes from Katy Elliot spotted over at the Make and Takes Spotlight. I love it when I don’t have to make an extra trip to the store for crafting supplies don’t you? You could even paint and add glitter to […]

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Silly Symmetrical Mitten Art

by Amy January 21, 2013
Silly Symmetrical Mittens Craft

Brr! We’ve been having some super chilly days around here. But, the sun is shining, so we bundle-up and head outside anyway. Thank goodness for warm hats, scarves, and mittens! When we’ve had enough cold, we come inside, drink something warm, and settle in with a book, a game, or an art project. Here’s one […]

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Bust the Boredom with This Pool Noodle Marble Run!

by Marie January 19, 2013
marble run

Going a little stir-crazy stuck inside with the kids? Break out the pool noodles and make this super awesome marble run from Inner Child Fun I spotted via the Make and Takes Spotlight! More great activities with the kids: Edible Playdough DIY I Spy Photobooks Photo Scavenger Hunts

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Be (more) Green in Twenty-Thirteen

by Sabrena January 17, 2013
"Saving Planet Earth" may mean something different to this guy, but we're all Superheroes when we take care of our planet

The new year can be a time of undue stress and anxiety for me. I’m a goal setter, a list maker AND an altruist: which basically means I could be the poster child for “Resolutions.” There were plenty of articles about goals for greening up your New Year, but one that stood out – Kiera […]

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Ham and Cheese Puff Pancake

by Lindsey January 16, 2013

We have breakfast for dinner about once a week, sometimes more if my husband or I have a lot going on. It’s easy and the kids always enjoy it. This recipe for Ham and Cheese Puff Pancake is something that rolls dinner and breakfast into one. If you don’t have ham, you could definitely use […]

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Getting Creative with Kid’s Veggie Plates

by Marie January 15, 2013
Sunflower Veggies

We are a family who loves our veggies. I don’t know where my kids came from, but all three of them eat their vegetables, even the brussel sprouts. But to help spice things up a bit and get a little creative, we’re making silly vegetable shapes on our plates for an after school snack. I […]

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All About Me: Adjective Self-Portraits for Kids

by Amy January 14, 2013
Adjective self-portraits for kids

At least once a year, I do a self-portrait art project with my daughters. I love having a collection of paintings, drawings, and collages of how they see themselves at different ages. For one of our recent self-portrait projects, we made adjective self-portraits. The girls had great fun brainstorming words to describe their looks, personality, […]

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