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Creamy Tropical Smoothie, Sunshine in a Glass

+-*Is it back-to-school time in your house? We’re still trying to hang on to that summer feeling around here for a few more weeks. And, what goes better with summer than a cold, tropical drink? My girls love smoothies, and… Continue Reading →

Back to School DIY: Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers

+-*Can you believe that school is almost back in session? I finally bought supplies this week and can I just tell you how hard it was to not spend money on all the adorable apple-shaped erasers and staplers and tape… Continue Reading →

Hosting Another Year of SocialLuxe Lounge

+-*Last week I wrapped up another fun and fabulous SocialLuxe Lounge in the heart of Chicago! Here I am again with my two lovely partners, Allison and Jane, posing in my signature move… Jazz Hands! Here are just a few of… Continue Reading →

Hanging Mason Jar DIY Shelf Project

+-*My house could use a once over in the organizing department. That’s why this fabulous project for Hanging Glass Jar Shelves from Hilda Blue caught my eye over at the MT Spotlight. This is a perfect way to use up… Continue Reading →

Sticker Storybook Starters

+-*We are big fans of stickers. But sometimes they are over and done with too quickly. So we’re making Sticker Storybook Starters to get creative and help them last a little longer. These little story book starters are a perfect… Continue Reading →

Eric Carle Caterpillar Clothespin Craft

+-*You already know caterpillars are super cool creatures. Well, I spotted this over at the MT Spotlight by Evelyn of The Bottomsup Blog! She’s created this darling caterpillar clothespin to craft and celebrate Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The kids… Continue Reading →

How to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

+-*I’m thrilled to be guest posting over at the Reading Rainbow blog, yes, that Reading Rainbow! Did you grow up watching LeVar Burton on PBS showcasing all kinds of new and exciting books to read? I loved it. I had the… Continue Reading →

PBS Crafts for Kids Video Series with Salsa Pie

+-*We love our MT contributor Caroline of Salsa Pie, don’t we?! She’s always coming up with fabulously creative ideas for home and family here at Make and Takes. And over at her darling blog… check her out! Caroline has just… Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

+-*Banana bread is a comfort food. Sweet, dense, and full of bright flavor, the bread has a way of cheering people up and turning a bad day around. The scent of the baking bread infusing a home calms tempers and… Continue Reading →

DIY Ombre Napkins: Great Upcylce Project!

+-*We stopped using paper napkins in my home about 8 years ago. Both my husband and I felt like it was not only a “greener” move but also, cloth napkins work so much better. Plus, they are prettier too! Sometimes… Continue Reading →

Keeping Kids Engaged on Long Road Trips

+-*We’ve been road trippin’! I mentioned back a bit ago that we were headed on a road trip to see our cousins who live 12 hours away. Well, we made it to our destination and our Road Trip Grab Bags… Continue Reading →

Glam Up Plastic Animals for Cool Decor

+-*Yes, I’m loving the plastic animal re-fashion craze! There are so many creative ways to upcycle these fun and fabulous plastic animals. A super cheap and easy way to decorate. I love this Gold Coated Horse from Suburble I came… Continue Reading →

Staying Active All Summer with Eat Blog Run

+-*As some of you may know, I also have a healthy-lifestyle blog called, Eat Blog Run. I have the opportunity of managing it with these 2 lovely people: Heather of Rookie Moms and Christine of Boston Mamas. Here we are… Continue Reading →

Raising Safe Swimmers for Family Fun

+-*I started swimming competitively when I was ten years old.  Twenty five years later–after Country Club Meets, swim team in high school and a few triathalons in my history–I can also add more than 10 years teaching swim lessons as… Continue Reading →

Fun and Silly Writing with Sticker Rebus Stories

+-*We always seem to have an abundance of stickers around the house. One of our favorite projects to do with stickers is creating sticker rebus stories. Sticker stories are a great way to get the creative juices flowing for young… Continue Reading →

Road Trip Grab Bags for Traveling with Kids

+-*We’re planning a big lonnnnnng road trip with the kids to go visit some of our cousins. As we’re excited to see family, I tend to dread the car drive to get there. But this year, partnered with the Post-it… Continue Reading →

Let’s Scream for… Sunscreen?!?!

+-*With a simple Google Search for “Best Sunscreens” I find fashion mag “Allure” saying: “SPF is just one factor in choosing (and wearing) a sunscreen. How a sunblock smells, feels, and works with your makeup determines whether you’ll actually rub… Continue Reading →

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Crispy Treats

+-*Whether sandwiched between chocolate and graham crackers or eaten plain, toasted marshmallows have become a part of the culture of summer. Gathered around a campfire, a few sticks and a bag of marshmallows can complete a enjoyable evening between friends… Continue Reading →

Make a Name Memory Game

+-*This week has been hot, hot, hot in my neck of the woods. We’re talking temperatures above 100 degrees and friends, that is just too hot for me and my children. We like to swim but when it gets too… Continue Reading →

Decorating Frisbees for a Summer Party Craft

+-*My girls always want to have a craft project at their birthday parties. Since we usually have boy and girl guests of various ages at our parties, the craft needs to be simple and doable for multiple ages and interests…. Continue Reading →

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