Holiday ABC Series: G is for Gingerbread

by Amy December 5, 2012
Gingerbread boy and girl pizzas

We have no trouble getting our share of sweets during the month of December. It’s the healthy foods we have to be sure to make room for! Here’s a fun hands-on lunch or dinner activity to make with your kiddos – gingerbread boy and girl pizzas. Cute and delicious, and perfect for our Holiday ABC […]

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Holiday ABC Series: F is for Frosty

by Marie December 4, 2012

We are at the Letter F for our Holiday ABC series. There’s all kinds of things for F: family, friends, fun. But today I’ve chosen to highlight a few fun snowman crafts we’ve done in the past celebrating our good friend, Frosty the Snowman. Paper Tube Snowman Stamps: Frosty is the perfect creation with paper tubes […]

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Tinsel Snowflake Gift Topper

by Danyelle December 4, 2012

Every year about this time I start dreaming up how I’ll wrap up our Christmas gifts. While wandering through the craft store about a month ago I spied some silver tinsel pipe cleaners and thought they would be the perfect material to work with to create some inexpensive gift toppers. I love the way the […]

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Holiday ABC Series: E is for Elf

by Marie December 3, 2012
Little Elf Ear Craft

We are celebrating our Holiday ABC series with the letter E and Elves. I’ve got a few little mischievous elves at my house, so I thought it would be perfect to let them dress up as my elf helpers. We’ve made these fun pointy ears before with Leprechauns, but they work perfectly for Santa’s elves […]

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Holiday ABC Series: D is for Dipped Desserts

by Marie December 2, 2012
Dipping Desserts for Holiday Gifts

We’re at the letter D for our Holiday ABC series. D is for dipped desserts and we’re dipping all sorts of things to gift for presents to friends and neighbors. This is one of my favorite ways to make treats for giving. Supplies for Dipping Desserts for Gifts: chocolate chips, colored chocolates in red and […]

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Baking for the Holidays and a Just Ask KitchenAid Giveaway

by Marie December 1, 2012

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Congrats to Maggie!! We’ll contact you for details. It’s that time of year to bring out the holiday decor, we’re starting today. And with that comes all the memories as we put up the tree, hang each ornament, and start making holiday treats. This is […]

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Holiday ABC Series: C is for Candy Cane Cards

by Marie November 30, 2012
Candy Cane Christmas Card

We’re now onto the letter C for Candy Canes, in our Holiday ABC series! We’re stitching up a candy cane card with a white pipe cleaner and red thread. I love to hand-stitch cards and have shared a lot of card patterns on the blog. But if you’re never done this before, this is a great […]

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Movember Wrap-up + MustacheBombing

by Marie November 30, 2012
Movember MustacheBombing

Today, my friends, is the last day of Movember. And I’m a little sad to say goodbye. I’m not sure if I’m too sad to see this man’s mustache go, my husband Jordan below, but I will miss all the Mustache Bombing shenanigans! – this pic is from our fun Movember Mustache Dache race, more pics […]

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Holiday ABC Series: B is for Bells

by Marie November 29, 2012
Silver Bells Tree Framed

We’re now on to the letter B for our Holiday ABC series, B is for Bells. Be sure to check out our A for Advent. There are so many fun things you can do with bells. We’ve made bell ornaments, bell shakers, and bell ribbon rings. This time I decided to make a fun framed […]

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Rustic Modern Jewelry Organization

by Melissa November 28, 2012

Organizing and decorating has been on the mind for the last 6 years as we’ve jumped around from place to place. I’m excited that Chris and I are finally in a place where I can put holes in the walls and keep stuff on the walls for more than 6-12 months! To try and motivate […]

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iMac Computer & $500 Gift Card Giveaway

by Marie November 27, 2012
ultimate-holiday-giveaway featured

Twelve of the most popular bloggers in food, craft, home, and lifestyle join forces this holiday season to bring you THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY. This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Our winners are: The winner of the iMac is: Lacey Earls Swaim The winner of the $500 Visa Card is: Angela […]

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Holiday ABC Series: A is for Advent

by Marie November 27, 2012
Dry Erase Christmas Advent Countdown Calendar

We’re starting off our Holiday ABC’s with the letter A and an advent project, helping countdown to Christmas with festive activities. One reason I love this advent below is that we can use it year after year. By using a dry erase marker and metal surface, we can simply change up the activities by wiping […]

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Counting Down December with Holiday ABC’s

by Marie November 25, 2012
Holiday ABC Countdown @

To help us celebrate the December holidays, and there’s quite a few, I’ve come up with a fun Holiday ABC countdown. I’ll be crafting up the holidays from A to Z throughout the next few weeks. I hope you’ll follow along! I’d love for you to share what you’re making for the holiday season in the comments […]

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Black Friday Discounts with Silhouette

by Marie November 23, 2012
blackfriday_christmas_40 with code MAT

You all know about Silhouette, right? And how their craft machines can do everything… expect maybe wash your dishes! Well, they want to make your holidays even merrier by offering you a fabulous Black Friday deal of all deals. You’ll be able to get your craft on if you go click on this link and use this coupon code: MAT! […]

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Flaky Pumpkin Biscuits with Maple Cinnamon Butter

by Lindsey November 21, 2012

Sign me up for anything with pumpkin baked into it, especially if there’s maple syrup involved. My kids were going crazy over these biscuits. I’ve seen similar recipes, but I decided to use my favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe and tweak it a little. A little less milk and a good dose of pumpkin puree, a […]

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Minimize Your Thanksgiving Plans for a Less Stressful Holiday

by Marie November 20, 2012

The lovely ladies of Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest, are sharing a new series to help us through the holidays, hooray! Thanks to these 2 super smart women, co-authors of the soon to be book, we can all take a load off this holiday season with their tips and tricks. The central theme of Minimalist Parenting: you can enjoy life […]

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Make and Takes Reading Corner: Thanksgiving Stories

by Marie November 20, 2012
Reading Corner Thanksgiving

It’s time for another episode of Make and Takes Reading Corner for the month of November. Be sure to pick these up at the library and keep them at the kids table while the turkey dinner is cookin’! Watch our video to see what are 4 of our favorite stories to read for Thanksgiving: What are […]

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Craft Shop Hop: Ugly Baby and La Ru

by Marie November 19, 2012
Ugly Baby and La Ru Shop

I’m so excited to be sharing a new feature on Make and Takes, all about crafty shops. I love to buy handmade and want to support the craft community, so I’ll be showcasing super cool shops you need to hop over to for hot crafty buys! Welcome, Ugly Baby and La Ru. It’s the brain child […]

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Tinted Paintings for an Ombre Landscape

by Amy November 19, 2012
Tinted landscape painting for kids

My girls love mixing custom paint colors for projects. Sometimes I think they like the color mixing more than the painting! Lately, we’ve been experimenting with adding white to our basic colors, creating lighter color variations called tints.  These tinted landscape paintings are a fun way for your school-age kids to experiment with mixing and […]

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Helping You Get Ready for the Holidays Giveaway

by Marie November 16, 2012
chest R desk

It’s that time of year when I get to shower you with amazing gifts from amazing M&T Sponsors for the Holiday season, wahoo!! Make sure to read through each of the fabulous prizes and enter in at the bottom to win! Chest R Desk: If you’re looking for a piece of furniture that does it […]

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