Say Hello to Summer Giveaway

by Marie June 24, 2014
Say Hello Summer Giveaway

It’s time to Say Hello to Summer! We are giving away a Cedar Play Set PLUS other amazing prizes! Read below to find out how to EASILY enter for your chance to WIN! Hello Summer Giveaway! Win a Cedar Play set and MORE! Thanks to all the sites who donated to make this giveaway happen, helping summer […]

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Crafting With Kids: Paper Tube People

by Francine June 24, 2014
Paper Tube People by Francine Clouden for Make and Takes-24

This idea was inspired by the book Poupées Marionettes et Pantins by Ilse Strobl-Wohlschalger, a vintage craft book from 1968. These paper tube people are easy to make and are fun for small world play! My five year old really enjoyed crafting these up with me, and he managed all the steps by himself. Supplies […]

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Tin Can Toss Game + Free Printables

by Marie June 23, 2014
Tin Can Toss Game to Play with Kids

Guest post by Lauren of Blue Goose Boutique and LaurenMckinsey.com With July 4th just around the corner I thought that it would be fun to share with you one of my favorite outdoor games. The supplies needed for this game are simple and more than likely lying around your home. This game, tin can toss, is […]

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The Wonder Wheel of Color Book

by Marie June 20, 2014
Wonder Wheel of Color book

I think summer calls for lots and lots of color! Kids can find that with this fun and bright new book, The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color! It’s filled with over 20 activities, worksheets, and games to get your kids crafting in all kinds of colors. The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color shows you […]

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Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars

by Rachel June 19, 2014
Soft and Gooey Loaded Smores Bars

Let’s talk about smores for a second. Do you love them as much as I do? Smores are probably 90% of the reason I go camping…is that bad? When I saw these soft and gooey loaded smores bars from Averie Cooks, I ran to my cupboards to see if I had all of the ingredients to […]

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Strawberry Ice Cream with a Graham Cracker Crust + Blendtec Blender Giveaway

by Marie June 18, 2014
Strawberry Ice Cream with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

It’s that time of year when strawberries from the garden are just begging to be picked, frozen, and blended into a delicious dessert! We’re baking a homemade graham cracker crust and topping it with a homemade strawberry ice cream… Bam! Just like that, summer is here! I’m partnering with Blendtec for today’s recipe. They sent me […]

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Check Out the Craft Test Dummies Blog

by Rachel June 17, 2014
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Meet Jenny Rohrs of Craft Test Dummies! She is a wife, mom, social media consultant, and one creative craftista! Craft Test Dummies is all about giving it’s readers the low down on new craft products, the best crafters and websites, and the tried and true techniques for crafting. Craft Test Dummies gives really helpful and […]

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12 Super-Sunny Summer Solstice Crafts

by Amy June 16, 2014
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This coming Saturday, June 21, marks the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve certainly been noticing the early sunrise and late sunset as we get closer to summer’s official start. My girls love any reason to celebrate, so we love to pay our tribute to the sun with a day of […]

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101 Kids Activities Book + Fizzing Sidewalk Paint

by Marie June 12, 2014
101 Kids Activities Book

What would you say to having access to 101 kids activities? Yes, please! The amazing blogging duo of Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of Kids Activities Blog have just published their first book 101 Kids Activities! It’s available NOW for purchase! These moms know how to get crafty with their kids, they share so many […]

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Watercolor Flags for the 4th of July

by Marie June 11, 2014
Watercolor Paper Plates with an American Flag for the 4th of July

If you’re celebrating the upcoming 4th of July holiday, get out the watercolors and create a fun decoration to give your holiday party a festive look. We’ve done these painted plates with rainbow colors, now we’re painting with red and blue to craft a fun American Flag! These plates are the perfect craft for a kids table or even […]

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Neon Summer Crochet Clutch With T-Shirt Yarn

by Francine June 10, 2014
Neon Crochet Summer Clutch from T-shirt Yarn by Francine Clouden for Make & Takes-21

Nothing says summer like a pop of neon! Whip up this crochet clutch in an afternoon with neon t-shirt yarn. This fun clutch gives you just the pop of color you need to make your summer accessorizing complete! Supplies for a Summer Crochet Clutch: T-shirt yarn in two colors – make your own or these are […]

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Negative Shape Collages

by Amy June 9, 2014
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Are your kids on summer break yet? I have yet another paper-scrap-busting project for you and your kids, perfect for a summer crafting session. For a twist on the good ol’ cut and glue paper collage, we’re leaving a shape uncovered for a cool negative space effect. I love how they turned out! Supplies for […]

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What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

by Marie June 6, 2014
What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

Oh, the beach. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Do you feel the same? My husband and I recently spent a week at the beach in Hawaii, Maui to be exact, taking a second honeymoon. So very relaxing and healing to sit and do nothing on the beach! Although… I did miss my […]

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Wise Craft Handmade Book

by Marie June 5, 2014
Wise Craft Handmade Book

If there’s one blog I can remember reading as probably one of the first I ever laid eyes on years ago, it’s Wise Craft. Blair Stocker is the author of this amazingly authentic and creative blog, always creating art and craft from the heart. Well, she’s come out with her first book and it’s right […]

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Super Fun Tie Dyed Rice Krispie Treats

by Rachel June 5, 2014
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School is out, and summer is here! These tie dyed rice krispie treats look like such a fun summer kid’s activity to do in the kitchen! They are so colorful and delicious looking! I can’t wait to try this activity with my nieces and nephews! Get the recipe over on In Katrina’s Kitchen! Here are more […]

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Lazy Summer Lunch Ideas

by Amy June 4, 2014
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This post could have been called ‘Encouraging Independence in the Kitchen’ or ‘Lunches Young Kids Can Make’, but let’s be honest – I am simply feeling lazy about fixing lunches now that summer vacation has hit our house! Here are some ideas that are working for us, and many of them do have the added […]

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Southwest Summer Giveaway for a Family Getaway!

by Marie June 3, 2014
Win 4 Southwest Round Trip Tickets

Summer is here! Even in Seattle, the sun is shining bright and it’s fabulous! It’s making me excited to prep for summer trips. Do you have plans for a summer getaway? Maybe I can help. I’ve joined up with Southwest Airlines to bring you an amazing summer giveaway… one winner will receive 4 roundtrip tickets […]

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Crochet Sun Coasters for Summer Parties

by Marie June 2, 2014
Crochet Sun Coasters Free Pattern to Make

Summer is upon us and those backyard parties are a comin’! Stitch up these fun Crochet Sun Coasters to add a little summer flare to your party. We’ve also made crochet watermelon coasters, those would be fun for summer sippin’ too! I like using the Sugar and Cream yarn as it’s 100% cotton and soaks up the […]

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25 Chapter Books for Summer Reading

by Matt May 30, 2014
25 Chapter Books for Summer Reading Tweens

I have taken some of my favorite books and put them into this list for summer. Some of them are magic, some are adventure, all of them are books you will have fun with in the sun. These books are appropriate for ages 8-13. Here are 25 books to choose for your summer reading: 1. Cheesie Mack […]

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Making Hair Bows with Minnie

by Marie May 29, 2014
Making Hair Bows with Minnie in Paris

How fun is this new book, Minnie in Paris? Minnie is invited to bring her hair bows to showcase at the fashion show in Paris, oh la la! My girls are all about crafts and fashion, so this book fit in with our family perfectly! I love seeing this entrepreneurial spirit in Minnie, making handmade product to present at […]

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