Make a Bits & Pieces Springtime Garland

by Francine March 25, 2014
Bits and Pieces Springtime garland and photo string by Francine Clouden-7

Now that Spring is officially here, it’s time to open up the windows, clear out the clutter and add some fresh and lively decor! You can get a start with this bits and pieces garland that is super simple to put together. Plus it’s a stash buster! Supplies needed for a Springtime Garland: An assortment […]

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Vogue Knitting Live Seattle

by Marie March 24, 2014
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Last week I left my crochet hook at home to join the knitting craze at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle! It was so much fun. Yarn was found in every corner of the venue, even hanging from the rafters! I loved learning about so many great yarn and knitting companies, listening to fashion trends and panels, […]

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The Cutest DIY A-Frame Tent

by Rachel March 23, 2014
A-Frame-Tent

This a-frame tent is so adorable! The tutorial from Cakies for a DIY a-frame tent makes the best play place for little kids. They can read, nap, and play pretend in these awesome little tents. Follow the instructions and make one for your kiddos! Here are more DIY projects for kids to play with: DIY […]

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Craft Supplies Curated for a Cause

by Marie March 21, 2014
Pipe Cleaner Supplies

I’m happy to be sharing another fun collection for crafts at eBay, supporting the March of Dimes campaign to Curate for a Cause #imbornto. This campaign is all about how we are born to do something great. I really believe I was born to craft. I love everything about craft supplies. I am giddy in a craft store, […]

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Magazine Fiend — and Green?

by Sabrena March 20, 2014
magazine stack

Yes, we all know that reading our favorite publications online saves more paper than having a print copy in hand; but the reality is, sometimes it’s nice to curl up with a copy of celebrity gossip (if you’re my husband on a plane trip), a parenting pub or check out the latest in design or […]

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Chicken Caesar Pita Pockets

by Marie March 19, 2014
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I love a good pita pocket sandwich. But I also love a good chicken caesar salad. So I thought it would be a winning combination to serve them both together, yum! I’ve partnered with Marzetti® to help make these extra special with their Simply Dressed® Caesar Salad Dressing. It’s perfectly paired with these pita pockets! Recipe for […]

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13 Tricks for an April Fool’s Day Treat

by Rachel March 18, 2014
13 April Fools Day Treats for Kids

Do you get tricked on April Fool’s Day or do you do the tricking? Either way, I’ve rounded up 13 tricks for an April Fool’s Day treats! These are silly, funny, and everyone involved will love it! 1. A Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Sundae: Martha Stewart shows us how to make this savory side dish […]

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Pretty Paper Daffodils

by Amy March 17, 2014
paper-daffodils

Spring is coming! Whether your yard is already blooming (like ours here in California), or you’re still waiting for the snow to melt, it’s definitely time to brighten up the indoors with some springtime crafts. Yay! Our first official crafts of the season are these pretty paper daffodils, with frilly 3-D centers. These are such […]

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Get Ready for a March Mania Giveaway

by Marie March 14, 2014
Fort Magic 6-Frames

Time for a spring fling giveaway! I’m thrilled to offer you some amazing gifts from amazing M&T Sponsors, wahoo!! Make sure to read through each one and enter at the bottom to win! Fort Magic Imagination Kit: Fort Magic is an patented fort building and construction toy that enables children to build 3D, kid-created, “life-size” worlds for inventive play! Children can […]

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Little Love Notes for Lunch

by Marie March 13, 2014
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I’ve been realizing lately how fast my kids are growing up. Our life is busy and it’s all flying by too fast, but I’m trying to make every moment count. I know how important it is to make sure my kids know I love them, so I’m been adding little bits of love everywhere I […]

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Super Trendy Color Blocked Dipped Spoons

by Rachel March 13, 2014
DIY Dipped Color Blocked Spoons

I love big bright pops of color! This DIY color blocked dipped spoons tutorial is the perfect gift idea for a bridal shower, Mother’s Day, or just a friend’s birthday. Jordan from The Happy Homebodies gives us the step-by-step instructions on how to make them ourselves! I just adore this craft project! Here are more […]

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Curating Crochet for a Cause

by Marie March 12, 2014
Crochet Cowl on eBay

I’m collaborating with eBay on a fabulous March of Dimes campaign to Curate for a Cause #imbornto. Everyone is born to be something great… for me, it’s crochet! Ha! I’m just having so much fun with it. And to make it even better, this week is National Crochet Week, so get out your yarn and hook and […]

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Party in a Jar Twitter Party

by Marie March 12, 2014
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Come celebrate the upcoming release of Party in a Jar, See Vanessa Craft’s fun new craft book for kids, at a Twitter party on March 21st (1pm MST/3pm EST)! We’ll also be chatting all about crafting with kids and Step2 will be giving out some awesome prizes. Make sure to follow Step2 on Facebook and […]

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Make a Mini Paper Album From Scratch

by Francine March 11, 2014
4x6 MiniBook from Scratch by Francine Clouden at Make & Takes-14

I’m always looking for simple ways to document family memories, aside from regular scrapbooking pages, and mini-albums or mini-books are great for recording an event or trip. Plus they make great gifts too! I also prefer to make my own books to suit my photos and story, so I came up with a quick and […]

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Quick and Easy Envelope Hand Puppets

by Amy March 10, 2014
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I love craft projects that can be carried off and used for playtime, and puppets are the perfect craft for sparking some creative pretend play. We had great fun making these super-simple and adorable puppets using envelopes and other supplies we found around the house. Start by sealing your envelope and cutting it in half. […]

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Rainbow Colored Pasta Bracelets

by Marie March 8, 2014
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How about a rainbow colored pasta bracelet for spring? Perfect timing for a simple craft with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and the coming of spring! We’ve colored pasta before and made necklaces with yarn. This time we’re using pipe cleaners and following the rainbow pattern as we bead our pasta. *See our post […]

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We’re On the Rainbow Loom Bracelet Train

by Marie March 7, 2014
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We have boarded the Rainbow Loom train and can’t get enough! With 3 children, it was bound to be a hit at our house. Although, I have to admit I’ve been making just as many as my kids! These bracelets are great for gifts to give to friends or to wear a different one every day, or […]

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17 DIY Lucky Rainbow Crafts to Make

by Rachel March 6, 2014
17 DIY Lucky Rainbows to Make Felt Rainbow Magnet

Spring is coming! It’s just around the corner. Which also means St. Patrick’s Day is soon too! St. Patrick’s Day crafts are so much fun. Pots of gold, rainbows, and leprechauns! I have found 17 DIY lucky rainbow crafts to get creative with your kids! These rainbows will definitely put a smile on your face! 1. […]

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5 Ways to Eat a Rainbow (minus the food coloring!)

by Amy March 5, 2014
Rainbow fruit cups

March is our favorite rainbow-spotting month! Whether you are planning a special St. Patrick’s Day meal or celebrating the coming of spring, a colorful rainbow-inspired meal is a fun way to cook alongside your kids. I can never bring myself to use oodles of food coloring in my kids’ meals, so I’m looking to the […]

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Book Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl

by Matt March 4, 2014
The BFG by Roald Dahl Book Review

I’m thrilled to officially introduce you to my superhero son, Matt. He’s been part of this blog since it’s beginning with kids crafts, and a craft video as well. He’s my little bookworm and I’m happy to have him sharing reviews each month for some of his favorite books. I’m going to let him take […]

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