10 Ways to Celebrate Our Favorite Books

by Marie May 16, 2014
How to Celebrate Our Favorite Books

We’re big readers at our house, books seem to be coming out of our ears! Have you seen Matt’s book reviews yet? We’re having fun posting those, with more to come. As we finish a book, it’s fun to keep the love of the story alive. To help us celebrate some of our family’s favorite books, […]

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The Cutest DIY Donut Balloons

by Rachel May 15, 2014
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Ok, I am obsessed with these DIY donut balloons from Studio DIY. Aren’t they the cutest thing ever?? I just made them for my donut birthday party and had to share them with all of you! Super easy project to do and perfect for a party! Buy some donut shaped balloons and get crafting! Here […]

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Hand Stitch Embroidery Gift Tags

by Marie May 14, 2014
Hand-stitched Gift Tags @makeandtakes.com

I’ve been hand-stitching cards since waaaaaay back in the day. Embroidery was my first love. It’s such a fun craft and makes a beautiful handmade gift! See our Hand-Stitched pattern page to see all the free printable designs you can make. Now I’m turning these fun designs into mini versions for hand-stitched gift tags! These simple, […]

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Crafting With Kids: Salt “Glitter” Shape Garland

by Francine May 13, 2014
Make a Salt Glitter Shape Garland with Kids by Francine Clouden-28

Glitter isn’t a supply I use often for my own crafts because it is so messy, and I definitely don’t get it out for crafting with my son! But I wanted to do a glitter type activity with him, and had an aha moment. What if I could dye salt to make a sort of […]

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Paper Cube Sculptures

by Amy May 12, 2014
Paper Cube Sculptures

Here’s a fun craft-meets-construction activity to try, colorful paper cube sculptures. With just paper and glue, you can create 3-D cubes that can be stacked or glued together to create a larger sculpture. Once you show your kids the simple technique, they will be able to make a cube in just minutes. The only supplies you […]

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Marshmallow Straw Structures

by Marie May 9, 2014
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It’s time for a super simple craft for the kids… Marshmallow Straw Structures! Not only is this a great activity for all, it can help develop math skills, problem solving, and small motor skills. And if you use straws that are bendable, it makes for even more fabulous creations! Supplies for Marshmallow Straw Structures: large marshmallows bendable straws […]

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Decorate a Mason Jar Bank

by Marie May 8, 2014
Make a Mason Jar Money Bank

Over the years we’ve tried our best to teach our children about money, the good and the bad. Saving money is something we really try to help instill in our kids. To keep the momentum with our kids and saving, I’m sharing our mason jar bank craft my kids created for saving their allowance and birthday money! I’m […]

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Kids in the Kitchen: Made-to-Order Pizza Pasta Bowls

by Amy May 7, 2014
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My girls love make-your-own-meals, like taco night, oatmeal and toppings breakfast, or salad bar. Do your kids enjoy making personalized meals, too? Here’s a fun twist on pizza night that we have been enjoying at our house – made-to-order pizza pasta bowls. These are fun and easy to put together, perfect for a busy weekday […]

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Super Cute Patterned Dot Wall

by Rachel May 6, 2014
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How darling would this gold patterned dot wall be in your home? It could be for a nursery, kid’s room, office, bathroom, or any room! I really love this fun tutorial from Taylor Made! It doesn’t look too hard to do, which I love! Can’t wait to try it in my own home! Here are more […]

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Let’s Have a Party in a Jar

by Marie May 6, 2014
Party in a Jar by See Vanessa Craft

How fun is this darling new book Party in a Jar, from craft blogger Vanessa Coppola of See Vanessa Craft! It’s filled with so many fabulous ways to have a party in a jar – wahoo! Party in a Jar features sixteen kid-friendly craft projects that not only provide entertainment for pint-sized partygoers but also function as […]

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20+ Spring Flowers and DIY Vases to Make

by Rachel May 5, 2014
20+ Spring Flowers and DIY Vases to Make Chalk Paint Mason Jar

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year! The pretty blossoms, the light jacket weather, and the cool breeze outside make me so happy! I’ve rounded up 20+ spring flowers and DIY vases to make throughout the next few weeks of springtime to brighten things up! 1. Custom Vases: Create these custom vases that […]

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3 Ways to WOW MOM on Mother’s Day

by Marie May 3, 2014
WOW MOM cards for Mother's Day

Kids think this is the best trick in the book… MOM turns into WOW when it’s flipped upside down! Turn these tricky words into a cute card for Mother’s Day. Mom will be Wowed by the surprise! Supplies for WOW MOM cards:  cardstock paper craft foam letter stickers – M,O,M brad fasteners floral stickers markers and […]

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Make a Photo Box for Mother’s Day

by Marie May 2, 2014
Making a DIY Photo Box for Mom

Mother’s day is just around the corner. Have you found the perfect gift? If you’re still looking for something special and unique, she is going to love this darling DIY Photo Box! It’s perfect for showcasing all those instagram photos you’ve been taking of the kids… just what mom or grandma would love to receive! It also […]

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Book Review: The Origami Yoda Series

by Matt May 1, 2014
Childrens Book The Origami Yoda Series

May the 4th be with you. Coming up on May 4th is a great Star Wars holiday, so I’m going to give you guys a great Star Wars book. This month I’m reviewing the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger. These books are about a group of middle school students, one of which is the extremely weird […]

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14 Rainy Day Inspired Projects to Make

by Rachel April 30, 2014
14 Rainy Day Inspired Projects to Make Crochet Raindrops

April showers bring May flowers right? As we roll into May, let’s enjoy these 14 rainy day inspired projects to make that will bring us those pretty flowers next month! Check out these crafts I’ve rounded up! 1. Little Raindrops: Get crocheting with these cute little yarn raindrops from Fiber Flux! 2. DIY Surprise Lantern: These […]

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Creating Cute Candy Houses

by Marie April 30, 2014
Making Candy Houses with Kids

How fun is it to have Dorothy back in a new animated movie coming out on May 9th called, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return! It’s a star-studded cast of amazing talent with super sweet adventures, and we’re creating cute candy houses to celebrate! Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by […]

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Mother’s Day Crafts for the Kids to Make

by Marie April 29, 2014
Mother's Day Crafts on TV

Just this last weekend, Lucy and I traveled to Utah on a fun girl’s craft trip, just the two of us (it also happened to be National Take Your Daughter to Work day!!) We were able to attend the fabulous craft blogging conference SNAP!, as well as visit the Studio 5 morning show with Brooke […]

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Kitchen Essentials I Learned From My Mom

by Marie April 28, 2014
Baking with Mom

My sweet mom has done so much for me throughout my life. I can’t begin to repay her for all the amazing life skills she’s taught me over the years. I’m thrilled to celebrate my lovely mom this Mother’s Day! I have to say we spent a lot of time in the kitchen together. I owe […]

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13 “May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars Crafts

by Rachel April 26, 2014
Star Wars Kids Crafts May the 4th

Calling all you Star Wars super fans out there! “May the 4th” is coming up next week! I’ve gathered up 13 “May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars crafts to help celebrate this fun day! 1. Star Wars Birthday Party Ideas: Use these ideas to have the best Star Wars birthday party of the year! […]

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Introducing DOOZERS for Kids on Hulu + Giveaway

by Marie April 25, 2014
Jim Henson's DOOZERS a Hulu original

We’re all about DIY at our house, so I’m thrilled to announce a brand new animated show for kids all about building, designing, and creating… DOOZERS! This is the first Hulu Original for kids! The CGI animated preschool series comes from The Jim Henson Company (Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid) and DHX Media (Yo Gabba Gabba, […]

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