Crafting a Wintery Wonderland

by Marie January 7, 2014
Kids Craft Winter Wonderland Scene

Celebrate the winter weather by making a crafty wonderland. We’re using recycled magazines to cut and tear out, adding to our wintery scene. You can get really creative by adding a snowman, winter animals, and some evergreen trees. Here are Lucy and I crafting a Wintery Wonderland. We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year long to […]

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Spicy Jalapeño Popper Wontons

by Rachel January 6, 2014
Jalapeno Popper Wontons recipe Taste and Tell

Before I was married, I never knew anything about sports. Little did I know I would marry the biggest sports fan in the world. The Super Bowl is a really big holiday/event/party in our home now. We usually invite all of our friends over, make a bunch of food, and I end up chatting with […]

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Keeping Warm, Wishing We Were “In Summer”

by Marie January 3, 2014
Frozen In Summer with Hot Chocolate

Have you seen the movie Frozen yet? It’s our favorite. Josh Gad could not be more perfect for this roll as the goofy lovable snowman.  “The hot and the cold are both so intense, put ‘em together it just makes sense!“ I think we watched this clip below for the song In Summer about 100 times […]

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Cheese Straws, Two Ways!

by Nina December 31, 2013

I’m excited to introduce a new contributor to the Make and Takes team… Nina of Ambrosia. Please welcome Nina, sharing all sorts of fun recipes for us to enjoy. Take it away, Nina: We’re officially in the holiday season home stretch…just one more major holiday to go! Some may see this as a good thing, and others […]

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Fancy Layered Drinks for Kids

by Amy December 30, 2013
Fancy layered drinks for kids

It’s almost time to ring in 2014! We’ll be spending the evening at home, eating our traditional nacho dinner, playing board games, and watching a slideshow of the year’s photos. The kids will have no trouble staying awake till midnight – hopefully mom and dad can keep their eyes open, too! We love having a […]

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Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

by Rachel December 29, 2013
Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Recipe

There is nothing quite like a big bowl of yummy pasta. It’s the perfect comfort food. I saw this recipe for bruschetta chicken pasta over on the M&T Spotlight page and it instantly made me want to have pasta for dinner! The roasted sweet tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices, and juicy chicken are all in this recipe from […]

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Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year’s Eve

by Marie December 26, 2013
Making Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year's Eve

Make a few kid-friendly sparklers to help ring in the new year! My darling daughter Lucy is all by herself in this next video, teaching you how to make these super simple and kid-friendly sparklers! Watch Lucy’s solo debut for a tutorial making Pipe Cleaner Sparklers for New Year’s: We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year […]

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Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

by Marie December 24, 2013
Happy Holidays 2013

Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays from the Make and Takes team!

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DIY Orange Surprise Balls

by Rachel December 23, 2013
Christmas DIY Paper Oranges

Growing up, my mom would always put oranges in our stockings. It was a yearly tradition. I spotted this cute stocking stuffer idea for DIY orange surprise balls on the M&T Spotlight page! Kimmy from Making Mondays gives us the tutorial for making this little stocking surprises! I think kids and adults would love finding these in their […]

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Tis’ the Season for Savasana

by Sabrena December 23, 2013
Yoga Savasana

The hustle and bustle of the season is in full effect! At this time of year, it seems especially odd to think of raising kids in a time when parents worried about children “getting enough stimulation.” With a two year old that is more-than-comfortable with a smart phone and a four year old who already battles […]

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WellSpring Family Services Giving Together Event

by Marie December 20, 2013
Kids Helping Kids campaign with @wellspring_fs

With the holidays upon us, a season of giving, I was happy to have partnered up with a local organization, Wellspring Family Services, for their annual Giving Together concert. Wellspring provides all kinds of help, supplies, and education for families in need. They recently held a celebration event for all the children who were involved […]

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Stylish Recycled Cardboard Tube Desk Caddy

by Rachel December 20, 2013
Cardboard Recycled Tube Caddy

I am kind of in love with this desk caddy made out of recycled cardboard tubes! I found this project, made by Amanda of Crafts By Amanda, on the M&T Spotlight page and I cannot wait to make it! There are so many possibilities with colors and sizes to make it fit your own style. Would be […]

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Pet Friendly Holiday Home Cooking

by Sabrena December 19, 2013
A girl and her dog

Got Pets? This month we’re talking about gifts for man’s best friend – that’s right, getting the home a little more eco-friendly for Fido. “Greening your pet is a great idea for him or her, for the planet, and for all family members, “ authors Alexandra Zissu and Jeffery Hollander, Seventh Generation Co-founder write in […]

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Pear Caramel Glaze

by Rachel December 18, 2013
Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Pear Glaze

I love anything gingerbread! I almost love it more than pumpkin flavor (gasp!). Also, anything that has some sort of caramel topping is a 10 in my book! This gingerbread bundt cake with pear caramel glaze instantly stood out to me over on the  M&T Spotlight page! Kristin from Pastry Affair shares this mouth watering recipe with […]

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Toys, Books, and Spies, oh my!

by Marie December 18, 2013
Secret Agent Josephine in Paris Book

Through blogging, I’ve been so fortunate to meet some fabulously creative people. Whether it’s crafts, food, design, art, or writing, this world is full of so many great people with so many great ideas. I’ve recently received a few goodies in my mail from said creative blogging friends. I’m happy to share their amazing talents […]

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Adorable Snowman Hot Cocoa Gift

by Rachel December 17, 2013

‘Tis the season for gift giving! So many people to give to and never enough time to get everything done! Am I right? I saw this Snowman Hot Cocoa Gift idea over at the M&T Spotlight page and thought it would be the perfect gift to make for friends and nieghbors. This project can be done in […]

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Simple Sewing: Felt Tree Ornament

by Marie December 17, 2013
Green Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

Decorate your tree with a little handmade love. This felt green ornament is a great project to start out with some simple sewing as you embroider around the edge of this triangle tree. Then hang it on the tree for everyone to see! Here are Lucy and I crafting a Felt Tree Ornament: We will be […]

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Triangle Doodle Trees

by Amy December 16, 2013
Doodle trees drawing project

Cold weather keeping you and the kids inside? These triangle doodle trees are a fun and simple drawing activity that will keep the kids busy while you do some holiday prep. Even better, gather around the table (or floor) and have a family art night! There’s not much set-up (or clean-up!) with this project. Just […]

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5 Ways to Make Hiking Fun for Kids

by Marie December 13, 2013
5 Ways to Get Outdoors with Kids

Like I’ve mentioned before, we love hiking. We try to get outdoors at least once a month to explore some new part of our pretty Washington State! It’s such a great way to discover new things, have great conversations, and get some exercise to boot! Because it’s something very important for our family, I hope […]

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Gift Guide for Some Good ol’ Family Fun

by Marie December 12, 2013
Headbandz family game @ebay #followfindit

I’ve recently signed up with Ebay to start gathering super cool items for a gift guide collection. Today I’m featuring some fabulous gifts for the whole family. Be sure to check it out and follow my collection. Whether you’re traveling during the holidays, staying warm indoors out of the cold, or inviting extended family to your […]

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