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15 Cute Girl Hairstyles

Some days an ordinary ponytail just won’t do! From simple to intricate, we’ve got 15 cute girl hairstyle ideas to take your child’s hair from ordinary to awesome! 15 Cute Girl Hairstyles 1. Pull Through Ponytail: A simple pull through technique… Continue Reading →

Fall in Love with Simple Parent Hacks

This is one of those books you didn’t know you needed! My good friend Asha Dornfest of the blog Parent Hacks has turned her amazing parent hacks into a book. I mean even the first hack on the cover is… Continue Reading →

Smartphone Clothes Shopping Made Easy with Totspot

I’m happy to be partnering with the Totspot App, a mobile shopping app, to share more about how you can buy and sell clothes – helping each other and our planet! Not only are you able to save money shopping for… Continue Reading →

The Anything Sticker Chart – Free Printable!

Need a sticker chart for practicing piano? Potty-training? Dog walking? Swim practice? Running 3 laps? Violin? Flute? Tuba? Brushing Teeth? You name it, this chart is what you’re looking for. It’s The “Anything” Sticker Chart. This printable is a PowerPoint… Continue Reading →

Circle With Disney for Family Screen Time

I’m so excited to share the perfect gift for every family this holiday season… Circle with Disney! The Circle is a smart device and app that allows you to set filters for EACH DEVICE in your home, give your kids… Continue Reading →

Tooth Fairy Printable for Double Dollar Days

Does someone you know hate to lose their teeth? They don’t wiggle them, they don’t let anyone touch them. They bite and chew on the opposite side of their mouth so as not to disturb the precious teeth? They expect… Continue Reading →

Airplane Scavenger Hunt Printable

It’s almost time for holiday travel. Maybe you’re visiting family or maybe you’re going to a destination getaway for the holidays. Wherever you might be headed, we’ve come up with a fun airport scavenger hunt to help entertain the kiddies as… Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Kids

I recently went to an advanced screening of the movie The Way, Way Back and I loved it! It’s a coming of age story I completely related to as I was definitely an awkward teen once! And how can you not love… Continue Reading →

Passing On the Real Meaning of Beauty, Dove Beauty Sketches

The newest video by Dove, Beauty Sketches, affected me more than I thought it would. Wait until you see it and you’ll know why. I have issues with my body, my features. It’s something I’ve always thought about, worried about,… Continue Reading →

Create a Vacation Memory Jar

Going on vacation is the best. And to help keep the memories alive, try creating a Vacation Memory Jar. I spotted this darling idea from MJB Loves over at the M&T Spotlight. You could make one for every trip and… Continue Reading →

10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Our family loves a good hike. Whether it’s in the woods, desert, beach, or canyons, there’s so much to explore on a hike. In Seattle, there are plenty of great hikes and many are just the right fit for kids…. Continue Reading →

A Quick Fix to Help Us Get to School On Time

Our mornings tend to be slow going, I’m not much of a morning person :) The kids are usually waking me up, coming in for a snuggle. We talk about our day and then it’s up and at’em to get… Continue Reading →

10 April Fool’s Day Pranks for the Whole Family!

My little boys are shaking in their boots.  Come April Fool’s Day, mom is getting some serious revenge.  I literally cannot tell you HOW many times I have drenched my clothes, because they put a rubber band around the kitchen… Continue Reading →

Crossing Off Your Bucket List with Just Ask

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Congrats to #85 Carrie. You are going to be crossing of something fun on your bucket list! Jordan and I, along with our kids, have started to talk more about… Continue Reading →

The ‘Teaching Children Table Manners’ Game

Table manners?? What are those? The man-of-the-house is all for America adopting the burping is a “compliment to the chef” cultural tradition. The kids would like to add wrestling, fork stabbing, and feet-in-the-face to that. Now, there’s something to be… Continue Reading →

Kids and Teeth Brushing, Why It’s So Important

Are you like me and need to get into a better routine for brushing your children’s teeth or their teeth are going to fall out? I admit, I’m a horrible parent, I have a hard time remembering to brush my… Continue Reading →

When Your Child Needs a Little Time Out

We’re a family who has a “time out” stool in our home. It’s a place where we send our kids when they need a little time out. It might be time out from their siblings, friends, or an activity, most… Continue Reading →

Parenting Advice from 2 Rookie Moms

I love all the tips, tricks, and helpful advice given from these Rookie Moms. There are activities for kids and for mom, helping you figure this whole parenting thing out! They’ve even come out with a Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Thanks… Continue Reading →

Scholastic Parent and Child Blogger Awards

I’m thrilled and honored to have found out that Make and Takes is a finalist in the Scholastic Parent and Child Blogger Awards! Voting has just opened and I’d love if you took a minute to head over and vote…. Continue Reading →

Talking to Your Kids About Abuse

I was recently sent a children’s book to review entitled, My Body Belongs to Me by Jill Starishevsky. It’s a heavy topic, but I think this book helps give parents a platform to start a discussion about the important issue… Continue Reading →

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