From homemade birthday parties to seasonal crafts, here is our collection of play ideas for celebrating!

Twelve (and three months)

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Natalie is already a quarter-year past her 12th birthday, but I didn’t want to miss bragging on her a bit, and jotting down some things about her at this age. So far, age twelve is pretty darn awesome. It seems like Natalie becomes more confident and sure of herself every day. I can only hope […]

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Thankful from A to Z :: Free Printable

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Need something to keep the kids busy today or tomorrow? I made this simple Thankful from A to Z printable for my girls, and thought your kids might enjoy it, too! Here’s the challenge – can you think of at least one thing you are thankful forusing eachletter of the alphabet? We are keeping our […]

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{This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this site!} Delaney recently celebrated a big milestone – she’s officially in the double-digits now! 10 seems so old to me – really, where does the time go? But, for my girls at least, this age is a lovely bridge between young child and teen. Delaney […]

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Fairytale Mystery Dinner

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{This post contains affiliate links.} I am so excited to finally share Natalie’s 11th birthday party with you! I told the girls about a dinner I once went to as a kid – a mystery dinner – where everything on the menu was in code so you didn’t know what you were ordering until the […]

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Piggy Cupcakes and Turning Nine

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Over the summer, this (not so) little girl turned nine. How did she get so grown-up? Her last single-digit year! We celebrated with dinner out and a family get-together for dessert, followed the next day by a trip to a nearby lake. Delaney’s favorite animal is a pig, so we made some adorable piggy birthday […]

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Celebrating Dads: Father’s Day Round-Up

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I’m sharing the how-to for our homemade Father’s Day card at Make and Takes today – a fun spinner cardfilled with special activities and treats for our dad. My girls are so excited to give this to their dad on Sunday! Here are a few more ideas for celebrating Dad that we’ve shared over the […]

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Chalk Pastel Hearts

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Still have time for a little Valentine crafting? I’m sharing a fun chalk pastel hearts project at Make and Takes this week – if you and your kids have never played with chalk pastels, this is a great beginner project. And, if you’re all hearted-out, try the technique with a different shape! Head over to […]

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Despicable Me 2 Valentine Printable

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Happy Friday! My friend Marie of Make and Takes is sharing a super-cute Valentine freebie featuring those silly minions from the movie, Despicable Me. Did you know the sequel, Despicable Me 2, is coming out this July? My girls can’t wait to see what crazy antics those minions are up to next! If you’re still […]

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Merry, Merry!

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Glittery Initial Ornaments

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My girls love making ornaments, especially when glitter is involved! We enjoyed making these super-simple glittery initial ornaments for ourselves, and to tie on packages for friends and cousins. Supplies: Wood letters, or letters cut from cardboard (such as cereal/cracker boxes) Glue Glitter! Before adding the glitter, paint your letters if you like we […]

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