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Alli

 Who wants to win a Bissell Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop – raise your hand.  I have wanted a combo steam mop and vacuum for longer than I can remember.  Actually, scratch that, for pretty much exactly as long as I’ve had children. Let’s face it, between food messes, art messes, and stomping in […]

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Mother’s Day is the perfect time to try a DIY project and I guarentee you’re going to adore this one. I want to make one for every mom I know! Here’s Alli with the details… I am loving the “make your own mug” trend for two reasons: 1. There’s nothing better than a handmade gift. 2. […]

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s one of my favorite holidays for arts and crafts. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s the welcome diversion from everything Christmas. Maybe it’s the idea that we’re making gifts for the ones we love most. Regardless, I get giddy this time of year and love to […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside. And that means it’s the perfect weather for a hot cocoa bar. And eggnog… So why not combine the two? Enter: a festive hot cocoa bar with spiced eggnog whipped cream. I’m a personal fan of whipped cream on cocoa, instead of marshmallows. And when you are going the whipped cream […]

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It’s fall! My absolute favorite season. So, of course, I had to make it into a Play Theme Cheat Sheet. And really – cool weather, gorgeous leaves, pumpkins galore – what’s not to love? I have always wanted to take my little family apple picking in the fall. (I’ve never actually been. Sad, right?) But since apple […]

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We’ve got another project from our new eBook, Hands-On Holidays: Simple Ideas to Make Memories October through December, today. This one is a favorite of mine because it’s a great project to do with younger kids or to let older kids tackle alone.  It’s a money-saver too as it can easily transition from one season to […]

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Ahhhh…Fall. The leaves turn, the nights grow shorter, and the weather cools. It can all only mean one thing: Carnival season! Candy apples, petting zoos, and midway prizes. Oh my. I love me a Fall carnival. (A little too much, actually.) So I thought it would make the perfect play theme to kick-off fall. And […]

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Even though it’s not quite August yet, we just couldn’t wait any longer to post our latest Play Theme Cheat Sheet.  We just know you’re going to love it!… I am so excited about this month’s playtime cheat sheet, just because of the theme alone….SPACE! I don’t know why, but I was somewhat overly fascinated […]

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Although the 4th of July is certainly a kid-centric holiday, the younger set can get a little left out. Not only are fireworks too dangerous to be close to, they’re also LOUD and usually take place after bedtime. Today Alli is here sharing her favorite project for getting her little man involved in the festivities, while […]

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It’s June – Hello Summer! This month’s playtime cheat sheet is all about playing in warm weather and it’s got something for everyone.  Without further ado, here’s Alli with a fun DIY sprinkler project and 24 more great ideas. I’m so happy to be back sharing some of our favorite ways to play in the […]

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Another month, another play theme cheat sheet to get you through.  Did you guys enjoy trying out all our nature ideas from last month?  Alli’s back today with another stellar list of activities, books, etc. you can refer to all month long.  This time our focus is sports – so grab a ball, get outside, […]

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Every once in a while we do a project here on MPMK that I’m over-the-moon excited about. That’s how I feel about these plantable earths for Earth Day.  They’re so cute, I want to send a few to everyone I know. I loved making paper as a kid. I don’t know why, maybe it’s something […]

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Ever noticed how much kids love a good theme?  A central topic is such a great way to get little ones engaging in all sorts of things – reading, writing, art and (best of all) new types of open-ended play.  Plus planning a few weeks of play around the same topic gives the kids time […]

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Easter is in March this year so it’s time to roll out the ideas.  We’re kicking things off with Alli and her super cute bunny donut idea, perfect for Easter.  We’ll probably make ours Saturday morning since we do family brunch on Easter Sunday.  Yes, we are working on clean eating around here but I […]

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Last Friday I sent out a quick social media poll on how I should celebrate V-Day with my littles. The winning pick leads me to believe you all appreciate a good, simple project over fancy bells and whistles (my peeps)… With that in mind, I think you’re all going to want to jump right into […]

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