Rice Crispy Treats Without “Stuff”

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My son’s preschool is awesome except for that they allow parents to bring in treats for the kids whenever they want.  Which used to be only about once a month when some kid had a birthday (didn’t they also serve cake at the party last weekend?) but has gradually become more and more frequent, as […]

How To Work At Home While The Kids Are Home: A Few Tips For Winter Break

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Our winter break is long and while I am excited to time to craft and play and celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year, I also work part-time from home and I don’t particularly like who I am when I try to work with the kids underfoot. The key for me is the divide […]

Keep Your Kids Well Fed and Entertained At the Same Time

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I don’t know about you, but my son’s school is on break for three weeks.  Three weeks too long.  So I am continuing my jarring theme to incorporate something you can do with your kids.  Fortunately, this one doesn’t involve a pressure cooker (whew!).  I got tired of spending five dollars a jar at Whole […]

DIY Gifts I’ve Tried (And Some I Haven’t)

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Last year we went all DIY on our gift giving to our immediate family members. Making things gives me a real sense of accomplishment, and I figured that these simple homemade gifts would ease some of the stress of the holidays. Turns out when you’re unorganized and a major procrastinator, you can make anything stressful. But I […]

Need Help Occupying Your Kids Over The Holiday Break? Enter Our Green Kid Crafts Giveaway

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While all this DIY gifting and ornament crafting and canning is great, the holiday break can be daunting especially with kids. After all the fuss in the beginning, there’s a lot of time without the routine of school and new presents are not always enough to fill the hours of those of us not creatively […]

What You Need Is a Good Hot Meal

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And by hot I mean spicy. Last week I wrote about how to make sweet jam, and this week I am going to tell you about how to make spicy escabeche.  In case you are unfamiliar with escabeche, I’ll sum it up: it’s hot.  Really hot, but in a good, flavorful kind of way, especially […]

The Easiest DIY Ornaments EVER

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My favorite Christmas decoration is admittedly not a fancy one.   Last year we (I, really) started the tradition of decorating this tired old mini tree with ornaments that the kids and I had made. I felt so fancy having TWO TREES, even if this one’s branches are a little worse for wear and it […]

The Best DIY Gift From A Child

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I am about to give you the greatest DIY gift ever. Your kids will make it. Your family will love it. You will be a star and not even spend much money or time. You can virtually hug me later. Go to a craft store or on amazon and buy an already stretched 8×10 canvas. […]

‘Tis the Season For Jamming

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We’ve been jammin’ lately.  I’ve been keeping it loud and simple and listening to some old U2 and a new (to me) Thermals album.  My five year-old is all about dub-step with a little DJ mixing thrown in for fun (can’t wait to see this kid as a teenager). But that’s not the kind of […]

Craft Bloggers Never Mention These Snafus

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I wanted to make the greatest Thanksgiving craft with my kids today. HANDPRINT TURKEYS! There are a thousand ways to do these from painting to markers to crayons, which translates from messy to a few washable lines to no clean-up-boring-mamas. I chose bath night so we could do it any way the kids wanted and […]

Thanksgiving Recipes: Sweet Moroccan Yams

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I am already getting excited for Thanksgiving.  This will be our first year to cook for a group, and I am in full-on planning mode.  I have a list, off of which things are slowly, but surely, being checked.  Order turkey? Check.  Replace stale spices? Check.  Plan menu? Uh, still working on this one. If […]

Carrots and Coffee. Mmmmm…

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I am just waiting for my son to notice that the Halloween candy is disappearing.  Not because he is eating it (at his allowed rate of one item a day the candy could last us well past Valentine’s Day), but because I am stealthily sneaking it into the trash one piece at a time. It’s […]

Halloween Toddler Crafts That Look Cute Even Though Your Kid Did Most Of The Work

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Halloween can be hard for the littlest kids. They can finally walk and talk and pick out a costume, but we can’t even bring them into the Halloween store between the terrifying masks and the sexy costumes. I’m also a parent who believes in letting my children do their own crafts and trust me, I […]

May the Force Be With You, This Halloween and Always

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My son is really into Halloween.  Which is good, I guess, because he doesn’t get too freaked out when he sees gory decor all over town.  But since his birthday falls exactly one week before Halloween, there is always a bit of a conflict of interests. I want his birthday celebration to be all about […]

A Halloween Costume That Includes Sweatpants And Chickens (you’re welcome)

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For the second year in a row, my kids are cutting me out of Halloween costume gig. Up until my oldest was 5, we did family costumes. My youngest had no opinion (or wasn’t born yet) and my oldest had no opinion or once he had one, my husband and I dreamed up a costume […]

Inexpensive & Recycled Halloween Costumes for Kids

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I usually make the kids’ Halloween costumes. I don’t bust out the sewing machine or anything, but I physically put something together as opposed to buying a premade costume. Dressing up 3 kids gets expensive, plus I get a certain satisfaction from making it myself (read: throwing it together at what is likely the very […]

Mmmm Buttah Buttah Buttah Buttah Buttah Buttah Mmmm Buttah!

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The temperature in LA finally dropped below 100 this week.  When we stepped outside to a familiar 72 degrees, I said it felt chilly.  My five year-old’s response was, “That means it will be Halloween soon!” It’s all about the candy with these kids, and while trying not to be Mean Mommy I am fighting […]

Yes, I have loved Martha Stewart since age 11

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I remember my first Martha Stewart experience vividly.  I was 11 and home from school.  There was a Christmas Special on and Martha was showing me around her house, teaching me how to make sparkling snowflakes, and showed me a recipe for chocolate modeling clay which I immediately made.  It tasted like Tootsie rolls, and I […]

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This Blogger Makes Fun Of Stuff Ends Today So This Is Goodbye

MakesFunofStuff ButtonThis Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff is ending today.

There’s no drama to it. I just don’t have time to run two separate websites, this and my main blog, Late Enough, and live my offline life. I warn my clients of the perils of maintaining multiple sites, but two years ago, I was afraid of having too many reviews and giveaways on Late Enough. I wanted my main blog to be “pure” whatever the heck that means, but I’m not afraid to say no to companies and I don’t think a review or giveaway on my main blog on the weekends is so terrible.

I also started this site because I was tired of every review I read being positive and unhelpful and more about the company who was sponsoring it than the reader who had allowed the blogger to have the opportunity. I think we accomplished that with our Makes Fun Denied category and even more so, with our reviews that weren’t sponsored — the majority of the posts on this website. I’m proud of what we accomplished here. We actually had our best financial quarter in the fall and winter but with that took time and energy that I didn’t have.

What I will miss most is working weekly with Carrie and Leigh Ann and paying writers. I was never able to pay them what they deserved, but being a completely transparent site financially meant that they knew why they were paid what they were paid and we were alway in it together.

Some housekeeping:

  • I will be keeping This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff live for a while as I think it’s a good resource. Plus, I’m paid through May. (Why yes, I AM a very practical person.) I’m not sure what I’ll do after the URL is up.
  • If you wrote for the site, feel free to take your work as it’s yours. If you need help with that, let me know.
  • MF’s Facebook page and Twitter have been shut down.

Thank you to those of you who supported the site for the last two years. You are amazing and forced companies to take a chance with people who demanded the opportunity to tell the truth. You rock.

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