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Giveaway Winner: The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

To say that I love would be an understatement. I’m more, obsessed with it. First, my favorite feature is the dividers. They have dividers for every topic: “Pressure Cooker,” “Eggs for Dinner,” “Kid Friendly,” “Simple Sides” and many more. Makes whipping up a quick dinner that much easier. If you don’t quite call yourself a… Read more »

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Halloween Party Planning: Treat Bags and Clever Decorating Tips

Put plastic spiders in ice cube trays and make spooky spirits from cheesecloth. You can find these ideas and many more in these 25 DIY Clever Halloween Party Decorating Tips. Don’t forget to give your guests a spooky party favor in one of these 10 DIY Halloween Party Treat Bags. Let the party planning begin!… Read more »

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DIY Halloween Headbands: Witch, Cat, Sunshine & Magic Dragon

We are 14 days away from Halloween, can you believe it? Do you have your costumes picked and parties planned? Rubyellen from Cakies is here with 4 super simple headbands you can make to top off a Halloween costume. We’re talking the cutest witch you’ve ever seen… an adorable kitty cat, a burst of sunshine,… Read more »

Baby + Kid, By Craft, Dress Up, Felt, Halloween, In One Evening, October, Sewing & Serging, Templates, Toy, Under $5, Under an Hour

J+J Forever, Costumes and Sleepyheads: Friday I’m in Love

Hi Prudent Mamas, Colleen here (Jaime and Jacinda’s assistant). It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday I’m in Love, but I’m excited to announce that it’s going to become a more regular thing! Let’s get started…

Costume I am Crushing On: I thought I had seen some pretty stinkin’ adorable costumes, but this Little Red Riding Hood’s Granny from Make It and Love It takes the cake. You can also find the tutorials for Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf.

Best Part of this Week: Jacinda came to town! It’s been wonderful having Jacinda here in LA. We’ve been a crafty bunch of fools making all sorts of pretty surprises we can’t wait to share with you. Don’t ever leave Jacinda!

Best Part of Next Week: On Wednesday, October 24th Jacinda will be speaking at the Texas Conference for Women in the Bloggers’ Lounge sponsored by TX M.I.L.K.. She will give you all the tips you need for turning your hobby blog into a paying job. We will also announce the winner of Jaime’s stunning book, My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter (Journal). You can still enter the giveaway here.

Song to Sing Your Heart out to in the Car: Ho Hey by the Lumineers. The 2-year-old I watch introduced me to it, ha!

Question We Love Hearing Your Answer To: What are some of your favorite children’s books? There is always room for new books on the shelf so hop on over to our Twitter and let us know your favorites.

Date Night Theme #1:

My boyfriend and I are trying out a new thing – themed date nights – and we’re kicking it off with a Moonrise Kingdom theme since it just came out on DVD. Complete with bacon s’mores, a glowing blanket fort, some of these vinyls and hopefully I can convince him to have a dance party with me to this song, just like in the movie. Do you have any other ideas? I’m totally using this as an excuse to wear bright blue eyeshadow like Suzy Bishop. Image via Indiewire

Costume Ideas You’ll Definitely Want to Consider: Before you settle on your Halloween costume check out these 25 Best Pop Culture Costumes for 2012.

Babygram Cuteness and the #wildchild Winner: @akgvc won our #thisweekonprudentbaby Instagram contest for #wildchild. Somebody looks like she’s having the time of her life…

This week’s contest is #sleepyhead. Tag your cutest sleepyhead photo with #sleepyhead and #thisweekonprudentbaby and we will pick a favorite and post it here next week! Since I am not with child, I had to show off my adorable niece Anabelle Rose. To see the all the entries from the past contests visit #thisweekonprudentbaby on instagram and follow @prudentjacinda and @prudentjaime for more instagrammy goodness.

Now that I’ve told you all about our week, let’s hear about yours!

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Giveaway Winner: The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook


To say that I love The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook: A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America’s Most Trusted Test Kitchen would be an understatement. I’m more, obsessed with it. First, my favorite feature is the dividers. They have dividers for every topic: “Pressure Cooker,” “Eggs for Dinner,” “Kid Friendly,” “Simple Sides” and many more. Makes whipping up a quick dinner that much easier. If you don’t quite call yourself a cooking connoisseur you’ll love that every recipe is easily accessible and everything can be made in 45 minutes or less.

Keep reading to find out who won a copy of The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook: A Faster, Smarter Way to Cook Everything from America’s Most Trusted Test Kitchen and for a full Individual Warm Gingerbread Cakes Recipe after the jump…

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How to Hang a Rug

On our recent family vacation to Jordan, I splurged on a few absolutely beautiful Bedouin-made rugs. This rug is hand woven from camel hair and has 9 stitches per centimeter, gah it’s so pretty (and Scarlet approved of the colors). Being that I cherish this rug like it’s my second child, I couldn’t let anyone do something so crazy as walk on it, could I?

No, I just could not allow that. Scarlet has a yellow-and-pink room, and being that she talks about Jordan every single day of our lives, it just made sense to hang it on her wall. But how does one hang a rug? You could purchase a fancy rug-hanging kit, or you just DIY it with this simple solution I came up with. Learn my easy method for how to hang a rug… (more…)

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Halloween Party Planning: Treat Bags and Clever Decorating Tips


Put plastic spiders in ice cube trays and make spooky spirits from cheesecloth. You can find these ideas and many more in these 25 DIY Clever Halloween Party Decorating Tips.


Don’t forget to give your guests a spooky party favor in one of these 10 DIY Halloween Party Treat Bags.

Let the party planning begin!

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DIY Halloween Headbands: Witch, Cat, Sunshine & Magic Dragon


We are 14 days away from Halloween, can you believe it? Do you have your costumes picked and parties planned? Rubyellen from Cakies is here with 4 super simple headbands you can make to top off a Halloween costume. We’re talking the cutest witch you’ve ever seen…

an adorable kitty cat,

a burst of sunshine,

and the coolest magic dragon…

You may remember Cakies from the pretty Watercolor Bubble Art post. If you haven’t hopped on over to her blog yet, it’s an absolute must. Last year for Halloween her daughter’s dressed up as a Barbershop Quartet and this year they have been decorating with Black Cats and Friendly Ghosts. When they’re not decorating or dressing up, they Like to Hang Out on their hammock in the living room!

Without further ado, DIY Halloween Headbands for a witch, cat, ray of sunshine & magic dragon…

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Refrigerator Organization 101


Extra minutes in the morning are precious, grab a few back by organizing your fridge with these EASY tips and achieve refrigerator bliss in your own kitchen. My friend Macki has two kids and one more on the way. Mornings are nuts in her house. We spent a few hours and less than $100 to organize her refrigerator and hopefully make mornings a little bit easier. Do you have any hot fridge-organizing tips that help keep your mornings cool?

This post is sponsored by The Breakfast Project.

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Giveaway: My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter (Journal)


We couldn’t be more excited to share with you that Jaime’s book, My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter (Journal) has hit the shelves! We gave you a sneak peek inside and shared details about it on The Mom’s View, but now the time has come to give away a special copy of My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter (Journal) to one of you. Since this book arrived on my doorstep it has not left the coffee table. The gorgeous gray linen hardbound cover and pretty coral pages are just too pretty to put on a bookshelf.

Inside you’ll find that the book is divided into 21 sections based on the many different aspects of life such as, love, friendship, work, travel and knowing yourself. Prompts like, Things I hope we will enjoy when you are older or What I’ve learned about being content are on every page to help you get started. You’ll also find new pieces of prudent advice, as well as ones that will always ring true, Be where you are. This one is my personal favorite.

Find out how to enter for the chance to win a copy of My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter (Journal) after the jump…

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Prudent Mamas Give their Kids (DIY) Wings


When we asked Llevo el Invierno to guest post her amazing Dress Up Wings Tutorial last April 2011, we knew you would love her simple yet stunning tutorial. What we didn’t realize was how much you would love it. Prudent Baby readers all over the world have made their children these simple beautiful wings in so many stunning color palettes that we simply had to share some of our favorites…


Sew Nancy


It’s Not All Mary Poppins


The Occasional Craft


Somewhere in the Middle

Keep reading to see more of these winged beauties…

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