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This spooky Halloween tree is actually really easy to paint because it uses a stencil! I'll show you how to make the cool sunset background too. http://craftsbyamanda.com/spooky-tree-halloween/

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A spooky tree painted on canvas or wood makes a great decoration for Halloween! It's easy to do with this step by step tutorial!
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I can't believe I'm sending baby #3 off to college! http://goo.gl/fb/kST69I  #SchickSummerSelfie #ad
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Turn recycled jeans into a fun craft with this tree themed wall art! Fabric scraps and denim are what you will need to make this for your home. #jeans   #recycled   #adultcrafts   #wallart   #denimcrafts  
Circle trees are pretty popular right now. They are a fun way to add a little spunk to a room and are really great for teenagers! This particular piece of art was made from a painted scrap of wood, recycled denim and scrap fabric. Ready to see how? First, let me show you where IRead More »
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I'm already thinking of apples and cranberries for dessert! I love all the flavors of fall, bring on the apple dessert recipes :) 

#apples    #dessert   #cobbler   #applecobber   #recipes  #cranberry
Honestly, it wasn’t until I hit my thirties that I thought apple cobbler was worth eating. Give me a piece of cake with frosting and I was all over it, but cobblers just weren’t my thing when I was younger. I think part of the reason stemmed from my childhood, as growing up I justRead More »
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Yummy combo, looks so good!
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Looking for some tasty zucchini recipes? These shortcut zucchini muffins are easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.

#zucchinirecipe   #zucchini   #muffins  
This zucchini muffin recipe starts with a vanilla cake mix, then you add in fresh zucchini, nuts and raisins. After they bake drizzle with glaze!
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Does your garden have a dead spot? Start your own fairy garden in that ugly, empty spot and make it beautiful! Here's how -> http://craftsbyamanda.com/how-to-start-a-fairy-garden/

#fairygarden   #fairyhouse   #fairy   #fairies   #crafts   #garden   #diy  
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Fall is coming and that means it's time to start baking some homemade bread! Here are several of my favorite white bread recipes.
(LINK - http://goo.gl/0wYMmp)

#bread   #homemade   #baking  #recipes 
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New on my blog - the dandelion painting I created that greets me every morning in my studio! :) #dandelionpainting   #dandelion   #canvas   #wallart  
Learn how to paint a dandelion that's going to seed, the easy way! A shower pouf is your secret tool for this dandelion painting.
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Turn toilet paper tubes into a cute giraffe! Great kid's craft for a zoo or safari unit. And just a great way to recycle cardboard tubes!

#recycle   #kidscrafts   #giraffe   #cardboardtubes   #toiletpapertubes  #zoo #safari #jungle  
http://craftsbyamanda.com/cardboard-tube-giraffe/
This adorable giraffe is made completely from toilet paper cardboard tubes and some printed felt. You could paint the tubes instead, but I found the printed felt at Hobby Lobby on sale, couldn’t pass that up! He’s just busy nommin’ on my bushes… :) There’s a little story behind this giraffe. This was originally intendedRead More »
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Ohhh these look amazing +Lolly Jane !
 
Still "enjoying" triple temps here in Phoenix and our kiddos are making these Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles like they're going out of style! So yummy + refreshing!

Snag the recipe here:
http://lollyjane.com/strawberry-lemonade-popsicle-recipe/
Pin to make later:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/145381894198810886/

#popsicle #popsicles #strawberrylemonade   #sweettreat   #icecream  
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If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making chicken nuggets at home, you’ve hit the jackpot with this recipe. These chicken nuggets tastes just like McDonald’s but because you make them completely from scratch, you know exactly what is going into them.  http://amandascookin.com/how-to-make-chicken-nuggets/

#chickennuggets   #mcdonalds   #copycat   #recipe   #chicken  
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Are you and your kids Star Wars fans or do you know someone who is? R2-D2, that lovable droid that’s been appearing in movies since the beginning, is a fan favorite. With kids heading back to school, and the new Star Wars movie coming out in December, now is a great time to make this R2-D2 pencil can! http://craftsbyamanda.com/star-wars-craft-r2-d2-pencil-holder/

#starwars #starwarscrafts #r2d2   #r2d2craft   #starwarsmania   #amandaformaro   #craftsbyamanda  
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Food and craft blogger, writer, managing editor, craft expert and guru in the kitchen.
Employment
  • CraftsbyAmanda.com
    owner, 2008 - present
  • Movable Media
    Editorial Account Manager, 2013 - present
  • AmandaFormaro.com
    owner, 2011 - present
  • FunFamilyCrafts.com
    owner, 2011 - present
  • AmandasCookin.com
    owner, 2008 - present
  • FamilyCorner.com
    Chief Editor, 2007 - 2013
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Twin Lakes, WI
Previously
Richmond, IL - Henderson, NV - Deerfield, IL - Kenosha, WI - Lake Bluff, IL - Libertyville, IL - Hoffman Estates, IL - Zion, IL - Pleasant Prairie, WI - Antioch, IL - Las Vegas, NV - Palatine, IL - Mundelein, IL
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Editor, freelance writer, craft designer, recipe developer, DIYer, mother
Introduction
Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda - http://craftsbyamanda.com and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' http://amandascookin.com 


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Married to high school sweetheart, 4 kids almost grown! Currently writing two kid's craft books.
Education
  • Carthage College
    Accounting, 1993 - 1995
  • Deerfield High School
    1981 - 1985
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Amanda Ovington
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TURKEY CRAFTS FOR KIDS TO MAKE
funfamilycrafts.com

If you’re looking for some fun turkey crafts to make, you’ve hit the jackpot! We’ve collected over 170 turkey crafts for toddlers, preschool

Cardboard Tube Superman
craftsbyamanda.com

Make a fun Superman craft from a recycled cardboard tube and construction paper! A free pattern is included at Crafts by Amanda.

17 Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Kids - Happy Hooligans
happyhooligans.ca

17 inexpensive and adorable paper plate crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Perfect for home or the classroom.

Royal Icing Googly Eyes
www.createdby-diane.com

Royal icing eyes to decorate any face. Perfect for Cookies, Cakes and Halloween treats. Edible Candy Eyes

13 Amazing Avocado Recipes - Amanda's Cookin'
amandascookin.com

Do you just love everything about avocados? They are truly delicious, and more and more recipes are popping up, proving their versatility. I

15 Beat the Heat Ideas for Outdoor Fun | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

During the winter, many people expect to be stuck inside for long stretches of time because it's too cold outside. In the summer we can run

Pina Colada Smoothies | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

Summer is here and things are heating up. What better way to beat the summer heat, than with a cold drink? And you're in luck, because today

Ocean Crafts & Recipes | Fun Family Crafts
funfamilycrafts.com

Welcome to Fun Family Crafts! Here you'll find plenty of craft projects for you and your kids. Crafts are sorted by type and by age group, y

Banana Chocolate Fab French Toast | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

Looking for a fun and tasty way to serve breakfast? French toast is always a favorite, kids love bananas, and Nutella? Say no more! The folk

Pork Chops al Pastor on the Grill
amandascookin.com

The 4th of July is upon us, and families everywhere will be grilling up a storm. Cooking on the grill is a favorite of mine, especially duri

9 Moving Tips To Help Ease The Stress | FamilyCorner.com®
www.familycorner.com

Moving is undoubtedly one of the most stressful experiences that families face. Globally, the average person moves once every seven years, a

Honey-Lime Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Salad
sandandsisal.com

Ever since I was a preschooler, I've eaten avocados. It was the groovy 1970's and we were living in Southern California. My mother adored av

Patriotic Cardboard Tube Bracelet
craftsbyamanda.com

Recycling cardboard tubes into fun craft projects is always a great activity for kids. With the 4th of July holiday coming up quickly, these

Homemade Onion Rings and Dipping Sauce - Amanda's Cookin'
amandascookin.com

Homemade Onion Rings and Dipping Sauce. I love onion rings and always order them in place of french fries when out to eat. I've made them at

Frugal Fun: 5 Ways To Save Money on a Theme Park Vacation | FamilyCorner...
www.familycorner.com

Thanks to the recession we've all had to cut back on frivolous spending. With summer fast approaching, all of those vacations to theme parks

Salt Dough Dad Magnets - Crafts by Amanda
craftsbyamanda.com

Father's Day is right around the corner, so gather the kids around the table for a fun afternoon of crafting. We are going to mix together s

Dad Rocks Paperweight: Father's Day Craft - Crafts by Amanda
craftsbyamanda.com

If you are looking for a last minute Father's Day gift your kids can make, this is it! It's fun to make, uses very few supplies, and there's

Have been going here since they opened. They closed for a short period and changed owners, but there were no hiccups. I have never had a problem with this location. The sandwiches are always good, produce always fresh, and the employees are always friendly and helpful. Restaurant is clean and service is quick!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I used to go to Mandino's in Richmond, IL before it burnt down. When the owner decided to open in Twin Lakes I was elated! We love their food, though we have noticed that the Italian Beef doesn't seem as good as it used to be when they were in Richmond, not sure what they changed. The gyros are awesome as are the hot dogs and fries. For a while they were screwing up my take out order almost every time we picked up, but in the last 6 months that seems to have stopped. Was a bit annoyed when they refused to accept a gift card that the restaurant had given me because the employee neglected to sign it (it was only $10, and was given to me because they screwed up my order), but I blew that off. Overall we still love it, just hoping there Italian Beef eventually goes back to the way it used to be.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I LOVE going here. It's one of those places that you drive past all the time and say to yourself "I need to stop there someday"! Do it. They have plenty of samples out to try, and you'll be hard pressed not to find one that you like, if not all of them! Tons of fresh, beautiful produce at really good prices. Lots of Wisconsin cheese, farm fresh eggs and plenty of other goodies. I live only a few minutes away, so I tend to stop often. They are open 364 days a year, only closed on Christmas!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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If not for the great prices, I love going here for the friendly faces. They have tons of fresh produce, plenty of bulk foods without needing a membership, and it's great for big families or if you are having a party. It's a no frills place, which I actually like, and as a food blogger, I really like that I can pick up restaurant supply stuff too. They are cash and carry, you can pay with cash or a check, but they don't take cards. However, there is an ATM right inside the door for your convenience. I love the dairy section, and the fact that they do sell a lot of locally grown produce, you never know what will be available. Great place!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I'm a Twin Lakes local, and everyone that lives here knows Manny's. We go to breakfast there every Sunday morning and love it. Be forewarned, Manny is generous, so if you TRULY want two eggs, you need to order one, then you'll get two. ;-) The hashbrown servings are enormous, so consider sharing one. The cinnamon roll french toast is fabulous and the chocolate chip pancakes do NOT need syrup, there's so much chocolate in there, that's syrup in itself :) The view from the restaurant is awesome as it's right across from Lake Mary and the windows are nice and big. Manny's is open year round, so if you ice fish, be sure to grab a bite to eat first. Manny's has awesome lunch too, but they do close at 2:00, so be sure to get in before the doors lock! Definitely a must eat at little restaurant.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago