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Welcome and thanks for taking the time to get to know us!

I’m Menucha, the woman-in-charge here. My goal is to inspire you to craft more, parent better, and forgive yourself a little more when doing both!

Photo credit: M, age 7

I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, but especially through my teenage year, having that outlet was everything. Tired of hearing people say “I’m not creative, I can’t craft, but I want to…” I decided to focus on sharing things that everyone can do.
That’s why, my most of the crafts I share here are doable and not aspirational.

I do sometimes get ambitious and share those ideas as well.

Zig Zag Friendship Bracelets

My kids are the driving force behind me, encouraging me to keep at it. They are the mission statement that makes me make this work as a part of my family’s income (yes, blogging is my full time job!)

And while I have struggled with finding balance, I believe that honesty and self-forgiveness is the key to being a better parent! It helps us prioritize, rather than trying to juggle it all and watch all the balls fall.

That’s why I love to share parenting tidbits that are honest but helpful, giving solutions while acknowledging that “there is no way to be a perfect mother but a million ways to be a good one. ” (Jill Churchill)

Here’s a little more about me and my family: our two boys, our baby girl, in our small home in Far Rockaway, NY.

About M:

M is my big boy, born Sept 2013, the one who made me a mom. He’s a perceptive, easygoing boy, who lets no secret get past him. “Mommy I was eavesdropping last night and I heard you say…”

He is a little science-obsessed but loves all things STEM. He’s a smart one – gotta keep up with him! M loves comic books LEGO and anything tinker-y, and board games.

Making hearts to mail to cousins who lost a loved one.

About Y:

Second in command, Y joined our family in May of 2016. And while he has his brother’s face, they are so different!

Y is always ready for a hug and is a social butterfly with a very sensitive soul. He loves helping me spread kindness messages. Headstrong and stubborn, you better not cross his path! Y is our left-handed artist, our crafter. He has a unique take on life and can’t stop moving.

About Princess A:

A girl born after two boys, our Pandemic Princess joined our family in November of 2020. The boys are completely obsessed with her (K, we all are.)

Being pregnant with A during a pandemic was quite the adventure… We can’t wait to see what type of human she turns out to be!

About Me:

A few years ago, after suffering incredible insomnia, I started therapy and was diagnosed with OCD. No, my house isn’t spotless. I love breaking stigmas and encouraging parents to face imperfection head-on and do better by themselves.

I am married to Shmuel since 2010. He’s been a saint, supporting my ambition to be a stay at home mom, and the hours and space all my “things” take up.

As you can see, we are Orthodox Jews. I keep a strictly kosher home, I cover my hair and dress modestly, and completely unplug Friday evening through Saturday night. I do not blog about religion, although I will occasionally include some Jewish culture and crafts surrounding our holidays. My religion does not believe in trying to recruit converts, and since much of my following is not Jewish, I keep things neutral.

Moms & Crafters is a blog run by, me, a stay at home mom, who just like you likes to create easy crafts and empower fellow mothers. You can follow along with our family and crafts on Instagram.

If you would like to learn more about Moms & Crafters, and what you can expect to see here, you can read all about it here.

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Debra

Monday 11th of January 2021

Menucha..I so enjoyed seeing your swt family. Don't know where else to send you a msg. Have been trying to download the coloring page for winter.. bird and mailbox. Says to get it below...can't find where to get it. Tried 10 times. Help..

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

HI Debra, I aplogize for the delay! Some of my downloads are broken. Until I fix the rest, please email me at menucha@momsandcrafters.com and I'll send it directly.

Kokela Makalima

Sunday 29th of December 2019

Hi. Do you accept people from South Africa. I like your crafts.

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Hi Kokela - we have readers from around the world! You can sign up for email updates on new posts here: https://pages.convertkit.com/c13c7526d9/fa841031e7

Julie

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

I love your website!! I work with children in partial hospitalization due to mental health struggles and do many crafts with them. I am wondering if you have thought about making a printable handout with your 21 ways to bond at bedtime. It would be a great resource for me to share with families and help them connect to your website.

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Hi Julie, I love what you do and I love that idea! I'm going to add it to my list. I wish I got to these things quicker, but I'll have to warn you that it'll probably take me a few months to publish it as that's how my scheduling works.

Julie

Monday 4th of June 2018

Awesome blog! Keep it real and that's what people enjoy! !

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Thank you, Julie!

Susan Stambaugh

Thursday 1st of February 2018

Although I'm not Jewish I try to include coloring pages with my Grand-daughters. They have several very good Jewish friends and I want them to understand your culture as well as theirs. Recently we talked about hannakuh because their best friend's mother is Jewish and their father is Christian. She celebrates both holidays and the girls didn't understand what Hannakuh was. As we colored we discussed it and now they have a better knowledge. You certainly have a G-d given talent and I thank you for sharing with us.

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Friday 2nd of February 2018

Hi Susan, Thanks for your comment! Teaching understanding of other cultures at a young age is one of the best ways we can ensure a better, more understanding world. Kudos to you for doing that!