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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 four 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 three boys, our only 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 graphic novels, LEGO, anything tinker-y, and board games.

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’s popular and doesn’t like to do anything alone. 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…

A is an adventurous and strong-minded girl. She is also kind and nurturing, and loves cuddles and cozy things. She enjoys joining me in my craft room, making jewelry with me, and watching me make her way too many bows.

About Baby Jay:

Born after an ectopic, Baby Jay is my rainbow baby, and he makes sure to make up for it! He is a lively boy, and while he’s still tiny, it’s obvious that he has a sense of humor. Also, he’s not really tiny, he’s huge.

Baby Jay surprised us with his copper hair, and I’m not gonna lie, we’re a little obsessed.

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. I have a dedicated sister site for Jewish content. 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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