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Welcome to Mama’s Must-Haves.

It’s a crazy world. Let’s find a few things to make this season of life a little less hectic! Follow along as we share all of our favorite resources, gear, activities, and more.

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Hello, winter!

It’s officially time for cozying up with hot cocoa, yummy treats, your comfiest sweater, and fun DIY projects for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s how we’ve been enjoying the colder weather!

Snow volcano

Outdoor Science

Colder weather means most activities move indoors… But science doesn’t have to! Try making the popular baking soda volcano with snow for a fun take on an old classic.

Scottish shortbread petticoat tails recipe

Petticoat Tails Shortbread Recipe

Celebrate the holiday season with delicious baked goods, like these adorable petticoat tails made of shortbread.

Melted crayon christmas tree ornament craft

Adorable Christmas Ornament Crafts

Christmas decorations are so much fun when they’re handmade. This melted crayon ornament is one of our favorites.

Cookie crawl choices on a three-tiered platter

A cookie crawl is a fun community holiday tradition where you purchase tickets, receive an empty box, and get to go to local bakeries and pick which cookies you want! Learn what they’re all about in this post.

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Here are the people that bring Mama’s Must Haves to life!

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Mary Jane is the founder of this site, Mom of three, a professional engineer, published writer, and amateur bluegrass fiddle player.

Mary Jane Duford
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Elke is the editor on this site. She is also an Master of Teaching student at the University of Toronto and has a BA in International relations.

Elke Crosson
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Heidi is a guest writer for this site. She is a Mom of three, a businesswoman, a community event organizer, and a post-partum doula.

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