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Amanda FormaroAmanda Formaro is a professional blogger with over 16 years online experience. Her work has appeared on websites and in magazines such as Parents, Family Fun, PBS Kids, Disney's Spoonful, SheKnows, Redbook, Mixing Bowl and more. Please contact Amanda to inquire how she can provide fabulous crafts or recipes for your site or brand. You can visit her blogs here.
Amanda on display via Prime Publishing

In January I attended the Craft & Hobby Association trade show. It’s not open to the public, but rather to craft industry professionals, manufacturers, vendors and the press. Hundreds of booths decorated to the hilt with all of that company’s new and existing products they want you to see. It’s a great way to see […]

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Visit to the Pillsbury Test Kitchens @amandaformaro

Last week I flew to Minneapolis to visit the Pillsbury Test Kitchens in the General Mills offices. I’ve worked with General Mills several times over the last few years, including the crafts I currently make for their Kix Cereal brand, so it was great to finally visit and put some faces with names. There were […]

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Reader's Digest sign

A couple of weeks ago I visited Country Woman Magazine, a Reader’s Digest publication. Their Craft Editor, Shalana Frisby, gave me a tour of their building and I was able to get a glimpse into the behind the scenes action. The funnest part for me was the “prop loft”, an upper level area filled with […]

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On Location: Prime Publishing, Northbrook, IL

Many of you know me because of my craft blog or my food blog, or perhaps from my Kaboose days, or maybe even as far back as FamilyCorner.com. However, I go back even farther than that, to a time where I worked 40 hours per week in general accounting from the northern suburbs of Chicago. […]

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On Location: Chicago's Randolph Street Market

I’ve been writing articles for websites since 1999. In the last 3 or 4 years my writing has been mostly limited to craft tutorials, recipes and blog posts with an occasional article here and there. That’s when I realized how much I actually missed writing. Not just writing about anything, but rather about my hands […]

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