DIY Rapunzel Braid with Fleece Fabric

My son Cohen is turning 5 in 2 weeks, so we have been prepping away for his birthday party.  He’s a princess loving boy and his new obsession is Rapunzel.

I wanted to make a braid for each party guest.  I looked up some tutorials and most of them involved yarn.  I tried to do a sample one and it was trickier that I expected.  I knew there had to be a simpler way.  Someone sent me a link to one done in fabric at Hanna Andersson, and I thought YES!  Fabric should make this project much easier (and cheaper).  Each headband costs about $3 to make.

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So, I’ve made a video about what I did to make these fleece Rapunzel braids.  They will make perfect party favor’s to Cohen birthday guests.

Materials:

  • Yellow Fleece Fabric  – 1.5 yards made 5 headbands.  The last two I made were thinner braids since I was getting low on fabric.  If you want them all to be thick braids, I would do a little more).
  • Purple Ribbon – this is for weaving into the braid.  I bought a spool at the dollar store and ran out after 2 headbands.
  • Plastic Headbands – I purchased packs of 2 at the dollar store
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Fake Flowers – also purchased at the dollar store.

 

DIY Unicorn Horn Headband

Halloween is approaching and we love to bring you ideas of easy costumes that can be made using Taylor Joelle dresses.

This one is so simple and perfect for your rainbow unicorn loving kid.

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Rainbow Unicorn Costume

Materials:

  • Taylor Joelle Rainbow Stripe Dress
  • white felt (I had them cut me a 1/4 yard at the fabric store, and I have tons left).
  • pink felt
  • cardboard (I used a notebook cover)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • headband (mine is from the dollar store)
  • gold pipe cleaner (or gold wire)
  • stuffing
  • flowers to decorate

Step 1:

Cover the headband with strips of white felt using hot glue

Step 2:

Create the horn.  I pinched down one corner, began rolling into the shape I want and used hot glue to secure as I rolled.  Once it was the size I wanted, I cut the bottom to make it an even cone.  Next I stuffed the cone with some cotton stuffing (took some from a throw pillow I was planning on tossing).

 

 

Step 3:

Wrap the pipe cleaner or wire around the horn.  I used dabs of hot glue to secure it.  Then, attach the horn to the headband.  This time I uses lots of hot glue and fold the sides over the headband.

 

Step 4:

Cut the unicorn ears out using cardboard and felt.  Glue the felt to the cardboard to make it stiff.  Then use hot glue to attach the ears to the headband.

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Step 5:

Embellish with some fake flowers. Rather than spending a lot of money buying the different colors I need, I bought 1 bunch of white flowers and painted them with spray paint and acrylic paint that we had around the house.  Glue the flowers to the headband.

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And there you have it.  A unicorn headband.  My 4 year old son loves it and now is insisting he be a unicorn for Halloween 🙂

These headband would also work great for a unicorn birthday party favor.  Or a party activity.  You could pre-make the headbands and have the party guest embellish them.

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Back to School Dresses!

It’s that time of year!  Back to school shopping!  I love the feeling of sending off my littles in a brand new outfit.

We’ve got the perfect back to school dresses.  Short sleeve (because it will still feel like summer for a while), and ultra comfy!   These Taylor Joelle dresses hit the site August 13th!

Love these photos taken by Katie Trottino

 

Daisy Tutu Dress and Rainbow Stripe Tutu Dress:

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Ocean Coral and Turquesa – A perfect family resort in Cancun

I just got back from a 5 night stay in Cancun with my parents and children, and I have to blog about it!  I’m a mom of 5 kids, so finding a perfect family resort can be tricky.  This post is not sponsored.  I wasn’t given any freebies on this trip.  Just wanted to share with you this awesome resort, and why it was perfect for my young kids.  We traveled in May just before school ended so it was really quiet and nice.

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Here’s what I loved about the resort:

  1.  The biggest plus for my family was the Daisy Club (a daycare for ages 4-12).  My 4 and 7 year old absolutely LOVED this club.  It’s open from 9am – 4pm daily, and when I come to get them at 4pm, they don’t want to leave.  They loved their leader, Irene, and had a blast with all the fun activities she facilitated.  Here’s a few: water balloon fights, pool games, pinatas, evening dance parties (up on the stage), sand castle contests, crafts, tag on the beach, movies, and more.  Irene even brought my kids to lunch at the buffet each day.  IMG_0166 IMG_0046.JPG
  2.   Another BIG plus was the the food.  This was my first time to Cancun, but my parents have been several times.  My parents told me that at other resorts they usually get tired of the buffet after the first couple days.  At Ocean Coral, we could have eaten from that buffet daily for a month or more.  It was soooo good!  Quality food with tons of variety.  My favorite was the fresh fruit smoothie bar.  You load up the fruits of veggies you want (beets, kale, melon pineapple, really anything you can imagine) and they will make the juice for you.   There was pretty much any food you could imagine at the buffet.   The restaurants were all so good.  There’s a Creperie, Italian restaurant, Route 66 (burgers), Mexican (my personal fav), and a Tepanyaki restaurant.  My kids loved this one.  The food tasted amazing and they loved watching the chef cook and put on a show right in front of them.    As far as food is concerned, the only thing I think this resort needed was better “snack bars”.  They had hot dogs, burgers, fries, and sometimes sandwiches available, but what they really needed were some chips and guacamole.  You could get this at the buffet, but I would have loved to have it by the pool or on the beach.  IMG_0158.JPG
  3.  The pools were fantastic.  We explored the different pools and played around a little bit, but we always ended back up at the kids pool.  It was quiet and relaxing.  Each day they did different activities by the pools such as water aerobics, dancing, a giant water slide, and a bubble party.   IMG_0128.JPGIMG_0082.JPG
  4. The resort had a teen club.  It looked really cool, but they said most of the video games weren’t working and it was “boring”.   Hopefully in the future they will improve the teen club with some better updated games, and more organized activities.
  5. Not the resort’s fault, but the beach had a lot of sea weed.  It’s been a big problem in Cancun lately.  It didn’t stop my kids from swimming and having fun on the beach!

Here’s a little video we put together that should give you a Mom’s perspective on this resort.

Summer Kids Shoes!

It’s that time of year where you want your kids to have easy on and off summer shoes!  Here’s a few of my favorites!

These Cat and Jack sandals from target and only $9.99.  Plus right now they are buy one get one 60% off!!

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There a million other SUPER cute sandals on sale right now at target, but the ones above are my pics for easy shoes that can get wet!

Next, up are these Zara sandals.  Not necessarily water shoes, but they look like an ultra cute summer sandal for the beach.

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And for boys?

We love the way that native is color blocking some of their shoes. These adorable ones can be found at Tea Collection

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And last of all, a couple of weeks ago I was on the hunt for some sandals for Cohen. I  went into Norstrom Rack.  They had super cute things, but nothing that was his size.  Next door was Burlington Coat Factory.  I hadn’t been in that store in about a decade, but I had some time to kill, so I decided to go in.  I walked out of the store with sandals for each of my boys.  They had Adidas sliders for only $10.  I had been searching online these and they were double that price online.  So check out local Burlington Coat Factory.  You may be surprised what you find!

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Rainbows? Yes Please!

We’ve got a Taylor Joelle rainbow tutu dress in production, and I am thrilled!   This dress will be available early August 2018.

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I hope this trend sticks around for a while, because it sure makes me happy!

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Here are some of our favorite 2018 rainbow trends:

Moms in Rainbow Stripe

 

Watch: Urban Outfitters

Sweater: Forever 21

Dress: Asos

Swim: Albionfit

 

 

Pants: Nordstrom

Clutch: OhJoy

Kids in Rainbow Stripe

 

 

Romper: Cotton On

Shoes: Next Direct

 

Jacket: Little Bird by Jools

Pinafore: Taylor Joelle

Socks and Purse: Next Direct

Celebrities in Rainbow Stripe

 

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Chloe Grace Moretz

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Mollie King

 

 

Watch Out for Pink Dinosaurs

Our dinosaur tutu dress was such a hit, that we thought we’d bring it back.  This time in pink!  Here’s a throw back to our previous one.

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Here’s our Taylor Joelle pink version coming April!

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This dino tutu makes the perfect party dress for your dinosaur loving girl!  Here’s a few dino party ideas:

Dinosaur Party Invitations (these invites alone want to make me plan a dino party)

Source: Oh Happy Plan

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Perfect DIY party favor: Dino Egg Soap.

Instructions can be found on buzzfeed

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Dino Paleontologist Sheet Cake

Source: Butterlust

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Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs

Hide a bunch of plastic dinosaurs in a pool full for sand, for the party guests to dig and find.  Source: Catch My Party

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