DIY Mermaid Clothes Pin Dolls

To celebrate the launch of our mermaid dresses, we’ve been crafting!  These clothes pin dolls and so fun and super easy!  This would make a fun activity for a Mermaid Birthday Party.


  • Wooden Peg People  (I picked some up at Michaels Craft)
  • Emroidery Floss (also purchased at Michaels
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Thin Sharpie
  • Foam Craft paper


We started the project by painting the mermaid.  Afterwards we used a fine tip sharpie to draw the eyes and mouth.  We used hot clue to put the hair and mermaid sail on.  It was a quick and very easy project to do with our kids!

Taylor Joelle Mermaid Tutu Dresses hit the site this Monday (July 8th).

Moana Hei Hei Craft

We had a blast making Hei Hei from Moana.  He’s such a cute little guy!




  • toilet paper roll
  • construction paper (or paint)
  • googly eyes
  • feathers
  • glue gun


You can either glue several colors of construction paper to the toilet paper roll, or paint the roll. We used glue sticks to stock the feathers to the top and back of the roll.  The googly eyes were pretty heavy so we needed to use a glue gun to secure them.

Here’s a peek at our Moana inspired tutu dress!


Moana Preschool Crafts! Pua the Pig.

Moana releases to DVD next week!  I’ve put together some crafts to celebrate launch day!    Cohen loves these.  It’s such a fun activity for his age group.

Moana Craft 1: Pua the Pig





  • small paper plate
  • pink pipe cleaner
  • stapler
  • pink paper
  • black marker or pencil crayon
  • googly eyes
  • glue


Pre-cut the nose and ears.  Then you can have your child draw the dark circle for the eye, the nostrils of the nose, and the mouth.  They can glue it on.   After curling the pipe cleaner, staple it to the plate.


Hosting a Book Swap Party

If you are like me, you have a lot of books lying around that the kids never ready anymore. There’s stacks of Junie B Jones, Babysitter’s club, and Captain Underpants. Hang on to those old books, because it’s a good excuse for a book swap party!



remi swap

How to do it?

  1.  Invite a certain number of kids to the party (we did this with the girl cousins in the family).  It would be fun to create book themed invitations like this one from Reid Girls Handmade

book exchange

2.  Have each child bring a certain amount of books.  Suggest maybe 3-5.

3.  Display the books on a table for everyone to see.

4.  Allow each child to pick one book at a time.  They are able to take home as many books as they brought.

5.  Serve food, have fun!

6.  Create a cute take home treat such as this one from from Happiness is Homemade 


Utah’s Living Planet Aquarium

Well, it’s spring break here in Provo, Utah, and we decided to kick off our “staycation” with The Living Planet Aquarium.  I can’t believe we’ve never been to this gem.  My kids had a blast and Mason is already talking about when we go back.  

The highlights:
4D movie (the 4D part wasn’t working when we were there, but the kids loved it in 3D)
Shark tank – It’s an enormous shark aquarium where you can stand in a tunnel under the tank.  So the sharks are swimming beside you and above you.
Penguins – At 4pm they let us watch as the penguins were fed.  So fun to see them interact with humans.  
Petting Zoo – haha ok I know it’s not a petting zoo, but there is an area where they let you touch the star fish and the sting rays.  the kids thought that was pretty cool.
Here are some pictures from our fantastic day!

April Fools Day

I just realized that April fools is this week!  I am not one to put a ton of time and effort into the pranks, but I did find a few on Pinterest and Buzzfeed that I think I might try.  What do you do on April Fools?

1.  Hiding inside the toilet – my kids would get a huge kick out of this one.

2.  This would be hilarious to do at school.  I gotta show my kids!

3.  My kind of prank.  Doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to set up.  I wonder if my kids will fall for it?  I guess we will find out. 
4.  Googley Eyes.  I like this one because it’s cute!
5.  Mentos and Coke.  Not sure that I will even attempt this one, but it’s a pretty awesome idea.
Hope you all have a fun April Fools Day!