Halloween Mantel

Wan’t a SUPER cheap and easy Halloween mantel idea?  We whipped these scary pictures out fast.  My 4 year old helped me design them.  I don’t know my way around most editing programs, but picmonkey makes it fool proof.  My kids use this program all the time.  Now, I am sounding like a commercial haha.  This is not a sponsored post.  I just love the site!



We used dollar store frames for this project (and I was short one frame so Cooper hasn’t made it up on the mantel yet, but we are working on it!)

To use:

  • Visit picmonkey.com
  • Click on “edit” (top right) and upload your photo.
  • On the far right hand side you will see a row of icons.  Click on the cat.
  • Select which “monster” you want to create, and picmonkey will give you steps on how to create that monster.


Painted Pumpkins

Looking for a fun an easy Halloween craft?  I had a great time with my mom, @drdi  painting pumpkins this week!

We used craft store pumpkins because they are cheap and we can bring them out every year!

This project was inspired by the tutorial on The House that Lars Built blog.




  • Fake craft store pumpkins (or real pumpkins if that’s what you prefer)
  • Bulls-eye primer spray paint (we love this primer, it helps the paint go on so easily)  With this primer, you will only need one coat of paint.
  • Sharpie (to draw face details)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Printable stencils from The House that Lars Built Tutorial (we didn’t use the stencils, but I am sure they would be fantastic).


  • Cover the pumpkins with the bulls eye spray paint primer (do this outside).   It takes about 10-15 min to dry.  Then we turn it over and pain the bottom.
  • Paint the pumpkin your desired color.  We mixed paint colors with white to make pastels.
  • Let try (or use a hair dryer.
  • Add face details using a pencil first, then sharpie.   We used paint for lips and cheeks.





Pom Poms and Puffs for Kids Fashion

Pom poms and puffballs are everywhere in fashion right now and we are sort of loving it!   Here’s a lineup of some of our favorite and affordable pom pom fashion trends for kids!

Zara metallic pom pom shoes!  Aren’t these incredible?  They go perfectly with this Zara  headband.


Max the Monster Purse from jcrew

This fun comfy baby sweatshirt from hm


Gap metallic toddler shoes, with removable puff?  Yes please!


I tried to get a little crafty and create a DIY monster puff clip.  You can get these puffs at the craft store or amazon.  Add a felt circle and an alligator clip to the back.  Then simple glue some googly eyes to the front.  This makes a great festive hair or shoe clip.



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.

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.


DIY Plastic Animal Necklaces

animal necklaces

A perfect easy craft activity that the kids will love!!  We did these today and it was definitely a success.

I’ve been inspired by these awesome J Crew animal necklaces, and decided that I need to make some with the kids.



So here’s our kid friendly DIY project.


  1.  Plastic Turtles (you could also use dinosaurs, zoo animals or whatever they have available.  I have seen lizards that would be cute too).  Amazon sells them HERE



2.  Screw Eyes – I bought mine at Joanns (with my 40% off coupon)


3.  Paint and Brushes.  We tried a few acrylic paints out, and surprisingly my favorite brand was the cheap brand “craft essentials” that I picked up at Joanns.  It covered really well.


4.  Clear Sealant.  This is optional, but if you want a nice shiny coat and protection from chipping, it would be a good idea.

5.  Cord. We used stretchy cord similar to this


If you want to match the jcrew necklace closey, you can buy ball and chain necklaces suppliers from ETSY



Step 1:

Paint your turtles (don’t my shirtless boys, they were ready for a swim.




Step 2.  Once your turtle is dry, screw in the screw eye.  This was hard for the kids to do, so I did this step for them.  Simply decide where you want to have the ring, and then poke the sharp end into the toy and screw it in until it’s tight.


Step 3.  If you want to add the clear sealant you can do this now (or before the screw eye goes in, it doesn’t matter.

Step 4.  Cut the stretchy cord long enough so it can fit over their head and tie a single know like this:



And all done!  My kids really enjoyed this.  Taylor has a friend participating and she said she loves her necklace!




Art Projects for Kids

Summer’s coming, and it’s time to start thinking of some fun projects to keep the kids busy!  When I was little, before google and Pinterest, I loved to whip out my “make and do” book that was filled with arts and craft ideas.  Now it’s a whole new game with Pinterest.  Here’s some of my favorites that I have seen recently

1.  Magazine Face Art

Cut our a face from a magazine or a book you aren’t using, glue it to a paper, and complete the picture.  Love this Mona Lisa one!


mona lisa

2.  Opt-Art

What a cool idea this is!  I have never tried it, but I am definitely going to give it a go with the kids!  A tutorial can be found at The Frugal Crafter

DCF 1.0


3  Watercolor Squirt Gun Painting – Why Not?

It seems kinda messy, but if it keeps them outside, I think it’s a win.  Plus you may end up with some modern art masterpieces.  Tutorial can be found HERE.


4.  Rock Painting.  You could have them decorate individual rocks to place around your garden, or try this pretty cool Cactus centerpiece.  Tutorial HERE


So there ya go!  A few fun projects to get you through some of those upcoming summer days.  I can’t wait to try them with my gang.




Easy, Inexpensive Photography Props!

It’s always fun to have a little photo shoot!  We just love when it’s shoot day with Heather Telford!   We love to come up with some quick inexpensive photography props.  Here are a few ideas!

  1.  Spray Paint.  For yesterday’s shoot we spray painted a pineapple.  Super cheap, super easy, and we loved how it turned out!  Our serenity dress will be for sale at the end of  this month.

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2.  Marker, or eyeliner to create this fun idea!  Makes for a great silly shot!


Image found on Pinterest

4.  Balloons.  It’s amazing what a few balloons can do for a photo!



4.  Tape some flowers to a wall.  We did this for a tutu skirt shoot and I couldn’t have been happier.




5.  Add an unexpected toy as a prop.  We loved throwing this VW in our romper shoot!


6.  Find a colorful wall, and snap away!




7.  Giant Paper Flowers!  There’s a bunch of tutorials on Pinterest.  Here is one to try: Design Sponge


Photo shoots can be so much fun!  Release the creativity in you!  We am looking forward to our next one!