Easter Egg Cactus DIY

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Easter is approaching and I am stoked about decorating my mantel.  I thought it would be fun to paint some “cactus” eggs like I’ve seen around Pinterest.  This craft was so easy and fun!  Here’s what I used:

Plain white artificial eggs at Walmart

Tiny pots from Michael Craft

Acrylic Paint

Dirt (yup, I just used real dirt in these post)

Pink Felt

Glue Gun

I started by painting the eggs green.  Once the paint was dry, I took a tiny paint brush to make the white dotted lines.  As the eggs were drying I painted the pots.  To make the flower on top of the eggs, I took a tiny piece of felt, scrunched it up and glued it to the top with hot glue.  I then used hot glue to make the eggs stick to the dirt (although mine would probably stay put in the pot without the hot glue).

Easy right?

LeapPad Ultimate

I was so happy to receive a LeapPad from Leapfrog to review.  I reached out to them because I am obsessed with this brand.

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Leapfrog videos are what taught my older kids their letters.  No joke, my 17 month old son (Cooper) could say each letter and sound.  It was all from those leap and lily videos (I wish I could take credit lol).

The LeapPad is the perfect thing for Cohen.  Here’s what I love:

  1.  It serves as a tablet.  It’s no secret that Cohen loves his tv shows.  He’s always borrowing my phone to watch them online.  With the LeapPad I am able to download those shows.  There’s so many of them (shimmer and shine, octonauts, paw patrol, team umizoomi, and tons more).  The shows cost a few dollars for a bundle, but it’s worth it to me to have them downloaded onto the tablet (especially for road trips).
  2. There’s 100s of amazing learning games.  The device includes many free apps that are amazing!  They teach letters, emotions, words, reading.  I love the reading app.  You can select their level.  With Cohen the story will be read to him while showing the words.  With my older son Bauer, he will read the story himself.  They are interactive stories, so your child may think they are just playing a game lol.
  3. The way that Leap and Lily teach letters, I believe is pure genius.  I method that works so quickly.  So it’s fun to have the Leap and Lily activities right on the tablet.
  4. Back in the day we use to have the leapfrog toys and they all needed batteries (kind of annoying).  Now you don’t need to worry about batteries.  You can charge them overnight for hours of play.

Here’s a little demo video of Cohen with his LeapPad Ultimate

Buffalo Check Pinafore!

We are thrilled about what’s in store for Taylor Joelle.  Lots and lots of pinafores coming this spring.  One of our favorites is this buffalo check pinafore.  So many fun ways to style it!

We will also be doing matching bows!

Pinafores and Bows: Taylor Joelle

Shirts and Socks: Next Direct

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Wan’t a fun mommy/me matching look?

Check out this adorable gingham dress on ASOS

 

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Easter Dresses!

We are so thrilled to bring you coordinating Easter dresses this year!  These dresses are perfect for sisters.

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We launch this Monday at 7am (mst) to our facebook group (along with a 20% off code).  You can join the group HERE

Some info about these dresses:

These dresses are a little different that our previous dresses.  They are manufactured from a factory in Egypt.  We have decided to get at least 2 facilities producing Taylor Joelle so we can bring quality product more frequently.

What’s different about this dress?

There’s no tag on the bodice (instead the info is stamped on).

The bodice fabric is slightly thinner than our original fabric.  Same great quality, but a lighter material.  Great for spring/summer.

The mesh is very soft, but it’s a different mesh that our other dresses.  It’s a thinner mesh so we’ve added an extra layer of tulle (should be 4 layers in all).

The lining on this dress in longer (yay!).  An improvement we have been wanting to make.

 

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Doll House Makeover

I was browsing my local thrift store and came across this $6 doll house.  Sweet deal right?

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I knew with a little paint this could be so cute in my living room.  My little boy (yes boy) Cohen is obsessed with dolls.  My parents said that they would take over the project as a Christmas present to him.

Before I handed the house over them, I spray painted it completely with Bulls Eye Primer (my fav, I use it on so many different projects).

Here’s the finished project.  My mom used chalk paint (but i think any acrylic paint would do), and scrap book paper for the flooring.

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DIY Christmas Village

Do you have some Christmas village houses that need a little updating?  Or maybe you found some at your local thrift store.  Here’s a fun and simple project to help your village match your decor.

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Here’s what you will need:

  • Spray Paint.  I used 3 different colors. (buy at any craft store)
  • Mini Christmas trees and wreathes (I bought these at Michaels craft)
  • Spray Snow (from Michaels.  I have also seen it on amazon).
  • Hot glue

 

Step one:

Cover your houses with spray paint.  It may need a few coats.  I also spray painted my mini white tree with pink paint.

Step two:

After the spray paint is dry, use some acrylic paint to enhance details like the doors or window frames.

Step three:

Hot glue the wreathes or other decorates you want to include

Step four:

Add the spray snow.  This is fun!  The only problem is that it doesn’t dry like paint.  It stays kind of foamy.  I think I will need to reapply this snow each year when I get my village out.

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Happy Day! A New Dress has Launched

We are so excited to introduce the “Tan Dot Dress”.  It’s a combination of 2 of our previous best selling tutu dresses (the purple rain and the tan stripe).

Mesh, those 2 together, and you get the Taylor Joelle Tan Dot Dress.

It’s on sale now for 15% off and free shipping using code “dotdotdot”

And don’t forget to snag the matching bow tie (also 15% off).

Available HERE

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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!

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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.

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Materials:

  • 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).

Directions:

  • 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.

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The Perfect Pinafore!

This Monday we launch our newest Taylor Joelle shape.  The pinafore!  This pinafore is made of super soft corduroy (almost has a velvet feel to it).  It’s thick and lined, and the straps are adjustable.

We love this piece and are excited to see how everyone styles it!

Our launch happens Monday morning at 9am MST.  If you join our facebook group, you can get early access (7am MST) and a 15% off promo code.

Retail is $29 shipped (only $24.65 with the code).

 

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