Vampirina Halloween Costume

Cohen has decided that he wants to be Vampirina for Halloween.  I totally thought he would have chosen Rapunzel, but after our big birthday party, I’m excited for a change.

 

unnamedI bought his costume on sale at target – on sale for $16.49.  Sweet deal right?  And so many people have been asking where his face paint (and arm paint lol) are from.  I bought pale blue face paint off amazon

I was concerned when I opened the paint because it was rock hard.  As soon as I took a wet paint brush to it, the paint moistened up and went on really easily.

Free Halloween Printables

We are thrilled that Diane Robison has allowed us to offer you all some free Halloween printables.  These are so fun, and I cannot wait to get them on my wall.

Diane Robison Design would love to get the word out about her art, so please tag her in pics that you post.  We would love to see your decor!

Here’s where you can follow (and tag) her on Instagram: Drdidesign

Happy Halloween!

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Here are the high res printables.  Enjoy!!

 

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Rapunzel Birthday Party!

My son Cohen’s current favorite princess is Rapunzel.  He’s been so excited for his Rapunzel Birthday Party.  Here’s what we did:

Invites:

We used yarn for the braid. Cohen’s Grandma creates a digital portrait of Cohen for the tower.

Decor:

We bought 100 feet of yellow table cover on amazon.   This was the perfect amount to decorate the house with Rapunzel hair.

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Activities:

Here’s a list of the games/activities we did for the party:

  • Pin the Braid on Rapunzel
  • Bean Bag toss (took an old bean bag game and repainted it)
  • Who can build the tallest tower with jenga blocks
  • Bedazzle a princess crown
  • Paint pictures for her “gallery wall” (I bought dollar store frames).
  • Freeze Dance to Tangled Soundtrack
  • Musical Chairs
  • Using green play-dough make a pascal
  • face painting

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Cake:

I didn’t do anything fancy for the cake.  Just put a toy on a store bought cake.

Take Home:

We sent each child home with a doll, their artwork, and a Rapunzel braid.

Happy Birthday Cohen.  I hope you had the BEST DAY EVER!

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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.