Mermaids DO Exsist!

Well at least at AppleJack Apparel…Each and every day a new, gorgeous mermaid emerges thanks to our bright and shiny tails! We’ve been getting some really great photos on our Facebook page recently and I think it’s time to share them on here. And let me just say, our followers are some pretty talented photographers! So sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous, real mermaids of AppleJack Apparel!

This is totally Ariel’s Mini-Me! This chic little mermaid has such beautiful sun-kissed hair that I’m totally envious of! Don’t you just adore all those sea inspired props, I’m especially loving that pink seaweed! Plus, do you see that pose she’s giving the camera, she has future mermaid model written all over her!

Lisa over at End of the Road Photography is hosting a photo shoot exclusively for mermaids this month and her own little beauty got to test out the first outfit and according to Lisa, “She wouldn’t even let me take her ballet bun out of her hair from dance class…she had to put it on right away!” If the other mermaids are this ecstatic as this mermaid I’m sure this upcoming photo shoot is going to be a hit!

Aloha! Mermaid Kaitlin washed up along the shores of  Salamas Beach, Hawaii. What a perfect place to be a mermaid!

What a splash-tastic photo! This green beauty is enjoying her new fin and is testing out just how water-proof it really is! (Which by the way all of our tails do fantastically in the water, just be cautious about swimming)

We’d LOVE to see how your little mermaid enjoys her new tail! Send us a picture on our Facebook page 🙂

AppleJack Apparel Reviews- 5 Stars All Around!

Words cannot express how appreciative we are towards you guys! We’ve been getting a ton of positive, 5-star reviews lately and I’d just like to send you all a big virtual THANK YOU for taking time out and showing us some love. We’re also very much enjoying all the beautiful pictures on our Facebook page as well! Most importantly though, we’re so happy that your little mermaid is enjoying her new tail!

Naomi T. is over the moon about the ease and uniqueness of AppleJack Apparel tails,  “We recently got our 5 & 9 year olds the swimmable mermaid tails from Applejackapparel.com for their mermaid birthday party. They couldn’t even believe there was such a thing! They were so excited it made the whole birthday, and they wore them non-stop! They enjoyed posing with guests for pics, playing on the edge of the pool like beached mermaids, and then even getting in and swimming with them on. My five year old was able to wear her arm floaties and stay afloat with it on and maneuver herself around in the water, and the 9 year old was able to swim under and above water using the mermaid kick and butterfly stroke easily. I think she was surprised at how easy it was! The foam inside the tail would occasionally get turned around partly inside the material because of her kicking unbalanced but it was easily corrected and not too frequent. These tails were absolutely worth it and great quality! I think we sold several for the company just by being there!”

Amy M. found what she needed at a price that made her wallet happy, “Exactly what I was looking for at a price much more reasonable than other vendors. I have already referred several Facebook friends who loved my pics of my daughter in her tail.”

Micah N. knows a smile is a priceless treasure, “My daughter LOVES her mermaid costume! The smile on her face is well worth the money!!”

Kami’s inner-mermaid is totally wishing we sold adult sizes, “My twins had a mermaid themed birthday party and wore their tails, HUGE HIT! they love them. I think they are super cool too.”

Bianca A. may live across the ‘big pond’ but our mermaids are well taken care of over there as well 😉 “I got just what I ordered, in perfect condition and on record time (I live in Italy). Very very good. Thanks!”

Sandra S. is the mother of one happy and satisfied little mermaid! “Thank you so much for not only your great service but also for your great product! It was exactly what I expected it to be and my little girl was the envy of the party! I’m telling everyone about AppleJack Apparel 🙂 “

Anna P. may need to invest in a permanent mermaid cove for her granddaughter! “I would recommend anyone who likes the mermaid tail I bought for my granddaughter she loved it so much she didn’t want to take it off!”

PS. You can find all of these reviews on each of the tails’ checkout pages so if you’re in the market for a new fin we hope this helps you in your decision 😉

We’re Going to MerPalooza 2013!

If you happen to be in the Tampa Bay area in Florida from August 9th to August 11th you won’t want to miss this year’s MerPalooza gathering! First in Orlando, then in Las Vegas and now in Tampa Bay, this is the 3rd annual MerPalooza tradeshow where mermaids and pirates from all around the World come together and show off their unique style, beautifully crafted accessories and amazing talents. So we’re more than excited to announce that in just TWO weeks we’ll be heading down to Tampa Bay and joining in on the magical experience! When you gather hundreds of Mermaids in one place, just taking it all in can be a treat in itself but there will also be plenty on the itinerary to keep your inner mermaid swimming with joy.

For the full list of things to do at MerPalooza visit their schedule.

Mermaids are HOT! And they’re only getting hotter! We hope to see you at this year’s Merpalooza bash! If you haven’t picked up tickets yet, go to their website and order them today!

Comment below if you’re planning on attending, we’d love to see you there!

20 Road Trip Ideas for Kids

In a few months I’m taking my nieces on a little driving adventure from New Jersey to South Carolina. That’s an eleven hour trip for us! They are 8 and 12 so I wasn’t looking for flash cards or sing-a-longs but there definitely needs to be some sort of entertainment during the trip to keep us sane. I searched all over and found a ton of really great ideas, but to keep this post short and sweet, I selected the best 20 ideas I found which should be plenty for our trip. These ideas are for kids of all ages- some are obviously geared towards younger or older kids, so choose what works best for you and your traveling companions. Also, if you have any road trip tips, I would love to hear them! Feel free to share them in the comments below or on our Facebook Page!

1. Here is a fun site with tons of printable Mad Libs for Kids. Sometimes we do these as a family and kids love to choose the craziest words they can think of.
2. Print off this cute state license plate check list and see who can cross them all off the fastest!

3. Give your kids glow sticks, glow necklaces, or glow bracelets when traveling at night (You can find lots at the dollar store). They will love how they glow and it is like a personal night light.
4. Pack some little snack bags with Froot Loops cereal and let the kids string it on the pipe cleaner (it’s much easier than yarn). Doubles as a great snack!
5. Make a trip notebook. Give each child a new notebook and let them draw pictures, put in stickers, take notes, tape in tickets or other paraphernalia from your trip. Add pictures you took from your camera at the end of your trip for a fun keepsake.
6. Play Hot Seat. Each person takes a turn in the “hot seat” being interviewed by the other passengers. The other passengers can ask any five questions they want of the person in the hot seat, who must answer. The person in the hot seat can refuse to answer one question by using a veto. Once all the questions have been asked, the hot seat transfers to a new passenger.

7. Give each child an inexpensive disposable camera (or maybe a kid-safe or old digital camera, if you have one) and let them document the vacation and road trip themselves.
8. Check out these Travel Tickets and Reward Tickets! Give each child enough tickets in a small baggie (one ticket for every half hour of driving). Collect a travel ticket every 30 minutes and when the tickets are all gone, you have arrived! You could even use the Reward Tickets for trading them in for books, playtime on the iPad, a new toy, a snack, etc
9. Speak in Song. Carry on a conversation using only the titles or lyrics from songs. No singing allowed.
10. Would You Rather? Take turns offering various options to other passengers, either wonderful, horrible, painful, embarrassing, or otherwise. Find out who would rather jump in a flaming volcano or sit in a cage of snakes.

11. Using a tackle box, raid the kitchen and assemble a snack kit before your next road trip.  It will turn a simple snack into entertaining fun!
12. Give your child a new pack of markers and let them get creative while coloring this Intricate Coloring Page. Every age likes to color, myself included!
13.  Print off this Travel Scavenger Hunt– here is one for preschoolers and one for older kids.
14. At the beginning of the trip, each passenger chooses an odd or rare-colored car (yellow, purple, orange, pink, etc.). During the drive, passengers get a point for spotting cars of their chosen color. Alternate idea: passengers can steal points from each other if they spot another passenger’s car color first!
15. Buy some of these Window Markers and let the kids go to town on the back windows. You can easily wipe them clean with a baby wipe.
16. Kids love surprises, wrap up a bunch of small toys (check the Dollar Store or the dollar section at Target) and let your kids pick a prize every 100 miles traveled (or 50 miles traveled for shorter trips).
17. Keep cleaning supplies in the car. It is also a good idea to have paper towels, carpet cleaner (spot shot is our favorite), garbage bags or plastic grocery bags and a few hand-towels for spills or for sickness.   You may also want to have one extra pair of clothes, within reach (not packed in a suitcase), for each person in case they make a mess of their first outfit (in case of car sickness).
18. If you need to stop to eat, it is better to stop somewhere where the kids can get out and run around for 15 minutes.  Having a little picnic lunch packed provides you with that extra time, since you don’t have to wait in a drive-though or eat in a restaurant.  Healthier & quicker!  (No need to spread everything out on a picnic blanket- just let them eat their sandwich and spend the rest of the time playing tag or running around to get their energy out!)

19. Road Trip Pillow Cases  are such a great idea!  They have a pocket for coloring books and other toys as well as a handle for easy carrying.  Download the directions to make your own.
20. Using a ziplock bag, package up one outfit for each day, including undies and hair accessory.  When you reach your destination your child can easily choose what they want to wear for that day.
Well, here’s hoping that your road trip is a complete success! Let me know if any of these tips worked for you!
Happy Travels!

Mermaid Foods for Children!

Mermaids eat just like you and me but for some reason their food looks so much cuter, right?! Each of these recipes are super simple and perfect for an at-home play date or birthday party. Click on each picture for a tutorial on how to create these special mermaid foods.

Starfish Pizza and Sea Shell Pasta

Deli Sushi

Sand Pudding

Oyster Pearl Bites

Clickety Crab Croissant

Let us know how your mermaid enjoyed their food!

Best Mermaid Party Ideas Around the Web!

If you’re browsing through this site then most likely your little girl is a mermaid fanatic who probably spends her nights dreaming of the sea. Once her birthday comes around let’s make all of those fanciful dreams come true. There are tons of whimsical and creative ideas floating around on the web, especially Pinterest! So rather than letting you get lost in the big sea of amazing ideas I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite mermaid themed parties and brought you a nice photo roundup of inspiration all in one spot! Read on to learn how to dazzle your little mermaid and her friends with these beautiful ideas.

The Invitations

Head on over to the PhotoGreetings shop on Etsy for this adorable mermaid graphic invitation. There are 3 cute styles to choose from and many other adorable invitations for other party themes so you’ll know exactly where to go for your next event. The invitation is then sent as a jpg or pdf file so you can print out as many as you’d like.

If you’re planning on having a joint birthday or inviting an even mixture of boys and girls then I would definitely suggest these Pirate/Mermaid invitations from the Etsy shop, LollipopPrints where they do a great job of bringing the two genders together.

The Decorations

There are tons of really great ideas out there but I think in the collage above you can see a nice variety of ideas to gather. Take a look at the sea-inspired decorations like starfish, coral, live fish bowls, paper plate octopi and ‘sea weed’ garland.

The Food