Holiday, Holiday, Kids

Group Candy T-Shirts- Perfect Family Halloween Outfit

The finished product!

Once I had my kiddos, I became much more excited about Halloween! I love all the prep- picking out pumpkins, making gift bags for friends at school, making sure we have the right amount of candy for the big night, and of course picking out the costumes! But when I have to find outfits for us all to wear as a family, that is where I struggle to think of something creative!

Last Halloween, we were invited to a Halloween party at my son’s friend’s house from daycare. I originally thought it was just a costume party for the kids, so I figured I was all set and they would wear their regular Halloween costumes that they were planning on wearing on Halloween night. But I was in for a big surprise two days before the party when I found out the adults had to dress up too!!! Ugh!

With very little time, I had to come up with outfits that I could buy or make in one day! I had seen someone post m&m shirts being sold online and figured- I could make those! So I headed over to AC Moore to figure out my game plan. By the way, I have been loving AC Moore. It has become by go-to for so many projects which I will continue to showcase here on the blog. Lot’s of great stuff and they are always having sales or coupons which make the projects very affordable.

I had never made these shirts before so I wasn’t sure of all the supplies I would need. But I made a list of what I thought and figured I would make it up as I went along! The kids loved being able to pick out their own colors. My only goal was to have 4 different colors so we could represent an m&m pack as much as we could.

Besides the actual t-shirts, here are the main supplies I needed:

  • Felt for the letter m. Black is shown here but used the same brand and size in white for the project
  • Glue gun and extra glue refills
  • Wooden letter m to use as an outline. I chose the lower case m to match the m&m logo

First step was I laid out the white felt into one big piece. Then I used the wooden m and traced it on the white felt 4x, 1 for each tee I was making. I then cut out each m using fabric scissors. You can use regular scissors, but I already owned the fabric ones and felt they cut a little faster and the cuts were cleaner.

Next step, I laid each tee shirt flat and measured where I wanted the m to sit. Once I decided on placement, I cut out a piece of felt to use for all of the other tees so that the placement was the same on each shirt. I measured from the neckline down so that the placement could be consistent even though the t-shirts were all different sizes.

When I was happy with the placement and ready to use the glue gun, I needed a hard surface to lay the shirts on and provide stability when gluing. I used a hard place mat which also kept the glue gun steady while warming up and not in use.

It was finally time to start gluing. Once the glue gun was warmed up, I applied the glue on the underneath part of the m, ensuring I kept the original placement on the t-shirt so they would all be centered. Once I did one pass of glue, I went back and glued again around the edges to make sure the felt stayed flat and secured.

Ta-da! And here is how they looked finished! I needed to give them a little while to cool down and dry. I also re-checked to make sure all the edges were sticking and laying flat. Then all we needed to do was pick out neutral colored clothes to layer underneath so the shirts would be the pop of color. And we were ready for the party!

All in all, it was a super easy project once I had the supplies. The most time consuming part was cutting out the m’s so that they were straight and neat. Gluing them down went pretty fast. I think the total project at home took me about 2 hours.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this project and that it inspires your own m&m group costume! Happy Halloween!!

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Back to School Shoes! Ugh!

Now you all are very aware by now my love for shoes, well, apparently that has rubbed off on my kids as well………much to my dismay……..

This year is all about the White Sneaker. This trend has been evolving over the last year and is looking like it is at its peak and is popular among the tweens/teens out there.

Takes me back to the 80’s and my white Reebok high tops with my thick socks layered over my jeans. Who can relate our there?

Well, after many weeks of trying to make this very hard decision this is where my kids landed. Not all white but a nod to the trend none the less. Glad that pain staking decision is over!!

Adidas with rose gold stripes (comes in a few color combos; also BOGO 50% off plus 15% off with code SAVEASAP)
Pink Vans
Adidas NMD R1 (free shipping with code
Black Nike Flex Runner (BOGO 50% off plus 15% off with code SAVEASAP)
White Vans
Zebra Vans

I am not sure why I encouraged this but I did allow them a few choices and it was my son who took advantage!……… I figured they both need a non athletic sneaker, if that existed. Well, it certainly does as my kids were all too excited to let me know!

Now this trend is one I can also relate to! This one takes me back to the 90’s! If your child is like my son and has a hard time choosing, have no fear he can design his own!! This was pretty awesome AND right up my ally. Go here and you can choose the style, fabric, pattern, colors, everything and really make them your own! This is such a great idea for the super creative, the aspiring designer, or those that just can’t find the perfect pair!!

Bella, on the other hand, knew exactly what she wanted and went right for it! That’s my girl!

Now that we have survived the backpack decision, supply shopping, underwear stock up, the first week of school looks, and finally the shoes shopping, we can relax and enjoy the last 3 weeks of summer!

It all goes by way too fast! Enjoy!

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Bella’s Back to School Haul: #TargetFindFriday! (Wednesday Edition)

For those of you who were involved in the backpack vote…….the DONUTS won! I have to say the backpacks by Trans by Jansport are a great choice for several reasons: quality, price, durability (they last multiple years of wear and tear) and style!

Bella’s Backpack
All Target Backpacks

Now that we have the backpack, we needed to fill it with all those fun supplies!! If you were not already aware Target’s website has a service that has all the supply lists from the schools in your area. Go here and you Just need to enter your zip code and then choose your school! You can then choose to pick them up in store or have them delivered to you! I wish I knew about this last year!

When it comes to the whole fashion aspect of the new school year my daughter is all about those new fall trends! And they are everywhere: denim skirts, leopard, graphic tees, and jumpsuits! I think she and Target nailed it! Everything fits true to size and all bottoms have adjustable waists!

Jumpsuit (sold out on website)/ sneakers
Tee / shorts / jean jacket / sneakers
Tee / shorts / jean jacket / sneakers
Top / skirt / vans

All links are commission links

Wishing you and your littles an amazing school year!!!

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Back to School – pbk Backpacks and Lunch Boxes

I can’t believe some schools are already heading back to school! My niece and nephew are starting in a week in FL, but I know some schools in GA and AZ have already gone back!

We still have a few weeks left of summer here in the Northeast. My son won’t start 2nd grade till late August. But I have to start getting my ducks in a row sooner than later so I’m not super stressed out right before school starts.

First thing done off my list- his new backpack and lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids!

We got 2 years out of his last backpack (kindergarten and 1st grade). I was so impressed how well his last style held up. He could have used it again this year, it is still in great shape! But he has grown so much, he needs the next size. So we’ll be handing down his last one to his little sister.

Each year though, he needs a new lunch box. I don’t know what they do with them each day at school, but by the end of the school year, the lunch boxes are destroyed and so gross inside!

So I let my son pick out his new favorite styles to be in style in school year. Here he is showing off his new items and he can’t wait to use them on his first day.

All backpacks and lunch boxes are on sale and they ship free! I highly recommend them- a little more than some of the other stores, but based on all the wear and tear he has given them in the past, and how well they have held up, I think they are worth it!

Shop all the styles here

There are also food storage and water bottles that are perfect add-ons to be school ready! shop here

Mackenzie Blue Multi Dino Backpack – My son is wearing a size large and for reference he is 7 years old

Mackenzie Blue Glow-in-the-Dark Shark Lunch Box – We chose the “cold pack” style for this year and we’ve had other styles in the past that have worked well.

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Early Back To School: #Targetfindfriday

Hey there!! While on my weekly Target stroll, Bella and I came across their amazingly huge BTS section…….. So of course Bella needed to try on EVERY backpack they had!!😂. Truthfully they did have an amazing assortment from character backpacks to teenage laptop bags. Check out Bella’s 2 favs!!

Donuts Backpack / Unicorn Backpack
All the Backpacks

Now that you have the backpack picked out you need to fill it with all the super fun supplies!! I found it amazing that they have, ready to go, the school supply list for every school and grade level in the area! This is huge because who really can remember what you did with the list that came home on the last day of school! Check out how to access this on the website here!

This is just the beginning!! We will be back with all our Back to School finds all month!!

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Swim Sale for the 4th of July @Target

Happy 4th of July! Hope you are able to enjoy this holiday outside and maybe even at the beach or pool!

If you are still in the market for new swimsuits for the family, I can’t rave enough about Target swimsuits! They are so great that me and the kids sported them for our recent beach trip.

The fit is great. They offer different silhouettes for all body types. This is helpful for both of my kids especially since different cuts fit my daughter better than others. My son is on the tall and skinny side and the board shorts stay up great even when he’s jumping in the waves or off the diving board.

Quality and value is top notch. I wash them in garment bags in the washer and air dry. They hold up all season. The kids out grow their suits before they even start to look too worn. 

Through the 4th all Target swim is on sale! Ladies and kids is 20% off with code SWIM

Click here to shop all the swim deals (affiliate links)

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#Targetfindfriday BOGO for Kids

Time to stock up for the kiddos! Target prices are already so amazing, and now they are even better! Dresses, shorts and swimwear are all BOGO 50% off! So many great options to choose from no matter what type of style your child likes.

Target is always my go-to for my daughter. The styling fits her best and they hold up great through MANY washes and daily wear and tear at school and on the playground. There are SO many great deals, check them out here:

Girls Toddler Deals Boy Toddler Deals Girl Deals Boys Deals

And here are some of her favorite looks:

Red White Blue Star Dress
Whale Swimsuit
Eyelet Shorts