Favorite Back-to-School Target Finds

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Hello Makers! It’s that time again… back-to-school season. Is it just me or do the summers go by faster each year? Regardless, it’s time to get organized and prepared for the year ahead and what better way than to get your shopping done at your favorite store… Target!! They have some really great deals for back-to-school that I wanted to share with y’all. One stop for clothes, shoes, lunch boxes, backpacks, school supplies, and even groceries. So grab your favorite icey cold beverage, and let’s parooze our favorite store, shall we? Here are my favorite back-to-school Target finds.

Starting on Sunday, July 30, Target.com is offering savings on women’s & kids’ clothing & shoes, to school supplies, and more! The sale goes through August 5, 2017, so be sure to take full advantage. 

Receive $5 off $50 School Supplies purchase when they use Store Pick-Up. Just select Store Pick-Up option while checking out on Target.com. 

Target has great deals on kids’ clothing for the week of 7/30-8/5 too! Receive a $10 Target GiftCard with $40 Kids’ Clothing purchase, or receive a $5 Target GiftCard with $25 Kids’ Clothing purchase. Jeans, character tees, dresses, and even school uniforms… all included in the sale.

It gets better friends! For the week of 7/30-8/5, all kids’ shoes are buy one get one 50% off! They seriously have the coolest shoes for kids right now too.

Don’t worry moms… there’s a sale for you too!  Women’s Mossimo Supply Co. Apparel
is buy one get one 50% off for the week of 7/30-8/5. I know I need to stock up on cute jeans for fall and winter, so I’ll be taking advantage of this sale for sure. 

There you have it… all of my favorite back-to-school Target finds. But let’s be honest, everything in Target is my favorite!

Are you getting back-to-school ready? What deal are you most excited for?

DIY Flamingo Shirt

Hello there makers!

I am so excited to finally have a chance to share a craft with y’all. Last month I attended a blogging conference (SNAP) and I needed flamingo attire for one of the themed parties. Of course I waited to the last minute (read: I was busy up until the last second) and couldn’t find anything and didn’t have time to order anything online. Insert crafting opportunity at it’s finest. That’s when I decided I was just going to have to make something myself. Check out how my DIY Flamingo Shirt turned out…


To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Silhouette Cameo (or a similar machine)
  • freezer paper
  • craft paint and fabric medium
  • iron
  • cardboard
  • sponge brush
  • blow dryer
  • shirt (Walmart for less than $4)


I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the image I wanted on my shirt and then cut the image out on freezer paper. I put cardboard inside the shirt and placed the freezer paper flamingo and hearts on the shirt.

*You could use the inside of the stencil rather than the outside and get a different look as well.


After you place the stencil where you want, carefully iron it onto the shirt. Make sure that the shiny part of the freezer paper is down, on the shirt.


Next you’ll want to get your paints ready. Mix a few drops of medium in with the craft paint and mix around. This will prevent the paint from washing out of your shirt.


Now you are ready to sponge the paint onto the shirt however you want. I wanted mine to look painted, so I emphasized the sponge look.


After the area you want is covered, carefully peal off your freezer paper stencil. I used tweezers to help get the freezer paper lifted.


Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process and help set the paint onto the shirt. After it’s dry, throw it into the dryer for a quick tumble. Then it’s ready to wear!


Thank goodness for those last minute craft projects that save your booty! I really love the way it turned out and it was perfect for the party at SNAP conference.


I even got a special fan girl moment in my DIY Flamingo Shirt with my all time favorite crafter, Heidi Swapp. Talk about awesome!! More details on my fan girl moment and time at SNAP conference to come… it really deserves it’s own blog post!

So go make yourself some freezer stencil shirts, makers! The options are endless and it’s a fun, inexpensive craft. What would you put on a shirt with freezer paper?



Pretty in Pink Fashion for Kids

Hey Everyone! It’s Siri from Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings back to share another fun fashion post for your littles! Today’s fashion tips feature Pretty in Pink Fashion for Kids. 

When I found out that I was having a girl, I pretty much immediately swore off pink. I wouldn’t be that mother that dressed her little girl in pink every day! In my almost snobbish efforts to stay away from pink, I ended up with almost an entire wardrobe for my baby with no pink in it. Then, slowly, over her first year, I discovered that pink didn’t have to be “stereotypical.” One piece of clothing at a time,  I discovered that I was falling in love with pink as an essential part of Svea’s wardrobe. 
Pink can be lively, 
and tasteful!
Whether you have boys or girls, there are so many ways to style pink in their outfits!
Start with a dress or shirt as the main piece of the outfit.
Then add a bow tie or some tights:
Add a cardigan, some adorable shoes, and/or a belt:
Finish off the look with a handsome pink hat or a sweet headband:
 Have fun styling pink into your little’s daily outfits! I hope these tips help you to incorporate pinks into your kids’ outfits!
Svea’s outfit: Dress- Carter’s, Flats- Gap, Hair Bow- Sara Ellie Bows,  Tights- Carter’s, Stuffed Pig- Merry Love Joy
Siri {Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings}

Dolly and Me Dresses

A couple of months ago for my daughter’s seventh birthday, she received a very special gift from her Amma (grandma). A fancy big girl doll. One that has different outfits and accessories and she even has pretty hair that can be styled different ways. Many of you with little girls are probably familiar with the Our Generation and American Girl dolls. The only the better than having a fancy big girl doll with cute outfits is being able to *match* said doll. Now that would be extra special, right? That’s where these Dolly and Me Dresses come into play…

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How cute is that?! I cannot tell you the excitement that hit our living room when my daughter discovered new dresses with mini matching dresses! 

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Not to mention the matching hair bows… so cute! This hot pink chevron dress with ruffles is pretty and light, perfect for spring and summer wear! The lace sleeves are an added bonus, don’t you think?

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With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July around the corner, how perfect is this patriotic pillowcase dress? The corkscrew bows and blingy necklace pair perfectly with this dress.

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With summer temps reaching the triple digits in Arizona, I know we will get lots of use out of these adorable dresses this summer.

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Outfit details for Dolly and Me:

Hot Pink Chevron Ruffle Dress (Dolly and Me)

Hot Pink Chevron Hair Bows

Pink Chunky Necklace with Rosettes

Red Zebra with Navy Patriotic Pillowcase Dress (Dolly and Me)

Red, White, and Blue Chunky Necklace with Diamond

Patriotic mini corkscrew bows 

All from AlwaysUnderPay.com– reasonably priced, great quality, and super fast shipping! This Utah based, family owned business also offers baby outfits and accessories, craft supplies, dance clothing, tutus, and much more! We were very impressed with our first package!

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Playground Patches

Our awesome sewing and fabric contributor, Shannon, is back this month sharing a GENIUS idea for us mommas who have rough playing kiddos. Check out her easy tutorial for Playground Patches!
Hi! Shannon here from HustleMama Handmade! It’s finally cooling off here in AZ. As a mom to three girls, we love these affordable cute patterned leggings from Target. My only issue? One of my girls is SO rough on her knees. We joke that her leggings are disposable! I prevent those pesky knee-holes by sewing patches on the knees before she even wears them!
Supplies needed: Leggings, Scissors, Fabric to embellish, fusible web – I prefer Heat’N’Bond (see my previous posts for more info on fusible interfacing)
Begin by cutting a piece of fabric and interfacing large enough to fit 2 knee patches on. Iron interfacing onto wrong size of fabric following manufacturers instructions.
Decide what shape and size your patches will be. I chose hearts, just because I think they are adorable! I used a pencil here to lightly trace around where I wanted patch to be.
Then cut out your patches. I cut just inside my pencil lines so they wouldn’t show.
Place on your leggings after measuring to see where your child’s knees are. Iron into place.
Stitch in place. I use my machine, but that can be a little tricky to get the stitching into such a narrow opening. I find that if I go slowly and constantly pull fabric out of the way with my right hand, I can do it pretty well. You can also hand-stitch into place.
That’s it! You’re done! Not only will your leggings last longer, they’ll be little cuter, too!

Pineapple Applique Tank

I am THRILLED to introduce you to another MFTM contributor today. This Arizona handmade shop owner and momma to 3 adorable girls is so super talented and I couldn’t be more excited about her joining our team of creative minds. I found Shannon through Instagram and become instantly obsessed with her handmade goods…and then I discovered that she is one cool chick who loves her family, friends, cooking yummy food, and sitting behind her sewing machine. What’s not to love, right?! Shannon will be dropping by once a month as our Sewing contributor and you won’t want to miss her posts!



Hi! I’m Shannon, chief mama at HustleMama Handmade, my little line of handmade goods. Are you as obsessed with pineapples as I am? I made one of these cute applique tanks for my girls to wear with a breezy summer skirt!
It’s a cinch to make! All you need are: tank top, fabric scraps, steam a seam or heat’n’bond fusible web (easily found at your local hobby store), and of course scissors! 
Begin by cutting your fabric scraps into rough shapes an inch or 2 bigger than you would like your applique to be. Give them a good ironing, You will also cut the fusible web into the same rough shapes. 
If you are using the steam a seam brand, it is self stick on both sides, with protective paper covering it. See how they kind of separate on either side. 
Start by peeling the side that comes off easiest and adhering to your fabric scraps. 
Sketch out your shape. Remember whatever you draw will be reversed once you cut it out. Get creative! I use this method for my birthday shirts (numbers!), initials, other fruits, etc! 
Cut out the shape. 
Place onto your shirt to be sure it fits, and you like the layout. 
Peel the other side of the paper off. See how you are left with that web on the back of your shape? 
Apply to shirt and iron according to package directions to stick onto shirt. 
Time to stitch down! You can use your machine with a decorative stitch, zigzag, or you can just use a fun embroidery stitch and sew the old fashioned way with a needle and thread! 
Trim your threads and gift to your favorite girl! (Or yourself!!!) 
Thank you Shannon! What an adorable tank! And pineapple happens to be my favorite fruit ever. 
Be sure to check out Shannon etsy shop too!

Teach Me Tuesday: DIY Rudolph Shirt

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, friends!

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Can you believe it’s already December? And that Christmas is nearly 22 days away?! AHHHH! I promised myself that I would slow down a bit more this holiday season and really take it all in…because each year it seems to pass by more quickly.  So over the long weekend, my daughter and I got our Christmas craft on! We are very excited to share the DIY Rudolph Shirt we made… and it’s so easy you can make one too!

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What you will need:

White shirt


Sponge brush

Fabric paint (or fabric medium to add to craft paint)

Red pom pom

Fabric glue

Newspaper & paper towels (for clean up)

A child’s hands and foot (preferably still attached to the child ;)

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How To:

Lay out the newspaper so that you have a covered work space on the floor. Slip the cardboard into the shirt (to prevent paint bleeding through) and lay it on the newspaper.

Paint the bottom of your child’s foot with brown fabric paint and press their foot onto the middle of the shirt. Lift the food straight up and wash foot.

Paint your child’s hands with a darker brown fabric paint. Press the hands down on the shirt near the top of the foot stamp. Lift straight up and wash hands. 

Paint eyes on the deer and use fabric glue to adhere the red pom pom to the shirt. 

We added glitter to the antlers and green puff paint dots to the collar. 

Tips: Allow 24 hours of dry time before wearing. Wash inside out in cold water and hang to dry.

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So easy and such a fun and festive shirt for the holiday season. My daughter wore her shirt to a Christmas party and received a ton of compliments from her little friends. It’s a keeper for sure! Oh and the adorbs head wrap she’s wearing? That’s a Vintage Rose Wrap of course. We have a large collection…go check them out!

Thanks for hanging out with us for a bit today!  I have another fun Christmas project to share with you tomorrow, so I will see you then!

Wicked Witch Costume

I have been meaning to get this post up for a few days now but it’s just been plain busy around these parts. I finished my daughter’s Wicked Witch costume early last week and she was so excited to wear it to our church’s annual Trunk-or-Treat Saturday night. Are you ready to see how it turned out?!

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Simple but so cute!! I was really excited when L told me she wanted to be a witch for Halloween…I was a witch when I was her age too! I wanted to make sure she was comfortable and my budget was about $20 for this year’s costume. I actually stayed under my budget and spent about $12 total. 

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Let me break it down so you know how I pieced this semi-handmade and very affordable costume together. 

  • Witch Hat: $2 from Target + embellished by by (see details HERE)
  • Wicked Shirt: $5 t-shirt from Target and embellished with iron on glitter vinyl (letters cut with my Silhouette)
  • Black tutu skirt: already owned
  • Black & white striped leggings: $5 from Target
  • Black boots: Hand-me-downs from friends
  • Trick-or-Treat Bag: All supplies had on hand (see details HERE)

Here’s a close up of L’s witch shirt…I really love how it turned out!

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And of course the BOOtique Witch Hat, which received many compliments and made my girl smile proudly.

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And just for fun, we had to make some WICKED faces because after all, L wanted to be the WICKED WITCH of the WEST for Halloween…with a little bling and flair of coures *wink*.

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She told me “Whoa mom! I look like a REAL witch in that one!” LOL! Oh man this kid cracks me up. 

I couldn’t believe she was the only witch and our church’s Trunk-or-Treat! Some of her friends even had cute handmade costumes too (Jack from the Neverland Pirates and a beautiful mermaid and a super cute fox). We had so much fun- there was a chili cook off, fun carnival style games (also handmade), and then of course Trunk-or-Treating. Personally, I love it better than door to door Trick-or-Treating…but we do both ;) 

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So what do you think? Totally do-able, right?! 

If you liked this costume I made, check out L’s Minnie Mouse Costume and her Olivia Costume I made her as well. 

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BOOtique Witch Hat

Oh friends. I am really excited to share more of my daughter’s Halloween costume with you! It’s turning out to be such a cute costume and I really think you are going to like it. Today I am sharing the $2 hat I transformed into a beautiful BOOtique Witch Hat!

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Now I’m not sure if I should be proud of this or embarrassed, but everything you see on this hat came from my craft stash. So this project literally cost me the $2 I spent on the child’s size black witch hat (Target). If I were going to purchase an already embellished witch hat, I would easily spend $25+. Needless to say, the cost is a huge bonus in my book. 

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Making the BOOtique Witch Hat was SUPER easy! First I gathered my supplies:

  • black witch hat
  • spray on fabric glitter (silver)
  • black tulle
  • white netting
  • orange and black flowers
  • rhinestones
  • scrap fabric
  • ribbon (black, orange, and white)
  • feathers (black & white)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks

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First I sprayed the hat with the fabric glitter and allowed it to try for a bit.

Then I cut 3 stands of tulle about a yard each and braided the pieces together. Then I hot glued it around the brim of the witch hat.

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Next I started laying my embellishments onto one side of the hat, securing everything with hot glue. I added the netting, the ribbon (in different widths and colors) hanging off the brim a bit, then the flowers with rhinestone centers, and feathers poking out from behind. Then I used some scrap material to make a bow and added that on as well. 

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Cutest witch hat ever, right?? Took me about 25 minutes total to complete and if you had to purchase all of the materials, I’d say the budget would be about $15 max. All supplies (besides the hat which was purchased at Target) can be found at your local JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. 

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of my cute little witch’s costume! She is totally LOVING how it’s all coming together. More to come later this week.

You can check out her No Sew Halloween Bag HERE

What are your kiddos going to be for Halloween this year?

Be sure to follow along on Twitter! I am sharing handmade Halloween costumes from all over the web this week, so don’t miss out!

Hello Kitty Apparel for the Tech-Savvy Fashionista

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Happy Monday friends!

One of my favorite parts of back to school season is back to school shopping. I love all the school supplies and my daughter loves shopping for new back to school clothes. What girl doesn’t like shopping for new clothes? When I told Luci that we were going shopping at Macy’s for Evy of CA Hello Kitty clothing, she was thrilled to say the least. Let’s just say…this girl is smitten for that white kitten. And Evy of CA has created Hello Kitty Apparel for the Tech-Savvy Fashionista. Let us show you…


She had lots of fun trying on cute Hello Kitty clothes… and finally found ‘the dress.’  She loved the cuteness and the comfort of the soft cotton dress. Perfect for casual or dressy occasions…


And since Luci is a big time Hello Kitty fan, she already had the perfect Hello Kitty headband to go with her new dress.

The coolest part of the Evy of CA Hello Kitty clothing line is that the outfits come with cute puppets and a fun app! That’s right…the Hello Kitty apparel unlocks a photo and puppet theater app called KuKee.


Simply download the KuKee app after you purchase the Evy of CA Hello Kitty clothing and scan the cute little tag on the apparel (using the app). Then your daughter can capture her puppet shows using her new puppet and app. Don’t those tattoo finger puppets rock?!

Luci also picked out the cutest Hello Kitty jacket for the fall. She loves the sequence pockets and the cute Hello Kitty zipper…such adorable details. And little fashion divas LOVE adorable details.


This jacket came with a cute plush Hello Kitty finger puppet. I’m pretty sure Luci let out a squeal when she noticed her jacket came with a mini Hello Kitty plush toy.


Cute, trendy clothing for a tech-savvy kid…score!!


Check out Luci’s first puppet show using the KuKee app…. *laugh out loud*


She’s such a goof!

You are really wanting the new KuKee app, aren’t you? Here are the user-friendly directions for you to follow…

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Want to see the other cute Evy of CA Hello Kitty clothing? Check them out here…

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Do you love back to school cloths shopping like us? What are your kiddos favorite clothing items to wear?