Celebrating Time Together + JORD Giveaway

A big thanks to the team at JORD Wood Watches for the wrist upgrade, and for sponsoring this post.

Halloween has come and gone,and the holiday season is officially here – according to retailers and advertisers. As a prequel to the holiday prep that is soon to come here on the blog and elsewhere, today I’m taking a moment to talk about the best gift we can give to each other, all year long: the gift of time.

You see, sometimes I get so focused on task lists, places to go,  and whatever Google calendar says I need to get done, that I forget to slow down and savor the moments. Yes, even my #366 project, designed to help me stay in the moment, turns into a chore at times.

Case in point: A few weeks ago, my husband and I took the family to our favorite pumpkin patch. The weather was miserable, the ground was super muddy, and the place was crowded. I found myself rushing the kids through our traditions: running through the maze, picking out the perfect pumpkin, and of course, the requisite photos. When we got back to the car with our finds, I felt guilty. In my selfish effort to get past my own discomforts and cross the task off my checklist, I’d rushed everyone through the motions. I declared a do-over.

This year is our 12 year wedding anniversary. In those 12 years we’ve lived in two homes, had three kids and shared hundreds of laughs, tears and memories. The Gift of Time + Jord watch giveaway #JordWatch #giveaway #ad

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Back to School Wardrobe for Girls

Back To School Capsule Wardrobe for Girls for $100

Earlier this week I posted my BTS capsule wardrobe for boys, and now I’m sharing my Back to school wardrobe for girls. It’s amazing what great pieces you can afford when you plan ahead and really envision how they will all work together to create multiple outfits. Here, I’ve put together 10 key pieces that work together create 10+ outfits, head to toe, for just around $100.*

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Shop your closet for Halloween: Garden Butterfly Fairy Costume

This year I tried hard to shop the kids’ closets for Halloween, but I still wanted them to feel extra special. What kid doesn’t want to dress up and transform into someone completely different on Halloween (and any other day, for that matter)?

This year I was able to create Eve’s Garden Butterfly Fairy costume for just $3, using items in her closet and three Dollar Store accessories!

From her closet and dress up bin, we assembled this from a tutu, a little lace tank, a flower accessory and her floral halo/crown. Then, I picked up a pair of fairy / butterfly wings and some paper butterflies from the Dollar Store. Not shown here: I picked up a butterfly wand glow stick from the Dollar Store for her to carry for fun and safety while trick-or-treating. Don’t have everything you see here? Shop the look:

Shop your kids' closets for Halloween - Butterfly Garden Fairy costume for $3 | Five Marigolds

Looking for more costumes you can DIY by shopping your kids’ closets? Find more inspiration here and here!

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What to Wear: Family Pictures for Christmas Card

What to wear for Family Pictures - Neutral Leather, fur and animal prints for Christmas Card | Five Marigolds

Planning our annual family photos is always a feat in coordination, especially when we’re trying to do it on a budget. Here’s what I came up with for this year’s photos, using many items we already had on hand…with just a few purchases. 🙂

What to wear for Family Pictures - Neutral Leather, fur and animal prints for Christmas Card | Five MarigoldsLike this look for your family? Shop the look here:

Need more wardrobe inspiration? Check out more Christmas Card Family Photo Wardrobe ideas here.

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Fall Fashion Finds

The temperature is dropping here in the Midwest and it’s time to begin thinking of adding to the fall wardrobe. I’m absolutely loving what I’m seeing this season: glam accents like faux fur and leather, studs and spikes, sleek silhouettes and soft textures. I especially love the affordable finds I’m seeing at Forever 21 this season. Check out a few of my favorites here:


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Last Minute (Free) Halloween Costume: Liz Lemon

Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume, on a budget? Shop your closet and go as Liz Lemon of 30 Rock! Who cares that the show ended two years ago? Tina Fey is always in style. Plus, there are cheese puffs involved.

This one came a little naturally to me – I often get comments that I remind people of Tina Fey when I wear my glasses. Having spent half my life in corporate, I pretty much already have all the makings of a Liz Lemon wardrobe (for better or worse), but you can shop the look below.

Shop your Closet for Free Halloween Costumes- Liz Lemon 30 Rock | Five Marigolds

Shop the look: Blazer, tee, (fashion) glasses, shoes, lanyard.

Looking for more last minute and free Halloween Costumes? Check out my round-ups, here and here.

Shop your Closet for Hallween Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock Costume | Five Marigolds

Confession: I had a bag of Cheese Puffs for this costume…but I ate them before I could take the picture. I am Liz Lemon.


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Copycat Chic: DIY Pink Poodle Halloween Costume

Pink Poodle Costume, Inspired by Pottery Barn Kids

My baby girl absolutely loves puppies, so the idea to dress her as a puppy for Halloween this year was a no brainer. However, I quickly realized that there are very few options out there for “girly” puppies, which for Belle is also a prerequisite.  I found this adorable costume by Pottery Barn Kids, but I just couldn’t justify the price – especially since I already had most of the outfit at home: a pink tee, tights, tulle tutu pettiskirt and ballet slippers.

Copycat Chic: DIY Pink Poodle Costume Pottery Barn Halloween Costume | Five Marigolds

Source: Pottery Barn Kids

So with this adorable inspiration in mind, I concepted a DIY version of this pink poodle Halloween costume.

I went to my local JoAnn’s, which happened to be having amazing sales due to a move in location, so I bought 1/4 yard of curly white fur fabric for around $2.

I simply cut large rectangle strips, tall enough to fold over once (for bulk), and wide enough to fit around her wrists and ankles.

I made a simple template for the ears.

Copycat Chic: DIY Pink Poodle Costume Pottery Barn Halloween Costume | Five Marigolds

Poodle ears template made on the reverse side of curly fur fabric.

I cut them out and also backed them with white craft felt I had on hand, using adhesive spray, for a little structure. I then took a large square of the fabric and tucked all the corners until they met in the middle, forming a little ball. I filled that ball with a few of my fur fabric scraps for a little bulk. I affixed the ears to the sides of a headband we had on hand by tying grosgrain ribbon around it and fastening it into a bow.  Using a needle and thread, I tacked the ball closed, and then threaded it to the headband. I then fastened a pink grosgrain hair bow to the front. Now, you could totally do this without sewing. You could just staple the fabric to form the ball, and hot glue it to the top of the headband. The only reason I sewed it was because I knew this headband would get lots of dress up play use, before and after Halloween.

Love this Pottery Barn copycat pink poodle costume!

 

Next, I found a novelty dress up tail at JoAnn’s (for $0.66!). I fashioned a fur ball in the same way as the top of the headband, and tacked it to the end of the tail with a needle and thread. Again, I was tempted just to tie a grosgrain ribbon around this tightly to affix it to the tail, because I can be that lazy, but I stitched it knowing that it would get use after Halloween and would hold up better this way.

Here is Belle all dressed up and loving life.Love this Pottery Barn copycat pink poodle costume!

Shop this look: Pink top or leotard, tights, tutu pettiskirt, ballet slippers

I told her to shake her booty to get a tail shot.

Copycat Chic: DIY Pink Poodle Costume Pottery Barn Halloween Costume | Five Marigolds

Thanks for reading my pink poodle costume tutorial! I hope you like this copycat chic costume.

I think it would be super easy to make this a lamb, or even a  kitty costume, just by replacing the poodle headband with some cute cat ears or lamb ears and adjusting the face paint.  What do you think of my pink poodle Halloween costume?

Shop Your Closet: Free and Fabulous Halloween Costumes!

DIY classic HALLOWEEN LOOKS FOR FREE

Note: This post was originally published in 2013, but due to the continued traffic and interest each season, I’m reposting it with updated shopping links. Enjoy!

Looking for last-minute Halloween costume ideas?  Here are 5 inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes you can shop your own closet for.  Or, follow the links to shop these looks for yourself!

Where’s Waldo

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Where's Waldo | Five Marigolds

Bank Robber

Shop your own closet for free and fabulous costumes this Halloween! Love this bank robber costume idea.

 

Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Holly Golightly | Five Marigolds

Mary Poppins

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Mary Poppins | Five Marigolds

Or here are a couple inspired by some great television shows:

Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) in 30 Rock

Shop your Closet for Free Halloween Costumes- Liz Lemon 30 Rock | Five Marigolds

 

Couple Costume: Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory

Shop your closet for these 5 Halloween Costumes on a budget Couple's Costume Big Bang Theory Sheldon and Amy | Five Marigolds

I think my favorite is the “Shamy” couple costume from one of my favorite shows, “The Big Bang Theory.” Which is your favorite?

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Back to School Wardrobe for Boys – On a Budget

For many, it feels like school just got out for the summer. But in our neck of the woods, summer is already more than half over! Every year I scour summer sales to help build our back to school wardrobe on a budget. I try to find a variety of mix and match pieces to maximize our budget in style. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Back to School Wardrobe for Boys On a Budget | Five Marigolds #BTS

Shopping information:

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What do you think? Do you shop sales early for back to school season, or do you wait for the fall sales?

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Loving Lately

I’ve been getting lots of questions on items I’ve shared on Instagram, so I thought this week I’d share a few of my favorite things.

I adore this Sleepy Lamb Eye Mask. Price = $8. Eve sleeping in later = priceless!

Favorite Things- Sleepy Lamb Eye Mask | Five Marigolds

Our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker gets used all. summer. long. We’ve tried and love nearly all the recipes that come with it, and also use it to whip up a few of our own exclusive homemade recipes, as well. Buy it along with the extra freezer bowl at Williams-Sonoma now for just $56 with the 20% discount!

Favorite things- Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker | Five Marigolds

 

While you’re at it, pick up one of these adorable functional Tovolo Ice Cream containers (that is, if you ever plan on having leftovers!).

Favorite Things: Tovolo Ice Cream Container | Five Marigolds

Here’s mine in action with my favorite cookie dough frozen yogurt recipe.

Favorite Things: Tovolo Ice Cream Container | Five Marigolds

Shown: Tovolo Ice Cream Container with Five Marigolds Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt Recipe

I’m also tempted to get these Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs for serving individual portions.

Favorite Things: Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs | Five Marigolds

Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs

On the topic of frozen treats, we’re big fans of these Sunsella Mighty Pops silicone popsicle molds. I like that I can make a healthy frozen smoothie that the kids can have in the car on the way to school or to pack in their lunch box. In the summers, we love to make popsicles and other frozen treats. One of our recent favorites is a refreshing Strawberries and Cream Lemonade Pops recipe that can be found here.

Favorite Things: Sunsella Mighty Pops | Five Marigolds

RMS Living Luminizer. This is the holy grail of fresh dewy luminizing makeup – perfect for your summer makeup routine.My skin is dry, and I find that when I stay hydrated and moisturized and use this product my skin looks its best. Just apply a small amount on your cheekbones, brow bones and temples.

Favorite things- RMS Living Luminzer

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ You’ll see rave reviews everywhere you look for this CC cream. It has a great medium coverage and I’m a fan of the 50+ SPF during the summer. While you’re at it, pick up the It Cosmetics Airbrush OMG! Foundation Brush. I love this brush so much, I tossed my Beauty Blenders in the waste bin after using it the very first time.

Favorite Things: It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream + SPF | Five Marigolds

Old Navy distressed RockStar denim. These are part of my summer uniform lately. They are the perfect blend of lightweight, stretchy denim that look great with a casual tee or dressed up for GNO – and the price can’t be beat. Remember to size up 1-2 sizes with these!

Favorite things- Old Navy RockStar distressed denim

Here I am wearing a similar pair them while modeling my copycat Anthro tank.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

Last but not least is the Rosy Outlook Planner. No matter how advanced technology is, I still need a paper planner to map out my lists, meetings and reminders. Once I saw this planner I was smitten. It’s only July, but I’ve already pulled the trigger on this 2016 planner laced with inspirational  messages, cute stickers and the week by week layout I prefer.

Favorite Things: Rosey Outlook Planner | Five Marigolds

Favorite Things: Rosey Outlook Planner | Five Marigolds

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Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5

I was browsing Anthropologie recently and fell in love with this Striped Heart Tank by Sundry:

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

So. cute. But the price tag is not so cute. $70 for a cotton tank? No thanks! But it kept popping up in my Facebook feed, willing me to buy it.

That’s when I decided to try to make it myself, but finding a plain white tank was a lot harder than I expected. I ended up just getting a Faded Glory tank from Wal-Mart on a recent grocery trip.  It was the first white tank I found without a pocket, and at $3.96, the price was right!

I whipped up an 8″ x8″ template in Photoshop:

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

I then loaded the pattern into my Silhouette software. My usual method is to use clear contact paper in my Silhouette to make a template because you can get a giant roll for less than $5. Then I use a Tulip soft fabric paint, making sure to insert cardboard into the shirt first to prevent bleeding to the other side. The best part of this application method is that it’s incredibly inexpensive and long lasting.

This time, however, I happened to have some leftover heat transfer vinyl  from a project last year. I ran my design through the Silhouette, removed the excess vinyl, and ironed it on.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

Next, I added a bit of contrast stitching along the bottom hemline  to give it a more expensive, custom look.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

I adore this tank and have gotten so many compliments on it. When Eve first saw it, she insisted on a matching tank (I found two great , inexpensive options here and here). I just shrunk the template slightly ( to about 5.25″ x 5.25″) and applied it using the same method. Again, in retrospect I probably would have gone bigger for this one, as well. For this top, I did more stitching to more closely replicate the inspiration top. Instead of using the sewing machine, I hand stitched the hemlines using flossing thread to get that perfectly imperfect look.  think it’s even cuter in this mini size!

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

I hope you’re a fan of my copycat chic Striped Heart Tank. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Shop your kids’ closets for Halloween

Shop your kids' closets for Halloween | Five Marigolds

Shop your kids’ closets for Halloween | Five Marigolds

Shop your kids' closets for Halloween - Luke Skywalker| Five Marigolds

Shop your kids’ closets for Halloween – Luke Skywalker| Five Marigolds

Sleeping Beauty Upcycled Tee Shirt Dress

Recycle T-shrts to make an Adorable, comfy Disney princess dress

I’ve had this project stuck in my head for a long time, and when I scheduled a visit to my parents’ house this month I knew it was my opportunity to bring it to life. My mom is a professional quilter and a wonderful seamstress, and I knew I would need her to lead the way.

I’d seen the concept of a t-shirt Disney princess dress on Homemade by Jill, but little EClaire already had a Belle dress up costume and wanted something different. So, enlisting one of her favorite colors, I  decided on a Sleeping Beauty dress and found this one by Crafter Hours.

I thought it would surely be a one day project, and it probably was for these sewing pros, but we managed to stretch it out over three days, working probably a total of 10 hours.

First, we started with two women’s tees and large knit nightgown. We used the Simplicity pattern 5695 for the bodice and sleeves. Since we were upcycling clothing, we were able to use the original seam as the casing for the elastic on the sleeves.

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

 

We used a 10″ circle to draw and then sew two lines to emulate a bodice piece, and then sewed a straight line down the middle.

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

We wanted a very full skirt, which is difficult to create using knits, but I like how ours turned out. Our skirt used the full width of the large nightgown, which was approximately 32″ across (double the width of our bodice) and 64″ of full width all the way around.  She sewed a long straight stitch across the top and then gently pulled it all around to ruffle it. Then, we attached the ruffled piece to the bodice and sewed it together with a tight straight stitch.

To create a bustle effect, we measured all the way around the bottom of the skirt and marked 9″ high lines every 8″ around. I sewed two long straight stitch lines at every marked line, secured the top and bottom of those lines with pins, and then begin pulling the strings from the top to scrunch the fabric (I like this tutorial for gathering fabric). Then,  when we had the fabric scrunched to the right length, we put stabilizing fabric underneath and sewed right over the fabric, in between the two stitched lines.  I absolutely love this detail of the dress – it really made the whole thing come together!

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

My mother created the white accent pieces using this pattern and by sewing square pieces of white knit into triangles. Both accent pieces were tacked on, as she felt the thickness would be too much for the knit dress to handle long-term.

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

I love that she’ll be able to wear this any time she wants to feel like a princess, and it’s cool and comfortable enough for everyday wear. Best of all – she absolutely loves it!

Such a cute idea! Upcycle t-shrits to make this adorable (and comfy) Sleeping Beauty princess dress!

I’m not sure if I would have the skill to pull this off on my own and have it look as nice as this dress does. Maybe I can enlist my mother to create a Snow White tee, or RapunzelCinderella or Elsa dress down the road? I think I’ll wait for some time to pass before I ask…

 

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My Gym Essentials

Lately I’ve been trying to make an effort to be more physically active as a family. After all, the family that plays together stays together. Also, losing weight after three babies is no joke.  I try to keep a bag packed at all time to grab those quick opportunities to get some gym time. In addition to packing a super simple diaper bag to drop off with the kids at the gym child care center, here are the must-haves I keep in my gym bag (clockwise, from top):

  1. Beats by Dre and my iPhone with Kate Spade case: For listening to my favorite tunes – I love Pandora’s Hip Hop BBQ!
  2. Baggu Classic Tote Bag in bright pink: It’s not your average gym bag, but I love the way this lightweight tote carries a ton, takes up very little space in those tiny gym lockers, and is easy to throw in the wash.
  3. Contigo Autoseal Water Bottle – My absolute favorite water bottle! I have two, and am think about getting another since these are always in use. I love the way this bottle opens only at the touch of a button and seals when the button is released.
  4. Under Armour Braided Headband – Since I usually go to a gym in the morning with unruly beadhead, I count on this headband for keeping me somewhat presentable (I use presentable very loosely).
  5. Gym Shoes – These Nike tennis shoes are oldies but goodies. However, lately I’ve been restraining myself now from adding another pair of gym shoes to my collection.
  6. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor – I’ve had great luck with this monitor and like being able to monitor my heart rate for high intensity interval training.

That’s my gym bag in a nutshell.  What do you carry in your gym bag?

What's in my Gym Bag | Five Marigolds

What’s in my Gym Bag | Five Marigolds

 

 

Shop your own closet for these 5 DIY Halloween Costumes

DIY CLassic HALLOWEEN LOOKS FOR FREE

Looking for last-minute Halloween costume ideas?  Here are 5 inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes you can shop your own closet for.  Or, follow the links to shop these exact looks for yourself!

Where’s Waldo

waldo

Bank Robber

robber

Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Mary Poppins

marypoppins

Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory

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I think my favorite is the “Shamy” couple costume from one of my favorite shows, “The Big Bang Theory.” Which is your favorite?

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Halloween Costume: Where’s Waldo (for her)

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Shop your own closet for this Where’s Waldo Halloween costume!

 

Or, you can shop the look here:

Or, just go out and buy a Where’s Waldo costume – they’re pretty inexpensive!

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Free Halloween Costume: Bank Robber

DIY Costumes that don’t suck

Shop your closet for this free Halloween Costume idea – an old school bank robber. I love that this costume is totally cute and could be pulled together with items you probably already own, especially if you’re a mom. Or, keep reading to find out how you can shop this look.

Shop your own closet for free and fabulous costumes this Halloween! Love this bank robber costume idea.

 Or, you can shop the look here:

Shop your Closet for Inexpensive Halloween Costume: Mary Poppins

Halloween Costume: Mary Poppins

 

Shop your own closet for this Mary Poppins Halloween costume, or shop a similar look here:

 

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Christmas Card Family pictures – what to wear

Our annual family photos are coming up quickly in just a few weeks – and I have been putting off the decision of what to wear.  I normally have a vision and this time…I just don’t.  Which is your favorite wardrobe theme?

coral fam photos famphotos

famiy Christmas photo
Update – Shop similar look here:
pastel family of 5 photos