50 Totally Free Day Dates With Kids

50 Frugal (mostly indoor) activities to do with your kids

Looking for ways to spend more quality time with your kids, one-on-one? I’ve pulled together 50 totally unique and creative ideas for building memories and bonding with your kids.

Of course, you don’t need to have an expensive outing to get a little quality time in. That’s why these ideas are all frugal or free. 

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Sew Pajama Pants from Vintage Sheets

Sew Pajama Pants in just 15 Minutes

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things vintage. Lately, I’ve been especially fond of vintage sheets, afghans and quilts. I’m always brimming with ideas for repurposing these treasures, and I even sell my finds in  my small Etsy Shop. Last year I shared an article with genius ways to repurpose vintage sheets, and I fell in love with the idea of sewing pajama pants from vintage sheets.

What could be better? The soft feel of summer sheets paired with gorgeous vintage patterns.

Sew pajama pants from vintage sheets

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DIY No-Sew Tassel Tee

update a Winter tee for summer with this No-Sew Tassel Trick

Disclosure: This shop, DIY No-Sew Tassel Tee, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allfreeclearclean #CollectiveBias

Today I’m sharing a simple hack for transforming a shirt from winter drab to summer fab. This  no-sew project is super easy and makes a huge impact – in just minutes!DIY No-Sew Tassel Tee | Five Marigolds

 

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Matilda Jane Make Believe Review

Matilda Jane Clothing October Launch

I still remember my very favorite nightgown as a little girl. It was shiny and fancy with ruffles at the shoulders and lace trim. Except I could never sleep in it.

Oh, I’d try. But I’d always get in trouble for it.

The repercussion of wearing my fancy nightie was severe.

How irritating! The nightgown, that is.

You see, the seams were scratchy,  itchy, and the fabric didn’t breathe at all. It was unbearable and unwearable. They couldn’t seem to get fancy sleepwear right in 80’s, could they?

I think that’s why I’m so excited about the Matilda Jane line of clothing and went on to sell it this season.

I mean. These jammies. There are so many Christmas styles this season, and they are all soft and comfy as can be. They even have a pair for us grown gals, too. The fabric? HEAVEN.Matilda Jane Make Believe October Launch Review Continue reading

Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle

 Not Your Grandma’s Midi Skirt

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurexCrystalFresh #CollectiveBias

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite tips for adding unique pieces to your wardrobe for a steal: upcycling.

More specifically, I’m going to share how I made  a fabulous midi skirt for less than three dollars,  in 10 minutes.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

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Matilda Jane June 2017 Release

 Looks I love: Summer Style Edition

Today I’m going to talk about something I don’t often do, and that is one of my side hustles of selling boutique women and children’s clothing.

I’m never sure how much to talk about my Etsy shop, clothing sales, or other side gigs here, but I decided since this blog is all about living life colorfully, with vibrant lifestyle photography, that it’s indeed *quite* up my alley to share beautiful things I love and want to share with others.

Today, I’m sharing my own product review and  images of the latest June 2017 launch of The Adventure Begins,  because it is so stinkin’ adorable.

Before we start, please keep in mind you can get everything you see here, and much, much more, on my website here, and be the first to know about sales and get in on my 50% sample sales by joining my private group, here. 

First up: the big girls’ line. It’s so pretty in my daughter’s favorite pastels: pink and purple. You might have noticed one of our sweetest new additions in yesterday’s DIY Ice Cream Stand post.

Matilda Jane June 2017 Release | Trunk Keeper #340253

Bean Bag Toss Tank and Tart and Sweet Shorties

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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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Fashion Finds – Cold Weather Comforts

What is it about freezing temps and sunsets by 6:00 p.m. that make me want to load on the layers and hibernate all winter? Whatever it is, I’m doing it in style this year. I’m loving these cold weather comforts from Forever 21 lately, how about you?


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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!

In addition to the fab blogs in the right sidebar, this was also linked up at Tatertots and Jello,Savvy Southern StyleLive, Laugh RoweNap Time Creations The Turquoise Home, Tidy Mom, Chica on a Shoestring and The Scoop.

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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

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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.


 

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?

LOOKING FOR MORE LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUME INSPIRATION? FIND MORE IDEAS FOR SHOPPING YOUR OWN CLOSET HERE AND HERE.

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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