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August 27, 2014

DIY Pinafore (with Free Pattern)

DIY Pinafore (with Free Pattern)
After I finished making the Last Days of Summer Tank, I had a bit of material leftover, so I made my littlest niece a pinafore. Do you recognize which one of our past tutorials inspired this sewing project? This pinafore is perfect for putting over a dress, or for wearing with leggings and a top. I clearly want to relive my dreams of Little House on the Prairie, because I’m definitely going to make a matching bonnet next.

DIY Pinafore (with Free Pattern)

Find out how to sew the DIY Pinafore after the jump…

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August 26, 2014

Scarlet’s Back-to-School Fashion Picks

Back to School Style from GapKids | Pretty Prudent

A few weeks ago I shared some of our super-soft back to school finds from GapKids. Well, this time I took Scarlet into the store and let her curate her own outfit. I mean, she’s entering first grade so she is very grown up and can pick her own clothes thankyouverymuchmommy. My kid is pretty cute, no? I think so. She even insisted we bring this peacock chair into our photo shoot. A child after my own trend-loving heart.

Her favorite outfit is this one, which includes the stripe drawstring dress and floral puffer vest (I can’t tell you how many tiny rubber bands, leaves, and pennies are in each of those pockets right now), and my absolute favorite – that hat! It’s the wide brim fedora and I want to steal it from her, but my head is too large.
Back to School Style from GapKids | Pretty Prudent

We are loving the floral puffer vest over pretty much everything. In this case, a super cozy crop sweatshirt in a fun boxy shape, and these amazing quilted track pants that I don’t think she has taken off in three days, topped off with a pink glitter bow headband, of course. She’s wearing boots similar to these, and I love the boots-and-sweats look. I mean, if you could pull it off, you know you would rock it daily, right?
Back to School Style from GapKids | Pretty Prudent

These pieces are all fun to remix-and-match. We also snagged some adorable printed leggings (not pictured) and she wears them as pants, or under her dress. And her favorite item of all is a skirt that she left at camp and I now have to decide whether to purchase a new one or teach a lesson about not losing your stuff. I will probably go with the latter, but I’m sad because that skirt was ca-ute.
Back to School Style from GapKids | Pretty Prudent
Do you think Scarlet could be a GapKids model? Perhaps I am biased, but I do. If you think your own kid belongs in a GapKids store window, you need to enter the GapKids Class of 2014 contest! Find out how after the jump…

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August 25, 2014

Pretty Prudent Backyard Makeover: The Before Shots

Backyard Makeover

When we built our house 5 1/2 years ago, we fell in love with this large lot with a row of tall trees at the back. We’ve sowed a family garden, had epic sidewalk chalk sessions, eaten literally hundred of frosty treats, and conducted several rowdy Easter Egg hunts despite the flat landscape. The plan has always been to give the yard a major overhaul at some point, we are talking fantasy backyard with stunning outdoor kitchen, pool, hot tub, and that time is finally here! I’M SO EXCITED!

You know it’s going to be pretty luxe and classy since my husband is in charge of this project and not me. If it was just me, I would be pulling scrap wood and mattress springs out of my neighbor’s trash to craft lounge chairs. I might still, we can’t let him have all the fun after all. But after 20 years of moving around the world in the Navy, he is very happy to be investing in our “forever home” by creating a beautiful outdoor space for our family and pals. IMG_8252

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