My DIY tie dye tee & Goals with my kids + Link up

June 28, 2016


For the second time in my life I attempted to make tie dye tees with my kids as part of a mommy and kid party and I would say the tees came out decent, but what an experience.




It is fun being creative with how to tie the tees, but the coloring gets everywhere. You would think that kids would LOVE getting messy, but nooo! Mommy did most of the dying, getting messy and all. Thanks four children of mine. I am glad the tees came out decent.  All joking aside, it was fun and I would do it again (but would appreciate more “little hands” help and enthusiasm haha).



As I mentioned above this tee was made at a mommy and child party my friend hosted. It was an event like this that reminded me that sometimes it is ok to reach out and do things beyond the norm with other moms or women.  I think sometimes I feel too comfortable being home with the kids or taking them to the store or park. I am now just realizing there is more out there to do with the kids, some of it free or very cheap.  It just takes planning ahead and budgetting extra money for those fun little day events.

Below is a list of things or goals I have researched and would like to do with my kids this summer:

-Summer Reading program at our local library (and finish it through).

-Swimming at our local Splash park at least once for family night.

-Swimming in the river nearby.

– Attend a $1 or free movie event at our local theater on designated days

– Visit more friends homes for play dates/Or host some play dates

-Attend storytime at Barnes & Noble more often

-Attend Touch-a-Truck

I think the list above is good for now as I don’t want to overwhelm my kids with too much as some of the stuff listed above is a weekly event and the summer is filling up fast with lots of fun stuff.



What are some things you do (or did if yours are older) with your kids in the summertime?

Outfit details: Tie Dye tee: my own DIY project using an old tank top of mine (similar one to buy)//Shorts: Old Navy, similar//Fringe Purse: from Plato’s Closet, similar//Shoes: Old Navy, old, similar// Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms, similar.

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Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:



Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children.

You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your co-host Whitney of Whitney Nic James Blog:


Whitney is a purpose driven wife and lifestyle blogger behind She is passionate about teaching women how to fearlessly live a stylish, affordable & uplifting lifestyle.

You can follow Whitney via the following social medias: Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.



Now on to the featured 5 bloggers from last week, this time I selected 5 of the most clicked posts starting with the highest clicked on,but this won’t happen often: 


Sherry looks so lovely in her watercolor dress and was the most clicked on from last week. See post here.


I love reading Stitch Fix box reviews, so this is one more to share and hopefully you will find something you like for your next fix. 



Marta shares her life lately story and the fun stuff she has encountered lately, here.


Candace looks fantastic in this dressed up shift dress look. See post here.


How adorable is Katies paint splatted skirt and denim top look. I love Katie’s colorful and bright feminine outfits, see this one here. 

Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host: Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking

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Linking up with: Turning Heads Tuesday Lisa, Melissa, Style Me Wednesday, Trendy Wednesday, Sandyalamode, Confident Twosday, Pumps and Push-ups, Thursday Fashion Files, Whitney, Grace, Trend-Spin,Leelo, Michelle, The Mummy Chronicles, Alice, Spotlight Weekly, Top of the World Style, Two Peas in a Blog (Tuesdays), Style Elixir (Tuesdays), The Style Files (Fridays), Elegantly Fashionable, Jaymie, Lauren, Carylee, Rachelle, Cappaccino and Fashion, Book of Leisure, Monica, Carrie, Style Me Weekly, Forage Fashion, Myriad Musings, Jennie, Molly, Cherie, Not dead Yet Style, Clairejustinexoxo, Wednesday Wearables, Fashionably Employed, Posh Classy Mom, Sheela Writes, Daily Style Finds, The Mix (Thursdays)

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  • Sheree June 28, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Great events to do with kids, we swim every weekend now with the kids and also try to get more activities squeezed into our schedules. They grow up so fast, don’t they? Thanks for hosting the linkup. Don’t forget to stop by my new Midweek Inspirations linkup starting this Wednesday! I’m featuring an interview with one fabulous momma blogger!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Trina June 28, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Thanks so much for hosting! I love the tie dye shirts πŸ™‚

  • Happiness at Mid Life June 28, 2016 at 12:53 am

    What a fun way to spend time with the kids even if they didn’t participate much.

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Kishina June 28, 2016 at 1:18 am

    What an awesome idea! I love your tie dye tees! I plan on doing a lot of the same activities with our kids this summer as well. Definitely great fun and easy on our pockets. Thanks for sharing and hosting the link up as well πŸ™‚

  • Nancy June 28, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Such fun!, for you….. hahaha, but the picture had turned out great! What a beautiful Family!
    I would love it if you would join my Fancy Friday linkup!

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life June 28, 2016 at 2:32 am

    My kids love tie dying and have made themselves some really amazing and unique t shirts!

  • Katie D (Hello Katie Girl) June 28, 2016 at 3:19 am

    I remember making a tie dye tee as a kid, but I didn’t really mind the mess! I think your tee turned out great, plus your entire family looks fabulous in their tees! Thanks for featuring me in this post! I hope you have a fantastic week!


  • Mary Bruce June 28, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Such an amazing color combine!

  • Shelbee on the Edge June 28, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Aw. You all look so bright and cheerful in your tie dye tees! So adorable! We recently went to a Touch-a-Truck event and my kids loved it! And we often visit the splash park, too. My kids would spend hours there. In fact, I think we head there today!


    • Shelbee on the Edge July 2, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Thanks for linking up, Rachel. I hope to see you again next Friday!

  • Marta June 28, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Love the tie-dye & your family looks adorable in that pic!! Thanks for the feature today:)

  • Jill June 28, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Your tie dye shirts turned out great! This is a fun list of activities. When my daughter was younger I would take her to the spray park, library for summer reading program, and the farmers market.

    Doused In Pink

  • Carrie June 28, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Y’all are such a precious family!

  • irene June 28, 2016 at 6:33 am

    love the tee! looks perfect it is unbelievable that you made this!

  • Andrea Nine June 28, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Precious tie dye cuties right there!!

  • Emma Peach June 28, 2016 at 6:46 am

    That’s such a fun thing to do with kids – my daughter would love it!

    Emma xxx

  • Celia M. - High Heeled Life June 28, 2016 at 7:17 am

    This is such a great post … filled with so much inspiration for stepping outside of the norm (good for both children and mama too!) The Ts look fabulous and the photo of your daughter dragging the bag – PRICELESS!!! I’m certain you made some great memories together that day xo

  • Laura June 28, 2016 at 7:41 am

    What a great idea!!! Your shirt is so cute – but I also super love that bag!!! I am all about fringe this sesason!!! Have a happy Tuesday Rachel!!!


  • Casey Capra June 28, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Great goals!!!

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles June 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Cute tie-dye family!!!

    Come join this GIVEAWAY I am hosting at the blog this week for yoga/activewear brand AIRABELLA ACTIVE – Happy Tuesday!


  • Shannon Jenkins June 28, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Aw what a fun project to do with the kids! All of your shirts came out amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom June 28, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I made Disney tie dyed shirts last year and it was a lot of fun… I like the idea of tie dying a tank or even a white dress maybe! Yours turned out super cute!


  • Stephanie June 28, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Lovely family!! Such great tie dye shirts!!! πŸ™‚

  • Amy Arnold June 28, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I remember doing this as a kid and having so much fun! Love that you all did it together.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • jodie filogomo June 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hah—instead of just tie-dye—you could also paint a skirt, like in Katie’s picture!! I think your shirts came out fabulous—crazy that the kids didn’t love the mess!!

  • Rachel June 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Lovely family! Love the shirts!

  • amy June 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

    How fun! It looks like all your tees turned out great. I always took advantage of the summer public library or summer park activities when my kids were little.

  • Shea June 28, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Aww look at you all in your tie-dye shirts, so cute! I don’t think I’m brave enough to try that with my kiddo yet, he’s still a bit young (so I know I would be doing all of the work, ha!). I love your other activity ideas though, I really want to get to a splash park soon!

  • Leah June 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

    You did such a great job! They turned out so cute!

    xx Leah /

  • Katie June 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    How fun!! And love that yours was a tank!! Great summer fun ideas!! The $1 movies are are great idea especially on terribly hot days!!

  • Jaymie Ashcraft June 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Love the tie dye! So cute!!

  • Rachael Thomas June 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Wow, your shirts came out great! What a fun activity. I keep saying that I’m going to take my boys to the library for story time, then never do. Def need to start doing more activities this summer!

  • Becky June 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    A tie dye party sounds fun. I love your list of summer to dos. Simple great ideas!

  • Ashley June 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I really love that fringe bag, lady! What a fun boho piece!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Megan June 28, 2016 at 11:48 am

    So cute! I love anything tie dye!

  • Mary Murnane June 28, 2016 at 11:51 am

    So cute! Love this idea. Such a fun family activity and they all turned out great! Glad you shared a picture!


  • Tianna June 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    what a fun casual summer look!

  • Jess June 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Love the bloggers you chose, and Rachael, what a fun activity for you and your kids. I do not have children, but it looks like a fun activity and something they can say that they made~ I wish I was more crafty sometimes. The shirts came out great, love your tank as well. My neice and my sister ( neice is 5) do spend time at the neighborhood pool and do other activities that are free or low cost, they are out there πŸ™‚
    jess xx

  • Lanae Bond June 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Your tops all came out great! That is a fun activity for kids in summer!

  • Brooke June 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    It’s so funny you posted this today because earlier I attempted to tie dye with the boys…it was a mess!!! My shirts did not turn out like yours at all haha, I need to try again because mine were basically all white still, lol.

    pumps and push-ups

  • Petite Silver Vixen June 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I remember making tie dye tees at school as a kid! It was fun but yes, the colour does go everywhere! They came out really well. What a cute photo of you all.

  • Sarah @ Bows & Clothes June 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Tie dyeing is so fun! You look so summer-y here! πŸ™‚


  • Sheela Goh June 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Oh wow. That was so long ago. Potato printing. Papier-mΓ’chΓ©. The pool. Storytelling at Borders (we didn’t have B&N). Making “castles” with empty boxes and “movie screens” with shoe boxes. Playing hair salon. That sort of thing πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Bianca June 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    So cute! Amazing pics, loved!

    – Bianca

  • Jennie June 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Such a fun activity and the tees turned out really cute! So funny they didn’t want to be messy. I am now to remember if I have done any tye dying at all since I was a child. I think not. Could be fun to try again!

  • Whitney 'Nic' james June 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Love the top. Very cute and what a fun activity! Thanks for having me as a co-host! XO!


  • Karen June 30, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Wow, I’ll be doing those DIY tees too.
    Lovely family btw πŸ™‚

  • Dawn Lucy July 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    What a fun family project! I love tie dye! Everyone looks great! Thanks for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday & happy 4th!
    Dawn Lucy