Fashion & Beauty

DIY Doc McStuffins Costume

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is deciding what we will dress up as each year. But as much as I love it, the decision often devolves into a heated debate between my oldest daughter and I — especially when I’m planning to make the costumes myself. The challenge is that we have to hover perilously at the line between “This costume is awesome” and “I can actually make it.” We still haven’t definitively decided what her costume will be this year because of this struggle.

Thankfully, baby Juliza is easier because:

  1. She’ll wear whatever I put on her as long as its comfortable, and…
  2. It’s not hard to narrow down her interests.

So when Walmart challenged me to make a DIY costume, it took me about 2 seconds to decide to let Juliza dress up as her bestie: Doc McStuffins. To say that JuJu loves Doc would be a severe understatement. The child would watch Doc all day, every day if I let her. So Doc is who she will be.

Of course, that begs the question: Why didn’t I just buy a Doc costume. Well, first, because I couldn’t find one in Juliza’s size, but also because since Doc wears “regular” clothes, I thought it would be awesome to create a costume with pieces she could wear even when its not Halloween. So without further adieu, here’s our fly DIY Doc McStuffins costume:





Awesome, right?

So how did we make it? To be fair, much of this costume is a matter of assembling the right pieces, most of which you can easily find at Walmart. You can start with the basic building blocks:


Once you have that, you can add special DIY touches to make it feel less like random clothes and more like a costume. Starting with a fabulous, fluffy pink tutu to represent Doc’s cute little pink skirt.

DIY Doc McStuffins tutu


You’ll Need:


In all fairness, I really could’ve just bought a cute pink skirt to go with the rest of the outfit. But where’s the fun in that?  Plus, I knew that a tutu would be crazy cute and really make the costume pop. Since I’ve made this kind of tutu on many occasions before, I’ll direct you to the tutorial from last year’s St. Patrick’s Day tutu. The process is exactly the same.


  1. Measure your child’s waist and cut enough excess ribbon to tie a secure bow.
  2. Cut dozens of lengths of tulle in various colors. (The pattern I chose was 5 pink, 1 light purple, 1 dark purple)
  3. Tie tulle to ribbon over and over again

It’s really easy once you get the hang of it.

DIY Doc McStuffins Headband


You’ll Need:


You may be fortunate enough to find a purple headband with a pink flower on it. I was not. So I made one. I simply cut a flower shape from the pink felt, and a circle of purple felt for the middle. I glued the flower to the side of the headband, and glued the purple circle to the middle of the flower.


That’s it! Quick, easy Doc-approved headband.

DIY Doc McStuffins Treat Bag


You’ll Need:


Yesterday, I shared the awesome DIY treat bag I made for Ja’Naya. Well, we couldn’t leave Juliza out, could we? She actually has a little doctor kit already, and I considered using it to contain her treats. The problem is that it is cumbersone to open since it’s more of a suitcase than a bag, so I knew it wouldn’t work for trick-or-treating since we’d have to fight to open it regularly. So in keeping with the costume theme, I decided to make her treat bag look like Doc’s bag.


You’ll need printable iron-on transfers. Simply print two copies of the bag template on the iron-on transfer sheets. Then cut them out and iron them on to the front and back of the bag per the instructions on the package. If you’d like to personalize, you can also type your kid’s name in a cool font and color, and print out two of those as well. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to reverse the font so it print’s as a mirror image. This is how it transfers properly when you iron it. This is the font I used, which is reminiscent of the Doc McStuffins logo.

I am absolutely in love with the way it turned out, and Juliza is pretty excited too!

Doc McStuffins Costume Extras


By now, your little doctor should be looking sufficiently like Doc, but if you want to take the costume up a notch, you can add a few special details. The bag template above also includes a Doc logo patch for the “doctor’s coat” and a doctor’s ID badge. Print the logo patch on printable iron-on transfer sheet like you did for the treat bag above, and adhere it to the front left or right side of the white shirt to make it look more like a doctor’s coat.

Then print out the included ID badge on card stock or photo paper. There are blank spaces for your child’s name and photo. You can add them in Photoshop or Illustrator before printing, if they’re available, or you can add them after you print. Then simply cut it out and stick it in a plastic badge holder for your little doctor to wear on the coat.

The finished look of this costume makes my heart sing.




And the best part? Juliza loved it! I had to quite literally chase her to take it off. That’s what I call a success!

More DIY Halloween Costumes

If you loved this and you’re looking for more homemade, DIY costume tutorials, check out my creations from Halloweens past, along with ideas from the other Walmart moms:

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

Kid Style: Fall Dress-Up

Logically, I know that we’re in fall. My daughter is back in school, and we’re almost in October. Still, I wasn’t quite prepared for what that meant when I strolled outside barefoot in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt a few mornings ago to put out the recycling. Because we’re in Georgia, right? And it’s still warm in late September, right? Well, technically yes. It’s still warm in the afternoon. But since I rarely leave home in the morning, I really didn’t realize just how chilly they have become.

When Walmart challenged me to find some great fall baby wear for Juliza, I knew I had to get her something warm and cozy to arm her against the newly cool mornings and evenings. And what did I find?

Only the cutest coat ever!



Seriously, how fabulous is this? This Healthtex peaccoat is made of fleece, but it looks much more luxurious, and I have no doubt she’ll be toasty in it. Plus? It cost less than $15!



I did size up quite a bit, because I knew the 24 months size would only fit her for a few weeks. But I still had to skip a size and go up to 4T, because the arm holes were a little small on the 3T, and the didn’t button as loosely as I would’ve liked. The 4T gives her room to move without feeling like she’s going to suffocate.



For under the coat, I picked up a great Healthtex tunic and leggings set for $7.47.




I chose black leggings so the outfit would work the coat (and her cute boots from last winter that still miraculously fit). But really, the leggings could’ve been red, or pink, or just about any solid color and it would still work.




I am genuinely itching for a morning out so she can wear this. My swoon level is off the charts right now!

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

There are a lot of things I look forward to about fall: The start of the school year after a long summer, cooler weather and fall fashion are high on the list. But I can’t even lie: I eagerly await September because my favorite shows come back for a new season. This September, I cannot wait to see what drama will unfold when Empire returns. So when Walmart asked me to share a fall fashion story, I decided to pay homage to my girl Cookie.



I’m Wearing: Faux Fur Vest | Faded Glory fitted tee | Faded Glory coated jeggings | Nine West sandals | Gifted necklace (aff)

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Cookie is the Lyon family matriarch who is fresh off a 17-year bid in prison for drug dealing. And when I tell you Cookie don’t play, I mean Cookie don’t play. She’s quick to tell any and everybody off, and she has a penchant for fur, leather, animal prints, form-fitting silhouettes and dark lipstick.

What I love about is that you can find pieces there that you have little to no chance of finding in store. Case in point: This amazing fur vest that cost me just — wait for it — $20.97. What?! I’ve been wanting a fur vest since last fall, and I couldn’t believe my luck at scoring one so affordably.




I was a little skeptical about what kind of quality I’d be getting, but I was pleasantly surprised. The fur is soft and cozy, the lining and seams are great, and overall, it looks a lot more expensive than it is. The one caveat: It sheds. A lot. So while I probably won’t wear dark cotton fabric with it next time, and I’ll have to carry a lint roller, I’m still happy with it.



Now, for these jeans. Actually, they’re jeggings, and they are awesome. The coated, leather-look fabric is the perfect denim look for fall, and like all Walmart‘s Faded Glory jeggings, they cost less than $15. And as an awesome bonus I didn’t expect, the fabric is stretchy, but firm, so I don’t even have to wear shapewear. Yes please, and thank you. :)


Overall, the leather and fur look is very Cookie, and I hope I did her justice. I’ll always think of her when I wear this vest, and I can’t wait for the Empire season premiere!

Oh, and of course, an outfit shoot wouldn’t be an outfit shoot without a photobomb from Juliza. You’re welcome :)


I’m Wearing: Faux Fur Vest | Faded Glory fitted tee | Faded Glory coated jeggings | Nine West sandals | Gifted necklace (aff)

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

I have to admit — one of my favorite things about fall, aside from the beautifully changing leaf colors, is the fashion. As much as I love lightweight fabrics and strappy sandals, I have come to look forward to the layering, boots and cozy fashion that comes with cooler weather. For my daughter, it means she has to trade in her flip flops for closed-toe flats. She’s not really a fan of most flats. Because let’s face it — a lot of them are just boring. When Walmart challenged me to share a fall project, I decided to share a quick, easy project to make boring flats a little (or a lot) more likeable.

DIY Glitter Flats


You’ll Need:


  • A pair of inexpensive or old solid-color flats
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge sealing spray
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter’s Tape

You can use any pair of flats you have in your closet that could use a little extra life, but since my daughter had outgrown the flats we bought her last fall, we grabbed these Faded Glory flats from Walmart for less than $10. And let me tell you — the memory foam insoles make them super comfortable. My daughter’s feet are actually a half-size bigger than mine, so I’ll probably be sneaking these out of her closet ever so often because they’re so comfy.

Keep in mind that this project is best done on top of a dropcloth or scrap cardboard, because you will have glitter everywhere, no matter how careful you try to be. Decide which part of the shoe you’d like to embellish and tape it off with painter’s tape. I did the toe because of the style of the shoe, but you could also do the back. Be careful to create as straight a line as possible, and adhere the painter’s tape to the shoe all the way across.


Cover the section you’d like to embellish with a layer of Mod Podge, taking care to cover every corner.

Dump glitter over the Mod Podge, covering all of it. Allow the shoes to dry for about 10 minutes, then shake off the excess glitter onto paper or cardboard. If you have any blank spots, just dab a little Mod Podge in those areas and reapply the glitter. Once the area is fully covered with glitter, let it dry for 10-15 minutes.


The next step is easily the most important. If you’ve ever crafter with glitter before, you know how it ends up everywhere and rubs off on your hands pretty easily. This is why you need a sealant. Cover the rest of the shoe with paper and painter’s tape so you don’t get the sealant in areas where you don’t want it. In retrospect, you can actually do this before you use the Mod Podge and glitter, but if you didn’t do it then, it’s absolutely necessary now.


Following the directions on the can, spray 3-4 coats of Mod Podge sealing spray on the glitter section, with about 15 minutes of drying time between coats. This will help you avoid tracking glitter everywhere you go. While the sealant is still a little tacky, pull the tape.


And that’s it! Your plain, boring flats are now fabulous. Because glitter makes everything better. 


My daughter is already itching to wear them to school.

So what about you? What’s your favorite thing about fall fashion? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

There are a few brands that are staples when I’m shopping for my kids. They’re the brands that I know I can trust to deliver great quality and great style, over and over again. The same is true when I’m buying clothes for them. I tend to shop the same brands repeatedly because I know that I’m going to get my money’s worth. Carter’s is one of those brands. Their clothes are soft and silky smooth, super comfortable for Juliza, and I know they’ll last through rough toddler play and repeated washing.

That’s why I love the fact that Walmart’s Child of Mine clothing brand is actually by Carter’s. So we can get the same quality and style without breaking our pockets. When they asked me to review a couple of pieces from the brand, it took me about half a second to accept.

This is the main brand I shop when I’m buying clothes for Juliza at Walmart, because I trust the fit to be right, the fabric to be soft against her skin, and the price to be an amazing value. Plus, let’s face it, their stuff is just super cute, and there’s usually a lot of it to choose from.

This time Juliza got pajamas and a tunic/leggings set, and of course, she did the rest by being super cute in them. First, the pajamas:



Footed pajamas are a staple around here, because it’s not safe for infants to sleep with a loose blanket. She’s now old enough to do that, but she’s already used to all-in-ones, so we’ve continued to buy them. I LOVE the owl print this outfit, and it is super duper soft! Really. I kept rubbing it against my face just to feel the warmth and comfort.



My only complaint is that the hole at the end of the sleeves was a little small, so it took a little pulling to get her hands through. Still, they weren’t tight on her wrists once it was on, so that’s a small issue. She’s already slept in these, and they kept her sufficiently warm and were not itchy at all — which can be the case with some pajamas.




The next outfit will be a great addition to her fall/winter wardrobe, though it’s still too hot in Georgia to wear now. This Child of Mine set features a great floral print tunic and denim-look leggings. I love this type of outfit because I can throw them on without too much thought, and she still looks put together.



Just so you can see how the clothing moves, check out this video review:

Everything is loose enough to allow her to run around. Because toddlers gonna toddle, amirite?

When she looks this cute doing it, I really can’t complain.

Honestly though, I love Child of Mine and buy from the line all the time. It’s a great way to cash in on Carter’s quality without spending too much. You can find tons of option in Walmart stores and even more at Child of Mine by Carter’s at

So what about you? What are your favorite clothing brands for your kids? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

Over the past year or so, I admit that fashion has not been as high on my list of priorities as I’d like. But having a hurricane of a toddler to chase will change your priorities in a hurry. I haven’t done much shopping, but anything that I do buy needs to serve multiple functions, and work with multiple outfits. So when Walmart challenged me to start the back to school season with a Day to Night outfit for busy moms, I thought it would be a great chance to put my skills to the test.



Outfit 1: Faded Glory open cardigan, $14.96 | Faded Glory maxi dress, $9 | Faded Glory belt set, $8

I started with a base item: A black maxi dress. It works for summer because it’s light and breezy, but it can easily become a fall piece with the right layering. And while it is casual, it can easily be dressed up with a couple of key pieces. I added an open cardigan in a great print, and chose to belt it at the waist. I keep telling myself that open cardigans are meant to stay open, but I just personally prefer something to define my waist.

The cardigan is soft and really warm — much moreso than I expected. When the weather turns cooler, it will be great for dressing up jeans and boots, but for now, it serves as a great way to take this maxi dress up a notch. This is a great look for those days when I have to head to my daughter’s school for a meeting or sit to watch her at gymnastics team practice.


And of course, and outfit shoot wouldn’t be an outfit shoot without a photobomb from Juliza. SMH. The child is a force to be reckoned with at all times.



Outfit 2: Faded Glory maxi dress, $9 | Nine West heels | BCBG clutch | Statement necklace, bracelets and rings (gifted)

Of course, the challenge here was to create a look for day and night. In this case, all I had to do was strip back down to the dress, and re-accessorize. Instead of comfy flats, I wore my favorite strappy heels and grabbed a coordinating clutch. I added a statement necklace and layered rings and bracelets to add a little glam, and finished with one of my favorite red lipsticks.


All of a sudden, this simple black maxi dress feels like a complete outfit instead of just part of it. I’d likely add a shawl, just to cover up my shoulders (and bra straps. Whoops!), but the dress works by itself. And I think my hubby would approve of this for a date night. You know. Whenever we get one of those.

Here are the two looks side by side:


I’m partial to the nighttime look, but I’m sure the daytime look will get ample rotation when it really gets cool enough for me to need that sweater.

What about you? How do you rework pieces in your wardrobe for various occasions? Share your tips in the comments below!

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.

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Disclosure: I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Just For Me. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Can I be honest for a second? I love my and my girls’ natural hair, but I hate wash day. There. I said it. My older daughter and I have a LOT of hair, which means hours spent washing, conditioning, detangling and styling on wash day. The baby’s hair is less of chore, except for the fact that she hates getting her face wet. With her, wash day devolves into a struggle to let me rinse her hair. Woosah.


All that to say that I’m all about products that can make the process easier for all of us. So when I got the opportunity to try the new Hair Milk products by Just for Me, designed especially for kids with naturally curly hair, I was more than willing to give it a shot.

The products are available at Walmart at$5.49 apiece, and I received five of them to try:

  • Pre-Wash Softening Detangler
  • Moistursoft™ Sulfate-Free Cleanser
  • Silkening Conditioner
  • Hydrate & Protect Leave-in Conditioner
  • Leave-In Detangler


It may not be super easy to tell from the photo above, but Juliza’s hair tends to get drier and drier the further we get from wash day. So by the time we go to wash again, it’s usually pretty tangled, even with daily attempts to add a little moisture. With that in mind, I was most intrigued by Just for Me’s Pre-Wash Softening Detangler.


The directions told me to apply the creamy mixture to her hair from root to tip, then comb through it to release tangles. It is rare for me to comb Juliza’s hair unless it’s sopping wet, so I was a little skeptical. But as soon as I added it to her hair, I immediately felt it getting softer and easier to manage. I was actually able to finger detangle it before getting in the tub. I never would’ve been able to do that dry. Ever.


Next in the lineup was the Moistursoft™ Sulfate-Free Cleanser, a shampoo. I genuinely cannot remember the last time I used shampoo in her hair. I usually just wash and massage her scalp with water and conditioner, mostly because many shampoos tend to strip natural hair and leave it feeling dry and straw-like. This product built up to a good lather, but it was not drying at all. On the contrary, after using it, her hair was really, really soft to the touch.

You may notice the boat and water toys in a few of these photos. This is the other reason I only comb Juliza’s hair wet. In the tub, while she’s contained and entertained with her toys, I can detangle and manage her hair without much resistance. The same is not true otherwise. When I try to comb her hair, while she’s awake in…say…the living room, it devolves into me trying to catch her when she inevitably takes off. This system is less stressful for both of us. But mostly for me :)


Anyway, next, I rubbed the Silkening Conditioner through her hair. It was already soft and silky after the other two products, so I probably didn’t need to use as much as I did. I let it sit while I bathed her, then rinsed it and moved onto the next step.


I like to twist JuJu’s hair in the tub. So I added the leave in conditioner and started parting her hair into sections that I could detangle and twist. First things first, her hair was SO soft that parting was incredibly easy. Usually when I wash her hair, parting can be a challenge because of the tangles. By this point in the process, there was very little resistance. I was shocked by how easy the wide tooth comb worked through her hair, and I finished parting, detangling and twisting in a lot less time than it usually takes. Really.


This was honestly the easiest wash session I can remember. Next time, I’ll probably use just the leave-in conditioner instead of both so I can avoid having to rinse her hair so many times (and get her face wet O__0). Still, overall, the process of dealing with her hair was absolutely painless.

Juliza was so relaxed afterward that she almost fell asleep when I was getting her dressed.



I really, really like the way these products work, and the pre-wash softening detangler is quite possibly the best thing ever. Next, I’m going to try the products on Ja’Naya’s much longer, thicker and often much more tangled hair and hope for similar results. My only gripe is that the ingredients aren’t as natural as I would like. The products are free of dyes, synthetic color and paraffin, and they contain shea butter, soy milk and honey, but they also contain a couple of other unpronounceable ingredients that I’ll need to do a little research on. Still, the results can’t be denied: Juliza’s hair was soft and manageable in a way that it usually isn’t, and that made washing and styling infinitely easier.

Speaking of which…

Take the 5-Finger Test

Finger detangling Juliza’s hair is something I don’t attempt often, because her constant dryness would make that painful. However, after using these products, I’ve been running my fingers through her curls nonstop, and the tangles are almost nonexistent.

You can take the #5FingerChallenge too. Try the Just for Me detangling products, and make a video of you running your five fingers through your kids’ hair (or have them do it themselves) to complete the ‘challenge.’ Post it on your favorite social network with the #5FingerChallenge hashtag and tag your friends so they can join too.

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When I started my natural hair journey with my big chop way back in 2009, I admit that I started as a product junkie. After years of using the same products I’d used basically since childhood, I learned really quickly that they wouldn’t work the same at all on my new tightly curled hair. So I spent months trying dozens of products, trying to find what would work. Once I did, I gave up the incessant product testing and stuck with what worked. Six years later, my hair regimen still mostly consists of those go-to products. Which means that I often miss out on great new products because I “know what works”. So when I got an opportunity to try out Beautiful Textures, I was actually excited to try not just new hair products, but products that are actually designed for kinky, curly hair.


Why is this important? Well, thick, curly hair may appear to be super strong and impermeable, but it’s actually pretty fragile. And when I’ve gone too long (I won’t say just HOW long) without a good deep conditioning and detangling session, lets just say I need products that are meant to bring me back from this:


I received the Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair and Moisture Butter, and I knew I had to start with the Rapid Repair. For obvious reasons (see the photo above).

The directions on the jar recommend soaking the hair from root to tip and finger detangling before use. I knew finger detangling wasn’t going to happen, so I settled for soaking my hair and stretching it with my hands as much as I could. I slathered on the repair cream and pulled it through my hair section by section. I wanted to make sure I coated all of it so I could feel the full effects.

It is recommended that you cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hair dryer for 15-25 minutes, but I didn’t have a dryer. I just covered it with a cap and let it sit for 30 minutes. The heat from my head alone did a pretty good job of warming the repair cream, and by the time I was done, my hair already felt a lot softer and more manageable.

My only issue is that the rapid repair doesn’t have a lot of slip, so I knew I’d need something else for detangling. I washed out the rapid repair cream in the shower and went through my normal detangling routine. Because I’d been so lazy with my hair for such a long time, it was more tangled than usual. However, I know the repair cream helped, because my hair was softer and easier to manipulate than it would’ve been without it, and as a result, I didn’t lose as much hair as I could have.

After detangling, I like to style my hair when it is still wet. The Moisture Butter is a styling product that can be used on wet or dry hair, and it worked beautifully. I really like the texture — it’s thick and creamy, and it has a light hold with no visible residue. My hair absorbed it as I was twisting, and it was left shiny and bouncy.


My real test for any styling product, however, is how my hair looks and feels when I untwist. In this case, I was pleased with the outcome. My twistout was super well-defined and my hair was still soft and shiny. Score!


Overall, I really like the performance of both these products. However, going forward, I think I’m more likely to keep using the repair cream, only because I’m not a huge fan of the fragrance of either product, and the smell of the moisture butter lasts longer since it doesn’t get washed out. Fragrance is completely personal, and my daughter says she loves the way they smell, so I know I’m really particular.

And I know I’ll need the repair cream because — if I’m being honest — I tend to get lazy with my hair. Often. Chalk it up to the fact that I have two other heads of thick, curly hair to manage with my two daughters. So this is going to be a staple product when my hair needs a boost before I tackle the gargantuan task of detangling it.

So what about you? What are your go-to products when your hair needs some extra love? Would you try Beautiful Textures? Check out BET’s Healthy Hair page and share your personal stories for #HealthyHairMonth .

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Strength of Nature. The opinions and text are all mine.