It’s time for another splurge vs. save post, because we love looking good for less! If you’re ITK when it comes to this year’s seasonal trends, then you know sporty skirts are all the rage this summer. This athletic chic look mixes preppy and practical pieces for a look that will take you from a morning on the courts to an afternoon lunch on the boat. Or just, like, running errands around town, dropping the kids off at camp, wistfully gazing out at your backyard wishing you had panoramic views of the Long Island Sound…whatever. See our summer splurge vs. save inspiration below.

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A striped long sleeve tee is a versatile top for summer! This one from J. Crew costs $50, while this one from J. Crew Factory is only $20.

A white pleated tennis skirt is a super trendy seasonal piece. This version from Lululemon costs $68, while this version from Gap is only $29.

A simple cardigan is a classy addition to your look. This version from J. Crew is $40, while this version from Amazon is only $21.

A neutral belt bag is a great on-the-go accessory. This one from Lululemon costs $38, while this style from Amazon is just $9.

And white tennis sneakers are the perfect finishing touch. This pair from Sam Edelman costs $80, but this pair from J. Crew Factory is only $46.

Shade your eyes from the strong summer sun! These ones from Quince are $50, but this style from Amazon is only $15.

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The leaves are falling, the crisp air has arrived, and the season of goodies is upon us. October through December have multiple holiday events – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more, so that means classroom parties, various events, and the creation of goody bags, baskets, and more! Since my youngest daughter’s birthday is in October, I was invited to read a themed book, bring in a snack, and hang out with the class, and I used the opportunity to create pumpkin-themed buckets for her whole class! See our Halloween goody bag inspiration below.

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My daughter turned five and is in Pre-K, so I kept it fun but still simple with a pumpkin theme: pumpkin buckets, themed cups, straws, glow sticks, and most importantly, snacks!

The snacks were fun – I found a lot of pumpkin-themed snacks like Entenmann’s pumpkin flavored muffins, gogo squeeze apple pumpkin spice applesauce pouches and decorative fun Skinny Pop popcorn bags.

I kept it pretty simple with Mott’s tots apple juice boxes, but I also ran across Swiss Miss pumpkin spice hot chocolate and just had to add it in. I read the book 10 Little Pumpkins, and the kids were super excited about their snack which was fresh fruit salad in waffle cone bowls topped with a dab of whipped cream – a healthy sundae!

Kristy is room mom for her daughter’s class this year, so of course she got right on her duties of helping to plan the first classroom party planned for October. She went straight to Target’s Hyde & EEK Bootique for plates, napkins, games and more goodies. She’s planning on serving slime punch in cauldrons and using festive food trays for snacks.

“You’ve been Boo’d” – yep that’s right, Kristy created Boo Bags for her kids’ classrooms! She took small clear gift bags and filled them with a bunch of fun little festive toys and a bunch of yummy goodies.

The options are virtually endless with what you can fill them with. Mini play-dohs, bubbles, the classic spider ring and themed pencils. I’m sure no matter what you come up with, the bags will end up being super spook-tacular! Happy Planning!

The leaves are falling, the crisp air has arrived, and the season of goodies is upon us. October through December have multiple holiday events – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more, so that means classroom parties, various events, and the creation of goody bags, baskets, and more! Since my youngest daughter’s birthday is in October, I was invited to read a themed book, bring in a snack, and hang out with the class, and I used the opportunity to create pumpkin-themed buckets for her whole class! See our Halloween goody bag inspiration below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this post, see full disclosure here.

My daughter turned five and is in Pre-K, so I kept it fun but still simple with a pumpkin theme: pumpkin buckets, themed cups, straws, glow sticks, and most importantly, snacks!

The snacks were fun – I found a lot of pumpkin-themed snacks like Entenmann’s pumpkin flavored muffins, gogo squeeze apple pumpkin spice applesauce pouches and decorative fun Skinny Pop popcorn bags.

I kept it pretty simple with Mott’s tots apple juice boxes, but I also ran across Swiss Miss pumpkin spice hot chocolate and just had to add it in. I read the book 10 Little Pumpkins, and the kids were super excited about their snack which was fresh fruit salad in waffle cone bowls topped with a dab of whipped cream – a healthy sundae!

Kristy is room mom for her daughter’s class this year, so of course she got right on her duties of helping to plan the first classroom party planned for October. She went straight to Target’s Hyde & EEK Bootique for plates, napkins, games and more goodies. She’s planning on serving slime punch in cauldrons and using festive food trays for snacks.

“You’ve been Boo’d” – yep that’s right, Kristy created Boo Bags for her kids’ classrooms! She took small clear gift bags and filled them with a bunch of fun little festive toys and a bunch of yummy goodies.

The options are virtually endless with what you can fill them with. Mini play-dohs, bubbles, the classic spider ring and themed pencils. I’m sure no matter what you come up with, the bags will end up being super spook-tacular! Happy Planning!

halloween cupcakes on the table

The leaves are falling, the crisp air has arrived, and the season of goodies is upon us. October through December have multiple holiday events – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more, so that means classroom parties, various events, and the creation of goody bags, baskets, and more! Since my youngest daughter’s birthday is in October, I was invited to read a themed book, bring in a snack, and hang out with the class, and I used the opportunity to create pumpkin-themed buckets for her whole class! See our Halloween goody bag inspiration below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this post, see full disclosure here.

My daughter turned five and is in Pre-K, so I kept it fun but still simple with a pumpkin theme: pumpkin buckets, themed cups, straws, glow sticks, and most importantly, snacks!

The snacks were fun – I found a lot of pumpkin-themed snacks like Entenmann’s pumpkin flavored muffins, gogo squeeze apple pumpkin spice applesauce pouches and decorative fun Skinny Pop popcorn bags.

I kept it pretty simple with Mott’s tots apple juice boxes, but I also ran across Swiss Miss pumpkin spice hot chocolate and just had to add it in. I read the book 10 Little Pumpkins, and the kids were super excited about their snack which was fresh fruit salad in waffle cone bowls topped with a dab of whipped cream – a healthy sundae!

Kristy is room mom for her daughter’s class this year, so of course she got right on her duties of helping to plan the first classroom party planned for October. She went straight to Target’s Hyde & EEK Bootique for plates, napkins, games and more goodies. She’s planning on serving slime punch in cauldrons and using festive food trays for snacks.

“You’ve been Boo’d” – yep that’s right, Kristy created Boo Bags for her kids’ classrooms! She took small clear gift bags and filled them with a bunch of fun little festive toys and a bunch of yummy goodies.

The options are virtually endless with what you can fill them with. Mini play-dohs, bubbles, the classic spider ring and themed pencils. I’m sure no matter what you come up with, the bags will end up being super spook-tacular! Happy Planning!

There’s nothing that says “spooky season” quite like curling up and reading a frighteningly fun Halloween book by candlelight. Add a mug of hot chocolate or herbal tea and you’ve set the perfect scene for some seriously scary stories!! If you’re sharing story time with your kiddos, save the extra creepy characters for yourself after they’ve gone to bed. These Halloween books are perfect for celebrating the cute little ghouls and monsters that make the holiday fun for all. See our roundup of Halloween books for kids below.

Preschool & Kindergarten

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For your preschool kiddo or kindergartener, these books are lighthearted and easy to read! Filled with lots of pictures and lovable characters, your children will learn lessons of bravery, strength, and friendship all while celebrating Halloween.

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The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
Halloween Is Coming!
Halloween Is Coming!
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
The Witch’s Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe
The Witch’s Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
If You Ever Meet a Skeleton
If You Ever Meet a Skeleton
Ghost Afraid of the Dark
Ghost Afraid of the Dark
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
Boo Who?
Boo Who?
Halloween Night
Halloween Night
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Elementary & Middle School

For your elementary or middle school student, these books are slightly spookier and spin tales of ghosts and goblins and overcoming the challenges of a seemingly scary situation!

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The Haunting of Henry Davis
The Haunting of Henry Davis
Small Spaces
Small Spaces
The Halloween Moon
The Halloween Moon
The Witches
The Witches
Coraline
Coraline
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
The House at the Edge of Magic
The House at the Edge of Magic
Little Witch
Little Witch
The Haunting of Henry Davis
The Haunting of Henry Davis
Small Spaces
Small Spaces
The Halloween Moon
The Halloween Moon
The Witches
The Witches
Coraline
Coraline
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
The House at the Edge of Magic
The House at the Edge of Magic
Little Witch
Little Witch

And for the latest and greatest in Halloween books, shop all new Halloween releases from Amazon here!

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There’s nothing that says “spooky season” quite like curling up and reading a frighteningly fun Halloween book by candlelight. Add a mug of hot chocolate or herbal tea and you’ve set the perfect scene for some seriously scary stories!! If you’re sharing story time with your kiddos, save the extra creepy characters for yourself after they’ve gone to bed. These Halloween books are perfect for celebrating the cute little ghouls and monsters that make the holiday fun for all. See our roundup of Halloween books for kids below.

Preschool & Kindergarten

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

For your preschool kiddo or kindergartener, these books are lighthearted and easy to read! Filled with lots of pictures and lovable characters, your children will learn lessons of bravery, strength, and friendship all while celebrating Halloween.

Shop Preschool/Kindergarten Books

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
Halloween Is Coming!
Halloween Is Coming!
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
The Witch’s Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe
The Witch’s Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
If You Ever Meet a Skeleton
If You Ever Meet a Skeleton
Ghost Afraid of the Dark
Ghost Afraid of the Dark
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
Boo Who?
Boo Who?
Halloween Night
Halloween Night
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Elementary & Middle School

For your elementary or middle school student, these books are slightly spookier and spin tales of ghosts and goblins and overcoming the challenges of a seemingly scary situation!

Shop Elementary/Middle School Books

The Haunting of Henry Davis
The Haunting of Henry Davis
Small Spaces
Small Spaces
The Halloween Moon
The Halloween Moon
The Witches
The Witches
Coraline
Coraline
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
The House at the Edge of Magic
The House at the Edge of Magic
Little Witch
Little Witch
The Haunting of Henry Davis
The Haunting of Henry Davis
Small Spaces
Small Spaces
The Halloween Moon
The Halloween Moon
The Witches
The Witches
Coraline
Coraline
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
The House at the Edge of Magic
The House at the Edge of Magic
Little Witch
Little Witch

And for the latest and greatest in Halloween books, shop all new Halloween releases from Amazon here!