Truly Outrageous Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party

Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party

Just sharing a few pics of the Jem and the Holograms birthday party I threw for my daughter a few years ago. It was themed for “Jem and the Holograms” bc my daughter and I went through a phase where we watched the whole series together and she loved it. Of course I have the whole thing on DVD.

What is Jem and the Holograms?

Not alot of people remember this cartoon TV series. It was on during the 80s and definitely targeted the young girl crowd, and I was hooked ever since. But just in case you don’t believe me that it’s a real show that actually happened, you can check out all the scoop on Wikipedia. πŸ™‚

I was mostly addicted to the music, as Jem was a rockstar/popstar and had the catchiest songs and the most outrageous fashion.

She was also a real-life person with a real-life job and real-life responsibilities raising foster kids. Her real-life persona was Jerrica, and she had to keep her rockstar persona a secret from everyone.

Holy smokes. Kinda like me with this blog. I’m using the alias Pepper Valentine here (lol, my rockstar name), and I am keeping this blog a secret from everyone in my real-life so I can be uncensored and unedited here, and have no real-life consequences for being myself.

Anyhow, the reason she had to keep her identity such a secret was because she had a secret supercomputer (in the 80s!) that created all the music and all the fashion via holograms that looked real to everyone else. And she thought that if that supercomputer was discovered, that it could be used for evil purposes. She was using it simply to be a rockstar.

So that’s a quick summary as to why I am a “Jem and the Holograms” fan. I’m a bit obsessed with the series still, and I have fun creating projects that are inspired by Jem, like my daughter’s birthday party. We even dressed up as Jem and the Holograms for Halloween one year! I have those costume pics saved on another blog post you can link to here.

My Photos of Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party

I’m happy to be able to share these pics even though it’s all over and in the past. I hope you like it too…

The Birthday Cake… πŸŽ‚

Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party / Image Source: Pepper V.

The Goodie-Bags….

Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party / Image Source: Pepper V.

And all the goodies packed into the Goodie-Bags, including a pair of Jem’s Synergy earrings…

Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Birthday Party / Image Source: Pepper V.

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When Gifts Cause Problems

Who would ever expect a scenario when gifts cause problems? Well it happened to me when I met this lady online… and she was really going through a hard time. She never got into specifics, but overall she was incredibly lonely and felt like nobody cared about her. She was estranged from her family too which contributed to her loneliness. She lived alone with several dogs which were her only friends except for her co-workers that she enjoyed while she was at work. She also had alot of money issues that caused stress for her.

Over the summer she had to have a surgery that was really freaking her out. She was mostly upset about how alone she was going to feel during her recovery, especially since she wasn’t even going to work anymore for at least a couple months.

I reached out to her to help cheer her up. We chatted a little bit and I asked if I could send her a care package and she gave me her home address.

So I really thoughtfully prepared a package for her of things that I felt she would like, and that she could enjoy during recovery… Cookies, lotions, soaps, loofas, loungewear, slippers, dog toys, dog treats, and a fancy ladies wallet.

I went to the post office to mail it and they MADE me put my return address on it. I really didn’t want my address on it but I did it anyway, and off if went.

Note to self: next time I mail something to someone I meet on the internet, use a fake return address.

She received it and sounded very appreciative and happy when we chatted next. And I had no worries about anything. I was happy that she seemed happy.

But then I started receiving gifts back in the mail. At first, it was daily. A pretty facemask one day, a bracelet the next day, a charm the day after that, etc…

I’m really not a fan of receiving gifts in the first place, and everything she was sending me is just going into my clutter drawer anyway, so I feel like it’s a major waste of her time and effort. I mean, I’ll chat with her anytime she wants and I don’t need gifts to maintain that.

I would thank her and tell her “you don’t have to send me anything” but the gifts wouldn’t stop. About once a week, I’ll still receive something from her and it’s freaking me out bc she’s still writing online about how she’s super stressed about her money issues. So now I’m having guilt about contributing to that.

Then I stopped messaging her thank yous whenever I received something, hoping she would get the point. But nope, the gifts kept coming…

Finally today I snapped. She messaged me “Oh I can’t wait to send you your Christmas gifts!” And I messaged back “Please stop sending me gifts. Stop. Please.”

And I haven’t heard back from her since. I feel really bad about hurting her feelings but I also really needed the gifts to stop.

I don’t know what to do now. How would you have handled this?

[There’s an update of this situation posted at When Gifts Cause Problems Part 2 ].

Fun Ariana Grande Costume for Kids

Ariana Grande Costume For Kids

So we experimented with Halloween outfits some more and this time we tried an Ariana Grande costume for kids. I think my daughter nailed it!

What do you guys think?

Ariana Grande Costume For Kids / Image Source: Pepper V.
Ariana Grande Costume For Kids / Image Source: Pepper V.

Compared to other costumes we’ve tried, this one was pretty simple to put together. Just needed the boots, the over-sized sweater, and the hair extensions for the ponytail. Easy-peasy!

So definitely when it comes to preparedness, this one is recommended because you might already have all the items you need in your closet, or, your hair is fabulous enough to do the high ponytail without the extensions. Here is an example of the look we were trying to copy:

Ariana Grande Costume For Kids / Image Source: Link Here

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Ariana Grande look. If you’re more interested in a Britney Spears costume instead, I have 3 variations for kids you can check out on this post here.

If you don’t already have all the items handy for this outfit, some info on how to find them follows below…

Ariana Grande Costume for Kids – Shopping Links

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My daughter was a size 3 in youth shoes at the time, and I had no luck finding any kids boots that looked like this they would fit her exactly. So the best I could do was find these women boots from Amazon as a size 6. They were a bit big for her but it worked for the costume and should last a couple more years if needed for other costumers. The boots in this image (as well as various colors and sizes) can be bought on Amazon if interested (link below).

And we also got the hair extensions for the ponytail from Amazon. My daughter has very thick hair, so we actually used TWO of these hair extension packages to be able to cover her natural hair sufficiently. We got the longest length of 30in. The ponytail extensions we used can be bought here:

And I’m not going to leave the link where I got the oversized sweater from since I didn’t have a great experience with the order. Basically, the shipment originated from China and took FOREVER to arrive, so I don’t really want to refer anyone else to it and risk the order not being received in time for Halloween or another costume event. But really, any oversized sweater should work for this look – you might already have one in your closet and can skip buying another one. πŸ™‚

Anyhow, I hope this info helps with your look for an Ariana Grande costume for kids. I wish you all a fun and safe Halloween this year! And good luck putting together your outfit, no matter which costume you decide. There are so many choices and so many ways to make it your own. Have a great time!

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Scary and Haunted Leap Castle – Roscrea, Ireland UK

Haunted Leap Castle

I am definitely a fan of Halloween, as well as ghost stories. So when I found myself in Ireland last year, I just had to stop by haunted Leap Castle – one of the world’s most notorious castles due to reports of ghostly and supernatural occurrences. But only during the daytime bc I’m still a scaredy-cat.

So I stopped by Leap Castle in Roscrea, Ireland. This is considered one of the world’s most haunted castles, and has been featured in several paranormal documentaries such as the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” and ABC’s “Scariest Places on Earth”. Do you watch those types of shows? I love them.

History of Leap Castle

I also looked-up some facts about Leap Castle for you on Wikipedia. It was built as a fortress during the civil war in Ireland in 13th century AD, most likely on an even older ceremonial structure as old as 500 BC. It has a very violent history due to rival clans fighting for it.

The most famous spirits supposedly haunting this castle is “The Red Lady” ghost that walks all over holding a dagger. And the “It” elemental spirit that does not have a human form, but can be smelled and supposedly foretells impending death if you witness it. Before their deaths, the people that have actually seen “It” describe it as a sheep with a human face, black holes for eyes and a nose, and the odor of a rotting corpse. THAT was what worried me the most about being there, that I would start smelling it. 😟

My Visit at Haunted Leap Castle

When you arrive, the owner of the castle will greet you. He’s there to answer your questions, and tell you a few stories about the history of the land and the castle itself. He’s a musician too, so he’ll play you some of his music too if you feel like attending a recital. There a isn’t a fee for the visit, but he does suggest that you leave a donation that goes towards the restoration and maintenance of the castle so that visitors can continue to tour it.

When you’re done chatting with him, he gives you a flashlight and that’s it. You’re on your own for the tour.

To be honest with you, I didn’t explore the whole entire castle bc I started to freak myself out. So I turned around to leave maybe halfway through. I feel like such a wimp about it, but I was scared! Would you have been scared?

My Photos of Leap Castle

Below are some of the amateur pics I took. They are unfiltered. Most areas of the castle had no lighting at all except from my flashlight, so please be forgiving about the photo quality…

Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Leap Castle
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.
Haunted Leap Castle Roscrea, Ireland / Image Source: Pepper V.

And this visit to Leap Castle was a single stop of several stops I made during a roadtrip through Ireland. If you’d like a recap and photos of the rest of the roadtrip, you can see them here.

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Just in case you are a fan of haunted travel destinations, below is a link to a National Geographic book about the topic. Would make a great gift! πŸ™‚

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3 Fun Britney Spears Kid Costume Ideas

Britney Spears Kid Costume Hit Me Baby

So have I told you all lately that I go a bit overboard for Halloween?! No? Ok then… Well, I do. And one of my faves was the Britney Spears kid costume that I put together for my daughter one year.

There was this one year, where my kid was a Britney Spears fan bc I was a Britney Spears fan and we used to enjoy all the same things. (Lol, those days are long past us now.) But my daughter had 3 different Halloween parties to attend, so of course, I just HAD to prepare 3 different Britney Spears costumes.

The rest of this post is dedicated to the Britney Spears costume, but if you would like more costume ideas for girls, I have a separate post located here: 11 Costume Ideas for Girls, which includes my daughter’s costumes as Ariana Grande, Cruella DeVil, Jem and the Holograms, Ariel the Little Mermaid, Wonder Woman, Mal from The Descendants, and others…

Hit Me Baby One More Time

Of course we did the obligatory “Hit Me Baby One More Time” outfit. This was the easiest costume to put together because most of these items we were able to find via thrift stores in town. So easy. And, all the pieces can be re-purposed for normal wear too. The only item that I had to really hunt for was the microphone earpiece and I was able to find it online (link below).

Britney Spears Kid Costume Hit Me Baby
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Hit Me Baby One More Time” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume Hit Me Baby
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Hit Me Baby One More Time” / Image Source: Pepper V.

I’m A Slave For U

And believe it not, we put together a kid costume for “I’m a Slave 4 U” too! My daughter was obsessed with doing this particular outfit bc she wanted the snake prop. We called it “Snake Britney” at home bc that was the best thing about it.

For the main outfit, we used a peacock costume we found online (link below) because it was the correct color scheme, and we simply removed all the peacock-ish features of it. I was worried that it wouldn’t work, but it absolutely did! And once we found the peacock costume, the rest was easy!

Britney Spears Kid Costume "Snake Britney"
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Snake Britney” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume "Snake Britney"
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Snake Britney” / Image Source: Pepper V.

Toxic

And finally, we did the “Toxic” outfit too. This is only my favorite Britney music video of all so I was most excited to do this one. My daughter is actually wearing an Adult Small flight attendant costume because I simply could not find a child version that would work.

Because it was an adult costume, I had to do some amateur alteration work – mostly with safety pins in the back to tighten it, and then safety pins in the front to close the cleavage area. It’s for times like these where I wish I knew how to sew! It’s a very important skill that not very many people have anymore!

So despite the outfit being a bit big on her, and despite the alternations to make it appropriate, I think it worked out and she didn’t mind at all so no problem! What do you all think?

Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to find this specific costume online so I can share the link with you. If you’re looking for similar, I wish you tons of luck. I’ll continue looking online too so if I find it again I will add it here.

Britney Spears Kid Costume "Toxic"
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Toxic” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume "Toxic"
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Toxic” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume "Toxic"
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Toxic” / Image Source: Pepper V.

Anyhow, that’s the scoop on my daughter’s Britney Spears kid costume for Halloween… Hope you all cracked a smile. I sure did. 🀣😁

If your kid prefers Ariana Grande instead, you can check out that look too on this post here.

Britney Spears Kid Costumes – Shopping Links

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Most of the items I used for these costumes I was able to find offline as well as online. Some online links that might help you piece together these Britney Spears kids costumes for yourself are below:

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Gorgeous Beach Condo in Destin FL USA

Beach Resort in Destin FL View

So we just got back from our vacation to a beach condo in Destin FL in the U.S. Of course I took a ton of photos of the place before we moved in, while it was still clean and before we added all our clutter to it.

We stayed at The Silver Beach Towers in Destin FL. We found our condo via VRBO. This isn’t an affiliate link at all, I’m just describing to you what we did.

The condo was truly lovely and impressive. We needed the large kitchen too because we planned to eat “at home” for every meal. We only went “out” to eat one time during the whole vacation. Lol, which actually is the opposite of what I prefer to do while on vacation but we were being mindful of all the covid pre-cautions.

The one time we left the condo to go out to eat, we went to The Back Porch, a seafood and oyster house, which was actually within walking distance and it was a very pleasant and comfortable walk to get there.

I wish I could just live there permanently instead of just a few days. I hope you don’t mind a post full of photos of our beach condo in Destin FL, but here you go…

Living room pics…

Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

Dining Room and Kitchen pics…

Dining Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Dining Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Kitchen Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Kitchen Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

Extra Living Area pic…

Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

The Bedrooms…

Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

And most importantly, the View from the Balcony…

Beach Resort Destin FL View
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

Truly Outrageous Jem and The Holograms Costume

Jem and the Holograms Costume

Since Halloween is the theme of the month, I found pics from one of my favorite costumes ever. My daughter and I dressed in Jem and The Holograms Costumes one year.

What is “Jem and the Holograms”?

Not alot of folks are familiar with “Jem and The Holograms”. It was only the greatest 80’s cartoon series of all time, so you truly missed out if didn’t watch. Don’t fight me. πŸ™‚

But just in case you don’t believe me that it’s a real show that actually happened, you can check out all the scoop on Wikipedia. πŸ™‚

Image Source: Google

Not alot of people remember this cartoon TV series, which makes me sad. It was on during the 80s and definitely targeted the young girl crowd, and I was hooked ever since. I was mostly addicted to the music, as Jem was a rockstar/popstar and had the catchiest songs and the most outrageous fashion.

She was also a real-life person with a real-life job and real-life responsibilities raising foster kids. Her real-life persona was Jerrica, and she had to keep her rockstar persona a secret from everyone.

Holy smokes. Kinda like me with this blog. I’m using the alias Pepper Valentine here (lol, my rockstar name), and I am keeping this blog a secret from everyone in my real-life so I can be uncensored and unedited here, and have no real-life consequences for being myself.

Anyhow, the reason she had to keep her identity such a secret was because she had a secret supercomputer (in the 80s!) that created all the music and all the fashion via holograms that looked real to everyone else. And she thought that if that supercomputer was discovered, that it could be used for evil purposes. She was using it simply to be a rockstar.

So that’s a quick summary as to why I am a “Jem and the Holograms” fan. I’m a bit obsessed with the series still, and I have fun creating projects that are inspired by Jem, like these Halloween costumes for myself and my daughter. My daughter even had a Jem and the Holograms birthday party theme one year and I saved those pics on another post here. I’m happy to be able to share these pics even though it’s all over and in the past. I hope you like it too…

My Photos – Jem and the Holograms Costume

So one year myself and my daughter dressed as the main characters, Jem and Pizzazz, and we had a great time. Lol, how’d we do though? We look just like them, right?

Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.

Jem and the Holograms Costume – Shopping Links

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