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The “Don’t-Touch-Anything” Jacket…for KIDS!!

:::UPDATE 4/2/19:::  Did you see this on the original date it was posted (4/1/19) and decided not to scroll all the way down??  Well, then you missed it —– HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!!!!

There’s also an update to this post, plus details of how I tricked my kids at home, ON THIS APRIL FOOLS’ DAY POST —> HERE!

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Hey guys….I know it’s been a bit, but I had to hop on today because I finally came up with a solution for a long-time frustration of mine.  Yeah, I’m pretty excited about it….and I just had to create a post real quick, so I could SHARE IT with you guys!

But first, let me back up a bit.

As a mom, I have some tasks/chores/responsibilities that I absolutely LOVE doing (cuddling squishy newborns), some that I don’t mind doing(helping with homework), and some that I wish I could, well, trade in for a SWAP!  Now, don’t get me wrong….I recognize that some of these mom-jobs are ones that will mold and shape me into a wonderfully patient and loving human being.  But aaaaaaaggghh, you guys, WHY MUST WE BE REQUIRED TO TAKE KIDS TO THE STORE WITH US?!?!  It’s like an Olympic event to keep them happy, occupied, and distracted as you sprint through the aisles, scrambling to grab at least the essentials from your shopping list!  But my least favorite part ((…oh heaven help me)), is keeping their super sneaky magnet-hands from yanking every last thing from off the shelf! Agggggghhhh!!!  It’s a true hair-pulling event!  And to be fair, I’ve had some kids (out of my 5) who were less extreme, but by golly, these last 2 little wiggly boys have been quite the masters at making a shopping trip One. Exhausting. Event. Ack!!!

So, you guys——–I’ve DONE IT!!!

I’ve come up with the PERFECT solution!

And have designed this super easy “Don’t Touch Anything” JACKET…for KIDS!!!

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YESSSSS!!!  Do you see that???

It’s a jacket that you put on your kids to keep their arms/hands in an immobile folded position… that you can eliminate the stress of them touching every.single.thing that might possibly cross their vision, at places like the grocery store, doctor’s offices, and heck, even art galleries!

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Both sleeves are sewn shut and the stretchy piece of elastic wraps from one sleeve to the other, and around the back, keeping their little arms securely folded in place, and out of trouble!


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If you’re like me, then you don’t always have room to put curious kiddos in the big part of the cart while shopping (which only somewhat keeps them from grabbing things), because you need that space for all the groceries or supplies on your list.  But LOOK!  All you do is slip on this jacket and they can walk right along side you, without any worries of them grabbing things from the shelf….because YEP, those little arms are folded snugly in place!

So go ahead and walk right along the cart, little Oliver!  There’s no harm in LOOKING with your EYES!!! :)

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Yeah, they may sometimes get a little frustrated when they really want to grab that box of LEGOS (or another favorite toy), but just be sure that you follow the directions down below, to see how I got a really snug fit that kept Oliver from getting his hands loose!

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Most importantly, this little jacket is cozy and comfortable….and is kind of like they’re giving themselves one giant HUG, the entire time they have it on!  So, it’s a win-win, you guys!

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I’m so excited with how well it turned out….and even more excited to share, so you guys can make one too!


Such a handy solution though, right?!


Can’t you just imagine how pleasant your next shopping trip will be???


Well, let me show you how you can make one for your kids (…or the kiddos your babysit/nanny)!


And all it takes is an old jacket that they already own, and you’re ready to go.


So just keep scrolling down for the tutorial…




Almost there…




Not much further…




Keep going…




Ahhhh, okay, you’re there…







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Happy April Fools’ Day, friends!

I just can’t help it, I love this holiday so much!  And always have!

But okay, I’m so sorry if you thought I was crazy!

And I’m even MORE SORRY if you have rascally kiddos that you have to take to the store with you, and you actually considered making this!  I totally get you….because yep, Oliver and Max really are little turkeys at the store.  Well, Oliver has mostly outgrown it. But by golly, Max has taken over the role of, uhhhhh, “helping me become an even more patient person”! (Because apparently I need more practice. Ha!) Good thing he’s cute though, because, grrrrr!

When my husband Steve and I, took the two little boys to Walmart to take a few pictures…..we DIED laughing!  THE ENTIRE TIME!  Because yes, Oliver looked ridiculous walking down the aisle with this “super cool jacket” on!  But we kept looking over our shoulders, hoping no one was snapping a picture to report us for putting our 4-year-old in this crazy thing! Haha!

Oliver was actually a pretty good sport and I explained that we were playing a joke before we headed to the store, which he thought was pretty funny!  But after a while, he was completely OVER IT! And kept telling me that he was SOOOOO HOT and SQUISHED!!!

Hahaha…….sorry kiddo, you were awesome! :)  (His face cracks me up though!)

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Don’t worry…..he’s ticklish and easy to convince that it’s not all that bad! ;)

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And to set the record straight, I do sometimes let my kids touch things from the shelf.  Not everything…but kid-safe stuff is just fine.  And sometimes if there’s time, I will pause my shopping list and will take them on a stroll down the toy aisle to push buttons, twist dials, and grab boxes!  Because let’s face it, kids like to touch EVERYTHING…..and sometimes, it’s okay to say YES! (But good grief, please don’t grab the jars in the spaghetti sauce aisle! Ack!)

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Thanks for helping me out Oliver!  You are at my favorite age of 4-years-old…..and you are a CRACK UP!  The things that come out of your mouth are my favorite!!!!

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And thanks guys, for letting me add another APRIL FOOLS’ DAY post to the blog…..because yes, it’s TRADITION!!!! Last year was actually crazy and I ended up skipping…..but I’ve done it every other year since 2010! Ha!!!  (Click HERE for my other ridiculous April Fools’ posts, from past years!)

Okay, back to your normal day!

Except, I secretly hope you were able to trick someone today.  Or, that someone tricked you!  And if so, TELL ME what happened!  I love hearing everyone’s funny ideas!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m so glad you did a post this year! I think of you every year on April Fool’s!

  2. Melanie says:

    You got me, no one has been able to get me in a very long time. I was ready to delete you, not say anything, because I believe if I have nothing nice to say, I don’t say nothing at all. This was really good, I have to admit. Thank you for the laugh.

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh you So got me!!! I started reading….then my stomach clenched and I was getting more and more angry as I read. Oh geez I was ready to blast you with my utter shock lol.

    Well done!

  4. Carls says:

    I didn’t realize it was a joke. I thought, is she crazy? I am a foster mom and I can’t restrain my kids!!!!

  5. Stacey says:

    Glad to see you were back this year! It’s tradition!!

  6. Sharlyn says:

    Haha! Love it😉

  7. Valerie Nelson says:

    I love this! I tune in every year to see what you’ll come up with! One of my fave was the decorated toilet seat. You got me that year, ha! Thank the Lord I’m nearly out of the grabby stage, but I would have totally figured out how to make this for child #2… even if you didn’t post a tutorial 😜. I feel ya. Thanks for the chuckle 😘🥰🤩🙌🏼

  8. Karen Irby says:

    I love it! You are so clever.

    1. Ashley says:

      I sure had a lot of fun with it! :)

  9. Stacey says:

    I’ve been reading your blog since Coco was born. I had a baby girl a few months later so it’s been perfect! You have gotten me EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. till last year I remembered and checked but you took a break! Then this year I spent yesterday wondering what you were cooking up! I LOVE IT!!! And yes. I knew it was a prank but still considered making one for my toddler! 😂😂😂

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwwww, baby Coco! My hefty 11 pounder! Haha!

      And yeah, last year was a tough year, but I just had to jump back in this year! I’m such a nerd for pranks! :) I love that you thought to come look here yesterday…..and love even MORE that you totally get the mom struggle at the store! hahaha!

      Have the best day Stacey!

  10. Kim N. says:

    Love it! Happy April Fool’s Day to you, Ashley!

    1. Kim N says:

      BTW, the decorative toilet seat still gets my vote for the funniest of your April Fool’s jokes!

    2. Ashley says:

      Hahahaha…….you’ve been around a while if you remember that one! Hahaha! That one is still the grossest one I’ve ever done! And I still remember people commenting about how HORRIFIED they were! Still makes me laugh! You’re the best Kim….thanks for sticking around all this time! :)


  11. Christy says:

    So funny, I was actually wondering this morning if you’d post something today. I love a good gag! Thanks for the giggles.
    My 9 year old went to school on crutches this morning with a little fake cast on her leg that her sister made with vet wrap. She had all of her friends and teachers fooled for a bit and felt hilarious when she ran out the classroom door for lunch!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my goodness, I love that you thought of my site this morning and wondered! I just love a good prank….so I couldn’t resist!

      And haha…..I have never even thought of sending the kids to school with a prank! That is HILARIOUS!!!!!! Okay, I’m going to have to help them think up something fun for next year! Such a great idea! Harmless, but so funny!!!! Thanks for sharing that!


  12. Alisha M says:

    I missed you last year! This morning, when I woke up, your blog is the first thing I thought of. Not in a stalker-y way, I swear. I just always LOVE your 4/1 blog posts!!! You never fail to impress! ;oD Well done!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know….last year was the only year I didn’t do one (it was a crazy year)…..and I was bummed about that! So I just had to jump back in this year, even though I didn’t get it up until later in the day, haha!!! I love so much that you came here looking for it though! You are the cutest! :)

      Have the best day Alisha!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I checked your sight this morning to see your annual April Fool’s joke. Glad you are still doing them!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha….I love that you came here checking! I have so much fun with these!!!!!


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