We’ve been listening in our classes.  The girls always like to share what is on their Christmas Lists during holiday season!  This post has gathered all the fun things the girls are wishing for this Christmas.  If you need some extra ideas… this blog post!

We are still all about the lights in bedrooms.  There are several different options to transform their bedroom into an amazing space.

Rainbow Glitter Lava Lamp

LED String Lights

Bedside Light that changes colors

A Neon “You Glow Girl” light

Finally if you don’t want them to attach lights to the walls, there is a great option with this Projector.

Having a wall with greenery on it is also super fun!  Add the neon light and you have a super fun space for tween to teen girls.  The Green Squares give you many options and the hanging vines is always a classic look.

Squishmallows is the item we have heard over and over again.  All ages want these super squishy and comfy characters.  If your dancer is not wanting to get rid of their stuff animals, but they are taking over the room - try this stuffed animal bean bag chair.  We used a few blankets to fill in, but it was a great compromise to giving them away!

Fluffy pillows add some shabby chic to any room and don’t forget the pillow for the inside.

Every room needs music.  A wireless speaker or ear buds for practicing their dance routines is a total must!

Fluffy slippers just add a homey feel to their own space.

Must Haves is all about the little things that make us smile. 

Anyone young and old will love this portable label maker.  Organize your life and any space with quick and easy labels.  Super affordable and easy to use!

Ok now we are talking one of my MUST HAVES.  Pens, Markers, High Lighters and more!  I love a good pen…..make them erasable and I will color code every note, schedule and calendar!  If you get these for your dancer I am confident you will use them yourself!

In the dance world it is jeweling season.  We jewel all the costumes and all the kids want to join in and help us!  No one can resist the sparkle.  These sun jewel catchers for the window are super cute and the diamond jeweling set also is a fun activity to keep kids busy over break!  Also, for all the Harry Potter fans out there we have a diamond jeweling set for them as well.

I love to get my nails done, but I find it hard to carve time out of my busy week to get them done.  Besides that I will usually chose to spend the money at Starbucks instead of on my nails.  On a whim I bought this gel nail set when it was on sale pre-black Friday.  It is super easy and fun to use!

Relaxing with a bath bomb, music playing on their new portable speaker seems like the perfect end to a tiring dance day.  A great way to relax those muscles.  If your dancer likes to do science experiments get 2 gifts out of 1.  Make the bath bombs and soap - then relax after dance and use them in the tub with this kit!

Speaking of dance competition weekends, get ready to be organized with these make up and toiletry bags, mesh bags for costume storage and carabiner clips are perfect for clipping your poms to the outside of the back pack.  This is the best way to keep them fluffy throughout the season.  Finishing up our must have list we have make up brushes.  A good set of brushes makes putting on make up fun!   Try it with our travel light up mirror.

Are your girls on Tik Tok?  I keep teasing that we are going to put our team routines on Tik Tok so they memorize them like they do the dance combos on Tik Tok.  Smiley Slippers, Heart Shaped Glasses and Make Up Headbands start out our list of Tik Tok Trends.  The strand bracelets and lulu dupe fanny packs make great stocking stuffers.  The fluffy belt bag or cross shoulder bag is super cute!

A ring light and tripod makes recording videos fun!  Add this glow in the dark kit to change up the look of the videos.

Girls Dance Outfits

6 piece crop tank top for practice!

Black Strappy Leotard

Strappy Purple Sports Bra

Stash Pocket Leggings

4” Dance Compression Shorts

5” Dance Compression Shorts

Nike Crew Length Socks

Fluffy Socks are always cute

We love these Star pajamas

Finally this Star lounge set is perfect for sleeping or just hanging out!

Teen & Adult Dance Outfits

Oversized Zip Hoodie is comfy and adorable

Light Weight joggers

Comfy Christmas Loungewear

Flare Leggings (yes really they are coming back)

Nike Crew Length socks in black or white

Fuzzy Socks

Compression stash pocket shorts

Pink and a variety of colors of the Lulu Dupe running shorts

Black Lulu Dupe running shorts

Ribbed crop workout tank

3 pack crop tank

Favorite crop tank

None of us know why

Not sure what has taken so long to get on the Air Fryer trend, but this is a time saver when you have kids in sports.  Family meals easily heated up and fresh for them when they get home from practice.

If you are looking to change up the lunch or snack scene …. try these cute cutters, pics and bento boxes.  Just a nice change of pace for you and the kids when packing food for their day!

The Jewelry trend has taken us back to gold.  Love the Huggies and the gold ball hoops.  Younger girls will love the Kendra Scott Kitty bracelet or letter pendant necklace.  Also for those wanting to add some Starz Spirit - the Star necklace is a great option!  Every dancer is a Star - Let them shine!

Finally it is time to Enhance Their Dance!

The deep tissue massager is such a great item at a great price this holiday season.  Really helps with sore muscles.

Tumbling Mats for younger dancers and the air track is perfect for practicing tumbling and working on jump height.

The turn spot has a bigger price tag, but it is portable and perfect if you cannot dedicate space to a dance floor.  The Marley surface makes learning turns on it perfect for Starz Dancers as this is the surface we dance on.

I have talked about the stretch bands, yoga blocks, ankle weights and foam rollers in the past.  We have exercises on our band apps to do with all of them.  Ending our last minute shopping is the chirp wheel for stretching backs and the ab wheel for making a good strong core!

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Remember Starz is closed from Tuesday, December 20th through Monday, January 2nd.

Hey Dance Moms!

We have some great items for you to add to your Christmas List this year!  Our "Dance Mom" shopping list this year is all about you being the most prepared Dance Mom when traveling to competitions.

Our Cozy Lounge Set is perfect for sleeping in and completely acceptable to walk the halls of the hotel to get your dancer to her early check in for warm ups!  Can’t forget these cozy slippers to match.  Throw your hair up in a claw clip or a cute baseball cap and you are good to be seen in public!

This season is all about the Shacket.  We have a couple that will compliment your favorite Starz Shirt at competitions, but give you your own personal look!  This purple Shacket is our favorite!

Accessorize with Star earrings - We have adorable Draper James Gold Hoops on our list personal lists this year.  Also to add your Starz Team Spirit try these purple star hoops - purple star studs or gold star dangles

If you haven’t been packing with packing cubes - you are missing out!  The only downfall we have found is that we can pack so much we need to be careful not to be over weight when checking our luggage.

Travel Toiletry Bag for your items is a must!  Once your dancer starts getting ready, they EXPLODE all over the bathroom counter!  Keep your stuff organized and easy to find when you are getting ready in the hotel room!

OK - now that I cleaned my closet a year ago and tossed out all my flare leg leggings - here they come, back in style.  Try them, you might love them!

Who doesn’t love a water bottle with straw that will keep your drink cold all day!  Also this flip top bottle if you prefer! 

Gel Polish Kit!  Ok, If you like to have your nails done, but you just cannot carve the time out of your week or even justify the money weekly for your nails.  This kit is your solution.  I purchased this on a whim and have been using it weekly for the last month.  It has become so easy - the polish stays on for 6-8 days without chipping.  So many cute colors and options.  I love having my nails done, and this has been such a great option!  Check it out!

The list of items are all of the things that your dancer will ask you for in a panic throughout the competition season.  Don’t run around asking other parents if they have advil or safety pins - make a little survival kit that will fit nicely in your purse.

Make Up Remover Cloths

Pill Case

Battery Charger

Ice Packs

Fillable / Reusable Ice Packs

Travel Sewing Kit

Safety Pins

Bobby Pins

Travel Hair Spray

Finally - are you the mom whose car gets destroyed on a road trip to a dance competition?  We have some great items to keep your vehicle in tip top shape!

Car Cleaning Gel - Get all the crumbs out of the cracks from eating on the road with ease.

Wet Ones for when the drive through forgets the napkins.

Portable Car Vacuum - this handy little vac will clean up the spilled Nerds and popcorn in a jiffy!

Finally the water proof trash can!  Hang this on the back of the seat!  Empty it when you get gas and it will keep your car neat and tidy throughout the trip.

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Easter Basket Stuffers

Easter Basket Amazon Finds

It is hard to believe Easter is right around the corner.  We went from Spring Break to multiple competitions back to back!  It's time to think about stuffing those Easter baskets!

Here are some great Amazon finds!

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Follow Kate and Rachel in our new blog.  We are excited to launch our lifestyle blog.   We are so blessed to own a dance studio and it brings such joy to our lives.  But our new blog - The Star Life And Beyond shows how much we strive to have a good home and work life balance.  We have our shop the blog page for all the items we recommend and will also enjoy sharing our passion of home decor.

Visit The Star Life and Beyond website and follow us on Instagram.  We are just getting started with this new endeavor so we appreciate your patience as we get started.


Valentine Shopping List

Valentine Shopping Blog Post

Do you buy Valentine gifts for your kid?  We don't really have a habit of exchanging big things with our spouses on this holiday, but it always has seemed like a great way to say "I Love You" to our kids (and grandkids).  Here are some fun items we found as well as some great ideas for the Valentine Parties at school.  Some of the links are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, Starz will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

The practical gifts - those items you would end up purchasing anyway!  From draw string bags for practice or water bottles, these items filled with a treat is an adorable gift for your dancer!

Adidas Draw String Bag or the Sparkle Draw String Bag

Ms. Kate's Favorite Water Bottle or the Hydro Flask

Looking for adorable Valentine Shirts?  Most are Toddler through Youth sizes!  It is always fun to dress for the season!

Girls Unicorn Baseball T Style 1 or Girls Unicorn Baseball T Style 2

Girls XOXO Baseball T

Boys Dinosaur Baseball T or Toddler Boys Loads of Love Baseball T

Teen Girls or Moms will love this "spread kindness" T.  I think that it can be worn all year and sends the perfect message for this holiday!

Fuzzy Socks - Nothing warms the heart more than cozy warm feet!

Womans Fuzzy Socks 6 pack

Girls Fuzzy Socks 5 pack

Fluffy Slipper Socks

Beauty items with girls are always a hit!  Here some of our favorite Amazon finds!  Even if you don't buy these for your favorite Valentine, check them out for yourself.

Kitsch micro fiber hair towel.  If you have not tried these towels to dry your hair, you are missing out!  Makes styling hair so easy!

Kitsch micro fiber scrunchies.  If the whole hair towel isn't for you, try these hair scrunchies for after washing your hair.  They absorb the extra water and make hair styling much easier.

4 pack Hair Claw Clips.  I'm an 80's girl and grew up with banana clips and couldn't be happier that these are back in style!  I mean I love a baseball hat, but who's with me on this one?

Valentine Hair Scrunchie 12 pack or Valentine Hair Scrunchie 24 pack!  Get these and break them up for cute little surprises for your daughters or their friends.  This 90's trend is back and is so easy to add a cute pop of color to wearing your hair up!

Pastel make up brushes!  My 3 year old granddaughter loves to do her make up with me while I'm getting ready.  I bought these cute make up brushes thinking she would like them, but NO WAY - they are mine!  Love them, so does she!  We share 🙂

Pink Make Up Travel Case - cute and practical make up case!  I'm getting this for my adjust girls and putting some cute valentine candies in it!  Just think it is the perfect size for make up.  It comes in other colors, but the pink says Valentine's Day.

Lip Smacker 8 Pack.  Ok little girls like their make up items too.  These bring back so many memories and you can never have enough.  NOW, teaching kids to not leave them in pockets when they go through the wash is for another day!

EARRINGS, let's talk about hoops!  So happy these are back in my life.  They put a smile on my face and couldn't love that the teenagers ask me where I got them so they can get some too!  They want to match me 🙂

Gold Twisted Hoops

Chunky Gold Hoops

Silver 3 pack Hoops

Journals are a such a wonderful way for people to express themselves.  You can put a personal note in the cover that they can look at as they add notes or their thoughts.

Wirebound Journal or Thimblepress Journal

Crayola Washable Gel Pens

I love to color code my calendar and notes for the day.  Here are my favorite Gel Pens.

There are so many phone styles now I just can't keep up.  But here are 2 adorable cases.  I usually have the same case until it breaks or needs to be replaced, but I decided to change it up and have different cases to go with the seasons or holidays!  Click on these and find your phone version!

Silicone heart case - this is for the iphone 11 pro but available in different versions.

Hot Pink Glitter Phone Case - this is for the iphone 12 pro but available in different versions.

Pop It Heart is a fun little trinket that kids love collect.


Glitter Squishy 32 Pack Valentines

28 Pack Valentine Foam Airplanes

12 Pack Bubble Pop Braclets

24 Pack Pokemon Party Favors




12 Days of Shopping – Just Stuff

Just Stuff Girls Like!  Yes when we say girls we mean all ages.  Little girls, teens and even some great items for moms!  Even items if you like to do mother/daughter matching sets.  Socks, Robes, Craft Items our favorite fuzzy slippers and so much more!  Moms we got you on those early competition mornings with your Dance Mom coffee mug.  We all need that kick of caffeine as we try and get the perfect bun in their hair before a competition day!  You may also want to join in on the latest trends with hair clips and gold hoop earrings.  So many great items to explore!  Some of the links are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, Starz will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

Happy Shopping on Day 11 - here are the items on todays shopping list!

Fuzzy Pillows to snuggle and decorate the perfect cozy bedroom!

Adult Fuzzy Slippers and why not match with Kids Fuzzy Slippers!  We of course picked purple, but there are so many color options.

Move over messy buns ~ Hair Clips are back!

Cold Drink Sleeves.  Nothing worse than the puddle that our iced drinks leave.  Giving these a try, you should too!

Dance Mom Coffee Mug.  Time to leave a hint to your favorite dancer on an item that mom may like!

Fuzzy Socks for everyone!  Adult and Kids!

Have you traveled to a hotel that has robes hanging and waiting for you?  It is a luxury that shouldn't be just at fancy hotels!  As competition travel season is upon us, there is no better way to get ready in the hotel than snuggled in a cozy robe.  Adult Fuzzy Robe ~ Kids Fuzzy Robe

Craft Time!  We all need that downtime where we snuggle up to a good book or do crafts!  Here are some great choices to keep our dancers busy when they are not at the studio.

Diamond Art

Gem Art - younger version

Ballet Mystery - chapter book "The Secret of the Ballet Book"

Hardcover Book - younger book option "Parker Shines On"

GOLD is making a comeback!  So are Hoop Earrings!  These are light weight and the perfect size.

Apple Watch Band - we love everything that sparkles and this one caught our eye.

Finishing up this list with Disney Princess Lip Balm!  No chapped lips this winter!




Day 10 - 12 Days of Christmas Shopping

As soon as your dancer begins to travel with their team it is important that they can pack light as well as have everything they need while on the road.  If you haven't used packing cubes yet, you are about to see what great space savers they can be when packing.  Not only are these great for packing for trips, but would be great items as well when organizing your dance bags for competitions.  We also included some "cozy items" to this list.  Everyone wants to be comfortable when they are traveling.  Some of the links are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, Starz will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

Vanity Planet Travel Mirror ~ Seriously, I have had this mirror on several of our shopping lists.  We use our mirrors daily to do make up!  Perfect for in a hotel room.

Packing Cubes ~ TRY THEM!  If you haven't tried the packing cubes for travel, you have to give it a shot.  It saves so much room and keeps your luggage so organized.

Instant Ice Packs ~ They are dancers and use ice packs often.

Portable Chargers ~ A must have!  The girls all fight over the outlets in practice room 🙂

Neck Pillow ~ Everyone likes a good neck pillow when traveling.

Cozy items to keep yourself comfy while you travel or are just hanging at home!  Moms will love some of these items as well!

Oversized Fuzzy ~ LOVE this item.  It is so cozy.

Kids Fuzzy ~ If moms have a fuzzy - you kids will want one!

1/4 Zip Sherpa ~ ADORABLE!

Lounge Baggy High Waisted Joggers ~ The girls will LOVE these joggers.

Black Hiking/Lounge Pants ~ Another comfy pair of travel pants.

Kids Joggers ~ Super cute 3 pack of joggers.

Purple Sherpa Blanket ~ We love purple, but there are many other colors.  When we travel we always like to have our own blanket with us.

Purple Fuzzy Pillow ~ Just because its cute, fuzzy and purple.

Adult Vest ~ It's Kate and Rachel .... Of course we have a vest on our list!

Kids Puffer Vest ~ Super cute puffer vest for girls!

Day 9 Injury Prevention


12 Days of Christmas Shopping - Day 9 - Injury Prevntion

As with most sports Workout Recovery and Injury prevention are key to continued success.  The items on this shopping page include items from massagers to ballet warm up boots and much more!  Some of the links are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, Starz will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.

Ballet Warm Up Booties ~ Many dancers will tell you that once your muscles are warmed up it is hard to keep them that way.  These ballet warm up booties are great items if we have a large break between competition routines or classes.

Pure Wave Massager ~ This massager is my favorite and a total life saver.  If you have plantar fasciitis or just sore muscles and aches and pains.....this massager handles it all.

Deep Tissue Massager ~ Several of the girls have these massagers and love it for quick muscle recovery between routines.

Shoe Smell Eliminator ~ Ok - this isn't for the dancers as much as it is for the parents who have to smell those dance shoes in the car pool!

Arnica Cream ~ If you have any bruising this is a great item to help reduce bruising and heal more quickly.

Biofreeze ~ Out with Icy/Hot - In with Biofreeze.

KT Tape ~ Many girls use KT Tape for a variety of reasons.  This nude color is perfect and a great price.

REvix Knee Ice Pack ~ Reusable icepacks are the best!