Sarah Michelle Gellar: I go to Target for three things and walk out with 455

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It may be cliché, but sometimes celebrities ARE just like us. Take Sarah Michelle Gellar, for example. The 40-year-old actress-turned entrepreneur is a self-confessed Target fanatic. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, she admitted, “I’m not gonna lie, Target is great. I’m definitely one of those people who goes to Target for three things and walks out with 455 items.” Truer words have never been spoken. Target IS great and I have completely given up on trying to shop in there with a list, because the minute I walkthrough those doors, all bets are off. I need toothpaste and air freshener, I leave with two t-shirts, a purse, earrings and an insulated mug (and sometime, I even remember what I went in there to buy in the first place). And, yes, there may be another reason why Sarah is so enamored with Target…

Sarah, currently making the promotional rounds as a brand ambassador for Capital One’s new Savor rewards credit card, also discussed Halloween plans for her family – hubby Freddie Prinze Jr. and her kids, eight-year-old Charlotte and five-year-old Rocky. As for costumes, Charlotte, enamored with the Broadway musical Hamilton, is dressing up like Charlotte Hamilton this year. Says Sarah, “Hamilton has changed the narrative on how we talk about history, how we engage. I think it’s sparked a huge conversation about different ways to raise children and get them excited about our world and our culture and our history.” Rocky plans on eschewing history and dressing as Optimus Prime from the Transformers and Sarah and Freddie are dressing up as “an iconic couple.” Sarah posted a throwback to Halloween 2007 on Instagram this week, so don’t expect to see the pair as “Alice in Kruger-land.”

Halloween flashback… @realfreddieprinze as #freddykrueger and yours truly as #americanmcgeesalice (circa 2007)

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As for the sweet treats that accompany the holiday, Sarah, who has not only written a healthy cookbook called Stirring Up Fun with Food, but also launched her own line of organic and non-GMO baking kits and mixes called Foodstirs, has an appropriate way to satisfy their kids’ sweet tooth without throwing nutrition out the window. Sarah told People:

“For Halloween we do a big bake day in the morning then all the kids that go trick-or-treating with us get to pick like 6 or 7, 8 very special treats — some we bake, sometimes we’ll go to a fine chocolate store and get a really good piece of chocolate then they put it aside and it gets labeled,” Gellar says. “Then we go trick-or-treating and they’re allowed to go and get whatever candy they want but they’re not allowed to eat it then we bring it back to the house. They can have their treats they picked and we take the candy and send it to the troops.”

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She further elaborated her family’s plans to E! News, adding, “We just tell them, look, this is what it’s made of. So here’s your option: Would you like a beautiful piece of handmade Swiss chocolate or a Foodstirs baked good, or would you like a [insert candy brand here]? We’ve managed to teach them to appreciate it.” 

Although I have some doubts as to whether or not the Gellar-Prinze kids wouldn’t actually like a Milky Way over an organic brownie once in a while, I do think it’s awesome that Sarah is really a great role model to her kids, keeping them in the loop as she grows Foodstirs. She told PEOPLE, “Now they watched us have an idea, create it, make it a tangible product and now when they go to the stores that we shop in all the time, they see it on the shelves, and that’s incredible to me. It kind of blows my mind.”

Sarah shares more of her business acumen with her kids than her acting work. When asked by HP if her kids have seen her on-screen work, she quipped, “Oh yeah, my 5-year-old loves ‘Cruel Intentions.’ We watch it over dinners.” But seriously Sarah said that “We try to sort of keep them separate from that.” She then joked that, “For years, they thought getting my hair and makeup done was my job!” Sarah does recognize that, as her kids get older, they’ll want to watch a Buffy rerun (and who wouldn’t?) and to that, Sarah acknowledged “I know the day’s coming. To be honest, I’m still avoiding it. I haven’t given it a ton of thought yet. I want to raise empathetic and kind and intelligent children, so that’s where my focus is, not necessarily Mommy’s resume.” What a cool mom. She’s definitely doing the child-raising thing the right way, but give the kids an Oreo every once in a while, hmm?

And just like that…one is back in school!! #firstdayofschool #secondgrade (second one wishes he was)

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  1. SR168 says:

    Random thoughts -

    Poor troops – only deserving of the crap chocolate and treats… (😉)
    I wish we had Target in the UK, I love going when in the US.
    I miss Buffy.
    Totally love her shirt and shoes in the last photograph (and the guy in the background charged with minding the Chanel!)
    First sentence should be ‘It may be a cliché’ or ‘It may be clichéd’.

    • emilybyrd says:

      Yeah. I’m a big fan of hers, and although I see how she’s trying to teach her kids to choose carefully the treats they consume, I think that teaching them to toss the bad stuff to the troops is sending a poor message (i.e., you should keep the quality stuff for yourself and give the other stuff away).

    • Ladidah says:

      Yeah, I think the message is a weird one too. Also, kids’ palates are sometimes more sensitive to bitter tastes, which you tend to find in high end chocolates, so what adults find delicious high end chocolate, kids may not like as much.

      But also, in the Us, Halloween candy is pure fun, there are not many years you get to trick or treat, what is so wrong about letting kids have fun with candy once A year? My siblings and I would trade, because frankly some Halloween candy is just nasty (bit o honey ew), but one or two nights of candy in no way means you are ‘unhealthy’ forever. Rather, eating the candy and being a kid shows you how to have fun and live true moderation.

      As they say in France – everything in moderation – above all – moderation!

  2. Beth says:

    I’m the same with Target. I went yesterday to get a phone charger and prescriptions, and ended up with bags full of stuff I don’t need. Targets enjoyable, Walmart is a nightmare

  3. wood dragon says:

    Target is dangerous for me. I snagged some cool Halloween decor stuffed things this year.
    It had become our modern day emporium/general store, hasn’t it?

  4. Radley says:

    I like Targeta a lot. Something about that place just makes you wanna buy buy buy. It’s the anti-Walmart.

  5. swak says:

    Target is also dangerous for me! Every time they want me to get a Target card and it takes all I have to walk away from the offer!

    • Mgsota says:

      Get the Red Card!!!! You can link it to your bank account, so it’s not a credit card.
      You get free shipping, 5% off every purchase and one of the best parts…you don’t ever have to keep track of your receipts!! If you need to return something, you just insert your Target card and boom…you’re done. And no, I don’t work for them…LOL.

  6. Lexter says:

    Props to you not posting a pap shot of her kids’ faces. She keeps them off social media (like the above pic, it’s always faces hidden or photos from behind) so it’s nice to see that being respected

  7. teacakes says:

    Whoa she got her stuff into Target? Go big, SMG ♡♡ I guess this means Foodstirs is going to be her focus for a while, which is cool but I really miss her as an actress and wish Hollywood wasn’t so unkind to women in her age group, roles/prestige wise (it’s hard going if you’re not a Blanchett/Kidman/Chastain etc)

    Also if she really has trained her kids not to eat all the Halloween candy by bribing them with better-tasting stuff, I’m rather impressed.

    • holly hobby says:

      I actually picked up Foodstirs’ pumpkin bread mix from Target the other day (it was on sale). Interesting. I’m going to try it out for Thanksgiving.

  8. Veronica says:

    She is aging beautifully. If she’s getting Botox and the like done, she’s not going overboard to the point of rendering herself unfamiliar. Hopefully she stays that way.

    I walked out of Target last week with only $25 worth of stuff, two items more than I intended when I walked in. I considered it a victory.

    • Mgsota says:

      That is a victory! I went in on Sunday to get a gift card and walked out spending over $200! They have a $10 gift card for $40 spent on apparel and shoes…so yeah, that’s what happened.

  9. magnoliarose says:

    Her company is a great idea for fun cooking with kids, but we are vegan so it isn’t for us, but I think for lacto vegetarians or people who eat animal protein it would be a fun rainy day activity.

    Target is never a short shopping trip. I always suddenly realize that there is no such thing as too many of anything in a kitchen. I buy children’s underpants there for purely practical reasons, and I am not bothered if I have to throw them out or are washed to death. Some things are ridiculous to spend a lot of money on, and that is one of them.

  10. Gr8kayt says:

    I don’t get the Target obsession. We have one about three miles from my house. I go in about once a month just to have something to do with my 14 month old. Then we leave with nothing. I don’t get it.

  11. Jerusha says:

    I loved when SMG paid tribute to AMC by returning the final week playing a mental case who claimed she was the real Kendall. (AMC fans will get that reference)

  12. Lizzie says:

    i used to have to give away my halloween candy and i came to enjoy it…haha. i don’t have a sweet tooth and my parents would have to dump old candy out of my halloween bag and easter basket to make room for fresh candy. after a few years of that they let me pick out my favorites and give the rest of the candy to the one kid in the neighborhood who was sick (there is always one or two – i am from NE oh and there was usually full flu season and snow on the ground at halloween) and had to miss trick or treating.

  13. Zondie says:

    Target’s strategy is to get you to buy things you already have or don’t need. Every season they offer a whole new color scheme or design. So then you want to redo everything you already have. It makes me wonder what happens to all this junk when people throw it out. Is there a giant landfill full of inexpensive Target goods? I’m over Target.

  14. Sherry says:

    I never leave Target without spending at least $75. I go in to get something simple like nail polish and then look at the total and think, “How did that happen?”

  15. Ytbtet says:

    I wish casting directors would hire her… I like her much better than Reese but Witherspoon was the one to get famous

    Seriously can she guest star in the good fight or mr robot or something?

  16. Lucky Charm says:

    “goes to Target for three things and walks out with 455 items.” I can totally relate to that! I used to just go in intending to only pick up the one or two items I needed, and my arms got too full carrying everything else I happened to pick up. Then I decided to just grab a small basket on my way in and not get more than could fit in it (which somehow turned into a personal challenge to see how much it could hold, haha). Now I’ve just given up and enter with the shopping cart, because I know it’s useless to think I’m not going to walk out without buying 1,000 things.

  17. Anna B says:

    My kids and I had a 3 month subscription to Food Stirs and it was…not great. The recipes all had about 7 pounds of butter, and one “orange” frosting looked like ketchup. Just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

  18. Mo says:

    I hate target, well not as much as walmart because they actually donate to the local community. BUT, I hate shopping there. There food area is aweful, very expensive and not much selection. There was about 10 different types of soy milk and NO cream, wtf? Bourgeoisie AF.

  19. Nancypants says:

    I rarely go to Target and it’s right across the street from W-Mart.
    I did when my girls were little because they had some cute girl clothes but now they look kind of cheap and poorly made and their groceries ARE overpriced and not good.

    I didn’t go to W-Mart for years either but our store got a makeover and new Manager and now it’s clean and smells nice and the produce is actually decent and I know W-Mart has a bad reputation but I LOVE Walmart.com!

    I go online and order stuff for my family OR to be delivered to my mom (widow, half blind and older than God) in another state and hit $40. (easy) and it’s free shipping and it’s at your/her/their door in 2-3 days and I have to give credit to them for letting RVers and truckers and travelers stay safely in the parking lots overnight and if there is a tornado bearing down, they let customers take shelter in the underground delivery area.
    That’s cool.