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St. Jude Target House #StJudeBlogTour

Hey Cuties,

It is another week upon us and fall officially begins on Thursday. *tosses fall foliage* fall is my favorite season, I love fall fashion, and I turn a year older. It also kicks of the holiday season in my world; yay for nice things. We are still in September and that means it is still Childhood Cancer Awareness Month & Sickle Cell Awareness Month. As your St. Jude Cutie, I’m continuing to spread the word. Today I’m sharing the details of the St. Jude Target House. Do you know that is even a thing? Don’t worry; I didn’t either until I went for a visit. 

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Target House

Those that know Mi know that I am obsessed with Target. I talked about Target during our entire St. Jude Blogger tour; so much so the staff couldn’t wait for me to visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Target House on the last day.  I had no idea that the Target House was a thing. I’m going to share what was shared with me. If you’ve ever seen the old show Extreme Home Makeover, the Target House is like a non-stop episode of Extreme Home Makeover. Stick with me, you will oooooohhhh and awwwwww at every turn. I totally did.

 ST. JUDE PATIENT FAMILIES NEVER RECEIVE A BILL!

St. Jude covers their travel, treatment, food and living. Now that you know these families aren’t paying for any of this, let me show you where YOUR donations are going. *Grab at beverage & #FatSnacks and come right back* before the tour starts.

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St. Jude Target House Entrance

This really cool elephant water display sits in front the Target House.  Elephants are said to be tough, and strong and very family oriented. This is a recurring them for St Jude’s Children Research Hospital. The Target headquarters in Minnesota also has an elephant display in front of their headquarters. See what they did there?

 The Target House is for patients getting treatment days or longer.

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Target House Welcome Map

Because of the symbolism of elephants you will see them throughout the house. I will point them out as we go. Come on in.

 The Target House I & II holds 100 families total.

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The Target House Entrance

Already you can see how fun and youthful the house is. Peep the gold hat on the kids head. Cute right. The list on the other side is a little bit of love to those that contribute to the magic that is the Target House.

 St. Jude Patients that are being treated for 30 days or less stay at the Memphis Ronald McDonald House.

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Shaun White Room

When you enter the front door and walk up the step behind the kid statue above the Shaun White room is to the right.  Thanks to Babe I already knew who Shaun White was before I got there. For those that aren’t familiar he is Shaun is a 30 year old beast with the receipts to prove it. He is a professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and holds the X-Games records for gold medals and highest overall medal count. Oh, and he has won 10 ESPY Awards. You know, slight work. Shaun was one of the first celebs to get involved in actually designing his room.

Fun Fact: The gold emblems you see on the wall were hand painted by stencil. There is no wallpaper in the Target House because they have to protect the kid’s immune systems.

This room is a lounge area for the kids and their families. A change of scene when they don’t want to sit in their apartments. St. Jude host some activities for them sometimes as well.

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Dream Works Room

When you come up the steps in the entrance the Dream Works room is to the left. It is directly across from the Shaun White room. This room was a different kind of magical. I’m told Disney will send over movies for the kids to watch from time to time.

They thought of everything, the kids, they had drawing stations, lounge areas, this sonic chair bomb box which is really dope, computer, books and more.

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The Teen Room

Video games, pool table, computer, board games, this room reeks of teenagery.  I love the rules of the teen room and I bet the teenagers do too. No parents are allowed, wasn’t that your dream as a teenager? This room is sponsored by Proctor & Gamble

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Target House Teen Room Rules

I love that they allow them to just be teens, that is such a fragile time of life.

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Target House: Kid Play Room

They couldn’t make something for the teens and not the babies. This is the little kid play room; you must have a kitchen set in the room. I would love this pink chair in my house.  They have little Target shopping carts too.  This room is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

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Target House: St. Jude Patient Apartment

The apartments in the Target house comfortably hold 4 people. They are fully furnished and families can even go out for groceries if they would like. The Target House has four isolation rooms, those are for patients who have extremely compromised immune systems. They have an private entrance to the outside.

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Target House: Playground

I’m not a kid and this playground is so epic it makes you want to play immediately; you can’t go wrong with a Candy Land theme.  I loved that they had a lounge area on the other side of the playground. The parents can chill out and do their thing while watching their kids on the playground.

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Target House: Peppermint Playground

I’m a sucker for peppermint and I don’t leave home without it. Why? Because anxiety and motion sickness.  Peppermint helps relax the impulses and I need that in my life. When I saw these on the backside of the playground I knew a photo shoot was so going to be a thing.  At least I sat like a lady.

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Target House:  Outdoor Pavilion

The Outdoor pavilion sits behind the playground; they both sit between Target House I & Target House II. Fun Fact: This pavilion was donated by the Tiger Woods Foundation

 Did you know you can donate to St. Jude via St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tour?

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Target House II: Elephant Hall

Remember that elephant theme I told you about? Here are some dope elephants from some really dope celebs. These are my favorites:

Top Row L to R: Cindy Crawford (Supermodel and Actress), Maya Angelou (American Autobiographer & Poet) & Debbie Allen (Actress, Choreographer & TV Director)

Middle Row L to R: Kevin Clash (Performer of Elmo), Oprah Queen of TV & Sonia Kashuk (Make-Up Artist)

Bottom Row L to R: John Mayer (singer and songwriter), Robin Williams (Actor& Comedian) & Daughter Zelda & Justin Timberlake (Actor, singer and songwriter)

 St. Jude does not pay their celebrity ambassadors

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Target House: Gym

This gym has all the bells and whistles, no surprise here. A spa, gym equipment, lounge area and dance studio. This mirror is perfect for selfies.

 The Target House property sits on 33 acres of property with a Retirement Community and a Catholic High School. Neither of the two things are affiliated with St. Jude.

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Target House: Brad Paisley Room

This is room is so Memphis, so down and so rock ‘n roll.  The center of the table is made of guitar picks. So dope.

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Target House: Craft Room

You already know this was my favorite spot of the house. I love the bold color decor.  They don’t take donations because sanitation is a high concern. Fun Fact: When celebs come by a lot of their activities take place in this room.

 Support the St. Jude magic.

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Book oh Target

You already know that I was all over this chair the minute I saw it. Say cheese! I would love to come in here and do craft with the kids.

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Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Daria

    Awwww, this place is so awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Terri

    I am envious of all those colors in the teen room!

  3. CJ from Thirty30Courtney

    I truly believe that in some scenarios, the ambiance will make or break you. I try to have my office maintain a calming theme around it so that even though we face stressful situations, you don’t feel extra overwhelmed by a cold area. This is so vital and I WISH more hospitals did this for their patients. It could truly boost the optimism and will of patients.

    • MimiCuteLips

      CJ I totally agree with that. Sterile white walls would change my feelings because they are so cold. These colors are so warm and inviting. I agree, something so little.

  4. Amber

    WOW!!! That place looks amazing!

  5. Jamila

    Wow, the St. Jude target house is really nice.I love that it has a “home” feel to it. I also love how parents never receive a bill, which leaves more time for them to concentrate on their kids health.

  6. Tamika Hall

    What a beautiful and fun house! I have had family who have stayed in homes provided by St. Jude. I have never seen them on the inside though. Awesome tour!

  7. Alli Smith

    I had never heard of the Target House either. Way to go, Target and everyone else who made this house possible! The elephant water display is adorable. And, of course, knowing that the families don’t have to pay a thing always causes a lump in my throat. St. Jude is awesome!!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I already loved Target but this right here, but them over the top for me.
      I love the meaning, it will forever change my thoughts whenever I see elephants.

  8. Jacqui - @TradesofJacqui

    This is fantastic! I never heard of this and absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing! St. Jude is such a great resource and am glad they have this available for families!

  9. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    St Jude is such a great organization. They help so many and this looks like such an amazing place at such a trying time.

  10. Pam

    I have always supported St. Jude. I love this house for patients that allows them to be kids and be themselves. It’s so cool looking, too.

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It’s great you were able to visit St. Jude hospital. The work that they do is truly amazing and impressive! It’s so important to give back to organizations like this one that do so much for the community.

  12. Christy Maurer

    Now that is just amazing! I love how much St. Jude’s does for families of children with cancer. I cannot imagine what these families go through. Not having a bill makes a world of difference! I love all of the small touches that make it just like home.

  13. Donna Seay

    Very cool. I love the work and ideas behind St. Jude’s. And beautiful facility.

  14. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    What an incredible place to stay. When dealing with a sick child the last thing you want to worry about is where you are going to live.It is great that they have all of this for families.

  15. Tiffany H

    I love the fact that St. Jude’s has a house for some of the patients and their family. This allows for families to form communities with other families who are going through the same thing. I also love the design of the house.

  16. Sarah

    Oh wow, I love seeing a bit more about St Jude. I hear about them often but to see their target house and what’s inside? Makes me smile!

  17. jennifer

    this is really such an amazing thing that target and st. jude teamed up to do this! and to make it so nice == it really makes me tear up a bit to think of what those families go through!

  18. Liz Mays

    Oh this is the coolest. They have some super impressive rooms. The patient apartments are so nice!

  19. Keisha

    Awesome. I love Target, and I absolutely love the work that St. Jude is doing for those in need. Great collaboration. I will continue to support both.

  20. Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    I love the elephant waterfall display. Thanks for sharing your experience. As always, I felt like I was there with you.

  21. Ty

    What an awesome place. I LOVE the decor! I’m probably like most people who have never heard of the Target House. Totally amazing!!

  22. Tomiko

    Awwww man!! I wished I would have known you were in TN!! Love St. Jude

  23. Amanda Love

    The house has an old city feel to it, you wouldn’t even expect that the inside would look so colorful and modern! How awesome is that! I’m sure it’s a great place for families to relax and just spend time with each other.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Amanda, what I saw on the outside didn’t prepare me for the inside at all. It was like the pearly gates had opened up and invited me in.

  24. CourtneyLynne

    Omg this is great!!! So awesome for target to help provide such a place for people to stay!!!

  25. Nikka Shae

    The Target House is just so swanky you took some cool pictures. I love the peppermint playground too.

  26. Terri Beavers

    What a bummer, I can’t see any of your photos. I’d love to see the elephant water display so I’ll try back later.

  27. Dana

    This is the first I am hearing of the St. Jude Target House and it warms my heart that there is somewhere like this available for families going through such trying times in their lives.

  28. Chubskulit Rose

    I love everything especially the sonic bom box, really nice. Must be thrilling to tour there.

  29. Kasi

    St. Jude’s has always been a great organization, and your pictures showing how their designs cater to children and families further prove it. I love the design and elephant theme.

  30. Elle

    Great post. I love your pictures. Target House at St. Jude is my favorite place. The work they are doing for the patients and their families is truly remarkable!

  31. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    It’s nice to know about St. Jude target House. I’m sure they help a lot of families in there and they do such an amazing job. I can see it through the photos.

  32. Jenny

    Wow! I’d never heard of a Target House before this and I’m quite I’m pressed. Having a comfortable place to stay while dealing with such issues probably goes a long way in helping families handle these struggles. I’m glad places like this exist and such great people are involved with helping make families feel more at home.

  33. Marissa Zurfluh

    I am in awe at the decor. The elephants are amazing! The whole House look very inviting.

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