Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday!

One. Christmas Cards...A Paper Junkie's Fascination
I finally pulled the trigger on our holiday cards last night. Please tell me I am not the only one who goes CRAZY in anticipation of attempting to try to find the perfect card each year??? Yes, I scour high and low but always return to my favorite online card shop, Minted, to order because I know the quality is superior, the cardstock is thick (a must in my book), and the turnaround time is always super fast...and no, they are not paying me to say this. Here are just a sampling of a few that caught my eye this year (but sadly, not the "chosen" one...stay tuned for ours once they are mailed out)
Interested in seeing our family cards from years' past? Check out my posts from 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.
Two. Another Friendsgiving Success
Last Sunday, CC and I went to Candice's house for their annual Friendsgiving celebration dinner! Sadly, daddy and sister had to stay home because Carson has been battling croup for more than a week now...oh joy :/. Anyways, it was another successful, fun time spent with great friends and of course stuffing our faces with the yummiest of foods...carbs, starches, and sugars oh my. I tried a new recipe for Corn Pudding which was a big hit and then made Hello Dolly Bars, which are simple, quick, and delish. You can find the recipes below and these make perfect Thanksgiving sides and desserts, too, for those still looking for that perfect item to bring. 
Three. A Must Read for Work-from-Home Moms
I stumbled across this article (written by Val Marie Paper) the other day while browsing Pinterest and it really got me thinking...I need to be better about learning to say "no" when it just doesn't make sense, I have got to get better about balancing out my day (hello scheduling, to-do list, maintaining normal hours, etc), remembering to celebrate the small stuff, and lord I need to set realistic AND attainable goals for myself...Rome didn't build itself overnight and neither will Sugar Bit. 
Four. Brilliant Idea in the Making
Saturday mornings at my house are much happier when this lady has a mimosa or two...and I saw this the other day and wondered how in the world I never thought to do this before. Hello happy happy day! **and perfect for holiday celebrations, events, and get togethers, too
Five. Weekend Family Fun
This weekend, I have vowed not to work, not to do the unnecessary things that take over our day, and to enjoy a carefree weekend with my little family. These event-free weekends are few and far between, especially with the coming holidays, so we will be decking the halls in the house putting up all our Christmas decor, snuggling up with some popcorn and hot chocolate watching our favorite holiday movies, and enjoying being in our pajamas...sometimes the simplest of days make for the most memorable!
You know the drill! Link up with us below and share your five features for Friday... cheers to a fabulous weekend for all of you out there! And be sure to stop by Darci, April, and Christina's blogs for their weekly roundup of goodness. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Favorite Things Link Up... My Christmas List

Holiday wishlists are popping up everywhere these days and I have definitely found some perfectly happy items to add to my wishlist from all those fabulous and fun holiday emails and marketing blasts from retailers... today, I am linking up with the fabulous ladies below to show off a few of My Favorite Things I'm asking Santa for this Christmas...
From those practical winter essentials like coats, scarves, and gloves, I've got a few pretties pinned that would make any girl happy...then add in the fun "just because it's Christmas" lovelies like a shiny new bag, bright colored wallet, and pretty perfume and candles, I'm hoping I've been extra good this year! Links to each item included below, too! (P.S. will someone show these to Jeff??) ;) 

Interested in linking up to this fabulous holiday party? See the below for additional link-up days for Stocking Stuffers and Friends and Family...hoping I can check out some of everyone's gift guides so I can add to my ever-growing list. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday...A Plethora of Random Little Happies

One. Red Red Red
I've already said it on IG and I will say it again...this girl can do no wrong when it comes to her music and I can't say I'm ashamed that I listen to AND buy it. It's catchy, upbeat, and her songwriting talent is beyond incredible. But, today I'm sharing this picture from the Blank Space video in the hopes yall can help me find the perfect shade of red lipstick...I love this look, especially for fun holiday parties and events so I would love some suggestions for a go-to, fierce red lipstick.
Two. French Dip Dinnertime Goodness
I just re-discovered an oldie, but goodie when it comes to a go-to easy fall and winter suppertime staple this week and it didn't only requires 4 ingredients which is even better so you'r enot fumbling through a crazy long recipe while stocking up at the grocery store. Ready to make the boys (and girls) happy? This one is a big hit for my main squeeze, too!
2 lb. Rump Roast
2 Envelopes Dry Onion Soup Mix
2 Cans Reduced Sodium Beef Broth
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Provolone Cheese Slices
Hoagie Rolls
1. Empty dry soup mix, beef broth, and roast into crock pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours (or low for 6-8 hours)
2. Once done, assemble sandwiches and top with two slices of provolone cheese and place in oven on broil for 1-2 minutes
3. Put broth/au jus in small ramekins and serve as a side for dipping
Three. Babies Galore 
This week has been a big one in the world of new blessings in our little corner of the world...both best friend Bev and my sister-in-law Jennifer were due with boys on November 20th, but both little nuggets decided they'd make an early debut...oh I am so anxious and cannot wait to meet these new little men!! This is when living in different cities makes life difficult...the countdown is on until I can get to Knoxville for a visit to snuggle on some newborn cuteness.
Four. Curious Minds Would Like to Know...
I'm over my fall decorations...there I said it. Maybe Jeff will read this and know the inevitable is coming and he will jump on board the holiday train ;).
When do ya'll decorate for the holidays? Our tradition has always been to do it the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving, but with it being so late this year I am plotting my attack on doing it prior to our turkey day feasting. For as much time and effort as we put into Christmas decor, I want to be able to enjoy it and make it count. So, who decorates early??? PLEASE tell me I am not the only lunatic out there.
Five. I Am a Mama's Girl 
Yesterday was this pretty lady's birthday...and we were so excited to be the first callers to sing her Happy Birthday, too!! (P.S. there isn't anything sweeter than a 2.5 year old singing happy birthday)
Today, Mimi and I are headed for our annual birthday celebration date...we venture out to Christmas Village for some holiday shopping fun, and we are starting our morning off with breakfast at The Perch. Yummy crepes are the perfect beginning for a special day together. And a belated BIG birthday shout-out to the grandest of them all...a woman that taught me what it is to be how to be the best mom I can be and the one who loves unconditionally. We love you to the moon Mimi!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pardon My Absence...Ready, Set, Shop!

You'll notice I am MIA this week on the blog...until Five on Friday of course. Until then, I am going to be running around town like a crazy person getting ready for Sugar Bit's first local holiday shopping event tomorrow at Brentwood United Methodist Church.
I mentioned this last week, but wanted to make sure I said it again just in case some local shoppers missed it! Even better, there is no fee for admission so grab your red cup and comoe out and support some small businesses this season...

When: Wednesday, November 12th from 9:30AM to 7:00PM 
Where: Brentwood United Methodist Church (Haney Hall), 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
Who: More than 40+ merchants and retailers so you're sure to find something you need (or incredible gifts for others, too)
Additional Details: Major Credit Cards Accepted (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa) cash or check (**this payment method only applies to Sugar Bit, not sure about other vendors); complimentary gift wrap for all purchases

We will be showcasing all of our holiday apparel, gifts, and accessories as well as those tried and true staples perfect for baby showers, birthday presents, and just because. 
You can find out more information by visiting the Facebook page HERE.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five on Friday...Hello November!

One. Making a List, Checking it Twice
I've officially jumped on the bandwagon of shopping early to save big this year in terms of gift giving and having all my Christmas shopping done with plenty of time to share so that I can really sit back, and enjoy the holidays. This handy dandy Christmas Gift List printable (via A Pair of Pears) will make my shopping so much more enjoyable, so I can cross things off as I go, and once I wrap them, too. Printables like this make me giddy to gift, too!
Two. Layering...Piecing it All Together
I tend to get hot when I'm running around like a crazy person during the fall/winter months. From having to layer on my coat, scarf, gloves, etc, etc and then walk into a store with the heat blazing, it's a disaster waiting to happen, so I think my go-to advice to take note of is going to be LAYERING. It's nothing new, but for me, it's a way to not have to add bulky pieces to every outfit I leave the house in, yet I can still be warm and then shed some once/if needed. Here are some of my favorite layering ideas for pieces most of us have hanging in the closet:
Three. Lucy Darling Love
On the lookout for a fun, practical, and yet still adorable baby/toddler gift?? I have featured the goodies from Lucy Darling on here before and this time, I'm sharing the new closet dividers they recently unveiled. These handy dandy dividers are perfect for separating all those cute outfits and ensembles we all love to buy and I think these would make for the sweetest gift for a little one that's ready to debut...start them organizing young, right?
Four. A Collection of What??
I think a lot of us need to see this today...myself included. I don't need to collect "things" to feel fulfilled, but memories are the things we need to lead a happy, fulfilled life. Clear the clutter. And yes, I say this right before the holidays :)
Five. SHOPapalooza Local Shopping Event 
Hey friends! Wanted to let you in on a little secret and tell you about a local, holiday shopping event that Sugar Bit is participating in this year. It's called SHOPapalooza and it's put on by our church's Day School, so it's for a great cause!
Here is a bit more about this incredible event:
When: Wednesday, November 12th from 9:30AM to 7:00PM 
Where: Brentwood United Methodist Church (Haney Hall), 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027
Who: So many local merchants and retailers so you're sure to find something you need!
Additional Details: Major Credit Cards Accepted (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa) cash or check; complimentary gift wrap for all purchases.
We will be showcasing all of our holiday apparel, gifts, and accessories as well as those tried and true staples perfect for baby showers, birthday presents, and just because.
You can find out more information by visiting the Facebook page HERE.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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