Friday, November 28, 2014

Five on Friday...Dream a Little Dream Holiday Gift Guide!


Today, I am switching out my typical Five on Friday post and I am showing you a special little something we have been working on the past few months!
My dear blogging friend Emily (from Dear Owen and Co) and I got to thinking about crafting a holiday gift guide to show off some amazing small businesses this year and have partnered with some of our dearest favorites that are sure to be a big hit with gift recipients this holiday season.
The following e-magazine breaks down items into four distinct categories including: Sweet Dreams, The Little Adventurer, All American Prep, and Festive Holiday Fun and features a variety of gifts and goodies to add to your list. This comes at a perfect time in that tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, too!
In addition, be sure to follow us on our Instagram accounts @shopsugarbit and @dearowenco to learn about our big LOOP GIVEAWAY where these amazing small businesses have generously offered to give away prizes from our gift guide...

We want to thank all the vendors for working with us on this creative project and give a big shout out to Rachel Green of Printed Ink Designs for her tireless efforts in making this a reality. Enjoy!

Interested in sharing this Gift Guide with others who might like some guidance in the present department?? You can find the link here:
http://issuu.com/dearowenco/docs/holiday-gift-guide2014__3_/1

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Black Friday Shopping Guide

The crazies are getting ready to come out and we all know it...and yes, I can say that because in fact, I am one of them. Now hear me out before you judge: no, I don't sleep outside overnight to get $10 off a TV or anything like that, but Mimi and I have been known to get up at the crack of dawn, get our coupons out, and hit the town on a major caffeine fix to stock up and save on some holiday gifts.
I thought I would list out some of my tried and true ways to help make this Black Friday a successful shopping event for those of you brave enough to venture out!

One. Do Your Research
Yes, you need to do your homework...make a list of all the items you're looking to score and be realistic with yourself. Chances are, traffic will be a hot mess, things won't go exactly as planned, and rank your list according to items that are absolute musts to check off. I wouldn't focus as much on the small stocking stuffers as much as the larger items that will undoubtedly sell out early. You may not have the opportunity to visit every store on your list, but you'll be able to develop a plan of action to get as much done as possible.
Also, check out websites that have listed Black Friday deals already so you can know what they are offering, times for each sale (if applicable), coupons needed, etc. My favorite sites include Bfad.net, Be Frugal, and Black Friday. FYI: there are a ton of apps you can download as well!
I plan to stalk a few of my favorites this year including: Target, REI, Sephora, LOFT, Gap, and Victoria's Secret.

Two. Dress Properly
Dress in layers if possible, and for the love, leave your coat in the car...nothing is worse than racking up with a ton of bags AND then having to carry around a dreadful coat, too. If you can, carry a crossbody purse so you can carry the essentials and leave the rest at home (not in the car because that is asking for someone to break in). Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as this isn't a fashion show...contrary to popular belief ;)

Three. Take a Break
If you get hot, flustered, tired, or distraught, sit down and relax and take a rest stop. Grab a red cup, munch on a cookie, and invest time in people watching...can't lie, this is one of our favorite past times and it's hilarious to see people in action!

Four. Let's All Play Nice
Tis the season for being nice, so we all need to remember to play fair on Black Friday. Don't cut people off in line, no rushing to the cashier to beat someone to checkout, and for the love, no fighting over the last of something...nothing is THAT important I promise. This is where please and thank you come in extremely handy!

Happy shopping my friends...Mimi and I will be out there bright and early Friday morning ready to tackle our holiday shopping and saving some $$$, too! And as always, I wish each of you a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday... many blessings to you and yours! OXOX


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Favorite Things Link-Up Party...Stocking Stuffers!


Stuffing our stockings is one of my most favorite parts of Christmas...this is where I love to think outside the box a bit and find some fun and unexpected treasures for the ones in my little family. These festive items below include the tried and true staples as well as fun special gifts that will make anyone smile big come Christmas morning...

Remember to come back next week as we wrap up the link-up party with a post dedicated to gifting your favorite friends and family...all under $100! So much fun... and P.S. I will be coming back tomorrow to talk all about Black Friday sales and my plan of attack for getting things done.

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite Way to Decorate...Free Holiday Printables

You said free, right? I know we all love that word, especially when it comes to the holidays. I've been decking the halls around our home these past few days and it definitely looks like Santa's elves have taken over (sorry Jeff). I found some great new holiday printables that are sure to brighten up any bland space. Happy hunting!

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. 
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