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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Laboring Over These Awesome Sales

Hey there, friends! I was doing a little online shopping browsing, and thought I'd pop in and tell you about some of the amazing Labor Day sales going on now through Monday.

C. Wonder is my favorite preppy shop, and it's hard to beat their 50% off all sale items promotion

Nordstrom is having a serious sale, along with a shoe clearance for the whole family. Hello back-to-school. I love these booties, and might have to grab these topsiders for my daughter. And a Michael Kors watch for under $100? Santa, are you listening??

Save up to 40% off women's, men's, kids' and juniors' shoes.

Fab is a fabulously-curated flash sale site...with everything from Home Decor and Art, to Fashion and Pets. And this weekend, everything on the whole site is 25% off! Don't blame me if you spend all day on the site. Okay, I guess you can blame me. But really, you'll be thanking me.

Lulu & Georgia is a fairly new site to me, and this sale is tempting me to pull the trigger on the Kenley Mirror and Birdaria Art! And check out their gorgeous rugs!

West Elm has 15% off Sofas & Sectionals, 15% off Mirrors, and 30% off Pillows & Throws. Not to mention a huge Clearance Sale. Dangerous.

This Duvet Set has been in my shopping cart at Pottery Barn for months. Now they have up to 60% all sale items...what do you think? Same big sale going on at PB Teen, and you know I love their inexpensive monogrammed pillows!

Ashlyn Paisley Organic Duvet Cover & Sham - Blue

J.Crew Factory is my shopping kryptonite...and I'm dying over all their cute Fall items! This tshirt, polka dot pencil skirt, and leopard bangle are just dying to come live with me.

I have a girl-crush on Jamie and her style, so I jump at any chance to bring her style in to my home. Now is the time, with 25% off her entire shop, Furbish Studio.


Enjoy the weekend...I hope the only thing you're laboring over is your tan and a cocktail recipe!

Friday, August 30, 2013

{Organized} Martha Gets it Done

Happy Friday, friends....and thanks so much for the kind words about our Kitchen Remodel...and the BH&G feature!! I have a perma-grin from reading all your sweet comments.

It's been a busy week with the kids going back to school, so I'm thankful for the weekend to catch-up on the papers already piling up! As prepared as I try to be, the demands of the kid's school and schedules always seem to sneak up on me. We've got some great systems in place, like a Family Command Center and Dedicated Mudroom, but that may not be enough.

Fortunately, the kind people at Avery sent over a box of Martha Stewart Home Office goodies to help me stay better organized this school year. And one of you lucky ducks will get to win some stuff of your own!!

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

I'm no stranger to the greatness that is Martha's aisle at Staples...I mean, half of my house is covered in those nifty bookplates! But I was surprised at just how many products she offers to help sort and store important paperwork, plan activities, and communicate messages to the whole family.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

And because it's Martha, everything is bright and stylish.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

After a few more weeks of school, I'll have a better idea of where we need to improve our systems. It's important to reassess your organized areas occasionally as needs change and grow.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

We keep a monthly house calendar, but Mr. Sugarplum and the kids benefit from more concise information in small doses...and in plain view. This dry erase planner sticks to the stainless fridge, and gives everyone a quick overview of the week. I can easily remove and reposition it with no residue, too.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart
Morning Routine free printable, courtesy of Jen

 I like the option of choosing horizontal or vertical file folders...I might adopt a bin in the Mudroom for a few.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

One of my goals this year is to avoid digging through the petri-dish Lost & Found Table at school. My daughter insists on cutting the tags out of her jackets because they are too scratchy, so that's never left me with many options for labeling her clothes. And ain't nobody got time to sew them in! These no-sew, no-iron labels are genius!!! Just write the name in permanent ink, then peel and stick...not even the washer/dryer can get them to budge.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

I used the larger labels for lunchboxes, backpacks and water bottles.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

And I'm like a kid in the candy store with this Discbound Binder System...I can't wait to personalize it with calendar, file pockets, dividers and labels.

Hi Sugarplum | Organize with Martha Stewart

Can you even handle all this pretty organizational goodness?! Well, one of you will

win a $50 Staples gift card 
to buy your own Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery products!
Simply leave me a comment with your best tip for staying organized,
and you could be on your way to office-supply-shopping bliss.

Good luck, and happy weekend, lovebugs!

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Update: The randomly chosen winner is:
This Sarah Loves!

Thanks for entering everyone! The giveaway is now closed.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Breakdown of a Kitchen Remodel (& That Time I Was in BH&G!)

A few Friday nights ago, the family and I were headed to dinner when my friend Jen sent me a 'Congrats on your BH&G feature!' text. Mr. Sugarplum probably thought I was in labor, because I started shrieking, "It's out! It's out!!! Turn around and go to the bookstore!!" Never mind that we still hadn't eaten, they were just as excited as I was (once I not-so-calmly explained I was referring to a magazine, not a secret baby), and we headed straight to the newsstand.

Sure enough, there I am in the new Fall issue of Better Homes & Garden Kitchen + Bath Makeovers

I'd like to apologize to the gentleman standing beside me when we spotted the issue. And to the cashier who I insisted on showing. In true blogger-form, our Kitchen already looks a little different from the feature.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Remodel Breakdown

I was interviewed several months ago, and I'm thrilled with the article. However, I am a bit uncomfortable showing the $14,000 budget, especially since the other features on the spread were $500 and $1500 each. Our Kitchen Makeover was over three years ago, with several  more changes along the way, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to give you the full Before & After of our Kitchen, as well as, a breakdown of all the bang we got for our buck!

We lived with this builder-basic Kitchen of honey cabinets and white laminate counters for five long years. Do you know how hard it is to get juice rings out of white formica?! I'll let the pictures do the talking, then list everything that was done at the bottom of the post.

original kitchen

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Remodel Breakdown

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sometimes You Just Have to Eat Wings

The upside of a growing blog (besides more online friends!) is lots of fun offers from companies and brands. I am very particular about the few I accept, and try to think of you guys, and if it's entertaining or beneficial to you. Which usually means my family isn't privy to the perks (my kids don't get as excited about Pottery Barn as I do, go figure).

So when I got an offer to celebrate the upcoming NFL season at Buffalo Wild Wings, instead of thinking about you guys and how it relates to this blog, I thought about my family. I asked them if they'd like to invite friends out for a Wings Smorgasboard (aka, stuff your face with wings), and the answer was a very excited 'YES!'

Let me preface by telling you I'm not a meat-on-the-bone kind of girl. I don't eat fried chicken, you'll never catch me chewing on a turkey leg at the State Fair, and the only wings I've had are really just chicken strips. Meat-on-a-stick, however, is totally and completely acceptable and encouraged.

So I went in to the experience thinking it was mostly about the kids and their friends, but ended up having a really great time. I was surprised to find a large beer menu (we loved the tall, ice cold Game Changer Beer on tap), plenty of boneless wings (easier for the little eaters), healthy options (like veggies and salads), TVs on every possible surface (the guys were happy), and even game tablets for the kids (which made it possible for the grown-ups to have uninterrupted conversations)!

I may have created a monster, because now they want to know where we're going next! Are you a meat-on-the-bone or meat-on-a-stick kind of person? Thanks to my friends who were such good sports, and allowed me to take pictures of them shoving wings in their faces!


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Monday, August 26, 2013

{DIY} Dip-Dyed Ombre Bag

Happy Monday friends! I got both kids off to school this morning, without shedding a tear. So hard to believe they are 2nd and 7th grade already?! I also made it through my son's co-ed Birthday Swim Party Friday night...thankfully all body parts stayed modestly covered. I was prepared to start handing out mumus. It was a lot of fun and hopefully I can post it later this week. Today I'm sharing a project I whipped up a few weeks ago.

I tend have tunnel-vision when I get a project idea. And am also a bit of a procrastinator. Which isn't usually a great combination. Case in point, several weeks ago, the day before the Haven Conference actually, when I was supposed to be packing, I had a wild hair to make a dip-dyed bag. So my suitcase didn't get packed until the next morning, but I did have a cute new tote bag to bring with me!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Dip-Dyed Ombre Bag

I guess I'm also a hoarder of craft products, because I already had all the supplies in my stash.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Dip Dyed Ombre Tote Bag

I haven't worked with Rit dye since the days of tie-dye t-shirts and Summer camp, so I was kind of winging it. I poured the liquid dye into an old (clean) bucket of hot water until it looked like a good color. Then dumped some salt in and stirred with a metal spoon. Winging it, remember?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Easy Back-to-School Teacher Gift

Happy Friday, my sweet friends! We're busy prepping for our son's birthday party tonight (see the theme and inspiration here), but the rest of the weekend will be spent preparing for Monday.....the First Day of School! Even though I'm dreading it as much as they are (don't tell my kids!), I'm trying to generate excitement for the new grade.

Babygirl just found out she was assigned to the teacher she was hoping for, so we created a small gift she can give her on the first day. It will give my daughter something to be excited about Monday morning (as opposed to anxious), and be a great ice-breaker for both of us meeting her new teacher.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Back-to-School Teacher 

Just like me most of my's cheap and super easy!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Back-to-School Teacher Gift

I'm a sucker for composition notebooks...all those wide-lined pages, just waiting for lists! And right now, you can find them everywhere for practically nothing. I picked up a stack at Staples for ten cents each, then raided my stash of Scotch and Duck tapes (thanks to Megan's fun project, I can't seem to stop buying them).

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Back-to-School Teacher Gift

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Party Planning

Between our son's camps and the trips, we haven't had a free weekend to properly celebrate his July birthday. It started out with a few friends coming over to swim...then the guest list grew until it was an End-of-Summer, Back-to-School, Birthday Bash. In the interest of preserving our small backyard, we're having it at the neighborhood pool.
Pool Party

He had a Stars & Stripes Pool Party two years ago, but this year it includes girls. *gulp* And since I'll be transporting all the food and decor, I'm trying to keep it simple. Haagen-Daz offered to supply the ice cream (oh yeah!!), so we're adding a Sundae Bar, too. Here's some of the inspiration I'm using for tomorrow night's party.


Beach ball cake pops
S'mores station.

cute way to serve watermelon,          pretty pink tulips
Ice cream balloons!
{SALE} ice cream party supplies!

16 Food Bars for Parties!
Ice cream & toppings bar - would be great for a summer party

buffet set up


It's hard to believe this is our last weekend before school starts. I can't say it's the last weekend of Summer, since we probably still have at least six more weeks of pool weather, but there's no question the laid-back attitude of Summer will soon be gone. Sports, homework, practices, stricter's all around the corner. But we still have one more weekend! How are you enjoying the final weeks of Summer? Wish me luck with this co-ed business going on around here!

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