Seven Years

Seven years. That’s how long it’s been since I decided I had something to say, and wanted to say it on the internet. Seven years since I pieced together a primitive logo using free clip-art, and pushed ‘publish’ for the first time on Hi Sugarplum. I remember that first post…it wasn’t ground-breaking, or even interesting. But I fretted over it for months. Agonized over what I’d say, and who would read it. Pushing ‘publish’ was equal parts nauseating and exciting.

And guess what happened? Nothing. Only my co-worker Jen read it…because she’s the only person I told. I actually wrote several posts before telling Mr. Sugarplum. And then my mom. And then a handful of friends. And just like that, another blog was born.

I remember the early days, wondering when I’d run out of things to say. Doubtful that I had a voice. Skeptical that anyone wanted to hear it. Cautious about sharing or showing too much (I didn’t even show my face in the early days!).

Things have changed a bit over the years…the blog looks a little slicker, the content has evolved, readers have come and gone…but my love for creating, writing, and sharing remains. And amazingly, 1622 posts later, and I still haven’t run out of things to say!

To celebrate seven years of babbling on the internet, I thought I’d round up my seven favorite posts…and no surprise, most of them fall under the Personal tab. #oversharer

Today I’m 40 // It’s not easy to admit your age, especially in this online world of perfection and beauty. #40isthenew20 #saidonlyby40yearolds But my years are earned. And I’m grateful for every last one, and pray to God I get 50 more! With Mr. Sugarplum by my side! This post shared my thoughts on hitting the milestone.

Sidenote: This remains a no-retouch site…other than adjusting light and color, no work is ever done on my photos. Sometimes it’s painful, but I want to keep it real! 

Who’s Doing It All?! Not Me! // I literally felt sick to my stomach publishing this post…it was as raw and exposed as I’d ever allowed myself to be on the internet. Life is not always rainbows and lollipops, but I choose to live it full of gratitude and joy. Turns out, we’re a lot alike.

Date Night Styles // I’ve been creating style posts from the beginning…in fact, I featured an Outfit Inspiration post my second week of blogging! (It was awful, btw!) I literally set the self-timer and took a single (headless) pic in my office! Then I evolved to my friend, Jen, shooting them on our lunch break, to my son snapping a few in our back alley after school, and then finally, Mr. SP photographing my outfits on the weekends.

It wasn’t until I actually needed him in front of the camera, that I found a professional photographer. Mary captured us, and my outfits, so perfectly that I’ve never looked back! Now I count her as one of my closest friends, and my shoot-dates with her are highlights of my week, especially when it involves Mr. SP. He’s been my biggest cheerleader (for the blog and life!), so I love including him when I can, and sharing a bit of our marriage with y’all.


Mock-Neck Lace Dress (size up one)

Ten & Thirteen // My goal with this blog is to inspire you in fashion, lifestyle, decor, and travel, but it’s also a document of my life…so it’s only natural that it includes my favorite little people on occasion, too. (Clearly HSP is a family affair now, since even Mama SP is a frequent visitor, not to mention, fan favorite!!)

Some of my favorite posts include my cuties, like this one and this one…and who can forget this one! But Ten and Thirteen were love letters to my kids, and words I hope they treasure someday. I love that I can read them now, and remember exactly where I was mentally at that time…and am so grateful I have the record.

I’m on the Cover of Redbook! // This is a favorite for so many reasons…not only was it was hands-down the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced, but it all happened because of you! Your support made it possible, and it was beyond humbling to be included in such an empowering celebration of real women. #butthathairtho #myfirstweave

Hi Sugarplum! // This blog was started not only as a much-needed creative outlet, but as a distraction from my grief. I’d recently lost the most important man in my life, and I was struggling. The blog allowed me to channel my thoughts and ideas, but didn’t pull me away from my young family…and it was everything I didn’t know I was missing. This post explains the meaning, and name, behind the blog…how could it not make my favorites list?!

Some posts come easy, and some I struggle over for days. Some posts I know will be well-received, others I hold my breath and wait for the worst. But through it all, you’ve never failed to show up when I needed to hear from you most.

The ‘you’ part has grown over the years, as has the community of friends, but with every post, I still feel like I’m talking to my best friend. Seven years ago, I would have never dreamed that what started as a creative outlet, would evolve in to one of my greatest sources of joy, support, and friendship.

So if you’ve been reading seven years or seven minutes…thank you! Thank you for allowing me this space on the internet to open myself up, and explore who I am. I hope we’ll all continue to grow together, and something tells me I’ve got plenty of babbling left in me! Cheers to seven years, lovebugs!

 

 

 

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  1. Happy, happy seven years to your blog! What an amazing journey it’s been for you – keep it up!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  2. Such a great post! I often wondered where the name “Hi Sugarplum” came from, how absolutely precious! It is a fantastic blog, I look forward to it every day! Best wishes and hoping you continue to be delighted and surprised by new things for all of your days, peace, love, joy and laughter to you and your beautiful family!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  3. Amy wrote:

    Happy 7 years! I’ve been reading for most of those, although I don’t comment very often. You are one of my daily reads! I just love this space of yours!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  4. Shay Shull wrote:

    I loved this so much Cassie! Your posts are always favorites of mine. Happy blog birthday!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  5. Karen wrote:

    I can’t believe I have been reading since July 2011 (I remember this since I was hugely pregnant days before my 1st baby’s due date looking up July 4th printables!) I had no idea I had been reading 6 out of 7 years! 🙂

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  6. Mary wrote:

    Good Morning, Cassie!!
    Congratulations and thanks for 7 wonderful years! To my friends and family, you are “My blogger,” as in, where did you find that necklace, blouse, shoes…how did you learn how to pack a carry-on for 10 days in Europe? “Oh, my blogger told me!” You’ve helped me paint my kitchen, curl my hair, showed me The Highline in NYC and taught me how to travel there in a comfy, yet CUTE, outfit! I read your blog with my coffee every morning. You are inspiring and delightful! Cheers to many more years!
    Mary

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  7. Elizabeth Blunden wrote:

    I just found your blog and love it!! Keep up all the great work. Congratulations on 7 years!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  8. Congratulations on 7 Years Cassie! Your outfits are always favorites of mine 🙂 Checking out some of these posts I missed!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  9. Jenna wrote:

    I’ve been reading *most* of that time and have enjoyed your blog SO MUCH over the years. I’ve stopped reading lots of blogs since then, but yours is still the first one I click in my reader every day. Congrats on 7 years!!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  10. kathy olson wrote:

    I love reading your blog so much! Here’s to many more years!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  11. Kathryn wrote:

    Yours is one of my absolute favorite blogs to read every day. You’re always so genuine and feel like a true friend…no easy feat! Here’s to at least 7 more years, please!!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  12. My goodness I’m all misty over here!!!! I’ll never forget the day I told you I had a blog and you were all, “I have a blog too.” Hilarious! And I have to say, #myfirstweave made me lol.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  13. Christina wrote:

    Congratulations on 7 years! You have created a wonderful space here and I look forward to reading daily. I wish I could remember when I first started reading but it’s been long enough that I can call you Cassie and my husband knows who I’m talking about! Congratulations again!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  14. Robin Firestone wrote:

    I love your blog! I don’t really know how I found you or how long I have been following you! I love that you always respond to questions and are eager to help out! I work part time from home and I seem to find myself just staying in my workout clothes until it is time for bed. But with your blog, I have really found some great items and I want to come home after work out, shower and put on something cute – even though I just go upstairs to my office and work from home! Congrats on 7 years and we are all excited to see what you bring us in the next 7 years!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  15. Brenda Haynes wrote:

    I love your blog! I check in with you first thing every morning. I adore your style and have loved all the wonderful items I’ve swiped from you 😉 The army green jacket and converse sneakers gave me style for a 4 day weekend in Philadelphia. I adore how you keep things real. Looking forward to spending more mor with you.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  16. Linda wrote:

    Happy birthday! Thank you for a fun blog to both see and read. I do enjoy your posts.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  17. Gloria wrote:

    Congratulations on 7 great years. I found your blog when I was looking online for a gift wrap station and yours popped up. Not sure how long ago that’s been but I’ve been reading ever since. Keep up the good work.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  18. Jenny wrote:

    Congrats! 7 years is quite a milestone. I am so happy I found you for your inspiration and style picks. You even inspired me to start my own little blog. As a new blogger I appreciate how hard you have worked to reached this milestone. I wonder if one day I can be like you? Cheers!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  19. Melissa S wrote:

    I just love your blog and your style, but your refreshing down to earth personality is what makes the blog and makes you one of my favorites to read! Congratulations on 7 years!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  20. Vanessa wrote:

    So happy for you!! Seven years!! Woohoo! I started reading your blog about 3 years ago and love it!! You truly are a gem!!! Love it all- from clothes to trips to date nights to skin care. L.O.V.E. xoxo.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  21. Congrats on 7 years! I love your fresh, real, fun take on life, fashion, and travel! Here’s to 7 more years!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  22. Ruchama Gross wrote:

    First time commenting on a blog post ever but I just want to say you’re really fabulous. I never read that post about doing it all and it was amazing and the honestly was so refreshing.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  23. I can relate on so many levels here, first of all we’re close in age, but I was 2 when you were born. And I loved hearing about your Grandfather! XOXO Blessings to you my sweet friend!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  24. Jen wrote:

    I’m the Jen in this one baby!! Have read & gushed over EVERY post since day 1 when I was right next to you! Love my Queen forever!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  25. Ronda wrote:

    Congratulations Cassie! My sister-in-law introduced me to your blog last Thanksgiving weekend and it has been like falling down a rabbit hole in the best possible way!!! I don’t really read blogs but look forward to yours every day and see evidences of your influence in my closet, shoes, jewelry and house…..oh, and the self-tanner sitting on my bathroom vanity…..and the National Parks trip I’m planning in my head…and, ok, now I sound like a stalker! Keep it up and Thank you!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  26. Mona wrote:

    Happy 7 year Blogaversary! I love your blog (and Instastories!) and look forward to reading each day. I am a couple of years older than you and love that between you and Mama Sugarplum, I can get stylish, age appropriate outfit and accessory ideas. I also have an almost 16 year old and have enjoyed seeing your side of driving lessons! I hope you have many more years of blogging!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  27. Congratulations on seven years! You are one of my favorite bloggers & daily reads (I’ve gotten my aunt hooked on your too)! I love that your content is always fresh, real, and inspiring! Cheers to many more years of fun!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  28. Pam wrote:

    Cograts on the 7 years. Your blog is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you many more years of blogging success. Thanks for keeping it real.

    Pam @ busylifestylegal.com

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  29. Katie wrote:

    I’m new to your blog, but absolutely love it! I’m reading it daily now, so thank you!!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  30. Adrienne wrote:

    Been around since the beginning. Still enjoy each post. Thanks for being you!! Hoping to hit publish on my own…maybe someday…but it’s encouraging to see someone you like be so successful at it.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  31. Joan S wrote:

    Congratulations! Yours is truly a lovely blog and one I look forward to reading daily.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  32. Theresa wrote:

    Congratulations and happy 7th Anniversary! It’s been so much fun reading your posts and hearing about your life. Your blog is a little dose of sunshine, and I’m so glad you share with us like we’re your neighbors and friends. Best to you and here’s to 7+ more!!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  33. Tasha wrote:

    Yay! Congrats, Cassie! I have struggled with starting my own blog for a while now and it’s nice to know that you had those same reservations at first. I think God is telling me to just dive in. I have so much more to gain than to lose. You are an inspiration and such a genuine light in my world, even though we are total strangers. Thank you for putting your thoughts and style and humor down for the rest of us to see, share, and learn from.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  34. Angi wrote:

    Sweet Papooh/ Pawpooh Loved him so! BIG BIG snuggly muscle tight congratulatory hugs from Abercrombie and FITness. I’m so honored to call you friend! I relish in your words and your success! Love you sugarplum! love doubleA

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  35. Drew wrote:

    Your authenticity is what brings me to your blog each time you post! I’m a relatively new reader, but I’ve found myself drawn into your posts every time!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  36. Heidi wrote:

    I have been following you for close to two years and your posts are by far some of my favorites! Congratulations on seven years and happy birthday to you!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  37. Chloe wrote:

    Happy seven year birthday to your blog! This was such a nice post to read, it was great to see what you’ve accomplished and I also found it very motivating 🙂 You’re very strong for turning something bad into your life and channelling it into something positive. I’m excited to follow your journey.

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  38. Kristen wrote:

    Congrats on the milestone!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  39. Angela wrote:

    I adore your blog, style and personality! Your posts are the highlight of my morning. So glad I found your corner of the universe a couple years ago. So grateful for you sharing so much of yourself. Thank you and congrats on another year of blogging.

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  40. Denise wrote:

    Congrats for your 7 years of blogging Cassie! I’ve been following you for about 3/4 years I guess… from many subscriptions I made during those years you are the only one that I never left. Thank you for sharing all that you do, think, wear and color! You inspire me so much.
    Keep writing that I’ll keep reading. Xoxo,

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  41. Rachel wrote:

    Hi, Cassie!

    I’ve never written to you before but your post today had me reflecting on your influence on me and (obviously) so many other readers/fans your blog. I thought it was important to say thank you. I am in my early 40’s, teach high school and have a 5 year old son & 3 year old daughter. I’m not sure how I found Hi Sugarplum but I am so glad I did. I appreciate the inspiration – in fashion, beauty, home decor and family life. You have reminded me that moms can be stylish, color is your friend, that we really can get better with age, and that a gloomy day can be made better with bright lipstick! (I live in Oregon so we have a lot of gray days). 🙂
    I look forward to your posts for ideas and yes, even a little envy to keep me motivated to keep improving certain areas of my life. Ahem..master closet, anyone?!
    Happy anniversary! You’re doing a fantastic job and I wish you even more success as the years roll on!

    Sincerely,
    Rachel

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  42. Joy wrote:

    Congratulations on 7 years! I’ve been reading your blog for several years and always enjoy it, especially your talent for interior design. I’ve been blogging for about 7 weeks, so I can relate to everything you said about wondering and doubting and proceeding cautiously in the early days. Thank you for your honesty. You’re an inspiration!

    Posted 5.22.17 Reply
  43. Jennifer wrote:

    Congrats on 7 years! I really enjoy your blog and your “real girl” take on fashion and life! Thanks for your openness and willingness to share your thoughts with your readers!

    Posted 5.23.17 Reply
  44. Happy blog birthday, Cassie! I’ve loved following you and am always inspired by your amazing sense of self-confidence and style. Cheers to many more years!

    Posted 5.23.17 Reply
  45. Debbie Hutcherson wrote:

    I remember when you started. Your creativity is amazing! Wishing you many more blog years.

    Posted 5.23.17 Reply
  46. Micki wrote:

    Congratulations Cassie, on 7 years!! I love reading your blog and am always so excited to say ‘I know her’. Keep up the great work! Cheers!

    Posted 5.23.17 Reply
  47. Congratulations on SEVEN years of blogging! Also, you look freakin’ incredible at 40! I can only hope to look so good! Thanks for sharing your style, your life and your fam with us. I really enjoy following your blog and laughing out loud at your Instagram stories. Thanks for keeping it real!

    Posted 5.24.17 Reply
  48. Nikki Gwin wrote:

    You were my first. And I’m still here! Congratulations. 🙂
    gwingal

    Posted 5.24.17 Reply
  49. Sandy wrote:

    Cassie, congrats on 7 years of sharing beauty (material AND otherwise), style and something positive for readers to truly enjoy!! At this mile marker, I’d like to tell what this reader simply adores about you and your blog. Number 1- your positivity & the love you show for your family truly stand out. Number 2 – fresh, fun style & creative ideas with all the links!! So often blogs give us a visual but no info…which can require lots of research time. You make it super easy and include fit tips which have saved me potential return-a-thons and money. Number 3 – you are real! Keep it up and just know your readers appreciate you!! -Sandy

    P.S. Thoroughly enjoying your travel pics as well. What fun!

    Posted 5.24.17 Reply
  50. Carly wrote:

    I love you and your personal posts! MUAH!

    Posted 5.24.17 Reply
  51. Beth wrote:

    Hooray! Congratulations on 7 years! I love how real your blog is! Thanks for taking that risk and sharing!

    Posted 5.24.17 Reply
  52. Sarah wrote:

    Continuously one of my favorite bloggers for your realness, adorableness and stellar Nordstrom finds 😉 Happy seven years to you!!

    Posted 5.25.17 Reply
  53. Rebecca wrote:

    No, that’s not me tearing up I just have something in my eye 🙂 Seriously, congratulations on 7 wonderful years. I honestly can’t remember when or how I found your blog but I’m glad I did. Obviously I’m a bit behind reading right now but once I subscribed I haven’t missed a post and I look forward to each and every one. You’re the best.

    Posted 6.1.17 Reply
  54. Kara wrote:

    Congrats, high fives, hugs, you name it! I’m sending them all your way! 😉 Thanks for keeping it real, making me laugh and providing inspiration when I’m feeling lazy or defeated by the mini beasts I live with or that massive beast called life. Keep being you!

    Posted 6.10.17 Reply
  55. Berki Gonzalez wrote:

    Congratulations Cassie, on 7 years!! I love reading your blog every morning. I’ve been following you for 9 months now. I’m so happy and grateful I found you an Instagram are my lifesaver. Because of you my closet looks much beautiful with colors and clothes that I wear with joy. Thank you 😚🤗

    Posted 5.22.18 Reply