The Friday Five

Happy, Merry Friday!! Hopefully shopping and decorating are winding down in your house, and you are settling in to enjoy and savor this season. I hope to spend the weekend snuggled up with my family and gazing at our Color Blocked Tree. I tend to take the decor down soon after Christmas, so I have less than a week left to enjoy it. Today’s Friday Five has a few things to inspire and help you with the last-minute details.

1) No matter how much I plan ahead, there are always a few gifts straggling at the end, and I’m left scrounging for tags. These free printables will come in handy.

christmas tag 5

2) It’s been an honor to be a contributor for I Heart Organizing this year, but even better, was becoming real-life friends with the sweet Jen. She is amazing and adorable, and now I’m honored to call her friend. She ended the year with a blow-out round-up Contributor Post, which has all of us answering her frequently asked organizing questions. While you’re over there, check out her new Gift Wrap Station, too. You’ll probably lick your computer.

3) I loved sharing our Home Tour in Just a Girl‘s Christmas series….but even better was all the inspiration from the fellow bloggers! Did you see them all? I’ve updated the links, so cuddle up with a cocoa and go check them out….they are sure to kick your Christmas spirit up another notch.

 Hi Sugarplum | Christmas House Tour
Another fun series was sharing my Favorite Things with 320 Sycamore. I loved reading through everyone else’s picks, and now I have a new list of things to try out!
Hi Sugarplum | Favorite things 2013

4) This is the final week for Faith, our Elf on the Shelf…and I think I’ll miss her more than the kids. These were the most popular this week, but follow me on InstaGram for all her hijinks.
She had an all-night bender, double-fisting both the chocolate and caramel syrups.
Faith’s dreams of joining Cirque du Soleil were dashed when she realized she lacked the upper-body strength to pull herself back up the rope.
She found herself the victim of a hostage situation. What her captors didn’t know, is that Santa doesn’t negotiate with plastic terrorists.
Tired of being called ‘polyester arms’, Faith set out to prove there was more to her than synthetic filler.
And it’s been fun with so many of you playing along in the #HiSugarplumElfFun, too….here are a few of my favorites this week.
Hi Sugarplum | Elf on a Shelf
 Hi Sugarplum | Elf on a Shelf

 Hi Sugarplum | Elf on a Shelf

Hi Sugarplum | Elf on a Shelf

5) And finally, I wanted to remind you guys of the best and easiest Pay It Forward you can do all season…and it doesn’t cost a dime! For every new ‘Like’ on their Facebook page, New Leaf Energy will PLANT A TREE!! So far, we’ve planted 287 trees!! That is so awesome…like a little mini Sugarplum Forest! If you want to plant a tree, all you have to do is click this link! But hurry, their tree drive ends December 23rd.

 new leaf

How was your week? Are you done with the shopping, wrapping and cooking? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. I'm not even close to being done yet! I really want to learn how to freeze time like Santa.

    Posted 12.20.13 Reply
  2. Thanks for the elf feature. Hope it doesn't go to Willie's head though, he's already into enough mischief! 😉 Happy Holidays! xo

    Posted 12.20.13 Reply
  3. HA!! The hershey kiss poop is the best!

    Posted 12.20.13 Reply
  4. Jodi wrote:

    Love Faith's hijinks!

    Posted 12.20.13 Reply
  5. lol that poop in a jar!

    Posted 12.20.13 Reply
    • Melanie wrote:

      I have to ask.Where did you find such a tiny roll of t.p.?

      Posted 1.31.17 Reply
  6. Stacey wrote:

    Great links and lovely home tour! Love the variety of elf on the shelf displays; so fun!

    Posted 12.21.13 Reply

The Friday Five

Hey there, friends, and Happy Friday!! Today’s Five is quite the random collection…with everything from butts to serial killers…welcome to my brain!

1) Shopping for jeans is probably my least favorite, up there with bathing suit and grocery shopping. And it’s no wonder, because no two women are built alike, so how can they possibly make jeans that fit everyone? Hence why I end up trying on 782 20 different styles every time. I may find a pair that fits through the thighs, but have the dreaded bootie gap at the waist. Or another pair that fits the waist, but are so tight I’m afraid people will throw $1 bills at me. (That was a hooker reference, and sadly, not the first on this blog.)

So when my friend Sheaffer insisted she’d found jeans that look good on everybody, I had to try. I picked them up and noticed that the denim was soft with a nice stretch. I pulled them on and was pleased to find they weren’t too tight in the thigh or butt. Then I turned around and was shocked that there was no gap at the waist! So I sent Sheaffer this pic from the dressing room….and her response was, ‘Skinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyyyyyy!’ So of course I bought 10 pairs them on the spot.

They really are the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (for those of you who don’t watch teen movies, that means they look good on everyone). I’d have paid almost anything for these magic jeans, but at under $60, they are a total steal. Especially since they look the same as this pricier version. Get your own pair HERE. And Sheaffer, I’ll never doubt you again!

Photographing your own butt has got to be the most awkward thing ever.

2) Do you watch Dexter and Breaking Bad??? Next to Homeland, they are my favorite shows on TV. This is the last season for both, and the final episodes have been so intense I can hardly stand it! I’ve watched every one with my mouth hanging open, and my hand clutching my heart. So good!!! I’m rooting for Dexter to come out on top, and for Walter White to burn.

3) The sweet people at Kiwi Crate gifted us with what might be the neatest thing ever to land in our mailbox. It’s a cute little box filled with all the materials and inspiration for two complete children’s craft projects.

Hi Sugarplum | Kiwi Crate

My daughter declared it ‘The best craft box ever!!’, but I’ve decided it’s ‘Mommy’s Quiet Afternoon.’ Yep, she spent several hours completely engrossed in creating. You can buy the crates individually by theme, or sign up for monthly deliveries. And you know all those birthday parties your kids go to? These would make the best gifts, and have the perfect $20 price tag. They have super cute party favors, too. I’m stocking up! (Pssst, this link gives you $10 off your first order.)

Hi Sugarplum | Kiwi Crate

4) I’m a hardcore nag when it comes to my kid’s stuff left scattered all over the house. Half the time I’m tempted to toss it in the trash. Michelle at 4 Men 1 Lady came up with the genius idea of a Ransom Box. Items not picked up are held hostage by her, and the kids can do a chore to earn them back. A tidy house and child labor…woot!  


5) A big, phat WELCOME to returning sponsor Lisa Leonard Designs. I’m such a fan of her hand-stamped jewelry, and couldn’t be happier to have her part of this wee little blog. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep the projects flowing around here!

Lisa Leonard Designs ad

Tell me about your favorite jeans! And who’s watching Dexter or Breaking Bad?! How do you think they’re going to end?!?! Happy weekend, lovebugs!

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