yep, still here!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Yep, we're still here!

School has been cancelled for the rest of the year here in SC, but the gov has allowed select retail stores to reopen. I didn't open Sugar last Tuesday when he said we could, but I've slowly began to finish getting the store back in order so that we may reopen this Friday, May 1st. I'm still super nervous, obviously, but I know how germaphobe we are and we'll continue the cleanliness of the store and limit the amount of customers in the store. Also customers can always shop online if they don't feel comfortable coming in.

We are so incredibly thankful for the love and continued support from our amazing customers. So grateful that we've even had online as an option! It's certainly kept us afloat, but things are no where near close to being "normal".

It sucks. So many mamas out there juggling full time jobs, working from home and now homeschooling. I will be the first to say I was not cut out to teach. Good grief, you teachers deserve a BIG OL' RAISE! Here's our little Charlie practicing writing his name while Cade does his school packet. He looks so squishy and little, yet so grown at the same time.

We had already decided that we would enroll him in another year of the church preschool vs. him beginning kindergarten since he has a late July birthday. Now we are extra grateful that he's already in for next year! 

We've spent a lot more time outdoors, as has everyone just trying to escape the indoor insanity and the weather here in SC has been amazing. Finally caved and bought a few flowers to update our planters on our deck...

and our knock out roses are blooming...

and we spent several days pressure washing the entire house, which is always a big feat since we have vinyl. It needs it every. single. year but man, it makes such a difference! 

A lot more dining al fresco, for sure...

one of the best meals I've cooked during social distancing is THIS. 

Since we can't go out to eat at restaurants, we've saved a lot more $ on food (even though with two boys I do feel like we're spending a ton more on groceries, goodness). So continuing my Home Chef subscription (I signed up Feb 2019 and some weeks I skip, but we've enjoyed it SO much. It makes life so much easier and swear it saves me money) has been a God send...

This is definitely my most favorite Home Chef meal ever. MUST try this when it becomes available. Promise it's not that difficult. None of the Home Chef meals are. If you can read and follow instructions, you can make Home Chef meals! Promise.

GET $35 OFF your first order HERE

Take care and stay well, friends...

quarantine life.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

well, over the past week...

  • we've learned to be a barber. 

and did the best we could. I saw somewhere on Insta , they called it the #quarancut.
I know my strengths and weaknesses. THIS IS A WEAKNESS.

  • had a vist from Spiderman...

  •  spent a sunny Saturday outside washing and detailing cars, soaking up the sunshine and listening to Kenny Rogers on the day he passed.

  • speaking of Kenny.... "you better know when to hold em'.... know when to fold em'... " We've gotten really good at card games.

  • and we wear robes...a LOT :)

  • Saturday night I had a "girls night out" via a Zoom meeting...we got wild y'all. So wild. 

  • and we've also watched a ton of movies (Stargirl, Onward, Outbreak, Contagion - because clearly we don't like to sleep at night) and Netflix (Chad was obsessed with The Ranch and we're about to start Tiger King) and also TikTok. I signed up Sugar for TikTok (follow us if you're on there @scsugar) and even the boys have had too much fun on there (I always make sure I monitor what they see (and hear!) bc lordhavemercy) . It's a great way to showcase all of the new styles at Sugar and let's face it we are living in such a video crazed world, I gotta just keep it fresh and keep trying out new avenues. Who would have ever thought retail would lead to this. Seriously! 
...but that's where we are this week. What are you guys doing to stay sane?

celebrating our favorite princess.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

I'm going to try and update the blog during this busy holiday season. Things are really kicking into high gear this week and there's no plans to slow down until December 26th...

So let's get started, shall we! Today we celebrated our favorite little princess, our niece Macy Joy. She's spunky, strong willed and full of J O Y. God knew we needed a little pink in our big sea of blue (two boys of our own and FOUR nephews). It's been so fun having my very own built in bestie for the past three years. I love spoiling her and will forever be her biggest fan!

We had a small family bday dinner post church today. I snapped this pic of the boys in front of the Fall trees and man, do they look so grown! I hope to snap a few more next weekend for Christmas card pics...

Frozen theme bc #obsessed and who's ready for Frozen II next weekend?

then there's this baby. my LORT I could eat him up with a spoon! 

the three amigos.

I mean wouldn't you give you him anything he asked for once he put that little hand out there? 
Whatever you want Skip! 

no one can resist this little grin!!!!!

Up next, Sugar kicks off gift guides this week. WOOHOO! I'll link them up here as best I can :) Stay tuned...


Friday, November 15, 2019

well darn.

while everyone else had a "BLOG-TOBER" , I guess I just took the entire month off (and now half of November too...). Life is busy. Life is FUN. I have finally allowed myself grace not to "do all the things" and to just focus on the fam...the friends...the biz...all of which makes my heart so happy. 

Now don't get me wrong. This little ol' blog does make my heart happy as well. When I look back at the past decade that I've blogged our family memories, I could tear up with happy tears of pure JOY. So I'll try to post updates here and there, but again the crazy retail holiday season is upon us so don't expect too much ;) 

What have we been up to over the past six weeks? 

Well....THREE concerts...THREE WEDDINGS...and ONE epic Halloween!

This isn't even all the pics, but man I have cherished the fun this Fall. Looking forward to a memorable Christmas up next....

"yeah life's pretty's pretty great. Life's pretty good if you live it" - Miranda Lambert


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Can you believe it? We're less than three months to Christmas people.

*cue the Mccaulay Culkin Home Alone scream*

If you're hopping over from Sugar's blog, welcome! I've blogged for ten whole years now, so what better time to link up so you could have a a glimpse into what life is like "outside of Sugar". 
Spoiler alert: it's not always as glam as things seem inside the boutique. We're actually a super simple fam with a house full of camo, trucks and trains since we have two sweet boys. I love having the best of both worlds. This blog is where I document all of our fun!

 Today I'm dishing out some of my favorite Fall/Halloween decor pics from the past few years, favorite costumes and even treats to get us in the festive Halloween spirit. It's always been one of my favorite holidays!

F A V O R I T E   D E C O R

Our front porch decor from last year. I'm holding out to purchase mums this year until the temps cool down just a bit. Still 95 degrees here in SC. Someone make it stop.

a look at my husband's man cave/ shop from last year...

I keep a wooden dough bowl on our foyer table and fill it with random pumpkins, leaves & picks

chalkboard / sideboard in our breakfast nook

F A V O R I T E   H A L L O W E E N   E V E N T S

one of my all time favorite halloween parties took place last year at Sugar. It was our "Pink-O-Ween" Wine Down Wednesday that celebrated several customers/friends that were breast cancer survivors and a % of sales went to our local Self Memorial Breast Cancer Foundation. We donated just under $1k from sales that evening and it was a ghoulish girls night out! 

These fabulous cookies were my favorite by the talented Anomaly's Custom Sweets.

If you're local , we will host another fun October Wine Down Wednesday on October 23rd, complete with a pumpkin beer tasting. We will also donate 15% of all sales from the evening to Self Memorial Breast Cancer Foundation. 

F A V O R I T E   T R E A T S

each year I love making this Halloween Popcorn Bark because it's so easy and oh-so-good

also found this cute coffee mug at Walmart last year ...

F A V O R I T E   C O S T U M E S

When our oldest, Cade, celebrated his first Halloween at just nine months we dressed him up like a little lobster and put him in a big ol' pot for my husband Chad to tote around. It was really an inexpensive costume that may have cost me a total of $25 for both the lobster + chef costume. Still one of my all time favorites.

then there was the year Cade was so obsessed with Christmas that he asked to be a Christmas tree. "Hmmmph" I thought..." I can do this"... says every mom ever when attempting an epic DIY costume failure. It really turned out ok, A little star headband + a whole lotta felt fabric + pom poms. It was just that I had no idea where to put the battery pack for the battery operated lights soooo...his little face says it all! (and now I can't stop laughing...)

one year I dressed them in inexpensive Target monkey costumes and then found this cute tee on Etsy.

Then quite possibly my absolute fav was last year when my two boys + my niece & nephew dressed up as the Toy Story crew! Can. not. handle the cuteness. Gosh, they had the best time...

"You've got a friend in me..."

So what do you guys have planned this Fall? Here's a fun bucket list from Jessica Garvin to help you get started...

Now, bring on the cooler temps. We've got fun sweaters, coats, vests and more from Sugar we're ready to wear. Shop NEW ARRIVALS here!


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