Who Needs a Nap?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I was recently tagged for a Questionnaire post. My first instinct is always to shy away from that stuff, simply because I feel like my answers would be such a snooze-fest. But since I continued to be tagged by such sweet bloggers, I figured I'd better stop being a stick-in-the-mud, and just get to it! Instead of putting you to sleep by answering all 44 questions, I just picked a few from each blogger.

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1. What was your first job?
I've had a job since I was 15, and thought I'd hit the jackpot with my first one....Corn Dog on a Stick at the mall food court! Hello all you can eat corn dogs and lemonade!

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2. What is the one chore you would never do if you could get away with it?
Emptying the dishwasher. It seems like that sucker is always full! My son recently asked to start earning an allowance...guess what chore is on the top of his list?! #childlabor

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3. Would you rather spend a weekend at the beach, in the mountains or at home alone with no agenda?
All of them sound pretty amazing right now, but nothing compares to sitting with my toes in the sand, and staring out at the vast blue ocean. 

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4. When you were a kid, what was your favorite television show?
I loved Silver Spoons until people told me I looked like Ricky Schroeder (I had an aversion to shampoo and brushes as a kid, so my dad made me cut it short). After that, I started watching Saved by the Bell. I had a thing for freckle-faced blond boys, I guess.

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The photographer couldn't flip my collar down?!


5. Why did you start your blog?
I've said this before, but some of the newer folks probably don't know. My grandfather was one of my favorite people, and he always greeted me with a booming, "Hi, Sugarplum!" When he passed away, I started this blog as a creative outlet, and a distraction for my grief. I know he'd be my biggest supporter and first reader each morning.

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6. Name one thing in your make-up bag you can not live without?
I literally can not fall asleep if I'm not wearing some kind of chapstick. And while I'm not much with make-up, I always have mascara on!

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7. Will you still be my friend even though I made you suffer through this little game of tag?
The readers are the ones suffering, Carmel! But you know I love you more than my luggage.

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8. What is your favorite room in your house?
My favorite room is always the one I just finished. I don't know if it's relief that it's finally done, or if each just gets better than the last. I guess if I had to choose, it'd be my kid's rooms because of the joy they get from having their own fun spaces.

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9. Who is your favorite designer? 
I love designers who aren't afraid to take chances, and make design fun. They give me the confidence to do what I love and not follow a set of rules. Some of my favorites are Erinn Valencich, Jenny Komenda, Jill Sorenson, Jamie Meares, Amber Lewis and Emily A. Clark. These gals also prove you don't have to spend a fortune to have a stylish room!

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Shelly at Crazy Wonderful

10. If you could take any type of class what would it be?
I recently got a big girl camera, and I'm dying to figure it out. A friend and I actually just bought a Groupon for a photography class, so hopefully I'll conquer all those settings.

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11. Do you have a secret talent?
I can hang anything on the wall without a level or measure, and it's always straight and aligned. Much to Mr. Sugarplum's chagrin, my 'eyeballing' is never off. I can also wiggle my ears.

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12. What celebrity do you think you'd hit it off with?
I think Robert Pattinson and I would get along peachy.

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13. Calories don't count, what are you going to devour?
I'm a Southern girl, so it'd probably be chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy and fried okra. Followed up with a huge helping of fruit cobbler with ice cream.

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14. If you could do one thing without any repercussions, what would it be?
See question 10.


15.  What have you said to get out of a speeding ticket?
I got pulled over when I was 17 months pregnant with Babygirl (not really, but I looked it). I was practically crowning panting and told the officer I had to pee....he couldn't wave me off fast enough.

I can't believe I'm showing this! Even my shirt can't contain the bulge.
I think that's enough humiliation for one day! Congratulations if you made it through awake. And thank you if you plan to return to this blog ever again!


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Ride in to the Clutter Zone

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who's picturing young Tom Cruise blowing down the runway on his motorcycle (ala Top Gun)? Sorry, but I guess we'll have 'Danger Zone' stuck in our heads together all day. I don't know if it's the new year, but I am practically nesting! (No, no chance of a baby!) I have been on a tangent lately to clear out the clutter and crapola in our house.

The first victim....our Kitchen counter! What once was a pretty little spot, is now a breeding ground for papers, invites, cell phones and all the other evidence of our busy lives. And what's worse, is this is a very visible spot in our house...the side of the fridge can even be seen from the front door!

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But no more! I am corralling this clutter and finding a more inconspicuous spot for our home's Mother Board. Here's some of the inspiration I'm drawing from.

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Aren't they just organizational bliss? I'm working on a new space for us, using mostly what we have on hand and a few inexpensive items. Do you have a dedicated spot for corralling crapola, or does it take over your house? Share any tips you've got!

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{DIY} Mirror Boxes

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hello friends! How was your weekend? We had a busy one, full of good friends and the kid's sports. A nasty cold kept me from doing too much on the project front, but I did manage to help out my mom. We did one of my favorite activities...rearranged all the decor in her Living Room! It's amazing how new a space can look just by removing some items, and moving others around. I also convinced her to let spray paint work it's magic on a few things before she decides to replace them! I can't wait to get my hands on them and convert her to a paint believer.

Today I've actually got another promised DIY project from my bookshelves (last week was the Dipped Bottles)! I'm on a roll, but don't get used to it.

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No, we're not making the tall shore bird. Although that would be fun to try! Some ideas you see and file away for a future 'maybe.' Others you can't get to the store for supplies fast enough. That's how I felt when Karen at Art of Doing Stuff posted her mirror boxes! I think I made mine the day after discovering her post.

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They don't take much...just some square mirrors from the craft store, and a glue gun.

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I chose beveled mirrors for the sides, and a flat mirror for the base. Since the flat one didn't have feet, I added cork protectors for the bottom.

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Run a thin line of hot glue along the edge of a mirror's backside, then align it to the outside edge of your base mirror. You have to move fast because the glue dries quickly. If that happens, just peel it off and start again. Then hold the mirror in place for a few seconds until it sets. Repeat this for all four side mirrors, and add a little glue at the inside corner seams if you feel it needs more stability.

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About 2 minutes later, you've got a pretty little mirror box! It is surprisingly sturdy, too. (Scrape off the black pads before gluing if you think they'll be seen.)

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I've got a plant in mine, so the inside stays hidden.

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I love how pretty and reflective it is on my shelves. This is one of those things that looks perfect anywhere...shelves, coffee table, kitchen window, side table. Wherever you want to add a little shot of glamour.
 
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I whipped up a few more and grouped them as a dining table centerpiece. I think these have end-of-year teacher gifts written all over them! Especially since they cost less than $7 each.

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Thank you, Karen, for the fab idea, and feeding my 'simple, cheap and easy' project addiction!

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Anyone running to the store for supplies right this second? Or are you glassy-eyed and mouth-breathing like me, with a red, chapped nose? Which one of you carrier monkeys gave me this wicked cold?!

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And P.S....Apartment Therapy has cranked up The Homies....and this year added a Best DIY Blog! Hop over and vote for Hi Sugarplum! if you're so inclined. It'd be cool to get a vote other than my mom's. 



** Linking up to Home Stories A to ZThe DIY Showoff, TaterTots & Jello, Serenity Now and Thrifty Decor Chick**

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Toast to the Red Carpet

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.  All opinions are 100% mine.


    I think we can all agree the best part of awards shows is the fashion! And the red carpet is where all the magic is revealed. No show is bigger than the Oscars, where everyone brings out the big guns...the most fabulous dresses, hair and makeup!

    My favorite is always Diane Kruger...she is flawless. Having Joshua Jackson on your arm doesn't dilute the picture either.

    

    One dress I'll always remember is Michelle Williams' canary yellow gown. Loved. It.

    

    Even the men clean up and prance around looking fine!

    



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Here's What's Up

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's Friday!! Aaaaaaaw yeah! I am definitely ready for the weekend, how about you? I can't wait to curl up with my computer and check out all the travel tips you gave me for British Columbia! Thanks so much, eh! (Last time, promise.) My head is awhirl with activity today, so I'll just get it out there.

Yesterday I was able to meet the talented Pam of Pixelimpress for lunch, and it was so fun to talk with someone who gets the whole online/bloggy friend thing! She's the creative girl who made my packages so fun for Christmas...her tags and cards are the best.

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 Me thinks I need some calling cards now! (For no reason other than to say, "Here's my calling card. Call me.")

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We have friends from our Nashville days, who now live in Montreal, visiting family in Texas (you follow?) this weekend. I'm beyond excited to see them!

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My design ADD has kicked into overdrive, and my head might explode if I don't duplicate Courtney's ridiculously amazing frame project immediately!

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The frames in my Dining Room are positively begging for brass corners. Nevermind that I'm in the middle of two other room projects.


My mom has been buttering me up to come help her with some house projects. She's even offering free lunch and gas if I come over Sunday, which naturally has me really worried about what she wants me to do! Of course I'll go, if only so I can mention it when the time comes to sand my secretary!

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This image from Pinterest was my favorite this week. I challenge you to stare at it for 5 seconds without smiling.

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And, I'm guest posting at Tiffany's, from Living Savvy today. She's got a fun Spraypainter's Anonymous Series, so go check it out. I promise it's more than just mindless ramblings.


So that's what's up in my head and our house this weekend! Thanks for letting me get it all out. What are you sweet peas up to this weekend?

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We Booked Our Trip, Eh!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'm doing a little jig in my chair today, because we just booked the tickets for our annual trip! These trips are like a shot of Prozac for our marriage...it's our time to get away from everything and everyone, and just enjoy being together! As soon as we got the grandparent's okay (the babysitters!), we hopped on American Airlines and booked our mileage seats to.....

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Vancouver!! I know it's totally cliche, and probably annoying to Canadians, when people follow a sentence with 'Eh', but we get a kick out of it, eh! Kind of like when Northerners come South and love to hear us say 'Y'all!' Mr. Sugarplum and I got engaged in Canada, so it holds a really special place in our hearts. We fell in love with Banff a few years ago, and can't wait to explore more of British Columbia.

There is so much to see and do, so I'm hoping my amazing Canadian readers (and those familiar with the area) can lend a hand with our itinerary. Here's what we're thinking right now:

Explore Vancouver, including the suspension bridge and biking Stanley Park.

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Ferry through the Gulf Islands to Victoria, and spend one night near the harbor.

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Drive up the coast of Vancouver Island, and spend three nights in Tofino or Ucluelet.

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Where we can storm-watch while walking the beaches,

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Hike Pacific Rim National Park and the Wild Pacific Trail,

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And hopefully spot a few whales in their annual migration south (could you die?!?!).

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Then we'd ferry back to the mainland, and drive the stunning Sea to Sky highway to Whistler.

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Whistler Mountain closes the weekend before we arrive, but we'll stay in Whistler Village and hopefully ski Blackcomb Mountain for two days.

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It's definitely a lot of driving and moving around! So what tips, golden nuggets, little gems of information can you share on the area?! Something not to be missed? A favorite hotel, restaurant or shop? We haven't booked anything but our air (for the end of April), so we're still flexible on the locations and routing. Of all our travels, we've found Canadians to be the most open and nicest people. So y'all look out, we're headin' North, eh!

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