Friday Fashion

Friday, April 18, 2014

FRIDAY!!! Hoodie-Hoo! Let's talk fashion and Mother's Day gifts today, shall we?

1) I found this beyond cute dress online a few weeks ago, and had to try it for myself. I'm a sucker for a flirty, fit & flare dress (fitted on top, flared below the waist), and the $50 price tag can't be beat. I've got some blog conferences and parties coming up, and hoped this would be a good option. Since the shipping and returns are free, I ordered both white and black. But now I can't choose which to keep!

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

Here's an idea of how I'd style it....

White + Color

2) And now the same dress in black....

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

The pose on the right is awkward...have you ever tried to take a selfie of your back in the mirror?! There are so many ways to style a little black dress, but of course I love to throw in some color. What say you...white, black, neither? Or both?! Ha!

little black dress

3) I created a moodboard around this floral number a few weeks ago (another $50 gem), so I added it to my shipment (free shipping and returns...holla!). I can't decide if I'm horrified or if I love it. It's a tad on the too-short side, but I'm crazy for the print. Never mind the shoes I'm wearing in the pics, and let's pretend I brushed my hair. Yay or hay-ell no?

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

And here it is all styled up....

Floral Fun

4) Clearly I love a good dress, but sometimes an extra layer is needed...for warmth and style. I scooped up this adorable cotton twill bomber jacket for only $23! Available in black, white and faded green. Cardigans are great for layering over dresses and skirts, but I like the bit of edge this jacket adds to an otherwise prissy outfit.

Hi Sugarplum | Nordstrom Dresses

5) Further proof this year is flying by....Mother's Day is weeks away! I'll pause while you panic and check your calendar. Yep, just around the corner. I usually get so busy scheming up what I want, that I almost forget my own sweet mom! She's so easy and fun to shop for, but at the same time, I love to find her special and unique items that you can't find just anywhere.

Uncommon Goods has become my go-to for creative and unique gifts...I can always find the best gift ideas for moms, dads and kids. They carry thousands of cool gifts, from fun jewelry and accessories to creative home decor and kitchen items. I love that they find and feature artists and handmade items, and a portion of every order goes to your charity of choice. My mom hates when I spend money on her, but I know she'll love knowing her gift also did some good in the world. Here's a few fun ideas for the special moms in your life...

Hi Sugarplum | Uncommon Goods Mother's Day Gifts

Neat stuff, right? Have you started thinking about Mother's Day? Help this mutha mother out and give me your feedback on the dresses! White, black, floral....what say you? Happy weekend, and Easter, lovebugs!

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Lunch Box Lunches

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In the school cafeteria, there are bringers and buyers...those that bring their lunch from home, and those that buy. My kids have always been buyers. At the beginning of every year, I offer to pack their lunches, and every year they'd declare the school food 'amazing,' and insist on buying a hot lunch there.

And truthfully, I didn't fight it...since packing a lunch was one less thing I had to worry about. But apparently there's been a change in the school lunch menu, because a few months ago they both begged me to start packing their lunch.

Transitioning them from buyers to bringers was a bigger challenge than I anticipated... remembering to pack it each night, buying more at the grocery, and coming up with meals that didn't need to be heated. Oh yeah, and that they'd like. One helpful tip has been incorporating dinner leftovers into the next day's lunch. Putting aside the stand-by PB&J and turkey sandwiches, here are a few other combinations that are hits with my kids.

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Chicken Salad on Whole Wheat Pita | made with grapes, celery & leftover chicken
Pretzel Crisps
Sugar-free Pudding

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Salad with Carrots, Tomatoes & Avacado | Chopped (leftover) Chicken Breast | Ranch Dressing
Pita Chips | Hummus Cup
Chocolate Bar

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Soft-Boiled Eggs (I make a big batch on the weekend for breakfasts & lunches)
String Cheese
Snack-size Apple
Pretzel Twists | Nutella for Dipping

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Honey Greek Yogurt | Mixed Berries | Granola (for a DIY parfait)
Sliced Ham
Veggie Chips
Bottle Water

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Sliced Turkey
Caprese Salad of Cherry Tomatoes & Mozzarella (leftover from dinner)
Pretzel Twists
Applesauce Pouch
Granola Bar

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Peanut Butter & Banana on Wheat Sandwich Thin
Greek Yogurt
Carrots & Celery | Ranch dressing for dipping
Trail Mix

Clearly, I'm not a nutritionist, but I try to keep the lunches balanced and healthy, while still being something the kids will actually eat. It took some trial and error, but I'm learning what gets eaten, and what's left well as the portion each kid needs. I usually include small bottles of water, but every now and then I'll pop one of these fun Fruit Shoot drinks in to get them excited about lunch. Their Facebook page has more great ideas for keeping lunches fun, so hop over there for more ideas.

Hi Sugarplum | Lunch Box Lunches

Are your kids bringers or buyers? What are some favorites you pack for them...I'm always on the hunt for fresh ideas! Oh, and we use these lunchboxes...they are amazing at keeping food cold all day! I'm also considering this for hot foods...does anyone have experience with it?

This post is sponsored by Fruit Shoot drinks, but the opinions are all mine. Like always. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!

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