Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012.
















Three houses.
Three days.
And this year, three children of my own to share the joy of Christmas with. 
So blessed.
I hope you had a very merry Christmas, friends.
XO


PS- This will be the last post of 2012.
I'm thoroughly enjoying family time, and while Taylor is off of school, I like to avoid the computer.
I will continue answering emails and connecting on social media after the kids' bedtime only.
I can't wait to share things with you next week.
Have a very safe and happy New Year's Eve!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hey, procrastinators!

Still not finished with your Christmas shopping?
Stressed?
I'm here to help.

This weekend only...

Family Tree Printable.
$15 each.
BOOM.


Able to fit up to 23 names.
Leaves will not be moved to accommodate name grouping, but if there are names you super duper want close to one another, just let me know.

Send me the list of names, the last name, and your PayPal email address.
I'll take care of the rest, and you will receive a print just like the one above for you to print from home or send to your local printer.
That means you can have the perfect gift framed and ready within 24 hours!
Who needs malls, right?


Email me ASAP to get in on this deal!
SugarAndDots@gmail.com

One of a kind, personal, meaningful, cheap, fast, and easy.
You're welcome.
XO

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What I Whipped up..Hacked! {Linky Party}

Just call me the Sugar and Dots Christmas Elf..
My name is Rachelle.
Not to be confused with Rachel. 

I have tattoos like a sailor and I'm a fan of cardigans and ballerina buns.
You might know me from a little ol' blog called Fingerprints on the Fridge I'm married to this guy.
When he's not finger painting like that.. he like's to play dress up as well.

In reality, we're just a small family practicing inner peace.

and being ridiculously good looking.

But, in all seriousness, Kimmie is out today. Doing Mommy things like saving the world and winning trophies and said "hey! I can't blog tonight and if WIWU doesn't go up, there will be riots" and, we just can't have riots so close to Christmas.


So since I have time travel capabilities being 4 hours ahead of her in Michigan, I said hey! I'll come wreck up your blog for a bit. So here I am.

Last week she had lots of really awesome entries..

Like this one..


and this one..


Oh! and this one..

You guys kind of rock don't you? I wouldn't expect anything less from her readers.

So how about we party? Yes? Party we shall!

Oh wait, before I go. Let's have a giveaway of sorts, yes? I'd love to offer one of you a LARGE block of free advertising at Fingerprints on the Fridge for the month of January. This is big people! All you've gotta do is leave a comment saying what your favorite thing about Christmas is. Because I'm in the freakin' spirit over here! Don't forget to come say hi on Facebook, and instagram..All the cool kids are. Okay, giveaway and party time.. Ready..set..go!

Let's link up!



Monday, December 17, 2012

Group Giveaway Day!


$20 gift certificate to SEW DO SOMETHING. No expiration date. Redeem it at any time. It is for $20 in product and does not cover shipping. It can be used on any product in the shop including the planners. Gift certificate is open to US and International.

About:
    Hi I'm Jessica and I have a blog over at sewdosomething.com. I also run an online shop where I sell handmade accessories, purses and some home decor. I live in Chesapeake, VA with my husband. Our one-year anniversary was December 14th! We're looking forward to many great years together.
 I wish you all Happy Holidays!


 Winner can pick out 2 headbands from OH SWEET JOY!, to be shipped after the holidays.
About:
Oh, Sweet Joy! is a lifestyle blog and handmade shop duo run by Kim. Based out of Boulder, Colorado, Oh, Sweet Joy! hopes to inspire you to see the beauty in the every day.
$20 Starbucks gift card.
$15 Starbucks gift card.
About:
I am a compassionate person with a big heart for people and animals.
I live in NJ while my husband works in Texas. It makes for an interesting life.
I like to take pictures, blog, take long walks, watch reality TV and enjoying reading a good book.



Ikat Love Tri Blend tank from THE PRINTED PALETTE
Choice of S, M, or L.
US residents only.

About:
With passion for art and design, I strive to create wow-filled experiences with designs to inspire. My dream is to open boutiques in Seattle, Oregon, and San Diego and spend my days creating a unique shopping experience for customers. My design approach is taking simple shapes and blending them with vintage twists or thought-provoking words. Most of my designs are stemmed from being inspired by life's adventures. A few random facts about me: I am a proud puggle mother, I am obsessed with planning parties, and I cannot go 30 minutes without checking Instagram.
Posie Necklace in Navy from LUBETH DESIGNS.
  Hi! My name is Genevieve & my fingers are behind the fabric rosies at LuBeth Designs.  I've been married to my sweet husband for sixteen years & we have three really great kids: 2 girls--ages 15 & 8 and a son--age 12.  I love Jesus, spending good time with my family, coffee, a good book, the beach, my camera & dark chocolate.  I really enjoy the creative process & am kind of obsessed with brightly colored fabric rosettes...I'm always trying to think up new ways to showcase them.
 $20 to Stella & Dot Open to US residents only. $20 credit and shipping will be covered.

Hi, I am Lauren from Pink on the Cheek. It's hard to classify my blog since it's about my life...but it's about wedding planning, home life, DIY, style, fitness and so much more. I wish I could just quit my day job and be a full time blogger, but then again I would never get out of sweats.  Stop by POTC anytime.
 Enter below:

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

I need you.

I think it's safe to say that everyone is struggling with wrapping their heads around what took place in Connecticut on Friday morning.
Even friends of mine who so often "stir the pot" on social media are posting how saddened they are.
How shocked.
And horrified.
Some friends avoiding social media all together.
I know I am being sporadic with my own use and posts. 


You see, I battle depression.
I have wanted to post about it for so long, but never knew what to say.
I still don't know what to say, other than I was diagnosed at eighteen years old and have tried making sense of my mental illness ever since.
So many posts this weekend have mentioned mental illness and its' relation to the events on Friday.
I want to defend myself.

I get really, really sad sometimes.
Typically triggered by something miniscule, I have bouts of emotional struggles that affect everyone around me.
Sometimes I become too quiet.
Or show my sadness with crying.
Or I feel completely sick and struggle doing normal things like laundry.
Okay, I always struggle with laundry, but you get the point.
Sometimes life is just hard for me.
And that doesn't make me a bad person.
Or a risk to others.

And sometimes, when I turn my back during one of my low points, what I really need is for someone to turn to.
This means more than just physically hugging me and telling me you're here for me.
Sedric is really good about that.
I mean, helping me find a place to feel safe emotionally.
A place where happy things can be found.
At any time of day.
No matter where I am in the world.

So here's the plan:
Join me on Instagram with the hashtag #itshappyhere
Feel free to tag your old photos.
Or other photos that you come across in your feed that make you smile.
Simply add the hashtag to any photo that makes you happy.
While on Instagram, we can then all click on the hashtag and see happiness.
We can connect on social media during times when people are only posting things that are hard to read.
We can escape to a tiny corner where we are reminded of the good things.
Of the sweet things in life.
Once more people participate, I will feature some favorite photos from that hashtag here every week.
Eventually, those posts will be linked to a button on my sidebar, and our little happy place will be accessible on the internet as well.

I'm hoping my #itshappyhere project will become a movement- allowing friendships to form and calmness to be felt.
I would love for you to join me during this time of struggle and sadness.
I need you.

XO


PS- This post has disappeared and reappeared with terrible HTML that cannot be edited no matter what I do.
Please forgive this craziness.
Another flaw in this life of mine that I hope you can accept.  

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pause.

After completing my last final yesterday, I looked forward to today.
Ten years of college behind me.
A new feeling of relief and freedom.
And then I heard the news about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

My heart breaks for these people.
The victims families.
The students who attend the school and heard the tragedy take place.
The students who heard nothing but see the fear in their parents' eyes as they are hugged a bit tighter today.

Today was supposed to be Group Giveaway Day here at Sugar and Dots, but I'm taking today off.
Pressing pause.
Avoiding all things that truly seem to not matter on a day like today.
Squeezing my babies.
So thankful to still have them here with me.
Truly.
 
 
 
 
Enjoy the rest of your Friday, friends.
XO
 
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday

Finals week.
Almost done.
Forever.

I just typed that and then bugged the eff out.

Features coming soon.
Link up below!
XO

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Frequently asked questions.

My name is Kimmie Ess.
I am a mama to three amazing little people; Taylor, Warner, and baby Franky.
We live in Orange County, CA with their rad dad Sedric.
He's the rock in my life and supports my crazy dreams and projects.
We met at a house party (romantic, right?) and married exactly one year later in a little courthouse (romantic, right?).
;)
We have a mini zoo, too:
Two dogs, Karlo and Minnie
Bella the cat
Easter the bunny
and Lily the tortoise.

We believe in co-sleeping and babywearing.
We eat every single meal together every single day.
We cuss too much, but we're working on that.
We are a one-car family, which allows for us to spend more time together.
We love shows like The Office, Modern Family, and anything on the DIY network.
Well, I love anything on the DIY network. 
;)


 Due to nursing Franky, I can't have caffeine or lactose.
This means that my beloved Coca-Cola and milk and cookies diet has been revised.
Not to my liking.
I used to run often.
Now I avoid my running shoes like the plague.
I craft a lot.
I thrift a lot.
I bake a lot.
I love Jesus.
And Oreos.
And karaoke.
In that order.
Obviously.


I feel like I'm really candid, but I get emails daily with new questions.
What would you like to know?
What have you always wondered or what are you curious about?
I'll be adding a new "FAQ's" tab at the top of my sidebar in January, and I would love to post your question.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A letter from a friend.

Two days ago, I got message on Facebook from a friend of mine.
She and I are "later in life friends"- the friend you make after never speaking in high school and finally connecting with over social media.
She has such a kind soul, and I am so thankful to have her in my life.
She first sent me a text message warning me that she was sending me a long Facebook message.
I didn't know what to expect.

I got this:
 
 
I thought about you today. I hate that I think of you whenever I think of miscarriages. But I do.
I don't mean this to be a comparison of our stories, but more so of me sharing something with you.
I was comforted to read your blog post about the struggle your marriage went through after your miscarriage. That sounds terrible, but I don't mean it that way.
See, I look at your life like the beautiful thing that it is. Sometimes it's hard to see that even the most perfect diamonds have flaws.

I could go on for some time, but I will share with you this...
At 16 years old I was 8 weeks pregnant. And I was scared to death.
My boyfriend told me I better get rid of it because he didn't have time for a baby. He was working on his band (yes, even then I realized how ridiculous that sounded).
I hoped & I wished & I prayed that the baby would go away.
And then it did.
At 16 years old, all by myself in a bathroom, I had to deliver my dead baby.
He brought me flowers.
Flowers.
The thing people give as a congrats, or for a celebration.
I hated myself.
I dated him another 3 years.
I never forgave him.
I never forgave him for what became of me.
This was 10 years, 1 month & 25 days ago.
I thought I was ok.

Today I was informed that my ex is having a baby.
I am not fine.
I am angry.
I am crying.
I am heartbroken.
He's having a baby. Or, another baby.

I adore you Kimmie.
You put your life out there with it's cracks & beauty. I admire you.

I don't have a blog.
I'm not as bold as you.
But I wanted you to know my story... Because I read your story & think how lucky you were to have your husband on the bathroom floor with you... And "the girl" (as you adoringly call her in the early days) in a room down the hall.
I was alone.
I haven't moved on from that baby.

I know how many people you reach with your story... But today i realized... maybe some of them share my story.
We are all part of some awful (crappy, sucky, mean) club. But some of us hold our partners hand, and some hold our empty belly alone.

You are so wise, and help so many women... I just wanted to give you my story, in case it can help or comfort someone else.
I know I feel better already.



I asked her if I could post her story on my blog, and she agreed.
(If you haven't read my story, you can read both parts HERE and HERE.)
I am posting this so that her baby is not forgotten.
So that while she aches right now, there are people all over the world who have her angel baby on their minds.
This is not a place to judge.
This is not a time to comment on decisions and thoughts that sixteen year olds have.
This is a time to let one woman share her own story and find comfort after so many years of keeping quiet.


To my sweet friend; your story is here and your baby is not forgotten.
I am praying for your broken heart.
XO

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oh, Christmas Tree!

We didn't have cups of hot chocolate or sing carols around the tree.
We didn't hold hands or bask in the glow of the lights as a family.
In fact, we didn't even decorate it all together.
Taylor brought it down from the attic herself the morning after Thanksgiving.
She begged me to get the boxes of decor down from the attic until I finally snapped and told Sedric to get the boxes down.
He had to work (from home), and I was tired and stressed after a rough day with the baby.
I folded some laundry while the kids organized the ornaments.
I nursed Franky to sleep while Warner said, "Let's do the tree nowwwww, Mom!" one thousand times.
I decided to take some pictures while they put the tree together; thinking that I would probably forget this Christmas all together during my sleep-deprived stupor.
It was amusing, to say the least.
And although I would have loved to have an amazing family day decorating the tree, the bills need to get paid and aren't going to pay themselves, and babies have no idea what patience is.
This is our life.
A bit chaotic and disorganized right now.
Busy and silly.
But I love this life of ours.














Merry Christmas!
XO

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Features!

Blog issue fixed!
Something about needing to pay the internet bill or something...
;)

Last week, the most-viewed link was Penny from Penny's Treasures with her beautiful ROMANTIC CHRISTMAS TREE:


Amy from Home Happy Home showed off her lovely MASTER BEDROOM MAKEOVER:


Alyssa from What's Cooking, Love? whipped up these yummy MINI REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER PIES:



NissaMade put together this adorable FISHY ZIPPERED POUCH:



Barb from Turtles and Tails made this amazing CHRISTMAS TREE WALL ART:



And Liz from According to L made this awesome MONOGRAM NAIL ART:



Thank you to everyone who linked up!
The party for this week is going strong HERE.

Have a wonderful week!
xo


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