Sweet Thank-you’s for Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, a SHOUT OUT from all of us at Sugar Lulu to our BEAUTIFUL INSIDE-AND-OUT girls: we LOVE you TONS and are SO GRATEFUL for you!!! We’re ALL OVER any chance to say “Thanks for being YOU“… so we’ve put together our TOP 7 PICKS for SUPER-EASY & SWEET THANK-YOU’S… who will YOU surprise this Thanksgiving?!

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How CUTE are these “EXTRA THANKFUL FOR YOU” tags?! Attach them to anything, but we’re loving the “Extra” gum idea – funny and soooo easy! Click here for the FREE PRINTABLE & ideas for putting together these fab little gifts: https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2014/11/give-extra-get-extra-gift-idea-free-printable.html

 

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Surprise your friends or family by printing out this adorable GRATITUDE GAME, grabbing a load of M&M’s… and voila, you’ve made Thanksgiving way SWEETER! Click here to for directions & the FREE GAME PRINTABLEhttps://www.happygoluckyblog.com/thanksgiving-gratitude-game/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=455428962_15663438_327045

 

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CHOCOLATE, LIP BALM & SWEET NOTES wrapped up in fall colors…  this gift would TOTALLY make someone’s day.  Switch up what’s inside  – so many SWEET possibilities! Click here for FREE PRINTABLES & instructions: http://smashedpeasandcarrots.com/fall-themed-thank-you-gift-idea/

 

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Talk about SWEET! Sooo many ideas for CANDY BAR NOTES – the possibilities are ENDLESSLY SCRUMPTIOUS! Click here for details and FREE PRINTABLES here: www.skiptomylou.org/care-package-printable-gift-tags/

 

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A HUGS & KISSES THANK YOU JAR? Yes, please! So easy to assemble & TOTAL crowd-pleaser. Leave these for your family on the Thanksgiving table or surprise your BFF’s at school – or both! YUMMM! For directions, click here: https://www.u-createcrafts.com/hugs-kisses-thank-you-jar-with-free/

 

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THANKSGIVING CANDY BAR WRAPPERS plus Hersheys bars… a winning combo to say “I’m thankful for you”. Check out this FREE PRINTABLE: https://www.livinglocurto.com/free-printable-thanksgiving/

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OK so we are kind of OBSESSED with this GRATITUDE GARLAND. It is FREE to print out, ultra-ADORABLE & SO easy to personalize… a PERFECT Thanksgiving decoration. Talk about FUN! For details, click here: https://www.somewhatsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/gratitude-garland-free-printable.png

Wishing everyone a SWEEEEET Thanksgiving… enjoy spreading the LOVE!

 

Spooky, Sweet and Super-Easy Halloween Treats!

BOO! Who is pumped for HALLOWEEN?! Here at Sugar Lulu, we live for anything SWEET, so Halloween is one of our fave holidays. We’ve rounded up our TOP 7 PICKS FOR DIY HALLOWEEN TREATS with a big WOW factor – sooooo easy to make and oh-so-Insta-worthy.  All TREATS, no TRICKS (other than the illusion that you worked for hours LOL!). Get ready to concoct some SPOOOOKY sweets, round up your BFF’s, take some selfies and enjoy this SWEEEET holiday!

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FANTA JACK-O-LANTERN FLOATS for Halloween? Yes, please! How adorable are these?! And that orange soda and vanilla ice cream combo? Beyond YUMMY! Click here for the recipe: https://belleofthekitchen.com/2014/10/20/fanta-jack-o-lantern-floats/

 

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Rice krispie treats are ALWAYS a crowd-pleaser, and these colorful MONSTER RICE KRISPIE TREATS are extra-SCRUMPTIOUS. You just have to smile when you look at these adorable little guys – soooo cute! Click here for instructions: https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/3-ingredient-halloween-treats/

 

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We’re in love with these HALLOWEEN WITCH HAT COOKIES – NO baking, only 4 ingredients and ready in a flash, this is one of the easiest (and cutest) DIY treats EVER! Click here for the recipe: https://princesspinkygirl.com/witch-hats-cookies/

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We’re all over these SPIDER WEB DONUTS! Make the donuts from scratch or a super-easy alternative: pick up any color frosted donuts from your local donut shop, draw “webs” with frosting tubes, and add toy spiders from your local party store. DONUT WORRY… this treat is sure to be the HIT OF THE PARTY (or a fun breakfast to kick off Halloween)! For the homemade recipe, click here: https://www.sprinklesforbreakfast.com/chocolate-spider-web-doughnuts.php

 

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PUMPKIN RICE KRISPIE TREATS with tootsie roll stems… how SWEET is that? Show up at the Halloween party with these PERFECTLY PRETTY treats – YUMMMMM! Click here for this fun and easy recipe: https://cincyshopper.com/pumpkin-rice-crispie-treats/

 

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All of us at Sugar Lulu are completely DONUT CRAZY… we’re flipping over these HALLOWEEN MONSTER DONUTS! Talk about EASY… hop over to your fave local donut shop and party store and VOILA… you have these delicious, hilarious not-so-scary SWEET TREATS! Click here for details: https://eighteen25.com/sink-your-teeth-into-these-treats/

 

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We’re OBSESSED with these STRAWBERRY GHOSTS — cuteness and delicious-ness overload! They are almost too cute to eat (but we did say “almost” – ha!) Click here for the how-to: https://madeitateitlovedit.com/2015/10/white-chocolate-strawberry-ghosts/

From all of us at SUGAR LULU, we wish you a safe, fun and SUPER-SWEET Halloween – we love our girls even more than a mountain of candy!

 

SHAKE it up SWEET this Labor Day Weekend!

Who is ready for a completely SWEET Labor Day weekend? It’s time to SHAKE things up! Here at Sugar Lulu we’re OBSESSED with deliciously awesome “crazy” milkshakes. A great end-of summer treat & MAJOR photo opp potential!

Are you a chocolate lover or more of a sour belt kinda girl? We got you covered! Skip the lines… we’ve pulled together our picks for the best at-home, over-the-top milkshake recipes. Grab your BFF’s & SHAKE it up SWEET! Then put on your fave Sugar Lulu outfit, snap some photos showing off your SWEET SHAKE creations & tag @sugarlulu13 on Instagram. You could be featured as a Sugar Lulu model!

4 CRAZY SHAKE RECIPES 4 U!

Will you choose the insanely sweet STRAWBERRY SHAKE

…the deliciously delectable COTTON CANDY SHAKE

…the chocolate lover’s dream DONUT SHAKE

…or the scrumptious BIRTHDAY CAKE SHAKE?

Our vote: try all 4!!! Click here for the recipes: http://www.awwsam.com/2016/01/4-crazy-awesome-milkshake-recipes24.html#.VtS9yowrKYW

Craving some more ways to SHAKE IT UP? How cute are these?!

Click here for the MERMAID FREAKSHAKE recipe: http://thesoccermomblog.com/mermaid-freakshake/

Click here for the S’MORES SHAKE recipe (s’more please!): https://hellolittlehome.com/smores-freakshake-recipe/

Click here for this dreamy UNICORNS & RAINBOWS FREAKSHAKE recipe – and 38 other EPIC milkshake how-to’s: https://youshouldgrow.com/crazy-milkshake-recipes/

We can’t wait to see how our Sugar Lulu girls SHAKE IT UP… have a SWEET & FUN long weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Sweet Treats!!

Do it up totally SWEET this Memorial Day!! We’re loving these completely cute, super-easy red, white & blue treats… quick, simple & you’ll be the hit of the party!! Have a SWEET long weekend, everyone!!!Yummm!!! Grab a fun bucket, a styrofoam ball, and at least 40 lollipops and voila  – you’ve got the cutest gift to bring to the party!!  (Idea by Gluesticks blog)

Hop over to Party City to do it up Sugar Lulu style with a super-sweet candy buffet!!

I mean, how cute is this flag fruit plate?! A total WOW that will take you minutes to assemble… SWEET!! (Recipe from “Passion for Savings”)

Can you guess why we have lollipops on our mind 24/7?! We’re obsessed with our new Sweet Treat  collection & this adorable Sugar Lulu girl (@jaejae_dancing_diva)  CLICK HERE to see the entire Sweet Treat collection! 

 

Sweet Quote: Be a Fruit Loop in a World Full of Cheerios

Well, you might think you know the reason that we love this sweet quote: Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios and, okay, maybe you do. For starters, Fruit Loops are sweet and colorful and fun! Not that we are not big fans of Cheerios, because we are, but Fruit Loops in a world full of Cheerios stand out. Just like Sugar Lulu girls do!

 

Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios–and rock!

Therefore, we want to encourage all of you to be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios. To be sweet and colorful. Not to be afraid to be different. To embrace being your own person. To show your true colors and to be able to stand out from the crowd. Finally, to speak out about your beliefs and support others who might be different too. Sugar Lulu girls know it’s okay to pave their own way—with friends, fashion and activities. Be who you are and be proud of it!

 

Dare to be different and the same

Still there is also the importance of being able to fit in, even though you may not blend in. Like Fruit Loops, you may share some of the characteristics of others (they’re round with holes like Cheerios!) and it’s good to embrace those. Here’s the thing: You don’t need to be different for the sake of it. Use your differences for good like making a statement or taking a stand. Don’t use them just to clash with others.

 

We love our sweet sayings all the more when they are literally so super sweet!

It’s a New School Year–Try Some New After School Activities Too

New (School) Year, New You…Well, it’s a new school year. That means new classes, new teachers, new classrooms and maybe some new friends too. So fun! While you’ve got all these new things happening this new school year, we say add one more! Test out never-before-tried activities that make you move add a balance to days filled with math and English.

Maybe there is something you want to get involved with but are hesitant because you were the lone chica. Or it’s that you don’t think you will be good at it. Or perhaps you had no idea what an activity truly entailed. No need to fret—we have the 411 on two of the most popular post-school pursuits so you can try to determine this new school year if any makes you feel like you want to try. Plus once you know just what you want, we bet others follow you. With this new determination, you’ll start out solo and meet a new bestie there in no time.

Dance

Even if all of your friends are big-time dance girls, you don’t know the difference between a ball change and thunder clap. Still, you want to dance this new school year? That’s super cool—it’s a great workout, mood lifter and so fun to move to the music. Then there are the cute clothes made just for flexibility. What’s more, there are a range of dance styles and classes to take, from jazz, to lyrical, ballet to hip hop, tap and more. Classes can be once a week or sometimes more and typically there is a recital at year end to show off all you know in a spectacular display of talent.

For girls who ultimately pursue dance big-time, there are dance companies—multiple classes at more advanced levels—to try out for and competition teams as well. But to start, sign up for just one style if you like—and give it a try.

Yoga

This meditative activity is good for your mind and bod. It is a fabulous low key workout, stengthener and toner. The equipment (mats and outfits) are oh-so-cute and yoga is a perfect way to chill after a day of school or a stressful exchange with siblings or hormonal friends. Plus yoga has a language, moves and poses all it’s own—think downward dog, tree, frog, warrior, half moon and more—so every pose or mantra you master will make you feel majorly successful. Another benefit: Many yoga spots have healthy juice and smoothie bars on site or nearby. Yum.

Customize Your School Supplies in Fabulous DIY Style

One of the best parts about going back to school is shopping for the rad new school supplies that you get to use in class, put up in your locker and carry around as swag in your backpack. Only problem? Typically others have been to the local spot for school supplies too or hit up the same online store you did so they’ve got the same stuff. No worries. You can personalize  your school supplies so they reflect you and your inner design star. Not only do you get to strut your style by customizing your school supplies but ultimately you can also identify what’s yours from those pesky people who love to “borrow” but not return.

Pens and Pencils

For starters, wrap pens and pencils in ribbons and top them with a character eraser or a faux fur pom-pom. Maybe consider color coordinating the ribbon with the accoutrement on top. Or use metal stamps to hammer designs into wood pencils or even “write your name.” Another idea? Download these pencil wraps in four different prints that fit perfectly on standard number 2 pencils. Just cut out and affix with a swipe of modge podge.

Books

Cover textbooks to make the perfect palette for favorite quotes, a poem, pics of friends or a sketch/drawing. Measure a piece of heavy duty paper—we especially like white and kraft color—that’s one inch longer and wider all around than your book when it’s open with both covers splayed out. Fold in sides of paper so that it is aligned on top and bottom of book. Fold over the covers of both books and tape to secure. You can also create fun book marks to keep track of your where you are in reading assignments. These downloadable ones that you add a decorative ribbon to work well on both textbooks and English class novels.

Folders

In addition, personalize your folders by marking up with strips of washi tape that comes in tons of fun colors and designs. Or go a more organized route with specialized printable labels that mark your subject front and center.

Friend Top 10

We love to celebrate everything—especially our friends. And we like to do it just a little more when international Friendship Day hits the calendar this month. And why not? Our friends are our go-tos for everything from secrets to sleepovers, giggles, shopping and more! Here, the top ten reasons to prove you are besties!

  1. You tell each other everything Including the same story, over and over again.
  2. Mi Casa su Casa. You are just as comfortable hanging out at her house with her family (and super cute older brother) as you are at/with yours.
  3. You think alike. You name it: clothes, movies, friends, boys—you are always on the same wavelength. And when you’re not, you appreciate what the other one thinks.
  4. You both are really happy for the other one’s success. There’s no weird jealousy between the two of you. You love how happy she gets when she gets good grades and she is your biggest cheerleader when you score big at dance competitions.
  5. She is the BEST gift giver. She just gets you
  6. Her lips are sealed. You can trust her with your deepest secrets and she knows she can trust you.
  7. She can always make you laugh. Even when you are having a yuck day, she can get a giggle from you—and you like to make her smile too.
  8. You can count on each other. Need help studying or doing an annoying chore? You are there for each other no matter what.
  9. You trust her opinion. Sometimes parents and siblings just don’t get it. But she does and you value what she has to say a lot.

It’s official. You’ve got the friendship bracelet to prove it—and they’re matching, of course, because you love the same things

Yoga 101

We think yoga rocks! For starters we love how good it is for us—mind, body and spirit. Doing yoga helps build strength, stamina, mindfulness and makes us super focus, which is good not only for school but all of our activities too. Plus we live for the clothes that come with it. The cutest and comfiest leggings are de rigueur so not only do you look super stylish but you also feel so good. They’re also so inspiring to go into a downward dog and chant a mantra. Never done yoga (only wear the clothes?)—we gotchu. Here, a super quick 101 to bring you up to speed so now you can look and play the part.

  1. Create a cool space to set the mood. Even if you don’t have a dedicated room, find a space in your home, like a little nook by a window with a view of a tree that makes you feel calm, and set up there.
  2. Get geared up. A yoga mat defines your space and don’t need to be pricey. Keep a water bottle nearby to hydrate and wear comfy, stretchy and cute clothes to feel inspired.
  3. Choose a mantra. The word mantra actually comes from the Sanskrit language that translates to “instrument of sound.” It is a word, sound or phrase that makes you happy or content and helps to focus during yoga or mediation. Some suggestions? Sweet, sweet life, yuuuum, friends are for life to name a few!
  4. Know basic poses. Even if you’re not one of our Sugar Lulu dance girls, that doesn’t mean you can’t strike a fabulous yoga pose. To familiarize yourself with some of the basic poses and techniques there are tons of books out there or just simply search on line. Some of the key terms to check out: Child’s Pose, Mountain Pose, Downward Dog, Warrior, Tree Pose, Bridge Pose (think back bend with no hands!), Triangle Pose, Seated Twist and Cobra.

Namaste.

Take Time to be Creative

Summer time typically means no school stress—even summer school tends to be less crazy than homework demands during the regular school year. Take some of that extra time and energy to be creative and inspired. Learn a new skill. Start focusing on a new hobby. Think about how you can make a difference.

Start by thinking about something you have always wanted to do but could not really spend enough time on. Or, look at an activity you have always admired someone else for taking part in. You certainly don’t have to master a skill—but that’s totally fab if you do!—just experiencing a part of it is an amazing start. Take dance for example: Just because your friends are at their studio 24/7, you can take one class over the summer or even teach yourself in your room by watching You Tube. Your efforts will feel oh-so good. Choreograph a dance…check!

Another feel good activity that really taps into your creative side is photography. Perfect landscape pics or some of your favorite peeps. Practice on a real camera or on your phone camera. You’d be surprised by all the likes and comments you’ll start getting!

And while we know it’s not time for school yet, enjoy a little free-form writing. If you are a journal keeper then you know what we mean. It’s fun to write about your day or your feelings. But take it one step further. Find a special notepad or notebook, just for this project. Try to turn your notes into a story. Come up with a title, develop your characters and if you want, share it with family and friends.

Then turn in your pencil and paper for a different kind of paper and markers and draw something special. Start with doodles if you want, then move on to something more like landscapes, a portrait, your favorite accessory. The only mistake you can make is to think your pieces have to be perfect, because they don’t. That’s the beauty in art.