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New Product with Lucends

I’ve seen Lucinda’s beautiful work at many local shows, and loved every item! I’m so excited that I had an opportunity to work with her on this new collection of really fun office supplies! We’re excited to have four new products to share with you, available exclusively in the Sugar and Type Etsy shop! This is a total paper party, and a great way to organize in style. If you’re anything like me, organization is key. I use these notepads to make daily lists, and I totally enjoy crossing them off throughout the day. I love writing a fresh clean list each week (or day) and planning out my priorities, and the days ahead. We’ve also got folders, and a spiral notebook, perfect for journaling, or taking notes in class (okay fine, or more lists!). These items are now available for PRE-ORDER – products will be available mid-march, and they’re limited, so order now! I can’t wait to see how you rock your #stloveslucends products, be sure to share how you’re using them on social media!

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Valentines Day Coupon Printables

I’ve already told you how much I love Valentine’s Day in my last free printable, but I’m at it again! I couldn’t resist making some “love coupons” that don’t suck! I made a list of things I’d want in a coupon, and decided to just leave it blank so you could write your own!

DIY Valentines Coupon Printable
Yet another really easy one for you! Download the link at the bottom of this post, and print it on a heavy cardstock at home. There are crop marks included, so just cut it out, and fill in the blanks! I like to use an x-acto knife for cutting – the trick is to use a cutting board, sharp blade, and a ruler. The biggest tip for using a knife is to not cut all the way to the edges, just go right past the crop marks so that your marks stay intact, and your piece will pop right out, leaving one scrap to recycle. DIY Valentines Coupon Printable  DIY Valentines Coupon PrintableDIY Valentines Coupon Printable DIY Valentines Coupon Printable
What are you going to write as your coupon? Are you giving it to a friend, family member or significant other? I want to hear! Let me know on social media what you do with your coupons! I hope your day is filled with lots of chocolate! DIY Valentines Coupon Printable

Download the printable here and personalize your coupons!

Mr + Muse Coupon!

Valentines Day is right around the corner, and I’ve got a last minute idea for you! Mr + Muse is a new Men’s Underwear company, and they were kind enough to send my husband Gregg a pair of their Belinda Underwear for Valentine’s Day! Their products are a fun and personal way to give your man a little treat. Besides a beautifully designed product and packaging, the product is made in the US, and the company is an advocate of all fun, healthy and fulfilling relationships that bring people closer together.

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I have to say, this is a super fun gift for both of you :), and I was so impressed with the quality! I love that when you order online you can customize your message on the blue card, it makes for a really nice touch in the already cohesive packaging. The best part? Mr + Muse is offering my readers 30% off The Belinda this week, so order quick!

take 30% off your order of The Belinda with code “LoveIsSweet”

Mr + Muse gifted me this product after connecting with them about a previous order – all opinions are my own (and my husbands!)

Talking It Out with Ciera Design

I’ve been a fan of Ciera Design for a while, and it’s been great chatting with her a couple times here and there about being a freelancer. I was so excited when I signed up for a coaching session with her to talk about design, blogging, and balance. Talk It Out with Ciera Design

Ciera was AWESOME. It was so helpful to talk to someone who I could tell her been in my shoes, and that I was inspired by. Ciera was so easy to talk to, and helped me find clarity with the concerns I brought up during our first chat. I loved that we had both been in the exact same position, and she could totally relate to what I was feeling with my business. The best part was that Ciera helped me feel confident about staying authentic while trying to grow a small blog. She gave me some great advice, and I hung up the phone feeling ready and excited, instead of overwhelmed and over my head. Ciera is talented, kind, and a wonderful person to talk to. If you haven’t checked out Ciera’s blog, pop over to get some great DIY’s, design, travel tips, and more.

Valentines Trail Mix Printable

As much as Valentines Day is a “hallmark holiday”, it’s always been one of my favorites. Reason being, my mom’s birthday is the 12th, and she always spoiled us on valentines day and the whole week became a celebration of love. She’s pretty crafty so she had fun helping us make valentines and all things hearts. I wanted to make some easy and fun Valentine’s for my friends, and decided to stick with my latest craze – trail mix! It was so easy, and you can totally make it your own! Sugar and Type Valentines Day DIYThis was so easy! I first decided what I wanted to include in my trail mix. I wanted to keep it simple, and of course I wanted to use M&M’s (because they’re the best ever). I love pretzels, so those were a must as well, and raisins and peanuts make for a good sweet and salty mix.

What you need:
Trail Mix (make your own, get creative!)
Scissors
The Printable (I suggest printing on cardstock)
Stapler
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You can download the card, I updated it to have a “to” and “from” line so you can keep track of who you want to give them to! One of my favorite parts about this is you can really customize it if you have friends with allergies – they like candy too! Sugar and Type Valentines Day DIYSugar and Type Valentines Day DIYSugar and Type Valentines Day DIY Sugar and Type Valentines Day DIYSugar and Type Valentines Day DIYSugar and Type Valentines Day DIYThis DIY is so easy, that the hardest part is not eating all the food before you put it in the bag!

Download the label here

Nikki and Paul’s Florida Wedding

I have no idea how I didn’t share this earlier, but better late than never! I had the pleasure of working with Paul as him and Bash By Brenly crafted the most epic proposal last year. This couple had such a beautiful story and vision and they were so wonderful to work with. Amy and Jordan went to florida with them and took these incredible pictures of their big day! Be sure to check out more on Amy and Jordan’s site! I love how the invites looked with Kelly Place’s calligraphy!

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Indie Gift Box Necklace

Another post that’s way too late, but pretty great! You know my love for Indie Gift Box, and they asked me to send them some goodies for a photoshoot, so I immediately thought of my sister’s jewelry (which let me just say, is impossible to photograph). I was blown away by how fun the bubble necklace looks paired with other statement pieces, and immediately started layering my own! IMG_9165 IMG_9250 IMG_9270 IMG_9273 IMG_9279 IMG_9280 IMG_9297 IMG_9327 IMG_9332 IMG_9338 IMG_9340

Check out more jewelry from Danielle Sara here. She does tons of custom work so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Criticism

This week I watched Marie Forleos Marie TV on How to Insult Proof your Ego. The Question was about dealing with criticism when you’re putting yourself out there everyday in your own business. Marie said “criticism comes with creativity”. She dropped this quote from Aristotle, and it totally sat with me that day.

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I’m learning to embrace both the good and bad as an opportunity to learn, even if it’s learning that I really hate doing a certain type of project, or learning that I want to do something more often! Constructive criticism is great, and there’s not a chance you’ll see me just sitting back and doing nothing, so I’m sure I’ll be facing plenty of criticism in my life. Some of it is really great feedback, but it’s always better when it’s said in a nice way. I’m going to keep creating work, continue sharing it, and if someone doesn’t like it – that’s totally okay!! People can say whatever they want, but it doesn’t have to ruin your day.

Creative Crush: Jonathan Stiers

There’s nothing better than getting a love letter, so when Jonathan Stiers of Stiers Aesthetic emailed me to tell me he liked my work, I felt wonderful! I clicked on the link in his signature, and was blown away! I felt so complimented and couldn’t wait to chat more with this talented guy.stiers aesthetic on sugar and type stiers aesthetic on sugar and type stiers aesthetic on sugar and type stiers aesthetic on sugar and type stiers aesthetic on sugar and type stiers aesthetic on sugar and type

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS : Getting to share what I love and what inspires me – OH – and total creative control. :)

FAVORITE CANDY/TREAT : Ferrero Raffaello Almond Coconut Treats

WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND : I love food photography so I’m currently obsessing over “Donna Hay: The New Classics,” cookbook. It’s beautiful. The Kate Spade Melamine collection from Macy’s.  And I may have sipped on some of the Taylor Swift, “1989” Kool-aid. I think it’s laced with kittens and rainbows. Don’t judge.

WHY DO YOU BLOG : Working in the graphic design industry, design and photography have always been a passion. And while I’ve always loved food photography, I never had the opportunity to art direct many shots, where the sole focus was FOOD. I’d drool over issues of Bon Appétit and Food & Wine, wishing I had shot this and that, so a blog made sense. This allowed me to share the things I love, from restaurants to recipes to design AND would provide me with a creative outlet, outside of my day job. The only problem: I didn’t have a camera and I had never actually been the guy with the camera in his hand!

ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS :  Be a sponge. Learn all you can. Do the research and avoid taking shortcuts, just because “it’s easier.” Have a plan! Flying by the seat of yours pants is fun and all, until it isn’t. Map out your path, setting goals that give you something to work towards. Most importantly, be authentic.

WHO’S A FELLOW ENTREPRENEUR YOU’RE CRUSHING ON RIGHT NOW : Photographer, Chris Court.

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