Five on Friday: A Link-up!

It’s my favorite day of the week – Friday! I look forward to this link-up all week long. Thanks to everyone who has been participating! It’s been so fun reading your posts and “meeting” you! I’ve found some crazy amazing blogs through the link-up.  So here we go…

 – ONE – Remember how I said last week that I was going to get over my sewing fear and finally open up my dusty sewing machine? Well I did it! I loved it. And I may or may not have stayed up until 1 a.m. finishing my first project – a fiesta garland for our party next month.I picked up this little folding table from Walmart for $8 so I didn’t have to use my coffee table. More details on the fiesta banner to come post-party…– TWO – You know those gorgeous ferns hanging from our porch {here}? Well, I killed them – and kind of on purpose. You see, this cute lil family of birds came to live in them and we didn’t have the heart to bother them by shoving a watering can into their house, so we let them turn brown and crispy. I’m sure our neighbors hated us for awhile. They were such an eyesore. Anyway, the birds either had their babies and flew away, or they thought their house was so ugly that they move somewhere else. Regardless, I’ve been on a fern revival mission the past few weeks. I found an awesome fern pin and it’s been working like a charm…

The trick: every couple of days submerge your ferns in a large bucket filled with 1/2 cup of epsom salts and 3 gallons of water until the soil stops bubbling. Then hang up to drip dry.

– THREE – Angel Food Bundt Cake with chocolate and butterscotch chips. Yep, this happened this week! It’s not the prettiest cake I’ve made but it sure is delicious. Next time I think I’ll throw the chips in half way through the baking process so they don’t immediately sink to the bottom {top}.– FOUR – A little “Welcome Gift” for my newest coworker’s first day!Nail polish, EOS chapstick, my favorite Sharpie pens & gum – all in a cute mason jar tumbler.

– FIVE –  We are camping in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend! One of my top 5 favorite things to do {and the reason why I moved to NC}, I am hoping the rain holds up for us.

S’more granola, campfire, stars, fresh air and lots of happy trees? YES – take me there now!Our snacks are packed and ready to go!S’more Granola: granola, mini marshmallows & dark chocolate M&Ms!



  1. Laurie Tester
    July 19, 2013 / 11:29 am

    Love the Welcome Jar of treats and the S'mores Granola! Great ideas!

  2. Jen
    July 19, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Your fiesta garland is absolutely adorable! It WILL be a hit at your party! I love your little mason jar gift! Mason jars just make everything more fun, right?!? And the S'mores granola…. Ummmm, YUM!!! Have a fun weekend!

  3. Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often
    July 19, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    That co-worker gift is so cute! I lvoe camping too and I am sure the Granola S'Mores will be a huge hit! Have a great weekend!

  4. Libby
    July 19, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    What a sweet new coworker gift! Being new can be scary, and I am sure that will make them feel right at home 🙂 Also, that granola s'mores sounds delicious. You're so creative!

  5. Ashley {Whole Foods New Body}
    July 19, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Granola Smores…omg…sounds delicious!!!

  6. the girl in the red shoes
    July 19, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    s'more granola! Yes please! You always have the best 5 on Friday posts. We've had plants die because of bird's nests too….I would much rather have that happen then have the birdies kicked out of their nest! Have a great weekend!

  7. April of A. Liz Adventures
    July 19, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    This is one of my favorite 5 On Fridays of yours because there is just SO.MUCH.GOODNESS here! The banner is to die for … and gracious, can you hire me just so I can get a first day gift?! If it were my first day on a new job and I was given that, I would feel so welcome. What a thoughtful coworker you are!

  8. DeAnna Stephens
    July 19, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    Where are you camping?? We'll be in the Blue Ridge too! VA though!

  9. SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph
    July 19, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    I love that welcome gift. Great idea!

  10. Shannon
    July 19, 2013 / 1:37 pm

    Can't wait to see the finished fiesta banner and the fun party that is sure to follow! That is such a sweet gift- what a fun first day for your coworker. Have a great weekend!

  11. A Thousand Words
    July 19, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    That s'mores granola is so cute and looks delicious!

  12. Tess
    July 19, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    The S'mores granola looks To. Die. For. – think I could get away with making it and camping in the living room to enjoy it??

  13. megan
    July 19, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    Love that garland! That would be super easy and cheap to make for the baby shower I'm hosting next month! And that new co-worker gift? Adorable!

  14. Colleen Sullivan
    July 19, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    Your garland looks fantastic! Did you cut all the paper yourself? Labor of love! I love that you always use your own photos on your blog. It's so fun that way and your pictures are always so pretty! Have a great time camping!

    • Carolina Charm
      July 19, 2013 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks friend! Oh yes, truly a labor of love. I think I cut 2,500 paper rectangles for (2) 20 foot garlands! And the photos are a lot of work, but totally worth it! 🙂

  15. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    July 19, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    YAY for sewing! get it girl! have a blast tomorrow! XOXO

  16. Katie
    July 19, 2013 / 3:13 pm

    Loving the garland! And that welcome gift is too cute!!xo,

  17. Carolyn
    July 19, 2013 / 3:53 pm

    Where did you get the mason jar tumbler from?? So cute, and it's exactly what I've been looking for to drink my morning smoothie!

    • Carolina Charm
      July 23, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      It's from TJ Maxx. I've also seen them at Marshalls! 🙂

  18. Ashley @ Fancy Ashley
    July 19, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    The garland is so cute!!! LOVE IT! The granola looks so yummy!!!!!! Happy weekend! xo!

  19. Life with Elizabeth
    July 19, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Love how you've revived your ferns. And that garland – so cute!

  20. A Wedding Story
    July 19, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    I sewed a fun garland with circles for my daughter's first bday. It's amazing how something so easy and cheap makes such a bold statement!!

  21. Sara
    July 19, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    I love that garland. I never think of using my sewing machine for things like sewing paper, but that's genius! And I'm totally drooling over your smores granola. YUM.

  22. Molly
    July 19, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    The bundt cake looks really delicious. You can toss the chocolate chips with some flour before adding them in and that will help them from sinking to the bottom. That usually works when I'm making bread or muffins with chocolate chips, so I'd think it would work with a cake.

    • Melissa Sikorski
      July 19, 2013 / 8:38 pm

      Yep I was going to say the same thing! Toss your chips in flour before adding them to the batter and they will not sink.

  23. Brianne Bracco
    July 19, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    The welcome gift is such a cute idea! And love the smore granola for your camping trip!! Have fun this weekend!!!

  24. Jenny {}
    July 19, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    Am loving the garland you're sewing. Congrats on finally putting your machine to use. SO need that table. I always end up at the dining room table and my children get into my projects. Will have to be on the lookout the next time I'm at Wal-Mart.Hope you have a great weekend!

  25. Natasha
    July 19, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    this post has me all kinds of excited!!! one. that banner is ADORBS!two. i am an avid fern killer :(three. that welcome gift is WAY SWEET. i am going to steal that idea for a little happy gift for someone. four. can you send that granola to me?? that sounds RIGHT up my alley!!

  26. Tylersmom51304
    July 20, 2013 / 3:51 am

    Where on earth did you get the A D O R A B L E mason drinking jar? Those are so cute !!! TO die for !

    • Carolina Charm
      July 23, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      It's from TJ Maxx. I've also seen them at Marshalls! 🙂

  27. rachel
    July 20, 2013 / 5:06 am

    YUM on the s'more granola! I'm on such a s'mores kick these days.DYING over that adorable garland and so excited to see your fiesta details. You truly get the award for best party planner/hostess. Can I be you when I grow up? :)Have a fabulous weekend!

  28. beth
    July 21, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    i love the welcome gift idea, it's so thoughtful! i'll definitely be doing that next time we bring someone new on board at work.

  29. Gifted Gabber
    July 22, 2013 / 3:42 am

    All five of your picks are awesome, but number 1 and number 4 rock!! I may have to steal the idea for a welcome gift for coworkers! So sweet and "southern belle" of you. 🙂 Love the fiesta garland. Hopefully, you will post picks of it hanging up at your party!

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