Five on Friday!

Happiest Friday to you all! It’s been a good week but I am so ready for the weekend! Caroline’s Mickey Mouse birthday party is next weekend so you can find me gluing things, running errands and making grocery lists this weekend in between our scheduled events!

– one – SASSY WATER! I was reminded last weekend how much I love Sassy Water! The weeks leading up to my wedding I diligently drank Sassy Water to shed some last minute water weight. I had kind of forgotten about this tasty beverage until my friend May brought out a pitcher for us to drink while we were getting ready and told me she’d been drinking it all week too in preparation for the big day.

Why it works: Cucumber is natural diuretic, contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps the body release stored excess water. Ginger boosts metabolism, helps cleanse out your system and soothes your GI tract. Lemon juice also helps to cleanse and alkalize the body. Mint helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion.

This recipe also happens to be one of my top 5 most popular pins on Pinterest!

Sassy Water Recipe
original Carolina Charm post

Step 1. In a large pitcher combine:
8.5 cups water
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, sliced thin
1 large lemon, sliced thin
12 mint leaves

Step 2. Refrigerate overnight.

Step 3. In the morning strain and drink entire pitcher throughout the day.

Step 4: Repeat for 4 days in a row, trying your best to avoid other beverages!

Note: If you want to skip the hassle of straining your ingredients, try using an infusion pitcher instead! Also, I re-use my ingredients twice before I refresh them. 

Print recipe for Sassy Water.

– two – We celebrated Supper Club at Cristina’s house this month. For dinner she created the most incredible salad bar of all time…



 24 toppings. Unreal. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Cristina provided cute to-go containers for each girl to take a salad home too!

She knocked dessert out of the park too. A whole buffet dedicated to dessert. I’m so glad I’ve already hosted Supper Club this year so I don’t have to follow hers! You can find her 2015 Supper Club set up (here)!

 – three – Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I am ahead of the game for the first time in my life! In fact, I think I’m still feeling guilty from forgetting about Teacher Goody Day a few weeks ago so now I have an insane amount of calendar reminders set to prevent that from happening again. 

Each day next week requires some kind of gift – flower day, treat day, card day, etc. and with SEVEN teachers to surprise it can get expensive pretty quick. So I usually resort to thoughtful or clever ideas. This one goes down (in my opinion) as the most clever idea I could find on Pinterest that didn’t cost a fortune. The original idea I stole had a tag that said “I won the LOTTO” but I changed it to “jackpot” since it seemed more appropriate with a scratch off instead of a lotto ticket!

So “treat day” rounded out to about $15 total which is a real win (pun intended) in my book — 7 one dollar scratch offs ($7) + 2 packs of fun size 100 Grand candy bars ($4) + 2 packs of fun size PayDay candy bars ($4). Lucky me (again with the puns!), I already had the bags, twine and made the tags on PicMonkey. Although this gift only cost me a little more than two bucks a pop, ya never know, one lucky teacher could walk away with $7K! Ha!

four On Wednesday Thomas and Caroline’s school hosted “Muffins with Mom,” one of my favorite mornings of the year! We started in Caroline’s class, split a muffin, split another muffin, made a huge mess and then visited Thomas’s class for round two. 

Thomas actually out ate us both in muffins. He is such a machine these days which is a stark contrast to his picky sister.

We usually drop Caroline off to her class first but on occasion we let her come with us to drop Thomas off first so she can hug her old teachers and visit with the babies. This of course adds at least 20 minutes to drop off. Also, you can’t wear shoes in his class so she always knows to stop and put on her blue shoe covers first. So funny.

– five – For anyone looking to purchase the best gift ever for a two year old girl, look no further! Caroline is absolutely obsessed with her Little Cosmetics Makeup Set that Grandma and Grandpa gave her last weekend for her birthday. The makeup looks so real so she totally loves it. I keep it in my makeup drawer so we can “get ready” together in the mornings.

Thank you mom and dad for saving me from any more cracked bronzers and chewed up lipsticks!

Wanna join April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.) Write your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).

2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 

3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!






  1. Alicia Rowland
    April 29, 2016 / 11:44 am

    I can't wait to get this make-up set for my little one! She is OBSESSED with my makeup and turns 2 in June. Perfect gift!

  2. Hannah
    April 29, 2016 / 11:49 am

    That salad bar is amazing!!! Oh my goodness – I am so impressed! ~Hannah (

  3. Three boys and a girl blog
    April 29, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Mickey parties are so fun! My 2 year old was going to have a Mickey themed party and then his baby brother decided to come early and we had to cancel the party. I can't wait to see pics! I love your teacher gift idea. I'm going to have to copy that for our favorite teachers next week!! Happy Friday!

  4. Zelle B.
    April 29, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Caroline is too cute with her makeup set! And definitely trying the Sassy Water!ZelleSouthern Style

  5. Amy
    April 29, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    That salad bat looks ahhh-mazing! Have a great weekend!

  6. Ashley Dorey
    April 29, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    That makeup is adorable! Stella NEEDS that! 😉 And that supper club meal looks amazing. WOW.

  7. Hanging with the Hirsts
    April 29, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Moms and muffins looks like so much fun!! Love the little play makeup kit!! So adorable!

  8. Sierra: Beautifully Candid
    April 29, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I will definitely be trying that water out! We have muffins with mom next week. Looking forward to it 🙂 Beautifully Candid

  9. Jessica (The Newly)
    April 29, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    That makeup set is the cutest – I think Vivian definitely needs something like that! And pinning that water recipe asap!:)

  10. Brittany
    April 29, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Yes to that delicious water and the make up set! My almost two year old girl LOVES it (got it in her Easter basket!) happy Friday!

  11. Julie @ Just the Joy's
    April 29, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    That sassy water sounds amazing! Just pinned it! Also saved that makeup set to my Amazon wish list!

  12. Karli | Sept. Farm
    April 29, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    just purchased that makeup kit. it's going to be a life saver.

  13. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    April 29, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    That makeup set is too cute!! I need to try this Sassy Water – I'm trying to do better about cooking at home & so forth but, not doing so hot! Will def put that on the list though to try next week!

  14. Jenuine Happiness
    April 29, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Super club looked just stunning…and delicious 😉 I'm excited to see how the Micky Mouse Birthday goes! I like have a fun character theme. Six months to go before our little guy's second Birthday, but I've already got wheels turning in my mind!

  15. Paige
    April 29, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Your teacher gifts are perfect. I may copy it if I can pull it together!!

  16. Jess Deisher
    April 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Supper club is such a great idea! I'd love to try this with my girlfriends!!

  17. Brettni @ Bringing Up Brumfields
    April 29, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I would eat the entire bowl of avocados as my salad.

  18. Loren Lately
    April 30, 2016 / 1:24 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the teacher appreciation week idea….

  19. Strange Party
    April 30, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    My friend who also was maid of honor stumbled upon this place, a hidden gem, and we popped over right away to see if it had possibilities. On first look and we knew it was perfect. The view from wedding venues is to die for, and provided a breathtaking backdrop to the ceremony and then dinner.

  20. Sara Elizabeth
    April 30, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I saw your teacher gifts on SC! They are so cute!! That salad bar is amazing!!! I don't know if I could think of 24 things!!!

  21. Jena Marcantonio
    April 30, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I love everything about this post! That salad bar, though… what a spread! *insert heart eye emoji here*I'm a preschool teacher, so I love seeing snapshots of your kiddos' daycare. It seems like such a great centre. 🙂

  22. Susan Joehl
    May 1, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Love your blog and SO funny how much we have in common! We just got our daughter the exact makeup set AND I plan to do the lottery tickets for this week's Teacher Appreciation Week! Any chance you could send me the file with the attachment you have? Thanks!!! Susan

  23. Evelina
    May 2, 2016 / 1:44 am

    My mom is always telling me to drink her version of Sassy Water! She makes it basically the same as you, just minus the cucumber and ginger (which I will tell her to add!) The only other difference is that she drinks it warm. It's SO tasty!

  24. The Girl who Loved to Write
    May 2, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Ooh, I need to try the sassy water!

  25. Jo
    May 3, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Muffins with mom looks so cute and that toddler make up set is going on our wish list! Wish I had know about it just a tad earlier before L's bday! We just did Mickey for her 2nd too! Can't wait to see pics!

  26. piedad
    May 5, 2016 / 1:08 pm


  27. Mary McClelland
    May 6, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Amazing information about you week. You such a nice blogger with really awesome writing skills! Also i can recommend to you to read other bloggersTop Writers Reviews

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