we’re back

we’re back

Surprised to see us?  We took a year vacation!  Just kidding.  Life gets busy.  People have babies and start a handmade gift ETSY shop (Mandi!), people design kids clothes for the cutest online shop (Jenn!)…. So, as you can see we have had a lot going on.   But, we still get around 1,000 visits a day to our blog and some of you have expressed missing us….so we are back!   We are going to be realistic here and not promise posts every week….but we promise to not go MIA for a whole year again.  We have missed our Sunny Slide Up friends!


To celebrate being back on the blog and our 3rd birthday, we will be hosting a special giveaway.  More details to come later this week!


We have made some updates to our “Meet The Crew” page – take a look.  And to recap, we thought it would be fun to take a look at our most visited blog posts since we started about three years ago….




 1. chicken pot pie cupcakes 

Our chicken pot pie recipe is perfect for this time of year and with over a half of a million visits, we know you will enjoy these!


2. 10 easy fall appetizers

The cold weather is coming in, so don’t miss out on our ever popular 10 Easy Apps for Fall.
 easy fall appetizers


3. cheddar jalapeno chicken burgers with guacamole 

You guys love our recipes and this one is not to be missed!   This is one of Heather’s favorite meals.


4. easy calligraphy anyone can do

Mandi is a pro at calligraphy and she shares some great tips here.
DIY easy calligraphy



winner of borelli scarves giveaway

winner of borelli scarves giveaway

We hope you have had a chance to enter our Borelli Design Giveaway.   Before we announce the winner, let us tell you a little more about the awesomeness of Marissa Borelli and her company Borelli Designs.


Marissa Borelli’s fascination with combining fashion and athletics led her to work for companies such as lululemon athletica, Ralph Lauren, Swiss Army Victorinox, K-Active by Kerri Walsh and Green Apple Active. In 2011, she founded her own line of activewear, BORELLI Design.

Borelli Design debuted in 2011 with a high-performance, multi-use wrap that keeps active people warm, dry and looking stylish all day long. Enthusiastic customers soon asked for more Borelli styles for their everyday wardrobe. So they launched a second product — the Borelli Wrap Dress — in early 2012. It’s the perfect choice for everything from traveling or daycare pick-ups to date night with heels. Most recently, inspired by Marissa’s far-flung travels to India, St Barth and Vietnam, Borelli Design has introduced a second line — Drift — as a complement to the drirelease™ products. Now you can choose the one that best fits your life and sense of style.

Borelli Design Products

Borelli Design’s mission is to help active people rock it. They believe fashion and fitness are better together. They design products to help busy, fit people look their best while getting their glow on.

When she’s not helping clients build healthy brands, Marissa competes in half marathons and triathlons. She also loves to travel, bake for neighbors, and practice yoga. With an aesthetic that could be described as global, energetic and modern, Marissa brings a fresh and innovative approach to the active lifestyle market.   More recently, Marissa became a mom to two adorable little boys!

Mariss Borelli


The new fall line has some beautiful patterns.   View here: www.borellidesign.com/fall-2014


Borelli Deisgn Drift Infinity Scarf Fall 2014


Follow Marissa and Borelli Design:


Now…..Let’s get to our winner!  Congratulations  Linda Nelson, you have won the two Borelli Design scarves in our giveaway!  Please contact us with your mailing address so we can get you your winnings!  Linda went above and beyond sharing her fall day ideas as well as Borelli favorites!  Here is the winning board for your inspiration….  http://www.pinterest.com/lindahhi/scarves-everywhere-anytime/






southern belle dixie peaches couture giveaway

southern belle dixie peaches couture giveaway

We love us some Dixie Peaches Couture here over a Sunny Slide Up.  They helped us out with a giveaway last year during our birthday celebrations, and now they are back with another bundle of goodies for one of our lucky fans!  One lucky person will win one of all of the items below….

“In the south, pearls are a girl’s best friend.”
Southern Belle T-Shirt
(your choice of color)


“Southern Traditions Start Here”
Elephant Decal

elephant decal southern traditions dixie peaches

“Southern Traditions Start Here”
Elephant Koozie

elephant koozie southern traditions dixie peaches


Instagram giveaway

To be entered to win, you must:


meet corey from sans map

meet corey from sans map

Thanks to everyone that entered our Instagram Giveaway with Sans Map!  Congratulations to @rockstrmum for winning this awesome bag!
Sans Map Vintage Fabric Bags

Let’s get to know Corey, creator of Sans Map!

Q:  You have such an interesting name for your company.  Where did that come from?
A:  The name Sans Map, ‘sans’ meaning ‘without’ in French, means Without A Map. I’ve travelled a great deal and have lived in many different places (and countries) which has greatly influenced many aspects of who I am. My husband is French so a big part of my life is speaking the language and enjoying French culture. I’ve always lived in a way that isn’t overly planned or mapped out…living life as it comes, enjoying and embracing the unexpected paths in life!
Sans Map Bags Etsy
Q: How do you choose the fabrics for your bags?
A: I am always drawn to certain fabrics like wools, tweeds, natural fibers and woven fabrics. I often drive my decisions not by sight alone but by touch as well…Vintage fabrics (and garments that I repurpose) have a certain tactile quality to them that is hard to find in a fabric shop. I love searching for the diamonds in the rough.
Q: What’s your most popular, best-selling item?
A: My most popular item is my Messenger Bag. The perfect size and versatile to carry everyday!
Messenger BAg Sans Map
Q: You used to live in Brooklyn, NY.  What brought you to the south?
A: We really loved living in Brooklyn and were sad when we said our goodbyes…But life in the south offers us sunnier skies, more space to run and play and the opportunity to pursue our passions in a way that we couldn’t have in NY. Happy to have our feet land on this southern soil and looking forward to what the future brings!
Q: What is your favorite place to shop in Charlotte?
A: I spend a lot of time searching for fabrics and vintage garments to repurpose (and much less time shopping for myself!). I frequent the many thrift stores and vintage shops that Charlotte has in plenty.
Tassel Key Chains Made From Vintage Leather
Q: What’s your idea of the perfect day?
A: Life certainly is busy when you run a small business and have an energetic 2 year old boy!…so my perfect days are those that I can relax, spend time outside in the sun and fresh air and have nothing planned at all – foregoing the usual routines and letting the day take me wherever I please!
Corey Dergazarian Sans Map

Sans Map is my philosophy: living life as it comes, taking the uncharted path and embracing the unexpected.

Living life without a map…

Sans Map Clutch made from vintage leatehr and fabrics

follow Sans Map on:
instagram // @sans_map_bags
facebook // sans map bags
twitter // @sansmapbags
website // www.sansmap.com
blog // www.sansmap.wordpress.com
shop// https://www.etsy.com/shop/sansmap

Shop Sans Map in person at the following stores:
The Frock Shop – Charlotte, North Carolina
Better Than Jam – Brooklyn, New York
Coming Soon…. Ecolicious – Charlotte, NC
Coming Soon….Amanda Thompson Design at Alexander Scott – Charlotte, NC


Sans Map Coin Purse made with vintage fabrics

Thanks for letting me  be a part of your birthday celebration Sunny Slide Up!

Corey // Sans Map

sans map bag giveaway

sans map bag giveaway

Happy Birthday to us!  Here is a another gift for you!  A fabulous bag from Sans Map….

Sans Map Banner

SansMap bag made with vintage fabric and leather

This zippered pouch is made from a vintage Pendleton wool skirt in purple plaid. Lined with organic grey cotton, it’s a great size for makeup or cosmetics and could have many other storage uses.

– Pendleton wool exterior (repurposed)
– Turquoise fabric accent
– Organic grey cotton interior
– Ykk brass zipper
– Leather zipper pull

9.5″ W x 5.5″ H

Sans Map specializes in handcrafted bags made from vintage, repurposed, reclaimed and eco-conscious fabrics and leathers.  Each and every bag is designed, cut and sewn from start to finish by owner Corey in her sunny studio in Charlotte, NC.  Want to find out more? Visit www.etsy.com/shop/sansmap

Sans Map Bag Giveaway Detail


Instagram giveaway

To be entered to win, you must:

1) Follow @SunnySlideUp – www.instagram.com/sunnyslideup AND @sans_map_bags – www.instagram.com/sans_map_bags on Instagram.


2) Repost the image below to your Instagram account with the hashtag #ssugiveaway

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 10/16/14.  Winner will be chosen at random and announced on the morning of 10/17/14 on this blog.  Winner must provide shipping address within the continental United States.





10 easy diy party decor ideas

10 easy diy party decor ideas

You know we all love a party over here on Sunny Slide Up!  Since we are celebrating our birthday, I thought it was only appropriate to gather some easy DIY party decor ideas.   Check out our Pinterest board “Party On” for even more great ideas!


10 Easy DIY Party Decor Ideas

1. DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland – Creative Bag

diy tissue paper garland


2. DIY Ribbon Chandelier – Every Last Detail

diy ribbon chandelier

3. DIY Metallic Stroke Balloons – Design Love Fest

diy mettalic balloons

4. DIY Blooming Letters – Urbanic Paper

diy blooming letters

5. DIY Paper Chain Background – Floridian

diy paper chain bakcground

6. DIY Spray Painted Metal Folding Chairs – The Moon and Me

spray paint metal folding chairs

7. DIY – Pom Pom Branches – Wayaiulandia

Pom Pom Party Branches DIY

8. DIY Number (or Letter) Photo Display – Just Imagine 

diy number or letter photo display

9. DIY Sidewalk/Driveway Party Art – Guerrilla Weddings

DIY Sidewalk Driveway Party Art

10.  Washi Tape Everything! – I Heart Nap Time


You know how I love washi tape so much.

I’m in the mood to throw a party now!  Speaking of parties, we are throwing one big party here on Sunny Slide Up for the month of October as our blog turns 2!  Be sure to keep a lookout for giveaways all month long!


Heather Johnson - The Creative Stack

george&fran giveaway

george&fran giveaway

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. And then sometimes, you start your own clothing line. First things first, I’d like to ask your forgiveness for such a desolate existence on our Sunny Slide Up blog but when you’re being a nut, or not, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important – you guys. Having said that, I’d like to introduce you to www.georgeandfran.com

That’s right, I did it. I feel like Andy Samberg when he was on that boat – anything is possible. Of course, I couldn’t have done it alone so let me get my “thank yous” out of the way. Without my two beautiful models, Dyce Danger and Decker Darling there would be no one to try my clothes on and take pictures of. Perhaps the best part of their support is the fact that they have no choice. And, without the love/support/charming-good-looks of my husband, Brad, there would be no one there to listen to me tell stories of how difficult designing (and sewing) clothes can actually be. Plus all those irresistible little drawings you see on our website… straight from his dome.

George and Fran baby model pants

We went live on September 1st and without question this has been the most nerve-wracking/stressful/soulful/exciting/rewarding month of my life. I love writing and it’s always been such a great outlet for me but I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Having gone to college to study the fine arts I wanted something people could see, not just read. I never thought of myself as a great writer but then again, I never thought of myself as a great sewer either. So, left armed with nothing more than desire and commitment I set out to develop a whole new set of skills and options for parents wanting their children to stand out in a crowd.

Our slogan is “for the offbeat child” because that’s our dream(s) for our children and that’s what we want to encourage in other parents. In a world of normalcy, we want to be there for those folks that try to break the mold. To borrow a quote from Chris Martin, “we live in a beautiful world” and we’re just trying to do our part to make it prettier.

In the spirit of making things pretty, I’d like to tell you guys about a giveaway we’re offering here on Sunny Slide Up to celebrate two amazing years of awesomeness!

See illustrious illustrations below for more details and as always, read more Sunny Slide Up and outfit your children in more George & Fran.

Love, Jenn. XOXO



One lucky fan will win:
Metallic Leopard Print Elastic Headband Set ($12.00 value) and Mod Leopard Leggings ($36.00 value)
from George & Fran new kids fashion line!



it’s our birthday! let’s celebrate

it’s our birthday! let’s celebrate

October is here, and that means it’s our Sunny Slide Up birthday month!  Our blog turns 2 this year – and what an awesome past two years it has been.  You remember what we did last year?  We like to celebrate by giving gifts to YOU, our fans …..so let’s celebrate with a month of giveaways!



Be sure to subscribe to the blog (see top left of sidebar) and follow us on social media –  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Be on the lookout for giveaway announcements all month long!   We have some great goodies planned to gift to you. (more…)

bucketfeet – artist designed shoes

bucketfeet – artist designed shoes

You remember our pal Laura Dro from a pretty sweet giveaway we had a while back?  She is an amazing artist, and now her art is on shoes!  This image popped up on my Instagram feed the other day. Love those shoes!  I did a little more digging around to find out more about this Bucketfeet company.

Laura Dro Designs For BucketFeet


BucketFeet Shoe Logo


Their mission is to connect people through art. They collaborate with artists from around the world to create products (more…)