Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Five!

Hello, Happy Friday, and Happy Halloween!

It's been a while, but let's catch up on five fun things that have been going on since you last heard from me. 

Did you know gorgeous flowers grew in volcanoes? Call me naive, but I did not know that. Until The Bouqs Company contacted me wanted to send me fresh flowers! Now I don't know any girl (other than one with horrible allergies) that would turn that offer down. 

Bouqs is an online company that ships beautiful fresh flowers straight from a volcano in South America or the coast of California straight to your home - for FREE! The shipping is free, that is, not the flowers. The bouquets from South America come in 3 different sizes, as well, ranging in price from $40 - $70. 

I ordered the Desperado bouquet and was so excited to open them when I arrived to work. I opened the package and followed the instructions on the box, which told me how to get the maximum life out of my bouquet. Ones you may or may not already know - cut the stems at an angle, discard any leaves lower than the water level as well as any "guard" petals, and keep in clean water, out of direct sunlight. 

Very, very impressed with this company and will definitely be using them again. 

Want to try Bouqs? Register on their site and you'll receive a 15% discount for your first order along with their already free shipping! 

I was so impressed my flowers and this company that I sent a bouquet of pink ranunculus to my friend, Jenny, for her 30th birthday! She received them on the 17th and she texted me last night saying that they were still blooming! 

Do you have an extra second to help my stinky dog? 
I entered him in a costume contest through his vet's Facebook page and he desperately needs your votes! The winning pup gets a day at the spa and just trust me when I say, he needs it. 

You don't have to "like" the FB page or even register to be able to vote, you just literally click this link and then click the box next to his picture! So easy and he needs all of the help he can get because he's losing by like 30 votes! Thanks, friends! 

Last week, Cameron had to go to Charlotte for a business meeting. Luckily my new job is super flexible so I was able to join him! We left a little after lunch time on Wednesday and came back Thursday after lunch. 

Wednesday night, we ate at Cowfish, which we had never been to before. It is a burger-sushi fusion restaurant, with a humongous menu. We started with the ahi tuna nachos, which were flavorul, light and very satisfying. Cameron ordered a "side" spinach salad, which was HUGE, and also ordered a roll off of the "Burgushi" menu. The Doug's Filet Roll which is basically a standard sushi roll filled with avocado, crab, and cream cheese, and is then topped with thinly sliced filet mignon. Yum! I ordered one of the bento boxes, which lets you try a little of everything. It came with a mini burger of the day (jalepeno cream cheese and fried jalepeno slices), 4 pieces of sushi, Thai cucumbers, edamame, and french fries. Needless to say, we were stuffed and said no thank you to dessert. 

Thursday morning, Cameron went to his meeting and I went browsing around the Southpark Mall (first time there!). I only had two hours to look around, and I didn't even put a dent in going to some of the stores that I wanted to. And actually the only thing that I bought for myself was a make-up brush...which I'm returning because I wound up not liking it. I did get some Christmas shopping done though!  

Once Cameron was done with his meeting, we met up with Beth and April for lunch at Bricktops. Another amazing restaurant! I ordered a salad with seared tuna on it, as I am on an obvious tuna kick. It's always so great to see these girls!

Two weekends ago, Cameron and I co-hosted a floating engagement party for our friends, Jenny and Justin, who are getting married in June! The weather was absolutely perfect that evening. We kept it simple with wings, turkey wraps, crab dip, and a cheese platter, along with beer and wine. Good times were had by all...and some more than others. :)

Last Saturday we celebrated my Aunt Cindy's 50th birthday at her and my uncle's house. We celebrated with her three favorite things: Carolina football (even though we lost), étouffée, and family/friends. 

Can't wait to see everyone's Halloween costumes!

PS - This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Heavy Heart.

I've never been good with words, especially when it comes to circumstances like this. 
So I will leave you with what Jenny posted on Tim's blog last night. 

"Last night, a little after 8pm, a large piece of my heart was forever crushed when Tim peacefully took his last breath surrounded by both of our families. It's still incredibly surreal and I'll never forget looking into his beautiful blue eyes that one last time.

As crazy as it sounds and felt at the time, from the first moment I saw Tim coaching on the Furman baseball field, I knew he was the man I was meant to marry. He loved me in a way that could never be matched, he wasn't just my husband and best friend, but an extension of me, of my soul, and filled a void that had always felt empty. 

He taught me the meaning of love throughout our ups and downs, of selflessness by being the strong one and calming and reassuring me in moments that were just as, if not more so, dark and scary for him, of kindness by always putting others before himself when even in these last few weeks he told me that he was more worried about me being left behind than him having to go, and he made me a stronger person. 

Many people have noted just how strong I've been throughout these trials, I'm truly not, it just appears that way when you are following in the shadow of someone as strong as my husband. It's Tim that has given me that strength and to be honest, I'm absolutely lost without him. He faced his disease head on, and never asked why, just said that if what he's going through could save one person then it was all worth it. The world is a much duller place without him. 

He fought valiantly until the very end and was noble and brave in his words and actions. He will always be my hero, my world, my heart.

Services for Tim will be held Saturday October 11, 2014 at 12:30PM at Greenville First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St. Greenville, SC. A reception celebrating Tim's life and legacy will follow. 

Tim never understood the point of flowers and because of that refused to ever send me any. For that reason, we are asking that in lieu of flowers you donate to the one organization Tim & I believe in the most, iTOR. We know that someday they will find a cure for this horrendous disease. Memorials can be made to 'GHS Cancer Institute ITOR'  Philanthropy Office, 300 E. McBee Ave,  Suite 503, Greenville, SC 29601"

Words cannot express how much you are loved and missed, Tim. 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday is Back!

Five things that are making me happy on this sunny Friday...

Brady got to go to work with me on Wednesday. Once a week I have to go out to my properties and do walk-throughs to look for issues, make sure contractors are working, etc. 

Came across this beast, then a few minutes later a turkey. 
Gotta love Kiawah's wildlife.

And took a stroll on the beach. 
I love his fluffy tail.

As you've all seen by now, Tory Burch is having their Friends & Fans sale today thru October 6th. 
Here's how to get the most bang for your buck:
-First, go through Ebates to receive 3% cash back
-Add that item you've been dying for to your cart and use the code FRIENDLIEST to receive 25% off your purchase.
-Check out using Paypal to receive free 2-day shipping!

This weekend, the low's are going to be in the low 50's! Where in the world did that come from?!? I'm not complaining though. Can't wait for some backyard fire pit fires. 

Now that it's out in the open, I'm so happy to announce that our friends, Jessica & Jason, are expecting a baby in early April! So excited for these two!!

Fresh flowers in the house

What are your plans for the weekend?
We're doing the Dream Center walk tomorrow morning (my grandmother volunteers there), watching a lot of football on Saturday, and ending the weekend with a family dinner at my parent's on Sunday. 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Help Brighten Tim's Day!

The saying is true - a little bit goes a long way. 

If you'd like to help brighten Tim's day by sending a card, drawing, whatever!, please send to the address below. Jenny & Tim really look forward to reading these everyday and they really lift Tim's spirit. 

Tim Bright
11 Don Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

You can also keep up with his updates here.

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