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Monday, December 22, 2014

My Daisy

"Adopting a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative."

I remember when Daisy chose me.  She was about the size of a guinea pig and she was running circles around me in this tiny visiting room.  I was 27 and I had just started my first REAL job.  I needed a companion and I really wanted a Westie.  She stopped  for just a second to jump up on my knee.  During her brief pause, she also put her tiny teeth around my finger.  Not biting me, but just hard enough for me to realize that she picked me.  That was it.  I returned to pick her up that evening and the rest is history.

Yesterday, my baby of 17 years ran over the Rainbow Bridge where her companions from  years before were waiting for her.  I always knew it would be hard to lose her.  So hard, I knew, that I would deny it for a long time.  Yesterday morning, though, I knew it.  I pampered her all morning and held her until she took her last breath.  I feel lucky that she died at home in my arms as opposed to being at the vet.
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Daisy was many things.  A diva, a princess, a business partner, a celebrity in her own right.  She was my business logo and the recipient of gifts from all over. 

She only loved being outside if she was with me.
The portrait my dear friend painted of her.
Always by my side  in the studio during the Lulu and Daisy years.
The fabulous coat Jill Rappaport sent her from her new doggie line.
Daisy was a travelling pooch.  She'd visited many places including Atlanta, Folly Beach, Holden Beach, and was rarely left at home.  I'm going to miss her, but I am glad that she is no longer suffering the plights of old age.

Rest in Peace, my sweet Daisy.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Have You Heard BeauyCounter Yet?

I just hate it when my life becomes so busy that I put my blog on the back burner.  I think it has been, what, two weeks?  Ugh!  I feel so far behind and just after I was able to get into a good two-post-a-week rhythm. Ah, well, here I am and I've got a great new find for you today. 

This past week, I hosted a party for a dear friend who is embarking on a new endeavor with Beautycounter.  Have you heard of it yet?  The primary goal of Beautycounter is to bring safe products to everyone.  The beauty industry is one of the few that isn't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  I had no idea that was the case.  I had no idea that companies can use whatever they want in their products. Kind of gross, huh?

In Europe, there are 1300 banned ingredients in beauty products.  In the US, there are 11.   ELEVEN.  The US has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.  Um, no wonder cancer is everywhere.  Probably being caused by some mutation causing ingredient that we wash our hair with every day.   

Beautycounter has already banned 1500 ingredients from their products.  They are leading the charge and setting new health and safety standards in the US.  It's fabulous stuff for your body and face.  Every item I've tried smells and feels great!  I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what I want to purchase first.

They've got products for men, women, and children.
 Skin creams and shampoos and skin refreshers.
Turn back the hands of time with the Countertime line.  
are also items for the younger set who aren't quite ready for wrinkle fighting.
 The brand new make-up line is quite wonderful.  My favorites are the lip glosses, but especially the peppermint lip balm.
Truly, though, the body sugar scrub is divine.  Oh and the hint of citrus.  Just wonderful.  I encourage you to check it out online.  My party is still open and you can check it out here, if you're interested in trying it out. The price point is great, too.

I definitely give Beautycounter my personal seal of approval and will be working to switch over my beauty care line as I finish out current products.  I'll also tell you it's a great business opportunity, too.  If you have interest in working from home or making people feel and look their best, this is a great company to do just that!  My friend would be happy to speak to you about it, if you think you might be interested in joining her team or hosting a Beautycounter Social.  You can reach her here.
Please feel free to reach out to me, if you have questions.  I'm always happy to share my experiences.

Happy Monday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five on Friday

Ah, Friday, my old friend.  It's so good to see you again.  I have a terrible cold and I am in need of some good rest to get over this crud.  I haven't gotten good sleep the last few days and it's certainly tempting to stay home today.  I've got too much to do and I am sure that once I get moving, I will begin to feel better.

It's that magical day and time for 5 on Friday.


ONE
I spent Wednesday morning with 22 kindergarten kids at Parkview Elementary.  Working through Junior Achievement, I read stories to the kids teaching them responsibility.  The stories touched on financial responsibility, your responsibility to your community, and how to be helpful.  It was such a great experience.  Kids are very funny and they all seemed to have a great time working on our activities that went with each story.

TWO
I voted on Tuesday.  It was an important midterm election nationally and locally.  I don't think there is an excuse to not vote.  It's your right and your civic duty.

THREE
It's been a mild week, but I think it's supposed to cool down again.  I am really tired of having to have all seasons of clothing available to wear.  Ah, but such is life living in North Carolina.  Seems like one of the few places it will be 70 or great one day and snow the next.

FOUR
It's time to start thinking about the holidays.  My nephews kept asking where my Halloween decorations were and honestly, I don't have any.  I used to have a lot, but having moved twice in the last three years most of them didn't make it.  I've started to think about decorating for Christmas.  I didn't even put a tree up last year, so I would like to have something this year.  I haven't decided what I will do yet, but in the past I was always that person that put her tree up on November 1st.


FIVE
Getting back on track.  As soon as I feel better, I will back to the gym on a regular basis.  I can tell what a huge difference it makes when I don't go to the gym.
Here's my thought for the day:


Happy Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Focus on High Point: Tipsyz Tavern

I'm still stuck on food this week.  I can't help it.  I am a foodie, after all.  Hopefully, this weekend I will be able to get out and explore some of great shops in town.  Another one of my favorite spots in High Point is Tipsyz Tavern.  It's my favorite hole-in-the-wall burger joint a la High Point institution.  It's in the old Majorette building and for old timers here, we remember it as a place to get a cold beer and a good burger.

Tipsyz is slightly more upscale than the run-of-the-mill hole-in-the-wall.  They have a fabulous, varied menu that includes something for everyone.  I have a couple of favorites--BBQ Chicken Quesadilla, the Gouda Burger with a side of sweet potato fries, and their wings--specifically, the Spicy Teriyaki wings.  Mmm.  Oh, and the sauteed spinach.  A great side with anything.  Hamburgers galore, wraps, salads, and sandwiches.  I think I could go on and on about the food.

Photo Credit Tipsyz Facebook page

There's always a new item on special, too.  I've been hoping they'd put the Steak and Gouda quesadilla back on the menu.  Wow...with garlic aoli.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  I'm also a huge fan of Smoked Gouda, but this quesadilla was one that really stuck with me.

Just a few nights ago, I enjoyed a Gouda Burger.  Check out that sauteed spinach.
And we've always got to have tunes from the jukebox.

It's a great place to catch up with friends for a cold one after work, or grab a bite to eat for lunch, dinner or even late-night.


Tipsyz is also a great place to catch all the games on Saturdays and Sundays during football season.


Live music every weekend and never a cover charge.  They pull in great bands that get the crowd moving and shaking.  Below, these shots are from a night with Jaxon Jill.  



As if the food and fun weren't enough.....how about the homemade, yes, homemade, cakes and pies for dessert?  Sometimes you just need cake and these are fabulous.
Photo Credit Tipsyz Facebook page
Be on the lookout for Holly and Chris in the Tipsyz Food Truck, too.  Limited menu, but no limit on taste!  They are usually at most of the Food Truck Rodeos around the Triad, but if you are having an event call Chris and have them come to you.
Get on over and check them out on Facebook.  They've got menus, specials, and band line-ups published daily. 

Get out and enjoy Tipsyz tonight!
805 Westchester Drive
(On the corner of Westchester and West Lexington Avenue)

Happy Lil' Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Monday, November 3, 2014

What Weekend: Tricks, Treats, and Skeets

Another busy weekend in the books here.  It was full of fun, parades, candy, guns, bachelorettes, wine, and costumes. Fun, right?  Right!  It was a three-day weekend for me, though it surely doesn't feel that way this morning.  I'd like a few more three-day weekends. Good thing the holidays are coming up.

Friday morning, I slept late (just a tiny bit).  I got up, had a cup coffee and was off on my first Halloween adventure:  The HPFS Halloween Parade.  My baby niece and her brother were fighting crime as TMNT--Turtles in a Half Shell, while their sister was deck out in a My Little Pony outfit.  My oldest nephew dressed up as Abe Lincoln.  His costume choices are always great.
  The rest of the kids had to wait until that evening for treats and costumes.  The other two, dressed as General George Washington and a Bald Eagle (seriously, my sister slays me with her kids' costumes). 
I left the kids to trick or treat (and was also guilted by the oldest one for bailing on the trick-or-treating) to meet up with friends for dinner. Cold beer and good burgers were on tap for the evening.  More on that in Thursdays post.
Saturday morning, my baby sister and I headed up to Summerfield for Blasting with Boobs with some co-workers at Shane's Sporting Clays.  It was cold and rainy, but it was FUN!  I think I may have the shooting bug.  I don't want to kill anything (aka, go hunting), but I did enjoy the thrill of sporting clays.




And all of the fun we had, raised money for breast cancer through earlier.org.
Fun, food, auctions, shopping, all on one place.  It was a great way to spend a dreary morning!
Saturday night, we were headed out to meet up with my future sister-in-law's bachelorette party.  They started with vineyard tours at 2, but I just couldn't do everything.  My sisters and I met the gals at 6th and Vine in Winston-Salem. We had great food and good times with future family and good friends.

Thank goodness it was the weekend to FALL BACK!  I needed that extra hour of sleep after all this fun.  I have been fighting a cold for a few days and I needed a day to stay in bed and rest before it turns into something much worse.
How was your weekend?
Happy Monday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Linking up with Monday Morning Gossip and B Loved Boston today.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Five on Friday: Trick or Treat

Wow this week has flown by, hasn't it? I've taken today off and have already begun the Halloween celebrations.  Y'all, the holidays will be here before you know it!
It's that time of the week for Five on Friday!  It's almost lunchtime, but I've enjoyed relaxing today and taking my time to get to my post.  

ONE
This week was the last week of my job shadowing with Junior Achievement.  What a great experience with these young minds.  I think I enjoyed it as much as they did!
The gave all the mentors goody bags full of treats and included a note of gratitude.  I can't wait to do it again next year.

TWO
Feasts of Caring Girls Night Out
Our Junior League had a night to make pottery bowls o be sold at the Feasts of Caring Fundraiser for Open Door Ministry. Such a great cause and even more fun!
I think my bowl turned out well.  I won't be able to see the glaze that's put on it, but I'm sure it will be fabulous.

THREE
Did you check out my post yesterday?  Well, after our pottery fun, we headed up to Blue Rock for a quick bite to eat and a beevo (or three).  GNO's are always fun and I love hanging out with my JL gals!

FOUR
Last night, the JLHP had our fall membership recruitment social.  If you missed it or didn't know about it, but have an interest in the Junior League of High Point, please let me know.  It's a great group of women having fun together and making a difference right here in our community.


FIVE
This morning, EARLY, we headed over to HP Friends School for the annual Halloween Parade.  These cuties were having a ball, while Aunt Lollie (that's me) was freezing her tootie off!  I'm not happy that it's finally gotten cold, but at least it FEELS like Halloween!
Hope y'all have a fabulous Halloween.  Be Safe and enjoy all the little ghosts and goblins!

Happy Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Focus on High Point: BlueRock Pizza and Tap

If you live in High Point and you've never tried Blue Rock Pizza and Taps, in the words of the lovable USMC Private, Gomer Pyle, "For shame!  For shame!" You have no idea what you're missing.  And believe me, you ARE missing it!
Photo Courtesy of Blue Rock's Facebook Page
BRP, as we fondly refer to it in texts when planning a meet-up, is my favorite local hang-out.  The bar is huge, the beer is cold, the staff is friendly, and the food...oh the food.  I've never had anything that I didn't like.  They have live music (no cover) and you can't walk in there and NOT find at least one person you know.  It's what truly makes it a local favorite.

They've got weekly specials, so if you're on a budget, you can find a night that works for you.  Tuesdays are my favorite night for a meal for a deal:  $2 Lawnmowers and a large for the price of a small pizza.  DEAL!  In my personal opinion, any night a Blue Rock is a good night.
  
They have more than just pizza, too.  Great wings, great salads, lots of yummy appetizers.  Oh, and the nachos....some of the best I've had.
 My new favorite pizza is the Tennessee Jed.  Mango Jalapeno sauce as the base with chicken and more. It's so, so yummy.  I'm still thinking about the last time I had it and planning the next time I can get it.  YUM!
 My favorite wings are the Asian BBQ with the wasabi sauce.  When I crave wings...these are the ones I want!

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Rock Facebook Page
Blue Rock was our go-to spot for the World Cup this past summer.  The place would be packed in the middle of the afternoon to cheer on the US Men's team.  It was the perfect spot to cheer on the team with friends.  No matter where you stand, you could see the game on one of their many flat screens.

Did I mention the patio?  It is one of the few places in town where the patio isn't out front on the main roadway.  It's tucked in the corner of the parking lot.  A great spot to enjoy a good meal with friends and family.  BRP also has a dining room, though I've only eaten in there a few times.  I prefer the social atmosphere of the bar, especially the giant friendship bar.

Check out Blue Rock on Facebook for all the latest specials and band information.

The Focus on High Point posts aren't to review these local favorites, but to introduce you to these places in and around my hometown.  Ge out and enjoy what High Point has to offer!

Happy Lil' Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

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