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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

Monday, October 27, 2014

What Weekend?

Wow!  This weekend FLEW by!  I'd like to have a few more days, please.  I have a long weekend next weekend.  I've taken Friday off so I can go see my niece and nephew's school parade and do the fun Halloween stuff with them.  For the most part, this weekend was low-key.

Friday night, we headed up to Blue Rock for some cold beers and good pizza.  The Tennessee Jed is now my absolute favorite pizza.  I highly recommend it!




Saturday, I hit up Fit Club then the gym for some Cardio.  We quickly followed up our workout with a quick trip to PetsMart and then a yummy lunch at The Dog House.  Gigi needed a warm place to sleep, as she's been a regular on the sectional since we moved.  I'm fine with it, but sure the leather cannot be warm. 



The Dog House is a High Point institution and the best hot dogs and fried Bologna around.  Don't forget your Cheerwine with it, too.


My regular order of Two Dogs Slaw
Saturday night, we celebrated the union of two good friends. While I won't share with you the intimate details, I will share the Photo Booth fun we had.  Nothing says fun like an open bar and a photo booth.  We obviously needed one round of practice before we knew what we were doing.


Sunday was low-key.  Had a few do-drop-ins by the house to pick up cookbooks.  So much fun to catch up with these friends I haven't seen in a while.  Then I had someone drop by to give me something.....some fabulous skin care products.  Can't wait to try them, because you know I'm going to give a full report on the products.  I fully expect to look 25 by Thanksgiving!  I'm so optimistic.

This weekend was full of friends and fun, but now I'm so tired.  I have a full week on the books, too.  I think I'm ready for the holidays so I can relax. At least I have a four-day work week.

Happy Monday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday

This week has been full of fun and friends.  I'm exhausted from being on the go so much.  No matter, because it was fun!

 It's time for Five on Friday!

1.  Meeting Mayoral Candidate Marcus Brandon Sunday night.  Great guy with great vision for High Point!
 

2.  The Madcap Opening Party.
Fun, food, friends, and fabulous home fashions.  Very hard to beat this fun shop located in the heart of High Point.  I'll be featuring the shop on the blog soon, so stay tuned!


3. Junior Achievement.
Next week is my last week with these five fabulous kids.  I never knew that mentoring kids would be so much fun.  I'm grateful my boss asked me to participate this year.  It's been a better experience than I ever imagined.

4.  These guys and girl.
They've brought fun and smiles and the kick in the pants HP needs to get moving into the 21st century.  Oh, and she's my oldest friend---really my sister from another mother.  Still together after all these years!  So glad Jason Oliver and John enjoy hanging out with us.

Photo Credit:  Elizabeth Lynch
 5.  Meeting Alexander Julian and his wife.
They are both as nice and kind as you would want them to be.  Incredibly funny, too.  Such a special event that I was lucky enough to be invited to attend.

6.  Yes, I actually have 6.  I mentioned it was a busy week, right? Well, having the opportunity to meet with Libby Langdon is pretty high up on my list.  Libby is originally from High Point and we all grew up playing together.  I hadn't seen her in 30 years or more.  We had a great meeting and I'm looking forward to working with her.
She'll be on the Today Show this morning, with KL and Hoda, too!
Photo Credit:  LibbyLangdon.com
It was a really busy week.  I'm looking forward to the weekend and doing NOTHING!  Well, as close to nothing as possible.  I have a few things going on, of course.

Happy Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Focus on High Point: Lily and Theo's Posh Pineapple

Good Thursday morning!  It's chilly here this morning and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I miss summer.  It's been a busy week for me and I can hardly believe it's Thursday!

I've been wanting to start a weekly post to feature fabulous places in High Point. Kind of like I've been wanting to blog more than once or twice a week (we see how well that's going).  Lately, I've been spending more time downtown and more time talking about the revitalization we need in the HEART of High Point.  

Today, I'm featuring the fabulous Lily and Theo's Posh Pineapple located on Kivett Drive, just off Main Street.  This shop is fabulous and something we've needed in High Point for a long time. There is something for everyone.  I buy something (needed or not) almost every time I stop by.

The last time I was in, she had added fabulous pottery pieces by Dawn Ashby.  Dawn is a local artist from Greensboro.  I have been a fan of Dawn's for a long time.  I've go several of her ornaments on my Christmas tree and a fabulous platter on display in my living room.

Need a baby gift?  They've got you covered!  Kelly Rightsell prints, and adorable line of clothes and princess frames make perfect gifts.
Lots of great home accessories, too.  The eggplant candlesticks are DIVINE!


Need a new piece for your wardrobe?  They've got you covered with some of the latest fashions.  I'm LOVING these elephants.
Need an invitation?  New Stationary?  They have a great selection of invitations, note cards, and note pads.  Printing available, too!


New this trip are these fabulous, hand-painted pillows by another local artist.  I love that they support local artists.
Another new item, these wonderful bracelets.  Do you know which one is my favorite?  Of course, it's the pearl!


A full line of acrylic jewelry, too.  Monogrammed necklaces, earrings, and more!  I LOVE this NC necklace.  It's on my wish list for sure.  Lilly and Theo's also carries the Junior League of High Point's Furniture City Feasts Restored cookbook.  If you don't have one, you need one.  It's a book full of yummy!
Stop in and see Litsa today and see what kind of fabulous you can find today.
If you're on Facebook, get on over and like their Facebook page for the latest and greatest items in the shop.  

Lily and Theo's Posh Pineapple
106 W. Kivett Drive
High Point, NC

In case you're worried about parking, I always park behind the building in the back of the Huffman Koos and walk up Kivett.  You can always park in front of Jimmy's Pizza, though.  Get on by and Support Local!

Happy Thursday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Weekend?

Happy Monday, y'all.  It's hard to believe we've got another weekend in the books and only ONE full one left for October.  This weekend went by fast.  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.
 
We started out with a little dinner party at our house on Friday night.  Good food, good friends, and cold beverages are always a bonus.
 
Saturday, I got up and headed back to Fit Club.  Got my work out on and had fun with some great gals.  Saturday afternoon, my friend Elizabeth, picked me up to go do some volunteer work with the Junior League of High Point.  Saturday's fun was with Out of the Garden.  We stuffed bags for back packs for kids.  The program helps kids who are on free or reduced lunch who may not get a meal on the weekends.  I love feeding people in need and this project was so much fun.
 
We were having our own little "pretend" competition with the other table. We're certainly think we won. HA!

We packed 500 bags in the two hours we were there. Knowing we've fed that many kids in the course of 2 hours is exciting.

 
I may or may not be a little OCD.  I was making sure we had all the good we needed to pack and making sure it was organized.
 


Sunday was full of adventure, too. A trip to the grocery store, a trip BACK to the gym. Yes, I finally graced the doors of the gym, too. I am getting my fitness mojo back. Knowing I've put on 9 pounds (and knowing you now know it, too) is just the motivation I need. That, and an encouraging word from my girl, Abby, on Saturday morning.
Sunday night, I dressed up and headed out to the Madcap Cottage Grand Opening and Open House in downtown High Point. Over the last several months, I've become friends with Jason and John and wanted to be there to support them. It was the cream of the crop, too!
We were all greeted by Creative Director, Robert Leleux, of Domino, as well as a gracious as always Jason Oliver Nixon. Domino Magazine was their big sponsor and they loved that the spotlight was on High Point.

The crowd was quite large through the majority of the party with designers, friends, and High Point natives all in attendance.


Don't forget the fabulous music and disco ball, too! I think I lost my train of thought mid-conversation several times due to a song that came on--taking me back to my youth in the 80's. What a great party soundtrack!

The crowd was so large, in fact, that it began to spill out into the driveway. Jason and I laughed about the party in the driveway, but I told him this was quite common in the South. We like to stand around in our driveways and have cocktails.


Even their good friend and fellow designer, Thom Felicia, stopped in for some fun.

And it wouldn't be a High Point party without a little campaigning. Marcus Brandon is the hardest working man running for office in High Point. If you haven't met him, give him a call or check him out on Facebook.


I would love to say I stayed for the end, but the party invite said 5 - 7:30 and at 8:45 it was still abuzz. I had to get on home for dinner and bed. It was a huge success, if I do say so myself. Congratulations to you, Jason Oliver and John. We are so glad you've made High Point your home.

How was your weekend?
xoxo,
Laurie

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