Five on Friday: A Link-up!

So this week has been insane! Let me explain in airport codes: CLT > JAX > MCO > CHS! And all of that happened by Wednesday evening. Whew! Let’s take a closer look into this crazy amazing week…

– ONE –  Since I’ve been living out of {multiple} suitcases I should fill you in on my new favorite travel accessory – the Morgan Paisley Pull Apart Cosmetic Bag from Target.

I am a cosmetic bag junkie. You can get me to purchase anything if it comes with a free bag. So it comes as no surprise that I have a large bin of bags in my closet. However, packing my suitcase was becoming ridiculous. I mean…

Yeah, I am slightly embarrassed. Thankfully my new all-in-one bag makes packing a breeze and going through airport security a lot less awkward.


– TWO – The first two days this week I took a quick business trip down to Florida. I don’t have to travel often for work, but when I do I hate leaving Matt and Charlie back home. But you know what I don’t hate? Not prepping, cooking and cleaning up dinner! Even better, having dinner delivered to my door after a hard workout at the gym.

{grilled grouper salad & veggies}

– THREE – For Grandpa’s 82nd birthday I surprised him with a quick visit. In typical fashion we went out to his favorite {and only place he will go} restaurant, Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar. In 18 hours we dined there twice and had drinks on the deck once. The staff there absolutely adore him and they fight over who gets to wait on him. It is so sweet and he feels like such a celebrity – so many hugs and kisses from the pretty little waitresses.

 Using some of my leftover fiesta decor I decorated Grandpa’s condo after he went to bed so he would wake up to a little birthday surprise.

– FOUR – Wednesday night I flew into Charleston to spend the rest of the week with Matt’s family for a relaxing vacation in Folly Beach. It has been so nice walking up without an alarm, soaking up the sun, pretending I’m not on a diet and relaxing by the ocean! Here’s a little peek into our Folly Beach vacation…

{the back of the beach house}

{After an early morning run, Matt and I enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise from the Lighthouse Inlet}


– FIVE – My vacation pedi in new favorite OPI summer color – Cajun Shrimp!

{please disregard my weird toes}


Wanna join  Darci, 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 above 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!

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  1. [darci @ the good life]
    August 9, 2013 / 11:19 am

    You have been a busy girl!!! Sounds like a wonderful week!And happy birthday to your sweet grandma…. love that you had dinner with him and decorated his condo so he could wake up to some birthday cheer! You are truly so very thoughtful!Your vacay looks amazing – so glad y'all are enjoying some downtime with family! Hope y'all are staying through the weekend!

  2. Kasey Sutgrey
    August 9, 2013 / 11:35 am

    Love that travel makeup bag! You are so sweet for decorating for his birthday, it seems like you really know how to make your loved ones feel special!!!

  3. Katie
    August 9, 2013 / 11:56 am

    Definitely looks like a busy, and yet pleasant week. Your grandpa is adorable. I love the pics of you and him. Also very jealous that you got to go to Charleston this week. It's one of my favorite places.

  4. Courtney W.
    August 9, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    Such a fun week of traveling! When I was a flight attendant I used to live my weeks by airport codes {and still do, thanks to my husband!}. Folly Beach looks absolutely gorgeous – I cannot wait to visit there this year!

  5. Allison
    August 9, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    Wow, that does sound like a crazy week! So sweet that you were able to spend some time with your grandpa for his birthday 🙂 I love Charleston… I've only been once but I'm dying to go back!

  6. DeAnna Stephens
    August 9, 2013 / 12:33 pm

    So special that you got to spend your Grandpa's 82nd birthday with him! Have fun at the beach. I love Folly!

  7. megan
    August 9, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Aww I remember your granddad from last time you visited him and you spoke about that restaurant. I just love it! Had no idea you were in Charleston!

  8. KatiePerk
    August 9, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    Enjoy Folly! Cute toenails!

  9. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    August 9, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    Lots of fun travel! Cajun Shrimp is a good go to! How do your travel with your jewelry? That is still one I am trying to find the perfect solution for…

  10. Heidi
    August 9, 2013 / 1:20 pm

    You are so sweet! I bet the decorating made your grandpa so happy!I am dreaming of going to Charleston so keep those pics coming! 🙂

  11. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    August 9, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    oh my gosh. you and your grandpa are too cute. i seriously got teary eyed about you decorating his condo – too sweet! have so much fun on vacay – you deserve a break, girl! xoxo

  12. April of A. Liz Adventures
    August 9, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    You are one travelin' mama! That is so awesome that your grandfather is still in your life. So very special! Have a BLAST in Folly, one of my favorite places of all time, and make sure to check out the crepe truck for breakfast one morning!

  13. B.
    August 9, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    You are adorable. I too love those bags and collect them….. I mean, I need them and use an assortment! Beach vacation looks so relaxing!

  14. the girl in the red shoes
    August 9, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    You are the sweetest granddaughter ever! And how cute is your grandpa!?!??! Enjoy the rest of your vacation…eat something yummy for me!

  15. Bekah Walsh
    August 9, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    I love hearing about your grandfather and his favorite spot…so stinkin' cute!

  16. Maran (HeyHawleywood)
    August 9, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    I need the low down on Folly sometime. We normally go to Isle of Palms but it's becoming WAY too crowded and we have heard great things about Folly. And your grandpa is too cute for words!

  17. Colleen Sullivan
    August 9, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    you are the sweetest granddaughter ever!! I would miss home after all that traveling too!

  18. sarah strick
    August 9, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    oh, how great minds think alike! i just posted about cajun shrimp yesterday–love that color! looks fab :)<3 in aot

  19. Tess
    August 9, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    What a great week! Your grandpa is too cute, and I love that you decorated his condo for him – that is so stinkin' cute! He looks great for his age!And, that house in Folley beach? SWOON!

    August 9, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    Wow!!!! Busy week!!! That is awesome you were able to spend that time with your grandfather! I feel so blessed that my grandparents are still in our lives too! Hope you have the best weekend! xo

  21. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    August 9, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Awe how sweet of you to do that for your grandpa!! Love!

  22. Natalie
    August 9, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    LOVE that cosmetic bag! So cute 🙂

  23. Katie
    August 9, 2013 / 8:48 pm

    That cosmetic bag is amazing…how cute is your grandpa?…how beautiful is that beach view?…and how perfect is that nail color for summer?!xo,

  24. Brianne Bracco
    August 9, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    Yay for Grandpa's birthday! And gorgeous beach front views 🙂

  25. Samara
    August 11, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, I teared up and laughed at how sweet it is that the waitresses fight over who will serve your grandpa. That is SO SO SO sweet!! <3 And then I again teared up at seeing the pic of your grandpa in his condo with the beautiful fiesta garland you made. I'm sure you made his birthday wonderful! So glad you had a great vacation. As always, gorgeous photos!! 🙂 Samara

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