Helping People #ConnectBetter One Stem at a Time

Many years ago—four, to be exact—I went on a blate with a girl I had only met online. This blog date was like none other, because she actually flew from her picturesque town in Germany to visit me in Italy while my husband was deployed. Talk about a fun first blate, right? (She wrote about it here, here, and here; I was a bad blogger and only mentioned it in passing on my blog.)

I “met” Casey for the first time when she offered to write a guest post on my blog. I instantly adored her and her words, and we hit it off right away. Having her spend the weekend in Italy was so much fun. We binged on Matt Bomer (watching White Collar), we moseyed around the canals in Venice, but more importantly, she was there in my time of need.

She was sitting on the couch next to me when I got a call from my doctor regarding tests about my unborn baby—a call that turned my little world upside down, and quite frankly freaked me out. Had she not been there to calm me down, distract me, and be a shoulder to cry on, I would have been an absolute complete hot mess. Instead, we made new plans, and carried on having fun…not allowing me to even have time to google the diagnosis the doctor gave me about my unborn baby. (All turned out a-okay, by the way!)

Having her there meant so much to me, and our friendship has continued to blossom throughout the years. We both moved back to America (her to Florida, me to Georgia), and then we actually both recently moved to California, her with an extra one in tow, because she’s pregnant and due soon! (Oh yeah, and she’s also an awesome travel planner wizard!)

Celebrating National Friendship day with gorgeous flowers from FTD

Last Sunday was National Friendship Day, and I wanted to do something a little special for her…just because. FTD contacted me with an offer to send flowers to special blog friend of mine, and Casey came to mind immediately. The cool thing about flowers is that you don’t have to send them on any special “day.” Flowers are great any day!

In this day and age where everything is online, getting some gorgeous fresh roses—the original “like” button—is something that can brighten anyone’s day. I know, with a baby on the way, she’s probably feeling all those fun hormonal feelings: antsy, anxious, excited, stressed, etc., so hopefully a bouquet of roses will be like sunshine on a cloudy day.

Celebrating National Friendship day with gorgeous flowers from FTD
FTD also sent me the same bouquet, and I can’t tell you how happy they made me. I deliberately picked a cheerful-looking bouquet, Sun-Drenched Summer Roses, to be exact, and I truly believe they’re more gorgeous in real life than in the photos. Something with lots of bright yellows, pretty pinks, and lovely corals; they’re so pretty that I wish I could have them around forever. We’ve had a lot of really hard days lately, and having them around literally bring a smile to my face.

Do you send out flowers “just because,” or do you save them for specific celebrations?
I think I’m going to try sending more out just for the heck of it.

FTD gifted me and Casey with a bouquet of flowers, and I wanted to thank them in a small way by writing this post.





  1. I think I found your blog on Casey’s blog, and I think I found Casey’s blog on Bonnie’s blog. Or maybe it was the other way around? I’m a little sad that blog sponsorships have gone out of popularity because I used to find new blogs to read that way!

    FTD really does great flowers. I worked with them back in February for their #ILookToHer campaign, when they sent me a bouquet to give to my bestie.

    Also, just know you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers lately. <3

  2. Love the idea of a blind friend date! I was “set up” by some mutual friends two years ago, and we’ve been working together on some community projects ever since! Flowers just because should be a thing! I give friends flowers all the time because they always make people happy, but I don’t’ think I’ve ever sent them out for no occasion. Love that you did that.

  3. I don’t send flowers nearly enough. I love receiving them but I rarely think about sending them. I should be better about that.

  4. This is wonderful! I totally agree that receiving or sending flowers is such a wonderful thing to experience. It immediately brightens the day.

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