A Sarah-shaped Package

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Do you have that person in your life who is nothing like you, but at the same time is exactly like you? They’re quiet, and you’re kinda loud and crazy. They seem to have their life together, and you’re over here wondering what the heck is going on.

I know I do. It’s Sarah. My best friend. Don’t get me wrong, she can get loud and crazy, and I’d be willing to bet that she doesn’t have her life quite as together as I think she does (after all, do any of us really have it all figured out?). But she’s still awesome. Sarah is the kind of friend that everyone should have. She’s understanding, she’s kind, she’s smart, she’s funny, she’s beautiful, she’s sweet… pretty much every good quality you can imagine is all tied up and wrapped up in a Sarah-shaped package.

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Reunited in Jacksonville!

Reunited in Jacksonville

If you follow us on social media (insert shameless plug here), you probably know that last weekend we got together for the first time in six months! It was awesome! Deborah and Andrew drove down to Jacksonville on Friday and crashed at Sarah and Ryan’s house for a couple of nights. They were thrilled to play host and hostess and did their best to showcase all Jacksonville has to offer, in hopes of making Deborah and Andrew want to move there. Haha!

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Celebrating 100

Today is our 100th post! We first wanted to say thanks to everyone who’s been on the journey with us this far. And, whether you’ve been with us since day 1 or you’re just joining us today, we love you and appreciate your support.

We also thought you might want to learn a little bit more about us. So, in honor of post number 100, and to celebrate the reason this blog exists, here are 10 facts about our friendship.

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  • We threw a “totally awesome” eighties party together!

Sarah: Deborah and I went through a stage where we watched nothing but classic eighties movies for weeks on end. The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink—you name it! Feeling inspired, we decided to throw our own party in tribute to that famous era. We made our own flyers, complete with Beastie Boys lyrics, and invited all of our friends. We dressed up and played Michael Jackson videos. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite memories!

Deborah: I will forever be game for wearing some neon, as I’m pretty sure I was born in the wrong decade. So, a party where it was encouraged, I was totally down for it! My parents contributed some album covers for decoration, and we even made our own Pac-man decorations too. Everyone was such a great sport and actually dressed up too. One of our other friends had just learned the entire choreography for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, so we convinced her to teach us. Pretty sure I’ll never forget this party…

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  • We met at work and became fast friends.

Deborah: LifeWay was my first job. I worked at the one in Charleston for about 6 months, then they let me transfer to the one down in Jacksonville (which is literally about 3 times the size!). It’s funny because I started there in September, and then, come December, Sarah was gone for a week, then I was gone for a week. We both thought we were going to die without seeing each other for those 2 whole weeks, despite having only known each other for about 3 months!

Sarah: We started hanging out together outside of work and basically became inseparable. What started as shopping and frozen yogurt after work turned into beach days and sleepovers. I’ll always be thankful for my LifeWay days because they gave me the best friend I’ve ever had.

  • We were almost roommates.

Sarah: Because I attended college in my hometown, I lived with my parents while I went to school. It was fine, but I really wanted to be out on my own—and by that I mean share an apartment with Deborah. We were so close to making it happen, too! The weekend I was supposed to move in, the air conditioning went out at Deborah’s place and my family insisted that I wait to move until it was fixed. During that time, other issues arose and it was decided that I would not be moving in with Deborah after all. 😦 On the bright side, maybe not living together is how we remain such good friends to this day!

Deborah: We were actually pretty close several times. Over the course of my living down there for four years, my house needed a third roommate a few times. And everybody loves Sarah (how could you not?), so she was always our first choice. I’m kinda bummed we never got the chance to live together, but, like she said, it can get dicey living with your best friend if you’re not careful. Though, I’d totally be down with living right next door to her now!

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  • We’ve traveled to Savannah, Sarasota, Orlando and Saint Augustine together.

Deborah: Sarah’s always been good at planning vacations, as you saw yesterday, and I was always happy to join her. It’s always a good time when we’re able to get away from our everyday lives and just enjoy hanging out together. Plus, she’s a beast at finding great restaurants!

Sarah: Even before we were long-distance besties, Deborah and I loved taking road trips. We took day-trips to Saint Augustine and traveled to Sarasota for another friend’s wedding. We even made it to Disney World in Orlando to celebrate Deborah’s 21st birthday!! And, now that we’re separated by 238 miles, we’ve met halfway in Savannah several times. I can’t wait to plan our next travel adventure!

  • The first time we ever saw Top Gun was in a wide open field at a Movies at the Beach event in Jacksonville.

Sarah: Speaking of our love for eighties movies, we got to watch this one in a unique way. Always up for a good time (especially when it’s free), Deborah and I drove out to Jax Beach one night for their Moonlight Movies series. We had a lot of fun watching Top Gun on a huge projector screen set up at the outdoor pavilion.

Deborah: Even though a friend from work told us “Goose dies,” we still had a great time! They do a similar thing when the temperatures get warmer up here in Charleston, and I always thing of Sarah when I see those announcements. I might have to convince her to come up here to see another movie…

  • Sarah started the Grey’s Anatomy obsession we have.

Deborah: Ah, Meredith and Cristina. The Twisted Sisters. It’s amusing because we’re not actually that much like them. They both have tons of issues, and, being human, we have issues too. But what we really relate to is their unwavering loyalty to each other. They help each other through the good and the bad, and Sarah and I do that too. Also, who doesn’t like a good medical drama that’s ultimately just a prime time soap opera? 😉

Sarah: It’s true—it’s all my fault! I fell in love with the show when it first came on in 2005, two years before I met Deborah. When we became best friends, I knew I had to explain the whole “you’re my person” thing to her. So, we started watching the show together, from the beginning, and it became our favorite.

  • We’ve taken turns supporting each other during breakups and the awkward run-ins afterwards.

Sarah: One of the best things about having a best friend is that they’re always there for you. Deborah has certainly supported me through my share of highs and lows when it comes to relationships. From listening to stories of awkward first dates to letting me cry on her shoulder when my heart got broken, she’s always been there to encourage me and make me laugh. She was even with me the night I met Ryan and has celebrated every milestone in our relationship with us!

Deborah: I remember that night! I was so proud of myself because it was a group of us that hung out, and it included a walk on the beach. I did the best friend thing and hung back far enough to give Sarah and Ryan some privacy, but close enough to rescue her if the need arose. Haha! Luckily, she didn’t need rescuing. We went to another friend’s wedding together after I’d moved back to Charleston, and my ex was there with his new girlfriend. Even though we never even made eye contact, she totally understood when I wanted to leave early. I said my hello’s to the bride and groom, and we hightailed it outta there! And Sarah never tried to talk me out of it. She just said, “If you want to leave, we’ll leave.”

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  • We were maids-of-honor in each other’s weddings, just a few months apart.

Deborah: Sarah said one time that she was glad I got married first, so she could see how it was done. I’m glad I got married first so I could see how to be such a great maid-of-honor! Sarah was amazing, and I’m so glad she was able to drive up here both for the weekend of picking out her bridesmaid dress and for the actual wedding. I was more than happy to do the same for her, and I’m so glad that we are in each other’s wedding albums forever.

Sarah: I loved being Deborah’s maid-of-honor! It was so special for me to share that with her and help her make it one of the best days of her life. In turn, having Deborah by my side made my wedding day absolutely perfect! She helped keep me calm and made sure all the little details were taken care of so I didn’t have to worry. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her!

  • Since starting this blog, we really have gotten closer!

Sarah: Deborah and I have never been great at keeping in touch. Thankfully, we’ve always been able to pick up right where we left off! But, ever since we started working on this blog together, we’ve started calling each other more and we message each other practically every day. Not to mention, Deborah’s gotten really good at sending snail mail, which I love!!

Deborah: Even if it’s only blog-related stuff, we do talk every day. I love it. Some days, 238 miles might as well be a million miles, but having this project that we work on together has truly brought us together. Also, reading each other’s posts has opened us up not just to our readers, but also to each other. Because the blog is a constant reminder of my friendship with Sarah, it keeps her on my mind practically all the time, and I think it’s a great thing to always be thinking of your best friend!

  • Fall 2017 will mark 10 years of friendship for us!

We can’t believe that next year will mark a decade of friendship for us! It’s gone by so fast and it’s been so much fun! We are thankful for each other and for this opportunity to share a little bit of our lives with you. We look forward to making more memories together and sharing them with you–our new friends! Thanks for reading!

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Our Top 10 Favorite On-Screen BFFs

For most of our lives, we’ve had best friends. They changed over the years, depending on where we lived or went to school, but, each one of them played an important part in our lives and we’re thankful for their friendship.

Now, we’re each other’s best friend and we can’t imagine our lives any other way. We plan on being friends for the rest of our lives, becoming “aunties” to each other’s children and causing a ruckus in the nursing home! To celebrate our friendship, and friendships everywhere, we’ve made a list of our favorite on-screen best friends and why they set our ultimate #friendshipgoals. Enjoy!

Top Ten Favorite On-Screen BFFs

 

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  • Monica and Rachel (Friends): I grew up watching Friends and loved it! (So much so, that I re-watched the entire series on Netflix when it was released.) Imagine living in New York with your best friends and always getting the best seats in the coffee house! Who wouldn’t want to be them?! My favorite characters were Monica and Rachel. They were friends in high school, lost touch, but one fateful day reunites them and it’s like nothing changed. They become roommates and the best of friends, no matter how much they get on each other’s nerves with Monica’s obsessive cleaning and Rachel’s borrowing things without asking. They love and support each other through everything, even when it’s time to go their separate ways—a great example of what it means to be a friend.
    -Sarah

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  • Jess and Cece (New Girl): If you haven’t seen this show yet, you totally need to jump on the Zooey Deschanel bandwagon. If you have seen it, then you know about the unlikely friendship between Jessica Day and Cecelia Parekh. Jess and Cece became friends as young girls, and never grew apart; even with Jess being a quirky grade school teacher and Cece being a sophisticated model, they are still the best of friends. They stick it out through fights with boys and fights with each other. They are honest with each other and supportive to the end. Even when Cece almost goes through with an arranged marriage that Jess disagrees with, Jess still supports Cece because she says it’s what she really wants (even though we all know that Schmidt is what she actually wants!). Jess and Cece are the perfect example of how best friends don’t have to be exactly alike, or even remotely alike, to still be friends forever.
    -Deborah
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  • Lorelai and Rory (Gilmore Girls): Yes, I re-watched this entire series on Netflix, too, in preparation for the reunion happening later this year! This mother-daughter duo is the epitome of the friendship every girl hopes to share with her mother one day. They love each other fiercely, tell each other everything (eventually!), and always support each other’s dreams. Even though they have pretty cool best friends of their own in Sookie and Lane, Lorelai and Rory have a bond that can’t compare.
    -Sarah

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  • Blair and Serena (Gossip Girl): I was actually a little late to the Gossip Girl game, so I binged all six seasons on Netflix this past year. I was hooked! Between Chuck Bass and Gossip Girl “herself” (true fans know what I mean… *wink*), I couldn’t help it. But, despite all the gossip and drama, Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen stayed true. Even through the occasions that had them no longer on speaking terms (we’re looking at you, Nate Archibald), they always came back to each other. Blair tried so hard and Serena came by it naturally, but they were the best of friends and they were always there for each other with a little help from friends. Because, face it, “He’s Chuck Bass.” XOXO
    -Deborah
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  • DJ and Kimmy (Full House): Throwing it back to my childhood with this pair of BFFs! I love that DJ and Kimmy had a friendship that spanned across all eight seasons of Full House. Though, seemingly opposites, DJ and Kimmy are the best of friends. They look out for each other as they navigate the pre-teen and teenage years. They fight and make up repeatedly over the course of the show, but they always look out for each other. BONUS: the stars that play DJ and Kimmy are best friends in real life!! I can’t wait to see them reprise their TV roles when Netflix brings them back on February 26 in Fuller House.
    -Sarah

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  • Leslie and Ann (Parks and Recreation): Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins met and a town meeting. Ann had a giant pit in her backyard and Leslie wanted to fix it (like she wants to fix everything). What started out as door-to-door campusing grew into a beautiful friendship between two professional women. They helped each other through relationships, promotions, babies, and moving. Even after Ann moved away, Leslie stayed in constant contact because she didn’t want to miss a moment of her best friend’s life. This especially hits home for us, since we totally understand the best friend moving away. Besides, who wouldn’t be best friends with someone who calls you “a poetic and noble land-mermaid”?!
    -Deborah
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  • Jim and Pam (The Office): Being best friends with the opposite sex can be tricky. Something usually happens where it doesn’t work out, or like the majority of chick-flicks want you to believe, you fall in love and become more than friends. (Not realistic, but definitely fun to watch.) Never has the story been more appealing than with Jim and Pam of The Office. Their friendship had me rooting for them from the beginning. Suffering through work together turned into conspiring on practical jokes together. They made each other laugh but, more importantly, they listened to each other. They became confidantes and, after a painfully long time, finally realized they were soul mates. And, isn’t that what best friends are, too?
    -Sarah

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  • Shawn and Cory (Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World): People always think of girls as being best friends, but, one of the most realistic TV friendships I’ve ever seen is the lifelong one between Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter. They went through it all together: deaths of parents, divorce, college, heartbreak, cults, drinking problems, and growing up. They’ve even reappeared in the Disney Channel’s new show Girl Meets World. We had to wait about 14 years to see if they made it, but, like we all knew they would, they’re back and stronger than ever. Even with Cory and Topanga married with kids in New York, nobody ever replaced Shawn in Cory’s life. And they are able to teach this generation that a true friend stays with you forever.
    -Deborah

And, lastly, the on-screen BFFs we love so much, and that we relate to the most:

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  • Annie and Lillian (Bridesmaids): We were in each other’s weddings (maid/matron of honor for each other), so we totally get the craziness that comes with meshing with other friends and family members for your best friend’s big day. But, ultimately, you are more than happy to do it because you love your best friend. Annie and Lillian show us that nothing can come between best friends, not even new friends or failures in life. Because you’ll never be replaced, if you can just “hold on for one more day.”

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  • Meredith and Cristina (Grey’s Anatomy): Do you guys remember what it was like before Netflix? When you had to go to Blockbuster to rent seasons of television shows–one disc at a time!! We do because we totally did that with Grey’s Anatomy. Our ritual was to go to the gym (we were so good back in the day!) and then binge-watch a disc of Grey’s. We fell in love with the cast and their stories, namely the friendship of Meredith and Cristina.  They’re the ultimate BFFs, sarcastic and fiercely loyal—even nicknamed the “Twisted Sisters.” They are as close as sisters, protecting and loving each other without judgement. Their friendship is often summed up with the quote, “You’re my person,” which we’ve officially adopted as our own.

 

So how about you? Can you relate to any of our favorite silver screen friendships? Or are you a mix of several of them like we are? Let us know in the comments!

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10 Tattoos to Get With Your BFF

Tattoos. Everyone knows several people who have them, if you don’t have them yourself. And, who better to get a matching one with than your best friend. Here’s some of our favorites…

  1. State locations, for those of us who are long distance.
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  2. A quote from your favorite movie or TV show…
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  3. Or your favorite book.
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  4. Morse code for each other’s name or initials.
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  5. “You’re the peanut butter to my jelly.”
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  7. Pinky promise that you’ll be best friends forever.
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  8. Show everyone that you fit together perfectly.
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  9. Cartoon best friends.
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  10. A tin can telephone to remind you to stay in touch, no matter the distance.
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Do you and your best friend have matching or joint tattoos? Send us a picture!

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