Le Bonheur Easter Party

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3 comments



    
In Memphis, we have a fabulous Children's hospital, Le Bonheur. The adorable stitched heart logo of the hospital is very recognizable to anyone in the area. Well, we happen to be friends with Le Bonheur's Child Life Special Events Coordinator, Amy. This very very special friend of ours is responsible for raising the spirits of the patients. What an amazing job. Not only is she one of the most creative people I have ever met, but her heart is so loving and she is passionate about the role she plays for this hospital.

This weekend was the Le Bonheur Easter Party. We decided to stop by to say hello to our friend, Amy, and to see the pure joy on everyone's faces. This party was incredible. Every little detail was executed to perfection. There was a parade, the Easter bunny was there, a giant Easter basket, face painting, a petting zoo, an egg hunt, and hundreds of bunny ears!

This party didn't just lift the children's spirits, but it totally lifted mine. It's so amazing how much happiness a little fun can bring into people's lives.
 
  
We also found the real Easter bunny ;)



   

Bark in the Park

Monday, April 14, 2014 3 comments
Bark in the Park Levitt Shell
  
Last week was a pretty crummy week (hence the lack of blog posts around here). So, on Saturday, Jeremy really want to lift our spirits. Without telling me where we were going, we hopped in the car and he drove us out to the Levitt Shell. This was where he asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. Since the weather was absolutely beatuiful, he expected that we would just sit and talk and just spend time being with each other, something we both desperately needed.

Well, that didn't quite go according to plan. To our surprise, when we pulled up to the Shell, there was a Bark in the Park event going on! It was being run by the Greyhound adoption association here in Memphis and it was exactly what we needed. There was live music, lots of pups, and warm sunshine. We grabbed a spot on a bench and just hung out listening to some of our favorite rockabilly music (lots of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and even some Beatles!), talking, and just watching all the dogs play.

I only wish Harrison was there with us!!

Some Facts

Thursday, April 10, 2014 11 comments


Lately there have been a bunch of new readers around here so I thought I'd let you guys in on some facts about me you might or might not already know!! Just a warning, they are all incredddddibly random :)

Oh, and before you leave, leave a comment with something fun and interesting about yourself!!


- Sometimes, I wake myself up sleep talking. My future husband (eeeeee 50 days!!) is probbbbbably in for some interesting conversations in the middle of the night. (Sorry, Jeremy)

- I have seen every single episode of The Office hundreds of times (no exaggeration). Seriously, it will never get old.

- I have been to Space Camp! #nerdalert

- I was a high jumper in high school and even made it to the State finals.

- Singing in the Rain is my all time, hands down, favorite movie EVER! If you haven't seen it. You MUST!!

- I was (and still am) a diehard Backstreet Boys fan. Although I guess mayyyyyyyybe JT is starting to grow on me. It's hard not to like him when you live in Memphis.

- The summer before I moved to Memphis I auditioned for American Idol with my best friend, Mary. No, we didn't get on the actual show but it was an amazing and incredibly fun experience!

- My dream job is to be a Disney princess. Seriously, I think I'd be really good at it!

- I think I might have an unhealthy obsession with coffee. I'm pretty much useless in the morning until I have at least one cup.

- In college I was a Game Presentation Intern for the Philadelphia Flyers. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds. I was responsible for creating graphics to be used during the game. I even got to see the team go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals!


Well, There you have it!! Some random little tidbits about me!! Don't forget to leave a comment with something interesting about yourself :)


 

Life Right Now

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4 comments

   
This is pretty much what the condo looks like these days. There are wedding projects everywhere! I'm so looking forward to sharing all the details on my blog, but until then, I'll be crafting away and watching Singing in the Rain on repeat.



 

Friday Giveaway

Friday, April 4, 2014 8 comments
Happy Friday!!! I've been pretty quite around the blog this week, but you know what, sometimes I just don't have much to say. I will say though that today, I'm making it up to everyone! Together with Rebekah from Blue Giraffes & Concrete Jungles, we are having a little happy giveaway for YOU! How would you like to win some coffee andddd a custom embroidery hoop? Well, all you have to do is meet the adorable Rebekah and enter using the widget below! Oh, anddd have a great weekend :)



"Hi I'm Rebekah from Blue Giraffes and Concrete Jungles, a lifestyle blog about myself and my crazy adventures in NYC! I'm a nanny in the big city, and planning to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2016. This blog is a mix of reviews, yummy recipes, and just some fun stories about the NYC nanny life. Come stop by and say hello!"



Next Month

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6 comments
#averylongwedding
 
You guys, I can hardly believe it!! I can now officially say that next month I will get married!!! Even though I have to wait the entireee month of April and May, it's so crazy that May 31st is finally almost here!!

I will say, I have been stressed out. We've hit a few roadblocks with the wedding planning, but overall, I keep trying to remind myself (and have an amazing fiancee who keeps reminding me as well) that it will all work out. May 31st will be here soon and it will be a beautiful day.


Overall the most important thing to remember is that ultimately it's not about the wedding, it's about the marriage.

Ahh!!! I can't wait!!!


  

Must Eat Memphis: Tamp & Tap

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3 comments
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Ever since Tamp & Tap opened I have wanted to go! I finalllllly had the opportunity to stop into for lunch this weekend and I was definitely not disappointed.

In my humble opinion, this is exactly what downtown needed. I was always saying that there was a lack of casual places to stop in for a quick bite or a cup of coffee. Tamp & Tap took that notion one step further. They not only have all sorts of different coffees, they also have local beer on tap. As they say, you go to either "grind or unwind". I love that!!

The sandwiches we ordered were definitely not ordinary sandwiches you'd find in any coffee shop, or bar for that matter. I orderd the Norwalk, which was roasted chicken with sorghum fig roasted garlic chutney, braised swiss chard & raddichio, and brie. I'll be honest, not entirely sure I know what all those things are. All I know is that it was delicious. Jeremy ordered the Stanley which was turkey, fontina, candied bacon, pickled red onion, arugula, and roasted artichoke aioli. Yum yum yum.

On the way out we noticed that they have a "Bluegrass Brunch" on Saturdays and Sundays. You better believe we will be brunching at Tamp & Tap sometime soon!


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365 Afghan Project Update

Friday, March 28, 2014 3 comments
Ten Feet Off Beale 365 Blanket Project
  
Remember back in January when I mentioned that I was starting a 365 project? My goal was to crochet one granny square each day this year to have an amazing blanket by the end of the year. So for, it's going great! That is until I ran out of black yarn... yeah.

I'm not letting that slight detail stop me, though! Since I haven't had a chance to get to a craft store, I've kept on crocheting. My little pile of squares is slowly starting to build. I can't wait to finally get my hands on some black yarn and attach all the new pieces together. You guys, this afghan is going to be ginormousssss. It's awesome!

I'm happy that this project is still going strong and I loooove the way it's turning out. I can't wait to have this special blanket to remember this very special year.




 

5 Basic Elements for Explorations at Home

Thursday, March 27, 2014 3 comments
If there's something I love to do, it's explore Memphis (which I think is pretty obvious if you've read my blog for about five seconds). Anyways, sometimes the greatest treasures are hidden right in your own backyard! People tend to overlook the amazing things they get to see everyday. Dulce, who blogs over at Curiosities and Tales, compiled a list of essential items for exploring where you live. I love it!! I always carry my camera around with me. You never know when you'll stumble upon something amazing.



Hi there! I'm Dulce from Curiosities and Tales, and recently I started a project called "Explorations at Home" which basically are little adventures in your hometown with the main purpose of discover new places and going out of the routine.

Today, I'm sharing with you those elements that, for me, are pretty much a necessity during this new project.



 
1. Comfy shoes, or in this case boots. Usually i would prefer tennis shoes, but when exploring in a place with wildflowers or weed (like in the cemetery), it's safe to use boots.
 
  
2. Cameras and Film: as a blogger, you probably have a pretty DSLR, which is totally acceptable, but let me explain why i prefer point and shoot cameras for this project. They are easy to take with you, and easy to put in your pocket. A DSLR bring so much attention to you, and if you are exploring suburbs in which you never been before, even when you are in your hometown, it's safer keep a low profile. 
 
Here I have to add that point and shoot cameras have lots of fun functions, like mine (fujifilm xf1), for example i can take double exposures with it or use the mode toy camera.
 
And of course, film cameras! They are so much fun and it's so exciting to wait until you get your film develop, waiting for the results. I rediscovered my love for film cameras just recently, so I'm looking forward to developing two films that I have right now.
  
  
3. Bag and tote bag. Since you want to keep a low profile, the right bag is really important, too. I chose the messenger type bag since it's easy to carry, and its size is perfect  for my point and shoot camera and my toy camera plus some film. Also, it has two lateral pockets in which i can carry my ipod. 
  
  
Something extra about this bag is that it has foam on the front and back, so extra protection for my cameras!
  

  
The tote bag is really great since you can fold it and keep it inside your bag until you need it.
  
  
And why would you need a tote bag? Well, for collect little treasures that you found in your explorations!
 


  
4. Notebooks. I love to take little notebooks with me, so I can write whatever I'm thinking at the moment, or interesting things that I want to remember at the end of my adventures.
  
  
5. Sunblock, I usually burn pretty easy, even when is cloudy, so this one here is a necessity for me.
  
Hope you enjoy this post and start exploring your hometown! 
   

My Painting Bachelorette Party

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9 comments
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While I was up in New Jersey for my bridal shower, we also had my bachelorette party! All I wanted was for my bridal party and I to just hang out and do something fun. Since none of us live near each other, this was the first time we had all been together in forever andddd the last time we'd all be together before the actual wedding weekend!

Rather than going out and doing something crazy, I chose to have my bachelorettte party at my parent's house. My cousin organized a painting instructor from Bottle and Bottega to come over and teach us how to paint! I got to choose which picture we would paint and we all sat around the table, chatted, painted, and just had fun. It was exactly what I wanted.

My bridal party consists of my brother (who is my maid of honor), my cousin, my best friend from high school, anddd my best friend from college. My Mom also painted with us! I loved having us all together and I love that we all now have a special painting.

Funny story. So apparently when my cousin was booking this party, she mentioned that it was a bachelorette party. They offered to send the male model. Yeah, soooo glad that didn't happen!
   
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