24 June 2015

Wore // Pineapples

Summer is officially here. In Memphis, that means you risk melting when you're outside and there's a chance you could get frost bite indoors.

The perfect outfit to survive Summer in Memphis is a pair of shorts, a fun summery top.... and a cardigan. I don't like being cold.

I'm telling you now. This Modcloth tank will be worn alotttttt this summer. (PS. It's on sale!!)

 And because I like to keep it real around here..... 

... not sure what I was laughing at.

22 June 2015

An Unintentional Break

I wrote it on Instagram this weekend but I feel like it's worth mentioning here, too. I'm admitting it. My blog has been neglected.

There were times when I would write at least four posts a week. Lately, I've been lucky if I write only one or two. Basically, I took an unintentional blog break and it was exactly what I needed. I missed blogging and realized I don't want to stop any time soon.

Blog world is kind of a weird place. Things are constantly changing, bloggers are always coming and going, there are always new things to learn. When I started blogging four years ago, the game was entirely different. For those who were around then, do you remember that we used to put other blogs we loved to read on our sidebar... without being paid for it? They weren't called ads then, we just wanted to promote other bloggers. Well, times have changed. Pretty much every aspect of blogging is about making money these days. That's not a problem, I just feel like I've lost sight of what I loved about blogging and the blogging community and have been constantly comparing my blog to others and holding myself to a crazy high standard.

This little break showed me that I do love what I do, I love the friends I've met and the opportunities I've had just because of this little blog of mine. I like making a little extra money on the side, but overall, I do this for myself. To document my life and my adventures, and if I can share how amazing Memphis is to the world in the process, well then that's what I'll do.

So, Ten Feet Off Beale readers, don't worry, I'm not going anywhere any time soon.

19 June 2015

10 Minute Indoor S'mores

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Lately, Jeremy has been putting in lots of hours at work. For those who might not know, he is a program director for the YMCA. Well, right now he's in the middle of basketball season, meaning he has to be there until everyone clears out of the gym at night. This gets him home late after working a very long day. Since we only have a few late night hours to spend together and he usually comes home super hungry, I like to have something special waiting for him after he works a long day. This week, I made some S'mores. Yes,the beloved campfire treat. Well, there was no campfire used to make these deliciously gooey snacks. I simply used the oven! Yes, the oven. Honestly, I think they came out even better than they do when you use a campfire. It's also crazy simple anddd takes less than ten minutes.

Here's what you do:

1 - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2 - Place Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares (available exclusively at Walmart!) and Kraft's Jet Puffed Marshmallows on a cookies sheet.

3 - Bake in the oven for five minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.

4 - Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and add some Hersey's Milk Chocolate to the marshmallows.

5 - Top with another piece of graham cracker.

6 - Let them sit for a few minutes before enjoying. This gives the chocolate enough time to get realllly melty and the marshmallows will be verrrry hot when they first come out of the oven.

That's it!! Seriously, the easiest recipe (do you even consider this a recipe?) ever. It's the perfect treat to make to surprise your spouse, and especially when the rain ruins your outdoor plans. You don't need a campfire to enjoy this amazingly sweet treat.

Now, it's your turn. I'd love to hear your favorite way to make and enjoy S'mores!

15 June 2015

Blueberry Muesli Muffins

I recently discovered something new... muesli. I feel like I've been missing out. For those who were living under a rock like me, it's rolled oats mixed with dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. You can eat it hot, cold, or even use it in lots of different recipes. It makes for a great, healthy breakfast.

Since I am a huuuuge fan of a fast breakfast that I can grab running out the door in the morning, I decided to take the new Nature ValleyTM Toasted Oats Muesli-Blueberry and make some muffins! They came out looking, smelling, and tasting delicious!! The muesli makes them very healthy, and I love that you can see the different nuts and seeds when you bite into the muffins.

Here's the recipe I put together, it's fool proof and you probably already have most of these ingredients in your spice rack! 

Download this coupon to try Nature Valley Muesli for yourself!


10 June 2015

How To Make Cleaning Less of a Chore

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As a busy blogger who also balances a full-time job, having a clean home is beneficial for maximum productivity. Finding time to clean though, can be a problem. Cleaning does not have to be a big ordeal! With a few simple items and one secret, cleaning can become less of a chore resulting in a tidy house... all the time.

Ok, the secret?? Clean as you go. 

I used to save all my deep cleaning for one day. It would take me a few hours but I would have the whole house spick and span. The problem with this was that when I was busy, the house wouldn't get cleaned as well as I like. Gross. Luckily, I discovered that if I just cleaned a little bit everyday, it made cleaning the house not feel like a chore.

The trick is to keep useful cleaning products on hand. Each of these Clorox cleaning products has a job to do and a specific room to do that job in. I store these items in the room they are designed to clean making it convenience and giving me noooo excuse.

This amazing Clorox Pump 'N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner does wonders in the kitchen! I actually don't know how I lived so long without it. It's safe to use on the counters, kitchen appliances, and even utensils!!

If I'm not careful, my bathroom counter can get pretty dirty. Between makeup, toothpaste, and hairspray, there's lots of residue that builds up on the counter. These little Clorox Scrub Singles are the perfect things to stow away in the bathroom cabinet to be pulled out every few days. It only takes a few seconds, your bathroom (and your spouse) will definitely thank you!

I live in a rather small apartment with a husband, a dog, anddd a cat. Things can get pretty dusty. I hate when I try to dust and all I do is push the dust and hair around instead of picking it up. These nifty little Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes are made to avoid this! They pick up and hold the dust giving your surfaces a very quick, easy clean.

Where can you get these amazing little cleaning helpers?? Why, Target, of course!!

Now I want to know, what is your favorite cleaning trick?

04 June 2015

How to Include Elvis at your Wedding

This past Sunday (May 31st), Jeremy and I officially celebrated one year of marital bliss. I cannot believe a year has gone by so quickly! The moments in our wedding pictures feel like they happened yesterday.

Looking back at our wedding, there was pretty much nothing that I would change about the day. One of my favorite aspects of our wedding day was that we were able to include lots of little touches that made the day very us. One thing in particular was that we included Elvis.

Here's how we included Elvis at our wedding:

1) Blue Suede Shoes
One of the most iconic Elvis fashion statements were his blue suede shoes. We found the most perfect pair for Jeremy to wear that weren't too flashy and were just the right amount of awesome.

2) Walk Down the Aisle
Rather than walking down the aisle to the classic Wedding March, I opted for Love Me Tender, a classic Elvis love song, played by a string quartet. [Here's a beautiful example - goosebumps]

3) First Dance
When choosing a song for our first dance, I wanted it to be special to us, but also to be a song we would hear all the time to bring us right back to our first moments as husband and wife. Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis was the perfect selection. You'd be surprised how many times you'll hear it on the radio, or playing in a store, or covered by a live band.

4) Tribute Artist
This is by far the most obvious way to include Elvis at your wedding. It's also the most fun! We hired a local Elvis Tribute Artist to sing a few songs at the wedding. He ended up staying and dancing with everyone through most of the night.

Seriously, I loved our wedding. I'm so thankful for the wonderful memories and beautiful photographs we have.

Photography by Jon Sharman Photography.

29 May 2015

Share a Coke with New Parents

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Please tell me I am not the only one who walks a little bit slower past the Coke displays these days. Whether you like to admit it or not, it's pretty exciting to sip on a refreshing Coke that has your name written all over it... literally.

Well, recently, while walking by large bin of personalized Coke at Walmart, I spotted upon a "Kevin" and a "Virginia". It just so happens that those are the names of my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who are expecting their second baby this summer! How could I just leave those Cokes lying there? I couldn't. In addition to the 20 oz bottles, I grabbed a few extra items for them, because this time isn't all about the baby (even though I can't wait to meet our newest nephew!!). It's about them, too.

I picked up everything they would need to have delicious Coke floats together... with a few snacks.

Overall, it was an easy gift to put together for some expecting parents. This would also make a great gift for just about anyone. I just love these personalized Coke bottles! Can't find the name you want? Don't worry,  Coke has thought of that. You can have bottles personalized just for you. 

So, who would you like to Share a Coke with this summer? I want to hear your ideas!!

Here is a list of Walmart stores where you can find a large quantity of personalized Coca Cola bottles to share with someone this Summer! If your store is not on the list you can still find these bottles at all Walmart locations. http://cbi.as/cjxc

27 May 2015

Roundhouse Revival

There's an incredible old arena in Memphis where the Beatles, Elvis, and many other legends performed. It was also the sight of some classic wrestling and the original home of the RiverKings.

I'm talking about the Mid-South Coliseum.

[Side Note: Did you know I came to Memphis to work for them?? Yep! Without the RiverKings I wouldn't be here.]

Today, the Coliseum sits empty and has become slightly run down. There has been buzz around Memphis that this historic, and in my opinion beautiful, building will be knocked down. Leave it to Memphians to not let this happen quietly.

This past Saturday, passionate Memphians gathered around the Mid-South Coliseum, otherwise known as the Roundhouse, for a Roundhouse Revival. There were food trucks, local artists, and even some wrestling featuring Jerry "the King" Lawler.

Many people want the Coliseum to become the Wrestling Hall of Fame, others have expressed interest in turning it into an open air pavilion. Whatever it becomes, I hope it stays standing so future Memphians can experience this classic venue and appreciate a historic piece of Memphis.

15 May 2015

Must Eat Memphis - Jerry's Sno Cones

All you have to do is mention Jerry's Sno Cones and my mouth starts to water. Jerry's is a Memphis staple and the best treat for a hot day... or a rainy day... or pretty much any day. People wait in crazy long lines for this refreshing sno cone made supreme. That means, with ice cream. Yes, it sounds strange, but trust me, it. is. amazing.

There are so so sooo many flavors and over the years I've been able to try several different ones! I think my favorite is still the Wedding Cake, made supreme, of course. Memphians, what is your favorite flavor? 

Recently, we drove out to Jerry's and we did something we have never done before. Jeremy ordered a burger from Jerry's. We have only ever ordered sno cones but I have a feeling there will be more burgers ordered in the future. Jeremy cannot stop talking about how good it was! Have you ever ordered food from Jerry's?

The trick to avoid lines? Go when it's raining. Just don't forget to bring an umbrella.

Here's the post I wrote about my first visit to Jerry's!

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13 May 2015

Urban Barn Market

This weekend we went to an awesome event... the Urban Barn Market. It was held at the historic Woodruff-Fontaine House in Victorian Village and, as one person described, it was like Pinterest threw up... in a very good way.

Basically the front yard, backyard, and backyard barn of the gorgeous historic house were full of nothing but gorgeous (and amazingly rusty) vintage items and locally handmade goods. The event is a three day event but we spent our Saturday moseying through the tents and listening to some live music.

Good news!! They will be having another market this Fall from October 2rd to 4th. I highly suggest going!!