24 March 2015

Four Reasons to Visit the Metal Museum

I've lived in the Memphis area for almost five years. I've lived Downtown for almost two. In all that time, the National Ornamental Metal Museum has been practically in my backyard and this weekend was my first visit (#badmemphian). I have absolutely been missing out! The Metal Museum has so much to offer, here are just four reasons why you should visit:

( 1 ) The Art: Duh. You go to a museum like this, you expect to see some art. Well, the art was mind blowing. It's amazing the things people can do with metal!

( 2 ) The View: The Museum is located on the south end of downtown right on the river. The views are spectacular! No wonder this is a popular wedding spot.

( 3 ) The Classes: The Museum offers classes for all skill levels in which you can learn things like blacksmithing and welding. We happened to be there while a class was going on and watched for a bit. It was very hands on and looked verrrry interesting.

( 4 ) The Events: Not only can you book the grounds for your own private event, but there are other unique events sprinkled throughout the calendar. Do you have a broken piece of metal that you need repaired? There are Repair Days at the museum where you can get things fixed. There are also events with live music and food trucks. Some of these even come with free admission. Check out their calendar. I know for sure we will be attending an event or two in the near future.

We had such a great time visiting. I'm already looking forward to going back to this fascinating and unique Memphis museum.

20 March 2015

Cotton Tails

Once again, blogging has given me an opportunity I might not have had otherwise. I am popping in today to share that you can now find Ten Feet Off Beale hand embroidery at Cotton Tails, an adorrrrable children's boutique in the Laurelwood Shopping Center.

So, if you wanted a sweet sweater for a little boy or girl, go to Cotton Tails! I am stitching custom sweaters with names or monograms on sweaters as well as bloomers for baby girls only available there.

There is also a Baby's First Noel ornament available there that I don't have listed in my Etsy shop!

Memphis Moms, if you've never shopped at Cotton Tails your absolutely missing out. It's way too cute.

19 March 2015

The Most Important Meal + Cheerios Coupon & Paypal Giveaway

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day but the meal I skip most of the time. Truthfully, I'm just not a morning person. I'm lucky if I can get myself to work on time let alone have time to sit down and eat a good meal. The worst part? I feel so sluggish when I don't eat something in the morning. I needed an easy breakfast.

Enter Cheerios and 100% Florida Orange Juice. Very few ingredients, I know the grocery store will always be in stock, andddd I can keep these things in the refrigerator at work so I don't have to get up early and cook anything. See? Easy. The glass of orange juice alone gives me 100% vitamin C to help maintain a healthy immune system and the Cheerios only have one gram of sugar per serving.

I have a feeling I'm not the only one out there with breakfast issues. How about a coupon to make this breakfast easier, I mean, everyone likes to save a buck! Also, scroll to the bottom of this post, I'm giving away some PayPal cash that you can put towards your own healthy breakfast to jump start your day and give you a #BetterBreakfast.

This giveaway is not conducted by General Mills.


16 March 2015

What's In My Bag: The Essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias
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A woman’s purse is a very important thing. To me, my purse is full of necessary items to get me through my day. Things I can’t live without.

These are some of the essential items you will alwayssss find in my bag:

- My Planner - I would never remember anything without my planner. I have been tempted to start using my phone as an electronic planner but there’s just something I love about writing on paper my to-do lists and my plans. This particular planner has been working for me quite well this year!

- An Umbrella - I don’t know what it is, but if I don’t have my umbrella, I get caught in the rain. Every. Single. Time. So, to avoid that, I always lug around an umbrella.

- Wallet - This one is pretty obvious, but I would be lost without it!

- Chapstick - I think I have an addition… to chapstick. You will always find me with at least one tube in my purse… or pocket… most of the time, both.

- Ester-C - Even though this makes my bag jingle sometimes, the immune support is totally worth it. Ester-C is my go-to product all year round, not just during the winter months. I particularly like that Ester-C is chock full of Vitamin C that can be used as a supplement for immune support.

Ester-C can be found at Walmart and it is currently on rollback!

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What are the essential items you always have with you? 

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09 March 2015

Raspberry Lemon Muffins

I found this recipe for raspberry lemon muffins on Pinterest that claimed they were high-protein anddd low sugar. They looked good, however, when things try to be healthy sometimes they aren't that great. Well, these muffins were a verrry pleasant surprise! They were delicious!!

These are the perfect things to whip up and keep in the pantry to snack on. We've already been through a few batches! They're great to grab in the morning for breakfast when running out the door and they're also yummy warmed up with some butter.

Have you had any recipe wins lately?

04 March 2015

Grit & Grind

It's no secret, this town is a basketball town. Between the Tigers and the Grizzlies, it would be hard to find a Memphian who couldn't have an intelligent conversation about basketball. I stitched up a few Grizzlies hoops recently and thought that if anyone would appreciate some Grizzlies artwork, it would be Memphians. People love this team!

I'm thinking of taking one of these to work to hang in my cubicle.

PS. They're now listed in my shop :)

03 March 2015

March Goals

Hello, March! Yes, it's still freezing outside but the end of winter is in sight. I'm trying to bring myself out of hibernation so I'm setting some goals for this month. There are some things I want to be held accountable for and fun things I want to do.

>> Take More Pictures - My poor camera has been neglected. When the world is grey, I have very little motivation to snap pictures of pretty things or even everyday life. I want to get back in the habit of documenting moments, even the simple ones.

>> Make Ice Cream - It's been too long since I've used my ice cream maker. I'm thinking it needs to be pulled out soooooon.

>> Decorate with Fresh Flowers - Spring is almost here and with spring comes flowers! I think having flowers around is just what I need to get rid of the winter blues.

>> Create New Embroidery Hoops - I have ideas spinning around my head! I just need to get them stitched up. This will happen this month. Be on the lookout for new hoops listed in my shop.

>> Find a Pot of Gold - Putting a St. Patrick's Day spin on this one, but one of my goals this month is to spend money frugally. We have some fun trips planned in the next few months and plane tickets are expensive.

>> Exercise - Putting this one on here to hold myself accountable! Getting back into the habit of exercising has not been easy... I'm choosing to blame the weather. I have a feeling, though, that there will be some sunny days this month and I am going to take advantage of them and get outside!

What are some things you want to accomplish this month?

24 February 2015

Memphis Type History

Blogging has opened some pretty great doors for me. I've had the opportunity to go new places, experience amazing things, meet incredible people, and document each step of the way.

With that being said, I have some news. I am now a contributor for the Memphis Type History blog! It's a space where writers and artists share stories, off-beat history, and amazing typography... all about Memphis!

Soooo, about the picture on this post. Do you want to know why there's a building in downtown Memphis with a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (yes, as in MGM the film studio) nameplate? Go check out my first Memphis Type History post to find out!


17 February 2015

Yogurt Covered Strawberries

I'm not sure if it had to do with Valentine's Day or maybe it was the crazy ice storm that we got, but while we were iced in this weekend, I really wanted to make chocolate covered strawberries. The problem? I didn't have any chocolate. Fortunately, I did have some yogurt in the fridge so we whipped up some frozen yogurt covered strawberries.

It was so simple that I almost didn't share this here, but I can't keep all this goodness to myself.

Here's what you have to do:
- Take some Liberté yogurt (might I suggest the Cappuccino or Caramel flavor?)
- Stir it up real good
- Dip fresh strawberries
- Put them in the freezer for a few hours

They were delicious! Definitely a healthier alternative to chocolate covered strawberries and deffffinitely just as delicious.

Talk about #YogurtPerfection! There are just so many different varieties you could make. Liberté yogurt comes in nine captivating flavors. Right now, we have some cut up bananas in our freezer dipped in Caramel Liberté yogurt. I can't wait to try it!

Ok, so, I'm giving away $15 so you can go buy a tonnnn of yogurt and fruit (or, I guess, whatever else you want) to make this yourself. Enter using the Rafflecopter:

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While you're here, don't forget to grab a coupon!!

The information, products and gift cards were provided by Publix and General Mills through Linqia. All opinions are my own.

Ice Storm of 2015

At least once each winter Memphis gets a crazy ice storm. No snow... just ice. The city shuts down. I'm not complaining! I'm glad people stay off the slick roads, plus, I think Downtown Memphis is so beautiful covered in icicles. Jeremy and I bundled up and went for a walk yesterday. Yes, it was cold, but oh so pretty!