Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fresh Cuts!

If you know me, you know that I get 90% of my wardrobe at Anthropologie.  I love everything about it, the decor, the way it smells, I even befriend the people that work there.  They know me by name when I come through the door.  Now before you go thinking I must be a millionaire to be able to afford to buy everything there, I'll let you in on a little secret.....................I never pay full price for anything, ever! 

It takes patience, but Anthro does their markdowns every Tuesday morning so, I put full price items that I like on my wishlist and check back on Tuesdays to see what has been marked down.  Anthro is not shy on their sales either, if you can wait six to eight weeks that dress you covet will be reduced by at least 40%.  Brillant!

Every Tuesday is a little like Christmas morning for me!  Here are some notable items from this week's fresh cuts:

 Fisherman's Knot Belt- orignally $58 now $29.99

Loosened Stripes Tank (back)- originally $88, now $19.95 

 Season Staple Short in moss - originally $58, now $29.95

Twist and Flounce Tank - orginally $48, now $19.95

Fun Fact of the Day:  Goats have rectangular pupils.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


You should make this.  It's easy and it tastes good, really good.  And, the whole thing only cost me $9.  Bargain.  Here is the recipe.


I made a couple of changes:
  • Used boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Only used one lemon, put the juice in the marinade and slices under the chicken only
  • Used 5 tbsp of oil total, it was plenty, but would use more if I was using more chicken
  • Used fingerling and purple potatoes instead of red
  • Added dried parsley to the marinade
  • Baked on 450 for 40 minutes

Fun Fact of the Day:  A dime has 118 ridges around its edge.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Be Free

My BFF Kelly is traveling to Uganda in a few weeks on a mission trip with an organization called Be Free Revolution.  The mission of BFR is to help those in vulnerable countries become empowered through education, through education find freedom, and through counseling find peace of heart.  Basically, they help others to help themselves.  BFR was founded by two local girls that we went to college with whose passion and dedication is very impressive.  They make Memphis proud.  To find out more about BFR or how you can help visit them at  http://befreerevolution.org/ or find them on Facebook.

Last night BFR hosted a trunk show to support their programing at Daniel Shays Salon.  At the show BFR staff and volunteers sell handmade jewelry and accessories that are made by women in Kenya and Uganda who are participating in the program.  Each piece is unique and they are beautiful! 

Narrowing down my selection

Am I supposed to just wear one at a time?

Fun Fact of the Day:  The # sign on your keyboard is actually called an octotroph.  Looks like a waffle to me.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Photo Booths are Very Fun

I really adored the photo booth at my friend June's wedding, like seriously thought it was the most fun thing ever.  Let this serve as my public apology to the McCaskill's for highjacking the photo booth and wasting so much film.  But I really did have a good time.  Here is the proof.

Grizzly Grannies, Grrrrrrrr
Inside joke, nice facials
After the store made me order my bridesmaid dress in a size 10, then having to pay a tailor as much as I paid for the thing to cut it in half and sew it back together to fit me, the zipper busted out:(
I'm most proud of this one
Sorry again, sheesssh
By far, the very best photo booth pic of the evening.  I don't know these fine people, but I wish I did.

Fun fact of the day:  Snow geese mate for life.  Isn't that sweet?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Another Lunch Break Win

Court Square strikes again!  Yesterday, I got wind of some information that Jamie Oliver may or may not be filming a TV show there over lunch.  So, I grabbed my trusty intern and headed out.  Sure enough they were filming BBC America's latest original series, Chef Race: UK vs. U.S.  Sounds like a very interesting show, you can find out more here http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bbc-america-chef-race-jamie-oliver-337052.  From what I can tell two teams of chefs, one from the U.K. and one from the U.S., will be traveling from LA to NYC and competing in various competitions along the way.  In Memphis, each truck had a different menu and the winner would be determined by how much money they made over a 6 hour period.  Molly and I  chose the U.S. truck of course, and ordered one chicken and one beef & potato taco each.  They were really good.  Molly liked the chicken best, but I really liked the beef & potato one.  Let's face it, I've never met a taco I didn't like:)  If you happen to catch this episode while you are just casually watching BBC America like we all do, I am wearing a purple shirt dress and Molly had on an orange silk top, maybe you can spot us.

U.K. truck, move your head dude

U.S. truck, the obvious winner


Fun fact of the day:  A polar bear's fur is not white.  Each hair is a clear hollow tube.  Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects the light against their black skin.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin' across your face.

While visiting my family this weekend I was smacked in the face with the fact that I'm not getting any younger.  Well, none of us are, so I know I'm not alone in this.  I went to watch my 12 year old little cousin play in a soccer tournament and instead of my sweet little missing-teeth and scraped-knees buddy, I got this:

Who the heck is that?  Surely this is a 20 year old sorority girl, not a 6th grader. 

Presleigh is the daugther of my first cousin Amy.  We were always close growing up, so naturally I am close to her children too.  Presleigh was born when I was in my late teens, and was the first baby in my family that I was old enough to care for.  I have loved watching her grow and am so proud of this little (big) nugget.  She is smart, funny, kind and obviously very beautiful:)  I am 100% turning into my mother in the fact that I nearly burst into tears everytime I see her.

Here are some oldies but goodies so that you can visualize us over the years.  I haven't changed a bit, obviously.

Strangely we kind of look alike in this one.
Don't judge my JLo white terry warm-up pants.  I think this is the sweetest picture:)


This was July 4, 2010.  What a difference two years makes!

Fun fact of the day:  The distance between the steps of the Capitol Building and the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is 1.9 miles.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Little Mid-day Crafting

Last Tuesday my friend Kristen and I braved the rain to head to Court Square for a little mid-day crafting.  On most weekdays Court Square hosts some kind of fun activity from 11:45 to 1:00.  On Tuesday, the National Ornamental Metal Museum was holding a hammered copper bracelet tutorial.  We knew we couldn't miss it!  It was fun, easy and best of all it was completely free!  We even had time for a healthy (not) lunch at Blue Plate before we headed back to our respective offices.  Here are some photos:

Hammering away

Finished product

Showing it off at the office

To find out what's going on during lunch at Court Square check out http://www.downtownmemphis.com/downtownalive.asp

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Numero Uno

After saying I was going to do it for about two years, I've finally decided to start writing a blog.  I can't guarantee that it will be any good or that anyone will want to read it besides my mother, but here we go! I've decided to dedicate my inaugural post to two extremely important purchases that I have made these week.

1.  I got a Roomba!  I bought it from a friend's sister who was putting it in her yard sale for $50.  Last week, I researched these suckers online and discovered that they are not cheap, so I was excited to find a more affordable way to give one a try.  In two short days this little wonder has changed my life!  I never have to vacuum again!  And, for nerds like me, it's fun to watch it use its sensor to find its way back to the dock.  My only complaints are that the battery doesn't last long enough to clean the whole house in one go and that it leaves zig-zag lines on the carpet (see photo).  But again, I never have to vacuum again, so I can live with this.

2.  This is now the most beautiful dress I own.  I got it on sale today at Anthropologie.  I'm a sucker for a sale.  If I die tomorrow, please make sure they put me in the ground wearing this little number.