Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Prepping for know, when you can't read your fave blogs the way you have been used to for the past few years.

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Liebster Blog Award + A Winner

Yeah, so I'm that blogger who has a give-a-way, then forgets to post a winner.  So don't worry peeps, I won't do that to you again.  I got caught up in all my new fashion bloggy friends, but working full-time again, and this pregnancy is kicking my boo-tay.

So without further adue, the winner is precious Colleen from Parties and Cardis!

Which is kinda crazy that I received the Liebster Blog Award from Colleen this week.  Thanks girl!  I've been blogging for a few years now, but have never heard of a Liebster Award. 

What’s a Liebster Award you ask?

Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging. It's also a great way to discover new blogs!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter and link back to their blog.

2. Share 11 things about yourself and answer the questions given to you.

3. Nominate 5 blogs that you enjoy to receive the award who have less than 200 followers, and provide them with questions to answer about themselves.

4. Inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here we go....

11 Things About Me...

1. I hate clowns.  All kinds, especially Ronald McDonald.

2. I hate it when guys tuck in their shirts, but don't wear a belt.  ugh.

3. I shopped thrift stores in high school, when thrifting wasn't cool. 

4. I danced on stage with Sir Mix-a-Lot in college. 

5. I am NOT a morning person, and I'm extra cranky without my Diet Coke in the morning.

6. I drink Peppermint White Mocha all year long.

7. My husband and I met at Dillard's Wolfchase.  I worked the Men's Fragrance counter part-time.  He worked Security part-time.  He would watch me on the cameras.  But I stalked him, too.  I would come in and pretend to shop if he was working.

8. I prefer to dance on elevated surfaces. 

9. I still want to be a back-up dancer for Tina Turner.  I'm hoping she will come out of retirement.

10. Sometimes my kids' teeth don't get brushed everyday.

11. I'm a recovering compulsive shopper.

Questions from Colleen:

Do you have a day job and what is it?  Recruiter for Methodist Healthcare...currently staffing the entire new Olive Branch hospital.  Very exciting.  Hence the lack of blogging lateley.

What inspired you to start blogging?  IDK...started to journal for my kids.  But it turned into a modality to share my love of DIY, thrifting, and spray painting.

What would be your tip for new bloggers?  Don't start unless you really have time to be consistent.  Blog about what you love.  Be you. 

Lemonade or Sweet Tea?  Both please.  I love an Arnold Palmer.

What is your favorite workout?   bwahahahaha.  Not really into working out when I'm prego.  BUT I do love LiveFit Bootcamp in Arlington.  I miss it.

What is your dream vacation?  Desserted beach.  No kids.  Adult beverages.

Who is your first phone call after a bad day and why? friend Julie or my friend Susan...They let me vent with no judgement.

If you had to choose just one beauty product what would it be?  I'm a simple girl.  I'm not a product junkie, but I can't live without Illegal Lengths mascara from Maybelline.

Three adjectives to describe you..go!   Random.  Sporadic.  Cheerleader.

Lipstick or lip gloss?  Gloss

What celebrity would play you in a movie?  Reese Witherspoon

So here are my 5 nominations...

Emily @ Life in the Fishbowl

Courtney @ Casa One.Five.One

Leigh Anne @ There's No Place Like Memphis Mama

Stacey @ Hayes Family of Six

Erin @ Little Diva Diaries

Happy Hump Day!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jewelry Always Fits--a Give-a-way Weekend!

Happy Thursday!
I haven't done a give-a-way in a while. 
No time like the present, right?

On of my favorite sayings is that Jewelry Always Fits!  Thank goodness since I'm rocking the maternity wardrobe lately.  And nothing can make my day brighter and a little happier is a new piece of costume jewelry.

Since I order wholesale for The Southern Owl, sometimes I can't help myself and have to get a few extra non-owl things every once in a while every time I order.  Like this bib necklace.

Nothing says spring like this bright hot pink (or fuschia) oversized multi-layerd bib, with faceted tear-drop beads.  It's 18" long, wth a turquoise ribbon tie. 

If you like big, chunky statement pieces, this one is for you!  Just in time for your perfect Easter outfit.

To enter into the drawing for this necklace, simply comment below.  For an extra entry, share this little giveaway on your blog, then comment and let me know.  And of course it would be great if you were a follower.  Easy peasy.  I'll draw a winner on Monday. 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Eating Memphis

This week I have perusing some new blogs I have discovered through our new little Memphis Blogger FB group and meet-up we had last weekend.

Saturday night I met Colleen, from Parties & Cardis.  Such a sweetie!  And gorgeous!  And tall!  We sat by each other at dinner, and sadly, did not get our picture made together! 

Colleen and her hubby are from Conneticut, who recently moved to Memphis.  As I was looking through her blog, I discovered her Eating Memphis page, and the 100 Things to Eat in Memphis.  Alyssa from Ten Feet of Beale is a Jersey Girl here in Memphis.  She is conquering the same list

I'm still in shock over this.  And also a little embarrassed.  I'm a native Memphian, and have never seen this before!  Check out this list:

1. Tuna sandwich from Chinese Sub Shop

2. BBQ plate from Germantown Commissary (yummy)

3. Fried chicken breast from Gus's

4. Soul Burger from Earnestine and Hazel's

5. Peach cheesecake from Cheesecake Corner

6. Chorizo tortuga from Las Tortugas

7. Sea bass at Tsunami

8. Ribeye from Folk's Folly

9. John Deere snow cone from Jerry's (I have spend a lot of time and $$ at Jerry's but never had the John Deere?!)

10. Joyce roll from Sakura

11. Dry rub ribs from Bar-B-Que Shop

12. San Diegan from Brother Juniper's

13. Guacamole from Las Delicias

14. Homeroom Chicken and Grits from Lunchbox Eats

15. Red velvet donuts from Gibson's

16. Greek burger from Alex's Tavern

17. Gas station sushi

18. Uptown burger from Roxie's Grocery

19. Muffaletta from Kwik Chek

20. Gyro from Castle

21. Key Lime Pie ice cream from La Michoacana

22. Twice-baked potato salad from One and Only BBQ

23. Cheesesteak from Yang's

24. Shrimp and grits from Sweet Grass

25. Buffalo tenderloin from Erling Jensen

26. Barbecue pizza from Coletta's  (our family eats at Coletta's A LOT)

27. Cornish game hen from Cozy Corner

28. Grilled cabbage from Deja Vu

29. Bulgogi from Du Won Jong

30. Roast duck from New Asia

31. Rib tips from Tom's Barbecue

32. Capote cupcake from Muddy's Bakeshop

33. Barbecue tofu nachos from R.P. Tracks

34. Chips (aka fries) from Brass Door Tavern

35. Ravioli from Vanelli's Deli

36. Mac'n'cheese from Mollie Fontaine Lounge

37. Voodoo Chocolate Passion Cake at King's Palace

38. Banana pudding from Cozy Corner

39. Turkey leg from a vendor outside of a Melrose High football game (ummmm....)

40. Salmon Cakes from Elegant Farmer

41. Almond croissants from Off the Square Catering

42. Crazy noodle bowl from Bhan Thai

43. Banana pudding from Germantown Commissary

44. Tiger Bleu Chips from Brookhaven Pub

45. Barbecue nachos from Central BBQ

46. Blueberry donuts from Gibson's

47. Hot wings from Ching's

48. Pimento cheese stuffed okra from Restaurant Iris

49. Shrimp salad from Bogie's  (I worked at Bogie's Mendenhall on college breaks.  I had to clean the shrimp every Wednesday/Thursday for Shrimp Salad on Friday.  Good times.)

50. Chilean sea bass from McEwan's

51. Wedding cake supreme snow cone from Jerry's

52. Hummus and falafel from Casablanca

53. Chicken salad sandwich from Young Ave. Deli

54. French fries / sweet potato fries from Young Ave. Deli

55. Pineapple shake from Shanghai

56. Coconut cake from Beauty Shop

57. Spicy crab soup from Ryu

58. Goat taco from La Guadalupana

59. Turkey and dressing from the Four Way

60. Reuben from Trolley Stop Market

61. Thai Gumbo from Tao

62. Honey gold wings from All-Star

63. BLT from Links of Galloway

64. Pan-fried dumplings from Panda Garden

65. Hot wing rolls from Blue Monkey

66. Barbecue pizza from Pete and Sam's

67. Mussels from Bari

68. Ribs from A&R Barbecue

69. Salsa Tayde from Las Tortugas

70. Baklava from Cafe Med

71. Pickled green tomatoes from Soul Fish  (love--I have been craving these lately)

72. Vegan Memphis barbecue sandwich from Imagine Vegan Cafe

73. Lentil tacos from Fuel Food Truck

74. Brussels sprouts from South of Beale (SOB's Grilled Cheese is to die for, too)

75. Bi Bim Bop from Kwik Check

76. Ribs from Central Barbecue

77. Wings from Molly's La Casita

78. Burger from Huey's

79. Cheese grits from Republic Coffee

80. Homemade chips from Pop's Deli

81. Nachos from Interstate Barbecue

82. Steak sandwich from Jack Pirtle's (I could drink Jack Pirtle's brown gravy.  no joke)

83. Pork chop sandwich from Tom's BBQ

84. Stone Hero hoagie from Skunx Chef's Pub

85. Meat-stuffed pizza at Little Italy

86. Chocolate milkshake from Wiles-Smith

87. Breakfast sampler from Bryant's

88. Crab eggs benedict from Sweet Grass

89. All-in-one from Las Delicias

90. Pronto Pup

91. Lobster roll from Slider Inn

92. Nuts and chocolate from Peanut Shoppe

93. Lunch buffet from Pho Hoa Binh

94. Self-serve frozen yogurt from Yolo

95. Dirty Fries from Revival Food Truck

96. Island Club from Bardog Tavern

97. Lobster pronto pup from Rizzo's Diner

98. Monte Cristo from Half Shell

99. High tea from Chez Philippe

100. Chili pineapple paleta from La Michoacana

Wow.  Apparently I need to get out more!  I mean, what is a better project for the prego girl than a food list??  So if any Memphis girls are up for some field trips, count me in!   (Except for the Melrose game)  lol.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Lovely Cupboard

I want to share one of my favorite blogs with you today! 

Meet my friend Heather from The Lovely Cupboard.

Heather and I went to church together for a couple of years back in the day.  We went to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska together for a mission trip back in '96.  Oh the stories from that trip.  I won't tell you what kind of characters we played in a performance.  That's another blog post for another day.  I'm still waiting on our Oscar.

Heather and I are FB friends, but I actually stumbled across her 'lovely' blog a while back when she was featured on Knock-off Decor.  Don't you love it when you discover other people you know who blog?

Heather is a legit blogger.  From her DIY projects, her parties, and her recipes, you can spend a few hours on her site.  And not to mention her photography.  Amazing. 

One day I will tackle her DIY Ombre Paint-chip art
So easy and so beautiul.


Doesn't this Avocado Hummus look delicious? 
So easy.
I'm a hummus addict here lately.  I can't wait to make this.

Heather is beautiful and talented in so many ways.  She also just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Gemma.  Enjoy checking out her site.  I promise you can lose some hours in the day!  Happy Tuesday!