So, when my husband told me he was thinking of planning a road trip for the two of us, I have to be honest, I wasn't that psyched. What was wrong with Greece? Or Turks and Caicos? Aside from the astronomical cost, two small children in need of supervision, and demanding jobs that required our focus? That about sums it up.
He was gifted with a trip to The Masters in Augusta, GA for his 40th which really helped to determine, if nothing else, general location. We decided on four destinations...Beaufort, SC...Savannah, GA...August, GA...Chattanooga, TN. None of which I'd ever been, none of which I knew much about. It was time for an adventure! Planned but not TOO planned, like, regimented or anything. Just vague ideas of what might be cool things to see and do as guests in uncharted territory.
I was anticipating a bit of boredom in the car. I love the man but what could we possibly have to discuss for ten hours STRAIGHT in the car after being together for 12 years (the fire bringing down the I-85 bridge in GA really threw a wrench in the works)?? Well, lots! And not all about the kids! WHAAAA?? I know! I was super surprised. Of course, the 90's station on Sirius really helped us relive our youth...waaaaaay more than ten hours of content to cover there.
We loved Beaufort! GO!! Such a small, quaint little town. Surprisingly more to do than I realized. Being a Bostonian, now landlocked in TN, I appreciated that breeze off the Atlantic (but not so much the pollen from the trees). We stayed at this beautiful bed and breakfast that I would recommend to any and everyone...Anchorage 1170. From their rooftop, you can grab a drink and get the most stunning view of the sun setting over the water you have ever seen. Here are some pics of Anchorage 1770 and the adorable town in which it sits...
So much history here! We took a horse-drawn carriage tour around the town and I learned so much!! Who knew?! So many more pictures I could share. I will say one of the most incredible sites we saw we made sure to check out on our way out of town. Sheldon Church...burned down, rebuilt, burned down again. It is such a haunting, heavy place to visit. Awe-inspiring really.
We fell in LOVE with Savannah, GA! So up and coming. A town with an interesting mix of intriguing history and the boho, crunchy art scene. Little pop in cafes. Restaurants overlooking the water. Glorious churches from centuries ago. Memorable scenes from some of our favorite movies. The affluent neighborhood of Jones Street inspiring the phrase "Keeping up with the Jones'" And WOW! You are never at a loss for a spirit or a spirit, if you catch my drift. My husband wanted me to go on a Haunted Pub Crawl and, ummmmm, no.
We stayed at the Cotton Sail Hotel, on the Riverfront. Splurged a little for the balcony but it was worth it for the view. Those big, gliding riverboats never cease to amaze and impress.
And the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is breathtaking. No matter what your belief, it truly is exquisite architecture, sculpture and art, paying homage to faith. When we got off of the trolley, it was pouring rain. Playing on the steps was a bagpiper, somberly playing out the casket, carried by mourners of the lost soul inside. I had goosebumps. Absolutely it was sad, but it was also so very majestic in its tradition. I feel honored to have "accidentally" happened upon something so special and meaningful. And then, to go inside and see what I knew had been flowing out of the doors...wow. Just, wow.
That's it! My experience in Augusta. I am sure it is a lovely city. But, I literally worked in a hotel room for two days straight while my husband enjoyed watching men hit a ball with a stick, chase after it, and try to get it in the tiniest hole...ALL. DAY. LONG.
Chattanooga ROCKS!! The last leg of the trip brought us back to Tennessee! Before we even got to Chattanooga, we stopped at Rock City. I had never been and this was my husband's 3rd time. It was nice for him to have time to share his childhood memories with his wife. And whoa!! What an incredible place to be! I had no idea what I was in for and really, words don't do it justice. Here is Rock City!
The thing about Chattanooga I couldn't get over was how much of a "green" city it is! There are free shuttles all over the city. FREE! There are bike rental spots on every sidewalk. We even saw electric car charging networks. Fantastic! And for those who weren't enjoying this beautiful, cloud-free day on land, they were doing it by river...Tennessee River!
We popped into local spots here and there either for a bite to eat or a quick drink on the patio. So relaxing!
The last adventure before our five hour drive home was the Tennessee Aquarium! I highly recommend. Beautiful, brilliant colors and creatures. WE moved between three buildings. And as we moved, there was a some sort of street fair that featured everything from art to photography to essential oils to "cheer bows" to a live, acoustic guitar playing with a softening voice. Perfection!
And that's it!! That was our road trip vacation, bringing us closer together and bringing us closer to the awesome cities and towns that are far closer than I even thought. Now some backyards are bigger than others but more often than not, the best experiences are right there waiting for us. We didn't need Greece or Turks and Caicos (well, not NOW, anyway). We just needed each other, time, car, and a map. And what a world of adventures we had.
I hope that you were able to be inspired by at least some of this. That you saw an interesting city or town. That you saw a place you'd like to dip into. Or maybe thought more about supporting local businesses right here at home. Maybe you already do all of this already and to you I say, you are far more aware than I and be grateful for all of the experiences you've had because of it. I hope you enjoyed the pieces of our peace!
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On March 27, 2017, we had such an amazing time! Thank you to all who participated!
Such a fantastic evening of sharing business, supporting empowered women, and bonding by creating relationships with members in our community, Not to mention the laughter and friendships that emerged from a great night, set in front of our Bahama Breeze backdrop.
Bahama Breeze, in Memphis, could not have been a more perfect venue. Manager, Carri Pratt, was so accommodating from the moment we first spoke. I walked onto the patio with linen-topped tables, donned with glowing candles, surrounded by seashells, and fresh flowers, nestled in their vases. It was picturesque before we even set up! And the staff! They could not have been more attentive, patient, organized and welcoming. And the food was scrumptious! If you have yet to try out Bahama Breeze, go there and enjoy! I can't say enough good things.
I know that many of you were unable to attend, as weather (tornado warnings and all) was CERTAINLY working against us, HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that you have to be excluded from the fun. The businesses spotlighted and the owners that built them, beautifully displayed and shared services & products for our guests...proudly and professionally representing their companies. They were all unique and yet, still, came together to create an evening that was joyful and unified for both vendors and guests.
Here is the contact information for our vendors so that you may get in touch with them all! Thank you to everyone for a most memorable evening!! xo
We had a great time capping off our February with a fun and festive GNO with some incredible vendors and guests. Enjoying some fabulous food and margaritas, Frida's Restaurante Mexicano at Carriage Crossing was a wonderful little spot for us to gather together to network, mingle and get to know more about each other.
I have heard from MANY of you unable to attend that the stomach bug was very much working against us. Even though you couldn't make it, here is the information and contacts of all our vendors and photographers (yes, we were lucky enough to have two FABULOUS photographers) so please reach out to our vendors because the products and services represented are so worth the inquiry!
Those of you that were able to celebrate with us, thank you for coming out! In the event that you needed contact information to follow-up, here ya go!
We were lucky enough to get not one, but TWO, fantastic photographers. Please take a look at their beautiful work.
Chelsea Pittman Photography
Mariah Kailey Photography
My husband and I are always looking for things to (1) do as a family and (2) experiences that are different, unique, and fun...yet secretly educational. We came upon the Lichterman Nature Center in Memphis. Now, one may not think February as the best time to check out a nature center but you would be very surprised. It was actually the PERFECT day for it. Not hot or humid. Overcast but no rain. Just enough to encourage people to lay low at home and not venture out! Cool!! More for us!
The trails were unoccupied. The birds were chirping. The geese and ducks were gliding through open waters. And the fun activities inside were calling our names! Nothing to do but take on an appreciation for nature, in it's purest form, in unlikely circumstances, and enjoy time spent exploring our new adventure together.
Inside, there are insects, reptiles and amphibians, oh my! So much to look at!! And because we were there on a day that others thought to be less optimal, We were introduced to some funky looking insect that I, personally, was all set with, but the kids were infatuated. We were also able to watch the box turtles eat their lunch, that looked...questionable at best. The kids learned all about turtles and how they live, eat, etc. It was like a private tour of the world of animals!
Throughout the day, we found fun opportunities here and there to reinforce what our kids are learning in school. For our 7 year old, he read signs along the trail, learned about the seasons, habitats, and different species. Our 2 year old worked on her colors, numbers and letter recognition skills. And, wouldn't you know...they didn't even realize they were learning!
We left having loved another day spent together, fresh air in our lungs, new found knowledge in our brains, and, perhaps more importantly, looooong naps in our future. Can't wait to go back!
Here are some pictures from our day.
Hello Ladies! Last week kicked off the official launch for our Memphis Housewives in the City Girls Night Out event! We had a great turn out! I also know that some of you who wanted to attend, were unable to because, well...life happens, right?
For those who were unable to attend, as well as those who got swept up in the excitement of it all, I thought I would share the links to our incredible vendors who helped to make our evening enjoyable! This way, you know where and how to find them. So, here are the Ladies We Love this month!
And a very special thank you to Cindy B. Thymius of
Cindy B. Thymius Photography
My 2 year old and I were reading the book Olivia by Ian Falconer before bed the other night. In it, Olivia does EVERYTHING...dresses up, makes sandcastles at the beach, sings, naps, dances and "On rainy days, Olivia likes to go to the museum."
"What dat, Mommy?" she asked me.
"A museum is a big building with lots of art in it. Like what you make at school with paint?"
"Uh-huh." she said.
How do you explain a museum to a 2 year old? You face the fear of the possible/likely destruction of priceless pieces of art and bring her to experience indescribable history and culture. So we did just that and visited the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art!
When I think about things to do with kids to get them out of the house, I realize that I limit myself and them to all things "kid." For no reason other than, well, that is what they are! The museum in Olivia wasn't a children's museum, as we know them. The pieces of art weren't interactive. They were hung on the wall to impress. To inspire. And yet they did.
We have spent many days at The Children's Museum of Memphis (www.cmom.com) and LOVE it all. We have a blast every time we go. But somehow this was different. More peaceful, certainly. More thought provoking (for me, at least). Serene. The exhaustion from those endless mother-daughter "disputes" faded, and excitement seeped in. She grabbed my hand and pulled me from picture to sculpture, upstairs to down.
I mean seriously, look at that little body in that gigantic room! She seems far too small to have soaked up all that she did in the brief amount of time we spent in that space. She looked at everything, I mean really saw it. And I found myself, many times throughout our day looking at HER. I mean really seeing her. Wondering what she thought, how she interpreted these images, what she would remember of such a special day.
Art has ALWAYS been a part of my life, performing and visual. Why had this not occurred to me before? A thinker beyond boxes had been confined to those 6 walls by one three-letter word..."kid." There is so much more to see! In the city! in the WORLD! Outside of the bouncy house lies a whole menu of life experiences that defy age. It doesn't matter what she thought about those paintings, it was about what she felt!
This is my vow from now on. We have busted out of that stinkin' box! I refuse to Google "kids activities," "free kid...," "summer for toddlers..." etc. Of course they will experience life as kids and do all of those fun kid things but I can't wait to broaden my scope, and theirs, and really explore what this city has to offer. Art...and SO much more...really is for everyone!
And be sure to check out Amanda Parer's public art exhibition, starting on Wednesday, January 18th! I mean really, what kid isn't going to LOVE giant glowing bunnies??!
This is the season of holiday parties and events! Ugly Sweaters, Cookie Exchanges, Girls' Night Out, Secret Santa...and the OFFICE PARTY! Having just attended my husband's, I thought I'd share tips for ladies on how to enjoy an office party safely and smartly, so as not to wake up with regrets, reminders and reprimands.
1. LIMIT PRE-GAMING:
It's usually free at the party anyway so be patient. You don't want to be the life of the party in your living room. Pace yourself. The only thing you should be doing at home is getting fabulous, chugging water, and carbo-loading.
2. INVEST IN A DD AHEAD OF TIME:
Take an Uber to and from the party. The alternative just isn't worth it, y'all! Spend the night in bed, not behind bars.
3. BE SURE TO KNOW HOW TO ROCK EVERY STEP TO POPULAR DANCES:
These popular, choreographed wedding must-haves ALWAYS pop up at the office parties. Know "The Wobble," "Cha-Cha Slide," "Teach Me How to Dougie," and if you stay to the end...the "Chicken Dance." It's not enough to know HOW to bust these moves, but you have to know them enough to make it look effort-less, really more like you're doing it because you have to, but still kinda bored by it.
4. BRING CUTE FLIP-FLOPS:
Those 8-inch heels that you baaaaaarely can stand in will really make you wobble while doing "The Wobble." Flip-Flops are a must so as to avoid any broken glass or stray alfredo sauce from a third trip to the buffet.
5. LEAVE THE SPANX AT HOME:
First of all, you know you always wait until the very last minute to go to the bathroom. Then it takes you 5 minutes to wiggle them down (unless you get the smart kind, if you know what I mean) and then 30min (with assistance from a friend) - 1hr and 10 min (bravely going solo) to get them back up close to where they started. You take too much time away from the fun, and risk a horrible catastrophe.
6. DON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME CHATTING IT UP WITH THE BOSS:
Guess what?! He/she will notice that your speech severely slurred and it takes really long for you to blink! No matter how much you think otherwise, you are fooling NO ONE.
7. WEAR WATERPROOF MASCARA:
It is HIGHLY likely that you will shed a tear and/or sob before the night is over.
8. REGULATE YOUR PARTNER'S TIME AT THE BAR:
Being a slow office party learner, I learned this part is integral to maintaining the fun and festive tone of the evening. For the last two years, I dropped the ball, BIG TIME. The Goose got loose and there was nothing I could do. In 2015, my 38 year-old husband was encouraged/peer-pressured into doing the worm, followed by a half split to the left, then a slight rise to transition to the right. He ended up tearing his meniscus and having back pain for the remainder of the week.
This year, at 39 years-old, he stuck with the worm, forwards and backwards, and tore a hole in the back of his pants that went from top to bottom. Not just a tear up the seam, but the kind where really there is no salvaging them.
9. DO NOT ATTEND THE AFTER PARTY:
SAVE YOURSELF!! No good can come of it. Bad karaoke and forgetting your debit card behind the bar just aren't worth it...and these happenings are best case scenarios!
10. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE OFFICE PARTY...:
Unless you are asking for confirmation and clarity, don't go there. 'nough said.
Happy Holidays!! Be safe! xo
St. Jude Marathon Weekend!
For the past two days, I have had the honor to participate in the St. Jude Expo, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, to kick off the Marathon weekend! This is one of the biggest events in Memphis and has been for the last 15 years. What an incredible experience! Having the opportunity to see both the Memphis area community and MANY out-of-towners come together for such an incredible cause was an overpowering honor. And it is all about supporting the journey and the people whose lives these illnesses impact, whether it be monitarily or in participation.
The strength that is displayed by these children and their families is so admirable. Being a parent myself, I can't imagine a world where these experiences exist, and I hope, with everything in me, I never do. Remarkably, it was such an uplifting experience! There was so much hope and strength just swelling the room. Amazing.
The marathon is today! Whether you are participating in the full or half marathon, or the 10K or 5K, you are making a difference! There is lots of activity downtown surrounding this event this weekend so if you have time, spend some time offering your support! Cheer on those exhausted runners who have been training for months (and keep an eye out for Elvis...it's his 20th marathon!...no, seriously) and support the local businesses in the area, as well.
Life is prescious so when we have the opportunity to celebrate it, let's take it! Please leave a comment to share your St. Jude Marathon experience! We'd love to hear about it!
Check out their website for more info: https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/at-play/fitness-for-st-jude/memphis-marathon.html
So, you are probably asking yourself, what is this "Housewives In The City" all about? (which is what I asked myself when I heard the name) We are not, in any way, associated with the bickering, tear-each-other-down, then, boom...besties, affluent women on tv. Nor are we associated with those four fantastic fashionistas sharing their adventures in friendship and love in New York City! Instead, we are a group of like-minded women, who work hard, support each other in our endeavors, and most importantly, love to thrown down and have a good time!
Housewives In The City was launched in 2011 in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., by our founder, Andrea Khoury. Housewives has now expanded to over 31 Cities across the U.S. and are adding more, as we speak. We host monthly Girls Night Out Networking Meet Ups & Networking Socials and will be looking for new venues to partner with each month!
This blog will keep you updated on where our Girls Night Out events will be every month, the participating small business owners, event sponsors, and supported charities. In addition, I will keep you up to date on what is going on in Memphis and the surrounding areas (like Cordova, Collierville, Germantown, etc.), reviews of restaurants, gift ideas, fashion, travel ideas...the things you will see on here, are endless! You may find that you will be checking this site, before any other.......
I am gearing up for Memphis' Housewives In The City launch, so check back for details and watch for how you can become apart of these great events!
My name is Katy and I am thrilled to be sharing the Memphis area comings and goings, from the perspective of a housewife entrepreneur that loves all things fabulous! Originally a Bostonian (and always one at heart), My family and I have lived in the Memphis area for the last 4 years. I have been a teacher in the city for 3 of those years. This year, I resigned this to spend more time with my husband and 2 children, while still pursuing my passion from home! If I can be a mom, I most certainly can build an empire as a business owner. Life is too short not to spend it happy and fulfilled!