Whhheeeew! After a week of being in the new house, we’re finally feeling settled in. We went almost a full week without wifi, hot water, or a real mattress in our bedroom, so it was kind of like camping. The no wifi part was probably the most difficult for me since I work from home, so it meant I had to actually look like a put-together adult and work from public locations. Once we got our hot water turned on, I took the greatest bath of my life. Then our new king sized mattress arrived and I swear it’s going to make getting out of the bed in the mornings even harder than it already was. It still kind of feels like we’re visitors in this house we really love. I’m not sure if that’s a typical new homeowner feeling, but it’s a crazy feeling. I have to keep telling myself “We own this. We live here now.” It’s been a total dream-come-true. I think this city girl is going to like life out in the country.

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Sponsored by Zappos. 

I had so much fun this past weekend at the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show here in Nashville. I already had assumed the event would be awesome considering they were holding FREE pet adoptions, but everything had exceeded my expectations immediately upon arrival Saturday morning. I was greeted with an upbeat and friendly emcee who was openly inviting all pedestrians into the party for free craft beer, free champagne, free live music, free grilled cheese from The Grilled Cheeserie, and more! I couldn’t believe how generous the entire Zappos road show crew was. It was all just to say ‘thanks’ to their loyal customers over the years!

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If you aren’t a part of it already, definitely sign up for Zappos rewards ASAP! With the Zappos rewards, you can get early access to major sales, free expedited shipping, and you earn points for every time you login, purchase, or leave a review! It’s so easy to rack up major points!

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I’ve been off the grid a little bit lately, but that’s mainly because Steve and I have been keeping some big news under the radar until we knew we could finally unleash the news to the world.

We bought a house! We’re officially homeowners. As of 12pm today, we closed on our very first home and have the keys to our new place in Madison (just north of where we currently are in East Nashville). We couldn’t be more in love with the house and we’re so excited to get settled in. It’s been a crazy journey since we started looking for the perfect place a few months ago, but we’re so relieved to have everything complete. We’re packing up and heading out to the country! (kind of). The house is on 1 acre just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, so it’s definitely new territory for me.

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Remember a few months ago when I posted about Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef event that took place in a beautiful backyard setting? Well, I finally get to share more about that amazing evening!

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On Monday, March 20th, the video from my meal at Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef: Nashville event officially went live. As you may remember, I shared a few details about the delicious meal I enjoyed by a local Nashville resident, Travis Nunn. As a part of the Next Door Chef campaign, Travis was coached by an acclaimed local chef, Karl Worley from Biscuit Love, to learn how to prepare an incredible meal using the right types of salt. Travis’s home was transformed into a beautifully decorated pop-up restaurant, “Indie’s Kitchen,” and we were served an amazing meal right in his backyard.

Check out the video from the evening here.

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Before our meal began, we learned from Travis that as a full-time, traveling musician, husband, and father, he hasn’t had much experience in the kitchen. He loves his wife’s cooking and as a way to impress her, he wanted to master the art of cooking and understanding how the right salt can make or break a recipe.

To learn how he could step up his cooking game through the proper use of salts, Morton paired Travis with Karl Worley of Biscuit Love (who doesn’t love Biscuit Love?!). Together, they created a menu Travis could easily prepare as Morton Salt transformed his home into a fully decorated pop-up backyard restaurant named “Indie’s Kitchen,”—after Travis’s daughter—where they served an amazing meal that I still daydream about today.

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next door chef nashville

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When I first arrived at the popup restaurant at Travis’s home, I was greeted with Lemon Spring Tea with Morton Kosher Salt to mellow out the bold, tart flavor from the natural lemon, giving the garnish a burst of fresh, sweet flavor.

Once we all took our seats, our meal officially began. It started with pimento cheese and crackers covered in course sea salt. Many of us bloggers got to know each other over glasses of wine while gushing over how much we loved the food. We were then served several dishes to follow: salt roasted beet salad, chicken country captain and curry powder, cheese grits, and last but definitely not least, biscuit strawberry shortcake.
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I not only had one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted, but I met some really incredible individuals that evening while being serenaded by the one and only Heather Morgan. It was a Nashville evening to remember and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of such a beautiful event that represented our city so well.
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This was the second of three Next Door Chef events. Morton Salt has shared that they will be releasing video and recipes from their third Next Door Chef, in New Orleans, this summer. The first Next Door Chef event that was held in Chicago.

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At Next Door Chef, I learned all about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt, versus the standard table salt when cooking your favorite dishes. I’ve already learned so many new ways to implement the right kind of salt into recipes I’m making and it has really turned things around.

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To learn more about how salt amped up all of the delicious food we enjoyed, visit mortonsalt.com/nextdoorchef. All of the recipes from the evening are available on their website!

This post has been sponsored by Morton Salt. All opinions are 100% my own.

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This post is sponsored by Zappos.

Where are all of my Zappos shoppers? I don’t know about you, but Zappos is one of my favorite online stores based solely on their selection of shoes and clothing and because of the overall shopping experience. They have always been a company that puts the customer first and it shows.
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And now, Zappos is heading out on a cross-country road trip to thank all of their customers for being so loyal, and they’re making a stop in Nashville! The event is called the Zappos Friends With Benefits Road Show and will be all about Zappos saying thanks, giving back, rewarding customers and making new friends all over the country. Their mobile set-up will blend the two worlds of e-commerce and brick and mortar with some usual Zappos flair that represents who they are as a company. Attendees of the Nashville road show can shop distinctive products and enjoy custom rewards.
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The Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show will include curated merchandise, local Nashville food, live music and entertainment, and free pet adoptions! How amazing is that?! I’m getting so excited to see all of the sweet furry friends. 

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zappos friends with benefits road show

Here are the details for the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show: 

Date: March 24th – 26th
Location:115 Lyle Avenue Nashville, TN 37203
TimesFriday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Hope to see you at the event! Come say hi!