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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


It is much easier to thread a needle if you have trimmed the end of the thread with scissors, versus trying to thread with a jagged piece of thread.

In order to facilitate maintaining length of  hair, you have to trim off ragged/split/damaged ends.

A well cooked piece of meat is much more appetizing if the fat and skin have been trimmed away.

Do you see where I'm going with this? lol

TRIM. Trimming the dead, damaged, useless parts of life makes life easier, better, and more enjoyable.

In 2012, if it isn't making you happy, and it isn't making you money, trim it away.


Monday, December 26, 2011

iPhone 4s Woes

The iPhone 4s has brought me many woes. There was my struggle to get one when they first came out after having not pre-ordered one. And there is my current quest to get a new one, or a repair of my currently cracked/shattered screen. On both occasions my emotions have been tied to the availability of my iPhone 4s. Sadness when it was unavailable, or in the current case, shattered, and happiness when I was able to obtain one, or the prospect of a (free) repair.

That is despicable! I am so ashamed of myself! With aaaallll the blessings in my life, how DARE I allow myself to be so easily manipulated by the status of an electronic? In the back of my mind I say all the right things: I don't NEED an iPhone 4s, it is just a gadget, I have way too much going for me to let a toy get me down..... but that doesn't stop me from pouting from my iPhone 4s woes.

*slaps self on the wrist*

I guess this just exhibits my fortunate-ness - if I can dwell on something as trivial as a gadget, with so many other things going on in life and in the world. I know I'm not the only one who goes goo-goo for gadgets, as exhibited by the huge number of people cursing this Christmas because they didn't get an iPhone or iPad 2, but that doesn't make me feel any better. I'm just in a despicable majority lol.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas When You're Not a Kid

I'd consider myself a big kid, especially when it comes to holidays and holiday rituals. Christmas tree decorating, pumpkin carving, Easter egg dying, I love that stuff. Being 25 years old, it's been a long time since I've had a real "kid's Christmas." But I love the season nonetheless.

This has been probably the most unideal holiday season of my life. Having to attend a funeral on Christmas Eve-eve among other things definitely has made it a challenge to keep up the positive composure that I'm accustom to having.  But I have to realize that as an adult, life doesn't always go according to plan, and I'll never have another "kid's Christmas" again, but that doesn't mean Christmas can't still be great. As life changes, our expectations need to change, and that doesn't mean lowering them, but rather, re-imagining them.

This has been both one of the best and worst years, and I'm excited for what 2012 has in store.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you, my lovely blog followers. :-D


Thursday, December 22, 2011

ABCs of Fall/Winter: M is for MOVIES

There is nothing better, maybe besides music, to get me in the winter/Christmas spirit than my favorite holiday movies! Some of my favorites are:

Scrooged - starring Bill Murray. It's a classic

Along the same lines - A Divas Christmas Carol. I've always thought it was a great twist on the A Christmas Carol tale.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - another classic, both the original cartoon movie, and the movie with Jim Carrey

A Year Without Santa Clause - Snow Miser and Heat Miser? You can't go wrong lol

What are some of your favorite Christmas/Holiday/Winter movies?

Check out my The Best Versions of the Best Christmas Songs post for more holiday cheer :-)

Monday, December 19, 2011


The feeling of grief is SO HUGE compared to how short the word is. It's all encompassing. Consuming. Your head spins and your brain hurts trying to contemplate actual finality. Your heart breaks. Physically it feels like a heart pinch. Like death pinches a piece of your heart off with each loss that you can never get back. It's pain, and confusion, and disbelief all wrapped into one. It's a sensation of falling that never quite goes away, you just begin to get used to it over time.

Friday, December 16, 2011

ABCs of Fall/Winter: L is for LIGHTS

As the temperature gets a little colder, this ABCs series will slowly turn from Fall to Winter... hopefully I finish before I have to include Spring too lol.


One of my favorite parts of the season. Lights on houses, lights in doors, lights on Christmas trees, candle light. It's all a win. I sadly have not gotten decorations for our house yet but I plan to on Saturday. I don't think any fall/winter/holiday festivities are complete without some sort of festive lighting. And no matter what people celebrate during this time, light, is often important.

How are lights incorporated into this time of year for you?

For A - K of the ABCs of Fall/Winter series go HERE.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Product Review: NYC New York Color Liquid Lip Shine

I received the "Nude York City" shade of NYC New York liquid lip shine complimentary in my latest Influenster VoxBox. I was very excited that they gave a full size to sample!

It is a nude shade, so it doesn't have much color on the lips, although you can see the shade on your drinking glass or napkin. Lip shine is a good way to describe it because it does give a nice shiny gloss. It is a little on the heavy side, but I believe that contributes to how long it lasts, which is long. I applied it in the morning and it lasted well through the afternoon. It has no taste, but a pleasant smell, which is imperative for something to close to your nose lol. I really like the type of applicator it uses, almost like a large Q-tip, it makes for a nice controlled application.

Great price at $2.49 and available at most drugstores.

I give the Nude York City NYC New York liquid lip shine 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you like the internet, you like the internet...

Very often, especially in the summer months, you'll see people on social networks  (ironically) telling people to get out of the house and away from the computer to enjoy the outdoors, or interact with people in person. I do find this to be valid. To me, it is important to get out and be social in person, enjoy the outdoors, etc. BUT, who are we to judge the "best" or "most valuable" way for someone else to spend their time?

If a person finds absolute joy in never leaving their computer desk over the weekend, is that so bad? If after a hard week's work they only want to communicate with other people through screens and microphones is that so wrong? I don't see anything wrong with a person who is ABLE to be social, but prefers to lock themselves down with gadgets, doing so.

It took me a long time to come to terms with this though. My husband and I are very opposite in that to me the weekend isn't a weekend if I don't get to get out of the house and do something. To him, the more times he has to leave the house over the weekend, the less of a weekend it is lol. At first I couldn't understand for the life of me why someone would not want to get out and be social in the "real" world instead of the virtual one. But you know what? Everyone is different, and all forms of entertainment, as long as they don't hurt others, are valid.

When you have off-time, do you prefer the real world or the virtual world?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Why I love Groupon

Deal type e-mail lists (Groupon, Living Social, etc) are a new trend that seems to be expanding day by day. I think they're success definitely has something to do with the current economic climate. Getting more for less is appealing now more than ever.

I really like Groupon because it offers the average person luxury services/items that they either couldn't normally afford, or can't normally justify spending money on. So far I've gotten self service dog washing, food at an Indian restaurant and house cleaning services. Common offers are spa treatments, manicures/pedicures, trips, etc. I enjoy the ability to do things I might not be able to normally justify doing, at half the price.

I do wonder how the half-off deal wave is affecting businesses. I'm sure the hope is that the exposure of the offer will bring new and lasting customers, but I don't think things really pan out that way.

What has your experience been with deal-of-the-day type websites? How many are you subscribed to?

Haven't tried one yet? Take 2 minutes and sign up to Groupon.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Holidays are What YOU Make Them

Tis the season.... to be bitter?

For me, this is a wonderful time of year. I love the holidays. Everything to be celebrated between Thanksgiving and my birthday (Jan. 14th) is awesome to me. I love Christmas.

I've been seeing a lot of chatter, both on social networks, and "real life" of people complaining that the holidays are too commercial, or they hate all the ad campaigns and think this time of year is just an excuse to spend money.

While businesses, if they are smart, will take advantage of the habit of people to spend more during this time of year, what does that have to do with YOU? The holidays are what YOU make them. No one is forcing you to spend your holidays emptying your pocket book. Do what you do to enjoy this time of year. Focus on being thankful, spending time with family, the birth of Jesus (for some), holiday music and traditions, and even rest. I hate to see people allow themselves to be turned off completely because they see an uptick in commercials or sales. Don't allow your holiday spirit to be Grinched away like that. Even if you don't celebrate a specific holiday around this time, who says you can't take advantage of the tenants of good cheer and good will towards men?

You only live once. Be happy. Enjoy.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blogger Spotlight: Marie of merelymarie.com

Hooray! This is my very first Blogger Spotlight! Today I will spotlight Marie of merelymarie.com

Marie is definitely one of my favorite bloggers. I probably found her via a natural hair post, but her blog is about so much more than hair, which is why I like it so much. She blogs about fashion, beauty, life and food. I don't think I've seen a recipe of hers yet that I didn't love. She actually turned me on to parmesan shrimp which I make with pasta tossed with a little olive oil - it is now one of my husband's favorite dishes!

See what Marie had to say about her blogging experiences:

How long have you been blogging? 
Over two years.

What made you start a blog?  
Reading blogs. I was inspired by people who shared their lives & their knowledge; and were earning income from it by blogging. The beautiful photos, and the discussions/interactions that happened between complete strangers also interested me. I thought it all super cool & wanted to experience the other side of blogging.  

What was your vision when you first started blogging and how has that changed over time?   question, with a rather long answer! LOL When I first started blogging, my vision was to be a “big-time” food blogger. I wanted my old blog to be the next Smitten Kitchen; in fact, I wanted it to be bigger! After a year or so, I discovered that that wasn’t going to happen because the blog started to feel like an obligation. I loved food, and cooking & sharing that experience with every new recipe, but that wasn’t all that I wanted to share. I wanted to blog about style & shopping, talk about hair, and express my personal thoughts on random subjects like jealousy, and being a "quiet person"; as well as blogging about food.

I’d finally realized that I started that blog off a bad, and not to mention impossible vision…only Smitten Kitchen can be Smitten Kitchen! LOL I had to be me; so, the “wanna-be” blog was closed, and I started a fresh one; a blog that was…that is all me, and all that I truly care about. Now, my vision is clear & genuine: to continue blogging about what I love, be who I am, try my best, continue to grow the blog and hopefully monetize it successfully enough to earn a decent, steady stream of income.

You seem to have a nice blog following, what do you think contributes to that (besides your awesome content :-D) ? 
Thanks! Yes, good content is key & good photos go a long way. Updating regularly (at the very least, once a week) also helps, as well as keeping readers in the know when new posts will be delayed. Most avid blog readers don’t like to be left hanging without updates! LOL I get complimented on the aesthetics of my blog, so I definitely think a good design draws new readers to follow.

I’m also a member on different online forums/sites that interest me. Other members can find a link to my blog in my profile, and I inbox online friends with personal invites. I’ve also recommended my blog for special blog features & spotlights, like this one;)

What advice do you have for the aspiring blogger?
Pick a topic, or a few that you really love, open an account, & start blogging! It’s cool to be inspired by other blogs, but don’t do like I did & totally base your blog after theirs. That’s a sure-fire way to lose interest in blogging.   Try to update on a consistent basis, and keep a blog notebook nearby at all times. You never know what random thoughts (& things that happen throughout your day) could make a great blog post. You want to have something to jot it down (or type it in), before it escapes you.   Lastly, keep at it. If blogging really interests you, don’t stop.

Tell us about your blog design company. What made you start it?
MerelyBlogDesign is a blog design service that caters to niche, personal, and small business bloggers. I design blog logos, headers, buttons, and layouts to meet the needs of my clients.   Supplementing my blog with a product/service was always in my vision. The idea to create these specific services became clear to me when I realized how much time I spent in the design section of my Blogger dashboard; I loved going in there & changing things around & adding CSS codes for a new look (almost more than writing posts)! Only after that did I remember that I am a professional graphic designer. LOL All the compliments that I’d received on my blog’s design rolled into my head soon after, to seal the deal; and MerelyBlogDesign was born. 

Where on the internet outside of your blog can you be found?   I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, & MerelyBlogDesign  

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