Saturday, April 30, 2011

Opening Up Shop! Take Two.

I am so happy to announce that MerelyBlogDesign is finally open!!!
If you've previously requested a rate card, but did not receive one in your inbox, please email me. I sent out rate cards in the wee hours this morning & it's time for this night owl to get in the bed. Good night..errr morning! Coffee?...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Two Randoms on my Mind.

Watched The Voice & really enjoyed it. It's like the new American Idol! LOL
Sorry A.I. I loved you for like the first 4 seasons, but slowly lost interest over the years. The best season hands-down was Season 3, with Miss Barrino. Her winning seemed...just magical!

I don't get the "Royal Wedding" excitement. I just don't get it.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blog Design: Meet Sāntomian.

LAYOUT
I'm thrilled to share the designs I recently created for Sy's blog!!!

Sy indicated she was a very simple person & wanted more of a clean layout with just a hint of color!

Just my design style, girlie:)
Merely More...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Braid Outs Down the Board!

Definitely a style for most, if not all, kinds of hair.

Top Photo • Straight Hair (relaxed)
Middle Photo • Growing out Relaxed Hair (transitioning)
Bottom Photo • Virgin Hair (natural)

Per request from one of my lovely readers, I'm going to share my tips on how I do this hair style, & attempt a photo tutorial in an upcoming post.

Stay tuned... 
Check it out Here!

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Banana Cake.

I've never had banana cake before. Banana bread...Banana muffins...Sure! I love them, but when I saw this recipe several months ago, I knew I'd found another winner for using up brown bananas.

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I know you're good.



Don't Speak, by No Doubt.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Deets.


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Preparation.

Proverbs 30:25
I remember watching ants as a child, in the summertime. They worked!

It was funny & almost cartoon-like. I couldn't believe what I saw through a magnifying glass. Each ant marched in line, carrying the tiniest crumb of crackers, on it's back...errr, with it's arms? Does ants have arms!?
Anywhoo..they worked together & carried their food to wherever their storage was. Though this may just be their nature; I think it's both smart & inspiring.

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Mayo. Hold it!

Mayonnaise is okay with me in potato salads & (restaurant) sandwiches. When I make sandwiches at home, I don't really like mayo. Strange, yes?
Husband hates mayo, loves Miracle Whip.
Jimmy Fallon said he didn't like mayonnaise, because it looks like pus. LOL

What say you...Mayo or Miracle Whip?

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Leather Please.

Want.

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Go Viggo!

A History of Violence, Movie
Great movie! Loved the very last scene.

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Darling Deers!



No One Knows, Queens of the Stone Age

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Crisp Baked Potato Skins.

I'd never eat french fries with potato skin left on them growing up.
I just didn't like the texture, and part of my brain couldn't get over how "dirty" potato skins were.

Well; if the foods we hate as children, we soon cherish as adults...

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting the Body Rolling.

Went for a walk/run with the Mr. yesterday.
Early, yesterday.
Like, the crack of dawn, yesterday.
It wasn't too bad, as I went to bed somewhat early; nevertheless, it was cold outside! When you're sleepy & nestled niiicely underneath a plush comforter, the warmth from bed seems to say, "Stay...Just Stay."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Engrossing & Enchanting.


Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

I must confess that I often judge books by their covers, and I love the looks of this paperback! Lovely story too.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ecdysis.

My favorite scarf...It reminds me of shed snake skin.
Why that interests me...I don't know.

I just love the texture & shade of gray. It's warm enough to protect my neck in fall & early winter, but airy enough for spring. It's also very soft to be made of wool. Still haven't found it in nude...

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Soft & Chewy, Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies.


Merely Divine! 
These are the softest, chewiest, (thick) oatmeal cookies I've ever made.

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Bikes & Bad Boys.

Sons of Anarchy, TV
Finally!...something to hold me until Netflix removes the "long wait/unknown availability" on Dexter & Madmen.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Top 3 Hair Combs.

1. Jilibere/Wet Look Shower Combs. Awesome wide tooth combs, for combing wet hair & detangling. So good, I got two.

2. Goody Hair Pick. Excellent for lifting roots & concealing the parts for braid outs & twist outs. I find I'm even loving it to comb my hair when it's dry.

3. Cricket Narrow Tooth Tail Silkomb. The queen comb for rollersetting, smoothing hair strands, and making clean parts.

I've had the shower combs & the tail comb for years, and used it on my relaxed, transitioning, and now natural hair. The pick is a few months old, but I love it just the same.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Night Owl hoots the Early Bird.

I come from a family of night owls. Getting up early (when I don't have to), is not my idea of fun. And yet, I admire those who can wake up & start their day before 6 AM. It seems like they have more time/make the most of their day...and yet...they must go to bed pretty early.

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Why I Love Whoopi Goldberg.

She is clearly herself! Throughout all the years she's been in show business, she seems to remain unchanged by what people expect her to be...really, what people expect her to look like.

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You can STILL Accomplish Your Goals!



You can STILL Accomplish Your Goals - Pep Talk, by Sunshinelovespeace

Great Motivation, especially if you made New Years Resolutions.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tomato, Spinach, Tortellini Soup.

I didn't think soup could taste this good without cream! Super delicious. Super easy & filling. Add a couple of sticks of garlic bread & you have dinner.

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What's In that Bag? Answer.


It is...of course, leg wear!!! Thanks girlies for playing along:)
While perusing the store on a recent visit; nothing really grabbed me by my wallet snap & said, "Buy me Marie, no matter what the costs!". Sadly, it's been a long, long while since this has happened to me in my most favorite clothing store.

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Sleeping Awake.

Inception, Movie

Some say this is a Love it, or Hate it movie...you either love it or you hate it.

I merely Liked it. I think this is because, though I find dreams very interesting, this movie requires complete attention & a bit of patience to understand it. Don't go to the bathroom, don't turn away & cough for three minutes...because you might miss whether scenes are taking place in dreamland, or in reality.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Developments for Blog Design Service.

I recently finished the logo for the blog design service.
I'm super excited to present...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Decaf & Soy.

As previously mentioned, I decided to keep my joy & not give up coffee. Instead of my usual fully-caffeinated coffee with Half & Half, I tried drinking decaf with soy milk creamer...

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One Down: Off Me Meds Update.

It's been a little over a month since I stop use of my acne meds.  My "facial skin" (LOL) is doing/looking okay. After the first 2 weeks, not so much. I experienced an outbreak; tiny bumps freckled all across my face. I can't say I didn't expect it.

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I Never Kiss & Tell!



Big Bang Baby, by Stone Temple Pilots
Great Driving Anthem...at least for me.
What tune do you usually drive to?

...Orange Crush Mama, is a laugh, laugh, laugh...
Love it!


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