Idea-less Tuesday

Once upon a time there was this girl who had a little blog.  This girl loves to talk, share stories, and create all day long.  She loves to spend time with her two dogs, her fiance and family.  Most days this girl has no trouble coming up with stories and DIY projects or tips to share with people.  However, then there was a Tuesday where she had no idea what to talk about.  That has never happened before.

If you cannot tell this girl is me and the little blog is this one.  And I really am idea-less on what to talk about.  I thought I would share some pictures of the past few days instead of being creative.

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Office for the day

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Trial run for the wedding!

Cardinals Game

J and I at the Cards v. Cubs game.

Busch Stadium

Best view

That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do!
One of the best movies ever made.

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Cheers!

August Goals

August Goals

Here we are… after the first full week of a new month and I’m setting up August Goals.

I like goals and to-do lists.  I feel that it gives me a sense of direction and a foundation in a sometimes chaotic life.  I mean goals keep you motivated and keep your dreams a reality.  If you have a dream then you decide on action steps to take to achieve those dreams, right?  A dream because a goal and then goal becomes action steps that you put on a to-do list… I’m digressing as I think of different ways to say goal and to-do lists.  I’m going to get back to the point – August Goals.

1) get settled into our new home.  I mentioned how we were moving (this weekend!) to a new city and I don’t want to still be unpacking boxes months from now.

2) consistently write about 3-4 posts a week for this merelynne.com.

3) create a routine between work, blog, etsy, and home life.

4) make progress on the wedding by ordering invitations and finalizing the favor idea (so excited!)

5) design some organizing templates for the site for others to use.  I have some great organizational tools that I created and they help me so much from day-to-day and I think it’s time I share them with the world.

Last month I wrote about 27 things to do while 27.  So far, I’ve accomplished one thing off that list.  But I think that is pretty impressive since it’s been less than 1 month!  Once life settles down I will keep you in the loop on my list progress.

Cheers to August Goals!

5 Moving Tips to Ease Packing

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Want 5 moving tips to make a move easier?

Between living in different apartments during college, then moving in with J a few months ago, and now moving to a bigger city – I have this whole moving business down.

Here we go… 5 moving tips to make life a little less stressful:

1) make a plan. Don’t go all willy-nilly between rooms packing. You have everything arranged in specific rooms for a reason, so pack that way.

2) label boxes for the rooms they are going into. Your new place may not have the same number of rooms or the rooms might have a different purpose. It will be easier for your movers friends to know where to put the boxes.

3) ever watch “Undercover Boss?” I watched the episode of United Van Lines, the moving company. Their packers would wad up packing paper and place in the bottom of empty boxes for breakables.  The crumpled paper in the bottom helps add a little cushion.

4) spackle nail holes as you take down your pictures. Think “whistle while you work” here, except “spackle while you pack.”

5) clean as you go. Especially if you live in a rental that will help get the most bang for your buck . We had a two car garage, so once a room was packed the boxes and furniture went outside. After all items are out of the room it is the perfect time to clean – wipe down the trim, fans, window sills and then vacuum.  Then seal off the room.

I hope these simple 5 moving tips help!

Cheers!

If you’re looking for a few more tips, check out my friends over at The Simple Dollar.  They have a great resource to share with you.

 

Weight Loss Struggle: An Update

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This picture really does not have anything to do with this post, but some days it’s exactly how I feel when it comes to my weight loss struggles.

I struggle with my weight and with weight loss. Like most people do, rather they will admit it or not. I had written all what I had gone through here. I made a commitment that I would make this blog my accountability partner with my weight loss and so, I want to make sure I stick to my word.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to work on my weight loss since my last post:

Crossfit 3-4x a week, I saw a wellness doctor about a healthy diet plan, and have J who is my biggest supporter. I’ve lost about 5 pounds so far, but I want to be honest. It’s not really about the number of pounds; I’m not going to lie getting on that scale and seeing a lower number puts a smile on my face. But it’s the way I feel when I look in a mirror and the way I feel in my clothes.

I put a pair of jeans that I haven’t been able to wear for months and they fit. Such a great feeling! My wardrobe has consisted mainly of dresses and maxi skirts lately, luckily there are some cute maxi skirts out there, but I cannot wait to pull out my shorts and jeans.

I appreciate having someone in my life that puts my needs first and basically forces me on the days I want to be lazy. All it takes is the commitment to change your life. I know that I have a way to go, but I know that I can do it. I learned a lot from Weight Watchers as a member and as a leader, but it’s time to get back to the basics.  

Here’s to getting healthy!

Cheers!

New Prints + A Giveaway

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Some recent additions to the MereLynnConcepts shop over on Etsy.  Plus, I have a shop credit giveaway going on over at Living In Yellow with some other great offers.  Check it out!

Cheers!

Spilling the Beans

spilling the beans

At the beginning of this week I talked about some changes coming and now I can finally spill the beans…

Drumroll please….J and I are moving! We are leaving Southwest Missouri and heading 3 hours away. J took a new job and we had 2 weeks to make the big move. GULP! 2 weeks to pack our whole place … This past weekend we went up, found a place that we love and then asked all of our friends to help. I have to admit I have been a packing fool and have made huge progress in getting ready. I think J is a little impressed with my organization skills this time around.

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I do have to admit, I am a bit nervous about moving. I’ve lived in Southwest Missouri for the past 7 years and before that I had never lived anywhere but my hometown. The new city is much, much bigger – more highways to navigate around, less friends nearby, and a whole new experience. I get butterflies in my stomach when I think that it’s actually happening. I just cannot believe it.

Want to know the best part? I will be less than 2 hours away from my folks, my sister and less than 15 minutes from J’s family. Plus, my grandma will be about 45 minutes away. It’s going to be so nice to have family so close… I mean, I could drive home for the day and it not be a 6 hour car ride, roundtrip. Yes!

Here’s to the next chapter in our lives!

Cheers!

photo by DColeman Photography

A Life Update in Pictures

Alright, I’ve been a little absent this past week and so I am going to share a life update in pictures.

My absence has been for good reason, I promise.  I will update once the storm has calmed down and life gets a bit more settled.  I will tell you that it will all turn out great and I am so pumped up about all the changes coming our way.  The next week is going to be a wee bit bumpy, stressful and tiring; however, in the end it will all be worth it.

Until I can go way into detail – here are a few snap shots and a life update without words.
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Here’s to change!  Whether it’s expected or unexpected – it happens.

Cheers!

Inspirational Quote: Zig Ziglar

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Sometimes you do not need many words in a post to sum up your feelings.  This quote hits perfectly for the day and the moment.  Glad someone like Zig Ziglar came around with such a perfect quote.  

I appreciate it!

Cheers!

What I’ve learned from blogging

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Today’s workspace

Blogging.

It’s fun, it’s creative and it helps me meet people across the country.

I’m still new at this whole blogging thing, well not really new new because I’ve been blogging on and off for about 4+ years now.  But I’m new to consistently blogging.

Here’s what I’ve learned from blogging and I’m sure I have much more to learn:

1) post often – the more you post the more your blog will be indexed with Google

2) comment on the blogs you read – I don’t get a lot of comments and that’s okay.  Someday though.  But I comment on the blogs I read and think it’s important to comment.  Commenting gets you involved and helps others to see your name and perhaps click on your link to your site.

3) pictures are key – I remember years ago reading about how you should never have a post without a picture and I try to follow that with every post.  If anything, pictures make your posts more appealing.

4)  learn the basics of social media.  I love social media, I’m kind of a social media junkie so I lucked out on this one.  I use HootSuite and schedule posts to my twitter and my facebook page once I write a post.  Now I don’t have to take time out of my day to send a tweet or a facebook status update.  It does it for me.

5) be true to yourself – my first blog was a lot about DIY projects.  I love DIY projects, but I don’t have time to do 3-4 projects a week to keep my blog updated.  Props to the people that can complete 4 DIY projects a week, I do not know how you do it!  I simply do not have it in me.  This blog is so much more me… I can talk about my real life, post some DIY projects, and share what inspires me.  I am influenced by so many different things and the idea of creating pigeon hole was not working.

Remember a blog is for you and only for you.  If you create something with this idea of making all this money or becoming an internet celebrity then it simply will not work.  I write for me.  I journal my thoughts and projects that work for me.  That is what is important to me and that is all that matters.

Happy blogging!

Cheers!

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Why am I obsessed with my dogs?

Alright, it’s not news to anyone that I treat my dogs like actual children.

I know I am not alone in this epidemic, but I might be one of the biggest offenders.  Last week Tiny had a little lady surgery performed and I took off the following day to be with her… and let’s be honest to have a day off work is always a bonus!  My poor, poor puppy was just not feeling good at all and it was breaking my heart.

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Post-surgery

Look at this little face!

While Tiny was getting snipped, Maggie was at the spa for a full day of pampering.

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So fresh and so clean

Less hair is always better for Maggie.

I spent the day holding Tiny and making sure that she knew she was loved.  Oh I felt so bad taking her to the Vet and somewhat embarrassed when I had to carry her back because she was thrashing against the wall to get away from the Vet Tech.  Oh these dogs!

These dogs are too spoiled!

Cheers!

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