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How to wrap your present perfectly: it’s all about the bow – My How To video with 2.2 MILLION views!

December 14th, 2015 2 Comments

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‘Tis the season to wrap my friends, so below are my two How-To videos.  I would make new ones, but since millions of people have found them useful, I’m keeping these guys alive.  I’m so glad to know you find them helpful!

I love getting pics of your pretty packages, so when you’re done send me some.  They always make me smile :)

Mary@MoreThanMary.com

WRAPPING THE BOX PROPERLY

MAKING THE BIG BOW

 

In order to make this bow, it’s crucial you buy the right ribbon:

 

I buy C&G ribbon from the Container Store.  The seem to sell it in TONS of colors online now, but the brand isn’t marked.  I would call customer service first just to make sure you’re getting the right one.  Either in the store or online, you’ll notice it’s pricey, but the spool goes a long way.

Another source for ribbon is Costco.  Buy the thicker ribbon with wire in it and you can make the same bows.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me: mary@morethanmary.com.  I’d also LOVE to see how it goes for you.  Send me pics of your pretty packages!

 

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A Resolution to Save Your Body Over The Holiday Party Season

November 16th, 2015 No Comments

Leonardo DiCaprio Party

Ok, it’s that’s busy time of year again.  The parties are picking up and your workouts will drop off.  So instead of waiting until January to recover from the festivities, resolve to stay on top of AT LEAST your workout now so it’s less of an uphill battle later.
Other benefits:
  • Revving up your metabolism to deal with the extra calories
  • Looking hot wearing your cocktail dress
  • Looking  hotter not wearing your cocktail dress

1.  RISE AND GRIND

Morning people you’re all set on this one, just stick to your routine.  As for you nighttime exercisers, you’ll need to switch it up.  If you workout in the morning, you can get out to the party at night.  Let’s be honest, no one wants to go from work, to the gym, to a party.  Not to mention the unimaginable: work to party to gym!

2.  KEEP WHAT YOU LOVE

If you’re going to cut back, take out the workouts you do out of obligation, not enjoyment.  The workout that gets you amped will motivate you through the energy slump to make it to the gym.

3.  PAY FOR YOUR WORKOUT

Whether it’s ClassPass, a private studio, or a trainer, if you’re throwing down extra cash, you’ll get your money’s worth in two ways.  You stick to your commitment to exercise and you complete a solid workout.

4.  EAT MORE DURING THE DAY

If you eat more during the day, you’ll have energy after your workout and you’ll eat less at night.  Don’t judge the food for nutritional value, just eat it before 3pm.

5.  BE SATISFIED IN YOUR EFFORT

If you’re tired and hungover and your workout isn’t at the level of intensity that you always hit, don’t be critical, feel satisfied that you actually completed an hour of exercise.
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Make the best guac ever

June 25th, 2015 No Comments

  Coming from Texas, I hold a very high standard for fresh guacamole.  At this point, I think I’ve perfected my recipe.  Honestly it’s not much of a recipe, but each component is important.

1.  Ripe Avocados

Since avocados ripen from the inside out, you’ll know it’s ready to go when the point farthest from the core is soft.

At home, cut them down the center and cut into cubes.  Do not stir the guac at all until every component is in the bowl.

2.  Cherry Tomatos

Small tomatoes have a lot more flesh and  less liquid and seeds that you would have to clean out of larger tomatoes.

3.  Sweet Onions

Most people use white onions and they dominate the dip.  A milder onion has proven to keep the bite but not distract you from the avocado.

Chop them up small and remember less is more.

4.  Garlic

You don’t need much, just a clove or two depending on how much you’re making.

5.  Cilantro and Lime

Yes, you need them both.  I cut the leaves of the cilantro in half.  Cut the lime in half and just squeeze half.  Add more to taste from there.

4.  Make Your Own Chips

This might be the most important step!

In a large pan, heat up canola or EVOO, to the point that if you splash water on it, the oil sizzles.  While it’s heating, cut up flour and corn tortillas into strips or triangles. Lay out some paper towels and put some sea salt in a bowl.

Fry up the chips, turning them only once so they’re brown on both sides.  Remove from oil and lay them in a single layer on the towels.  Sprinkle with sea salt. Test out one chip from your first batch to make sure they’re fully cooked and not chewy.  When they’re cool, place in separate bowls if you’re doing corn and flour.

Here’s a shot of the last batch I made for fight night at Kitty’s house. Six people ate the whole bowl!

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Start your summer with these singles

June 10th, 2015 No Comments


The Weeknd’s new single, “Can’t feel my face.” A-mazing.

On a lighter note, download these more upbeat releases too!

  • Flo Rida + Robin Thicke – I Don’t Like It
  • Pitbull + Cee Lo Green – Have Some Fun
  • Maroon 5 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt
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Create a website as your resume in ONE CLICK: Strikingly

June 3rd, 2015 No Comments

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I wouldn’t believe it unless I had done it myself, but you can seriously create a website that will serve as your resume in ONE CLICK with Strikingly.  And, it looks AWESOME!

Strikingly pulls the content from your LinkedIn Profile, loads it into a single-page template, and incorporates sleek design elements with background images from their library. I’ve tried it (see my site here), and yes it’s that easy.

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Not only does your site look good online, it’s also responsive to mobile devices. In other words,  you don’t need to hassle with creating a resume in Word anymore.

Founder and creator David Chen set his goal to give anyone the capability to build a website in 10 minutes or less. In my experience with the Strikingly dashboard and user-friendly interface. That is absolutely true, but it was so easy to make changes, add new content, rearrange the flow, and edit photos, I spent an hour having fun playing with the features!

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The cost of the site is $0 if you use their Strikingly domain. YourName.Strikingly.com. Should you want to use a custom domain, you’re looking at $96/year that includes email service and the ability to build another website. The Pro version ($192/year) gives you three sites, access to the app store, embedding capabilities, and other features worthy of the cost.

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Strikingly isn’t just for resumes. The platform can also be the foundation for your company website and serve you analytics. Coupled with the fact that it’s also mobile-optimized makes Strikingly the perfect solution for businesses that can’t afford web development.

Go to Strikingly.com to create your online resume now. Then offer up a note of thanks to their team on Facebook. Trust me when I tell you, they will love to hear from you!

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Hostesses, meet your new wooden friend.

May 20th, 2015 No Comments

I was introduced to Honey Boards through my longtime childhood friend Julie Soefer, who is one of the most talented photographers I know.  After working with Annie Lebowitz and being a natural behind the lens (as she proved in high school), how could she not be.  Julie shot that amazing picture above, posted it on her Instagram, and this little southern girl who loves to entertain melted into her iPhone.

A little investigation led to learn about the company.

 

 

Honey Boards, are made from cypress knees of trees that have been cut down for lumber by a cute couple in Louisiana.  They come in all shapes and sizes and their price point is reasonable.  Unfortunately, since they’re all hand-crafted and one of a kind, they’re often sold out!  See what’s available here.

 

 

According to their instagram @honeyboards, VERY SOON, we will be able to find them in West Elm.  However, I’m the kind of girl who likes to go to the source.

 

 

What I love most about this serving platter is that I would (and will as soon as I buy one) use it as a decorative piece where I could see it and smile daily.

(Photos via Honey Boards Instagram)

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Don’t forget to tip the band

October 29th, 2014 No Comments

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Noisetrade is a new music discovery website that allows bands to post their awesome music online and fans to download it for free.  We get our heads and hearts flooded with great songs and in return we tips the bands to say thanks.

There must be some sort of team behind the scenes working to filter the good from the bad and making playlists.  For example, this playlist of songs from tv shows. I hear songs on tv all time time that instantly strike a cord and I can’t find them anywhere. So frustrating.  Noisetrade is hunting them down and making playlists I can stream and download for free.

The site is mostly “easy listening” electronic and indie rock, my faves.  You can follow me on it here to see what I’m listening to.

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One of our all-time favorite bands drops a new album

September 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Just when I thought “Los Angeles” would be my last love note from Adam Duritz, Counting Crows resurfaces with a new album!

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Duritz said he “wanted to make a record-record, something digestible…more imaginable.”  That got me a little scared until I heard the songs themselves.  Thankfully, they’re totally analogous to our favorites from the past!

  • Earthquake driver –> Hanging Around
  • God of Ocean Tides –> Perfect Blue Buildings
  • Scarecrow –> Anna Begins
  • Cover Up The Sun –> Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby
  • Possible Days –> Sullivan Street

It’s his voice and writing style.  But we love it, so if it ain’t broke….

I’m not saying this will be my new favorite album, but I look forward to listening to it cover to cover on Rdio.

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