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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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The natural energy we always wanted!

September 2nd, 2015 No Comments

It’s only Wednesday and I’m soooooo exhausted.  But I’m still smiling and still moving because I’ve discovered:

 

I wouldn’t have believed until I tried it…and I wouldn’t have shelled out $46 for the little jar without tasting a bite and feeling its power instantly, so I’m hoping you’ll trust me now and thank me later when you order a jar and change your life.

One little bite of Bee Panacea

gives me more energy INSTANTLY

than a full cup of coffee.

Not that you or I care, but Victoria Beckham swears by it too.

This superfood jelly wakes me up within minutes at 4:30am in the morning and keeps me moving when I’m crashing at 3pm.  It’s more powerful on an empty stomach, but during the day I’ll feel energized within 20 minutes.

What I love is that I don’t have to do anything to get it: no grinding beans or waiting in line.  I just spoon out about a teaspoon and scrape it off into my mouth.  It tastes good, or better than you would expect I should say.

The ingredients are all natural, recognizable, and combine to help you with more than just energy:

You can find it at some Whole Foods or order it online here.

Energized and Smiling Head To Chin:

 

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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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Don’t stress about Dad

May 27th, 2015 No Comments

I think the reason we stress out about shopping for Dad is because we don’t fully understand the things they really enjoy in life.
Hence I reach out to my go-to “guy” who is corporate but not too conservative, stylish without being flashy, Southern but not a cowboy, enjoys all sports and plays golf. A very well-rounded, happily married father of two. In other words, he seemingly fits the bill for every man in some way.

Below we have come up with a gift guide for you that hopefully takes the stress out of your thoughtfulness :)

A more affordable option to the Big Green Egg: The Weber Smoker Grill

 

No fire pit? No problem. This Light ‘n Go Bonfire lights up anywhere.

 

 

His weekend watch has to be durable and cheap, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.  Timex has totally rebranded and has plenty of attractive styles like this one to choose from.

 

Oversized board shorts belong in the trash. It’s time for your man to show a little leg too!

We love Saturdays because they’re well made, unique, and the price point is perfect!

It’s come to my attention that women now dominate choosing the restaurant. So, on Dad’s day, find the biggest and best new burger in town and take him to devour it!


RAREFORM backpacks and totes are made from recycled billboards so they’re all one-of-a-kind and super durable. Again, starting at $50, totally affordable.

 

For the hubby who likes to host: honeyboards are also one-of-a-kind.

If you’re still on the hunt, hit up TouchOfModern, my favorite website for stylish accessories, chic furniture, and awesome gadgets. And, it’s all on sale :)

You can also check out my previous Men’s gift guide from Christmas here.

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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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The easiest and fasted way to get the new iPhone

September 16th, 2014 No Comments

iPhone 6 at Radio Shack

 

If you’re like me and DYING to get rid of your temperamental iPhone 5, you’ll appreciate how easy Radio Shack’s system is for you to make the switch!  I learned this trick randomly when I was picking up an extension cord in Atlanta a few years ago.  For some reason, they don’t advertise it.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go into your local Radio Shack and choose the model iPhone you want.
  2. Put down a $50 deposit which they will return in the form of a gift card.
  3. Sign your declaration of intent.
  4. When it arrives, you have 3 days to pick it up.
  5. Sell your old iPhone on the spot.  If you have a 5 or 5S, you will get over $100 for it.

That’s it!  No line, no hassle, no FedEx sticker saying you missed the delivery on your door.

Just to give you an idea of the cost of the new iPhone 6:

I chose the 64GB iPhone 6 (not the Plus).  With my upgrade the phone is $300.  My iPhone 5 will trade in for $110 (or possibly more).  Now my phone is $200!

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