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Freebie Friday: Free Summer To-Do List Planning Printable

Hey there!  Just a few days ago was the summer solstice and I've been thinking of all the things I want to accomplish this summer.  If you signed up for my email newsletter, you got first dibs on this free summer to-do list printable.

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Free Summer Printable

Check back on Monday to see how I fill our my summer to-do list!

Your truly,
Marian Elizabeth

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Photo Friday: TV, Outside, & Stealing Magazines

Happy Friday & Thank goodness it's Friday.  It's been a long week what with work and going to the gym every day (trying to lose my winter weight, thank you very much) and working on new projects.  If you didn't read about my new zine project I'm working on, check it out!

I know I haven't been the best about actually completing projects lately, but hopefully that's about to change.  Anyway, let's get on with the Photo Friday post! (Super subtle.  I know.)

First of all, I finished watching the 3rd season of Kimmy Schmidt and it was very good.  I enjoyed it a lot.  So many cool characters and storylines and I love how Kimmy and Xan got to be college friends. Haha.

Yard sale season!  My neighborhood's annual yardsale was very tiny this year so we just put our stuff out on the curb along with a Craiglist listing that said "FREE".  People love free stuff so it was all gone by the end of the day.  Gotta love it.

Everybody knows I'm a fan of the young sleuth!  I've read a handful of the original Nancy Drew books but I've never read the crossovers with The Hardy Boys, so this should be some interesting summer reading.

My twin brother Brendan and I.  He was home for the weekend so we went out to lunch on Sunday after I got back home from Scranton Zine fest.  I figured a selfie was obligatory since we're hardly ever together anymore.

Funny story.  Our postman gave us our neighbor's copy of Rolling Stone and I was going to give it back, but then I started reading the article on Chris Cornell and there were young pictures of Eddie Vedder and I just couldn't!  I love Pearl Jam so much.  So I've decided to keep it.

I'm sure that makes me a bad person, but oh well.  Life is short.  Do what you want.

(horrible advice)

Yours truly,
Marian Elizabeth
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Tips for Hosting Your First Yard Sale

Every year my neighborhood hosts a yard sale for all of us to sell/give away some of our unused items.  You know how it is.  You buy something and find that eight months later you still aren't using it at all.  That's ok!  Someone else will get good use out of it!

Last weekend was our neighborood's annual yardsale so I wanted to share a few tips that I've picked up over the years.

1.  The Early Bird Gets The Worm

I know it sounds like a silly saying but it's actually very true.  Make sure you open your garage door and get things set up early.  The most serious of yardsale shopper will be out and about around 6 a.m. and they are ready to find ALL the good deals.

2.  Give Yourself Enough Time To Prepare

I was talking to a woman at work and she shared with me that her family spend weeks preparing for their neighborhood's yardsale.  They wound up making close to $1000 but that's because they gathered all of their items together, priced them fairly, and stayed organized.  You have to have an organized set up in order to entice your shoppers.

3.  Price Items Fairly

Just because you've never used something doesn't mean you can price it at market value.  That's not what yardsale shoppers are looking for.  They are looking for a good deal that is fair.  My Mom has always said throughout the years that her goal at a yard sale isn't to make a ton of money.  It's to get rid of some of the excess in her life.

4.  Advertise

I know that someone in my neighborhood puts up an ad in the newspaper (or maybe the merchandiser) to get people interested.  Advertising your neighborhood's yardsale is the best way to get people to show up.  Don't forget about social media as well!

5.  Be A Seller & A Shopper

Spread the wealth!  My yardsale was not very profitable, but I stopped by my next door neighbor's garage to check out all of their goods.  I wound up buying a book.  It's a Brownie Scout Guide from 1950 that has cute illustrations and a lot of good tips.  First I'm going to read it.  Then I'm going to disassemble it because I think it would be good for zine making.

What do you look for in a yardsale?  What's your best find that you've ever bought?

Take care,
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How I'm Trying to Reignite My Love for Fiction Writing

Friends, I have been in a writing slump.

It's not that I have writer's block.  I know what I WANT to write.  I just can't get into writing it for some reason.  It's been weeks that I've been telling myself I will work on finishing the first draft of Alicia but I haven't done it yet.

Why?  I don't know.  There's nothing stopping me.  Except for myself, unfortunately.

1.  Take a Break

I think that when you're just not feeling a certain project, you can't force it.  You need to take a break and clear your head.  That's why I'm working on my zine projects and other things right now.

2.  Organizing

At the end of the week I want to look through all of my WIPs and figure out a plan for all of them. One of the ways I get so confused in my own writing is that I write without a plan.  Sigh.  When will I ever learn?

3.  Take it Step by Step

When I do start trying to work on my fiction writing again (which will be at the end of this week, hopefully) I can't just sit down and write 1,000 words in one writing session.  It's possible, but it also seems a bit demanding.

Have you ever been in a writing slump?  What do you try to do to get out of it?

Take care,
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Working on Volume 2 of Marian's Musings: A Comic Zine

I'm working on a new project right now, which is Volume 2 of Marian's Musings, a little comic zine about my life.  The first issue released in 2012 and I use it as a freebie to give out with etsy orders. But while I was at Scranton Zine Fest I felt inspired to change my outlook on zine making and the kinds of art I create.

A creative mess

Working on my zine
I'm not the best artist but it's something that I've always wanted to improve on so I'm enjoying the process of carrying my sketchbook around, looking for inspiration everywhere.

Take care,
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Dreaming of Sun & Ocean Waves: A Beach Accessory Round Up

I had a very nice day off yesterday!  After spending the morning at the garage (getting an estimate on the damage from the accident I was in), I had a very peaceful day.  My afternoon consisted of eating leftover pizza, going on a long walk, getting a suntan, and watching the new season of Orange Is The New Black.

The warm and sunny day made me realize that I would really like to have a local pool membership this summer, so on Monday I'm going to call the parks & rec department to find out what I need to do to become a member.

In the meantime, I've been daydreaming about the different things that are completely and totally necessary for having at the beach or the pool this summer.  (A little shopping never hurt anyone, right?)

1.  Sunglasses

Sunglasses (or sunnies) are obviously the most important part of being in the sun, right?  You want to have a pair that protects your eyes as well as looks cute on you.

I really like this pair because they have a blue tint, but they're also basically clear.  They'd look perfect at the pool or when you're trying to get a little reading done at the beach.

All of the pairs I have had in the past have been darker.  Except for this awesome pink glitter pair I had.  We won't talk about what happened to them because it's still hard for me. (Spoiler alert:  I accidentally stepped on them.

2.  Beach Towel

When I was a kid and my Mom would take us to the pool, we always had matching towels.  I'm pretty sure my Mom would just stop by J.C. Penney and pick out a matching set so that my brothers and I wouldn't fight.  But now, there are a lot of cool towels out there (although I'm sure some are better quality than others).

I love flamingos so these Betsey Johnson towels really stood out to me.  I especially like the blue one with the two flamingos in love! Haha.  So cute!

3. Sunscreen

I may have only been out in the sun for a few hours on Saturday, but my skin was definitely a little pink afterwards.  That's because I didn't wear any sunscreen, which is one of summer's most very important accessories.

It's very important to protect your skin in order to avoid skin cancer and other issues related to too much sun.  Take care of yourself, just like I'll be taking care of myself with this set of Banana Boat sunscreen spray.

Let me know in the comments... do you prefer traditional sunscreen or spray sunscreen?  I like the spray because it's easy to apply, but I'm not sure if it lasts as long.  I don't know if that's true. Haha.

4.  Flip Flops

I normally buy my flip flops from Old Navy but I think every woman should have a special pair of sandals for beach and poolside!

I really like this pair (in the picture) because they're not too fancy.  They're like enhanced flip flops!  They look like they would be comfortable for walking in the wed sand.  (maybe not the dry sand.

So to recap, my beach essentials are:

  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towels
  • Sunscreen
  • & Sandals
I'm not going to recommend any bathing suits because everybody's body is different and everybody looks good in different kinds of swim wear. :)  Let me know in the comments how you're preparing for the swim and the sun!

Take care,
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Marian's Summer List 2017

While Brendan was in town the other week, we went to lunch at Robburitos and had a great time.  I got to admire the new Penny's ice cream shop that opened up across the street and it made me realize how many cool things are available to do and see in the Lancaster area!

I've come up with a list of things I would like to do or accomplish this summer in my local area, whether it be by myself, with friends, or with my boyfriend.

1.  Go to Penny's for ice cream
2.  Visit Central Market
3.  Visit Green Dragon
4.  Play glow golf at Park City Mall
5.  Hike at Tucquan Glen
6.  Hike at Chickie's Rock
7.  Go swimming at Overlook Pool
8.  Visit Lititz Springs Park on 4th of July
9.  Attend a wedding (I have to on the books for this summer!)
10.  Visit Schupp's Grove
11.  Attend a Sunday concert @ Long's Park
12.  Visit Aaron's Books in Lititz
13.  Visit Winding Way Books in Lancaster
14.  Attend a zine fest
15.  Table at a zine fest

That's all for now, but I'm sure there will be additions to the list.

Take care,
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