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Food & Entertaining
Travel to Nashville eateries inspires MaryAnn of Entertaining by the Bay to find the perfect southern biscuit recipe.


Dive into New Beginnings

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” 
~Rainer Maria Rilke

At the start of every year the two of us get giddy about the possibilities of the months ahead. We explore our dreams, debate risks we're willing to take, and plan an adventure or two. There are years that the plans we've made have been shelved, to be actualized some later date. Then, there are years when our expectations have been exceeded; when amazing things came into reality that were bigger and better than we imagined. We're not sure what 2014 holds. However, we know without a doubt that there will be plenty of opportunities for learning, growth for us individually and as friends, and loads of creativity are awaiting us! How exciting is that! 

In this first issue of the year, we bring you great tasting healthy recipes, fresh and exciting decorating ideas, a few new entertaining tips, and ways to help you be pretty and bright. And, we hope to inspire you with our excitement of possibilities. 

Wishing you a year filled with love, health, and prosperity!
~Mermaids Debbie Nania and Shelley Hepler

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Words of Inspiration
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Wine Tasting 101
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Make it Yourself: Non-Toxic, All-Purpose Cleaner
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Current Mer-Reads: Frazier, Madigan and more
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Homemaking Products We Love Collection
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Inspired by Pinterest Collection
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New collection of Pinterest projects and experiments. Let the Mermaids inspire you to dive into this amazing community!

"Make It" Collection
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Make It articles have a bit of information, a few ideas, and a collection of featured recipes. Let's have fun and make memories!

Loving The Lake
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Dive right in! Here we share memories and photos of great times at the lake. We'd love to share yours, too!

Mermaid Picture Galleries
Did you know that we love photos from you? Yes, we do! We have several fun galleries where you can share your images.

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