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County Fair and Eating Good
Food & Entertaining
Entertaining by the Bay brings you homemade fair goodness with Belgian Waffles and Strawberry Ice Cream.


Dive into the Gifts of Summer!

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer...
come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches.
~Oriana Green

Hot sand, sun dappled water, children's laughter, and bounty from the garden; these are the gifts of summer. For a mermaid, life is at it's best when the lake is teaming with joy and the shady forest is drowsy with contentment. This Summer we bring you fun and healthy recipes, 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. 

May the gifts of summer bless your day
 ~Mermaids Shelley Hepler & Debbie Nania

Also In This Issue

Women Who Dared
Dive Into Inspiration
Celebrating a few brave women who have made a positive difference in our world.

Fashion Splash: Radiant Orchid
Health & Beauty
Color the town... purple? Yes! Every shade from crimson to violet is popping up all over town. And, it's creating quite a stir.

My Very Own Mommy Center
Vintage & Junking
See how Jessica Jochim repurposes an out-dated, oak entertainment center into a beautiful, functioning family heirloom.

Mrs. Smit's Flea Market Garden
Vintage & Junking
Sue Langley of Flea Market Gardening profiles the beautiful, creative, garden of a young California couple.

An Apple a Day...
Health & Beauty
We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables contribute to better health. But did you know...

Words of Inspiration
Dive Into Inspiration
At the start of the New Year, we want to inspire you to live your dream, take risks, and dive into adventure!

Wine Tasting 101
Food & Entertaining
Do you know the basics of wine tasting? Sip of Spokane gives the ABC's of this enjoyable adventure.

Make it Yourself: Non-Toxic, All-Purpose Cleaner
Kitchens and bathrooms get gleaming clean without harsh chemicals. And, they smell fresh, thanks to homemade all-purpose cleaner!

Siren Song
Lake Stuff
The Siren Song is the one of the songs everyone would like to learn - the song that is irresistible.

Homemaking Products We Love
We like to let our readers know about products that help make homemaking a joy. We hope you love them, too.

Health and Beauty Products We Love
Health & Beauty
With so many products in stores and online, we let our readers know about health and beauty products that we have tried and love.

Current Mer-Reads: Frazier, Madigan and more
Dive Into Inspiration
The Mermaids love to read, read, read! See what they think about their books, as well as what is on each of their nightstands.

Homemaking Products We Love Collection
We've compiled a collection or our favorite products that help make homemaking a joy. We hope you love them, too.

Inspired by Pinterest Collection
Dive Into Inspiration
New collection of Pinterest projects and experiments. Let the Mermaids inspire you to dive into this amazing community!

"Make It" Collection
Food & Entertaining
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
Lake Stuff
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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Featured Stories

My Heart Never Lies
Author Nathalie Trepanier shares the inspiration for her heart-lifting children's book, My Heart Never Lies.

County Fair and Eating Good
Entertaining by the Bay brings you homemade fair goodness with Belgian Waffles and Strawberry Ice Cream.

Air-Purifying Houseplants
Not only do our pretty green friends beautify our homes, they help to remove dangerous toxins.

Waves of White & Mauve Herald Warm Days to Come
We welcome spring with the heady scent of lilacs on the breeze.

Clinging to Crumbs, Deaming of Cake
Ever feel like you're on the short end of a relationship? Will giving more really bring you what you need?

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Featured Recipe

Jasmine Tea Cream
This delicately flavored cream is especially wonderful served with pound cake or on French Toast.

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Wine Away - Red Wine Stain Remover
Oops!!! Wine Spill! This all-natural, non-toxic stain remover makes wine stains and practically any others disappear.

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Spaghetti squash 101
Have you heard about the calorie-cutting and fiber- boosting benefits of substituting spaghetti squash for pasta, but donít have a clue how to cook it?

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