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My Sweet Treat: Red Velvet Brownies
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Desi Cohrs, owner of the Maple Street Bistro in Spokane, Washington, says her Red Velvet Brownies are 'amazingness.'


Dive into the Joy of You

As little mermaids, both of us attended church. While we grew up going to decidedly different places of worship, we both loved our little kid classes and the songs children sing. We agree that "This Little Light of Mine" is the all-time best! Why? Not only is it cheerful and bright, it's a song of celebration of the Light in us. 

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

This simple song is powerful! In moments of adversity and challenge, when doubting who we are and where we're going, remembering that little song puts it all in perspective. And, that's what we love so much about it!

Here in Mermaids of the Lake we want to remind you to let that little light of yours shine; all of the passions, dreams, and delights that make up who you are. Our fun recipes, entertaining ideas, junking finds, and more are our little light. We share what we love, what makes us happy, what gives us hope. All with the intention to inspire you to let your light boldly shine! 

In this New Year, we hope that you relish the joy of living your dreams and diving into your passions. Oh, the adventures we're going to have!

May your light shine bright in 2015 
 ~Mermaids Shelley Hepler & Debbie Nania

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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!

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

Let's Get Creative: Mixed-Media Collage
This was a super fun, sometimes messy, adventurous project. Each step was different and fully enjoyed!

Make it Yourself: Linen Spray
There is nothing like crawling into a fresh bed with lovely smelling linens and a good book. Awww...

Skinny Cocktails for Any Occasion
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With these recipes, you can satisfy your cocktail cravings and lose weight, too.

Classy Women Don't Gossip
Dive Into Inspiration
"Psssst! Did you hear....?" No, no, no, classy women just don't go there!

Make it Yourself: Maple Sugar Scrub
Health & Beauty
Deliciously scented, luscious, oh-so-good-for-your-skin sugar scrub that can be whipped up in minutes using ingredients from your kitchen pantry.

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

10 Ways Giving Back Helps You
Dive Into Inspiration
There's a deep wave of grassroots giving back sweeping the country. But giving back doesn't mean that you doesn't get anything in return.

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

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.

Tips for Taking Better Photos
Whether you're photographing everyday moments, a birthday party or a trip to the beach, the following tips will help you take interesting and memorable pics.

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

Self-blessing: a New Word for the New Year
When did self-improvement become a war we must win? When did our bodies become the enemy? It's time for a new tactic!

Let's Get Creative: Color Your Necklace Brilliant
This gorgeous project is so simple and fun! And, you can do it too with what you probably already have on hand.

My Sweet Treat: Red Velvet Brownies
Desi Cohrs, owner of the Maple Street Bistro in Spokane, Washington, says her Red Velvet Brownies are 'amazingness.'

Don't Hate Me if I Say No
Saying 'no' is one of the most difficult things for women to do. Find out why and how to say no without guilt.

Gratitude Attitude
Being grateful is a simple act, and yet so many people find it difficult. To be in a state of gratitude is to be content, even if for just that moment.

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Thai Vegetable Pizza
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Homemade play dough
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