I've been asked repeatedly if my press-on nails are manufactured and the answer is no. The nail themselves may come from China but they are definitely designed by myself all by hand. From that point on (a couple years ago), I said I would make sure to also hand paint and hand write each and every Thank You card so when a customer gets their order off of whatever platform I sold it off of they would know it came from an indie operation. 

Sharpie, Stamp Pad, Watercolors, Rubber "Thank You" Stamp, Index Cards

Everything I use to make my Thank You cards can be found at Dollar Tree, eBay, and Hobby Lobby. It's extremely easy and relaxing to do. Even though it's nerve-wracking when you have a bunch of orders and forget to make the Thank You cards I still feel grateful when making them.
Water Colored Index Cards

I can sit on the floor and make loads of these watercolor designs on the blank side of an index card. To me, it's therapeutic and calming. I'm usually listening to a podcast or watching a show while painting.
Stamped Watercolor Index Cards

After the index cards dry after a couple minutes you can now stamp them with your choice of color ink pad. I ran out of black so I'm using dark purple. I stamp "Thank You" in the middle with a flower on each side. leaving plenty of room for cutting shaped edges and writing your desired website at the bottom.
This is the finished Thank You watercolor card with my chosen website written at the bottom with a fine sharpie marker. I always cut the sides down with  special craft scissors and add in a pretty nail decal set (I have many repeat customers so I like to give everyone something every time they order to show appreciation) I really enjoy the art of things being hand painted and hand made. I will always be a fan of indie work I mean Hello my name is Melle INDIE lol. Make sure your supporting indie businesses and indie business owners. Thanks for stopping by! Now go paint something!

If you have recently handed in your key at work and packed up your briefcase and business suits, you probably have thoughts of sunny weather and relaxation. When thinking of retirement locales, Florida probably comes to mind quickly.


However, there are so many options when it comes to which city in Florida to retire to. As you decide on a new city to call your home in retirement, consider Fort Lauderdale. These are the reasons you will love retiring in Fort Lauderdale, Florida:


Photo by Lance Asper on Unsplash
Weather and Beaches

Fort Lauderdale is known for its fantastic weather and beautiful beaches. If you have always dreamed of retiring somewhere warm and lounging on the sand listening to the waves crash, Fort Lauderdale is the retirement city for you. 


The weather in Fort Lauderdale is known for being consistently nice, with an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit (obviously warmer in the summer) and with the majority of days each year being sunny. This amazing weather combined with beaches that are within 30 minutes of each Fort Lauderdale neighborhood make for a fantastic retirement location.

Affordability

Compared to other beach cities in Florida, like Miami, Fort Lauderdale is considered relatively affordable. It is actually considered one of the most affordable beach cities in the state. Housing, specifically, is considered reasonable compared to some other coastal cities in Florida.


This is an extremely important variable for retirees, who are generally on a fixed income, and who need to focus on living within a set budget. Luckily for retirees, there are plenty of Fort Lauderdale houses for sale in this affordable beach city.

Lifestyle and Things to Do

Lifestyle is an important part of retirement because for the first time, you have complete control of your time and how you want to use it. If you are looking for a relaxed retirement, Fort Lauderdale is for you, as the city is known to have a laid-back vibe. You can take long walks on the beach, lounge in the sand and read, or spend a relaxing afternoon shopping and then head to one of the many restaurants for dinner.


If you want a more active retirement, Fort Lauderdale is also known for its golf courses and opportunities for fishing, including deep sea fishing. If you plan to travel in your retirement, Fort Lauderdale is also a great choice, since it is a popular tourist destination and as such has a robust travel infrastructure. Most residential neighborhoods are just a few minutes from the airport, where you can fly out to a myriad of domestic or international destinations.


Many people dream of retiring to a warm beach town, and Fort Lauderdale is a top choice if that is your dream. From fantastic weather to beautiful beaches to affordable housing to golfing and fishing to travel options, it seems like Fort Lauderdale was made for retirees. If you are having a hard time choosing among cities in Florida for your retirement, consider these attributes and put Fort Lauderdale at the top of your list.


 So before all of this CRAZY inflation came about I managed to get myself a fun colorful wig to replace my old pink and ombre yaki wig. In with the new out with the old. I thought I was going to be filming more YouTube videos than I actually do. I like colored hair on camera it provides a boldness to the thumbnail and the video and makes you stay engaged even if its just to look at the hair.

This particular wig was a black and purple ombre short bob synthetic wig from Ali express I found in a simple search. Of course the part that caught my eye was the price $14.60 (I think I caught a sale) The seller had good feedback and I was on a wig buying binge so I went for it! When wigs are that low in price it could be very good and you got a steal OR it was cheap.. and it looks cheap. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price. It didn't look super shiny and halloween-ish. I always judge the wig by saying "Could I wear this outside?" And the answer is yes! 

Very nice on the inside. The cap is well constructed. The hair felt soft and didn't fall out when I ran my fingers through it. Of course the scalp part is a standard "wig part" but I've seen people on YouTube really make the part look way more natural. I'm not into all the plucking and putting foundation in the crease. I'm a slap it on and go type of person.  This has to be one of my favorite wigs of 2022. 

I like it just plain by it's self I also like pairing it with a hat which I did for a recent You Tube video. It's a very bright colorful wig or a good price. The only con is you can't pull this one up in any kind of ponytail which is ok with me. Anything under $15 is ok with me (I'm extremely frugal.. this will be a theme throughout the life of this blog) Don't sleep on Ali Express for you wig and accessories purchases. If you willing to wait 2-4 weeks you could save yourself a lot of money.

*TIP: Don't forget to purchase thru Rakuten and use a cashback card to pay. Make the most of your purchases.


Here is my You Tube video on my Black & Purple Ali Express Bob Wig:





 

I wasn't really looking for an online library but since we have to do many things we are used to in a different way, I start searching for various book titles online. We live in a new day in time and going to the library was out of the question two years ago (Y'all remember 2020) But did you know you can still borrow books for free online?! I know there are probably plenty of websites like this one but Internet Archive is my absolute favorite! I’ve been reading books everyday since I found this website! To a nerdy type of person like myself this is better than Netflix! (Which I canceled by the way)  There are not just books but articles and videos. It really feels like the library because you have an hour at a time to read and once the hour is up you have to borrow again for another hour to continue reading. I’ve sat on the Internet Archive for hours reading and giggling. It’s a must if you're on a strict budget like myself but want some free entertainment in the form of a book.

Make sure when you find a book you like to add it as a favorite. This way all your books are in your favorite section and when you go back to borrow and continue to read it will take you back to the page you left off at. I’m super happy I found this one by accident. Internet Archive is a non profit online library and a true gem. I’ve been reading celebrity autobiographies lately and have been quite amused. One night I stayed up till 3am because I couldn’t stop reading the book I'm currently on right now.

I’ve been MIA lately on social media and my blog. I'm trying to really get my scheduling together because I’m all over the place. I had to post something about this though. The stereotype of people of color not reading is a bunch of B.S. I’ve always liked to read and so does my Mother. Your imagination will beat out a movie any day. Why do you think the movie version of a book is never as good as when you read it and pictured it yourself. I hope you guys take this resource and use it to your advantage. There is so much to gain on the internet if you use it correctly. Have a great one and read a book today… it's on the house.


 The hottest place to move used to be Los Angeles, California but with rent prices skyrocketing people are moving to the south. One of the most popular cities to move at the moment is Atlanta, Georgia. It sounds great right!? There is a music scene, TV and Film industries and of course plenty of celebrities. I know what you're asking… How much is the cost of housing in Atlanta, GA? It depends on your current situation, how much space you need and how close would you like to be to the city? 

If you look on Craigslist.org you will find some good deals but this is also where a lot of scammer activity takes place. I found a couple apartments between $900 - $1500 that looked decent in the picture but there is always a risk with a website like this. There could be no apartment available at all. Be careful and use extra caution when on Craigslist.org


Zumper was one of my favorite rental research tools. With Zumper I was able to put in exactly what I was looking for and it brought up the prices. On a studio up to 1 bedroom apartment according to Zumper rent would be an average range of about $1,100 - $2,000 which is good considering the average studio in LA is double that price. There was a wide variety of rent prices and covered many areas in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas (Which may cost a little less per month)


Maybe you want to live in the place your looking to move but don’t have relatives or friends in that city. Check Intown Suites to see if they are in your chosen destination. Another similar choice is Airbnb. These are both temporary options but could get you in that city you want to live and work. The prices vary depending on if you want the entire space or a room. Intown Suites cost around $1,200 -$1,600 a month to stay for a whole month. These could easily be used to get a place to stay for the short term.


Do you need help or assistance to move to a new city? Try ProMove they can actually assist you with your move to Atlanta. Whether you're looking for a house or apartment they got you covered and can give you assistance with movers and other companies you may need to use while transitioning to Atlanta, Georgia.

Moving to a new city, state or even out of the country can be hard. Using the above resources can help you with your move to Atlanta, Georgia and make it a less stressful situation. Even when you're looking for a new apartment to move in the same city can be just as difficult. I’m hoping you take advantage of the great websites listed above and here are some tips to get you in that moving mindset.


Here are some things to consider if you are trying to move right now:


  1. Look into renting a room or having a roommate. It could cut down your cost if you don’t mind sharing your space.


  1. Have a budget. Make a monthly budget for all your rent and living expense and try to stick to it


  1. Get rid of your car. If you live in a city and have public transportation plus rideshare (Uber or Lyft) you can definitely let go of the cost of a vehicle.


  1. Put away a few months rent (if possible) this is like an emergency fund in case you need extra money.


  1. Be flexible. What you want could take a temporary move to get to the perfect long term stay

Please do your due diligence when looking for a new place in Atlanta, Georgia and only use reputable companies and websites. I’m hoping this is your time and you find a new home in Atlanta, Georgia this year. See ya when you get here!

 Since the pandemic it's been a little harder to do the activities you're used to and to be around your family. It’s a chore just go outside you have to worry about germs, where you're putting your hands, making sure you are social distancing among many other things. As soon as things start to get serious and we started getting mask mandates, use hand sanitizer and wash our hands rigorously everyday. My immune system was not so good so I immediately started to develop a daily routine. In this daily routine I would consume the healthiest things I could get within my budget. Here are some of those things that I have to have every single day.

I'm not saying these are things that you need to have in your pantry but one or two of them a day may help with your overall immune system along with a little bit of exercise could help during these difficult times.


Organic Green Tea

I'm addicted to organic green tea in the morning. It's kind of like my must have when I first get up besides water. I used to get my organic green tea from a local Asian market but the brand I'm actually drinking till this day is Uncle Lee's Organic Green Tea. It can be found at Walmart and online on amazon.com it's one of the best tasting organic green teas I've ever had. Here are a couple reasons why it would be a good idea to consume Organic Green Tea everyday:

  1. The ingredients in Organic green tea will increase fat burning

  2. Organic green tea also has ingredients that can reduce bad breath

  3. Organic green tea is also a great source of antioxidants

  4. Organic green tea is extremely inexpensive

  5. Organic green tea may also help boost brain function

These are just a couple of the benefits of drinking organic green tea every single day. It's a perfect addition to help with your health and immune system in these days and times.

Vitamin D3

If you're vitamin D deficient you may want to think about taking a supplement on a daily basis if you don't get around sun very often. Unfortunately I am vitamin D deficient. I found out through a doctor's visit and I hope when I go back I won't be deficient anymore hopefully. This supplement is also very inexpensive.

Organic Sea Moss Capsules

I tried to use the dried sea moss, soak it, put it in the blender and make drinks with it but dried sea moss just had a very “ocean'' type of smell and taste to it. It made my sink, my refrigerator, and different jars smell like the ocean (I nicknamed it Sebastian) . It wasn't a really bad smell but it was very potent. I liked the way I felt when I did drink it so I decided to look for organic sea moss capsules and started to take those daily instead. Irish sea moss capsules have a lot of nutrients in them. Try to get them one hundred percent organic and wildcrafted if you can. Check Amazon and Ebay.

Probiotic supplement

I came down with the stomach flu about 2 years ago. I went to a local clinic and I'm so glad I got a really good doctor who observed I was having repeated stomach problems and recommended that I take the Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra Probiotic Formula capsules. His recommendation was a good one because I haven't had any stomach problems since I've been taking these probiotic capsules. These probiotics are very popular and sell out quickly. I was not aware how important your gut health was and how you need to protect your stomach to keep from getting sick from different foods.

Multi-Vitamin Gummies

These are my very favorite gummy vitamins. These gummy vitamins taste like candy. The gummies have a really fruity natural taste to them. These gummies are the Vita Fusion MultiVites. I take two of these Vita Fusion gummies per day. There's no gluten, no high fructose corn syrup, no dairy, no artificial sweeteners or flavors. I depend on these gummy vitamins daily for immune system support the same way as the probiotics, sea moss capsules, and vitamin d3.

I have incorporated organic green tea and multiple capsules into my daily routine in the morning and have felt very healthy throughout this whole time. For the organic green tea I make two bags with hot filtered water and agave sweetener in a big cup (it's good hot and cold), I take one of each for the sea moss, vitamin D3 and probiotics. For the Vita Fusion gummies I take two of those a day.

I am not a doctor so I cannot recommend any of these products all but I can say in my experience taking them on a daily basis I can say they have helped me feel great through all of 2020, 2021 and now 2022. Do not forget to add in some exercise to lower your stress and don’t forget to laugh (it's the best medicine ever). I'm glad to share this information and I hope it helps somebody out there. In the meantime eat healthy, keep your head up and stay positive.


 What is it like working for Shipt?  To be honest being a Shipt shopper a very good hustle especially for an introvert.  I'm not even big on driving but even I was able to do it.  Let's be honest I only did it for one day but in that one day of work I got to see how much potential this one side job could potentially bring in. 

I was nervous to deliver groceries and it took about two months for me to actually use the app but when I did it was very easy I put myself on the schedule for around 11 a.m. (That was late and it was a Sunday so all the drivers are out) I was done with the first order by 12 p.m. I really could have stayed out longer but I was just testing the app to see if Shipt was one of those things I would do again.


I made sure I turned on my camera and vlogged my entire 1 hour shift basically just to show how easy it was.  I brought snacks from the dollar store and water so I didn't spend up the little bit of money I did make.  I actually had fun!


But let's also get to the parts that weren't so much fun.  It was really easy to see what was on the customer's list in the app but when I couldn't find an item it was kind of frustrating. When you can't find something you have to just tell them it wasn't found, see if they would like something else and keep going. 


This particular customer did not want to be called or messaged so you basically just skip over the item and mark "not found".  The checkout was also pretty easy but it's all so intricate because you have to make sure that your groceries are separated correctly (not piled on top of each other ) also at the register you need to scan a non tax exempt barcode on your phone and then you have to pray you're Shipt credit card works.  My order actually went through very well.


Now we're off to the customer's house I was at a Target in the Northlake area her house was in the Norcross, Georgia area wasn't too far I was familiar with the area which made it more comfortable.  I did get lost and the Shipt GPS directed me to a apartment complex instead of a house.  I don't recommend using their GPS I recommend using your own GPS like Waze.  The house was actually down the street I put on my mask drop the groceries on the doorstep took a picture (that I forgot to send in) and left.


So at first I was open to another order and I went to my favorite Wal mart parking lot. But by now it's approaching about 12:00 noon and there wasn't any other orders coming in so of course being lazy I picked up a couple things for my mother and proceeded to go home. For that little venture I was paid about $10.98  which I guess wasn't bad but then I saw why people keep driving for Shipt.  I was cooking myself some dinner in a couple hours later  I get a tip for $5.00 now that made my trip worth it so I see why people will continue to come out and drive for Shipt ,Uber, Instacart it's really a tip game because now that $10.98 turn into $15.98  I can now see how staying out delivering groceries for a half a day or a whole day can end up being a nice piece of change. 


I took a little break from the Shipt App. I expect to go back out soon but with gas soaring in price it's not an ideal thing for me to do right now especially when there's other ways to make side hustle money.  Overall I give it about four and a half stars. Shipt was something fun to do and you make money while doing it so why not.  Here's a video I've vlogged the day I did shipped for the first day:

Hope you enjoyed this blog and the video make sure to come back now ya hear!

 I'm a total newbie beginner when it comes to the crypto space and crypto investing. I stumbled on it about October 2021 and it was an accident. I had about $17.00 in my Robinhood account and it wasn't much to buy stocks with so I played around and put some money on Dogecoin it was about .23 at the time and it went up to about .26 or .27 in a couple hours and my little bit of investment went up. After I saw the money go up I had to learn about this crypto thing I had been scared about investing in.

                                                    ROBINHOOD :Where it all started

I have had my Robinhood account for about a year so I was used to looking at stocks and was researching a lot about dividend investing. But when I clicked the crypto button and started to look at the charts I wanted to know more about crypto investing. I wasn't serious about the Dogecoin investment it was just a test to see how it worked. I was now interested in many coins that weren't on Robinhood like Shiba Inu. I went into the rabbit hole about Shiba Inu Coin something about this meme coin token was different. There were many projects coming up like games and their blockchain called the Shibarium it had utility to back it. This Shiba Inu Coin in my eyes wasn't a joke or meme to me. This Shiba Inu coin was the beginning of something that was going to be huge and I wanted in on it. But, how do I get the Shiba Inu Coin? Here is where I go to my next exchange in pursuit of the Shiba Inu Coin.

COINBASE: One of the popular homes of Shiba Inu Coin

I was so excited to start this account. This is were I was going to hold the bulk of my Shiba Inu Coin. I couldn't wait to sign up and get my first few Shiba Inu Tokens. I bought in when it was very popular at the .000072 range I was one of the new people to crypto and had no idea how it goes up and down 24/7 I got scared and said "If I don't get it now the price is going to shoot up and I will miss my chance" Look I told you guys I'm new to this. Now I know better. Here is what I did: I bought in at the lowest prices I could like .000034 this way it brings my average cost down. So if you bought high no worries overtime buying low will average your investment out. I also put a couple dollars on Crypto.com coin, Algorand (which stakes at 4% on Coinbase) I get over excited and now want to get another exchange account.

                                WEBULL: I have no idea why I have this exchange account

I'm still puzzled why I have a WeBull account? I think I wanted to trade stocks at one time. I'm glad I have it because I can actually invest and trade stocks and crypto on Webull. It has a great interface and I like this exchange I just need a plan for it. Now that I'm a couple months in I'm now thinking about other smaller coins I can invest in and let grow. So after thousands of YouTube videos I keep hearing people mention Dogelon Mars(ELON) and I see this cute dog who I guess is supposed to be Elon Musk. I'm sorry I liked the concept and wanted in on that also because it looks like a promising project and its very low right now.

KUCOIN: The popular home of Dogelon (ELON)
I tried the Trust wallets and buying over the blockchain and let me tell you IT'S EXPENSIVE! There is all these gas fees and mining fees. I wanted to spend like $10.00 and it cost $80 to complete the transaction. That was a complete NO! I saw that Dogelon Mars was on Kucoin and it was pretty easy to set up so I got my Dogelon Mars(ELON) coins from Kucoin. To me this is a good trading and buying platform for a more experienced crypto investor. I wouldn't start with Kucoin to get into crypto it would have been too confusing to me as a beginner who never bought or traded crypto.

I'm very excited to 2022! I want to let my investments grown and add to them at this time Shiba Inu price is at 0.00003402 (SHIB) and Dogelon Mars price is at 0.00000165 (ELON)
In my opinion I would start with Coinbase or WeBull they were more beginner friendly in my opinion. You will have to provide your government identification, take a photo, and verify email plus your phone number. This verification is with basically a process you have to do with all the exchanges.

It's 2022 and I your thinking about investing in crypto here are some referal links that can get you free stocks and crypto to start:



WEBULL


HAPPY INVESTING! I hope many millionaires are created in 2022 with me (MELLE INDIE) being one of them! Today is January 1, 2022 and I will make sure to come back with another update in a couple months. Leave a comment and let me know where you are in you crypto journey.✨