Showing posts with label blogger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogger. Show all posts

 I have been slacking on my duties as a content creator lately. So I need to at least do an update on this blog and other platforms (We will get to those later) I've been keeping busy with many different things and I'm obsessed with finding different skills for working at home.

So while I sip green tea in my slippers I search online for opportunities to do from my home. I still do Upshift, Shifts By Snag A Job, Shipt & Qwick but I want to focus on the main source of income from home so I don't have to jump around as much.
The jobs I apply to are very serious and require photo identification W-9 forms and signatures. It's basically the same as applying for an in-person job position. 
In my spare time I like to work on new press on nail designs to put in my shops. The trend right now is glitter and deep french tips. I've also been experimenting with loose glitter.
And of course, I have to vlog! It's been part of my life for over 5 years so I must make videos to make myself laugh! New video coming soon. Welp that was my update and I will be getting more consistent with not only Melle Indie blog and YouTube but also throwing Medium and a brand new blog that will be self-hosted into the mix. Got to stay busy and keep grinding! I'll catch up with all of you in the next post! BYE!


BLOG: http://www.melleindie.com 

 

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/melleindie

 

MEDIUM:  https://medium.com/@mellejohnson84

 

TIK TOK: https://www.tiktok.com/@melleindie

 

DEPOP: https://www.depop.com/melleindie

 

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/melleindie/

 

MERCH: https://www.redbubble.com/people/MelleIndie/shop

 

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/indiemelle

 

MEDIUM:  https://medium.com/@mellejohnson84














 

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.


 HAPPY NEW YEAR! It is about to be 2022 and I wanted to just make a post about how great 2021 went. It had some high and low points but over all I learned so much. I enjoyed myself this year and I really believe that that is because I learned so much about hustling, finances and myself.

The year of 2021 was definitely about discovery. I was a part of so many things I lose count. I learned how to buy, sell and trade crypto, joined Shipt, got on the Shifts by Snag a job app, got to do jobs for Intellifluence, completed jobs for Dscout app, sold well on Depop - Mercari -Ebay platforms I mean the list just goes on and on. I was very impressed with the meals I made and how I was able to control myself with social media and make it more like work than a hang out. 
As I get older I am so much happier with just small things in life and a sentence I said to myself a lot this year was "I have enough" or "I have more than enough" I was very thankful out loud not just in my head. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with my family. I was just very grateful for everything I have despite everything that is going on in the world. I'm really excited for this new year and I think it's going to be power packed with many changes and challenges.
I'm here for ALL of it! The challenges made me really look into myself to see if I really had what it took to stand on my own and I do! I could have buckled but that's not my personality. I came from the mud and I'm used to things getting gritty and I'm proud of myself for being able to handle it. I'm looking forward to learning even more new things, making more money and just growing into the woman I want to see. I'm not everybody's cup of tea but I'm also not for everybody. I'm for the streets (That's a joke....)  I'm grateful to God for another year and I can't wait to see what he has in store for me in 2022! I know it's going to be good🀎

Have a Happy Blessed New Year! Don't forget to come see me in 2022! LOVE YALLπŸ’™

Check out the 2021 New Years Eve wrap up on YouTube:

 I've had this little Imagic 12 flash color make up case/palette for years now. I know it has to be about 3-4 years I've been using this same make up case and it has been great for creating: eyebrows, eyeliner, lipstick colors, lipliner, and you can even combine colors to do your actual foundation.

I didn't do any foundation for my make up on this particular day. I wanted to challenge myself to use ONLY the Imagic 12 flash color case and maybe some lip-gloss and a little powder.
As you can see I am going to start with a bare face and see what type of look I can come up with with no other make-up other than my Imagic 12 flash color case. This should be interesting. 
Half way there! So far we have brown eyebrows, pink eyeshadow, golden eyeliner, peach lips with a brown outline and gold in the middle (very pretty combination)
Here is a complete look! All that was added was some powder to keep my eyebrows from wiping off, lip-gloss to go over my combined lipstick colors and of course a curly wig. I was just trying to do a very basic everyday make up look. It's really nice to be able to do your makeup like this everyday with one product.
I'm a huge fan of the iMagic 12 flash color case palette. It's so convenient for a person on the go with not a lot of time for make up or a big budget for make up. There are so many looks and combinations to come up with in one small palette. The looks are endless.

Here is a video from over (3) years ago with me doing another more detailed make-up look with the iMagic 12 Flash Color Case and setting it with cornstarch. It was more of a joke but it actually came out pretty nice.

Thank you so much for watching and reading. I hope you enjoyed and check out this blog about 



Today started out like any normal day. I blogged, filmed some videos and got most of my online work done. I go to edit the video in the afternoon on my iPad and that was a no go it said "Not enough space" so I say no problem I'll edit on my iPhone and I got the same message "Not enough space" I deleted alot of apps and pictures and no matter what I did it still read "Not enough space" This was only 7GB for the two video clips. Any other time my storage balances back to about 13 or 14 GB this time it jumped to 22 GB it cuts me off around 23-24 GB so there was no way I was uploading this You Tube video. I wasn't happy about this at all.
So now I'm livid! I haven't uploaded a video in almost a month and uploading to You Tube is one of my top creative outlets. It has been one of my most enjoyable creative outlets (besides blogging :) So now I'm on the hunt to see what programs I can use. My computer is not the top of the line I only have like 8 ram or something like that lol. I was looking for online editors you don't have to put on your computer and I found Veed.io which I may try next but in the middle of this search I found gold! A guy explains there is a free video editor inside of Windows 10. I just got my laptop a month or so ago and I have Windows 10. I looked in the search bar and there it was. I went from being tired to extremely excited. I got up made a quick two clip video and put it in my computer.
Windows 10 video editor is very simple and beginner friendly. I was able to put a video together with a beginning, middle and end  with backround music in about 30 minutes. The splits are not as sharp as iMovie but they can work. Overall I'm giving the program 5 stars because it did what I needed done without the computer glitching or dying on me (which both have happened before with other editing programs) The export was quick. I exported my file to the desktop of my computer in under 5 minutes (this was a 6 minute video) 
I'm very happy I learned to do this within 1 hour. I wasn't going to let it rest until I was able to upload a YouTube video. I'm glad I was pushed in the corner to learn to video edit with something else other than iMovie. I will be looking for video editing alternatives even if they are paid as long as it's low cost it might be worth it. Check out the actual video below that I edited on Windows 10 for free!


Thank you for stopping by! Hoped you learned something new because there is always more than one way to skin a cat (My age is truly showing) Have a good one and come back now ya hear!



 This is one of my favorite quick bean salads I make when I need to prep some food to last a couple days. Dairy-free garbanzo bean aka chickpea salad is my favorite because there is REALLY no cook time. Unless you would like to make your garbanzo beans fresh. Mines are out of the can but you can make this with homecooked garbanzo beans and it will be even tastier! Here is everything you need to make this delicious dish!

I'm just one person so I used one can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) but feel free to add more if you are making this dish for more people. Black olives, Sweet relish, Plant based Mayo, Yellow Mustard, and red onion (its not pictured here but I added some sliced green olives also.
Chop everything up into a bowl of your choice (everything except the garbanzo beans) get ready to add some seasoning and our wet ingredients.
I go a little crazy with the seasonings and I added sunflower kernels. The sunflower kernels give the salad a crunch and a nutty flavor which is a great compliment to the taste in this garbanzo bean (chickpea) salad. Seasoning is optional you can use any type of seasoning that works for you here is what I put in this garbanzo bean salad: garlic powder, chopped chives, fine pink Himalayan sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground paprika. Only use the seasonings you like in your dish.
Came out excellent! Added some crackers and topped it with some shredded dairy-free cheddar cheese. This is definitely one of my top quick recipes! Garbanzo bean salad can be a side dish for a dinner a quick snack with some crackers or just lunch by itself. You can find garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in a can for under $1.00 each or you can make them from scratch a bag might cost 1.49 but they are worth it. It's a staple in my pantry to have canned garbanzo beans and bags of dry garbanzo beans. Add them to your grocery list and start feasting!




 I did it again! I was able to scoop four colors of nail polish from The Dollar Tree all Sinful Colors brand! I'm super excited because its very rare to see Sinful Colors nail polish in The Dollar Tree. Sinful colors nail polish is usually in a store like Sally's or a higher priced beauty store. I was also impressed with the shades I picked up. Usualy the colors all look alike or they are dull and unwanted but these colors are POPULAR!.

First color is a deep lush red called "Redrum" It's a sexier type of deep red. Would look great on nails or toes. This is more of a classic color. If your a red lover this is a beautiful shade of red for a set of nails.
Next color is called "Charmed" it's a fine glitter sparkle type of polish. This charmed color can be worn by it'sself but I feel like it would have popped so much more over a cool tone colored nail polish. But is very suttle by itself. Very fine and glittery without the flash. Like a elegant champagne glitter.
The third color named "Interglamactic" it's a violet purple but brighter type of shade. Not quite purple but not pink either so I would say it was more of a pretty violet shade. Great to step out of your comfort zone with. Not to bright but a stand out nail polish color.
Last but not least is "Spirirted" a lilac purple shade that is super cute. I have this shade on my pedicure right now and it looks great! I'm not a purple person but I might start doing a purple manicure and pedicure once in a while. It's a nice break from red or blue.
I'm very pleased to put all of these Sinful Colors nail polishes in to my collection. I would love to see a lot of these shades as press on nails. More manicures and pedicures with these nail polishes before the summer season is over.
You guys already know the drill! Check your local Dollar Tree or just a dollar store and even discount places like big lots and you can possibly run up on deals like these.
So grateful to have found these for a total of $4.00! (Plus tax of course) Thank you for checking out my Sinful colors nail polish swatch blog! As soon as I find more shades I will swatch them. Have a great one!












 This is my D.I.Y recipe for shaving lotion. I've used this recipe for years and years and I haven't had any cuts since I start making it. I used to buy shaving cream and I would be cut a couple times by the time I got done shaving my legs. With this DIY shaving lotion I never had that problem. 


All these products are from of course... The Dollar Tree! You can use any brand of conditioner, baby shampoo, lotion and baby oil you would like. Here is the measurements for this quick DIY shaving lotion:

(1) Cup Conditioner
(1) Cup Baby Shampoo
(5) Tablespoons Of Lotion
(5) Tablespoons Of Baby Oil


I also got my product mixing measuring cups and spoons from The Dollar Tree. I keep these things in the bathroom so they never mix with my measuring cups and spoons from the kitchen. The container is just a used old plastic jar from a hair product. I love to recycle!


Put everything in a jar (preferably recycled :) take any object to stir (I'm using a craft stick) and mix all the ingredients up until smooth. Let the mixture sit for about (1) hour.


It's an hour later and your mixture is ready to use! It will get thicker as time goes on so stir it up before using. 


This is one of my favorite DIY projects for self care. You can shave your legs and under arms in minutes and feel smooth afterwards. I love using it right before I get in the shower. This DIY shaving lotion last so long! I did the video to make a batch in the video below in 2018 I didn't have to make it again until 2021! Talk about savings! Here is the video:


Thank you so much for stopping by! Stay Happy and Frugal!πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’š














 I have all of these ideas but I feel like I'm stuck. Not because I don't have the ideas but because I have TOO MANY ideas. I was watching the video below and I really recorded all day. In total I think I did 5 videos in a day that particular day. I wake up with so many ideas I get paralyzed and don't do any of them. So I'm thinking I need to write down a couple and work on them one at a time so I don't feel so overwhelmed. 


I also see I had a high level of excitement that I don't currently have. This was also back in October 2019 before all of the insanity of 2020 and 2021. So it was a more carefree time with none of the stresses we have at the moment. Make sure to come back I have some DIY recipes I'm going to post on the blog. Here is a blast from the past. My YouTube upload from October 2019:



Thank you for stopping through! Don't Stop CREATING!


 Ramen Noodles are a staple in a many households. Ramen is my go to when I don't have anything else in my pantry (and dry beans) Can't go wrong with a 5 pack of ramen for $1.00. I started experimenting with ramen noodles without the packet and it's been my new favorite dish ever since! That silver packet is nothing but a mini pouch of diabetes and high blood pressure. After using everything from store bought broth, homemade broth and vegetarian bullion cubes I feel like I've struck gold with how to make your ramen taste amazing with no flavor packet what so ever. 

Yes, I use way to many seasonings but believe me it's worth it! Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Onion Powder, Cumin, Ginger, Chives, Soy Sauce, Hot Sauce .... I know I put the whole kitchen in my ramen but it's absolutely delicious! Here are some videos I made about "Ramen Without the Flavor Packet" and "Ramen Noodles in the Microwave in 5 minutes" in both videos I do not use a flavor packet and come out with very tasty ramen noodles that can be eaten on any budget. 

I knew what I was doing for the ramen noodles video with no packet. But I'm going to be honest I didn't have any clue how the ramen noodles in the microwave was going to turn out. 
It was a pleasant surprise! Very good but I will be adding one more minute next time I make them in the microwave. Give it a try you might like them!




 Make sure to check your local Dollar Tree for LA Colors nail polish. I've been getting loads of new colors. I stock up on LA colors nail polish for my manicures and pedicures and also my custom press on nails I do for people on Ebay, Depop and Mercari. These colors are all in the nude/neutral family and they are very popular with my customers. I'm also a fan of these nail polish colors because they are more chill and laid back. I still go on public transportation alot so I like my colors to be more toned down.

I absolutely LOVE these colors from the lightest to the darkest they all have a great classy look. Here are the colors individually with the name of the LA colors shade of polish.
This shade of LA colors nail polish is "In The Nude" I love this color for designing. It's a great color on it's own or for a back drop for acrylic paint or other nail polish colors.
This LA colors shade is called "Intimate" it has a nice light tan color to it. Perfect for a low key manicure/pedicure but still looks classy and neat

This LA Colors shade is "Innocence" it's in the same tan/brown family as "Intimate" it's a slight bit darker but it's a great tan/nude type of color. Also would work well as a nail polish to add colors to.
This LA colors shade is "Warrior" I'm usually not a fan of this type of color but it's very pretty on the nail, I would definitely wear a manicure / pedicure with this color. It's also a perfect color if you have to go to work. It just blends so nicely and looks very rich. 
Love all 4 of these LA colors nail polish shades! I can't believe I only paid $4.00 I would have easily paid more to have this collection of nail polish colors.
Make sure to check you local dollar tree and see what steals you can get on LA colors nail polish. I'm in Georgia and currently (its June 2021) all the dollar tree stores I've been to have been STOCKED with LA colors nail polish. So go on the hunt and get you some cheap nail polish.














 It's hot outside! I've been dressing a little grungy. This is more of a casual I don't give a &%4# look. I really like bleach, holes and rips in my clothes. The more worn it is the more I like it.

I actually bleached this tee myself. It was in the give away bag but I decided to rescue it and the shirt came out very nice. My ripped arizona jean shorts I wear every spring/summer season. I'm happy I can still fit them. I put the outfit with a comfortable burgundy Sketcher sneaker. For some reason I can only wear them without socks (I know that's gross)
I will definitely be wearing outfits like this all summer 2021 long
You got to make sure your edges and hair don't care either. We have to have matching energy.
This has to be one of my favorite looks so far. It has MELLE DON'T GIVE A &*%$ written all over it.

Shirt: On Fire
Shorts: Arizona Jeans Co.
Shoes: Sketchers
Necklace: Random Brand (Beauty Store)