Monday, July 8, 2013

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Summer scenery.
... this morning on the subway everyone had the same look on their face. After a gorgeously hot and sunny long holiday weekend (4 days away from desks for most!) there was a noticeable collective case of the Mondays going on. Sun-kissed cheeks located just below eyes that said "really? back to this again?" Because yes, ugh, back to this again. But all hope is not lost! Below is a comprehensive list of Merry Meri curated "just a little somethings" to satisfy each of your 5 senses and to keep you smiling through the week and surviving until the weekend. Enjoy!!

* Taste
An unlikely combination of awesome.
I would never have thought to put these ingredients together, but I'm thrilled that somebody did because holy delicious! A little watermelon for sweetness, mint for even more refreshment, plus feta for a savory pop (I like Athena fat free feta for a guiltless version of the already healthy(ish) cheese) and ta da! you have a tasty summer salad. Other additions like balsamic dressing, red onion and cherry tomatoes are welcome. Check out a few takes on the deliciously simple summer recipe HERE, HERE and HERE.

* Hear
Worthy of more than just a "little talk" :)
Most people recognize the hit single "Little Talks" by the indie folk rock band Of Monsters and Men, but I'm here to encourage you to buy their entire album! The group's first full studio release, My Head is an Animal is filled with light vocals and pleasant melodies perfect for lounging at the beach or floating in the pool. With a sound reminiscent of great bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Arcade Fire, pick up this no-need-to-skip-any-tracks album today!

* Smell & Touch

Lemon Zest-y
Over the weekend I picked up a big bottle of Bath & Body Works "Energy" aromatherapy body lotion in the Lemon Zest scent for my desk. I try hard to follow the drying generic office bathroom soap with lotion, but working in a cubicle demands some "scent-etiquette" for my nearby neighbors. The light lemon fragrance of this lotion is genuinely invigorating (as the bottle promises!) and it didn't infiltrate my shared air space with girlie-ness. Just as important, the lotion isn't heavy or creamy after application. For a bit of light summer  energy, pick up some BBW Lemon Zest (bonus - it's 50% off on their website right now)

* See
Babe it up like Grace Kelly used to in Newport

With summer Fridays in full effect, now is the perfect time to see what's just outside New York City.  Click HERE for 29 outstanding no-plane-required getaways including "glamping" (more thoughts on that in a future post!) in the Adirondacks and glamorous gambling in Atlantic City.


  1. Watermelon and feta? How brilliantly-refreshing. I can't wait to try this combo! Enjoy your Monday, sunshine. xoxo

  2. @Diana it is so wonderful, especially with the little kick the mint provides! Enjoy:)

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