Beautiful Mixtures: The Real EmerGIN C

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I’m always catching somebody’s germs.  My contact with different people every day is off the charts.  Hand shaking and sitting in close quarters aid in me contracting something nasty.  Over the years, I have figured out a thing or two that help me in these situations.  Allow me to show you how Pinterest and a few awesome results created the real EmerGIN C in my home.  One battle already fought and won with this and the season hasn’t really started.

Sore throat relief.  These are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Fresh Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Raw Honey
  • Mason jar/ resealable container

Cut the lemon and ginger into fine slices. Remove seeds from lemon. Ain’t nobody got time to be dealing with seeds if they’re feeling under the weather.

Layer ginger and lemon into the jar alternatingly.

Once you have completely layered all the lemon and ginger. Pour honey over top.

When you feel something trying to come on, add a tablespoon of this to hot water for relief.  Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

For instant relief to soothe your throat. Boil water and steep a small piece of ginger. Add honey, a shot of ACV and a dash of cinnamon.  Drink while hot.

Within 2 days I’m back to my old groove.  Let me know if you’re willing to try this.  What home remedies do you use to combat germs during the changing of the seasons and winter?

Show Me A Good Time

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Sometime during the summer, I decided I needed to see Corrine Bailey Rae live.  I love a good concert.  This always me to see if they really have the chops to keep me as a fan.  I have only been disappointed one time and that was by, Lauryn Hill.  Seat Geek became the informant for the show dates for Corrine in the second half of the year.

There were a few options for me to jump at Tennessee, Philly and New York.  I had other plans for NY and other things were happening during the Philadelphia show.  The best option for me was St. Louis.  I had never been to the MO.  This was my shot to get in – catch some good music and food.  BINGO!  I informed my sister Shawn and she thought it would be nice to take a road trip.  Even better!  Then the other sister called and wanted to go to Miami and invited herself to come along with us since we were already planning to leave the state limits.  To think this all started with me wanting to see Ms. Rae perform.

Early Tuesday morning, we all jumped in the car and made our way to the “Show Me State“.  A road trip must have been needed.  We laughed and talked about so many things it was just like old times.  (All of our schedules and lives have pulled us in different directions.)  We arrived in the early afternoon hours and proceeded to take in a few sights before our evening nap prior to the show.


Our sights included some tasty BBQ… Sorry, I didn’t get that picture before we murdered the contents.  This was only chicken and fries.  I forget what this restaurant was called but we were informed to get there early before they sell out.  As you can tell by the debris, it was really good.


We rush to get prepared for the show because we still have to buy tickets.  After driving about 10 minutes we arrived at the Pageant and parked for free.  The nightlife in the university district was humming.  People were everywhere and I feel in a deep infatuation with this city.  This was my 1st time in St.Louis.

After finding a spot in the packed theater, we ordered drinks and prepared for the show.  She ran out on stage in a green velvet jumpsuit with chunky heel boots on and her natural hair flowing with her every movement.  We swayed, sang and rocked to the sound of her voice to our favorite tunes.  The collection of songs she performed was perfect – some old, newer and a couple from her latest body of work.  This was well worth the trip and we all enjoyed ourselves.


The Detroiters in us wanted food after the show and the closer we got to our hotel which was in the downtown area the further it got away from us.  We decided to call it a night and wake up early to get food and hit the road.  Pappy’s was high on our list of places to stop by.  Sweetie Pies was rejected due to some negative Yelp reviews.

From here we took one last stop by Gateway Arch and the mighty Mississippi River.  Of course more pictures were taken as we headed home.

We stopped by Mile High Pies to see what all the rave was about.  I didn’t like it.  Someone in the car ate it though and I’m not about to name anybody.  The journey home was uneventful until we made a Starbuck stop and I found Penn Station Subs.  This had to be one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had in my life.


We hada  great time and the food really keep us going.  I even packed some brisket and brought it home with me.  This town might see a little more of my face in the comiung years based off its solid 1st impression.  I heart St. Louis.  :)

You Gotta Vote

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It has been an honor and a privilege to participate in the democracy of the United States of American.  I’ve been voting since I was 18 years old and have only missed one opportunity to vote and that was due to poor planning.  The sticker doesn’t matter to me anymore and the process could be faster.  Moreover, I like for my ballot to be inserted into the machine and counted. No dimpled chads or individuals tallying the results.  I enjoy voting almost as much as the dentist.

This post is to remind you that there is still time to activate your right to cast your ballot in this election. Tomorrow is the last day to register for this historic election.  I’m not going to entertain you with my views and opinions on the importance of voting. Just do it!



Oprah Says: Hear Your Voice

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I’m not telling you to be by yourself or quit your significant other. We all need a little time to process our thoughts and desires in solitude.  This can include but not be limited to a break from social media, events and unnecessary conversations.  Sometimes we get so caught up in what others expect of us that we don’t pay attention to what we want from ourselves.

Recently, I counted all the commercial broadcast during a break in my show and I ended on 12. That’s an inordinate amount of impressions and information (some of it useless) we’re exposed to during an hour episode.  Then there’s the sound of our social feeds.  Videos, live streams and interweb conversation.  Heaven forbid you are in constant contact with others while you’re at work. Your voice becomes drowned out by the over abundance of opinions and ideas of others.  When would you ever have time to hear what you’re feeling or thinking?  I guess you’d have to settle for your dreams.

That’s not sufficient enough. You need the opportunity to come to some conclusions and generate a generate an action plan. So, put your phone on do not disturb or just schedule some time to just be alone with only the sound of your own voice. (Make it a house date. Just to keep down the chance of someone bumping into you while you’re out and about.)  I do this all the time. 

Beloved Favorites: Leopard Belt

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I’m a Midwest girl and we aren’t known for our fashion forwardness.  Most of us prefer to be comfortable daily and dress for occasions.  More than anything else we possess a special kind of individualism that creates a couple head turns.  I never really try when I put a look together.  My fashion is determined by several factors, iron, mood, and weather.  Accessories are not my thing either but this item has been included in more looks than my favorite wig.  Let me tell you a little bit about my go to adornment.


My leopard belt. I picked this up several years ago at Target.  They were having a sale on the belts and I was in need of a one from the brown family.  The other belts looked cheesy.  You know the braided type and then there’s the wrestling belt.  In need of something to tie my look together I settled on the leopard.  I’m a fan of the big cats but not in my fashion.  Little did I know this was totally going to upgrade me.  After a short while, I noticed whenever I was getting ready, which includes the look selection, that belt would make it to the bed as an option.  It was totally becoming a favorite.  Here are a few times it won the “Battle of the Belts.”

As you can see I’ll put this bad boy on with anything.  It just adds a bit of visual interest. Call this piece a little unexpected.  It’s not overpowering at all.  However, after years and months of wear and tear, I’m on the hunt for a replacement.  It has started to split at the seam and some of the faux fur has been rubbed off.  Until I find another, I’ll be rocking it.  Even in its less than pristine condition, people still say “love the belt!”  This thing has kicked my fashion score up a few notches.
Yes, this midwest girl may never be considered a fashion icon.  No, it’s not from a luxury designer collection.  Maybe, it’s not as impressive to some people but it’s a staple in my life. If you happen to know where I can get another (everyone in the tri-county area of Detroit must have one), let me know.  I’ll be sure to pick up 2 the next time.🙂







Beloved Favorites: Polyvore

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I’m no fashionista. Just a regular degular shemegula girl that likes to look great no matter what the occasion. As I become more responsible with my finances, the Internet has become the best place for me to treat my retail addiction.  Here I can fill shopping carts, stalk sales, and shutdown without feeling the impulses the stores create.  Then there are times when I have cash and this form of therapy isn’t an option. Step in Polyvore app.  Here I can become inspired by all things fashion including home. Let me show how this has become my favorite app for my closet and living quarters.

(Just a little background – Tamika and I love fashion but these Midwest professional streets – wanna hold us back. Cue the Rick Ross tune.  After a few short hours of intense research on her part we had both developed a new hobby.)

I was in complete awe when I saw all the options and items.  We had always wondered where those pictures came from and now we knew.  However, we didn’t know it was going to be like this. Here are a few sets I created in my inaugural weeks.

There’s no denying fashionable side.  My true love is home fashion and interior design.  I often think about how great my place would look if I had an endless amount of cash – OMG!  Moreover, I have made a point to create a less than common approach in my own home.  Polyvore allows me to daydream in color and change my mind millions of times without spending a penny or having to return something because I found something better.  This was my 1st home fashion set on the app and it took me almost 2 days to create it.

The very unexpected component of this app is the functionality to purchase what you like.  I’ll keep my retail-addicted heart calm until I get a few more things in order before I start going crazy.  In the meantime, Polyvore is keeping my mind off of things I tend to think about more often than needed.

Join and you can follow me @marleazwilson.




Oprah Says: It’s Your Fault

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I very rarely let people get next to me.  There are several reasons for this and maybe one day I’ll expound on them.  My expectations are high when I consider a person to be my friend.  So, not having many friends works in and out of my favor to an extent and I believe in the idea of signs from above.  The side effects of this equate to destroying a relationship mentally very fast and within time abort connections making them non-existent to me.  Friendship is very important and I consider myself to be a good friend.  The combination of a sign and disappointment can be all too much for me.


The faults that I carry include being too trusting at different points of my life.  I never nurture friendships with the ulterior motive of changing someone.  When you’re happy, I’m happy with and for you.  However, when you’re happy don’t take this time to take a crap on me and that’s exactly how I felt. This most recent lesson showed me that no matter how much you genuinely support someone, they have the tools to cause unrecoverable pain.  1 Corinthians 4:5 says “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”  I feel my eyes opened to something I needed to see and left wondering “how many times has this been done this to me’ and my eyes were wide shut to the disrespect.  The discomfort I felt was palpable.  Me, being the stoic person I am – I didn’t want to show it. I had to deal with it from the inside and it became the hardest thing to do.  The question remained – Who equipped them to hurt me? The answer: I did, by allowing their choices and actions to simultaneously affect me through a fabled connection called “real friendship.”  These emotions that began to brew inside me may not have been their intention but I immediately needed to do the work to heal.  I’m smart enough to acknowledge the change and separate myself.  The individual is completely oblivious to the infraction and for a short while, I wondered if I acted irrationally.  In my stubborn nature, I said, nope.  It’s what needs to be done in the efforts to take care of myself.

Yes, we could talk it out but at this juncture, I don’t think that will heal the pain I’m nursing.  No, talking will only exhume something I’m working to remove from my memory.  Will I miss the relationship?  The simple answer is – yes, but I’m in defense mode.  To be truthful, how can you be friends with someone you feel you need to protect yourself from?  You can’t!  That’s too much work.  I’m taking ownership of the part I played in this happening.  There’s so much going on in my life right now that working to salvage this friendship would be a waste of time I genuinely need for God only knows.  It’s time for me to be selfish.




Beau Miss Tune: Pink+White

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I’ve been waiting on Frank Ocean like a little kid on the porch counting the minutes until their parent comes to pick them up from grandma’s house.  His music is unexpected and captures some foreign emotion that pulls at me.  I’ll give an artist a substantial amount of time to get their creative juices flowing to put out a good project.  After that amount of time has passed, I start looking for them even harder.  Check out some of the tweets I published in search of Mr. Ocean.

So, you already know how excited I was about the new music released last week.  This album has been on repeat, repeat 1 song, shuffle and let’s go back to Blond again.  I just wanted to share my most played song.

I removed the link due to copyright.

Are you enjoying Blond?  If not, I’ll give you a while to jump on the bandwagon or take a long hard listen to another great body of work from the elusive Frank.

Beau Miss Home: What’s The Code

12 Aug

WiFi is essential wherever we go.  I mean EVERYWHERE!  If there is no connection, it must be important or I’ve decided to be off the grid for a little while.  Then I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers Alejandra when I noticed this little handy project.  As soon as I saw it, I wanted to share it with you and all the guest of my home.

This simple diy only requires 3 supplies and a large amount of trust.  You’ll need a picture frame, printed/collaged password information and scissors.

  • Cut the information to the designated size of the frame.
  • Place in frame.
  • Display appropriately in your home.

In the event you’re feeling petty or not so friendly, fold the frame down and carry on.  :)

This is a very quick considerate project for your family and friends.  Let me know if you decide to post your passcode in your home.  If you’re not, meet me at the Starbucks nearest you.

EEN: Bucket List

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We all have a bucket list and even if you don’t there are a few things you’ve identified that you have to do.  I’m just like you.  Over the past few days, I acknowledged the things I want to do as soon as he is he goes away to school.  It may be safe to say these are the things I want to do after he turns 18.  It may not be impressive to you but I wanted to share and document it for myself.  Lord knows I don’t need another list running around me.  :)

1. Watch the sun rise (DAILY).


In the summer of 2014, I moved right on the Detroit River.  Two years have passed and everybody has been trying to figure out why I’m not in my backyard more often.  I don’t even have the answer to that.  Sometimes when I’m on my way to work, I look at the sunrise in my rearview mirror and I’m amazed.  The sight fills my spirit with optimism.  In the future, I’d like to take the time, have a cup of tea and take it all in every day.


2. Discover USA via Amtrak


Train travel is exciting to me.  It’s not as quick as planes, involved as a car or luxurious as a cruise ship.  It’s practical.  This mode of transportation takes you to a time when this was the fastest method known to man.  There’s a great percentage of this vast land that I haven’t seen.  I didn’t realize Amtrak serviced so many destinations on my list of places to see.  The fares are relatively cheap.  A round trip from Detroit to St. Louis was $162.00. Chicago is the central hub of all the activity.  So, the plan is to travel to Chicago every other month and journey into one of these foreign places to experience them.  I might not make it to the West coast via train but the other locations look rather exciting.

3. Travel to Europe


My passport expires Feb 2018 and I still haven’t made it across the Atlantic Ocean.  This will come to an end next year.  I’m gifting myself a European vacation for my 18 years of parenthood.  You can call this a Pull Gift – you know the reverse of the Push Gift.  :)  (The one I wear almost every day.)  I haven’t narrowed down the exact location but the contenders are:

You’ll be the 2nd to know where I’ve decided to go.  ;)

4. Purchase a home in Detroit


I’ve been renting for a couple of years now.  Let me tell you – I don’t like it at all.  The amount of money I’ve paid out in the last 2 years was enough to purchase a small bungalow in Detroit.  The jig is up next year.  This year I have been focused on resolving some concerns on my credit report and rehabilitating my credit score.  My hopes are to raise it enough that I will not need a special program to purchase.  The downtown Detroit market is booming.  This area is first on my list due to my 7-10 work commute.  Right now, I am unsure if I want a house or condo.  I’ll know what’s best for me when I get there.  This probably should’ve been number one but who’s judging me.  lol

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5. Start an aquarium


This originally said get a dog or start an aquarium.  Then I did a “what type of dog is best for you” quiz.  Let’s just say the results didn’t appeal to me.  So, the fish won.  I know owning a saltwater tank is hard work but I have a secret method.  My dad!  He’s the guru on aquatic life and starting aquariums.  The freedom of fish is very calming to me.  I would get a bird but I’m terrified of them.  The dog would have made a great companion but considering my work schedule and travel plans that might not be the best idea.  I’ll swim with the fish and allow my dad to teach me how to maintain it.

6. Start dream car project


It’s hard to be from Michigan and not have muscle car dreams.  This is the ‘Motor City.’ Home of the Woodward Dream Cruise.  On my vision board you will see several old model vehicles and I plan to start that collection soon.  The 1st vehicle I have selected is the classic 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS.  I don’t want to trick it out.  My vision is to restore it to its showroom beauty.  I have found a forum to purchase from and gather parts.  In addition, I plan to do part of the work.  I bet you can guess what the exterior color will be.  #itsMyFav This will become my Friday/Saturday car.

7. Learn to play piano


I’ve always wanted to purchase a piano.  Where’s the joy in owning a piano if you can’t play.  Over the next several years I will make this dream a reality.  I think you all know how important music is to me. Yes, I may not become Roberta Flack but I will enjoy the learning opportunity.

There may be more things I want to do with this newfound freedom.  This is just a quick list off the top of my head that I wanted to share with you.  Just a few things to encourage my happiness.  :)