Posted in FAMILY TIME, Fashion

We have a fashionista on our hands: Jamberry Nails

 

After seeing many posts on Instagram, Facebook and gossip in the restaurant about Jamberry nails I had to reach out, test these nails out. As a waitress I’m always wondering what my nails look like to the customer, I don’t want to hand a plate or write an order with chipped nails, no nail polish or broken nails. To be honest who feels good about themselves when they know there’s a flaw in what they are wearing or their appearance may be a better word to describe my fear and others I would think.

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I tried the Jamberry nails out before work one evening, could they withstand the waitress lifestyle. Warm plates, silverware rolling, dish-washing at times and busing and washing tables down. I found the nails so simple to put on, with some practice I know I could be better at placing them perfecting on my nail. The different sizes on the chart, the length given allowed opportunity to do both my right and left hand with the same nail adhesive. As I put my blow dryer to the nail to help the adhesive better shape or form the nail I wondered, how long do I do this.

After a few seconds I had the first nail on…

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After ten minutes the whole set (I am not that great at left handed).

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Then to cut and shape… It was easy, dry and not coming off when I put my work shoes on, how can I ask for something quicker and easier then this? Happiness set it but the true test was yet to come… After working a nine hour shift I saw each nail still on, one or two bending up at the ends. But I believe that was an error on my part, I am still new at putting these on alone remind you. Taking off was simpler then I imagined, with no real adhesive still stuck on my nail I was able to take them off within a minute or two before playing down.

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Clean, trim, shape and paint… Now remember don’t touch a thing! How do you tell your three (going on four) year old not to touch or move because you just had to have their nails done. If they are anything like my daughter they love having their nails painted; it might be the one on one time we have with full attention on her. Maybe its the bright colors, the feel of the brush as it paints the colors on. Then there’s the question “should I try to make a design, maybe add a bit of glitter?”… Who are you kidding its either smudged or picked off within the first five minutes.

Now here’s the trick Jamberry nails. Thankfully after being sent these lovely designed nails the amazing touch of kindness inclosed with a note and a kids Jamberry nails kit I found myself on the floor doing nails for two three year olds. I watched Isabella’s amazement as I put the first “nail” on; she studied it hard wondering why mommy was putting a sticker on her nail.

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Then I watched as Careena was counting the nails, the gears in her mind spinning. “Careena ask mommy if there is time for Missy to do your nails ok, hun?” (Don’t get me wrong I don’t like being called Missy, I don’t allow anyone to call me Missy. That is a name only my sweet sisters can call me.) “Mommy said yes Missy.” I hear screaming from the loft as her tiny footsteps grew louder the closer she came. The many questions were asked, “why are you using a blow dryer to do nails?”… “Are they stickers?” As I finished Isabella, I saw the girls eyes light up and when you do ones a certain way the other cannot be different or there’s a three-teen fight.

JamberryA bonding experience not only for myself and Isabella but for my sister and I, the girls together. They loved their nails, they were so thrilled to wear them to school. Though Isabella has a bad habit of picking at her nails (that’s why nail polish on a daily basis is just too much for this mama) she ended the school day with seven out of ten nails still on. I’m very proud of these girls, of the nails holding up as long as they did. (Two days at max with these nail pickers.)

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I love all the designs from sports teams to holidays and sparkles to solid colors I found so many I could use for each and every day, holiday and event we have coming up. For the price and the amount of time they hold up I’d pick this over an overly expensive spa day most weeks (though an occasional mommy day would be nice — hint hint mothers day).

How do you decorate your Princesses nails?

Is there a big mess, glitter and paint everywhere from clothes to floors and furniture or have you mastered the art of nail painting?

I sure haven’t even with the proper tools, so thank goodness for Jamberry nails.

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Posted in baby product, FAMILY TIME, Fashion, Uncategorized

We have a fashionista on our hands: Tutu Amaezing boutique

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog,  the creator of Tutu Amaezing Boutique has provided me with complimentary headband and bows for Elleanna and Isabella. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

I cannot express how much fashion means to my daughter and I; though I do slack these days as a mom of two girls they take all my time to get ready. I do take my time for work, hair done and of course makeup and make sure my nails look nice; if anyone is like me they are looking at the waitresses hand when serving food. Back to the point though, I found this amazing shop online, TuTu Amaezing Boutique and couldn’t believe all the breath taking bows that this wonderful woman (Desiree) could create. I myself have tried a few times now to make Isabella along with Elleanna and my sisters (Careena and Hailee) bows… But they are basic bows, nothing special now these bows on the other hand took special talent!

After looking over http://tutuamaezingboutique.com I found many bows from football teams, sports, military, breast cancer awareness to holiday and themed characters such as my children’s favorite FROZEN! The creativity put into each, the special touch and the way she puts her whole heart into her work certainly shows with each bow.

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I just had to reach out to Desiree in hopes of doing a review on her bows; I couldn’t image such a wonderful hand made fashion statement as these not having a review already! (Though my hopes were that I’d be the first!) After receiving three (four in total really) bows I knew I would find myself wanting more. I found myself wearing the football bow to work. (Sunday night football go Patriots!!)

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My daughters represented our team beyond well with these fantastic pieces for the Patriots… Desiree even created a Patriots headband that was adjustable for Elleanna to wear and grow into.

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And of course Frozen, Isabella had a few chances to wear her Frozen bows to school along with Frozen live. Her grandfather and Meme took her along with Careena and Hailee this past week to the show. Isabella’s heart melted, her eyes widened and she said “Mommy you buy me?” when she saw the bows come out of the package. What better treat for Princesses such as my girls then a fashion statements that show so much personality and beauty.

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Couldn’t resist sending Isabella off to school with these Frozen Sister bows. (Cannot wait to use one on Elleanna when she gets more hair.)
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Before seeing Frozen Live on Ice.

When you think about bows you don’t put much mind into what type of ribbon is being used but with TuTu Amaezing Boutique they use the best there is and each bow, headband and tutu certainly shows that.

 

How do you dress you girls up for school?

Is there a special bow that they love or maybe that you love?

If not or to add to your collection check out these breath taking bows at http://tutuamaezingboutique.com.

I know we’ve found our special fashion pieces thanks to Tutu Amaezing Boutique.

Posted in EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY TIME, Reading

Princess Fables and the lessons of good.

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog,  the author Marc Clark has provided me with complimentary  paperback copy of Princess Fables book. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

Three-teen has hit… The household is under attack with two three year olds, a two year old along with Elleanna turning one; someone save my sanity.

After weeks of bedtime stories, nap stories and mid afternoon treats before mommy leaves for work, the girls and I (mainly Isabella) have been indulging ourselves in chapter stories of Princesses and their troubles. Given the opportunity from Princess Fables author Marc Clark I found myself laughing at the stories, comparing the girls to each Princess and their situation.

princessfable4I found myself very happy about each story that was introduced to the girls; though I know the reading was above your average three-year old Isabella found herself excited for each chapter. Sitting or laying in front of the rocking chair talking to me about each Princess.

  • The Princess who always said “No”
  • The Princess who always said ” I don’t wanna”
  • The Princess who wouldn’t wake up
  • The Princess who always said “Not today”

I kind of feel like the Princess who wouldn’t wake up each morning and throughout the night when Elleanna wakes… (After working evening/night shift I am drained when she decides to wake the first thirty minutes I’m home and hour upon hour.)

princessfable2Each chapter hit the basics when little girls (children in general) with their newly found attitudes, dislikes and unsure about the changes and new adventures that we as parents set forth for them. I was highly entertained by the stories, with the few pages they were for each chapter princess it made for a great lesson amongst a great read before bed.

princessfableMy daughter learned that it could be unsafe to say no, not today or to hide from adults. The easy reading made for a very understanding story line for the girls to comprehend and incorporate in their routines. A highly recommended book for parents of tree-teen girls and older I hope that each young girl enjoys and understands the meanings behind each chapter (Princess).

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Have you found an education book that teaches lessons to little ones about hiding, talking back and not doing what they are asked? Please share with us.