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Monday, November 28, 2011

2 On Tuesday

What are your Christmas traditions?

Today I want to talk about Christmas traditions. What were your family traditions as you grew up? What traditions are you implementing (or do you plan to implement) with your own family?

Growing up, we always got to open one present on Christmas Eve, and that present was Christmas pajamas. We also received a personalized ornament each year.

I made Christmas cookies with my aunt, and we drove around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve after our family supper.

Now that I have a child, I am so pumped about Christmas! This is my favorite holiday, and I want Cooper to know the commercial aspect of Christmas (Santa) as well as the story of Jesus’s birth.

Here are some things have done/plan to do as our family traditions:

Elf on the Shelf – this will be our first year with our elf. We’ve watched the movie several times, and I plan let him open the elf/read the book on December 1st.

Meredith had a great idea… let your elf make a special breakfast for your children. Please go see her blog post about Cookie’s surprise breakfast for her family! I’m planning on doing this and at the breakfast, Cooper will write his letter to Santa. (I purchased the Letters to Santa kit she referenced in her post.)

Book advent: Last year after Christmas, I scoured Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other stores for discounted holiday books. I now have 25, and they will be wrapped and ready on December 1st (the first book is Elf on the Shelf). He’ll open one book per day, and we’ll read the book to him. The great thing is that the books can be used year after year once you purchase them! If this is out of your budget (which I completely understand – even buying on sale I still spent about $100) you can always use library books!

Make a special evening (with a special meal – chili, maybe?) of putting up the tree and decorating.

Go get Cooper’s picture taken with Santa.

Do several local Christmas events around town (Lights of the South, Lights Before Christmas at the zoo, holiday parties).

Go to see a Christmas musical at church.

Listen to Christmas music.

Drive around and look at Christmas lights.

Watch Christmas movies.

Bake cookies.

Decorate a gingerbread house

Make a Christmas craft (which will end up being a gift for the grandparents).

Purchase Christmas pajamas for each member of the family – open on Christmas Eve.

Purchase Christmas ornaments for each member of the family.

Display a nativity.

Make treats for Santa.

Make a birthday cake for Jesus.

Read Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. Celebrate Jesus’s birthday!

Make a special Christmas morning breakfast.

What are your traditions? Please share!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Brain Dump

Happy Monday! I hope you are all recovering from the Thanksgiving let down. Am I the only one wearing stretchy pants today?

First things first – Julia is the winner of the Scentsy giveaway! Julia, I’ve passed along your email to Susan, so you should be hearing from her soon.

How was your Thanksgiving? I am super lame and did not get a single picture of my family. My mother-in-law came into town last Sunday, and she went home this past Saturday. This was the first time she and Cooper had met, and they became fast friends.

(Insert picture here, but because I am LAME I have no record of her visit)

Did you shop on Black Friday? I did! I refused to go out at midnight, but my mom & I headed out around 9:00 a.m. We hit up Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Target, the mall, Kirkland's, Joann’s, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Hobby Lobby, and before we finally made it home at 9:30 p.m., we hit up Target again. Black Friday is generally not good for my health (my blood pressure skyrockets when I’m confronted with stupid) but I made it through the day without loosing my cool. (Although several people did earn my eye of death.)

I never go out on Black Friday looking for some spectacular doorbuster. Saving however much money just isn’t worth standing in line for 10 hours to me. (Time is money!) I enjoy shopping, and Black Friday just adds a layer of excitement to the shopping experience. I did finish up all of my Christmas shopping so I am DONE!

On a side note, self-righteous people who go on and on about how they would never go out on Black Friday, it is so stupid, there is nothing they need that much, BLAH BLAH BLAH make me irate. I respect your right to shop or not shop, but don’t act like you’re better than me just because you stayed home. Seriously?

Did you catch the Elf on the Shelf movie that aired Friday on CBS? Man, this movie was pure marketing genius. It is just 30 minutes long, but it introduces the idea and purpose of the EOTS in a way your child can understand. I’m having Cooper watch it every night until our elf makes an appearance on December 1st. The movie is very cute, and is appropriate even for young toddlers.

I got my hair colored on Wednesday. I’m letting it grow (story of my life) so I just did a trim. My hairdresser darkened the base to a dark brown and added lots of caramel highlights. I’m still on the fence as to whether of not I like it… pictures to be posted later.

Are you linking up for 2 On Tuesday tomorrow? The topic is:

What are your Christmas traditions?

(This is one that I give you permission to write more than 2. Smile)

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

At Home Manicure

Have you entered my Scentsy giveaway?

Today I have a guest post for you! My dear friend Holly (I was there when her youngest son was born - I cut the umbilical cord!) is a Certified Nail Tech. I asked her to give her some tips on how to get the best manicure possible at home. Read on for her tips!

Step 1: You want to clean your nails and remove all the polish you may be wearing.. You can use any type of nail polish remover or Acetone and a cotton pad.


Step 2: Soak your nails in a small dish with some soapy water. If you have some marbles they are good to put a few in the bottom to swirl around while you are soaking for relaxation. (If you don't have time for a full soak, remove the polish from your nail before you take a shower and then after you can continue with the next step).

Step 3: Remove your hand and apply some cuticle remover/softener to the base of your nail bed and let sit for a few minutes. Then, using an orange wood stick, gently push back your cuticles. *If you have any any hang nails or loose pieces you can trim those with a pair of cuticle trimmers but DO NOT CUT your cuticles. You only want to push them back.


Step 4: You want to trim and file your nails if desired. You want to use a 180 or below grit nail file moving in one direction. You don't want to file back and forth like you are sawing.


Step 5: Using a cotton pad with some rubbing alcohol remove all traces of residue on your nail beds and apply a base coat. Then apply 2-3 coats of your nail color and 1 layer of top coat.



For best results let each layer dry a little before the next. Here is a diagram showing you the best way to paint your polish on. This is great to limit clean up. You want to keep your polish away from your cuticles so they can breathe.

Great photo instruction by Michele from Lacquerized
Step 6: After your nails are dry you want to apply a cuticle oil or a cream to help keep them soft. Here are a few good ones.


Winter is here and we need to make sure we hydrate our bodies and our nails. Apply lots of lotion, watch all that washing of your hands, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! 

Thank you, Holly! I can't wait to try out that chart the next time I paint my nails. Maybe I won't have to do any clean up to my cuticles!

Do you have any questions for Holly?

Monday, November 21, 2011

2 On Tuesday: Thankful for Blogging

Don’t forget to enter my Scentsy giveaway!

Hey lovely friends! Thanks for coming back and once again participating in 2 On Tuesday. Last week was so much fun! I had a blast hearing about your pet peeves. I identified so much with so many of you. Smile

Thanksgiving is this week, and I know we all are thankful for so many different things. Today I want to know:

Why are you thankful for blogging?

Specially, what have you gained from blogging? How has blogging changed your life for the better?

After I had Cooper, I suffered from severe post-partum depression. I wouldn’t talk about it to anyone – at all – for the longest time, until I broke down one night last spring and wrote a post about the way I was feeling. I was completely lost and alone, and so many of you reached out to me with prayers and offers of support. You gave me the courage to seek help, and I feel as if I’m living a different life these days. I didn’t realize how dark my world was until I began to see light once again. I’m happy and well, and I contribute that to the love and support of my blog friends.

Based on your encouragement, I swallowed my pride and admitted my feelings were out of control. I confessed to my husband that I wasn’t feeling normal. I went to the doctor. I got on medication. I asked for help, and you gave it to me.

Some time after I wrote that post, I came home from work feeling so overwhelmed and defeated. I felt so dark – I felt hopeless, like my life didn’t have meaning. I didn’t think I had anyone in the world who cared about me, and I confess to you I was thinking thoughts I’m ashamed to admit even now.

That day, as I walked up to my porch, I saw an Edible Arrangement from a friend. She wanted me to know she was thinking of me. I walked inside, sat down on the floor, and cried. I cried because I felt hope. My joy had been stolen for so long that I didn’t think anyone cared if I existed, and God had shown me that someone did care. I think that was a turning point in my journey, that realization. People loved me. I mattered.

Y’all, I can look back now and see how far gone I was. I honestly think had I not written that post, received that encouragement, and saw my doctor that I wouldn’t be here with you today.

So thank you. Thank YOU. You, the person reading this post. You’ve changed my life for the better. Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting me, encouraging me, challenging me, and praying for me. You are such a blessing in my life.

I hope I am the same for you.

I am thankful for you.

Scentsy Review, Giveaway, and PAR-TAY!

I am so excited about today’s post because today you can enter a giveaway for one of my favorite products! Make sure you read to the end for your opportunity to enter!
About two (ish) months ago, I did a Q&A post. My friend Sarah from Vintage Chic Home asked me if I had ever tried Scentsy and if so, what was my favorite scent? My answer was no, I had never tried Scentsy, but I would like to because I had heard such fabulous things about the company and products.
A wonderful reader, Susan, emailed me and asked if she could send me a few products to review. I said yes, and a few days later a big box of goodies arrived at my door!

Susan sent me the Capri Full Size Scentsy Warmer along with the Groovy Rust Plug-In Scentsy Warmer (below).

I also received the Pumpkin Marshmallow, Oats & Honey, and Vanilla Cream Scentsy Bars.
I immediately plugged in my warmer, and I fell in love! There is so much to love about these products. Let me count the ways…
  1. The Scentsy bar is heated by a bulb, and not a flame. I love the idea of scented oil burners to fragrance my home, but I don’t use them because open flames + toddlers don’t mix. I can put the Scentsy warmer on my counter and not worry about little fingers getting burnt.
  2. I had heard claims that the Scentsy warmers never get too hot to the touch, and of course (me being me) I decided to test out those claims. It’s true! I wrapped both hands around the warmer after it had been sitting on for a few hours. It was warm, but not overly so. I did not burn my hands. I also was feeling brave, so I stuck my finger into the heated wax. The wax did not burn my finger. Promise. (The things I do for you guys…)
  3. The warmers are just pretty! Choose from elegant designs, holiday themes, collegiate designs… the possibilities are endless, and they are sure to match your décor!
  4. The scents are divine. So far I’ve only tried the Pumpkin Marshmallow and the Vanilla Cream scent, but I am in love. Seriously. When I have the Pumpkin Marshmallow scent in the warmer, Cooper will walk into the kitchen and just sniff. I’ve had company over and been complimented on how good my house smells. Now that’s a great compliment! (You fellow pet owners hear me on that one.)
  5. The bars last forever. I used three pieces from the Pumpkin Marshmallow bar, and I’ve had the warmer turned on an average of four hours a day. It looks like the first day I put them in the warmer!
  6. Scentsy ships so fast – I placed an order on a Thursday and had my products by the following Tuesday.

I also really love the Plug-In Warmers. I loved the Plug-In Warmer that Susan sent me so much, I ordered the one above for my upstairs! The Plug-In Warmers plug into any three prong outlet, and can be turned on or off via a switch at the bottom. I much prefer the Scentsy Plug-In Warmer over Bath & Body Works Wallflowers or other brands because you have an option to turn them on or off without unplugging them completely.
I really can’t stress enough how much I love, love, love Scentsy. I promise I’m not getting paid to say that. Smile Susan did send me these items to review, but she understood I would write my true opinion. I loved the warmer and plug-in warmer so much that I placed an order a week after Susan’s package arrived. I bought another warmer and plug-in warmer for myself, and I also purchased warmers, plug-in warmers, and bars for Christmas gifts for three of my family members.
So… good news! Susan Kopp, Independent Scentsy Consultant, is offering a fabulous giveaway to one of you! One lucky reader has the chance to win one Plug-In Warmer and one Scentsy bar of your choice! All you have to do is visit Susan's site, find your favorite product, and then come back and tell me what it is! Leave your answer in the comments, and I’ll announce the winner next Monday.
I am also hosting an online Scentsy party, courtesy of the lovely Susan. You can have the opportunity to buy some Scentsy of your own! Please visit Susan’s site to browse all the wonderful Scentsy products and place your order. My party is listed as “Andrea House’s Blog Party!” As an incentive – Susan is offering a special gift to any of my readers who make a purchase! Please email her at SusanMKopp@gmail.com for more details.
I hope you love Scentsy as much as I do!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Amazing Party Look #1, Using Drugstore Finds!

Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit http://moms.dailybuzz.com/channel/style.

The holiday season is upon us, and for most of us that means we will be attending at least one party. How about you? I know offhand that I have a party at my mom’s work, my work, and Jason’s work. My dad’s company has a children's Christmas party and so does our HOA. I’m excited about celebrating the season, but I have to admit I’m a little stressed about dressing up!

It can be a little pricey to buy a new outfit for each party you have to attend. I have two little black dresses I plan to rotate. I plan to punch up my outfits with some fun accessories, colorful shoes, and fun makeup! Because my dresses are black, I can really have fun with what I wear on my face. I wanted to share one of my planned makeup looks with you.

I do have quite the makeup stash, but I picked up a few fun finds at Walgreens the last time I was there. I don’t know about you, but my budget is stretched pretty tight with all the names I need to check off my Christmas gift-giving list. There’s no need to blow your budget on high-end makeup when drugstore dupes can give you the same look for a fraction of the price!

Here’s the look I am going for:

I love Lauren’s classic makeup, and it is an amazing party look. Read on for how to recreate this look with products from Walgreens!

$7.49

Start off by covering any blemishes, dark spots, or undereye circles with concealer. Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector/Concealer ($5.99) is an oldie but goodie – it covers anything and everything. For foundation I recommend Rimmel Lasting Finish Makeup – it’s 25 hour promise means you can party for hours and your makeup will stay put! Top with Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder($5.79).

Your eye shadow should be very light and neutral as you want your liner and lashes to really pop. Above is Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow in Neutral Khakis. Use the top shade from your lash line up to your brow bone, and smudge the second color in your crease. Blend, blend, blend.

$2.99

The absolute best (and cheapest!) liquid liner out there is made by Wet N Wild – Mega Liner. This stuff does not budge. I am not kidding when I say you will still be wearing this in the morning. The only way to get it off is to use a oil based eye makeup remover. Prop your elbow on your bathroom counter, and look down into a mirror to apply. Use short strokes and apply the liner all the way across the lip, tilting up slightly at an angle when you reach the end of your lashes. Go over the line again, making the line gradually thicker towards the end.

If you’re liner challenged like me, here is a great YouTube tutorial on how to apply liquid liner!

$8.99

Next: lashes! My favorite mascara is Loreal Voluminous. I use the waterproof version since I wear contacts and my eyes water constantly. Apply the first coat only to the tips of your lashes; let dry. Apply a second coat all over. Use a mascara comb to remove any clumps and apply a third coat. You should have thick, lushes lashes at this point!

For blush, I recommend Wet N Wild Mega Glo – it is a light bronzer and blush in one. You want a subdued cheek with this look. This will give you just a hint of color.

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I don’t often wear lip liner, but when I do it is Wet N Wild Willow. It is a great pink/nude liner, and it is less than $1. Score! Outline your lips with liner, and then fill in.

One of the top selling red lipsticks is actually a drugstore brand - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice. Slick on one coat of lipstick, then blot with a tissue. Apply a second coat. I always like to finish with a light coat of lip balm, since I find most lipsticks to be a tad drying.

Before you shop, print off the Walgreens coupons here. You can get $1.off any Wet N Wild product, any Loreal product, and and Revlon product. Save $3.00 on the products I mentioned above just by printing the coupons before you shop!

I hope this was helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

**I was selected to write this post by the Clever Girls Collective. This post was sponsored by Walgreens, and I will be compensated for writing this post. However, I do own the products mentioned in the post. All opinions are my own and I would never recommend products I don’t personally use.**

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Southern Born & Bred

I grew up in the same house. I came home from the hospital to the same house my parents live in now. Until I went away from college, I’d never lived anywhere other than my hometown. I always imagined I’d return there to marry and have kids once I graduated. God had other plans in store for me.

I married a submariner in the US Navy, and I followed him around the country as he served his country. We met in Charleston, South Carolina. Our first duty station was Kingsland, Georgia and from there we moved to Silverdale, Washington. From Washington we moved back to Charleston, South Carolina, which is where we finished out his time in the Navy. Now we live in Augusta, Georgia.

No matter where I’ve lived, I’ve always been a Southern girl at heart. I have roots so deep in the Southern culture that they’ve just carried with me wherever I go.

I know people from other parts of the country don’t get it. They don’t understand the copious amounts of makeup. The hairbows or headbands. They don’t get why we have to monogram anything and everything. Maybe they don’t understand our predilection towards eating grits or having two first names.

That’s ok. I’m by no means putting down other parts of the country. Californians have pride just like Floridians have pride. If you love where you live or where you came from, you think your state is the best. I get it.

But I’ll always think girls from the South have a little edge.

Reasons I Love Being From The South

  1. Your belongings will never be stolen because they are all monogrammed. 
  2. “Bless your heart” is as insulting as it gets.
  3. At a church potluck you can be sure you will be served two things: poppyseed chicken casserole and fried chicken.
  4. SEC football is sacred. Mark off every Saturday during the fall because you’ll either spend it in the stadium or in front of your television.
  5. You have visited at least one of the following: Charleston, Savannah, Ashville, St. Augustine, or Nashville.
  6. If you’re from South Carolina, you have some sort of palm tree decoration (or an actual palm tree!) in your home.
  7. Pearls are still a girl’s best accessory.
  8. You’ve seen Steel Magnolias or Gone With The Wind at least once, and can quote passages from each.
  9. Flip flops are worn year round – and your “good” flip flops are monogrammed Jack Rogers.
  10. When you don’t know who someone is (which is rare) you can ask your mother, and she will reply “That’s Mavis’s son! You know – the one who married Sally? They had a girl a few years younger than you. Her name was Lissie.”

Southern girls – what other things can you come up with?

Monday, November 14, 2011

2 On Tuesday–Pet Peeves

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for coming back and linking up!

Just a quick reminder of the rules – please link directly to your 2 On Tuesday post and not to your blog. Thank you for participating!

This week I want to know:

What are your pet peeves?

I hate when people go through the drive through window and order enough food for 15 people. I hate it even more when the workers don’t tell them to pull up and wait – they make the whole line wait while they make 15 hamburgers.

It’s called FAST FOOD for a reason.

I hate when you get all the way home, only to find your salad is missing or your fries are cold. Cold fries are terrible!

I strongly dislike word verification. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know this about me.

I hate people who present themselves as one type of person but then through their actions prove themselves to be something else. For the record, saying “I’m a Christian” does not make you a Christian. Your belief in God, your belief in His teachings, and your application of said teachings makes you a Christian.

Sometimes I don’t like Twitter, because the constant back and forth makes you realize people aren’t who they portray themselves to be on their blogs.

I dislike whining. Which my son has perfected over the last couple of weeks. Maaaaaaaaamaaaaaaaa is not a 20 syllable word.

I don’t understand why plus size stores sell an abundance of clothes that are either sleeveless or have super short sleeves. There’s a big chance that if you are plus size, your arms are not your best asset. Why can I never find 3/4 length sleeves?

What are your pet peeves?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Monday Mish-Mash

Hey friends! Friday was a crazy day at work for me, so I didn’t have time to get a blog up for Veteran’s Day. My sweet friend Becca hosts a Friday linky called Friday Daydreamin’ on her blog R We There Yet Mom? and she had asked me to participate by talking about my favorite veteran. I’m sorry this is late, Becca!

As I military wife, I have so much respect for the men & women who serve our country, and the families that stand behind them while they do it. My grandfather served in World War II. My uncle served in Desert Storm. Both willingly served during times of war to ensure the safety of ones they loved.

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I have so much pride for my own sailor. My husband Jason served as a submariner in the US Navy for 10 years. He made the decision to get out of active duty this last summer, and has now committed to the Navy Reserves. He had completed his tour of duty, but he has a love for the Navy and a desire to serve, so he joined the Reserves.

Thank you, honey! I am so proud to be married to you!

Link up with Becca (it’s ok to be late like me!) if there is a veteran you’d like to think! Come back on Fridays to share a favorite vacation or other daydream.

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The winner of the Tiny Prints giveaway is Leeann at Join the Gossip!

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I feel like I need to apologize in advance if I’m late of replying to emails, visiting your blogs, or if I miss posting for a few days. This is such a crazy time of the month at work, and my mother in law is coming to visit next Sunday. I’m so excited she is coming and that she will get to meet Cooper for the first time, but my house is a MESS! Horrible work hours and sickness have conspired to make it look like a Hoarder’s entry, so I will be getting my Cinderella on every available moment between now and next weekend.

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A few of you wanted to know more about the ex-boyfriend I spoke of in this post. No, he didn’t speak to me that day. It was him, his wife (whom I used to be friends with), and his wife’s sister (who was one of my besties). The wife’s sister spoke to me; they did not. My former youth pastor, who was leading the class, spoke of me by name so he knew I was there.

I did not go out of my way to speak to him, either, so…

He has not been back to parenting class (three sessions since then). I don’t know why. The vain and paranoid part of myself says it is because me. Jason says I am crazy because who would care that much about someone they haven’t seen or spoken to in 10 years?

I did see him again on Halloween night, when we went to Trunk or Treat. Again, he and his wife passed right by me and didn’t speak. The sister stopped to hug me and say hello.

Seeing them again has brought up lots of feelings…. nothing bad. I don’t hate him, or her, or anyone for that matter. Most of all I’m just sad I never spoke up for myself. If I felt he treated me poorly, I’m just as guilty as he is for not telling him it was the wrong thing to do.

Most of all it has just made me determined to raise a boy who understands just how much his actions can affect other people. If he doesn’t like a girl, I want him to have the courage to kindly say so. 10 years later that girl will respect him for it, don’t you think?

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Cooper is feeling so much better. But, just our luck, we had another injury this week. TMI warning: when he had his circumcision, the skin re-adhered on some parts of his penis. The doctor told us it would fix itself eventually. Earlier this week, I pulled back the skin to clean it. Within the next two days, he apparently got a little *excited* and the skin ripped off. His penis is very swollen and painful, and he doesn’t want us to change his diaper at all. It’s getting better, and we knew this would happen at some point.

Poor bug. He just can’t catch a break.

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I had tossed around the idea of putting together an ornament swap for le blog, but I just don’t have time. Katie emailed me yesterday and is hosting one on her blog! Please visit Life with the D’s for more details.

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I’m so happy that so many of you participated in 2 On Tuesday last week! I got some great ideas for my Christmas wish list. I hope you will come back and participate tomorrow!

Tomorrow’s topic is (thanks to Etta!):

What are your two pet peeves?

I know we all have pet peeves, so I want to see your post!

Happy Monday, friends!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nails of the Day

Hey friends! Happy Thursday! Thanks goodness it is almost Friday! How are you doing today?

Don’t forget to enter to win 50 free holiday cards to Tiny Prints! I will announce the winner tomorrow!

Lately I have gotten so into doing my nails! I think it is one thing I can do for myself to make myself look more pulled together and polished. I find polishing my nails so relaxing. I do it at night after Cooper has went to bed, while I watch TV. I paint my nails on average 1-2 times per week.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products for manicures!

I should start out by saying I have bitten my nails for years. It’s just an awful habit of mine. The only way I can grow out my nails is to keep polish on them. I won’t touch them if they are manicured.

I don’t really care for long nails… once they get to fingertip length I cut them down and let them grow back out. They are short right now because I bit them to the quick while I was sick and had to veg out in bed. Again, bad habit!

I am not a pro. My friend Holly is a certified nail tech and I’m trying to convince her to write an (educated) guest post for us on how to do a professional looking manicure.

My favorite nail polish remover is Sally Hansen Moisturizing Formula Remover. I do have a bottle of pure Acetone, but I only use that on glitter polishes (which are notoriously hard to remove). I find that pure Acetone makes my hands and cuticles super dry.

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Here’s a tip for removing glitter (or other hard to remove) polishes. You’ll need cotton balls or pads, scissors, polish remover, and aluminum foil. Use your scissors to cut your cotton pads into squares big enough to cover your nail. Soak them in polish remover, and lay the square on the pad of your nail. Tear off a strip of aluminum foil, and wrap it over your nail. The aluminum foil effectively serves as tape, binding the pad to your nail. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, and remove the aluminum foil. Rub the cotton pad on your nail, and the glitter polish should come off easily.

I start off my manicure with clean, filed nails. I swipe my nails with alcohol or polish remover to make sure I don’t have any lotion or oils on my nails. The first coat of my manicure is OPI Chip Skip. I have terrible ridges on my nails, so I use Seche Vite Ridge Filling Base Coat. I typically do two coats of polish, and I finish with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. This is my HG (Holy Grail) top coat. My nails are completely dry to the touch in 10 minutes, and I’m able to go about my day with no smudges. I also really like Out The Door top coat. My only complaint about Out The Door is that it thickens up after time and can be hard to apply.

My favorite nail polish brand is OPI, followed by China Glaze. Sally Hansen would be my third favorite brand, then Orly, with Essie coming up last. I know people rave about Essie, but I find it applies streaky. I own lots of different brands of polish, but those are my favorites.

Here are some recent NOTD (Nails of the Day):

047Candy Corn Nails

064OPI Gone Gonzo

068Butter Wallis

054China Glaze Black Crackle & OPI Greenwich Village

I think I have a slight nail polish problem… these were all bought (plus 2 you don’t see) in the past two weeks.

066Someone stop me.

Do you guys have any nail related questions for me?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kardashians & Guilty Pleasures on a Wednesday

Have y’all seen the SNL Kardashian spoof? It is pretty hilarious if I do say so myself.

On a serious note, I’m so disturbed by the attention this is getting in the media. First of all, I think the Kardashians are nothing but attention whores. I’m usually mildly entertained by their shenanigans, but this just disgusts me. Marriage is a serious commitment, and unless you’re being abused I can’t fathom any reason that your  marriage should be shorter than the football season.

I did watch the wedding special on E! and it was apparent to me that Kris was a total douchebag. I’ll just put this out there: if your entire family hates your fiancé, perhaps you should not get married.

I believe that Kim probably realized she did not want to be married at some point during her engagement, but she knew she couldn’t back out of the wedding for contractual reasons. I also believe (but I hope this isn’t true, because if it is GROSS) that even if this wasn’t originally intended as a PR stunt, it is going to be spun by Momma Kris until it is.

What do you think?

Off my soapbox. How about a little MeMe on a Wednesday?

Guilty Pleasure? Celebrity gossip magazines, Starbucks unsweetened black iced tea, nail polish, naps

I can't travel without? A fully stocked purse. I simply must have $20 in change, nose spray, three chapsticks, and Lego in my purse at all times.

Recent Splurge? I got a few items from the Old Navy F&F 30% off sale. And by few I mean 8. I also slipped in little something something for me when I was ordering my mom’s and SIL’s Christmas presents. Oopsie.

My go-to flower? I’m not a huge flower girl. Could you get me an edible bouquet, please?

In bulk, I buy? Cliff kids bars for Cooper, Luna bars for myself, toilet paper and paper towels, K-cups, tea bags, and tampons. Don’t judge. You know you don’t want to run out of tampons. 

I sleep on?  A bed? An old bed? With a memory foam topper that has been hosed by my chihuahuas? I need a new bed stat.

Comfort Food? Macaroni and cheese, Dairy Queen blizzards, anything from Carrabbas

For Breakfast? Coffee or Dr. Pepper, a Luna bar, and a banana

For Dinner? We eat Mexican at least once a week.

Love/hate relationship with? Gossip. Love to hear it about other people (celebs) but hate to hear people are talking about me.

Can't Stop Watching? Two Broke Girls, Glee, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Big Bang Theory, Revenge

Best online shopping find? Marley Lilly – the monogrammed scarfs make perfect Christmas gifts!

Dreaming about? See below. Yowsa.

Crushing on? Jason and I watched Crazy Stupid Love this weekend. Two words: Ryan Gosling. Deee-licious.

Every girl should have? Friends. People you can Hey-Tell any time of day and they’ll do their best to make you laugh.

My style in five words? Where are my PJ pants?

I love wearing? Nail polish in fun and funky colors.

Dream Job? Lately I’ve been dreaming about starting a non-profit aimed at promoting tolerance and stopping bullying in schools.

Monday, November 7, 2011

2 On Tuesday: Christmas Wish List

Hey friends! Thanks so much for joining me again for 2 On Tuesday. This week is a fun one… I hope you’ll participate this week! I want to know:

What’s your Christmas wish list? What do you hope to receive from Santa?

I think Santa (aka Jason) forgets me each year. At least he has every year in the past, but I’m hoping by directing him to my wish list, I’ll have a little something in my stocking this year.

I’m pretty easy to please. I love makeup, and I’d be happy to have any of these pretties in my stocking this year.

Tarte The Starlet Limited Edition Makeup Vanity

bareMinerals READY™ Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour

Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour Set

 

Gap Bow City Flats in Pewter (and Black, too, please Santa?)

Marley Lilly Monogrammed Pashmina Scarf (leopard print with red monogram, please!)

Monogrammed Necklace from Tootlebugs Facebook boutique (pink and white disc)

What’s on your wish list?



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