Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jamberry Revisited!

A few months ago I wrote a post about my experience with Jamberry Nails.  At the time I was intrigued with the product and eager to try it out.  Painting my nails is not something I have the luxury of doing on a regular basis and finding the time to actually get a manicure is out of the question. 

I did not have a great experience when I first tried the Jamberry Nail Wraps but as I said in my original post I felt like it was my fault.  Even the consultant that gave the party admitted she did not do a good job demonstrating how to apply.  I decided to try it out again because I really did love the idea of them and the designs are amazing.  Lets be honest, how many people actually have the time to do any of the crazy nail art we see in the magazines or on Pinterest.  

After trying again I had success!  I was so excited!  Now I am a little addicted.  If applied correctly, they last a week on me. Other people say you can get 2 weeks out of them but to be honest, after a week I am ready to switch them out anyway!

The picture on the left is right after I applied the Jamberry and the picture on the right is 7 days later.  It is amazing to see the difference between the Jamberry and the nail polish.  It lasts so much longer!

Below I did an pinkie accent with a Jamberry sample I had been given and painted the rest of my nails with a cute nail polish I received in my latest Birchbox (review to come.)  It was perfect for a neighborhood brunch and Eater egg hunt!

This is the current design I have on my nails.  Pointer and pinkie were Jamberry accents and the pink is regular nail polish.  Pastel and Springy...perfect for Easter!

I love these nail wraps so much I have decided to make the leap and become a Jamberry consultant.  If you have any interest in learning more about them please reach out and let me know.  I would be happy to answer any questions!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kitchen Canisters

For Christmas, my husband bought me the Silhouette Cameo.  I was really excited to get it but felt a little overwhelmed by all the projects I could do.  Sometimes when my wheels start spinning like that I get paralyzed instead of getting to work.  Eventually I bought the Silhouette Vinyl starter kit just so I had a place to start. 

I received this set of white canisters from my wedding shower years ago.  I like the idea of them but never really put them to good use.   

The starter kit came with a green color that would look perfect with the other colors in our kitchen.  I played around with the fonts and sizes a bit until I found what I liked.  It was so easy and I loved the results.  

Now we are actually using the canisters everyday.  It really helps when you don't have to guess what is in each container!  Now I am walking around my house taking notes on what should be labeled next.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Meals are a special time of day at my house.  With a 3 year old and an 18 month old I never know what they will eat.  It changes from day to day.  The one thing I can almost guarantee the two of them will sit and eat is a pancake.

A few months ago I realized we were out of Bisquick but I really wanted a stress free meal.  I figured it could not be that hard for me to just make it from scratch.  After some trial and error I have come up with  a recipe that gets equal praise from my husband and kids!

1 Cup Flour
1.5 TBSP Sugar
1 TSP Baking Power
1/2 TSP Baking Soda
1/2 TSP Salt
1/2 TBSP Cinnamon (I probably add a little more because I love cinnamon)

3/4 Cup Milk
2 TBSP Vinegar or Lemon Juice
1 Egg
2 TBSP Melted Butter
1 TSP Vanilla Extract

Mix together the milk and vinegar/lemon juice and set aside while you combine all the dry ingredients.  I usually add the vanilla extract directly to the milk and beat the egg with it all. (Saves time and dishes!)  Melt the butter and combine all wet ingrediants to the dry.  Mix together and start cooking up some pancakes!  Sometimes I will add diced apples or even mashed sweet potato to get some extra nutrients into the boys. 

My 3 year old will only eat Mickey Mouse pancakes! 

Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner!!!!