#ADayInTheLife Project: Week 45

Week 45/52 of photos. Trying to work ahead while enjoying one of the last few weeks we’ll be in this house.

myles-star-gazing:: Sunday, April 6th ::

We love to take Myles to this little park that’s part of Creative Preschool right up the road. There’s this big pirate ship and he likes to climb to the very top to try and spot the moon if it’s later in the day. He still can’t understand why the moon and sun are sometimes out at the same time, but enjoys telling us all about it!

cornish-rex-cat-and-keurig:: Monday, April 7th ::

My cat is seriously obsessed with my Keurig machine. It’s to the point where if I even pick up a mug, she runs to the coffee maker with anticipation. Ha! Side note, don’t make fun of my mug. It was Monday morning and the biggest one I had.

spring-statement-necklace-fennofashion:: Tuesday, April 8th ::

Spent part of my day creating some fun custom orders for clients.

wella-hair-event-soto-cincinnati-elle-magazine:: Wednesday, April 9th ::

Every year Elle Magazine and Wella Hair Care asks me to join them for a ladies night. This year it was hosted at SOTO (Salon on the Ohio) and I brought my mom with me to share a few drinks and bites to eat. It was a great time.

angel-drawing-in-conte:: Thursday, April 10th ::

I’m still on my decluttering kick, so I sat down and organized all my files today including photos, but the month and year. I came across one of my favorite drawings I created in college with black conte. Sometimes I wish I had just a little more time in the day to do some sketching and drawing. I miss it.

wcpo-fashion-article:: Friday, April 11th ::

A collage I put together for an article on WCPO.com about how to stay in budget when shopping with your kids for Easter outfits. You can read the article, 9 ways to dress the kids in new clothes for the season without breaking the bank,  here.

Myles-playing-outside:: Saturday, April 12th ::

The weather was absolutely beautiful last night, so we enjoyed having a few friends over to hang out on the patio while this little dude played with the hose to entertain himself. Hope everyone else had a great week!

[Read more about my 52 week #ADayInTheLife project here.]

DIY: Picture Frames turned Jewelry Displays Tutorial

Picture-Frame-Jewelry-Display-DIYJust about a year ago, I pinned this photo of my jewelry being displayed at a boutique here locally in Cincinnati. Since then, I’ve had so many questions about where I purchased them or if it’s a long time blog follower – they pretty much assume this is just another one of my DIY projects. Sure enough, it was!

Since we’re moving downtown to a much smaller place, I thought these would be great to hang in our walk in closet;  just to display the inventory I have available for FENNOfashion. While the displays created for my closet aren’t quite as pretty, they’re made the same way. Meaning, you can just adapt the process to make any color or sized DIY jewelry display that fits your exact needs.

 Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Picture Frames (I purchased the large frame at Hobby Lobby for 90% off (Hello, $3.79)  and the rest at St. Vincent de Paul)
  • Small unfinished slates of wood (purchased at Home Depot by the foot)
  • Dowel Rods
  • White Spray Paint (or whatever color you prefer)
  • Saw-tooth hooks (for back of frames)
  • “C ” hooks (to hold the jewelry)
  • Small nails
  • Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue
  • Wood Glue
  • Mini- Hand Saw
  • Hammer

What to do:

First prep your frames to paint. If they had some sort of artwork in them (see the three I scored all for $5 at St. Vincent De Paul pictured below… they definitely needed prep work!) You want to get your frames to a point where it’s just the solid frame; no art, glass or the paper on the back.

DIY-thrifted-frames-into-jewelry-holder-display-tutorialOnce you have the frames ready to be painted, go ahead and spray paint them your desired color using the directions on the spray paint can.

DIY-jewelry-photo-frames-turned-jewelry-display-tutorialI had brown and black frames, so it took about 3 – 5 coats of spray paint to get the frames completely white. While I was waiting for the paint to dry on the frames, I went ahead sprayed the unfinished wood slates and dowel rods.

Let’s talk about the large earring display first:

DIY-framed-earring-holder-picture-frame-tutorialYou’ll need a drill bit that’s just a tad smaller than the dowel rods you plan to use.

Measure out how far apart you’d like the dowels to be.  I kept mine pretty close as I want the display to hold as many earrings as possible. If I was actually using these particular frames as a display, I might space the dowel rods out a little bit more.

Drill your holes on the backside of the frame where the glass would sit. Once you have the holes drilled, cut the dowel rods to fit securely into the holes. My husband used wire cutters to size down the dowel rods.  Whatever works, you know? Add a little wood glue to each end secure the dowel rods in the freshly drilled holes. The picture above helps describe these steps.

Because I underestimated how many dowel rods I’d need, some are still the natural wood color in the pictures, but I painted over them once they were set in place.

 The Necklace + Bracelet Display

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The same principles apply when making the bracelet and necklace display. You’ll want to measure out how far apart you need the wood slats. Again, I’d probably spread them out a little if I was using this as a display and not something just to hold my inventory.

Once you have the wood slats measured, use a little hand saw to make them the length you need so they’ll fit securely within the frame. Hot glue them in place.

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If you’d like to add “C” hooks, measure out how far apart you want them. Drill a hole where each hook will go using a drill bit just a tad smaller then the diameter of the “C” hook. From there, they should will just screw right in – not hand tools necessary.

The last step is to add the saw-tooth hangers to the back of the frame so they can easily hang on the wall. Packages of saw-tooth hangers come with the small nails, so all you’ll need to do is hammer them into the back of the frames.

The finished product: 

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creative-diy-earring-holder-Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

Must-Have Mondays: Moonstruck 3-D Fiber Lashes

Who doesn’t love long voluminous lashes? I mean as women, we spend a lot of money on make-up. Then you have false eyelashes, eyelash extensions and even products to make your lashes grow such as Latisse. While all those I’m sure work wonderfully, I honestly just don’t have the time. So, when I was introduced to Younique’s 3-D Fiber Lash Kit, it sounded like the perfect solution!

Here’s my review, some before and after pictures,  how to use it and where you can get your hands on this 3-D Fiber Lash Kit. Obviously, I’m a fan or I wouldn’t be sharing this and all opinions are my own. This is not a paid endorsement.

Moonstruck-3-D-Fiber-Lash-Mascara-Younique-CaseI heard about this product from a friend and of course, had to try it. This adorable case was what arrived in the mail; which holds both the transplanting gel and the natural fibers.

3-D-Fiber-Lash-Mascara-Younique-CaseOnce you add a coat of your normal everyday mascara (the brand or kind doesn’t matter), you’ll then add a coat of the transplanting gel. While the gel is still wet, you’ll want to add a coat of the natural fibers. Sounds crazy, right? They’re literally little fibers that adhere to your lashes. It’s different, but pretty awesome once you see the results. You can put several coats of the 3-D fiber lashes on, but I chose to only apply one coat of each.

I opted not to put on any other make-up today so you can really see the results.  Here’s the before and after photos:

3-D-Moonstruck-Mascara-Fiber-Lashes-youniqueThe before photo is when I had one coat of black Chanel mascara on. The two bottom photos are when I used the Fiber lashes on top of the one coat of Chanel mascara.

I tried the Fiber lashes for the first time last week and what I like is that the fibers don’t flake off; which was a concern of mine. Also the make-up is easy to remove. If you happen to have allergies and your eyes water, this product doesn’t add insult to your watering eyes by turning you into a raccoon. It stays in place and from experience, you have my endorsement.

This revolutionary product increases the thickness and volume of your lashes up to 300% and I’m pretty sure will quickly become your favorite makeup accessory! For more information about 3-D Fiber lashes, click here.

mascara[You can purchase the 3-D Fiber Lash Kit here,  for $29.00]

Has anyone else tried this yet? I’d love to hear what you think about it.

#ADayInTheLife Project: Week 44

Week 44/52 of photos.

fennofashion-copper-statement-necklace:: Sunday, March 30th ::

These copper statement necklaces I made wouldn’t stay in stock over the winter, so I made more of them to add to the spring/summer collection of jewelry for FENNOfashion. I’m loving copper, golds and mixed metals this year!

swinging:: Monday, March 31st ::

This was one of the first really nice days we’ve had since…oh..I don’t know…October of last year?! We really just wanted to stay outside all night, but opted for a quick trip to the playground up the road.

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:: Tuesday, April 1st ::

Have I ever mentioned how much I love what I do? This week I wrote an article about all the fun Cincinnati Red’s gear you can pick up around the tri-state and online. You can read the full article, Stand out from the fan crowd! Our one-stop-family shopping list for cool Reds gear, here.

jewelry-designer-in-training:: Wednesday, April 2nd ::

I’m a proud mama! Myles’s beaded his first necklace! He chose the colors, the beads and how long it would be. He then told me it’s for his girlfriend and wanted to drive him over there to deliver it.

cornish-rex-cat:: Thursday, April 3rd ::

Ha! This is a funny story. We had our house inspected for closing and the inspector left an exterminator card. I freaked out and called right away. So yeah, we’re clear and I was relieved but I think he saw my cat. I suppose I can understand…

the-banks-cincy-from-scripps-building-cincinnati:: Friday, April 4th ::

This is it my friends. My new home, looking down from the 28th floor of the Scripps building in downtown Cincinnati. We are so excited to move. One more month!

incline-public-house-cincinnati-beautiful-scenery:: Saturday, April 5th ::

Had a nice evening with a friend from the Scripps/WCPO-TV family. We started at the Incline Public House, but ended up going to Django’s, a western taco joint, on the northside of town. Overall, it was a wonderful and productive week and as slow as time can go as we prepare to move, I try and keep myself busy.

[Read more about my 52 week #ADayInTheLife project here.]

The Many Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

This post is a re-run from last year; but one that I definitely think is worth sharing again. Coconut oil is truly amazing and can be used for everything from beauty regimes to healthy cooking. Read on to see all the many things you can do with this special oil.

many-uses-for-coconut-oil-health-beauty-cooking-DIY-moreAfter using coconut oil for the first time in a Chicken Curry recipe, I sought out other recipes using this magnificent oil. But come to find out, Coconut Oil is great for just about everything!

After doing some research, listed below are one hundred ways in which you can use this very versatile oil.

Note: Please consult with your doctor first if you are planning to use Coconut Oil  to treat a medical condition and please, use at your own discretion.

many-uses-for-coconut-oil-health-beauty-cooking-DIYHealth:

  • Eat a teaspoonful for an energy boost or take a spoonful with your vitamins to help increase absorption.
  • Use Coconut oil to help soothe chicken pox, shingles and other skin irritations and rashes.
  • Another health use- apply it to athlete’s foot, ringworm or other fungal infections
  • Dab a little on a baby’s diaper rash
  • You can also use the oil to help with cradle cap.
  • Spread a thin layer on a burn to quicken the healing time
  • Ingesting Coconut Oil is said to help thyroid conditions.
  • Use in replace of massage oil
  • Consuming Coconut Oil while nursing is said to increase your milk flow
  • Apply to bug bites to sooth itch and sting
  • If you happen to get nose bleeds in the winter, coat the inside of your nose with a small amount.
  • It is said that taking a spoonful will help reduce and eliminate migraines
  • Massage into tired, achy or sore muscles to help relieve the pain
  • Mix a small amount with oregano and apply to the first signs of a cold sore
  • Dab on a canker sore to speed up heeling and help soothe the pain
  • Ingest a small amount and let it dissolve in your mouth and run down the back of your throat to ease the discomfort of a sore throat

Beauty:

  • Use as a super conditioner for your hair. Apply to dry hair, then shampoo as normal.
  • You can also use it as a styling agent for dry hair. Rub a small amount into your palms and apply to hair.
  • Put some in a small container to use as lip balm.
  • Dab a small amount under your arms to use as a natural deodorant.
  • Use it in place of shaving cream
  • Add a small amount to your bath water to create a moisturizing soak
  • Use as a make-up remover
  • Use around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles
  • Use to reduce the visibility of stretch marks
  • Apply to stomach when pregnant to aid in preventing stretch marks
  • Use as a mascara brush cleaner
  • Brush on eyelashes to help strengthen them
  • Use on pimple and acne to help heal it
  • Apply on cracked or rough heels
  • Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them
  • Mix with the spice nutmeg and apply to blemishes for 15 minutes. Wash off and notice a difference in your skin
  • If you wax at home, Use on your skin after waxing to help with the redness and to remove any access wax.

DIY:

  • Use it as a base for a homemade body scrub, toothpaste or lotion.
  • In addition, you can also use Coconut Oil as a base for a vapor rub.
  • Try mixing it with lemon balm, tea tree oil or rosemary for creating an insect repellent
  • Use instead of WD-40
  • Mix with baking soda to create a non-toxic form of Goo-Gone
  • Use as a metal polish, however, test a small area first.
  • Also use it to season cast iron pans
  • Use to remove chewing gum from the bottom of your shoes

Home:

  • Use to condition your wooden cutting boards
  • Use as a leather moisturizer. However, test a small area first!
  • If you have gum stuck in your hair and before grabbing the scissors, try using a small amount of coconut oil. the gum should come right out.
  • Use as a guitar string lubricant
  • Use a little on a damp cloth to clean a slimy shower. Wipe the surface again with more oil followed by spraying with vinegar and wipe dry
  • I’ve read Coconut Oil works as a non-toxic flea treatment for cats and dogs
  • Use on artificial or real plants to shine leaves in replace of the chemical-filled spray that can be purchased.
  • Add a small amount to a cloth to detail the inside of your car
  • Use to clean brushes and hands after painting with an oil-based paint

Cooking:

  • Replace the less healthy oils in your kitchen with Coconut oil
  • Add a teaspoonful to smoothies to help add flavor and added nutrition.
  • Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray
  • Put a small amount on toast and add cinnamon for a healthy cinnamon toast
  • Use as a base for homemade candy, such as chocolates.
  • Mix with garlic and use it to make food extra flavorful
  • Add a teaspoonful to soup for added nutrition
  • Add flavor to baked goods
  • Make your own peanut butter with the base being Coconut Oil
  • Use to lubricate scissors when cutting up sticky things such as marshmallows for recipes
  • Use instead of shortening when making pie crusts or biscuits

[Resources for this post: 1,2,3,4]

On the Table: Lunchtime Fun with Fruit Shoot

Bug_Themed_Lunch_Idea_Fruit_ShootThis little face. He’s all smiles in this picture but if try and get him to eat something healthy that isn’t in some “creative” form, it’s nothing short of a meltdown. Getting a picky toddler to eat healthy can sometimes become a challenge.  Any moms out there with me? Aside from using bananas in spinach smoothies or any other tactic to help aid my son in eating healthy, I sometimes have to get a little creative with food.

Fun_Healthy_Luches_for_Toddlers_and_KidsToday we went with a “bug theme”.  Because making these creative lunches are special, I want to also treat him to a special drink, Fruitshoot. I’d like to say I’m pretty selective when it comes to what my son drinks and I limit his options to just milk, water or juice… until he actually knows better. What I love about Fruitshoot is that it’s perfect for kids of all ages, even 3-year olds. The easy-to-grip bottle has a no-spill cap, so it’s the only drink I don’t mind taking in the car with us. Plus, it contains no fructose corn syrup and no added sugars; making it a much better option than other flavored drinks.

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These vibrant fun colored bottles come in tasty flavors of Orange, Apple, Berry Burst, and Strawberry/Raspberry. With four choices in flavors and brightly colored bottles, it makes it fun for Myles to pick out which flavor he’s in the mood for.

Fruit_Shoot_BeverageFruitshoot is definitely my go-to when I want to treat Myles to something special and well…myself too! (Hello, 20 calories?! That’s it and it tastes amazing!)

Fruit_Shoot_Beverage_AppleIn regards to making healthy food fun for kids, I try to pick a theme that’s broad and easy enough to work with. “Ants on a Log” which is just celery, peanut butter and raisins, was always a favorite of mine growing up. The “Bug sandwich is turkey on wheat bread with swiss cheese on top for the wings. The eyes I had from Myles’ second birthday party. Completely edible, Wilton makes a lot of fun products to help spruce up a plate of food. Pretzel pieces make up the the legs and antennas and the grapes are stuck together with toothpicks to create “caterpillars”.  Just remember to always let your child be aware they are there and to not try and eat the toothpicks.

What are some of your favorite and creative ways to get your picky eater to eat healthy?

[Many thanks to Fruitshoot for sponsoring this post]

For more information, make sure to  stop by their Facebook page. 

Recipe: Super Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Easy-Healthy-Chicken-Lo-Mein-RecipeThis is another one of my most recent favorites. I love that you just toss all the ingredients in one pot, let it cook and you’re done. Plus, it makes for a great “left-over” meal.

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Ingredients:

1/2 LB  of chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
12 OZ of whole wheat linguini, broken in half
1/2 bag of baby carrots (Or I happened to find some pre-cut carrots in the veggie section of my local grocery store and used those)
1 bell pepper, diced. (Again, I found pre-sliced pepper pieces for only $1.00, so I opted to use those instead.)
1 TBSP of minced garlic
1/4 cup of light sodium soy sauce
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP corn starch
1 TBSP of sugar
1/2 TSP of red pepper flakes
4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup of water
2 TSP of extra virgin olive oil

Easy-Healthy-Chicken-Lo-Mein-Recipe-2Directions:

Add the uncooked chicken, followed by the pasta, then the remaining ingredients to a large skillet or pot and cover. Bring to a boil. Stir occasionally and reduce to a simmer. Keep it covered, but stir every couple of minutes until everything’s fully cooked, about 15 minutes. You’ll know when the chicken is cooked thoroughly and the liquid is gone.

* Prep time is about 15 minutes. Cook time is also around 15 minutes; making this one easy meal to throw together on a weeknight. It’s delicious and another added bonus, it’s a lot healthier that carry out Lo Mein and has absolutely no grease!

Easy-Healthy-Chicken-Lo-Mein-RecipeEnjoy!

 

Onto Our Next Big Adventure: Moving!

I’ve had all sorts of different emotions over the past few months from excitement to fear to painfully keeping our plans on the down low until everything was finalized.  But the “for sale” sign went up last night and we’ve already broke the news to all of our dear neighbors and friends. So… I’m pretty excited to share all of the many reasons why I’ve been cancelling plans, why there’s an absence in blog posts and why my spring line of jewelry hasn’t been produced yet. John and I have literally spent every night working on getting the house ready to sell (with the exception of our trip to Cancun mid-February).

Did you have the chance to read this post I wrote in January about living with less? I’ve been working on that New Years resolution every single day since I clicked publish on that post. I feel like I should have been crowned the queen of decluttering! Really, we were pretty organized for the most part…but just had soo much “stuff”.  We have a big enough house with plenty of storage meaning, we  just ended up just stashing things in bins to deal with at a later time. That later time has been these past few months.

The decision didn’t come easy. After several months of research, long talks and weighing out the pros and cons, John and I decided we wanted to try the urban life by moving to downtown Cincinnati.

So badly we wanted to move to New York City after graduating from college, but our student loans held us back. In hindsight, that was probably for the best. But we still have that curiosity of city living. While downtown Cincinnati is no New York City, it’s still pretty darn awesome. Surrounded by parks and nestled in between the Reds stadium and the Bengals stadium, we decided on The Banks.

The-Banks-in-CincinnatiAs we told our family about our decision, so many questions came up. The biggest one: Why?  Here’s our explanation:

Devils-Backbone-HomeWe love our house dearly. This is our first home and the memories made here are countless. This is where we brought Myles home from the hospital. This is also where we met some of the nicest neighbors who are way more than neighbors;  more like family. We learned so much about home-ownership and how to “try” and maintain a professionally landscaped yard. I remember telling John the day we moved in 4 1/2 years ago that this was it. This was the home I wanted to live in the rest of my life. I loved everything about it; especially that fact that it was “ours”.

But as time went on, our priorities changed. Several months after Myles was born was more or less the beginning of our turning point. We felt like every weekend we were trying to pawn off our baby to the neighbors and friends; just so we could get some work done on the house. The yard alone could be a full time job in the summer. Myles is growing up so fast and we don’t want to miss anymore time with him. We want to enjoy the weekends together as a family exploring downtown, going to Red’s games and participating in all the fun activities that take place downtown; without the upkeep of a home. At least for now.

The other big question was what’s going to happen to Adobe, our German Shepard Husky. The answer is nothing! She’s coming with us. That’s one of the main reasons we chose The Banks. There’s plenty of nearby parks and places to walk her. Besides, she’s getting older and constantly begs to be inside with us; despite her nice set-up outside with a large yard, invisible fence, and her own garage with a bed and toys.

Lastly, school for Myles came up. We aren’t quite there yet. If we’re still living downtown when the time comes for him to start kindergarten, we feel as though private schooling would be the best solution. But only time will tell.

Anyway, we’re off on another adventure. While it’s sad to move, we’re also very excited for the next chapter of our lives to begin.

Here’s just a few photos of our new place:

The-Banks-in-CincinnatiThe-Banks-Cincinnati-8The-Banks-Cincinnati-7The-Banks-Cincinnati-3The-Banks-Cincinnati-Aerial-ViewSmale-Park-CincinnatiThe-Banks-Cincinnati-6The-Banks-Cincinnati-4[More to come with photos on how I downsized everything in my entire life -- soon]

Photo sources: 1, 2,  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Myle-isms: Conversations with my 3-year old

Myles-isms-conversation-with-funny-three-year-oldI’ve been thinking about adding our funny conversations to the blog for well over a year. Although, I’m not completely disappointed that I didn’t start blogging about these conversations until now. I’ll  have plenty of time and many more laughs to come.  Plus the more Myles learns, the more humorous our conversations become.

Here are the highlights over the past week.

#1: I’m walking by the bathroom and see Myles with his HEAD in the toilet and bare behind in the air.

Me: “Myles! What’s going on?”
Myles: “I’m pretending to be a dog and drinking out of toilet- Roof!”
Me: “Gross! I don’t think that’s a good idea, lets do something else”

I turn to John and mumble: “Myles is like have a miniature DRUNK around!”

Myles: “You don’t call me an elephant TRUNK!”

#2:  We’re eating breakfast at the table and Myles spots this picture shown below.

downtown-cincinnati-the-banksMyles: “Hey Mommy, is that downtown?”

Me: “Yes.”

Myles: “Downtown Cincinnati?”

Me: “Yes.”

Myles: “I want to live in that building,” as he points to the Great American building — with the arch on the top.

Me: “Oh yeah..that’d be fun.”

Myles: “Mommy, I mean it. Up at the very top.”

Me: “I don’t know. That’s really high up and there aren’t any doors or windows to protect you all the way up there.”

Myles: “Downtown Cincinnati doesn’t have doors anymore?!?”.

#3. I’m eating a Spinach Salad with dinner.

Myles: “Mommy, are you eating leaves?”

Me: “More or less, yes…”

Myles: “Did you get them off the trees outside?”

Me: “No, because the trees outside don’t have any leaves on them. It’s winter.”

Myles: “Oh. You got them at the grocery store?”

Me: “Yes”

Myles: ” What?!?  Come on, did you pick them off a tree in the grocery store? That’s fancy!”

#4 Baby Bellies

To set this story up, the sweet lady that puts up with Myles on a daily basis is pregnant with her third child and Myles can’t seem to wrap his head around pregnancy.

We’re in Target the other night.

Myles points to an elderly woman and in the loudest voice possible, asks “Mommy, does she have a baby in her belly?”

Me: “No, sweetheart. I don’t think she does.”

Myles pointing to another woman: “How about her?”

Me: “Myles, use your inside voice and not every lady we walk past has a baby in her belly. I don’t.”

Myles: “Yeah, well…(sigh)…they should just buy them at Target!”

#5 Fancy Boobs

Myles and I ran into TJ Maxx to purchase new hangers. We pass the bra section as we head to the back of the store.

Myles: “MOMMY MOMMY! LOOK! Look at all the boobs for sale!”

Me (trying to not burst out laughing): “There’s a lot, huh?”

Myles lets go of my hand and dashes over to get an up close look before I can even process what’s going on.

Me: “Hey sweetie, we came in to look at hangers.”

Myles grabs a hot pink polka-dot bra and hold it up to his chest: “Do you think these fancy boobies look okay?”

By this time, we have an audience. Myles goes into a full-blown tantrum when I try to remove him from the bra aisle and take that “fancy” bra out of his hands.

Myles: “MOMMY! Just let me look at the fancy boobies, OKAY?!” and ” I want fancy boobs! Let me GO!” until we left. Without the hangers.

Monday Must-Haves: Nail Polish Picks

Sometimes you just don’t have the time or just aren’t in the position to get a professional manicure every other week. I know I don’t have the time, the patience or to be honest — have the desire to spend the money.

Luckily though,  there are some great alternatives for those of us who like to have a little DIY manicure at home without much of an investment in time or money.

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Today for my “must-have” items, I wanted to share with you my favorite nail polishes. Since writing a tutorial for this DIY Shellac (which I highly recommend), I’ve come to fall in love with Essie’s 3-Way Glaze. No matter what nail polish I use before or after applying the three way glaze… it lasts. No chipping, no wearing. I picked it up for around $7 at a local drug store and use it every single time I paint my nails. I apply a coat before applying color (so the color doesn’t stain my nails) and then I apply another coat after applying color.

 

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As far as my favorite colored nail polish, my go to is usually in the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri family, which range in price from $3.00 to $6.00 (including shipping) online. I can’t stand sitting still waiting for my nails to dry. With the combination of the Essie Three Way Glaze and the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, painting my nails typically takes five to ten minutes tops from start to finish. As in, I can touch things without the polish smudging 10 minutes after freshly applying the polish.

Shown above are my three most favorite colors:

I think all of the color choices in Insta-Dri are nice. These just happen to be my current “must-haves”. You know, thinking spring with bright colors, right?

If you really want your nail polish to last, check out this tutorial on DIY Shellac at home. It’s well worth it but takes a little longer than my method mentioned above.

Happy Monday!

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