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Friday, July 25, 2014

Jamberry Review and Giveaway

Are you one of those people whose Facebooks have been inundated with Jamberry parties?  No, just me?  Impossible!  It seems that if your friends aren't selling them, they know someone that is and is having a party!  

It so happened that one of my friends decided to sell them and offered me a set for Lucy and I to try out so I could review them for you!  And even better, she offered to give a set away to TWO of my readers!  Amazing right?  Well keep on scrolling, you'll find the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post and on your way you will see fancy Lucy and her fancy nails!

These little nail wraps were pretty easy to put on.  You just have to measure up your nail to what size wrap you need.  Then you use a hair dryer to heat them up.  When they are warm, you press them down onto your nail and then put the hair dryer on them again for another 5 seconds.

When they are all pushed down you just need to cut off the extra and lightly file the end.  I found them to be pretty easy.  And Lucy sure did love them if you can't tell!

A few things that I learned while putting these on, little kid's nails are oiler than most adults, so you have to make sure that you use rubbing alcohol to really clean the nail area otherwise they will come off within a day or so.  As long as you follow the steps properly, these should stay on for a couple of weeks.  I don't find this to be the case with my daughter, mostly because she is a picker and a nail biter and within a week she had pulled them all off.

I really like how there are a TON of patterns and colors to pick from.  And I also saw that in the Silhouette store, people are submitting patterns that they have created themselves.  Oh and you can do that too, make your own personalized patterns!

I am not sure if I like using the Jamberry nail wraps more than just using Gelish, but the idea is the same, they last for a couple of weeks and have a hard coating.  Jamberry is also cheaper than Gelish, so that's a plus.

Anyway, you ready to win a set for yourself?    Well, enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chalk board placemats

It never fails that the second I say, "I am going to get dinner started," both kids lose their heads. "OHMYGOODNESS!  Did she just say foooooood??"  And it doesn't matter how much food I set out for snacks while I am preparing dinner, they are STARVING RIGHT NOW and NEED MOAR FOOD!!!

Seriously, it's exhausting.  

Sometimes, however, I am able to keep them entertained by setting them up at the kitchen table, providing a plate of snacks and chalk.  Yes, chalk. Go on, keep reading...I'll explain  

chalk board fabric
fabric of your choice
a sewing machine
a very nice and willing grandma

See, last Christmas, I commissioned my grandma to sew up some chalkboard placemats for my kids.

Not only is my grandma super nice for doing all my sewing for me (I don't know how to sew), she is also very honest about doing projects for me.  She told me that the chalk board fabric was very difficult to work with and that if I ever sent her some again to sew with that she would send it back. Of course, this is only half true, she loves me too much to hurt my feelings, but fortunately for her, I don't have any other projects that require chalk board fabric.

I've been using these placemats almost every night so Lucy can practice her letters and sight words. She also likes to use this fun little chalk board drawing book that I found at a used book store a few years ago.  

Dexter likes to just scribble all over them, but that's fine, because the greatest thing about the chalk board placemats, is that I can just wipe them down when they are all done.  

The placemats don't keep them busy and completely interested for a huge significant amount of time, however they keep the busy enough that I am able to at least prep dinner and get it started before they start arguing over who has what color chalk and the melt downs of "but my cat doesn't look like a cat, it looks like a lion but I wanted to draw a cat!"

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Now, it's time to head over to see what my friends have been up to!  And don't forget to follow along on Pinterest where I'll be pinning all our projects so you have a one stop place to locate all the fun!

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