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Jamberry Nails Review & Giveaway

Jamberry Nails are vinyl adhesive nail wraps that form a water tight seal to your nail using heat and pressure. You can easily apply them at home and they last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes with no chipping, no dry time, and no nasty chemicals. It doesn’t matter if you have short fingernails, long fingernails, or are awful at painting your nails – Jamberry Nails work for just about everyone and there is over 300 styles to chose from. One sheet does 2 manicures and 2 pedicures and they come in both child and adult sizes.


My Story

I grew up with two older brothers who I idolized and thus, have never been much of a girly girl. I basically live in a t-shirt (or hoodie) and jeans and scrubs at work. I’ve always been awful at painting my nails. My bff and I use to go get manicures together (what fun!) and a day or two later, they’d be chipped all to heck and I’d feel bad about the wasted money. Thus, my nails have been naked for years.

In May, one of my friends started talking about Jamberry Nails on Twitter. She kept trying to get me to try a sample and I believe my response was “Eh, I don’t really have the time or patience to mess with a bunch of nail stuff these days. Plus, everything I do with my nails looks awful.” She kept offering and finally I took the bait and she sent me some samples.

I put them on the next day in my kitchen and the nails I didn’t have wraps on, I painted with glitter polish. The next morning, I wrecked the glitter polish buckling Mason into his car seat and had to touch it up at least daily, but even after two weeks, the Jamberry Nail wraps still looked great! I. Was. Hooked.

I participated in her Facebook party and won a SLEW of free stuff – enough Jamberry Wraps to do my nails every two weeks until December! Woohoo! The party was so fun and easy that I thought “What the heck, why don’t I have my own party?! More free nail wraps for me!”

To make a long story short, I decided I talk about Jamberry so much and since I was already trying to get everyone to try them enough that I should try to sell them! So I became a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant! Now I have amazing nails AND get paid for introducing others to them – it’s a total win win.

Using Jamberry Nail wraps is super easy. All you need is a sheet of Jamberry Wraps, a heat source (a blow dryer or rice bag work fine), some rubbing alcohol, a nail file, a scissors and a a cuticle pusher. While the first application takes a little longer (as does anything the first time you do it!), I can apply a full manicure in under half an hour and don’t have to think about it again for two weeks!


For the first time in my LIFE, I’m getting compliments on my nails. Like, stopped by random strangers type compliments. How awesome is that?!

Here are some Jamicures I’ve done

Here are some that I’m super excited to try out!

The Giveaway

There will be TWO winners – one winner will win a pedi-pack which is  enough to do one pedicure. A lot of people like to JUST do their toes, so here’s your chance!

One winner will receive a free wrap of their choice – a full wrap is enough to do 2 manicures and 2 pedicures

AND keep checking back because if I hit 100 likes on Facebook, I’ll add a 3rd prize!

Enter via Rafflecopter between NOW and Thursday, August 21st. Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. Must be in the US or Canada to win.

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(This giveaway was not sponsored by Jamberry in any way. I am a Jamberry Independent Consultant and product being given away will be purchased with my own funds for the purpose of this giveaway. Jamberry hasn’t given me a thing to provide this review, I just truly think Jamberry Nail Wraps are amazing and want to share them with my blog friends)

Big Changes Brewing

This next few weeks are shaping up to be the most tumultuous of Mason’s short little life.

At the end of the month, his bff is leaving our childcare program to attend 4k in his own school district and a daycare closer to home. He and Mason have played together basically every day since they were infants. I really cannot even think too hard about how sad Mason is going to be about this without tearing up myself. Mason still is regularly sad about another close friend (Cara) who left the center in June and currently cries if he knows ahead of time A won’t be at school that day. My heart hurts for him already and they still have a few more weeks together.

The following week, Mason will start 4k. He will board a bus every morning full of school kids and attend school at the elementary school from 8:00 – 11:15 Monday through Thursday and then return to daycare for the afternoon. He is SO excited about riding the bus and going to “big school.” We’ve arranged for him to attend morning classes so might have a chance to see Cara during group activities.

We’re considering changing child care centers and if this happens, we hope to line it up with the upcoming changes above. This is a hard move to consider since he’s been with the same center since he was 9 weeks old and a lot of those girls have had a huge hand in raising him. On the other hand, they’ve had a huge amount of turnover, poor communication, issues with bullying, and the list goes on and on. No center is perfect and we will genuinely miss some of the staff if he does go somewhere else, but there have been a few too many issues to keep looking the other way. If the change goes through, he’ll be home on some Fridays with SuperDad, which he will love. The new center also has a lot of kids that have moved on from the same childcare center we’re currently at, so there will be several familiar faces there.

Part of me thinks we’re nuts for considering throwing so much at him at once, but the other part of me thinks that some of the transition will go better if he’s immersed in a bunch of new things instead of having one thing change one week and then a week later something else and then the next week something else. Rip the bandaid off all at once, right?

Decisions like this are definitely NOT my favorite part of parenting.

What big parenting decisions have you made lately?

Currently… 8/7/14

It’s been a long while, but I’m linking up today with Harvesting Kale and Ot & Et to share what we’re CURRENTLY up to.  If you’ve done a similar post, feel free to go link up too!

Mason is currently…

craving smoothies – this boy LOVES his smoothies and asks to make them all the time. Well, all the time when I have zero good smoothie ingredients, it seems.

cleaning nothing much these days. It seems like the days of dragging out 30,000 toys are behind us as our living room hasn’t looked like a bomb has went off recently, There’s been no real need for him to do much other than put away Legos or a tractor lately. I probably just totally cursed myself by posting that on the interwebz, huh?

daydreaming about vacation. He asks all the time when we can go on “bay-cation” again and then asks if this baycation can include baseball. I’m not really sure what he means by this because there’s no chance he’d sit through an actual entire baseball game as he makes it about ten minutes at the local games. But he’s been thinking about a “baseball and swimming baycation” a lot recently.

growing up way too quickly. National Night Out was Tuesday night and unlike last year where he wanted to drive all the trucks and climb on everything, this year he was more about running the obstacle course and playing on the playground. It was kind of bittersweet. Him and his BFF DID stop long enough to pose for their annual fire truck photo though!


                                                    2013 Above, 2014 Belownono14

reading a book that I picked up at Goodwill where Clifford teaches about math and Mason can move around magnetic bones to go along with the math problems. Best $1.29 I’ve spent lately.

I am currently…

craving ice cream. I’ve had an upset stomach all day and realize this would be a bad idea, but it sounds oh so good.

cleaning not as much as I should be. My computer desk is a disaster of epic proportions. Taking the usual mess of mail + stuff I bring home from work + stuff that comes home from daycare and then adding in all  my Jamberry stuff (samples, mailing supplies, etc) and ohhh man could this desk use some serious cleaning and organizing!

daydreaming about what will happen if I can ever get my Jamberry business off the ground. All it takes is one or two Facebook parties to get the ball rolling and I can’t wait until that happens to me (hopefully in two weeks!) My friend who got me hooked is making a killing just a few months in and I really hope I can follow in her footsteps!

growing larger by the day. I really need to get my mindless eating and butt-sitting under control. Good thing I didn’t throw out all my bigger clothes when I lost all those inches last year…

reading is awesome. I didn’t read much of anything in June and July and now am back at it. Just finished Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and tomorrow I will pick up Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline.

Pick a topic and tell me what you’re CURRENTLY doing in the comments!

We’re Still Alive!

So, hello there? Is this thing still on?

Apparently, I haven’t posted in nearly three months. And really, content-wise, it’s more like four months. To top that off, I really haven’t kept up with anyone else’s blogs since late May either. Holy hell, I basically fell out of the blogosphere entirely. I went from moments to launching my new design to complete and utter radio silence. Eek!

I tried to start reading more (books) and spending more time with my husband, which really cut into my blogging time. Then sometime in early June, my friend held a Jamberry Nails online party and I became hopelessly addicted to all things Jamberry. The husband and I tried to adopt a TV show or two to watch (Fargo anyone? It freaks me out!) and I’m trying to enjoy as much summer weather as I can before it’s gone for another 7 months. Those are my excuses, anyway.

So what have we been up to lately?

  • Chasing the ice cream truck
  • Four days of Rock Fest last weekend
  • Went to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair
  • Went to lots of parades
  • A road-trip to look at lighthouses in Northern Minnesota
  • We went to a pancake breakfast at the fire station
  • Went to the groundbreaking for our new church AND new elementary school!
  • One of Mason’s good friends left our daycare
  • Spent a weekend away at my cousin’s wedding
  • Mason earned an orange belt in karate
  • We went to Trader’s Joes for the first time and want to go back again soooon
  • We helped rescue a kitty abandoned at Mason’s grandma’s
  • Lots of bike rides – (Mason regularly rides 3-5 miles with Daddy with NO training wheels)
  • 4th of July we spent the WHOLE DAY at the beach
  • A handful of playdates with friends
  • Celebrating TEN YEARS of Joe the Greyhound
  • Hosted a family cookout… in the rain
  • Flew kites
  • Said goodbye to our dear Katze kitty
  • We got rid of cable
  • Celebrated “Cousin” Liam’s 2nd birthday at the splash park
  • Played endless rounds of golf and baseball – via Mason rules of course
  • And much more

I’m totally kicking myself for not blogging for so long because it was a struggle to make this list – I so much LOVE having all the memories and photos at my fingertips like I have well documented for Mason’s first 2-3 years. I’m hoping to at least get some pictures up soon!

What do we have coming up?

  • More beach trips
  • A blog re-design (For real this time? Maybe? LOL)
  • Mason’s bff leaves to go to another school 🙁
  • Mason starting school in a little over a month O.M.G.
  • A big greyhound festival
  • a Jamberry Nails giveaway here on the blog
  • and hopefully many more days of sunshine
  • and a swift kick in the butt to keep me back on the blogging horse

So, how has your summer been? Whatcha been up to?!!? I’d LOVE to hear about it!

Weekly Wishes #7 :: May 5 – 11

Last month’s wishes:

Set my budget and stick to itA big fat negative on this one. I made my budget and didn’t look at it again. BUT, I did pretty good with discretionary spending, so I don’t think I came out too badly.

Last “Week’s” wishes:

1) Finish picking up my computer desk. Didn’t happen

2) Less TV Time, more Toy Time for Mason – Did great with this one. He’s watched way less TV and this weekend was the first time he played Wii in weeks.

3) Be a better blogger this week. Comment more and post more. Errr, nope. I did comment frequently for a few days there and then was basically offline the rest of the month.

4) Be a better wife this week. Make the most of our limited time together. Yes, I think this went well. I did several thoughtful things for him and we spent every evening after M went to bed together hanging out instead of on our computers.

5) Be a smart consignment sale seller and shopper – I rocked this. I didn’t buy Mason anything ridiculously unnecessary AND made more money than I spent AND had very few things that didn’t sell. A big score all the way around.

The Nectar Collective

This month’s wishes:

Every dollar, on paper, going where I tell it to go.

Complete at least two weeks of T25.

This week’s wishes

1) Create a game plan now that Financial Peace University is finished (Monday)

2) Finish my site re-design and get moved over to

3) Strive to find some sort of balance. Surely I can find a way to read, spend time with my hubby, AND blog, right?!!? (Let me down gently on this one if I’m wrong please!

4) Start T25. I keep meaning to start 30 Day Shred but that’s sooo monotonous. I’ve heard T25 is better, so we shall see.

How about you? What do you hope to accomplish this week/month?

Weekly Wishes #6 :: April 7-13

Last week’s Wishes

1) Finish picking up my computer desk. – Didn’t happen, it looks worse now than it did last week :o(

2) Wean Mason from Wii Sports. – Not totally weaned, but he played much less this week than past weeks.

3) Buy my niece her birthday presents. – Yes, I got her a Watch it Grow Butterfly Garden and some Shrinky Dink Jewelry and art supplies. Thanks for the suggestions Lori, LeeAnn, and Jayme!

4) List items for sale on Facebook Buying/Selling Pages and get at least half of my consignment sale prep done. – Stuff is selling like hotcakes on Facebook – woohoo!! Consignment sale prep is… started.

5) Be a better friend. – Talked to my friends more but I should have put even more effort into this one.

This week’s Wishes –

1) Finish picking up my computer desk.

2) Less TV Time, more Toy Time for Mason

3) Be a better blogger this week. Comment more and post more.

4) Be a better wife this week. During SuperDad’s busy work week, we kind of end up being like two ships passing in the sea. Make the most of our limited time together.

5) Be a smart consignment sale seller and shopper. Get my stuff done in bits and pieces over the next three days instead of staying up till 2 am on Wednesday night doing it all at once. And then when I’m shopping, don’t fall into the “but it’s a good deal” trap! No buying Mason stuff that he’s almost too big for (even if it’s REALLY cute and he could wear it for a few months) and NO MORE toys. Unless of course, it’s the best deal ever *insert evil laugh here*

So, what are your hopes and wishes for this week? I’d love to hear about them!

Weekly Wishes #5

Well, I had basically three weeks to work on “last week’s” wishes and here’s how I did….

1) Get my house picked up. The best part of having company over is the results of the manic cleaning that happens right before they come. It’s been a week since Mason’s party at the house and our house is still looking good. Yay.

2) Not spend any more more (unplanned) money on Mason’s birthday party. Accomplished.

3) In bed by 10:30 every weeknight. Ummm, not so much. But better than before….

4) Get back into the swing of reading all four of my Bible reading plans every day. Accomplished,

5) Scale back – my endless to do list is starting to drag me down. Commit to stop over-committing. Um, did you notice I didn’t blog for two weeks? Well, that was the only thing I let go by the wayside. Oops.

My goal for April – Set my budget and stick to it. I made a budget for March and totally ignored it and overspent in every area. April is the month that I get back on track!

And my weekly goals

1) Finish picking up my computer desk. I posted a picture on Instagram and the 40 Bags Facebook group this morning to shame myself into finishing it and I only got about halfway done today. I WILL finish it.

2) Wean Mason from Wii Sports. This kid is ridiculously addicted to playing tennis, golf, and baseball on the Wii. It’s fantastic exercise (seriously, this kid jumps and dances around until he’s soaked with sweat) but it’s become the root of all tantrums, every conversation, and way too much begging around here so something has to give.

3) Buy my niece her birthday presents. Any suggestions for a girl turning five? I don’t see them very often, so I don’t know what she’s “in to” which makes it harder.

4) List items for sale on Facebook Buying/Selling Pages and get at least half of my consignment sale prep done. The consignment sale starts the 10th and I just got my totes out yesterday. I want to try to sell some stuff for 100% profit on Facebook before it goes to the consignment sale and they take their 30% cut.

5) Be a better friend. I’ve been finding lately that up to a week goes by before I talk to friends that I use to talk to daily. I need to reach out more and make sure that stops happening.

Weekly Wishes #3

Last week’s wishes:

1) Spend more quality time with my husband. I think I did well with this and it was the big reason I didn’t blog as much during the week.

2) Continue drinking less pop and more water or milk. Days I worked, this went well. Days I didn’t work, this didn’t happen

3) Cross two avoided tasks off my never-ending “to do” list at home Two things accomplished!

4) Get back into the habit of filling out my gratitude journal and Mason’s “daily favorite thing” journal. Not perfect, but I stayed caught up enough that I only had to play catch up for one day at a time

5) Get caught up in my reading. 14 books checked out, two read, and I have to read two more in the next week to stay on track. Doable.

This week’s wishes:

1) Get invitations for Mason’s birthday party squared away and passed out

2) Decide on a new blog title and domain name

3) Start either making my step goal or playing with Jillian Michaels again. Yes, I’m threatening myself. Think it will work?

4) Quit stressing about Joe T Greyhound’s slumber party. I stress more about this dog spending the night away from home more than Mason. It’s borderline ridiculous (In my defense, Mason isn’t on any pain meds or occasionally weak legged)

5) Appear in some pictures that I take / are taken and try to get a new fantastic “headshot” of Mason. Not only am I NEVER in any pictures these days, I realized that my favorite picture of Mason right now is STILL the picture from Easter 2013. Time for a more recent favorite picture!

Currently… 2/20/14

This week, I am currently…

shoveling big heaping spoonfuls of denial down my throat that I could possibly be registering Mason for 4k today. That just doesn’t even seem possible.

ignoring the weather forecast. Yet another severe winter storm warning, predicting 8-12 inches of snow today. Considering Monday’s storm warning was predicting 6-8 inches and we didn’t even get 3″, I refuse to fret over the frequently overblown weather forecasts.

savoring the sound of Mason’s laughter and the fact that he is constantly asking to play with me or for hugs or for tickle fights. These times won’t last forever.

hugging Mason and Joe T Greyhound as frequently as possible.

throwing away my to-do list as I’m having zero luck getting anything important done. I did, however, finish another book. That should count for something, right?

Mason is currently…

shoveling the deck. He really wants to be a good helper, so he’s convinced that he alone can shovel the four foot high snow covering we have on our deck.

ignoring us when we tell him that no, he cannot play another 2934823 holes of Wii Golf. No, not three more either. No, not even one more little hole. No.

inhaling macaroni and cheese. I’m fairly sure mac and cheese has now surpassed chicken nuggets as his favorite food.

hugging anyone that he knows. He’s such a sweetie.

throwing lots of tantrums when we tell him no or he feels that he didn’t get to play how he wanted to play. For example. he’ll ask to play with ABC Mouse then he’ll ask to play Wii golf and then he’ll ask to do something else and then when it’s time for bed, he throws a holy fit because he didn’t have time to play with his garbage truck. Oh, nearly 4, you’re such a “fun” age!

What are you up to?!

PS – It’s totally Colleen’s fault that I’m apparently using last week’s prompts. Oops.

Weekly Wishes #2

Last week’s goals –

1) Drink at least twice as much water as pop each day. – I did good on this every day but Thursday and Sunday.

2) Pick back up my 365 Days of Greyhounds photo project. – Didn’t happen.

3) Comment on an average of at least five blogs a day. – I am pretty sure I managed this or  at least close to it!

4) Spend quality time with at least one, if not two friends this week. Reach out to at least one friend daily via text message. – Spent a fun day with my BFF Saturday, could have reached out more via text though.

5) Strive to eat a healthier breakfast every morning (I’m currently eating three granola bars for breakfast. Don’t look at me like that, I KNOW!) – Did okay with this, except on Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday. But in my defense, we were out of bananas LOL

6) Reasonable bedtime this week. – I was in bed by 11 every night but Thursday (sensing a theme here?) and Saturday. Pretty good!

The Nectar Collective

This week’s goals

1) Spend more quality time with my husband. I see him a lot one week and hardly at all the next – this is a week we can spend a lot of time together and I need to make sure it’s quality time, not just “in the same room” time.

2) Continue drinking less pop and more water or milk.

3) Cross two avoided tasks off my never-ending “to do” list at home

4) Get back into the habit of filling out my gratitude journal and Mason’s “daily favorite thing” journal. I’ve been slacking on both of these and that makes me sad.

5) Get caught up in my reading. I have 13 library books due in the next two and a half weeks. I’m obviously not going to finish them all, but I really need to at least make a dent in them!

What are your goals this week?