This stuff GLOWS.

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Have you ever been out for New Year’s Eve and thought, “All this needs is something that glows in the dark…” ?

 

Sure you have.  We all have.

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And lucky you –  the answer to your First World Problem is finally here! (And these days, let’s take advantage of all of the solutions we can get our hands on.  There seems to be crazy around every corner these days.)

This limited edition design will only be available for a little while – and it’s actually chic enough to go with your LBD for a stylish night out that’s a little whimsical, too!

And for those of you that will be doing a “Countdown to Noon” instead of midnight with kiddos – there’s a Juniors version as well!

You can find all three designs (Noisemaker, Midnight Magic, and the Juniors version – Make Some Noise) here! 

What do you think??  Are you into the glowing designs?  Or do you go for a more classic “Midnight Celebration” look like this one?

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PS – I know my DH is going to be reading this, so when I quiz him later on the details of my post he’ll be prepared.  So just so you know, I also unloaded the dishwasher today.  It’s been a big day around here, buddy!

Yeah – But what does it *actually* look like?

Online parties are great for reaching a bunch of people, being introduced to something new without having to wear pants, and pretending that there’s a really serious reason that you HAVE to be on Facebook or Pinterest.  All night.

But there’s one problem – pictures of the catalog don’t do justice to the designs, colors, and possibilities for products.  Many times, I’m left thinking…

Yeah – But what does it *actually* look like?

Of course the catalog picture is beautiful.  And of course the designs look gorgeous on the hand models in staged pictures.  But what about in real life?!?  What do the colors actually look like when not in a beautiful color blob? Well, for all you nail lacquer and polish girls, check THESE out!

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**Swoon.**

To get these colors on your hands  –  in real life – check out my shop HERE!!

The Best Parenting Endorsement Ever

As the now creepy-until-proven-not-creepy Bill Cosby says, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

“You’re NEVER Despicable, Dad!”

*This* is the ringing endorsement that Amelia gave Jeff a few nights ago when he was tucking her in.  And it’s pretty honest.  My guy truly is NEVER despicable.

When questioned further: “I think he’s never despicable because he’s always nice to me and he let’s me wear whatever I want and he gives me hugs and he doesn’t let my brother pinch me.”

So basically: BEST. DAD. EVER.

Picture Day! 

Amelia and Henry are in the same Primary classroom at the local Montessori school.   And today was picture day!
Amelia’s first picture day at her preschool a few years ago, I spent hours obsessing over the perfect outfit, what hair bow, tights, shoes, etc.   When we got the pictures back, they were super cute, but they just didn’t show off Amelia’s feisty and funky personality.   So now, we just let the kids pick what they want to wear.  And the pictures have been so much more fun to get!
I love these little turkeys!!   Here they are on the way to school – before paint, markers, applesauce, etc. entered the “picture.”

Truth Bomb. I hate one of Jamberry’s Products.

So here’s the truth – even though I’m a consultant with Jamberry and am supposed to be “earning my keep” by sharing the Jam-love, there is ONE thing that a really and truly don’t like.

Design DimensionsTruth Bomb: I DON’T LIKE Jamberry’s….


Design Dimensions.

Not even a little bit. At all.

My daughter loves them.  But she’s 5.  She loves anything that you can attach to your body and make it sparkly.  I’m nervous about the day that she’s old enough to get her ears pierced.  That girl is going to be a walking disco ball.  But I digress.

The rhinestones and studs on nails.  I loved them when I went to my Junior Prom.  In 1998.  I also wore butterfly-shaped clips in my hair and a TON of body glitter to that particular prom.  We all make mistakes.

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So this one is actually REALLY cute.  And I wish I had the talent to do that myself.  Photo Found on Pinterest

Now, I have seen a couple of manicures that I thought, “Hey! That’s actually pretty cute!”  Like this one layered over “Amazon” lacquer.

But that person clearly has skillz.  No lacquer on her cuticles, perfect nail shape, each one of those little buggers is *exactly* where it should be.  Even her ring is perfectly coordinated.

But… Search “Design Dimensions” on Google Image search, however… and you can find a big ol’ bag of nope.  As in “Nope.  Not for me.”

So truth – I really don’t like this particular Jamberry offering.  

But it’s okay – I luuuuuurve so many more things that they’ve added to the catalog in the last year (cuticle oil pens, cuticle remover, and dear lord… that nail lacquer remover is WORTH it).  Hopefully by admitting that there’s really something I don’t like, don’t recommend, and just don’t have the talent to make look good, I’ll have a little more credibility the next time I DO say I like something.

So tell me – which camp do you fall in with these?  Love ’em?  Or leave ’em (to the pros, or to 1998)… 

Halloween is for Kids. And Moms that Want to be Kids.

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I love this time of year!  Not just the changing weather, the leaves turning, and the apple-cider-everything, either.  So much of this time of year seems aimed at the young and young-at-heart.  Halloween, pumpkin picking, apple picking, costume parades, etc.

Amelia Mummies 2And now, you can raise your Halloween game with Jamberry’s NEWEST design feat.

Last weekend I was able to go to Jamberry’s “Summit” in Indianapolis.  As a reward for attending, we were given an advance set of their newest product – GLOW-IN-THE-DARK wraps.  The Indianapolis attendees were given a full sheet of “All Wrapped Up” – the cutest mummies your nails have ever worn.  My 5-year-old daughter saw them and I knew immediately what I was doing the next time I had a free ten minutes!  With the adult-size wraps, her manicure took three wraps out of the entire sheet.

And it gets better:

Not just mummies, but “Glowing Ghouls” and “Trick or Treat” are part of the Jamberry Halloween line-up.  The ghosts are really cute – I think I like them better than the mummies.  But who can resist little piggies all dressed up as mummies???

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If you’re into Jams for the 5-free aspect, don’t worry.  Jamberry has figured out a way to get these to glow – WITHOUT formaldehyde, a pretty huge accomplishment!

This is the time of year that I turn into *that mom*.  

Henry is planning on being “Captain ‘Merica – Soldier Guy” (his words), which doesn’t give me a lot of leeway in the creativity department.  For the first time since I’ve had kiddos, I bought a Halloween costume.  (It’s CUTE, and I totally get why people buy costumes. I’m not a homemade-or-nothing-snob.)

Shake Your TailfeatherAmelia, on the other hand, is planning on being a Peacock-Princess-Ballerina, which gives me a chance to play with feathers, tutus, sparkles, and give her another Jamicure closer to Halloween.  Because you know that no kiddo of mine is going to be a peacock for Halloween and NOT rock these “Shake Your Tailfeather” Jams!! So be on the lookout for that post in a few weeks!

Welcome Australia and New Zealand! And a GIVEAWAY!

Today is a big day in JamLand!

Today is the day that Jamberry expands a little more into the global market – in Australia and New Zealand!

Until now, Jamberry has (theoretically!) only been in the US and Canada.  But today, Jamberry is now available as a product, an opportunity, and an event in Australia and New Zealand.  The websites and product lines for both launched this morning!  Have friends or family in either country? They can now host parties, purchase, and join Jamberry for a ground-level opportunity.  Can you imagine joining something like Mary Kay, Avon, etc. on the FIRST DAY ever??  CRAZY!

And with that – Jamberry has a new category of designs – “Around the World”

To help celebrate the launch into these Southern Hemisphere markets, there are a few **new** designs to hit the website today!  You can find them HERE, in the “Around the World” section of my shop!  And uh – how fun would it be to wear one of these and just be able to say, “Hey there! I’ve got a Sticky Wicket on my hands!”

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Giveaway!!

To help celebrate the launch HERE, let’s have some fun!!  Comment on this post which Jamberry country you’d like to visit most – and why – for a free sheet of Jamberry wraps of your choice!  **Limited to participants in the US, CAN, Australia, and New Zealand, where we’re allowed to ship our products!**  I’ll draw a winner on Monday, October 5th!

When Your Kiddo Wants to be a Fairy

My daughter marches to the beat of her own drums.   She dresses to the beat of her own drums.  One tutu? Pshaw.  Make it seven.  Don’t mix patterns?  As if.  Stripes, plaids, glitter hearts, and polka dots should ALWAYS go together.  I LOVE this about my little girl.  She’s sweet, sassy, super creative, and oh-so-confident.

And She Wants to Be a Fairy When She Grows Up.

Amelia Wants to be a FairyA couple of years ago, Amelia’s class had a “Community Helpers” week at preschool.  They learned all about firefighters, police, nurses, doctors, teachers, etc.  At the end of the week, each child was asked what they wanted to be when they grow up.  Amelia: “A Fairy.”  No doubt in her mind.  Her teacher tried asking again – but Amelia stuck with it.  She has a life plan all set up for herself.

I totally get it.  Who WOULDN’T want to be able to fly with magical fairy dust and live in a house made of flowers? And according to Amelia, they wear the very best fairy dresses and have wings made out of glass.  Sign me up for that fabulousness!

Part of me knows I’ll eventually have to let her know that “Fairy” isn’t a socially-acceptable occupation for a middle-aged gal.

I know that just like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a low-cal candy bar that actually tastes good, I will eventually have to talk to my daughter about the fiction of fairies.  But not now.  Not for a long time.  I LOVE the creative, make-believe, fantastical world that my little girl lives in.  That kind of imagination and complete abandon shows me that she feels totally comfortable just being whoever – and whatever – she wants.  Want to be a fairy?  Go for it!  Why not?  Want to wear 14 hair bows?  Sure!  Flaunt it if you’ve got it.

(Seriously – have you read the “Fancy Nancy” books?  That’s my kid – and her friends – right now.)

But then, a fellow beribboned, bedazzled, and tu-tu’d gymnast told her it wasn’t possible.

When we left preschool gymnastics a couple of weeks ago, Amelia was quiet and upset.  When I asked her what’s wrong, she told me that another girl in her class told her that she in fact CAN’T be a fairy when she grows up, because they don’t exist and she has to have a “real” job.

Okay.

These kids are five.

FIVE.

Is it just me?? Or is it a little sad that this other kid already has this mentality?  Yes, a huge part of me felt bad for Amelia, because her little dream world now has a little fracture in it; there’s now a little dark spot of doubt for her that she might not be able to grow up and have the occupation of her dreams: Flying around with a trail of glitter and making rainbows for forest animals to slide down.

But for the most part, I just thought, “Who IS this kid??”  Who is this five-year-old that already has the mentality of what’s a “real” job?  Is her response “accountant” or “political action committee lobbyist” when asked by a classmate what her dream occupation is?

I know that Amelia is the more naive and innocent of the two kiddos in this situation, and that the other girl is most likely just a bit more mature, a bit more of a realist, etc.  But the bleeding-heart momma in me wants to take that girl out into the backyard, weave dandelion necklaces with her, and play make-believe with her with my kids.  Just to have her be a true KID for a little bit longer.  People said it to me so much when I was pregnant: “Enjoy it!” “It goes so fast!” “Before you know it, she’ll be in school!”  I heard it so much I stopped even responding.  But it’s TRUE.  Oh man is it ever true.

Amelia and the Magnifying GlassSo nope.  I’m not going to tell my kid just yet that Tinker Bell isn’t real, or that she’s not going to be able to live in a house made out of dew drops and acorn caps.  And if I’m being honest, part of my reasoning is because I want to see that world through her eyes.  I want to experience a little bit of a world where I’m not worried about bills, politics, the economy, and world peace.  (Reality – laundry and dirty dishes.)

Either way, It’s Not Going to Be an Easy Discussion.  Her Back-Up Plan is “Be a Kid” When She Grows Up.

Had I known that was an option, I would have signed up.  Being an adult is for the birds some days.