Story Time with Grandma

My mom has been here visiting for a few days and my kids have pretty much been in heaven!

Yeah…. I’mma need to live close to my Mom.

When we first got married, we lived out in Connecticut, a long ways away from my parents and my in-laws.  Once we had Amelia, I realized just how much I wanted to be closer to my family and back in the Midwest.  I really did like living in Connecticut; New Haven had some amazing restaurants and museums, the Long Island Sound was beautiful, and the proximity to Boston and NYC made it a great place for us to live as a young married couple.   But living in the city of New Haven with a newborn really wasn’t something we were excited about doing.

But mostly, if we’re being honest:  I’m a total homebody, momma-and-daddy’s girl, family-first kind of person.   Big time.  I missed my mom and dad.

Now that we’ve been back in the Midwest for a few years, I know we’ve made the right choice.  We get to see our family so much more than we ever would have if we were still out East.  And now, it’s just a tank of gas rather than airfare to see them!

Books and Bedtimes

So back to now: My mom came to visit for a few days.  She helped out at our little Montessori school at the holiday bazaar, took Amelia to a Christmas Tea, and spent a ton of time just lovin’ on my kiddos.  Getting to see this two nights in a row absolutely made my days!!

 

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Amelia and my mom, reading the “Picture Atlas” from Usbourne Books.  So fun to hear Amelia’s questions about the world!
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Henry and my mom reading about pirates.  This book came with a little wind-up pirate ship that races along tracks that are IN THE BOOK.  FOR REALZ.  Want to get your kids more interested in reading?  Put a friggin’ moving pirate ship IN THE BOOK.

So yeah – these little moments make me even more certain that we did the right thing for our family to be a bit closer!

You can find these books – two of our faves! – right here! 

TruShine, Mommy and Me, and a Book Rec

My little girl is one of the GIRLIEST girls that I’ve ever encountered.  She’s also one of the most colorful and uh…fashion risk-taking.  And I love it.  Why wear one tutu when you can wear 4?  Why were one headband when you love all 5 with a particular outfit? Leg-warmers?  Those go on arms.  Pink Hair? Don’t care.  Nails?  Gotta do ’em.

Mommy and Me Jamicures – Because I’m *THAT* Mom

Amelia has been asking for us to be “Matcher Matchers” with our nails for a while now.  (Matcher Matchers = exactly what it sounds like.  We match.) But then she usually picks out something that even I’m a little gun-shy about wearing.  But this time, she asked to be Matcher Matchers AND picked out something pretty cute for us to try.  So we got down to business with some serious Mommy-and-Melia time.

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Amelia picked the pattern – One “Tropical Mirage,” one “Mini Teal Polka.”  Repeat.  Love it!

Whenever I do Amelia’s Jams, I always take a few extra steps to make sure they’ll stay on through the craziness of her days. Here’s my go-to tips for making sure your little one is going to get more than a week from her Jamberry Juniors:

  1. Wash their hands really well with dish soap.  The good kind.  Like the kind you use if you’ve been frying something and your house is covered in cooking oil.  Little kids seem to have super oily nail beds – and this is actually a gentle way to get them prepped!
  2. Cuticles, cuticles, cuticles.  If I haven’t done Amelia’s nails for awhile, her cuticles will cover almost half of her nail.  NO JOKE.  No matter your age, cuticles and Jams don’t mix.  You just won’t get a good seal.  So you really do need to take the time to push back the cuticles on their (and your!) nail beds.  Also – you’ve just washed their hands really well, so their nice and soft and ready to be pushed back.
  3. Heat the wrap, THEN apply it to your kiddo.  This isn’t so much for the application success, but more so that I don’t have to aim a heater at her little hands.
  4. Clip – don’t file.  Nail clippers on little fingers and toes makes a fast, smooth, and easy job of removing the excess on the tip of the nail.

So how did the Juniors last? 

We did Amelia nails on July 30th.  After a few days in a row of half-day preschool and a couple of play dates, they looked like this:

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And as of August 9th, here are Amelia’s as I was typing up this post:  Still on, but definitely a little grubby.  But that’s from “helping” in the garden, not so much the Jams themselves!

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Check out the outfit. Silver-studded leggings, striped twirly dress, sweater jacket. It’s an 80-degree August day. That’s my girl!
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Little fingers – and Jams still on!

Okay lady, you have “TruShine” in the title of the post….That’s the only reason I’m here. 

I’m like a kid in a candy store right now with the new TruShine gel system.  I’ve tried it solo and on top of a wrap or two, but I really wanted to see how long it would last layered over Jams for an entire manicure.  It’s magical.  Have trouble with lifting tips?  Solved.  Like the thickness of gel? Need a little more strength than Jams alone? SOLVED.

As of today, not one chip, not one dent, and NO lifting at the free edge or the cuticles of my Jams.  Just glossy, glossy goodness.  I  have to say – I’m impressed, ESPECIALLY for an at-home system.  And ESPECIALLY since I haven’t painted my own nails now in about a year (since I first tried Jamberry wraps).

Want to pre-order?  Holla at me!  Send me an e-mail and I’ll send you the details!  suzanna.mayhugh@gmail.com

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If you take nothing away from this post but one thing, let it be this. Go buy this book. “Bonk” by Mary Roach. If you’re at all a fan of David Sedaris, you’ll love it. Here’s the kicker – it’s non-fiction. And it’s gut-busting hilarious. “Gulp” by the same author is also worth the purchase, but the subject matter of this one is a bit more… engaging….
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Eleven days later – as perfect as when I first applied the TruShine gel enamel.

Blog Interrupted – Bibliophile Problems

This Blog Won’t Write Itself

Hey Jam Fans!  I signed my little guy up for childcare at the gym today thinking that I’d head up to the lounge area and write a super amazing post about Jamberry Nails and it would totally change your life forever.  But instead…

Reading.  Because “Outlander.”

GOOD GRAVY.  Stop what you’re doing and go check out the first one from the library, download it on your Kindle, whatever.  DO IT.  And you might as well go ahead and get the rest of the series, too.

outlander-seriesI’m truly convinced that I have given myself a cold from staying up all night reading, just to know what happens next.  And extra bonus?  You start talking with a Scottish accent.  ALL THE TIME.

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So, no Jamberry news today, other than that I’m still happy with the March Matteness Jams that withstood the lawn work over the weekend.  They look nice as they’re turning the pages of “The Fiery Cross.”   And let’s face it, even if they looked like I’d shoved them in the garbage disposal, I’d still be wearing them.  Because OUTLANDER.