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.

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.

Spring Trend Alert – The Layered Look!

This week I tried something that I’ve shied away from in my 7-months of being a Jamberry consultant – Layered Jams.  Jamberry has a huge line of designs on a clear wrap MADE specifically to be layered on top of nail lacquers or other wraps.   Check out this amazing Jamicures just using the clear wraps on top to really amp it up – the perfect way to add in a “layered look“!

Whisper Layered over Suede Lacquer Touch of Lace Layered Jamicure Leo Geo Lace over Blue Jeans Lost Ruins over Fizzy Grape

Okay.  Seriously.  Why haven’t I done this??  It looks SO CUTE!  But I’ve either 1. Loved the look of the clear design on it’s own, or 2. Been nervous that I wouldn’t get it lined up correctly. I’ve seen SO many examples of how great it looks and love the idea of a “customized” look, but I just never tried it out.

Yesterday, my kiddo wanted us to have “matching fancy fingers.”  I had wanted to  experiment with the Jamberry Lacquers for her, but I wanted to give in to her heart-melting request.  Then I remembered – the “Kiss” Lacquer and “Haute Pink” Jamberry wraps are so close in color; so – lacquer to try out on my kiddo and “Haute Pink” for me.  But then… we got a little adventurous.  Mostly because painting Amelia’s nails with the Jamberry lacquer took about 10 seconds and dried in about a minute-and-a-half.  She looked up at me like, “Uh – that’s it?? That’s all you got??” Mommy and Me Kiss with Leo Geo Lace

So since she wanted a little somethin’ somethin’ added to hers, we tried out the layers.  Ten minutes later, we were both done.  I LOVE how it turned out – and Amelia was SO excited to be “just like Momma.”

We used the “Leo, Geo, and Lace” Jamberry wrap to layer – mine over “Haute Pink” and hers over the “Kiss Lacquer.”  It’s the same wrap layered above over “Blue Jeans.” – See how versatile it can for totally changing up a look??

My worries about everything lining up perfectly were totally unfounded.  It was SIMPLE.  I just did each set separately – Haute Pink first, then the Leo, Geo, and Lace on top after I was totally done with the first set of wraps.  **I then went back and did the “Baggie Method” once both sets of wraps were on to make sure they were totally bonded to each other and that I had a good seal.**

For Amelia’s, I waited until her lacquer was dry, then wiped that one finger again with a Jamberry alcohol wipe.  Trimmed the smallest-sized wrap to fit her itty-bitty ring finger (gah! kiddo fingers!!), heated it, applied, and then clipped with nail clippers.  Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezie.

I really like how it turned out – fun for Spring, even though it’s been snowing here since last night.  (Go home, snow!! You’re drunk!!) Here’s how it looks this morning:

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If you’ve been wanted to add a little something to your manicure, but aren’t totally on board with a full-hand of nail art, give this Layered Look a try on one or two fingers!  I like the “Leo, Geo, and Lace” option because you get three different designs – so you can pick whichever design you’re up for that week.   Want to see the clear options perfect for layering?  Click here to see them all! 

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Mommy and Me with Jamberry Lacquers

My “baby” girl LOVES having her nails done.  When I was polishing her nails, I got to the point that I dreaded her asking me to paint them for her – it wasn’t fun for either of us.  I’d end up being so frustrated with her squirming around and ruining it, chipping it within the hour only to shed some tears, etc.

Mommy and Me Kiss with Leo Geo LaceI know that Jamberry Juniors work really well for Mommy and Me time – and they actually last on her, too!  But I was wondering about the Jamberry lacquer and how it would hold up for her.  So when she asked to have “matching” nails with me, I thought I’d give it a test run.  I have on “Haute Pink” with “Leo Geo and Lace” layered over (more on that later!), and the “Kiss” lacquer is a perfect match.  And it’s the perfect hot pink for my little fashionista.

It was such a fast manicure with the polish that then she asked for a matching Jam – “So we can be twins, Momma!”  I LOVE this little girl of mine!!

KIss Lacquer

Jamberry’s Nail Lacquers are better than your normal polish – they dry quickly, are 5-Free, and go on smoothly and dry without brush strokes.  Perfect for you gals that just love a good bottle of nail polish!

**Tips and Tricks for Mommy and Me Time**

1. Wash their hands with Dawn dish soap or another degreaser.  Little kiddos have much oilier nails than we do;this is a great step to add in to get several more days out of a manicure.

2. Are they small enough to sit on your lap?  It’s a lot easier to keep them still if you’re holding on to them!

3.  Rubbing alcohol or vinegar to prep the nails will also go a long way – for your own manicures, too.  It gets the excess oils off of your nails and helps pH-balance your nails.  Witch Hazel is also great for this!

4.  Talk!  Tell stories!  Enjoy your time with your littles! The more entertained they are, the stiller they seem to stay!

Find all of the new Spring/Summer colors here, as well as some gorgeous and time-tested classics! 

Mommy and Me Time

So.  I have this little lady in my life that is about as fabulous as can be.  She pretty much wants to grow up to be Katy Perry – so much so that she went as Katy for Halloween.  And… she’s not even 5 yet. Amelia Katy Perry

MOMMY AND ME Time:  This kiddo of mine LOVES having “fancy fingers” – and I always think it will be a great little “Mommy and Me” time for her to sit and paint her nails.  It always ends up being a total fiasco.  I get frustrated because she just can’t SIT STILL and we end up doing each tiny fingernail three or four times.  And then she scratches her head.  Or sticks her hand in the Cheerios.  Or **shudder** makes a beeline for our new couch.

So what could have been fun and a good Mommy and Me “bonding” moment ends up being a total “MomLife” nightmare.  But….

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Mommy and Me – matching Jams, matching chubby digits 🙂

JAMBERRY JUNIORS!!!  Saving Mommy and Me time one manicure at a time! No dry time!  Perfectly-sized for pint-sized pop princesses~~ like mine!!  Cute designs!  Non-toxic! She can get up and run around at any time!! Okay. These things basically live at the corner of Awesome and Bombdigity.

**Pro Tip** Jamberry wraps MUST have heat to apply and adhere correctly – even during those little Mommy and Me moments.  But I REALLY don’t like the idea of holding the heat against my kiddo’s little hands.  So I heat the wrap FIRST, apply it to her teeny tiny nail (so cute!), then use nail clippers to trim the excess wrap (and trim her nails at the same time!).  Love, love, love.

How about you??  Does your little one LOOOOVE getting pampered and fussed over?

Click here to see all of the available Jamberry Junior designs in the new catalog!