Jams vs. MAJOR Lawn Clean-Up – Including a Wood Chipper!

Jams Vs ChipperHow do Jamberry Nails hold up to serious lawn clean-up – including tree-trimming and using a wood chipper, you ask?

Oh, you didn’t ask?  But now you’re curious, right?

Almost exactly one year ago, we moved into our house – and have been tackling projects one-by-one to make it our own.  The yard has been a HUGE project.  The last few families to live in the house either didn’t care about it and left it to go wild, or added just about every possible plant you could imagine – letting it go wild.

Little-by-little we’re slowly taking it back and “taming it.”  It’s an ENORMOUS yard, which we’re really happy about given that our kids need every chance they can get to run around like crazed hyenas.  But – every single border of it is basically a forest of Buckthorn trees.  They’re pretty, but terrible for kids to crash into – and they propagate like the Jolie-Pitt family.  (This is the most invasive tree EVER** – every day I feel like I’m pulling 5 or six new ones from every square foot of our yard. **Probably not true at all.)

Tackling the Buckthorns – with no gloves!

Buck Thorn TreesSo this weekend, my husband and I decided to tackle at least ONE border of the yard.  This is what we were up against – tree-height bramble of thorns, branches, and scratchy limbs.  (Side note – my really fabulous, patient, loving, and not-at-all-bitter-that-I-started-this-project husband is STILL picking thorns out of his hands.  And he was actually wearing gloves!)

On Friday, I wanted a new manicure, so I put on the March Stylebox wraps – the “March Matteness” floral chevron design.  CUTE.  And then I woke up on Saturday just knowing that *that* was the day we reclaimed huge portions of our yard.

For the first day, I just used a pair of garden loppers and trimmed smaller branches.  But… I totally forgot to wear gloves, so I was ripping these branches out and dragging them bare-handed to a big pile.  Not fun.  When I got sick of that, I started pulling up the weed-trees instead (SO satisfying.  Die, thorns, die!).  Again, forgot my gloves.  At this point I had the hands of Tom Hanks from Castaway.  Scraped up, caked with dirt, looking like they’d never seen a bar of soap.

At the end of the day, we had some major piles that needed to be taken care of, so we don’t get large animals making burrows in our yard.  I SCRUBBED my hands with my trusty scrubbing brush that has never really been used for dishes to clean off the mud and muck.  A liberal dose of Neosporin, then on to the next day.

Day Two: In which Jamberry Nails stand up to a Wood Chipper better than that dude in “Fargo”

So…. Jeff bought a wood chipper.  I LOVE it.  (I never thought I’d write those two sentences in my life.)  It vacuums leaves, shreds smaller twigs and sticks, and chips up small branches and sticks through a feeder.  (Instant mulch! Crazy Garden Lady is happy!) Basically, there’s a little chute that you shove the branches in, and they come out looking like gerbil bedding.  Fabuloso.

One problem – this thing is SERIOUS work.  Sweaty, hot, back-breaking, skin-scraping work. I remembered to wear my gloves, but even with them, the thorns from the Buckthorn branches were killer.  Like I said, Jeff is still picking thorns and splinters out of his palms.  (Love you, buddy!).

We worked almost all day on Saturday and until the rain started yesterday – another 5 or 6 hours of work.  The worst part – we’re not even half-way done with the ONE side of the yard we had wanted to tackle in a day.  So…. I know what we’re doing every weekend in May!  But the Jams… LIKE A BOSS.  There are a few spots at the tips that are a little worn where they got scraped by the thorns or rocks, but for the most part?  Good to go! If you aren’t studying them, you’d never know!  MUCH better than any polish or lacquer manicure after a weekend of yard work! My cuticles need some serious TLC now from getting scratched by the thorny branches, but my nails are still looking great!

March Matteness after Yard Work
Left: My hands and my Jams after a few days of HARD yard clean-up! Right: Close-up to show near-perfect Jams, despite mangled cuticles and scratches from the Buckthorn branches!

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How Long do Jamberry Nails Last? Another “Real Life Jams” Jamberry Review

Wondering how long you can expect your Jamberry Nails to look great?

The answer is:  Your Jamberry Nail wraps should look fantastic for two weeks – with no chips, no smudges, and no lifting.  

Kelly's Quilted Comparison
Kelly has on “Quilted” (current) and “Raspberry Sparkle” (retired). Check out that healthy nail growth! Jams win!!

My friend Kelly posted this picture of her Jams to show how her manicure lasted.  Kelly has a little girl that’s starting to toddle around; Kelly is constantly chasing after that sweet girl right now.  She also has diapers duty, constant hand-washing, dishes, a dog to walk (and all that entails), cooks EVERY SINGLE MEAL (whoa.), and just lives a busy life.  And this is how her Jamberry nails hold up!

Are you having trouble getting your Jamberry nail wraps to last a full two-weeks?  The trick is trial-and-error.  there are a ton of little “tweaks” in the application process that you can use to make sure you’re tailoring the wraps to YOUR nails: your nail shape, your body chemistry, and your daily life.  I like to reheat my nails every few days with the mini-heater and just give them a little bit of pressure by rubbing them with a rubber-tipped cuticle pusher.  It just “refreshes” the entire Jamicure and gets me several more days – and more bang for my buck!


**Tip Time**:  Kelly says that when she’s filing off the excess wrap at the tips, she actually files at a 45-degree angle to file off the tiniest sliver of the wrap at the tip of the nail.  Then she gives them another good dose of heat and pressure at the tip to make sure the seal is nice and tight.  Such a great little trick to keep the wrap from extending over the tip of your nail!

Do Jamberry Nails Actually Work? | “Keep Indianapolis Beautiful” Edition

Indy Poster
http://liveinindiana.com/

I’m living outside of Chicago right now, but I grew up outside of Indianapolis.  My parents would take me and my brother into the city nearly every weekend for some kind of “adventure,” and my dad nearly ALWAYS took any way home but the highway.  So we got to see a ton of the older neighborhoods and areas of the city that you just don’t see driving down I-65.  I LOVE Indianapolis- the people, the skyline, the architecture, and most of all the pride that Hoosiers have in their communities.  So on that note…

My best friend from kindergarten until, well, now, has one of the coolest jobs I can imagine in one of my favorite places in the world.  Libby works for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIBI); the company tries to revitalize green spaces, parks, and neighborhoods through Indy using tons of local volunteers, high school students, and neighbors and encouraging them to take ownership of their own city and surroundings to help it thrive.  KIBI’s vision:

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. sees a vibrant city, with every neighborhood landscape thriving and well, and its people empowered, mobilized, and devoted toward that vision. The result: a city defined by strong neighborhoods; inspired places; and a clean, flourishing environment.

http://www.kibi.org/about-kib/who-we-are/

My friend has one of the coolest jobs; she’s the Assistant Manager of the Youth Tree Team (YTT) at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  Libby works with high school students over the summer on the “Youth Tree Team,” taking high school students all over some of the older neighborhoods in Indianapolis, planting trees and helping clean up forgotten spaces.   Basically, she spends her days planting trees in tucked away corners of the city.  SO COOL.  This is her (and she’s actually pretty girly, despite the F-550 evidence to the contrary):

Libby the Bad Ass and the F-500.  Coming to a neighborhood near you!
Libby the Bad Ass and the F-550. Coming to a neighborhood near you!  Can we just pause for a minute and really let it sink in that this is a FIVE-Fifty?  With a FIVE as the first number.  And a trailer hooked up to the truck.

So – this awesome person just tried Jams for the first time in December, not exactly tree-planting season.  This weekend was one of the first that involved being on the job in a major way.  She has been saying for months that this would be the “true test” for Jamberry Nail wraps – and whether the Jams live up to everything I claim about them. 🙂   For a little extra sparkle, she wore her all-time favorite Jams, “Midnight Celebration,” for the occasion. So, without further ado….

Jams WIN!  Jams WIN!
Jams WIN! Jams WIN!

The result:

AMAZING!!!  Okay – check that out – over a week into her manicure AND a day spend planting trees.  No chips, no scratches, no lifting edges.  Verdict?  Yes, Jamberry Nail wraps actually work! And I love that while LIbby is off helping the amazing city of Indianapolis thrive and be beautiful, she’s looking on-point and sassy with the cutest nails to ever grip the wheel of an F-550.

Love the look?  Midnight Celebration has been one of the top-sellers since it was released! Click here to see it! 

Local to Indy?  Check this out! Youth Tree Team | Keep Indianapolis BeautifulKeep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Rockin’ the Shamrock with Jamberry Nails

I am LOVING my current manicure: Shamrockin’ from Jamberry!  It’s a SUPER sparkly Shamrock design with an ombre background that glitters like a pot o’ gold in the sunlight.  (Pot o’ gold – see what I did there?)   Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

*Confession – Before I show you this super fabulous Shamrock Manicure, I need to say it: I have never understood thematic manicures.  Santa hats and Easter egg designs?  They weren’t for me.  Until Jamberry.  Now I’m all up in the “Fashionably Festive” category of Jamberry designs like I’m planning parades and nail pageants!)

Along the lines of yesterday’s post: (Do Jamberry Nail Wraps Actually Work?), I thought I’d share with you the current state of my sparklelicious* Shamrock Jamberry Nails – basically, they’re just as good as the day I applied!!

Shamrockin Comparison

I’m actually onto Day 6 of “Shamrockin” at this point – and despite doing laundry and playing outside with my kiddos yesterday afternoon, they’re still looking fresh!  I like sharing my own or my customer’s pics for a huge reason – you can see that Jams look great even “in real life” – without professional hand-models, studio lighting, and nail techs.  You really can use Jams at home and love your results!!!

I love this manicure so much that I’m probably going to stock up for next year – because it goes off the website in the middle of April!  YIKES!!!  Know a Fighting Irish fan??  Shamrockin‘ would be PERFECT for tailgating at the Fall games!!

Shop Shamrockin’ here! 

Check out all of the cute “Fashionably Festive” designs here! 

*Sparklelicious – Made up the word.  Feel free to bring it into your daily vocab.

Do Jamberry Nail Wraps Actually Work??

I hear this question ALL the time, “Do Jamberry Nail Wraps actually work?”  And the answer is…. YES!  Back in December, a party guest, Sarah, purchased some Jams in a friend’s party.  She also booked a party with me (Yay! So fun!) for February.

One thing about hosting a Jamberry party, I really want the HOSTESS to show her friends that, “Yes!  Jamberry Nail Wraps actually do work!”  I always send a few freebies and samples for the hostess to flaunt to her friends so they can see “in real life” that their friend, the hostess, is actually standing behind the product.   Sarah was a Rock Star – flaunting her flawless manicures, telling her skeptical friends how well the Jams were holding up, and PROVING it with pictures. ROCK STAR hostess!

Then… after seeing that Jamberry nails actually do work, Sarah joined my team as a consultant!!! So… She tried them, she liked them.  She tried them again, she LOVED them, and she joined!   And… I did a happy dance.  I LOVE it when a girl really *gets* how great these little things *really* are – and wants to share them just as much as I do!  It really is so fun getting to give people a little boost or smile each day – and Jamberry really does do that! But I digress…

Fast forward to today, when Sarah shared her proof on my Facebook page that…yup… Jamberry Nail Wraps actually do work.  Here’s what she shared:

Sarah's Jams After 12 Days!
Sarah’s “Champagne Toast” and “Sugar and Spice” Jams After 12 Days!

See the healthy nail growth?  See the Jams that look FABULOUS??  This is after 12 days!!  And wait – it gets better!! When I asked Sarah if I could use her picture for this post, here was her response! Sarah - Further Testimonial for 12 day comparisonSo – “Do Jamberry Nail Wraps Actually Work?”  YES!  They really do!  Apply the Jams correctly and you’ll EASILY get these results as well!  Need tips and tricks on how to apply?  Click here for my tips on getting a perfect application. 

Sarah is wearing the “Sugar and Spice” and “Champagne Toast” designs – PERFECT for every day, neutral enough for an office setting, but still fun and sparkly!!

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