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Channeling My Inner Elsa

Tis the season for lots of festivities, activities, and chaos. It all started here the night before Thanksgiving when our ten year old oven decided to make a loud pop and sparked. Au revoir Mr. Oven and hello Black Friday weekend appliance shopping. When we went to the store, they told us that it would not be delivered for over a week. The date was my birthday, but there was an event that evening that complicated things a bit more. They promised me that the oven would be here before I had to leave to get the kids from school.

Channeling My Inner Elsa - Let It Snow

TechyDad took two days off of work to do some deep cleaning with me and to spend oven delivery day at home. What we did not anticipate was an ice storm wrecking havoc on our entire area Tuesday. It took TechyDad almost an hour for a round trip to the middle school that typically take 20 minutes. When he got home, he said there was no way we were going back out to take the little kiddo to his school. An hour into our delivery window, the appliance store called. There were complications with the storm and we understood. If we were not flexible with the delivery time, we would have to wait until the weekend. We told them we would work with it.

Picking up the big kiddo from school was not too horrible for TechyDad. It was raining and the temperature was just above freezing. The event for the evening was still on and we were waiting for our oven. As I waited, I decided to do my nails with new Jamberry wraps. Yes, the photo above was my selection. I thought they were pretty and would be nice for the start of Chanukah next week.

What I didn’t expect was the nails to create a Frozen land making me feeling like Elsa. Just after I was finished we could hear ice pelting up against the house. We also noticed an hour had passed since the delivery truck had called saying they would be to us in about 20 minutes. When I went to greet them, it was a mess. There was sleet, freezing rain, and snow! The two men from Cocoa’s Appliance were fantastic and professional in a really bad situation.

When they left, we decided to eat dinner and assess the situation outside when we were finished. In about 30 minutes, everything had glazed over and the car was completely encased in ice. There was no way we could get to the event. Our new oven still had to warm up before it could be used. TechyDad made me some mini-cupcakes in our little cupcake maker and they had a theme to them.

Frozen Birthday

We stayed inside the warm house and tried to forget about everything else. Of course, I laugh that it has hardly stopped snowing since I put my Let It Snow wraps on my fingers. If I get some tropical Jamberry designs next, will that work too?

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the winter? Around here, it’s definitely when Elsa does not give up. Quite honestly I want to let it go and NO, I do not want to build a snowman!

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Holiday Gifts and Online Party Incentives

Over the years, holiday shopping has changed a lot for me. I used to love going to the mall and outlets. It was almost a sport to try to get a good deal during the month of December. Since I got married and had kids, life has changed a lot. The chaotic pace of every day life means that I don’t have the time or energy to deal with crowds, parking lots, and too many people. That is time that I can be making memories with my boys.

If you are still searching for the perfect gift for a loved one, friend, teacher, co-worker, or other woman in your life look no further.

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As a Jamberry Independent Consultant, I would love to assist you in selecting some nail wraps and products for gift giving this holiday season. If you place an order before December 10 (US), it will arrive by December 24.

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Jamberry also has a festive new set for the holidays. The Tis the Season Holiday Gift Set includes the Joyful Season, Joyful Celebration, Joyful Laughter and First Frost (December Sister’s Style Exclusive) wraps. Those would be a wonderful gift alone, or you could add a little something extra on.

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If you want to get a group of friends together to host an online Jamberry party (you earn rewards), just let me know. I have a special going on that may interest you.

December Jamberry Booking

Let me know what your favorite wrap is (or a top three), I would love to know and why you selected it.

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Disclosure: I am a Jamberry Independent Consultant and paid for my own starter kit to sell these products. If people purchase items from me, I will earn money for my business.

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Jamberry Independent Consultant

Since I wrote my post about putting Jamberry nails to the test, I made a big decision. Here’s a clue that you may have noticed on the blog (this is the mobile view).

Jamberry Independent Consultant

It’s official, I am a Jamberry Independent Consultant and I am beyond excited for this new adventure. As I watched my party being hosted on Facebook, I fell more and more in love with the company, people that work for them, and the product. Jams are something I can stand behind and I am looking forward to sharing this with others.

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To celebrate this exciting news, I am hosting a Launch Party. Please take a moment to look around at all of the fantastic options available. There are varieties that are perfect for the holidays, winter, sports, and to match whatever mood you are currently in.

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If you have any questions, leave a comment here and/or email me. I would love to share more information if you are interested. The best part, the Jams are always Buy 3 get 1 free and if you are in the United States and order by December 10, they will arrive by December 24.

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Oh and one other thing, don’t forget to ask me about hosting an online party. Hostess rewards are available and it’s fun for everyone.

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Take a look around at the wide variety of products and let me know which is your favorite design.

I have to admit, I am not sure I could narrow mine that easily. My favorite part about the product is that the in home manicure lasts, they do not chip, and there is no pesky waiting for my nails to dry like after using polish.

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Disclosure: I am a Jamberry Independent Consultant and paid for my own starter kit to sell these products. If people purchase items from me, I will earn commission for my business.

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Putting Jamberry Nails to the Test

When I was little, I was fascinated with my Nana’s nails. I would go with her to watch the manicure process which took forever back in the dark ages. Between visits, Nana would allow me to treat her cuticles, clean then, and polish my own nails.

I have always loved the look of shiny nail polish, but it never stays put. It isn’t just an issue of chipping, it will actually pop right off. I finally gave up and just do my toes for the summer months.Jamberry Autism Awareness Nail Wraps

In September, a friend invited me to a virtual Jamberry Nails party. I was intrigued and watched the videos of applying them. Since I have had problems with polish staying on my nails, I opted to try just one sheet first. Yes, the autism awareness nail photo above is of Jamberry nail wraps. While I was nervous applying them, the YouTube video and instructions really helped. I had a few items that I realized I needed to do for my next application, but was pretty impressed with how they looked.

First Jamberry Nail Wrap Manicure

Not only did they last, they stayed on my fingers for 13 days and still looked amazing. Sure my nails grew out and the tips showed wear and tear, but they were still there. On day 13, one of them snagged in my hair. I was home alone and stuck, so I pulled and it came off. Since they say they last 1-2 weeks for a manicure, I was not upset at all. Jamberry Nail Wrap Manicure for Autism Awareness

For Halloween season, the boys helped me to pick out some fun new Jamberry. Fright Night arrived and I put them on last Tuesday.

Second Jamberry Nail Wrap Manicure

What I love are the small details. Each finger is slightly different.

Jamberry Nail Wrap Time - Fright Night

Once again, my Jamberry manicure is going strong at eleven days and I am hooked. I am eyeing Jamberry wraps for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and winter fun. In a house full of boys, pampering my own nails every so often makes me smile and my nails are happy and healthy before, during, and after.

Jamberry Nail Wraps after one week

Have you tried Jamberry yet?

Right now I am hosting an online Jamberry party (disclosure, I get fun stuff when people order). It is taking place until November 12 and there will be additional fun on the Facebook page. Let me know if you would like an invite. Oh and for super creative types, you can design Jamberry’s as well. I have seen some amazing fun Disney style options and other ones as well. So check out the options and let me know what your favorite design is. I have to admit, the Gobble Me Up for Thanksgiving are super fun and cute, plus the Let It Snow make me think of Elsa from Frozen.

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Hues of Blue Crochet Blanket

Last summer, I finished my first big crochet project and quickly fell in love with granny squares. During the fall, I was itching to get something else started while making hats, wristers, and other small projects. At some point in the process, JSL begged for me to make him a blue blanket. I was not entirely sure where I was going on this crafting adventure, but over the last 24 weeks it has grown, and grown, and grown. If you follow me on Instagram, you will be able to look back and see when I bought many hues in blue and really got this project started.

Hues in Blue Granny Square Crochet Blanket

The week after JSL’s surgery, all of the individual granny squares were made. We took a field trip to Nana and Papa’s house to use their floor. While JSL did not select all of the yarn colors (they were limited in Caron Simply Soft), I wanted him to make the final design. He really enjoyed figuring out the pattern and setting it up.

Setting up the Hues in Blues Blanket Pattern

After all of the rows were connected by single crochet, I took the blanket back to see how big it really was going to be. I had a little helper jump on top to give you a size comparison.

Size of Hues in Blue Granny Square Blanket

I had hoped to finish the afghan before JSL’s birthday, but there was just too much going on. Days later, I was able to surprise the kiddo with the completed blanket when he woke up in the morning and snuggled under it.

Completed Hues of Blue Granny Square Blanket

I do believe he was a happy camper, though he keeps telling me several are not really blue. I remind him they are blue-green and acceptable given the circumstances. Next, I will be using the colorful combination below for a new project.

A bright and colorful crochet project up next

So what knitting, crocheting, or craft projects will you be working on this summer? I

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In case you missed JSL’s antics while helping with the pattern, I shared a little video on Instagram from that day.

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