Friday, April 30, 2010
I am a big believer in the law of reciprocity - what you give, is what you get. I believe that sacrifice is directly linked to success and that the heart of a volunteer is a powerful thing. So with all of these beliefs driving this bus, last year I volunteered to work for Heather Frey of SmashFit.com. I have been working for over a year and a half to increase my health and fitness and had an opportunity to give my time and service to someone with a passion for everyone on the same journey as me... I JUMPED at the chance to volunteer for that. So after devoting time volunteering last year, THIS YEAR I just got me a new title....
I am the new General Smash Manager for SmashFit.com! There will be plenty more info to come as I get ramped in this position, so you all will get to hear about my journey. You will also get tips and hear about all the fun events happening over at SmashFit.com. The site is loaded with useful information, not to mention Heather will match you with the perfect trainer. This one is definitely going to be fun... it's so right up my alley! Let's all get fit together!!! :)
So on top of that GREATNESS, I get to also announce that I am part of my first design team!!! I've sort of been a Gypsy freak ever since I won mine from the wonderful gals over at Cutting Above, and it's nice to be able to team up with other freaks... hahahahaha! I'm kidding of course. Actually, I'm going to be designing with some AWESOME talent. Our fearless leader is Pam over at TheBugBytes.com and our design team is called The Gyptians (sorry for the Bangles song that might be running through your head right now... it's running through mine also. If it's not running through your head, then you're a lucky young whipper snapper! That song will not leave my brain!!! LOL)! It's a pretty fitting name, and this really is perfect since the team will be putting together design files to give away for free. I've had all my design files posted on my blog for free since I got my gypsy, so this is all really just an extension of what I already do... I LOVE IT! I'm so excited! Pam is so knowledgeable and super fun... this is going to be so FABULOUS!!!
And last, but certainly not least, there are talks with me helping out the good folks over at Cri-Kits.com. Nothing's been finalized yet, but I bought almost all of their pens and after they saw my project post from the other day (you can see it by clicking HERE) asked if they could use my work on their site. I would love to work with them since I just love those gel pens. It took me no time at all to master those pens and I'm already working on MULTIPLE projects to post for you guys in the upcoming weeks. I'm hoping they let me REALLY get my hands dirty over at Cri-Kits.com!!! hahahahaha! I let you all know when the tidal wave hits!
Well, that's all I've got for right now. I'm working on a submission to The Greeting Farm... I'm hoping to win some smack. Click on the link... there's an awesome digi up for grabs!
You all have an awesome Friday and don't forget about my blog give-away. Click HERE to find out how to enter and the HUGE prize haul up for grabs!!! They're my favorites!!! :)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have received a couple of wonderful blog award tags that went UNRECOGNIZED!!! I am so sorry! This month has been a hectic month and I managed to allow the award notifications to get buried in the comments! I'm such a dork! So my sincere "thank you's" to Pam over at TheBugBytes.com and DanussasNails.blogspot.com for honoring me with these wonderful blog awards. Both sites have WONDERFUL content. Pam has the most incredible crafts (you know how I love those crafts) and I happen to know Pam and she's every bit as wonderful as the crafts she creates! And I'm new to DanussasNails, but the site is incredible and I'm thrilled that someone like her is giving ME an award! I'm thrilled to say the least. Now for the fun.... Here are the award rules:
1. Post the prize on my blog.
2. Mention the blogger who tagged me.
3. Give the prize to 5 friends.
4. Post on my blog the link to their blogs.
5. Announce everyone on their blog.
6. Make a list with 10 things that I like.
So my five blog awards go to:
http://summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/ - With my new Copic obsession... this amazing artist Vicki feeds the new addiction!!! ENABLER!!! hahahahaha!
http://www.cricutinspiration.blogspot.com/ - Another crafter whose blog rocks my socks... Like Pam, I know Mya and her work is out of this world!!!
http://canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.com/ - Has the greatest scrappin videos! She's funny, fun to watch and just recently got picked for her first design team, so this blog is about to get CRAZY!!! :) Plus, she's a Halloween freak just like me... what's not to love?!?
http://scandalouslypolished.blogspot.com/ - part of a polish (as in nail polish) club called Wicked Vixens. From what I gather, they are like the biker chicks of the nail polish blogger world. Either way, this blogger cracks me up! I look forward to reading her posts every day!
http://blacknailpolishandlipgloss.blogspot.com/ - another Wicked Vixen alum with the rockinest nails ANYWHERE!!! Her blog's got that "darkness" that I love so much... I just gravitate there. Wait till you see her nails... you will too!!! Yah... wicked!!!
And the 10 things I like are:
1. God... You'll see quite a few Bible studies on this blog. I try to devote "connection" time every week to the one who makes EVERYTHING in my life possible.
2. My family... the greatest gift God has ever given me!
3. Sunglasses... designer sunglasses to specific. <--- what?!? I can be shallow if I want!
4. Arts and crafts... I think there may be some hidden "inner child" issues that my subconscious is trying to work through there, IDK! LOL!
5. Music... life would not be worth living without it!
6. Exercise... I've discovered how very important it is just to function every day. Was I really ever a couch potato???
7. Comedy... one of the things that keeps me sane... well, saner anyway. I would not have made it THIS far without it.
8. Quiet Time... usually with a hot bath, meditation music, incense and a hot cup of tea. Soothes my soul!
9. Reading... again, something to fill quiet times when I'm not in the tub! hahahaha!
10. This blog... it is my baby!!! I have been blessed with SOOOO many friends through this blog. The most talented and wonderful people actually read MY blog and tell me how great they think I AM!?!?! I'm thrilled EVERY day I get to log in!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
PS. Please ignore my nasty cuticles... I didn't have time today for a full mani. Not that I don't need it! After a weekend of paper crafting a full mani with some TLC for those cuticles is NEEDED, but at least I got to a polish change. Maybe a wax treatment tomorrow?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- 1 coat Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth
- 2 coats China Glaze's TTYL
- Topped with Seche Vite
- Topped AGAIN with Seche Vite
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
This is my little "POE-esque" card. I love, love, love the Creepy Cakes digi stamps from The Greeting Farm and am thrilled that this one worked so well with the ULTRA THICK Diamond Glaze (JudiKins) that I POURED on there. It turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!! I REALLY, REALLY love this card.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The carts that I used for this were Graphically Speaking and Hannah Montana.
So here is my Coffee Break card for the C4C33 challenge... I love it and this is yet ANOTHER project I want to redo when my Copics arrive. I can already tell that 33 markers WILL NOT be enough!!!! ;)
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
- Base coat: Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth
- 2 coats of China Glaze IX (a GORGEOUS deep chocolate that is almost black)
- 1 coat Seche Vite
- Fauxnad image plate #F02 stamped with China Glaze GR8
- Top coat: Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth
*** I was informed that Nail Aid's Ultra Rapid Growth AND Maximum Iron Hardener ARE both available at select Walmart stores now. I guess it's just not at mine right now or maybe they are sold out... which... based on the results I'm getting, well, I can see why! :) But for any of you who might be interested, BOTH PRODUCTS are included in my blog give-away along with a ton of other goodies. To enter My Favorite Things Birthday Blog Give Away, click on this link HERE. Good luck to everyone who enters! May 7th is the deadline for entries.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
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First off: MY FIRST SPROUT OF 2010!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!
And of course its Zucchini! I love zucchini and seemed to have mastered growing it last year with my first garden ever. So I'm not surprised that I'm pulling it off again this year. But while I was in the garden this morning it hit me how our creator... call Him whatever is applicable to your particular faith, made us to constantly be creating (*please note here that I'm not taking any glory from God, I'm only referring to the work I'm doing with my hands. But I will add that it is my own personal belief that there is the power of creation in our free will). Moving the soil of our lives around, burying seeds and watching it grow.... creating something of beauty that is useful. Of course we can't forget that we need to pull a few weeds, cut back over-growth and occasionally completely eradicating the garden is necessary to rebuild the soil. And EVEN complete eradication doesn't entirely remove what's unwanted which is why you have to keep working the soil. But it's so amazing to me how things we planted so long ago take root and even when the soil isn't being worked and you think nothing is happening, a plant springs where you didn't think one would be. Case in point... the freakin mint from last year that I eradicated into the soil that made it's debut again this year all on it's own. It wasn't watered, fed or nurtured in any way and STILL it comes back demanding to be dealt with. There's a lesson here, as I look at this picture of the mint that is invading the dirt where my new path was built. So I'll just have to think on that lesson as I dig up this mint and move it to a more appropriate location. Or maybe I'll just leave it there and see what it will do, either way, it was nice to spend this morning where God was present. This organic gardening is really agreeing with me. I might head out this afternoon to plant some radishes. :)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Huh! So, I had to remove the nail polish that I was wearing yesterday to apply the Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth to test, and since the directions say that you can apply one coat followed by color.... OF COURSE I had to do another Konadacure!!! And since I won't be wearing this longer than 3 days (also per directions), I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween theme.... you all KNOW how much I ADORE Halloween (in April???)!!! And these are super fun. So here's how:
1 basecoat of Nail Aid's New Ultra Rapid Growth (available at your local Walmart VERY soon)
2 coats of Orly's Mirror Mirror
Konad for the web is found on IP S6 and done with Konad's White Special Polish
Konad for the spider is found on IP M1 and done with Konad's Black Special Polish
1 topcoat of Nail Aid's New Ultra Rapid Growth
This is the FIRST time that I've ever used this product. So far I LOVE it. Now I'm trying it to really measure the actual growth since the box says "Longer nails in just 5 days" so we'll have to see about that. Today's day one, but I CAN say that the base coat was AWESOME!!! I put it on and gave it a couple of minutes to dry. When I felt the basecoat, it felt like there was rubber on my nail. The box also says, "Fills in ridges for smoother nails" and I can see why. Depending on how this wears, this MIGHT be my new base coat. I don't have ridges to fill, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how durable this basecoat felt. And knowing that Orly has a tendency to be thicker than most polishes (which makes for a frustrating application sometimes), the polish went on super smoothly. Now as a topcoat, it has pretty good shine for a nail treatment polish... I was surprised. And it wasn't too terrible brushing over the Konad Special Polish. Topcoats sometimes make the Konad Special Polish smear... which DID happen with this one but I was lucky that it occurred on the hand that doesn't get photographed. I can see that there wouldn't be ANY issue as a topcoat over regular nail polish. The topcoat dried to the same wonderful "rubbery" texture as the basecoat. This polish just seems REALLY substantial... I guess that's the best word I can use to describe it. It goes on the same consistency as any polish really, but dries feeling slightly thicker. I'm really excited to see what my nails look like in 5 days. Monday I'll post again and we can ALL see the progress on day 3 and then I'll follow up with my final review on day 5.
Thank you to Nail Aid for giving me the Ultra Rapid Growth and the Maximum Iron Hardener to try, and thanks for sending the extras to give to my blog winner. I don't know when they are slated to hit the Walmart shelves (I didn't see it there yesterday), but I'll let you all know as soon as I do. If this is anything like all the other Nail Aid products I've tried, I'm sure that I will LOVE the results in 5 days!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I will be posting the results of my test run with the Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth next week. I put 2 coats on tonight and will follow up with a coat every night for three days and then I'll remove it and start over. I'm supposed to have longer stronger nails in 5 days... we'll see!!! Honestly, with the AWESOME experiences I've already had with Nail Aid's products, I'm pretty confident that this will do everything it says it'll do. But to make sure, I took before pics. The Ultra Rapid Grow and the Maximum Iron Hardener (also by Nail Aid) are both new products that are available at Walmart. The lucky winner on May 7th gets a bottle of each! :)
Two items in the prize haul didn't make it into the pics: the Seche Vite Topcoat and the Soaptopia Double Bubble 2-Soap Gift Box. The Seche Vite hasn't arrived yet and the soaps will be in gift certificate form. Just know when YOU win, those two items will also be included. Wow, looking at these pics I realized that this is a HUGE give-away. Every item is brand new and FULL SIZE!!! I don't think I was expecting small sizes of anything, but once I got it all gathered for the pics, I kept having to step back to get everything in. NICE! Did I mention how excited I am???? :)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Ok... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! I get to give stuff away! And not just ANY stuff.... MY FAVORITE STUFF!!!! Well, not ALL my favorite stuff, but certainly my favorites for at least ONE of my obsessions: NAILS!!! Maybe next year for my birthday I will be giving away craft supplies and exercise equipment... that would be AWESOME!!! But, this year's birthday give-away is HUGE with my favorite nail and beauty products and is open to ALL my followers. You guys are the best and deserve the best, so here is what ONE lucky winner is going to score:
The Prize Haul:
Konad Nail Art Stamping Set - Coraline I (I am addicted to Konad and I LOVE this set)
Konad Nail art image disc - M63 (A little something extra from Kathleen... thank you)
Fragrance Oil Set, types: China Rain, White Linen, Obsession (I love these for my relaxing baths)
Nail Aid Nail Treatment Set including: Pink Natural Growth Therapy, Instant Wrap, Clear Liquid Bandage, Cuticle Cure, Peeling Nail Intense Repair Gel, Maximum Iron Hardener and Ultra Rapid Growth (these are THE GREATEST nail treatment products I have EVER used... if you have a nail issue, Nail Aid has an answer. I use MANY of their products and will be reviewing a couple of new ones in the upcoming days)
Soaptopia: Double Bubble 2-Soap Box (all natural, handmade and smell better than parfum... I LOVE THEM)
OPI Nail Polishes: Lunch At The Delhi, Your Royal Shyness and Mad As A Hatter (I dream about Mad As A Hatter... don't judge me)
China Glaze Nail Polishes: Liquid Leather, Innocence and Fairy Dust (the shimmer of the Fairy Dust will be seen on quite a few of my manis, however I have been using Northern Lights and just recently found Fairy Dust. I love it even more than Northern Lights because of the higher concentration of ultra fine glitter... I loves me the bling! So Fairy Dust is actually a new favorite and will be replacing Northern Lights as soon as I've used the last of it)
Zoya Nail Polishes: Richelle, Jo and Harley (the slight shimmer in Harley makes this gray GORGEOUS)
Seche Vite: Topcoat
Cuticle Oil: FitterTwit's homemade blend of Soybean Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose Absolute Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil ( I apply this first thing in the morning before my shower and last thing at night before I go to bed. After my shower I follow up with regular hand lotion and continue with lotion throughout the day whenever I think about it, or whenever my hands have been in water)
1. You MUST be a follower of this blog through Blogger or Google Friends Connect to win.
2. You must leave a comment below with the following information: name (can also be your Google Friend Connect name) and any optional entries that you may have... see the list below.
1. Everyone who is a follower and leaves a comment on this post is automatically entered to win. (1 entry for every comment)
2. Optional: Post a blog announcing to your readership about this awesome give-away. Please provide a link to verify the posting. (2 additional entries)
3. Optional: social media shout-outs including any forums, Facebook or Twitter mentions. Please provide a link to verify your shout-outs (1 additional entry PER shout-out).
4 Optional: Add Fun And Mental Changes to your blog roll. Please provide a link to verify. (3 additional entries)
1. MUST be a follower to win. While all comments are appreciated, only comments from registered followers will be entered to win the prize haul.
2. The winner must email email@example.com within 72 hours of the winning announcement post with contact information and mailing address. If the winner fails to contact, a new random winner will be announced... again, with 72 hours to contact.
3. No other restrictions.
How The Winner Will Be Chosen:
1. 10 comments will be picked at random by random.org
2. From those 10, all applicable and verifiable entries will be tallied and entered into Random Name Picker (for example: 1 automatic + 3 Tweets + 1 blog post = 6 total entries)
3. ONE winner (THE WINNER) will be chosen by Random Name Picker.
This give-away is open until Friday, May 7th. The winner will be announced Monday, May 10th. Good luck to EVERYONE!!!
Thank you to OC Nail Art, Nail Aid and Soaptopia for your generous donations in my Favorite Things Birthday Give-Away. While I have purchased and used your products for years, I just want you all to know that I'm NOT AT ALL ENVIOUS that someone is going to be getting all MY favorite things for FREE... NOT AT ALL ENVIOUS... hahahahaha! No really folks, I'm super excited to give this stuff away. This really is an AWESOME birthday gift to be able to do this! I can't wait to see who wins!!!
*** To see prize pics, click HERE!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I used the Northern Lights glitter topcoat to give this one even more of a festive sparkle for the holiday and of course, nothing shows off it's awesomeness like a blurry action shot! Check it out (click on the picture to enlarge it... trust me, the enlarged picture RAWKS!). The black was done with Konad's special polish with image plates M71 and M19.
*** And yes, I had a little drama with Amazon while waiting to get my Kindle (I would put the link here so you can read the blog post about it, but as I ended up having to nibble on some crow over my AMAZING impatience, I'm conveniently going to skip that step here!), but since receiving it I'm more than a little obsessed! Breaking Dawn will be my fourth book! Wow! 1496 to go! :)
Friday, April 2, 2010
Whoops! I got side-tracked... ON TOP OF THAT, I also have a collection of fragrance oils that I love to add to my bath water. ON TOP OF THAT, I have A TON of Nail Aid products that was another generous donation by Nail Aid. Not only did they donate EVERY ONE of my favorite nail treatments, they also donated two products that are newly available at Walmart that I haven't even tried yet... that's like 7 different Nail Aid products!!! Oh, and I'm not done! There will also be nail polish in assorted colors (of course my favorites) and a Double Bubble 2 Soap Box given by Soaptopia (love, love, love those hand made soaps!!!). And I'm STILL not done!!! Just wait to see the FULL inventory of the prize haul with my OFFICIAL announcement... it will also include the qualifications to win. And the ONLY restriction on this upcoming give-away: you must be a follower to win. Could you just die?!? This is going to be SOOOOO great! Stay tuned!!!