Nails of the week 9/8

nails  This week’s nails were inspired by one of my pins on pinterest. I used Sally Hansen “First Kiss”, SinfulColors “Black on Black”, Revlon “Spirit”, and Nicole OPI “Top Coat Plus”. Every one of the colors that I used I got on clearance this summer at Rite Aid. They had a great sale going when you spend $30 in nail polish and supplies you got $10 back. I bought about 15 polishes, most of them brand new and really only spent $20 with the $10 reward.

Recently I’ve started following some great nail artist on Instagram and have gotten some great ideas and tutorials from them. Here are some of them that I highly recommend! Go follow and follow me while you’re there!

*chalkboardnails

*stormandstars

*sparrownails

*workinggirlnails

 

This weekend has been wonderful in both weather and time spent. I had a good little while to spend with my husband. We work opposite schedules and his weekend off is the only time I get to spend with him anymore. He is an avid movie collector so we took some time on Saturday to watch a couple of movies. Django Unchained and Epic were on the menu. Django Unchained was pretty good in my opinion. Unfortunately, I fell asleep during Epic. I was exhausted, so it had nothing to do with the movie. I love crawling up on the couch with our dogs and watching movies. Its one of the great cheap dates that we have. Since he is such a big movie guy, we always have the newest movies to watch. He does a fantastic job on his vlog on youtube. He gives updates throughout the week on the cheapest deals on movies.

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September’s Monthly Menu

September meal plans

At the Becoming Conference a few weeks ago I had been given an idea by the Freezer Fairy to make a monthly meal plan. I’ve been really slack these past few years on making meal plans and shopping list. Its ended up costing me several trips to the store, several trips to the local fast food place, and spending way more than my budget. I know how to properly put up a menu, make a shopping list, and stick to it. So when I heard this idea of a monthly menu I figured I’d try it. So last month I planned out, by week, our meals. It was a wonderful thing to come home and know I’m making xyz for dinner. I thought it would bug me because my whims may change but I loved not having to think about anything. I also loved not having to answer that dreaded question What’s for dinner? So I sat down this and wrote out a menu for the whole month of September.

My husband and I decided that we were going to eat chicken and fish mostly. Its cheaper and its healthier. So after Labor Day (we had to cook out on Labor Day) we are not going to eat any red meat, as much as possible. I remember back when I was a child we went through a time where we were eating chicken every night, literally. My mother got very creative with the ways that she made it but I often got tired of chicken. I’m hoping that by mixing in fish (I adore all things fish) and pizza I won’t tire from chicken. Everything gets better in practice so I should be fairly good at cooking chicken in different ways by the end of this month. Now, I am not a great chef by any means. I have a few good meals I can make and only a couple of family recipes. So I enlisted the help of Pinterest for meal ideas. So each week there is a new meal to try from pinterest. I’ll give you guys an update each week with how those turn out.

Nails of the week

This past week was the first week back to school in my district. It has been a whirl-wind of crazy since Monday, hence the silence. My apologies! I coach middle school volleyball and the season started Monday with practice and Tuesday with our first game! It has been very exciting and quick. The girls are great and improving each practice. There’s a lot of work still to be done. Tomorrow is our first fundraiser of the year, serve-a-thon. I’m always trying to get new inventive ideas for fundraising, especially with the audience that I have to work with. I was reminded when my adopted son had a free throw-a-thon for his AAU ball team, about fillintheblank-a-thons. I started thinking about how I could use it for volleyball, hence the serve-a-thon. So for those of you who are unaware of how a serve-a-thon works, the players go out with a sheet and have people pledge to give them so much per successful serve. (ie. $1/serve). After the allotted time the players come and serve the predetermined number of serves at practice. The number of successful serves is written by the person that is verifying the numbers (its-a me, the coach!) on the form.  The players then go and collect their pledges. If Aunt Jeane pledged $1/serve and SuzyAnn served 20 successful serves, Aunt Jeane owes SuzyAnn $20. Its great for everyone all around. The team doesn’t have to put any seed money out to start. The players become confident by enlisting people who believe in their abilities. The parents don’t have to worry about giving out products to co-workers. The players get more practice at something that is vital to their game. I hope that we are able to get enough money raised to get team sweatshirts and a volleyball cart. If you would like to donate just let me know! 😉

Sally Hansen Pink HD

 

So anyways, I did not take a picture of my nails from last week. They were gold with a blue glitter on top (my school’s colors), fairly simple compared to some designs for me but really unimpressive too since they started chipping day 2. This week I decided to try a color that was given to me by my 8 year old sister-in-law. It is very shiny and bright. Its not really my style, but I’ve done them 3 times in 24 hours and they will stay as they are for this week. Any recommendations for next week’s nail design?

 

 

 

 

 

butterfly inspired

I wanted to share some nail art I did about 6 months ago, some that I’m fairly proud of. This was something I found on pinterest and wanted to replicate. They were in honor of my best friend’s birthday. Back when I was in high school he died at 14 from a heart attack. He had an irregular heart beat and had just come out of a routine surgery. It was devastating. I was 16. At his funeral, his mother tells the story that she was just asking for a sign from God and he sent this orange Monarch butterfly that wouldn’t leave her alone. I remember being there that day and seeing the butterfly flutter aroundall the people, especially his mother. Ever since then I have always associated butterflies with his spirit. So I did my nails like that for the week of his birthday. I miss him everyday.