Friday

Product Review: Jamberry Nails

My lack of blog posts has been partly due to work being extremely busy. After working 15+ hours like I did earlier this week, the last thing I want to spend a lot of time doing is painting my nails! I previously reviewed Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Nail Color which has changed my life.

I've been hearing a lot about Jamberry Nails and was curious what it was all about. Basically they are nail decals that you apply using a bit of heat and they are supposed to last longer than a traditional manicure with nail polish.

A sheet of nails (20 decals) costs $15. Before I committed to buying a sheet, I wanted to first try it out to see if it even worked! Fortunately, a former coworker was hosting an online Jamberry Nail party and the consultant, Christina was offering to send anyone a free sample!

I did quite a bit of research on the best way to apply the decals online before I actually did it myself. The website offered some helpful advice, but the YouTube videos of non-Jamberry Nail employees were better.

The suggested supplies needed are:
Scissors
A source of heat
Orange stick
Cuticle pusher
Nail file

I only had a few of the suggested supplies, but my nails turned out fine. I found the decals a little difficult to peel off the sheet, so I used some tweezers to do that and I also used the tweezers to hold the decal while I was warming it up with my hair dryer. The orange stick is supposed to be used to smooth out the decal as you are applying it to your nail, but I used a finger on my opposite hand and that worked out fine. I actually would suggest you use cuticle scissors like I did to cut the edge of the decal instead of using the nail file. The nail file didn't work out for me.

Getting everything set up
Decal is on my ring finger
I just removed my decals after almost two weeks of applying them. A group of my friends got together for steamed crabs and I thought picking crabs would be a true test to see if the decals were as durable as they were advertised to be and they were! No peeling or anything! Some other comments about the decals is that the sheets are all the same color or same design. I wish there were some way to mix and match. The decals do come in different sizes, but they may not cover the entire width of the nail. It is hard to tell, but still.

If you are interested in trying Jamberry Nails, feel free to visit the website of the consultant I referred to earlier at http://www.christinadee.jamberrynails.net/ or check out www.JamberryNails.net.

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Wednesday

IKEA Dachshund Finds!

The Mr. and I have visited IKEA twice over the past two weekends. First we bought a new king size bed and second we bought some new night stands! Cooper approves of the new bed. Plenty of room for him to lay length wise which previously would have forced me to sleep on my side on the edge of the bed :)

Like I said when I wrote my first Dachshund Finds post, it seems as if Dachshunds are so trendy right now! But it still surprises and excites me when I come across a Dachshund related item.

I've included the Swedish product name.
Dachshund stuffed animal (SMASLUG): $4.99 found at the College Park IKEA
Framed Picasso Animals Reprint (OLULNDA): $39.99 found at the College Park IKEA

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Thursday

Product Review: Quest Bars








I admit I haven't been staying strong on the Keto diet, but I'm going to try to do it again. It's just that sometimes those parmesan rosemary truffle oil fries speak to me! EAT ME! they say and I listen... I've found this great tasting low carb product that I think will help me stay true to the diet.

My husband has tried to get me to drink these awful tasting protein drinks and try so many different types of protein bars. I think my palate is really sensitive to sweeteners because most of them taste absolutely gross except for Quest Bars! They are the best tasting protein bars I've ever had and to make them even better, most bars have 4g net carbs or less. In addition to being low carb, they are high fiber, high protein, low sugar, and gluten free! There are so many different flavors to choose from. We bought a variety pack from Amazon.com (12 for $27.98) so we could try out all the flavors and decide which ones we liked best before committing to ordering a whole box of one flavor.

The only other places I've seen Quest Bars are at Smoothie King and my gym, Lifetime Fitness. I have read that some people buy them at Whole Foods, but I did not see them at the Harbor East location when I was there last. Leave me a comment if you've been able to find these any where else!

The variety pack has 1 bar in each of the following flavors:
Banana Nut Muffin
Peanut Butter&Jelly
Peanut Butter Supreme
Lemon Cream Pie
Mixed Berry Bliss
Coconut Cashew
Strawberry Cheesecake
Chocolate Brownie
Cinnamon Roll
Apple Pie
Vanilla Almond Crunch
Chocolate Peanut Butter

So far, I've tried banana nut muffin, peanut butter & jelly, and coconut cashew. My husband has had cinnamon roll, cookies & creme, and chocolate chip cookie dough (the latter two are not part of the variety pack). Out of the three I've tried, the coconut cashew has been my favorite.

Unlike other protein bars, I did not notice any funny aftertaste. The texture of the bars are a little like taffy. A little chewy and slightly gritty. Some of the bars actually have bits of almonds, cashew, coconut, etc. which I think helps with that. I've seen on Instagram that some people have been warming the bars up and topping them with things like whipped cream and low carb ice cream. Yum!

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Friday

Days Like This

I typically don't make plans to do anything during the week because I'm an old lady who gets grumpy if I'm not in bed by a certain time (nurse problems), but since I took today off last night my husband and our friends, Cat & Joe went to another delicious dinner at The Food Market (if you don't already know it's my favorite) then saw Ben Folds perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last night. Rock this bitch!

I'm also taking off Monday so I have a list of things I would like to do. One of those things is, crafting.

I really love crafting and I've been thinking up this idea for a succulent wreath for awhile now. Michael's has 25% off your purchase including sale items coupon that expires tomorrow so I took that opportunity to buy my supplies. The succulent picks ended up being 70% off anyway, score!

This was super easy to make and it cost less than $15! I did use a coupon and I already I really love how it turned out.

I took the succulents off of the stem which made it easier to place them exactly where I wanted. 


It is amazing what taking a day or two off of work can do for a person! I really enjoy low stress days like this where there aren't any "have to" things.

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Craving Now: New Orleans


 

Lisbeth Eats' blog post on beignets is to blame for what I'm craving now! Reading her post on beignets reminded me of some of the delicious food I had in New Orleans. I went a little over a year ago for a family wedding. Obviously, Cafe Du Monde was a must and it is good to know that I can just drive to Fed Hill to satisfy my craving for beignets. It also reminded me that I had a box of beignet mix I brought back in my cupboard. I've been trying to eat low carb, but...
The most delicious thing I ate while in New Orleans was the chargrilled oysters from ACME Oyster House. The wait to get a table at this place was easily over an hour, but to me it was totally worth it and I am seriously contemplating buying a ticket to fly down there to eat it ASAP! I have had chargrilled oysters at places locally, but they didn't even come close to stacking up to the oysters I had at ACME.

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