Nail File Friday’s: DIY Grey Marble Mat For Manicures

This project is an easy do-it-yourself, a beautiful mat that will work great when doing your nails at home, or place it in a bag and take it to go! I covered my craft / cutting mat with grey marble adhesive paper, a pair of scissors and a card to smooth any air bubbles on the paper to the mat. It’s also easy to clean, simply wipe the mat clean with a damp cloth.

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Hope you enjoy the video and as always thank you for your support, have a wonderful Friday!

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Reblog Wednesday: Weekly Wisdom 13 September — MiddleMe

If you’re new to my blog, Reblog Wednesday’s is to show my appreciation to a post that deeply meant something to me. This week, I chose Kally from Middle Me. She has worked in many fields, from education, to healthcare, to IT and advertising. She is also full of such great advice in topics such as work place environment, interviewing and education – like switching majors. Interesting right, yes, I think so too.

This post she recently shared, speaks so much truth and touched my heart. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to share with you. A little truth about me, after a difficult break up, I became lost and soon after, pregnant with my first child. I was young – 22 years old, so lost, broken and pregnant. I had a great position at a prestigious law firm, but my heart was broken and my soul empty. I was lost and I didn’t know how to find myself again in the midst of that breakup, I was living in complete darkness.

Today, I am so thankful – as I was the day I found out I was pregnant, thankful for my daughter. It was nothing I ‘planned,’ but in retrospect I know that pregnancy saved me, she saved me – from myself. He knew how to save me, He was right.

It took that ‘fall’, that event in my life, for me to build the courage to rise again, to get back on track, to get my sh&sh together and learn to live again.

What event’s in your life have given you a ‘good fall’? Those unseen bruises, those bumps – some larger than others, both though of which have served for a better good in your life.

via Weekly Wisdom 13 September — MiddleMe

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Happy Meme Monday: Black Friday in America

Have you heard of ‘Black Friday‘? This is a day when stores all across America offer ridiculously low prices on items, such as toys and electronics. This happens in November, the day after Thanksgiving. While some are willing – and others not, to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving and then go straight to their favorite store – yes, at night! And yes, they’re camping out in front of a store. They will wait – some all night, until that store opens the next day, to ensure they are first in line and get the item they want at the low price being offered. I know, you’re confused, so am I. I’ve never understood this.

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Have you been to a store on ‘Black Friday’ and snagged a great deal?! Was your experience a pleasant one?! Do share.

Happy Meme Monday.

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My YouTube Channel Is Born

My YouTube Channel Is Born

Have you ever felt so bad, in so much pain, feeling like you have enough on your plate, but can’t stop pushing forward?! That’s me at this moment in my life. I’ve decided Chiari + Syringomyelia will have a place in my life, but not have my entire life. As positive as that may sound, it is extremely difficult, as I don’t only deal with the mental challenges of having a non-curable illness but also the physical aspect of it all.

I mentioned to my daughter earlier this week about perhaps starting a nail tutorial YouTube channel – for beginners, as I’m one myself. And before I could finish talking she said, ‘do it!’ Oh, to have the heart of a kid again, no fears, no doubts, just pure determination. That was the push I needed and before I had the time to second guess myself, I ordered a simple iPhone tripod from Amazon Prime, thought of a name for the channel, spent 1,000 hours – or what felt like, watching YouTube videos on how to make YouTube videos – did you get all that, and my channel Simple Nail Designs was born!

With a new tripod in hand and my iPhone, because right now any fancy equipment will have to wait. And this video here is the result of a small idea made reality.

 

Make things happen today.

It doesn’t take too much money to start an idea, try to work with what you already have. Don’t think of making any large investments right away. If you’ve been contemplating on something, big or small, all it takes to make it happen is passion and motivation.

How serious are you about achieving those dreams and how hard are you willing to work for them. I have absolutely no knowledge on recording a video and editing – none. I did however, know that the idea could turn into something. Maybe it won’t grow right away, but with patience, it will grow.

I share the news so you can follow along this new journey of mine. Please take a look at the video – my very first, AND please subscribe! Don’t be a ghost follower, they’re frowned upon!

I’m self-taught right now, so if you have any ideas on how to make videos that much better, please share!

Have a wonderful day.

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Nail File Friday’s: Red + Gold Nails

This week I wanted to make something extremely simple – yes that’s possible! You know when you want to do something, but feel so busy, too tired and out of energy. But, know that certain things just should be done. Doing my nails this week resulted in just that. As someone that lives with chronic pain, things can easily slip by, so it’s essential that I try to motivate myself in finding ways to get things done for myself as easily and efficient as possible. Because as they say, it’s the small things.

The red nail polish in this look is so vibrant and the gold makes it look so fancy! It can even be recreated for a holiday party, work gathering, festivity or celebration.

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Nail Polish Used: I used the color ‘Really Red’ but this is the next best thing Essie Russian Roulette (bright red) and Good As Gold (gold)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Brush + Dotter  for cleaning the sides of the nails and dotter for making dots on all nails.

 

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two:   2 Coats of the red nail polish (three strokes per coat on each nail)

…. Allow the nail polish to completely dry before doing any nail art ….

Step Three:   Using a piece of aluminum foil, place a bit of the ‘Good As God’ Nail Polish on it, dip the dotting tool and create a few dots just on the side of the nail – wipe the dotter clean by dipping it in acetone after each use, going in a zig zag like pattern, continue to create the dots

…. Allow the dots to completely dry before applying the top coat ….

Step Four:  1 Coat of ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – it helps keep your cuticles moisturized, cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying, this can happen from the use of nail acetone.

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Reblog Wednesday: 8 Blogging Mistakes that Waste Your Readers’ Time — Cristian Mihai

As a first time blogger, I’m always looking for advice, ideas and tips that will help me improve my blog and my writing. I appreciate constructive criticism, the type that will help you grow and improve. I share this post today, that did that for me. I often want to know what I’m doing right, but it’s also good to know what I’m doing wrong. What can I change about my blog, is there anything to change, can I add something, can I remove something and replace it with something greater – those are thoughts that run through my mind.

Here the blogger Cristian Mihai – great by the way, helps you by listing ‘8 blogging mistakes’ you could be making right now. The mistakes that can be jeopardizing your blog and can be a determining factor as to the growth of your blog. Also, as to whether or not you’re wasting your readers time. Not that your blog isn’t interesting, but there’s always room for improvement.

What improvements – if any, have you made, big or small, on your blog since you first started blogging?

Happy Wednesday.

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Originally posted on The Art of Blogging: The Internet has made it possible for us to live in a world of “information overload.” A few clicks, a few swipes on a smartphone, and we have access to more ideas, blog posts, and news stories than we could ever possibly consume. It’s hard to remember —…

via 8 Blogging Mistakes that Waste Your Readers’ Time — Cristian Mihai

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Happy Meme Monday: Parenting + The Hunger Games

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenting is not to judge someone else’s parenting –  speaking about toddlers especially. Have you heard the saying, ‘terrible twos’?! Yes, they were wrong, there’s the terrible twos, threes and fours. Maybe even beyond, but who am I to judge?!

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Have you been present when a mom – or dad, is clearly struggling with their child, you know, and then you see the parent trying to kneel down to the child’s level, whispering in the child’s ear, all in hopes the child listens, only to land on deaf ears?! I know the feeling. I’ve seen that, I’ve experienced that, and it all can be a bit brutal!

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Here’s to supporting one another in parenthood in this task of raising our children and surviving the process.

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