Nail File Friday’s: Using Scotch Tape for Nail Art

I wanted to share with you today my latest nail tutorial currently on my YouTube channel. This is an easy way to do nail art, whether that is shapes or simple straight lines on nails, by using scotch tape. You can also use different shades of nail polish, here I used different shades of pink, and created simple cut outs from tape that you can recreate at home.

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I recently began my YouTube channel, if you haven’t been there, please follow! I’m putting content there that is easy and that you can quickly do at home. As I myself am a stay at home mom with little time to do my nails.

Happy Friday! 

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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

I was listening just recently to an actress being interviewed, she was talking about her life struggles and all the difficulties she’s had to endure. At a young age, her mother had a life altering car accident, her mother hit the windshield causing neurological trauma, changing her families lives forever. Ultimately due to the accident and her mother’s condition, the children had to be taken away, her two sisters were sent to one home, her two brothers to another home and she was placed in foster care for a few days – she was 13 years old. She talks about one of the people that inspired her, her social worker and getting to the tenth grade and not knowing how to read. This is just a small snippet of her life, of her mother and of her childhood. Her name is Tiffany Haddish, a comedian and actress. Image result for we all have issues quotesThis interview was phenomenal. And I say this because often times I think that my life is the only one that’s complicated, rough, bad and too difficult to handle sometimes – to even understand. And then I listen to testimonies like these that remind me, that I’m not alone. I’m not the only one with problems, with issues.

We all have a past, we all have and/or still going through things that are going to test us to the core of our faith, perhaps a diagnosis, a separation or job loss. Faith? Yes, that what seems unattainable but very possible. It helps us rise in times when we just don’t see hope, when we don’t see light because all we feel is pain. Hope? Yes, that’s when we begin to desire to get through the bad because we realize that the light is brighter than the darkness.

The thing that allows me to connect with people is when I see past what my eyes see and I listen to their life’s journey. I see that we’re all different, we come from all walks of life and born from all parts of the map. Yet, there’s one thing that connects me with you, the fact that you and I have been through difficulties in our lifetime. In some cases, the difficulties are bigger while others are minor, but they’re life altering nonetheless. Yet aside from all that, we realize that we’re trying to be the best version of ourselves and living the best life that we can – a connection like no other.

I’ve realized that embracing where I am today, is accepting my journey. The difficulties I’ve had to face has brought me to this day – where I am today – I will be thankful for today.

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Reblog Wednesday: Badass — Real Life of an MSW

There have been so many moments in my life where there has been self doubt. The moments where I think of doing something and I hold myself back. Because as the saying goes, ‘I am my own worst critic.’

The negative thoughts often are too hard to avoid and the positives are often hard to believe.

If I’ve ever thought of starting to live, to breathe, to be free in my own skin, I think that time is now. The time to take the leap, the jump, that jump that’s going to take me to where I want to be, that time is now. I was reading a story on a Texan woman police officer, she was and still holds the record for being the oldest woman to ever been sworn in the academy in her city, at the age of 54. Her story was both astonishing as it was inspiring.

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In the few months that I’ve been blogging many have touched my heart, inspired me and motivated me, as living with Chiari + Syringomyelia can really take a toll to ones spirit. But as I battle my days with chronic pain, this post by Real Life Of An MSW was a great reminder of the abilities that lies within a woman. It reads, ‘a badass woman starts her projects …. doesn’t wait for an invitation.’ This here reminded me of how regardless of my physical pain, everyday I still need to continue to push through – keep pushing. Since I began my journey here – I’ve surprised myself more than anyone, I’ve open an online shop and just very recently Simple Nail Designs – my YouTube channel.

What the mind can overcome when the will to thrive rises.

It’s also a reminder that a woman is far greater than anything, far greater than she can even imagine, she’s strong, she’s powerful, she’s determined, because she’s simply, ‘a badass.’

Happy Wednesday.

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A Badass woman doesn’t wait for people to ask her to do something or notice how great she is, she says. She starts her projects, take up space, or raise her hand because she doesn’t have to wait for an invitation. -Jennifer Baumgardener Positively Purging-I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes […]

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Happy Meme Monday: Pinterest vs. Real Life

The problem I find with social media is that it doesn’t portray real life – you know?! If you’ve been to Pinterest you know there’s so much information there, from how to’s to recipes to do-it-yourself projects. Parent’s will go on there to find how to keep their two year old distracted or do it yourself projects, like learning how to build a small sandbox that will help your child with their fine motor skills. And how to make your very own cleaning solution at home. The list goes on and on, but the reality is that, it’s faster for me to 1) order the cleaning solution online on Amazon Prime or Grove Collaborative – an online chemical free cleaning supply store or 2) visit my local Target store. Yes, that’s it, I’m just not trying to become a part time chemist!

The thought of making my very own laundry soap seems phenomenal but the reality is that I don’t have the time for that!

The realities of any parent that stays home is different. I’m really just wanting 5 minutes of alone time in the bathroom – yes! I’m that mom trying to schedule in my showers during nap time and just wanting my kids to actually go pee at home before we go somewhere so I don’t get dragged into a public bathroom. I’m not the one making my very own hand soap, let alone sand box, however, if you are one, hey there hey, kudos for you!

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Here’s to keeping the kids live long enough until dad gets home and rescues you, and feeding them cereal for lunch on those days we’re just too darn tired to try to make anything healthier than that!

Happy Meme Monday!

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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 my YouTube channel 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.

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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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