Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Great Summer Read


     It seems like the only time I stumble upon an amazing book is in the middle of summer while poolside. Once again, I've found a book I couldn't put down.  I just finished it and couldn't believe it was over. It left me wanting more and never letting the story end.  I don't know if it was because I felt like it was a story anyone could relate to or because of how it was written.  

     So what I'm getting at here is everyone should read The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken! It's a story about the outcome of a bet over who gets the girl made at the tender age of 8. It makes for a great summer love story! I will warn that while never graphic, there are some scenes that don't leave much to the imagination.  But if you can appreciate a good love story, then this book is for you! It's available on Amazon or the traditional paperback. Now go out and read it!!!!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Make Your Manicure Last

     As a nurse, I wash my hands ALOT and we're not allowed to have chipped nail polish. So for me to be able to paint my nails means I either have to redo them after each day I work or be really good! Like the majority of the population, I would much rather do something once and have it last. So here's how I get my nail polish to last through the week.

Here's my arsenal of polish:
     I've found that starting with some sort of "Gripper" seems to be the best base coat for me. It fills all the ridges in your nails and hangs onto the polish to make it last. Next, is your color of choice. And finally, comes the top coat.

     I decided to try a trick from Pinterest (since I can be a little sloppy sometimes), so I started by applying lotion to my cuticles and the skin underneath my nail. Next time, I think I will apply with a q-tip to make life easier.

     Please forgive the leftover polish (I was just repainting the same color) and lack of visual instructions. It's a little too difficult to take pictures while painting my own nails!

  • Paint each nail with your base coat. (In my case The Gripper) By the time you're done painting all your fingers (and toes too, if you're doing both) the base coat should be dry enough to continue.
  • Mix your color coat by rolling not shaking so you don't get air bubbles.
  • Starting near the base in the middle of the nail, push the polish down to the base then paint a stripe up the middle. Then paint one stripe along each side and then fill in any spaces. Remember to only apply a very thin layer, we will fill in any thin spots with the second layer. Applying polish too thick causes smudges as the top layer drys and the underneath is still wet!
  • The most important step is to run the brush along the top edge of your nail! This wraps the polish around the end so it doesn't chip when you run into things! Think of it like tape wrapped around the edge of a piece of paper.
  • Apply a second layer of color following the same steps.
  • Finally apply the top coat. I tend to apply this layer more liberally and I don't wrap it around the edge.
  • If you're lucky enough to have quick drying polish or an aerosol spray use that now! For the rest of us (if you have time) try to let your nails dry for 30 minutes for best result. 
  • Once your nails are dry, rub the lotion into your cuticles and wash your hands.
     Here's the finished result:

     This is the first time I've used the lotion on my cuticles. It seemed to work ok, but if you're strapped for time an easily skippable step. As you can see there are still a few areas to be cleaned up and I still had to scrape the polish off my cuticles with my fingernail. It made me a little nervous that the polish would come up as I was scraping the edges. But overall, the polish on my cuticles and under my shorter nails seemed to come up easier.

     Now that you have a fresh manicure, it's time to go out and show it off! Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013


First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog! 
     I'll be sharing a stories, projects, favorite things, and whatever happens to be on my mind at the time. There are always a million projects I'd love to do (as clearly evidenced by my Pinterest boards) but don't always have time or space for them. 

     Before we delve into all the ideas flying through my head, I'd like to let you know a little bit about myself....Since I was little I've always liked to do things myself and was very opinionated on the proper way to do things. Some may say this runs in the family, others say its an "only child thing", but I'd like to think it was just my desire to be creative and artistic. Fast forward through many years of gymnastics, drama, color guard, band, and a life that was always on the go. Today, you'll find me traveling across the US as a travel nurse with my wonderful husband. 

  Life on the road brings as many challenges as adventures.  Every three months I find myself in a new hospital learning the ropes of a new NICU and finding my way around a new apartment.  The best part about traveling is the endless variety of new restaurants and shopping.  The worst part has to be packing my life into an SUV and still having room to sit! Each move gets a little easier and we get a little better at it, and I hope to share all of that with you.