Monday, July 21, 2014

Run or dye 5k

This past weekend I participated in the Run or Dye 5k again! It was so much fun and perfect weather for running. Last year I was 16 weeks pregnant, so it was great to be able to run and push myself!


Sarah and I ran together the whole time. She's used to running half marathons, so she held back and helped push me and was a great motivator!

Throwing our dye at the end!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What a difference a poop and a nap can make

A recent afternoon, Gwen was all kinds of miserable...

She wasn't eating well, was overtired but not sleeping well, and it had gotten to the point of being almost amusing. After two huge poops, she took a great nap, then woke up and ate well, transforming back into our sweet Gwen!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With Oma

Great Oma and her great-granddaughter!

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Only child"

Gwen's "I have mommy and daddy all to myself" picture from this past weekend.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Jamberry nail review

If you're reading this, you probably know that I'm a pretty low-maintenance kind of girl, especially when it comes to fashion. I don't like spending a lot of time getting ready most mornings because I have plenty of other things I'd rather read a book! :)

I found out about Jamberry nails this summer and was intrigued. I like to have some polish on my toes during the summer, but I usually leave it on until it's looking much worse for the wear, and I never paint my about an exercise in futility! But Jamberry claims that it's nail wraps won't chip (for up to two weeks on your fingernails and six weeks on toes) sounds too good to be true, but I have been VERY pleasantly surprised!

I kept my fingernail wraps on for over two weeks and I've loved them (let's be honest, by the end a few nails on my right hand were looking rough). My toes are holding up awesome, and I'm fully confident that they will make it the full six weeks in better shape than my fingernails after two. (And since I'm being honest, likely they'll stay on longer than six weeks!)

(I totally forgot to take picture when I first did them, this is the only one I have!)

It took me about 30 minutes to put the wraps on my fingernails. The process was simple, especially because there are so many great videos to help with application. I tried my consultant Michelle's plastic Baggie method and was impressed with how well it smoothed out any wrinkles. I used nail clippers instead of scissors to trim the extra wrap from each nail, which gave me a really nice fit to my nails, and just my hair drier for heat. There was definitely a learning curve, but by the end of the set I felt much more comfortable. And when I did my toes I was much more comfortable and confident (and faster with the application!).

One of the biggest perks about Jamberry nail wraps over a manicure for me was the ability to trim my nails and still have the wraps looks great. I actually trimmed them a few days in because I had a few of the first nails that I didn't get a perfect seal, so the tips started to come up. I trimmed the nails just a little and they were perfect. I also am a fan of no dry time. Since I have a few (adorable) interruptions in my house, it was great to be able to stop part way through when I needed to help my kids and not worry about anything messing up the work is done.

(Here's a look after 2+ weeks)

(And a close up of my right hand starting to look rough but the color and pattern has held up great!)

I was super impressed with how well these held up. I am not gentle on my nails at all. In fact, while I had these wraps on my fingers I made bread 4-5 times, picked crabs, went swimming, did plenty of dishes, and was basically as rough as I could have been! Polish never would have held up the way these did.

At $15 for a set of wraps, the prices turned me off a little bit at first, especially since I don't frequent nail salons (if you do, this is a killer deal!). But each set of wraps is good for 2 pedicures and 2-3 manicures. And since I never paint my fingernails, it's opened up the possibility of having my fingernails done, which has been pretty fun, even for low-maintenance me! :) there are over 300 different styles, so there's something for every style, from simple and classic to bold and bright.

Let me know if you have any other questions...and please check out my Jamberry party on Facebook or on the Jamberry site directly ( If you do place an order, just select me as your host :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reading outfit

Don't you read like this too??

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Napping: Will style

Will fell asleep in the car on the way home a few days ago. I brought him in so he could sleep on the couch, and he slept for a solid hour before stirring and climbing onto the floor.

Where he curled up and fell asleep again, this time for about 5 minutes.

Then he got up and stumbled over to me on the opposite couch, where he tried a half-hearted and unsuccessful attempt at climbing up next to me...then slid down the couch and collapsed to the floor for another 15 minutes.

Summer is wearing this boy out!!