3 Reasons I don’t go to the Nail Salon to Get My Nails Done

3 reasons i dont go to the nail salon

It was Mother’s day 2 years ago when I took my own dear mother to get a mani/pedi. I had a nursing baby I had to get back to quickly and getting away from the house was a challenge.

My mom and I had an excellent time. We chatted and sat there as women scrubbed and polished our feet and hands. I paid the bill and tipped our manicurists. Almost $200 later, I walked out of the salon justifying the cost with ideas of quality time and pretty feet.

After all…

  • This was a treat.
  • This was a gift!
  • They were very pretty!!

AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH…

Upon my arrival at home my husband declared his love for my manicured hands! “I love it when your nails are done.” he proclaimed with enthusiasm.

WHAT?!?!?

OH.MY.GOSH!

After 8 years of marriage I had no idea!

I was horrified!  I had rarely done my nails since having babies!!

Well, add it to the budget, my nails WILL BE DONE!!

By 9pm, my beautiful gel manicure had a huge chip out of the thumbnail. To say I was irritated would be an understatement!

Thankfully less than 2 weeks later I was introduced to Jamberry Nails and their amazing nail wraps!!

So here it is…

3 Reasons I can’t bring myself to go to the nail salon anymore:

Getting away is challenging: I’m pregnant with 6 children under 9. Even though I enjoy getting out from time to time, it’s on a rare occasion and when I do, I honestly don’t want to waste an entire hour or more sitting and having someone do my nails.

Manicures and Pedicures are expensive: If I’m going to budget an extra $100 a month I’d rather hire a maid!!

They don’t last: I don’t want to spend money on something that looks ugly after 24 hours. It’s just not my style. I’m frugal and I want to stretch my dollar!!

Now, in full disclosure, I’m now a Premier Consultant for Jamberry Nails. I adore the company and love consulting. It’s fun for me to show frugal, and maybe intermittently frumpy moms (like myself) how to have pretty nails for less money than the salon.

I also want to say I don’t fault you, if the salon is your thing! I just want to let you know there is another way if you are frustrated and your hubby likes your nails done! LOL!

If you want to try Jamberry email me and I will send you a sample or just go order a sheet on my website!!

Happy Father’s Day

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To all the daddy’s out there loving their wives and raising their children…Happy Father’s Day.

My husband is an amazing dad! Don’t take for granted a man who lives with you, day in and day out, and helps raise his children. These days, these men are fewer and farther between…honor them today.

I love my man, even more than bacon!!

If today is a difficult day for you, my prayers for you are for forgiveness and to know the ultimate love of a heavenly Father who loved you so much He sent His one and only Son to die so you could be with Him for eternity. May we all be content with the love of our Heavenly Father and know anything more is a blessing we don’t deserve.

 

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Happy Sunday!!

 

God’s Grace |Sunday’s Simple Homemaker |Link Up

new homemaker slideDon’t forget to check out the posts this week from the amazing co-hosts over at Prarie Gal Cooking and My Life Abundant!!

The verse Ashleigh chose for us to look at this week is Hosea 2:15

Hosea is a book of the Bible that fills me with awe and wonder.  It’s a shocking and  almost terrifying story of God’s grace and his mercy. As those of us who see themselves the harlot, unfaithful to God even though He has given us, literally, everything we have, we see hope and renewal.

As a woman who has walked, completely in love with the Lord, for years, sometimes I want to overlook Hosea. Some days I forget who I was, and what God saved me from, and even who I would be today without Christ.

As life would have it I did some good ol’ fashioned Fb stalking last night and I came across some people from high school I enjoyed finding. I scanned through their pictures, and enjoyed seeing them as spouses and parents.  So many looked so very lost, in their mid 30’s posting about their last drunken “good time”, pictures with children throwing up gang signs, sadly even one in a orange jumper.  My heart ached and I remembered what it felt like to search for happiness in a fleeting moment of numbing drunkenness or sex.

I remembered the feeling of longing and thinking it might be fulfilled by a person, a drink or by passion.

Only the great, fulfilling love of a Savior will bring contment.

I sat and thanked God for where He had brought me and I prayed. I prayed for those still lost. I prayed God would not give up on them, as he did not give up on me!!

The best part is, not only did he save me and show me grace, but He’s given me life abundantly!  He has given me a song of praise on my lips and the hope (even on the worst of days) of eternity spent with my Creator!!!

 

In case you didn’t get to check them out last week…here are a couple that really stood out to me!!

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14 Things that are Possible with God, but We Prefer not to Talk About Them

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Happy Sunday!! We are linking up with this sweet little homesteader over at Prairie Gal Cooking  and My Life Abundant today.  We are going to be co-hosting a devotional style link up with her on Sundays!!   Fun!!

Enjoy your families today and check out my take on Matthew 19:26

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

You’ve been there…I’m sure you have. You’re standing there listing to someone quote a Bible verse to support their cause or justify their behavior.

You might think one of a few ways:

(From the Princess Bride) This verse…I do not think it means what you think it means.

Or

Nope! Out of context! BLASPHEMER!  (dramatically overplayed)

Or

Hmmmmmmmmmmm….something isn’t right here.

There are a ton of misused verses out there….most of the time people aren’t even quoting the verses, but just paraphrasing.  TOTALLY AWKWARD!  I know, I’ve been there, quoting some verse out of context.  I’ve been corrected. I’ve been rebuked. I’ve researched and checked my Bible facts. I’ve even made my apologies….but it still happens…people quote scripture out of context ALL.THE.TIME!

Examples…

“Judge not!” Often proclaimed by the habitual sinner (Christians are called to judge whether or not someone is a Christian by their behavior.)  Check out this post for more info.

“There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus”  Boldly proclaimed by the “Christian” who knows his Bible a little better though still using this verse to excuse his/her sinful behavior. Conveniently leaving off the later part of the verse which proclaims this to be true for those who are walking according to the Spirit and NOT ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, makes the argument compelling.

But one of my all-time favorite misquoted scriptures is the ol’  “all things are possible with God.”

Let’s get a few things straight here…You can do anything you want anytime…It’s called free will. You can sin and make poor choices and pursue non biblical lifestyles and even have success at it.

With God all things ARE possible!!!

14 Things that are possible with God, but we prefer not to talk about them:

It is possible to:

  1. Stop yelling at your children
  2. Live joyfully
  3. Stay married even when it sucks and you are unhappy
  4. Live with chronic pain or illness
  5. Walk in righteousness
  6. Let go of habitual sin
  7. Be single and content
  8. Have as many children as God allows (whether it be zero or 15)
  9. Let go of bitterness
  10. Forgive those who have hurt you.
  11. Memorize scripture
  12. Make dinner for another family
  13. Be on time
  14. Tithe

 

So, I beg of you take a little time out today and go read Matthew 19. At the end of a chapter on how married people should not be separated by man, celibacy, children and intentional poverty, God tells us all things are possible with Him.

This is a good read too.

 

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7 Tips to Curb Nausea During Pregnancy

7 Tips to Curb Nausea During Pregnancy

I open my eyes and look over at the blurry clock…it’s 2:30am and I’m about to lose my dinner. As I rush to the toilet, I think, “There has to be something to help this!!!”

When I finally stumble out of bed again sometime after the sun comes up, I still feel terrible.  I know there is nothing left in my belly. Nothing sounds good to eat. I feel like I’m going to be sick, but as a woman who has been pregnant most of her  married life, I know it’s a feeling I’m just going to have to deal with.  For some reason I can’t understand why I don’t have better coping mechanisms for this and I get to thinking and do some serious research.

Here are  a few tested tips from this mama of 6…soon to be 7!!!

Tips for pregnant mamas struggling with nausea:

  1. Invest in some quality Peppermint Oil: I keep a roller ball of peppermint oil and unfractionated coconut oil (carrier oil) with me at all times and rub it directly on my belly when I’m feeling nauseous. It has helped me so much during my last 3 pregnancies so much.  My doula sells DoTerra so I use her to make most of my purchases, but I also love Eden’s Garden though I have not specifically used their Lavender or Peppermint. If you have a friend who sells oils support them!!
  2. Take your prenatal vitamins and take them before bed: One of the reasons doctors suspect women can become nauseous is due to lack of certain vitamins or nutrients. Taking your prenatal vitamins can alleviate that problem. Since some women (me included) have a problem with feeling more nauseous after they take their vitamin in the morning, taking them at night with a light snack is really helpful.
  3. Wake up and eat immediately:  Grab a couple crackers or better yet an apple or banana and try to eat it before you get out of bed.
  4. Don’t just jump out of bed in the morning.:  I try to take a few minutes to at least read my bible on my phone, but if you have more time, check your email, Instagram etc.
  5. Eat what sounds good: This one is difficult for me because I want to try to stay super healthy especially if I’m still packing leftover lbs from my last pregnancy, but you really can get through your day a little easier if you eat what you can keep down and most of the time you want something specific.
  6. Sip water throughout the day: It is so important to stay hydrated especially if you are vomiting. Drink water, slowly and continually throughout your day so you aren’t trying to get all your water intake in at night.  Add a couple splashes of gatorade or a squeeze of lemon. Do whatever helps you drink your water!!!
  7. Skip the coffee:  I LOVE coffee. I smell it, I want it, I crave it, HOWEVER, during my 1st Trimester I skip it all together.  Coffee is hard on your belly and caffeine isn’t amazing for your newly growing baby.  Here is a good article on limiting your intake if you aren’t ready to give it up completely.

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Love is Kind

love is kindLove is kind…

I hear it ring in my mind, but it hasn’t really ever penetrated my heart.

But I feel the Lord lately, whispering those words more and more often.

Love is kind…

Love is kind…

When my children are throwing a fit…

Love is kind…

When I’m angry and feel justified because I’ve been wronged…

Love is kind…

When sarcastic humor wells up in my throat in response to a quip…

Love is kind…

When in my frustration, I go into my room and I close my door.  I drop to my knees in tears, knowing only God can fix the ugliness I feel overtaking me.  Irritated, tired and angry, tears fall down my cheeks as I pray out of sheer desperation for God to change my heart toward my family.

Love is kind…

Eyes closed, wet faced, I hear a noise in my room…my 2 oldest children are under my bed, hiding…

Love is kind…

When I want to scream…

Love is kind…

When I really do scream…

Love is kind…

I find myself so far from what God calls love. Mean…I find myself mean and I’m sorry for it.  My tone is mean. My thoughts are mean.  My manner, at best is aloof, but in my heart I know, it’s mean.

But…

Love is kind.

 

Lord please restore those of us mommies who are failing to walk in Your joy and grace. Forgive us for not being thankful. Teach us to show the love You have for us to our husband’s and children.  Let our love be kind. When we are tired and we have nothing left to give, pour Your love into us , so we might show the simplest of love, kindness.

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5 Ways to Not Lose Your Mind When You Have Small Children and Are Exhausted.

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Walking around in the brisk evening air, holding a book I’d been longing to finish I see my 2 year old running toward me.  He is covered in orange juice he personally squeezed and the combination of boogers and dirt on his face could easily gag a less experienced mother.  In his perfectly broken 2 year old language he blurts out “I found ‘nother one. Help me, mom!” (Don’t panic, we have orange trees.) And so I put the book down…AGAIN…and peel his dirty little orange. He runs off to be with his older siblings and for some reason, I can’t explain, I appreciate this moment.

There is a flock of sparrows circling around our yard, the grass is green, the children are laughing and the baby who has been crying all day is content snuggled up against my chest in the Ergo.  My eyes well up, pregnancy hormones perhaps, but I acknowledged the perfect mama moment and I know there are so many I’ve let go unnoticed.

You see, baby number 7 will be here in September and though I’m overjoyed to add a new member to the family, I’m exhausted!  This will be the closest age difference in children and I’m really feeling the effects of raising a 9 month old who doesn’t sleep through the night and my body being used to create this new life cookin’ in my belly.

I just want to sleep for days. Getting out of bed is the most difficult thing, not because I’m overwhelmed with the many tasks of the day, but because my entire body is mimicking the feeling you get in the middle of the night when you reach over and can’t even muster the strength to pick up your pillow.

There is a great temptation to overlook the tiny moments creating an amazing season of love and parenting.

There are temptations to complain…be discontent…struggle…

BUT…

We can always step outside with our littles and a book and enjoy the scenery. The days may seem long, but the years are few and short.

Enjoy life, intentionally enjoy whichever season you find yourself.  For me, it’s boogers, snails, dirt and exhaustion, but I will entertain my littles, and keep on going!!

5 ways to not lose your mind when you have small children and are exhausted:

Go for a walk: Sometimes we just walk around the house if littles are napping, but fresh air and a change in scenery is always helpful.

Pick up a book and pull up a chair: leave the dishes and join your children as they read to themselves or sit outside while they play.

Invite a friend over: Motherhood doesn’t have to be lonely.  Text a friend and beg her to bring over a bag of tangerines (Cuties or Halos, no matter to me) so you can sit and have coffee together while your littles snack and play.  Stop caring what your house looks like and enjoy relationships with people.

Teach your children to play a new game:  I admit, you have to be in good spirits for this one, but it works when you’re exhausted. Pull out a board game or teach them a new card game. You will be able to sit and rest while you stimulate all your minds!!

Take a deep breath and look around: A quick inventory of your blessings is always a refresher. We live with washers/dryers, electricity and indoor plumbing. Women have done more with less.

 

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When Facebook all Seems for Nothing…4 Areas to Focus on When Life Seems Shallow.

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I logon…3 messages…56 notifications.

I don’t care.

All I can think of is Noah Chamberlin.

My heart is broken over the tragic loss of a 2 year old boy who is part of my extended family, a boy I have never met, but who has changed me forever.

I love Facebook. I always have, but after a recent sabbatical I haven’t been back in full force.  Then with the tragic week of missing Noah, the only internet I could stand were posts from his family or news reports on the current status.  Angela  is Noah’s aunt and has been a mentor of sorts to me in my blogging journey. Her mother (one of Noah’s grandmother’s) has often been an encouragement to me via social media. To watch them go through this has been, in moments, more than I could bear on my own.  And that is just me…a distant relative…touched…broken.

And now the search is over and for Noah’s family, the true mourning begins. And so my dear fb world…

I do not care about what you had for dinner.

I do not care if you worked out.

I do not care to tell you about my business.

I do not care that your bad day consisted of waiting too long at the DMV.

I do not much care about your politics.

BUT…

I do still care about life…

  • Your relationship with God
  • Your broken heart
  • Your new babies
  • Your children (and nieces and grandchildren)… their milestones…their recitals…their baseball practice
  • The woman who regrets Roe vs Wade
  • Your marriage
  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Joy

If you, like me, are struggling today with what to do when “it all seems for nothing” or their is so just so much “shallow” on your Facebook page I want to help you keep a little perspective.

4 Areas to Focus on when life seems shallow:

  1. God:      Remember, we have a God who loves us so much He sent His only Son to die as a sacrifice for our sins so that He could live forever with us in eternity.  If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it really is all for nothing.  Pray for those people you find ridiculous today with their negativity, and lack of perspective. They need Jesus. They need you to love them like Jesus would.
  2.  We are all in different seasons: Whether immaturity, lack of faith, or just plain cluelessness, most of us have been there, not realizing our problems weren’t really problems at all and even our life’s victories and achievements may have been  shallow.  Though you may long for more purpose filled life, let us remember to be understanding, compassionate and eternally focused on how we can help meet the needs of those around us.  Sometimes a little perspective is needed, but grace and compassion are godly traits.
  3. Love people:      Loving people with our actions and our words shows the love of Christ. Type nice words. Encourage with scripture.  Take a meal. Write a card. DO SOMETHING to show love.
  4. There is a time for everything:  Even though today may be a day of mourning for us, for another it might be a day to rejoice.

 

Here is a great article from a friend about her Facebook life….a respectable read.

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The Story of a Failed Ringbearer…and 4 Tips for you if Your Child is going to be in a Wedding!!

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This was the moment, it was going to happen!!

As I stood, in my Matron of Honor dress behind my 3 young boys with my 2 young daughters behind me, my heart leapt realizing he was really going to do it!! My 6 and 7 year old boys dawned their sunglasses and earpieces and as they flanked my toddler son who stood perfectly dressed, ring pillow situated in his tiny grip.

As my 7 year old gently went to touch the official ring bearers back to nudge him forward, it happened…
Now, every mother has been overly confidant in the abilities of their children at some point in parenting. I was no different. I had faith in my almost 2 year old. He was a good, happy child…he could walk behind people sandwiched between his brothers holding a pillow.

HE. COULD . DO IT.
I WAS WRONG…AGAIN…and I’m sure it won’t be last time either!!!
And so it was, with joy and anticipation in my heart I watched my generally sweet boy THROW the pillow on the ground and run screaming from the bridal party procession!!
People are yelling “PLAN B!! PLAN B!!” and though my hopes for the best kid ever were shattered the wedding planner scooped him up, my other boys grabbed the pillow, a tiny corner in each hand, and we all walked forward with the wedding attendees none the wiser.
He didn’t actually ruin the wedding and it has made a hilarious story, BUT, when you have 5 of your 6 children under the age of 8 in a wedding the odds of one of them ruining it our pretty good. Just a warning to you!! Thankfully my sister was a lovely AND GRACIOUS bride.
Has someone patient and kind asked your children to be in a wedding party? It’s ok to still be excited after reading my humorous, yet slightly horrific anecdote. Grab a backup, hope your little is better than mine and take a quick glance at these tips.
4 Tips For you if Your Child is going to be in a Wedding:
1. ALWAYS have extra snacks: NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING runs on time for weddings. Seriously, be 5 minutes late to something if you need to stop and pick up crackers. Whining children are annoying children and annoying children are not fun to have around!!
2. BE FLEXIBLE: Enjoy the time with family and friends. Your littles might be up later than you ever wanted to allow them to, but hey, it’s just for a short time of celebrating the upcoming wedding and marriage of loved ones.
3. Take the time to remind your children how precious marriage is and pray with them for the wedding day and for the bride and grooms future life as husband and wife.
4. Enjoy and thank the bride and groom for including your child/children. In a day and age when people don’t often even want children at their wedding it is a great honor to be included in the festivities in this special way. Show them you are thankful.

 

But weren’t they cute!?

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Be A Better Wife Wednesday: Tell him with love

love“Okay”, I say as I walk away and tears are streaming down my face, but he doesn’t see them.  In an effort to avoid the gazillion questions children ask when they suspect you’ve been crying I go to my room to regain some composure and maybe wash my face.

My husband hurt my feelings.

Sitting here typing this I can’t remember exactly what he said,  but I know a few things:

  • My husband loves me.
  • He doesn’t hurt my feelings on purpose.
  • He may not have meant what he said the way I took it.

Now at this point (after your feelings have been hurt) you always have a few options…

  1. Give the silent treatment
  2. Be a total witch
  3. Let it go

If you’ve been here before you know I’m a “let it go” kinda lady, but there are occasions when, after a time of prayer and consideration, sharing with your husband that he hurt your feelings is really beneficial.

Last night, with my arms wrapped around the man I love, after I’d kissed him and told him he was so dreamy, I shared with him (quickly and sweetly)  how something he’d said really hurt my feelings the other night.   My words were soft and spoken with the love of a wife who wanted her husband to realize she loved him through hurt feelings.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?!!!?

He said, “I’m really sorry, honey. I shouldn’t have said that. It was stupid and I love you.”

WAHOO!!

It’s so much easier to let it go when there are sweet words of apology.

But what if he wasn’t sorry?

I expressed my feelings  with love and at a time when I wasn’t angry or hurt anymore.  I had given it to God and wanted my husband to know I loved him and I wanted to help him out by letting him know how to better love his wife.

Loving and Kind always wins out.  There are times to be quiet and time to speak. May you respect your husband in the way he needs today.

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