Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mystery Party!

So, most of you that know me, know that about a month or so ago I started selling Jamberry Nail Wraps. I had a party for a good friend of mine and then decided that I'd sign up to sell because I loved the product so much! If you are like me, painted nails lasts about a day (if I'm lucky) before chipping off. And I rarely get to a nail salon to get them done, so these wraps were just perfect for me. They stay on wonderfully, are easy to apply and come in the cutest designs that I can hardly pick which ones I want to put on.

I heard about a fun party idea and decided to give one a try! It's called "Mystery Hostess" online party. Here's how it works:

Click the link below to "Shop for this party"
Check out all of the great designs (Jamberry Juniors are perfect for those little girls in your life)
Place your order (remember always buy 3 get 1 free)
Once the party total reaches $100, you are entered into the Mystery Hostess drawing.

What does that mean for you? Well, the party is open today, Sunday, January 26th-Friday evening, January 31st - any order you place under the party link will enter you in the drawing and to make it better, each wrap you order gets you one entry into the drawing! The lucky person will win 100% of the party hostess rewards! Which means free product, half price items and great discounts might be in your future! You earn all the rewards of having an in-home party, without doing any work! So easy and so fun!

A couple things to remember: You don't have to actually "know" me to order. All orders are done online and are shipped directly from Jamberry to your home. Jamberry is always buy 3 wraps get 1 free! You can combine the Jamberry Juniors and regular size wraps in that deal. Jamberry Juniors are GREAT for girls ages 3-11. Each set of nail wraps comes with enough for 2 full manicures and 1 pedicure, depending on nail length. And you get more than that with the Jamberry Juniors! These make super fun gifts - Valentine's Day, Birthdays, teacher gifts, etc. The wraps will stay on 10 days to 2 weeks.

Here are some fun designs out right now!

Have fun and good luck! Click the link below to place your order today!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Life Lately

Hi. It's cold here. I know, you already know that. But it's insanely cold. The kind of cold that makes your fingers shrink and your wedding ring spin around on your hand. The kind that makes you lose your breath when you step outside. That kind of cold. And while there are moments that I want to pack up our car and move to Miami and escape this craziness, it really isn't THAT bad. Sure, we can't play outside and we have to put on 10 layers of stuff before we leave the house, but this weather is so widespread, that even places that typically don't have snow/ice/cold temps are experiencing it this winter. It's just a bad winter and there's no way around that. Al Gore and his global warming. When the wind chill is in the negatives for a solid 2 weeks, I think we can all rest assured that Al is a doofus.

So enough about that. Cold schmold. Let's move on.

Our family is adjusting to life in our new town nicely. The girls are doing well at their new school and have made friends. They like their teachers a lot and according to Maddie the school lunch at her school is awesome, so I mean that says something, right? I couldn't pay them to eat lunch at their old school - not sure why except that they claimed it was "the most disgusting food EVER". We may have a little drama at our house from time to time. :)

Mabrie started going to preschool at our church. She goes three days a week for 2 1/2 hours each day. She really enjoys it and it's a nice break for me to run a few errands or come home and get things done around the house. She's in a class with 3 little boys and the first day her teacher said that Mabrie hold her own with the boys. HA! Yes, if there's anything Mabes can do, it's "hold her own". She's a feisty one.

Mike's job is going well and he truly loves his new role. He has always loved working for this company, but this new job is exactly what he's wanted to do for several years and it's great seeing him in his element and excited to get up and go to work every day. He works so hard to provide for our family and for that, I'm very thankful.

We have found a great church and joined a small group. I've also started going to their MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group and have met some new friends through that. I've had lunch dates, play dates and am planning get togethers for the next couple of weeks. I joke that I'm like a tiger - I pounce on anyone that will be my friend - HA! All kidding aside, I just have learned from all our moving one very important thing - if you want friends, you gotta get out there and make an effort. Join activities, join a church and more importantly a small group, talk to people and get to know them. I read a quote right after we moved here and before we knew one single person that really stuck with me. It said "You have friends everywhere, you just haven't met them yet" - that is SO true. I think back on all of our moves and all the friends we have made in so many places and I'm so thankful for each of them. We have friends from our very first move in the Joplin area that are truly some of our dearest friends. Mike still talks to and texts his buddy from there on a weekly basis. They have a special friendship that will last the test of time. Then there's our Arkansas people - my goodness, after 9 years, those people are family. They have been there with us through 2 of our 3 pregnancies, served with us at church, kept our girls countless times when we needed a date night or had to leave overnight, invited us over on holidays when we weren't traveling to see family, and just loved our family - and so much more. Those friends will forever hold a special place in our hearts and I have no doubts that Arkansas will always be "home" to my kids. And now we are a little over a month into our new lives in Indiana and what do you know, we are making friends and forming new relationships that I have no doubt will be a blessing to us. They already are. I say all of that to say this - if you are in the middle of a huge change in your life, maybe you are moving, maybe you aren't moving but you are starting a new job with all new people, maybe your kids are switching schools, or going off to college soon - don't worry! God will provide! You really DO have friends everywhere. You just need to meet them. And you will, just like we have time and time again.

Speaking of friends - 1 week from today, I'm meeting a few of them for a little weekend girl's trip!! WOO HOO!!!! I'm SO stinking excited! Pretty sure we will eat too much, laugh like a bunch of fools and talk our heads off. I haven't had a girl's weekend in so long and I'm so ready. One funny thing - I was telling the girls about it and how I'd be gone Fri-Sun. Maddie goes, "Who's gonna fix our hair?" I said that daddy would have to do it on Saturday and Sunday and she goes, "WE ARE GOING TO CHURCH AFTER DADDY FIXES OUR HAIR??" Then Macie chimed in and said, "I'm just not taking a shower until you get home!" HA! I assured them that it would be ok. They might not look like they do when I fix it, but that daddy wouldn't let them look like the 3 stooges all weekend. They crack me up!

Have a good weekend everyone - time to get out from under my warm blanket and do some laundry.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

School's out for...Winter?!

The question I'm beginning to ask myself - will my children EVER go back to school? This snowstorm has caused them to miss Tuesday-Friday of this week. Now, that wouldn't be TOO bad if this didn't butt up to Christmas break, which butted up to moving and missing the last week of school in Arkansas. So as of right now, my girls have been out of school for 4 full weeks. FOUR! Now that is one looonnngggg Christmas break. We have been so sick of being at home that the last 3 days (against my better judgement) I strapped them in the car and headed out onto the icy, snowy roads and headed to the YMCA, Kroger, Michael's and/or Walmart. What else is a mom to do? We can only be in this house so much before we all start losing our minds. And patience. And to make it more awesome, it started snowing again this afternoon and once again - no school tomorrow.

Really, Indiana. REALLY?! Come on - let's agree that that's enough snow for one season and move along to warmer temps. And by warmer, I'm not even being unreasonable. I understand that it's January in the north. Can we agree that mid-30's is cold enough?
-40 wind chills are for Eskimos. Do I look like and Eskimo? No! Save that crud for Alaska.

So now, I have to figure out what to do with these 3 tomorrow that involves as little driving as possible and staying warm. That will probably mean going to the YMCA again and that's fine because they love it. And I was so happy to be out of the house yesterday that I ran my fastest miles ever. I did 2 miles in under 18 minutes. Of course I was listening to Fall Out Boy and so I was in fact on FIIRREEE!! Can anyone listen to that song and not feel the need to fist pump? I really had to hold back while on the treadmill otherwise I feared I'd end up going viral on YouTube where people laugh and make fun of me.

My girls did get to facetime with their besties today, so that made me happy. I got in on the facetime action with Macie, Ireland and Melissa tonight and it made my heart happy. I love that about technology - we may be states away from each other, but we can still sit and talk face to face and then we don't feel so far away.

I met a sweet girl yesterday while at the Y and we got chatting (I know you're all shocked). She told me about their church and invited us to try it out this Sunday. We plan to do just that. We are excited to find a church home and get involved. Making new friends and feeling a part of the community is so important to us - and a great way to do both of those things is by getting involved in church and a small group. Hoping that God shows us where He wants us to join and serve soon! We are ready!

Another much less important thing that I'm ready for is a cute pair of rain boots. Trudging in and out of the stores the past few days has me thinking that rain boots would be a good thing to own. There's so much snow/slosh that I need shoes that I can just rinse off. I found a couple cute pairs online from Target. I need to order those bad boys soon.

Ok, friends, family, other random people that I don't know but somehow found my blog - good night. I gotta get in bed so I can get up and at 'em tomorrow. Oh yeah, that's right - I don't have to get up and at 'em. Because snow day.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snow, Snow and more SNOW

In the 3 weeks that we've lived in Indiana, we have had snow on the ground for around 2 1/2 of those weeks. But today, we are getting blasted! We already had 6" on the ground from a few days ago, and now we are due for another 9-14" on top of that. The temps are going to plummet tonight - colder than anything I've ever experienced. Wind chills are something crazy tonight and tomorrow - around -50! I'm pretty sure they faked us out and actually moved us to Alaska. :)

The snow hasn't been too bad because as soon as it snows up here, they are pretty quick to get the roads cleared, so you don't feel trapped inside for days. Thank goodness! As long as I can get out and about, I don't mind seeing snow on the ground.

Mike and the girls shoveled the driveway this morning and then it was play time. They had a ball outside with daddy! If I had a pair of snow boots, I would have joined them. I guess I better buy myself a pair, because it looks like I'll need them.