Monday, October 6, 2014

Practicing What I Preach: #Writing for Regional Parenting Magazines!

Here is a link to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and TWO articles I have in there this month (Halloween Traditions and Pumpkin Decorating)! Guess how much I got for both of these reprints? $75! Yes, for something I wrote a year ago and have been selling ever since, I got a decent amount of money and it is going to help pay something off this month faster than we planned!

If you want to do the same or know someone who needs to make extra money from home or needs it to make ends meet and is a decent writer, please point them toward my resource that I wrote in 2009 and have been updating ever since called Make Money to Write About Your Kids. It's available for a steal of $2.99 on and if you write me after you purchase it I am happy to send you an Excel sheet of all the publications so you can print them out and organize the publications better, because there are a lot of them!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Funny and Offensive Product Review: #Jamberry Nails

Originally posted January 27, 2014 and updated now with a picture of how I can now put them on with no problems at all ... curved side to cuticle, people! I can't ever decide on my jamicure so I pretty much picked 4 from the accent sheets I send out as samples and then something different for each thumb! You can check out my site below under "Now I sell them here!" or come LIKE me on Facebook for more funny and real posts! I posted this and then started selling Jamberry the end of March and now am I Senior Lead Consultant! Exciting stuff!

Star-crossed on thumb, see below for other names

Atlantis on thumb, see below for other names

Pomegranate Pop, Mad Mod, Mind Games, Sunday Brunch

Before my friend enlightened me, I had never heard of these. Stay tuned for a perfectly offensive and hilarious photo of Eva at the end. Now I sell them here! Wanna buy some or book a party or join my team?

I used to love to paint my nails. I had all sorts of cool colors. I painted each nail a different color back in the 80s and was made fun of for it. It was not cool back then like it is now.

Then I had my first kiddo in 2001 and there went the nails. I was always happily nursing, changing diapers, washing diapers, doing dishes, etc. Nail polish took too long to dry and chipped off within a day. I have to really plan out when I paint my nails these days. If I want to look cute, I have to try to paint my nails right before I leave the house and NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. You know the drill. I pretty much don't have paint on my nails unless my girls paint them, and then it stays on until it all chips off.

So when I saw these wrap things I was intrigued. Honestly I just bought a sheet to help out my friend, who was doing a party. I said, "Sign me up for some of those Chevron pattern." No nail polish remover to be found in my house, so I could only pick the polish thoroughly off 3 nails and here you go:

Yeah, they kind of rock. And they have a houndstooth pattern that matches a dress I have. And a herringbone pattern. And this whole cool floral section (Mom: hint hint). I'm sure it's no surprise that my favorite section on the Jamberry site is Graphic Punch!

These are so easy to put on. Cutting them to fit is the hardest part and you get to be a pro at it. They have tiny sizes for little kids. Callie just got 3 sheets for her birthday and she applies them herself. Clean off your nail, cut to size, warm a bit with a dryer or a Jamberry heater, stick on, heat some more. It's been 4 days and my nails have been through hot showers, dishes galore and life in general chasing the kids around ... not to mention tons of typing, friends. And the nails look the same. So if you balk at the $15 per sheet price, don't. You would pay way more in a salon and they probably would not last as long. Oh, and you would not have so many print options!

Here's another photo. Yes, I'm holding a knife. It's a fabulous knife I got Mr. Kerrie for Christmas and I love it. You have to take funny pictures with your Jamberry Nails on; that's just the way it is. Like holding a hammer or a beer or a baby bottle.

Thanks for sitting through my glowing review. Here is your reward. I like to think of it as a big FU to all those people who used to make fun of me for doing my nails different colors in the 1980s.
NO! My angel is NOT flipping you off, dear reader! Joel did one Jamberry nail for Eva tonight. He chose this nail because it was the only one all the polish had chipped off of. I had her model her special nail wrap for Angeliina. That's face paint under her eye, so don't be alarmed! She looks tough but she's a cream puff!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Children's Halloween costume ideas inspired by books

Trips to the school library are full of endless possibility, seemingly so are trips to various costume stores, thrift shops and online shops in the hope of finding that perfect child Halloween costume. Let your imagination get to work, and check out some of our tips for the best child Halloween costumes based on books:

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

An iconic story of boyhood, friendship and adventure, Robin Hood is still so popular in children’s literature it’s hard to believe it was written over 130 years ago. Today’s Robin Hood might just be a little more badass though. Polish off that bow and arrow sharp shooter!

Little Red Riding Hood

Made famous in the variations by the Brothers Grimm in the 19th century, Little Red Riding Hood is continually readapted in literature and film, lately in TV’s Once Upon A Time and Grimm. The tale is old as time itself, and the red cape is iconic. Your daughter will look gorgeous in a red and black corset style dress with petticoat. Look out for the big bad wolf!

Where’s Wally

The Where’s Wally books have kept many a child entertained on rainy afternoons or during silent reading periods at school. They continue to be a parent’s dream come true when looking for some peace and quiet. This costume is comprised of the trademark red and white stripe jumper and the round black glasses. Everyone will be able to spot your kid from the crowd this Halloween!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Written in 1900, there’s a pretty good chance most of us have read the Wizard of Oz, or at least seen the film or play. Like so many of these classics, the Wizard of Oz transcends generations and continues to be adapted in popular culture. The best part of the story are the many facets and rich characters to draw inspiration: Dorothy, of course, is the quintessential character, but think about the witches, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion or the Scarecrow.

Harry Potter

Last year the Harry Potter books had sold 400 million copies,  making them one of the best-selling book series in history. There are no surprises as to why, kids (and adults) can’t seem to get enough of the Potter franchise, as the last four books in the series set records as the fastest selling books in history – pure magic! The stories are vivid, entertaining and intense: is no wonder they’re reading by a vast majority of kids. It also doesn’t hurt that the costumes are pretty awesome! Check out the Gryffindor robes and a pretty creepy looking dementor (along with some other awesome child halloween costumes) on Spirit Halloween.

Cat in the Hat

Another absolute classic, the Cat in the Hat is a book that gets passed from generation to generation and proves to be a crowd favourite each time. Dr Seuss’s playful, nonsensical narratives make the perfect children’s story. From his incredible imaginations comes such crazy characters as Thing 1 & Thing 2: grab a best friend or sibling and make a dynamic costume duo!

Check out these Dr. Seuss halloween costumes on Pinterest.

Hunger Games

The latest young-adult literary craze to sweep the world, Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy has amassed a huge following, surpassing Harry Potter as Amazon’s best seller in 2012. In a similar style to Hermione, young girls are aspiring to a strong and dynamic female heroine: Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is the leader of the revolution and is a hugely popular character within children’s literature right now. Make sure you have your bow and arrow and Mockingjay pin to complete her look.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Written in 1865, Alice in Wonderland (as commonly called) has had a long literary history. Another example of literary nonsense, author Lewis Carrol distorts normal possibility and plays with logic – perhaps what makes the story so attractive generation after generation. Alice herself is the figurehead of the whole crazy tale, and makes a great child’s costume idea, so do the Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter. We’re all mad here!

Get creative this Halloween and think outside of the box for your child's halloween costume – right into a book. Make sure you read it after Halloween as well!



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