Monday, March 24, 2014

Manicure Monday: Black and White

Its that time again, and here's a fun any time nail art design.  I did different patterns on each finger nail so any of the designs would look awesome as a full manicure!  Enjoy~ Nails with Zing

Zebra stripes
Color block in Chevron

Pin Stripe with Triangles

Color Fill Diagonal stripes

Pin stripes with dots

full set of designs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

American Hair Jewels

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Details: Hair ties that slide and glide through any type of hair.  With jewels that help you dress up or add zing to your casual dress, this is the perfect accessory for anyone.  Hand made in California, with a triple layer of elastic woven into the material so it will hold.

Disclaimer:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

My Review:  The owners of this company are super nice and very polite.  They have gone above and beyond in their customer service, and fast shipping.  Their products are all unique, fun, pretty, and can be used in multiple ways.  Their products are great for long hair, short hair, thin hair or thick hair, super soft cloth elastic can't harm your hair when using these products.  The elastic comes in a large variety of colors and styles.  Each band has a fun bling jewel perfect for catching the light, your friend's eyes and lots of attention.  I was also able to test and try their 5-in-1 Hair Band; which can be worn as an anklet, hair band, head band, bracelet, or choker necklace.  This was super slick in my thin straight hair and didn't stay in place at all.  I am not a fan of chokers, but was surprised at how comfortable it was to wear.  When they say choker, its not super tight, it is a lot looser than I would have thought which helps.  Super cute!  For wearing this 5-in-1 Hair Band as a bracelet or anklet you have to double it up, which looks like the newest trend of wrap jewelry.  Super Fun!  I was able to test and try out their 3-in-1 Hair Tie; which can be worn as a bracelet, anklet or hair tie.  As a hair tie my thin straight hair actually stayed in place, which was really nice, because I didn't think it would because of how silky the elastic material is.

As a mature adult, I don't really see myself using these at all.  However, I know my youth group teenage girls would love these.  I have seen the knotted tie band bracelets being very popular with the youth, so I can see these being super popular too with customizable jewels and colors, themes for holidays and special occasions and everything.

Pros: Fun, cute, easy to use, love the multi-purpose usage

Cons: with the 5-in-1 using it as a head band it didn't stay in my hair at all, just slid off my head

My Rating: Thumbs Up

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Home School Supplies 5

Yes, I needed more supplies.  I know, I know, it seems like I'm not very organized, but this time I'm actually getting organized.  In fact, this ear. is the best our school has been all year.  I'm proud to show you how awesome it is for me at least.  I still don't have the space I really wanted, but what I have is going to workout so well!

My Telling Time kit: $12 at Staples, I love the 5 minute counting pencils to put around the clock

My Brand new Calendar Kit: $9 on sale at Staples.  Comes with weather chart, everything for your calendar, I had this laminated and bought Velcro dots for interaction


My 2 new wipe off books: 6 pages each, one is All about Me, the other is a Language Skills book.  Great for on the go schooling, student time, and quick testing.  LOVE!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Manicure Monday: St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Fun

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!  If you have had a week like me, a cute, fun and easy manicure is just what you have time to do.  So here it is!  Enjoy ~Nails with Zing
St. Patrick's Day nail decals, and Nail Art Skinny Brush polish in Kelly Green
On clean natural nails put Shamrock decals in the corner of each nail

Using the skinny brush paint the tips of your nails Kelly Green

When all polish is dry, coat with your favorite top coat for a nice shine

Finished look!

Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Accessories

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Details:  Private Island Party is an online company that sells excellent party accessories, supplies and costumes for every season and holiday.  They have a great selection of St. Patrick's Day edition of items available.  Find them on Facebook to be kept in the loop for all their deals, discounts and coupons.  Follow them on twitter to know the latest coolness that will be featured on the Private Island Party website.

Disclosure:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

My Review:  When I first got this review, I was told it would just be the cool hat, but this company went above and beyond and gave me so much more to review!  I commend their customer service, a company willing do to this kindness for a product reviewer blogger, is a company worth buying from, and telling the world about.  They sent me the hat, shamrock glasses, shamrock necklace, and 2 glitter shamrock head band wiggles.  My kids and I have already had a ton of fun wearing these costume accessories.  My 7 year old loves the shamrock glasses.  My 4 year old has laid claim to the hat and the necklace, he loves wearing it with his favorite super hero costume.  We have a really fun St. Patrick's day celebration planned, so having these extra fun costume accessories totally made my day!  Thanks so much Private Island Party, we very much appreciate your kindness.

The Hat: St Patricks Sequin Irish Shamrock Newsboy Cap 1413.  Sequins of green, orange, and white.  Its a light weight material, one size only.  $6 average price.  Excellent for anyone wanting to shake and shimmy and delight in sparkly fun accessories.  

The Glasses: St Patricks Irish Shamrock Sunglasses 7110.  Wire rimmed shamrock shaped sun glasses, green plastic lenses.  $4 average price.  These glasses give you lucky/ lucky vision when wearing.  Be the proud owner and wearer of the coolest glasses this side of Ireland when you hit the party scene.  

The Headbands: St. Patricks Day Green Shamrock Head Bopper.  Green
plastic head band with spring loaded green glittered shamrock head boppers.  $1 average price.  Perfect for all the fun head bopping dancing or partying you will do at your St. Patrick's Day celebration.

The Necklace: St. Patricks Day Jumbo 48" Shamrock Beads 6693.  Jumbo shamrocks on this durable necklace.  Shimmery delight to wear around your neck, it will surely catch the sun light or the eye of all your friends.  Wear with confidence as its coolness will surely be envied.  

Pros: super fun, shiny, quality is decent

Cons: none

My Rating: Thumbs Up

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Leather Charm Bracelet

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Details: Leather Charm Bracelet.  Super-hot this year!!  These bracelets includes multiple strands adorned by silver alloy charms. Fastened together by two steel clamps, It includes a lobster claw clasp and back chain, making it fully adjustable to fit any wrist size.  With lots of styles to choose from these will surely be a staple in your spring/summer wardrobe!  Materials include: Leather, alloy, wax linen cord, suede.

Quote: "This new year has brought about some exciting changes with our site. We have started a brand new affiliate program as well as our Daily Deal auctions where customer can find products they love for less! Add that to our already thriving penny auctions and you have yourself a place where deals are abundant! "

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

My Review:  This was a really fun bracelet.  The day the bracelet came and I opened it up, all the metal links, as well as the clasp broke off as I slide the bracelet out of the plastic bag it was shipped in.  So I sent the company an email and explained what happened.  They were so nice and fast as responding, very good customer service.  They said that they had had a bad batch of bracelets, but that the new one would be much better.  It was!  So when I first got the second bracelet it took me about 30 different tries and 30 non-consecutive minutes of working at the clasp before I was able to finally get the bracelet on my wrist.  I really didn't like that, so once I got the bracelet on I didn't want to take it off, so I didn't for the first few days.  It went with most everything I wore anyways so it was perfect.  I do plan on going to the store and buying a different clasp though, because its not very easy to put this bracelet on by yourself.  These bracelets have a very positive message that any girl, teen, or adult woman would want to support!  Quality is important to this company, I can see it in how the bracelet is made, and the type of materials used.

Pros: super cute, love the metal charms, love the leather cording style, and colors, positive message bracelet

Cons: the clasp is very difficult to put on, so I would suggest to the company to try a different clasp.

My Rating: Thumbs up on customer service, Thumbs up on the second product being much better than the bad batch bracelet.

50th Birthday Party Supplies

Details: Birthday in a Box Online company who specializes in balloons and supplies for birthdays, holidays, special events, and more.  Great prices, huge selection of products, and good customer service here for your pleasure and party planning.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary product in exchange for testing, trying and reviewing honestly their product.

My Review:  Working with this company is fun, but when given this topic I was a little disappointed.  They told me to choose 1 item worth up to $35 from one of their 30, 40, or 50th birthday party supply websites.  So looking at each selection there was no item over $15 average pricing.   Having to choose 1 item worth way less than the dollar amount this company gave me, was really frustrating.  I could have chosen 3 items or more worth a total of $35 and given them way more reviews than on just one item worth $5-$10.  But since its their rules, I had to do just that, and only choose one item worth very little.  But I chose one of the most fun items for a birthday party: 50th shaped pinata.  Now, no one was turning 50, but then  no one in our family was turning 40 or 30 either.  So we chose the most fun shaped pinata to review.  We filled it really full, which was challenging at first.  The whole shape is hollow, so when you pour the candy in from the top, it is poured in at a sideways angle, so you have to tip and shake the pinata to fill the rest of each number.  It holds a LOT of candy.  I would pour in a whole bag and find it still very empty, so I bought some metallic tinsel and would put handfuls of that in with the candy to help make it harder and more fun and exciting for the kids who would be beating this thing.

The pinata was a huge success at our little party we held in its honor just to use it.  We had about 10 kids, all the little kids got 5-10 direct hits with my 7 year old's metal base ball bat.  Of course this is so well made that even after 5 kids hitting it directly nothing came out.  So I used a pair of scissors and cut little openings, and made about 10 different weak spots on the pinata, then let the older kids each get 2 hits with the metal base ball bat.  That did the trick for the initial set of candy busting out of the pinata.  But I still had to rip open a hole and dump the candy out so no one got hurt running for the rest of the candy.  The kids didn't care that I didn't get more products to review, they just had a ton of fun, and loved that I was able to invite their close friends over for a pinata beating night.  It was a huge success!

Pros: well built, fun bright colors, great customer service in getting the product to ship quickly, loved it

Cons: well built so I had to make it weak, and still ended up ripping it to spill the candy

My Rating: Thumbs up and down: Thumbs up for the kids loving the pinata, and how fun and what a great product it is, thumbs down for being disappointed with this review and not getting the full price value they offered me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Home School Supplies 4

So we've recently moved into a new apartment for my family.  I now have a little corner that's all mine for teaching our kids for school time.  Its still being set up, because I'm having to change a bunch of things on how I used to teach our kids.  But these new changes are actually more fun, better organization for myself as the teacher, more interaction with each child, better quality of lessons, and I'm actually learning lesson planning skills now.

I just found out that because I'm a teacher, even though I'm a home school teacher, I get 5% cash back whenever I use my Staples MVP card!  Way cool, so my recent trip to up date our home school supplies was very successful!

This was on sale for $10 a magnetic wipe clean chore chart!

$1 I get to bling my own stapler, but probably won't,
 I'll use the zing for my nails for Easter

$10 Lizard tape dispenser, changes color when you touch it
I'm actually returning this because I couldn't get the tape out of the lizard's mouth

$4 More site words, can't have enough

$1 each foam puzzles of different human body systems for health class