Archive for May, 2012

One of those essential beauty tools for every woman is the nail file.  No matter how you like to keep your nails (long, short, manicured, or natural), you need good nail files to keep them looking their best.

I’m pretty picky about how I keep my toenails looking, so I’m constantly checking to be sure they’re smooth and not getting too long.  I’m not as picky about my fingernails because they take so much abuse that I could never keep up with them….but I still hate it when a little piece chips off and it drives me insane until I can file it smooth.

Personally, I despise regular emery boards that you can buy at the drugstore or grocery store.  They’re almost too rough and it hurts my nails to use them.  I also hate how quickly I go through them.

That’s why I was so happy when I received some glass nail files to review.  I was a little skeptical of how well they would work, because I could run my finger down the file and it wasn’t nearly as rough as an emery board.  But I was very pleasantly surprised, especially since the roughness is a feature of emery boards that I really dislike.  I feel like the glass files do the job even more quickly than emery boards without causing discomfort to the nail beds.

I also love that they last forever and don’t need to be replaced.  They’re beautiful and come in so many different styles and designs, so I would hate to have them wear out quickly and have to buy a new one.  I received both a plain colored nail file and one that was decorated with beautiful crystals.  Of course, they work the same, but I prefer the one decorated with crystals….it looks really classy!

Don’t just take my word for it, though….buy glass nail file to see the difference for yourself!  It’s a great investment to add to your beauty supplies!


Can you believe I’ll be 34 weeks pregnant tomorrow?!  I can’t!  That means I have THREE weeks until I’m full-term….though it’s much more likely that I’ll still be waiting 6 weeks or more.  My hope is just that he’ll be here for the 4th of July, because I have a 4th of July outfit for him already!

Thankfully, the horrible pain around my belly button has significantly decreased and almost gone away completely.  Sometimes if I bend or twist a certain way, I’ll still feel it but it is MUCH better.  I was terrified of having to deal with that pain during labor, so I’m so glad it’s almost gone now.

I’m up to my eyeballs in baby preparations.  I still have A LOT to do, but I’m trying to focus on the stuff that has to be done and leaving the sewing and craft projects for later.  If they don’t get done, they don’t get done, but I definitely need to have the clothes and diapers clean and put away, the the car seat cover clean, and the freezer full of food (among other things….the to-do list is LONG!).

And here are the most recent belly pictures!

I’ve probably said this before, but it’s crazy to look back and pictures from a few weeks ago and think, “Oh, I was so tiny then!” because I know at the time I thought I was humungous!  I’m scared of how huge I’ll be when I look back and think I was tiny at this point!

A few weeks ago, I was grocery shopping at Walmart and noticed a bunch of clearanced plastic Easter eggs.  I remembered reading a blog post with an idea of what to do with those little eggs, so I bought a package to try it out.  Besides, since the weather is getting warm here (sometimes I wish we had a misting fan), I’m always looking for fun activities for the kids to do inside during the heat of the day and this seemed perfect.

As soon as I got home, I wrote a capital letter on one side of each egg and the matching lowercase letter on the other side.

I put all the capital letters in one basket and all the lowercase letters in the other.

Then Kelvin got right to work on them.

He did really well and he thought they were a lot of fun!  They were a hit!

Last fall I bought a Groupon for a live butterfly kit.  We decided to save it for this spring so that we would be able to release the butterflies outside.  The kids were so excited as soon as I told them I’d ordered it.  It arrived in a well-padded envelope that must have been packaged with lots of strapping tools.

Here they are watching the caterpillars crawl around and get fat, which they did for about a week.

It took a couple of days for them all to get snuggled in their chrysalis’s.

We moved them into their butterfly habitat before they hatched out of their chrysalis’s.

It was a very exciting day when the butterflies started to hatch!  We spent several hours sitting their watching them, but we only got to see one of them actually hatch.  I always thought it took 15 minutes or so for them to work their way out, but it only took a couple seconds, which is why we missed most of them.

For their food, we made a solution of 1 cup of water with 3 tsp. of sugar dissolved in it.  Then we dipped several balled up pieces of paper towel in it and put it on a plate in the bottom of the habitat.

We observed them for about a week and then it was time to set them free.

This kit was so much fun and definitely worth the money.  In fact, we bought a kit for one of the kids’ friend’s birthday party last weekend.  We get to do another kit next year with Ava’s kindergarten curriculum and we can’t wait!

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