Andrea’s Awesome Jamberry Nails #giveaway


If you didn’t know (and most of you don’t since you don’t hang around with me daily), I am a big fan of Jamberry nails. I got turned onto them about six months ago by a friend of a friend and I will never get a traditional manicure again. Jamberry is where it’s at! For $15 a sheet, you get 2 manicure and 2 pedicures worth of nail wraps, plus each application lasts between 10-14 days (at least for me). Plus, there are tons and tons of really pretty designs that I could never get just by painting my nails.

Another huge benefit I’ve found is that Jamberry doesn’t wreck havoc on my nails the way that nail polish does. I have thin, brittle nails and 1-2 manicures destroys my nails. Jamberry doesn’t do that! They last a long time and with a quick removal using olive oil to break the adhesive, my nails are left healthy as can be and ready for the next application.

Here’s my most recent Jamicure (a fun word for Jamberry manicure), using their Cup of Tea style wraps.

Day 1

Jamberry nails - day 1

 

 

Day 10:

Jamberry nails - day 10

 

 

As you can see, even after ten days of wear, my nails still look fabulous. No chipping, no cracking, nothing — just pretty nails (and a little bit of nail growth)!

My friend May has recently become a consultant for Jamberry, and I’m having an online party! Just in time for Black Friday — I hear there will be something cool coming up for everyone’s favorite shopping day, so you can find out about it first in my Facebook group!

In order to get the word out about my party, I’m having a giveaway! This is not hosted by Jamberry, or by my friend May — I’m doing this all on my own. You could win a sheet of Jams of your very own, plus a $25 Amazon gift card just for fun!

10 Snowman Crafts and Treats

10 snowman crafts and treats

10 Snowman Crafts and Treats

(To the tune of “Do you want to build a snowman From Frozen…)

Do you want to build a snowman?

Come on, check out this list!

There are ten crafts and treats listed here

For you and yours

To create to your delight!

We know you’ll have such fun

Putting these together,

Come back and tell me how!

Do you want to build a snowman?

It can be any kind of snowman.

Go have fun…

Okay, so that was kind of corny. The crafts and treats you’ll find below are not, though! Enjoy!

Tin Can Snowman

Epsom Salt Snowman

Krylon Glitten Snowman Art

Terra Cotta Snowman Tutorial

Wood Snowman

Button Snowman

Paper Doll Snowmen

Pom Pom Snowman Craft

Handful of Snowmen

Snowmen Treats

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

One of my most favorite things about Christmas is opening up our box of ornaments each year and reflecting on the years past. I’ve got almost five years of handmade ornaments from Angelica and each one brings back such lovely memories. With that in mind, I’ve collected a bunch of DIY Christmas Ornament tutorials from around the web so that you and your family can create memories that you’ll treasure for many years to come.

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

Paper Curl Ornament
DIY Santa Ornament
Bell Jar Tutorial
Cupcake Ornaments
Felt Angel Ornament
Snowman Ornaments
Candy Mouse Ornament
Decoupage Christmas Ornaments
Gift Tag Ornaments
Personalized Ornaments

Top 50 Toys R Us Black Friday Deals, With Amazon Price Comparisons!

Don't fight the crowds at Toys R Us on Black Friday! Find out what 2014's top 50 Toys R Us deals are, and their prices on Amazon (some are almost the same!) Be a smart, stress-free shopper this year!

Top 50 Toys R Us Black Friday Deals, With Amazon Price Comparisons!

I don’t know about you, but I love the prices you can find in stores on Black Friday! Unfortunately, the crowds are not as exciting, plus you might miss out on some of the best deals if you can’t get there early enough, or you don’t have the best place in line. Never fear! Quite often, Amazon’s prices on the same (or very similar) items are just as good — and you don’t have to fight the crowd (or get out of your pajamas)!

Below are some of the best deals I could find, arranged by category. Check this out, get your orders in before the products sell out, and be the smart shopper this year who gets the best deals without the stress!

 

Here is the Toys R Us Black Friday ad scan — compare and see if you can get the same (or better) deal on Amazon!

(As always, Amazon prices are prone to fluctuate — you may be able to find even better deals than those listed below, especially as we get closer to Black Friday!)

Toys R Us Black Friday Deals 1-10

Electronics

1. Apple 16GB iPod Touch 5th Gen — $149.99
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2. Amazon Fire HD 6.6″ Tablet — $79.99
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3. Amazon Fire HD 7.7″ Tablet — $109.99
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4. Nabi 2 Tablet — $119.99
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5. LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System — $29.99
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6. LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer System — $24.99
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7. Vtech InnoTab 3S Connect — $39.99
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8. Xbox One with Forza Motorsport 5 OR Kinect — $429.99
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9. Xbox One with Assasins Creed Unity — $329.99
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10. Playstation 4 500GB System with Lego Batman 3 and Little Big Planet 3 — $399.99
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11. Skylanders Swap Force Nintendo Wii U Bundle — $199.99
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Toys R Us Black Friday Deals 11-20

Toys

12. Air Hogs Drop Strike — $24.99
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13. Baby Alive Party Baby — $14.99
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14. Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale Set — $39.99
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15. Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena — $34.99
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16. Calico Critter Country Tree School — $29.99
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17. Cra-Z-Loom Super Loom Sets– $19.99
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18. Despicable Me 20-Piece Minion Figure Set — $19.99
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19. Disney Frozen 2-Pack Talking Elsa and Anna Plush Toys — $29.99
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20. Disney Princess The Little Mermaid 3-Pack Doll Set — $14.99
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Toys R Us Black Friday Deals 21-30

21. Sofia the First Magical Tea Time Game — $13.00
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22. Doc McStuffins Make Me Better Play Set — $9.99
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23. Fast Lane Electric Power Long Bridge Challenger Set — $29.99
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24. Fast Lane Hornet Striker RC Quadcopter — $19.99
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25. Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Home — $44.99
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26. Fisher Price Octonauts Octopod Playset — $18.49
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27. Fisher Price Rockstar Guitar and Microphone Set — $19.99
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28. Fisher Price Imaginext Bat Cave — $29.99
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29. FurReal Friends Trixie the Skateboarding Pup — $19.99
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30. Hot Wheels Extreme Shoxx Mega Stunt Pack — $24.99
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Toys R Us Black Friday Deals 31-40

31. Imaginarium Train Set with Table — $39.99
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32. K’nex Vipers Venom Roller Coaster — $19.99
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33. Lego Castle Dragon Mountain — $34.99
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34. Lego City Helicopter — $34.99
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35. Lego Duplo Jack & the Neverland Pirates — $20.00
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36. Nerf Vortex Lumitron Blaster — $14.99
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37. Nerf Zombie Strike Fusefire Blaster — $14.99
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38. Step2 Busy Bake Shop Play Kitchen — $49.99
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39. The Home Depot Handyman Workbench — $49.99
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40. Thomas Wooden Railway Grow with Me Play Table — $99.99
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Toys R Us Black Friday Deals 41-50

Outdoor Toys

41. Mongoose Zam Scooter — $49.99
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42. Razor eSpark Electric Scooter — $89.99
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43. Disney Frozen 16″ Big Wheel Racer — $29.99
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44. Dynacraft 6V Ride On Quad — $49.99
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45. Fisher Price Escalade Ride On Cars — $99.99
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46. FisherPrice Power Wheels Ride On Cars — $199.99
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Baby Items

47. Evenflo RightFit Booster Car Seat — $49.99
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48. Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair — $29.99
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49. Graco Pack & Play On the Go Travel Play Yard — $49.99
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50. Motorola 2.4″ Screen Video Monitor with 2 Cameras — $99.99
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11 Christmas Countdown Ideas – Cute and Creative Ways to Help Your Kids Pass the Time Until Christmas!

Christmas Countdown Roundup
Are your little ones anxiously counting down the days until Christmas? With all the brightly colored lights and pretty decorated trees (and let’s not even talk about all of the treats!) it’s hard to wait – for little ones and grown-ups alike! Christmas Countdowns are a great way to give your children something to look forward to in the days leading up to Christmas. In our house, we have an advent calendar as well as a chalkboard where I update the days until Christmas each morning. It’s a fun ritual that Angelica and I have each day that helps us both have an outlet for our pre-Christmas excitement.

Here are ten cute and creative countdown ideas that I’ve collected from around the Internet that you can make yourself and do with your children. There are ideas using cookies, chalkboards, trees, advent calendars, Santa Clauses, paper chains, and more. Any of these ideas can be a great start to a new holiday tradition, plus it gives the kids (and the grown-ups!) something to look forward to every morning when they wake up until the big man comes down the chimney (or through the balcony, as we say in our apartment)! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

11 Creative Christmas Countdown Ideas

A Cookie Countdown
Christmas Countdown
Christmas Countdown Chalkboard
Princess Christmas Countdown Tree
Frugal Advent Calendar Ideas
Santa Christmas Countdown
Christmas Countdown Candy
Secular Advent Calendar Ideas
Lego Christmas Countdown
Christmas Countdown for Bookworms
Free Christmas Countdown Printable

30 Holiday Books Starting at $2.25

30 Holiday Books Starting at $2.25

 

I just love reading to my little one, and during the holidays, I’m always on the lookout for new and fun holiday books. Buying books every year can get expensive, though, so I’ve curated a list of wonderful holiday books for kids starting at just $2.25 on Amazon — and you can save even more with Prime shipping, if you’re a member! (If not — get a 30 day FREE trial!)

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Free Christmas Printable: Baby It’s Cold Outside Plus, Today’s Featured Children’s Charity!

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Free Christmas Printable: Baby It’s Cold Outside

To print the above printable, and any other free Christmas printable posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Today’s Featured Children’s Charity: Cradles to Crayons

Something that’s really important to me during the holidays is finding a way to help those in need, especially children. So, with each free Christmas printable I share this month, I’ll be featuring a charity that benefits children in some way, in hopes that I can help bring them brighter holidays.

Today’s featured charity is Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is a Boston based children’s charity which seeks to provide children with all they need to feel safe and warm, and ready to learn and feel valued. It began when the founder saw that many Christmas gifts the children in her family received went unused, and she thought how great it would be if those unused gifts would be given to children of families in need. During the holiday season they accept donations of money and toys to help provide. children in need with a happy holiday.

To learn more about Cradles to Crayons, visit http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/ or find them on Facebook.


Happy Holidays! I hope this holiday season brings you and yours joy and contentment. If you’re looking for more free Christmas printables, keep checking back throughout the month of December! I will have printables and roundups going all month long!

 

 

30 Days of Thankfulness – Free Thanksgiving Printable: Be Thankful Always

Free Thanksgiving Printable: Be Thankful Always. Display this free printable Thanksgiving decoration for a reminder as to what Thanksgiving is all about.

Free Thanksgiving Printable: Be Thankful Always

To print the above printable, and any other free Thanksgiving printable posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Today’s Thankfulness:

Today I’m thankful for my cat. Mindy. She’s almost 13 years old and is still hanging on, as sweet and feisty as ever. She’s seriously the best cat you could ever have. She isn’t shy, she absolutely loves people — she greets anyone who comes to visit, stranger or not, like an old friend. She puts up with Angelica dragging her around and picking her up and carrying her around in awkward positions without getting angry or fighting back. She’s a loyal cuddler and defender of my little girl. I hope I’m still able to give thanks for her next year.


No matter what’s going on in life, there is always some reason to be thankful! For this reason, I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 30 days of Fall and Thanksgiving related printables and roundups along with the thing I’m thankful for most on any given day. Keep checking back every day in November! I’ll be adding more free Thanksgiving printables and Thanksgiving roundups.

 

30 Days of Thankfulness: Free Thanksgiving Printable – Welcome To Our Home

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Free Thanksgiving Printable: Welcome TO Our Home

To print the above printable, and any other free Thanksgiving printable posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Today’s Thankfulness:

Today I’m thankful for the Boston Police Department. The Marathon bombing earlier this year hit so close to home (or, work — literally, I work 1 1/2 miles from where the bombing suspect was found) and I am so thankful for their bravery and diligence during what could have been a much more dangerous situation. There’s a reason we call them “Boston’s Finest” — they truly, truly are. For how annoying it was to “shelter in place” for that entire day, to give them the room they needed to get the job done was well worth it.


No matter what’s going on in life, there is always some reason to be thankful! For this reason, I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 30 days of Fall and Thanksgiving related printables and roundups along with the thing I’m thankful for most on any given day. Keep checking back every day in November! I’ll be adding more free Thanksgiving printables and Thanksgiving roundups.

 

30 Days of Thankfulness: Free Thanksgiving Printable – Give Thanks

Free Thanksgiving Printable: Give Thanks

Free Thanksgiving Printable: Give Thanks

To print the above printable, and any other free Thanksgiving printable posted this month, just click on the image to open the full size version of it, and print away!

Today’s Thankfulness:

Today I’m thankful for the men and women of the armed forces. (I meant to post this on Veteran’s Day but my posts got mixed up so, apologies that this is late!) My sister served in the US Army Reserves and was deployed for a year, and I am so thankful she came home in one piece. I’m also thankful to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, and my heart goes out to their families. Also, thanks to all of the military spouses and families who support their loved ones in the service. You are all brave and courageous. Thank you for your service, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


No matter what’s going on in life, there is always some reason to be thankful! For this reason, I’m going all out on the blog this year and posting 30 days of Fall and Thanksgiving related printables and roundups along with the thing I’m thankful for most on any given day. Keep checking back every day in November! I’ll be adding more free Thanksgiving printables and Thanksgiving roundups.