Friday, November 29

Black Latex Inspired Nails using NYC Matte me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat

About a month ago I stumbled upon this matte top coat from NYC. Ever since I've been obsessed with using it over black nail polish. It's perfect for achieving the "black latex" trend.

Start with a regular black nail polish. I used Black on Black by Sinful Colors. I love it because it's so opaque, and you only need one coat.

Sinful Colors--Black on Black ($2.99 at Walgreens)
NYC Matte Me Crazy ($1.99 at Walmart)

Instead of using a shiny top coat--use a matte top coat. I love this one from NYC. It's inexpensive and looks great!

This has been a non-stop mani all month, and what better day to introduce you to it than on Black Friday!? Once again, please excuse my poor-looking, mangled nails and cuticles!

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, November 27

REVIEW: Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner

Last February the boy gifted me a beautiful promise ring. It is the most intricate pieces of jewelry I've ever received or purchased on my own. One problem...the dirt that accumulates in all the nooks and crannies is unbelievable.

The first couple months I just used a toothbrush and a tiny dab of toothpaste make it sparkle. After a while using toothpaste, I noticed a buildup of crap all over it, so I decided to take it to the jewelers to get it cleaned professionaly.

Don't get me wrong I love taking it to the jewelers where the boy purchased it to have it cleaned, but let's be real. When I need it cleaned for special occasions or when it needs a good cleaning in general, I don't have time to drive 45 minutes to get it cleaned. 

A couple months ago I purchased the Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner for Gold, Platinum, Diamonds and Precious Stones from Target ($4.99). AND I LOVE THIS STUFF!

I was hesitant at first, but MY WORD this cleaner is good. It made my ring look like it did when I first got it. It doesn't take long--literally only a minute! I can do this at the end of getting ready for a big night out. It does smell funky, but I promise you can get over it. The only other thing I would suggest buying is a new, clean toothbrush. The "brush" inside is hard to hold onto because it's been submerged in the cleaner.

I feel so silly because I didn't photograph my ring before I used it for the first time--I'm usually on top of that sort of stuff. Soooo because my mom cannot wear jewelry to work, I went to her jewelry box to borrow her ring for my blog post.

WARNING: The photos of my mom's wedding ring set and anniversary band are quite dirty. However, it couldn't be more perfect for this blogpost!!

The transformation is incredible! I also took the extra time to clean a couple of her other rings...

Although my ring isn't quite as dirty I wanted to leave you a few photos of it as well!

Hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know what cleaners you've used on your jewelry!


Thanksgiving TAG 2013

Tomorrow is THANKSGIVING for us here in the United States, so I thought it was fitting to do the Thanksgiving tag for you all!

1) What is your favorite thanksgiving side dish?
This is so hard to choose...I really love everything. BUT it would have to be my mom's raspberry jello salad. It's her substitute for cranberry sauce.

2) What is your favorite thanksgiving dessert?
Hands down pumpkin pie. 

3) Do you just like the turkey, sides, or both?
I love EVERYTHING. I would request my mom's thanksgiving meal for my "final meal" if I had the chance.

4) What is your ideal thanksgiving outfit look like?
Stretchy jeans--no belt and a sweatshirt. You have to sacrifice cute outfits for being comfortable. #myphilosophy

5) What is your best thanksgiving memory?
My dad has always had to work thanksgiving. I remember one year when I was younger, my mom made thanksgiving dinner and we took it to my dad's work and had thanksgiving dinner in one of the offices.

6) How many words can you make out of GOBBLE?
Go, Bob, Gel, Leg, Lobe, Globe...I think that's all?

7) Least favorite thanksgiving dish?
Stuffing. Never tripped my trigger. Not a big fan.

8) Do you have any thanksgiving traditions?
Not mom makes the same meal every year, so does that count?

9) Where and who do you celebrate thanksgiving with?
It usually depends on if my dad is working. We usually just celebrate with our family meaning my mom, dad, and my brothers. Some years we go to my grandma and grandpa's house to celebrate with my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

10) What are you most thankful for?
The opportunities I've been given throughout my life. I am so thankful for the places I've been and the things I've done. They've made me who I am today, and I am so thankful for that every single day of my life.

There it is! I tag everyone! If you do this tag, please leave your link in the comments so I can check it out! If you don't have a blog, I'd love to know your answers in the comments as well! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 26

Thanksgiving Nails Inspired by Gold Dipped Feathers

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching--just two days away! I wanted to share with you my inspiration for my thanksgiving nails for this year. I've seen gold dipped feathers plastered all over pinterest, and I thought they were the perfect inspiration for my thanksgiving nails.

I will insert a few pictures. Keep in mind I tried this at least three times over the last two days using a couple different glitters. I'm not pleased with how it looks in photograph, but in person, the colors are beautiful.

Because my nails are so short and mangled, I wasn't able to achieve the look on my own nails like I wanted. I recreated how I imagined my nails to look on a couple fake nails and will include them as well. In my opinion longer nails will be able to pull this off better than shorter nails.

I am interested in knowing what you think! What are you wearing on your nails for thanksgiving?


Sunday, November 17


Another depressing week for this girl. How do you get experience when no one wants to hire you without experience?

Isn't he adorable!?

The guys finally finished harvesting all of the crops for the year...

Road tripped to Cedar Rapids for a Rough Riders vs Dubuque Fighting Saints game...

Picked up a few DVDs from the library...

And spent all of my Friday putting up the Christmas tree..

Hope you guys had an amazing week and weekend!


Tuesday, November 5


After posting pictures on Instagram last weekend, I got a lot of requests for the recipe of the 'bars' or as I call it--Candy Bar Pizza.

No point in wasting anymore it is!

1 cup butter
2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ¼ cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

½ cup peanut butter chips (or butterscotch)
1 cup chocolate chips

½ cup miniature M&Ms
1 Butterfinger bar (5 miniature-fun size bars)
1 Twix bar (6 miniature-fun size bars)
1 Snickers bar (6 miniature-fun size) bars)
1 Heath bar (I couldn’t find miniature)
1 Kit-Kat (5 miniature-fun size bars)
2 squares white almond bark

After you've gathered your ingredients, you'll want to put all of your candy bars into the refrigerator. I put them in the refrigerator so they were easier to cut. Otherwise, caramel from Snickers and Twix is too sticky. You will also want to empty your oven and preheat it to 350°.

Mix butter, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla—beat ingredients until light and fluffy.
Add salt, baking soda, and flour and mix. 
Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake in greased 14” pizza pan or a 10”x15” pan for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cut up candy bars into tiny pieces.

Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips for your sauce.

Spread evenly onto the crust.

Randomly sprinkle on your chopped up candy bars and M&Ms.

Melt the almond bark.

I used a measuring cup to help me pour the almond bark into a plastic baggie.

You are going to want to use an oven mitt to hold the baggie piping bag--trust me on this one! ;)

Finally, drizzle it on top!

That's it! It is time consuming, but definitely worth it in the end!

I always cut them right away and put them in a tight container to keep them soft and fresh.

I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as my family!

It is easy to add or subtract out any of the candy bars used for the toppings!

I definitely suggest having a glass of milk nearby!