December 2015 archive

NAILLINKUPSA – New Years Eve

Today’s nails are the final prompt of the Nail Link Up SA challenge. This weeks theme is aptly named New Years Eve and I was going to go with glitterati galore but I thought “nah”. Literally. That’s all I thought. No clever explanation.

I decided to follow my heart (as one does with this kind of thing ūüėČ and use my new Sinful Colors polishes (Christmas gift from my sister). One is a lovely dark brown polish called Nirvana and the other a pretty turquoisey green called Mint Apple. I really love this teal polish. It has a bit of a shimmer and it goes on so nicely!

Here’s a pic of the colors in a more natural light:

I painted the brown on my pinky, thumb, pointy and the teal on my ring and middle.
I then used a toothpicks to make the dots. I found that a toothpick works so much better than a nail art tool. What do you think?

If you’d like to check out the previous prompts, follow my links:
Pink Christmas
Wrap all the presents
Let it sparkle
Oh Christmas tree

Happy New Year to you and yours!
Be safe!

How to make your own nail art stickers! [The DIY Tut that almost never was]

Going through my old Blackberry photo folder (ag shame) I found a bunch of pics that I took while attempting to make a nail art sticker using a baggy and nail polish. I remember not using the pics (or ever posting the tut) because, let’s face it, my Blackberry pics are terrible. But a bunch of people have been asking me about nail art stickers, so I thought: Oh what the hey! Let’s post the terrible pics today! Tra lala lalaaaaaaa.

It’s pretty easy to make these stickers and I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I am no artist, but if you are, then you are going to have a ball with this! I have met a ton of really talented nail artists and I am sure that they are super duper pro’s at this kind of thing. But you and me… not so much pros. So this is what could work for us, normal civillians.

I start by making sure my plastic bag is clean. I use a Glad bag because the plastic is thicker and if I wanted to trace my image from normal paper, I could just slip the paper into the bag and seal it. Clever! I know, right! (and so modest too).

I then thickly apply my base color of choice. Most people prefer using a clear polish for this, but I prefer matching it with the base color on my nail. I’ll explain why later, but basically this polish will be the “canvas” for your drawing or image. I always apply one coat, allow it to dry, and then another on top of that – it should be nice and thick so that the image will be able to peel off easily.

Once that’s dry I use my nail art brushes and other polishes to paint my image onto the base. I sometimes use koki pens, just because it’s easy and I aint no Picasso. I am sure that there are a ton of things that you could do!

While waiting for the artwork to dry I apply a protective base coat on my nails and then my base color of choice. (You can check out the polishes I used in these pics and why I did this particular mani in this post). I then use a tweezer (or my nails, if they are nice and long) to carefully peel the entire sticker from the baggy. At this point you could either use a nail art scissors to cut your image out (which is why using a clear polish would work for you) before applying or, if you’re lazy like I am, apply the entire sticker to your nail. I apply it slowly and neatly to my finger of choice and use my finger to smooth it out over my nail. The edges peel off quite easily once the entire sticker is on your nail.

Top coat.

And that’s that!
Really easy!
If my blurry pics hurt your eyes too much, please check out Youtube for some more step by step tuts!

Happy Nail Arting!

2015: My year in review

 This year has had a lot of ups and downs (so, it’s been pretty normal then) with the most significant happenings being the loss of my grandpa, my return back to work after beautiful maternity leave and my hubby’s return back to the “employed by someone else” sector. My year in summary: 

January: My lovely baby was about 8 weeks old when I decided to revive this here blog of mine. I broke my laptop a year prior and my kind-hearted husband was tired of me hijacking his Macbook for “recreational” purposes (Google, YouTube and watching The Voice) so he surprised me with an old amazing replacement laptop. I was over the moon and to prove it, I said so in my very first blog post after a year long hiatus. But a little voice at the back of my mind kept reminding me that the time with my baby girl was to be short lived. I was due to be back at work the next month.


February: Enter- My fervent declarations of how amazing this year would be! I remember starting 2015 off feeling invincible… like anything could happen! I boldly declared and status updated that this year will NOT end the way it started. I think it was probably the “new baby/maternity leave” euphoria that made me feel that way. My boy was into the second month of high school and we were really chuffed at what a top school it is. We attended a “Parents Club” gathering of sorts where the group of parents who help with the planning and facilitating of events meet up to mingle and make decisions etc. And then it was Valentines Day and we spent some time around other adults (and no children! yay!) 2015 was going to be the year of many firsts and lots of changes! I was ready! I made lists and checked them twice (Santa who) and I rededicated myself to being the best mommy and wife I could be.

March: My birthday month and I didn’t even want to celebrate my birthday. The hectic transition back to work, at the end of Feb, had me so one-up that I did not even blog for the whole month. I remember writing something, in Feb, about going back to work… and even then, I did not realize how much it would take out of me. Parent club meeting came and went and oh look, the William’s did not attend. In fact, we only ever attended that very 1st one. So there went those plans. We celebrated Seth’s birthday, and as always, his granny had a mini party in his honor. Other big things that happened in this month: My Hubstopher relinquished his status as self-employed and began working full time in the telecommunications industry. Life changed. Big time.

Drainage. The joys. 

April: People, I know that I am overly emotional – but that’s because I cry for things like puppies in TV ads and soppy movies. When it comes to sensitive stuff, I can handle my own. But I was really not ready to give up my maternity leave…. even less so because I was still breastfeeding. The one thing that helped me through it all was my Journey Journal. And I also tried to spend as much time at home as possible. I mean, I wasn’t the same girl I was a few years ago! And my husband’s work hours was (is) straight up ridiculous. I am so appreciative of the sacrifice he is making for his family. My life had changed and so I had to readjust my commitments and priorities. So I think all of that came together in the month of April. Oh and my husband and I went on our first ministry trip, to Mosselbay, where we ministered at a wonderful church there, called Mosselbay World Outreach.

May: May came and we mourned the loss of the only grandparent that I had left – My mothers father. His death taught me a lot of life lessons and reminded me of the type of person I want to be and how I want to impact my family. I remember reprimanding myself when I felt overwhelmed by life and work and home and had the revelation that, as a woman, I set the atmosphere in my home. Other things that happened was that we finally found routine in our home. I love routine. It is the glue that holds my little world together. I remember missing my husbands arms because we were co-sleeping (that has since changed, Hallelujah!) Oh and we had our first Baba Indaba moms and tots social. It was nice to get out of the house to talk all things baby with other people who would actually get you! Oh and blog-wize, I started my Feature Friday feature… so like a real life, grown up blogger and stuff :)

My first attempt at nail art. Please don’t gawk. 

June: It was cold. I dislike Winter. I’m sorry, God, love your work… but not the cold part. June was the month where I took stock of the people who were around me – were they adding or taking away from my life? I realized that I had begun to distance myself from those who complained and spoke negativity over other people and situations. Aint nobody got time for that. I also found myself at home a lot more, and I was okay with that. Oh and I made a lemon meringue tart and discovered Polished Pretties SA. My first attempt at nail art is pretty embarrassing (And also, photos taken with my blackberry.) Move along. Nothing to see here.

July: Tis was the season for parties… baby showers, wedding showers, work get togethers. The baby blues still had a grip on me, and I wrote about it here. I had hoped that by now there would be some direction in my life… I mean, this was the year of great change! But things were pretty much rambling along… oh the complexity’s of a simple existence.

August: Nail art. Lots and lots of nail art. Hubstopher and I featured in JStar Mag and I blogged about how I need to take a chill pill. Oh and we entered the Living &Loving/Comfort Baby of the Year – my curly made it to the top 10 in votes!

September: It was Rugby World Cup time and our church’s annual Women’s Conference. I remember being super busy. Hubstopher and I tried to get some alone time in, which is near impossible! Kyle and I were going through a particularly difficult season, with him being a teenager and me being a control freak and all. I had to take a few minutes to reflect back on the time that he was born and all the promises God has for his life. Also, I blogged about my hair (who does that?!) oh and I thought I was pregnant. So yeah, I’ll just leave that right here.

Kyle and I, in 2001

October: Ah my baby girls birth month and a time to reflect back on the awesome journey I’ve been on, as her mommy. Blogging about it really helped me to put things into perspective. Remembering the preggy test and having to tell our families, and all the stuff I enjoyed while being pregnant, right up to the hour of her birth. It was a life changing experience and we enjoyed celebrating her birthday!

November: We geared up for the silly season and had a whole arrangement of Christmas carols to get through with the church choir, for our Christmas production. Loved every minute of it! It was a big deal that I decided to share my girl’s condition with everyone, but I remember feeling release after I did. November is the month that the Paris shootings occured and the other heartless massacres that happened around the world. Oh and remember, I still told you guys about that time when someone tried to steal my identity. The bugger. Kyle turned 14, on the 29th, and suddenly I wasn’t thaaat young anymore! He has grown into a dashing young man and I am very proud of him.

December: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the self-dubbed “Christmas Girl” I made sure that our tree was up wayyyy before December. We had a really fun time at Seth’s schools Carols evening, where he sang his heart out in the school choir. We were so proud of him. I love Christmas Carols! Kyle left PE to spend his holidays with his dad (sob sob) and my nanny decided not to come to work anymore. So that was fun. Hubstopher and I celebrated 2 years of marriage (wow, so long, I know! it’s crazy) and most recently, our baby girl took her very first steps!

2016: Just get here already! I must admit, I started feeling a bit disappointed because my expectation for 2015 was that it would not END the way it STARTED. I expected big change and even bigger growth. But looking back at this summary, I can now see that the change and growth happened on the inside and not in the physical. I’ve changed. I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the new year!

Word for the day by Marsha Burns. Nail on the head. 

Curly Update: Defeating the odds and growing like a Boeing!

So yesterday my Christmas wish came true and our Curly Girly took her very first steps! We literally laughed and cried (and shrieked… okay, it was me. I shrieked.) all at the same time! Curly was so excited she kept falling down, laughing, and then getting up again, because she saw how overjoyed I was.¬†For proof check out the vid on my instagram.¬†(BTW It’s in black and white, and I’ve cropped it, to disguise my total insane person¬†behavior)¬†

My girl will be 14 months old at the end of December and although she has been hitting her milestones at pretty much the correct times, there is always that thought, in the back of my mind, that the CH would affect big developmental milestones. I mean, I’ve heard cases of CH toddlers who are still not walking and they are 2 years old already. We knew that this was not the destiny of our girl!

If you don’t know what the heck I am referring to, you can read all about Congenital Hypothyroidism in this post.¬†Curly was born with only half a thyroid.¬†

But we are so thankful that God is holding her in the palm of His hand and that she is growing beautifully and is so clever, beyond her age! She is still only on one little thyroid pill (50mcg), which we give to her in the morning. Other than that, the CH does not feature in our lives at all. She is perfect.

She loves giving hugs and kisses and blows kisses when she says goodbye to someone. She knows who mama, dadda, ma and pa is and she can call for her older brother by name (Kyle becomes “Ayle” in baby language).

She knows that she is entertaining and sometimes does things and turns to see the expressions on everyone’s faces. She is so aware of everything around her!

She loves books. When she won a set of books from Kids Book Club she proceeded to page through one book over and over and pointed out things that interested her. It became our go-to toy when she needed to be distracted in her play pen. Oh and Barney. She loves Barney and knows when to sing the “ah ah-ah ah” part in the ‘If all the raindrops were jelly tots and gumdrops…” song.
So basically, she’s a genius.

I am such a proud mama!

NAILLINKUP SA – Oh Christmas Tree

This weeks nail link up posts are centered around the theme Oh Christmas Tree. For my main color I had to try out this festive red Sinful Colors polish, called Sugar Sugar.
So pretty! So Christmassy!

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I painted all my nails with Sugar Sugar except for my pointy which I painted with my old faithful Essence 157 My Fortune Cookie which is a fabulous gold color. I then used another Essence polish to paint the Christmas tree on my middle finger. Look, it’s not a perfect tree. Its a bit lopsided. But this is real life yo! My tree has fallen like, 3 times already. Haha.

I used my LA Girl nail studs to deck the halls of my ring finger. Tralala lala lala la laaaaa.

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I used a no namey glitter polish for the Christmas tree bedazzlements.
Finished and kla :)
Still one more week left for you to join the link up!

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