Chevron Nails

I love to do my nails.  It’s relaxing to me.  I really love to have them done at the salon, but that gets crazy expensive, so I don’t do that very often.  I found this awesome chevron nail idea on She Knows and thought, “I can totally do that.”  She has some really fun nail ideas.  You should totally go snoop around her site and see what’s what.  She did a wonderful job with her tutorial, but I did a few things differently.

chevron nails

Step 1

Paint your nails with the color of your choice.  If I were doing my fingernails I would do a base coat, but I usually don’t use a base coat on my toenails.

Paint NailsStep 2

Get out your Scotch tape and paint it with nail polish.  Use whatever color you want your chevrons to be.  Mine are going to be white.  I think silver or gold would be fun too.  You will need to let it dry and add another coat.

Paint the tapeStep 3

Use pinking shears to cut a strip of tape.  The first piece you cut will be trash because one of the sides will be flat.

Cut the tapeStep 4

Cut another strip right beside the other one.  Be sure to keep the points together so it fits the chevron pattern.  If you don’t get them matched up it will end up looking like a diamond pattern.  Continue cutting strips until you have enough for your nails.  I only needed four because I just did my big toe.  You can just hang them off the side of the table until you are ready for them.

points together






Step 5

Put the strips on your nails.  Place the first strip anywhere you’d like.  When you place the second strip, the points must match again.

Step 6

Trim the ends of the tape.  My friends all think I’m crazy, but I used an exacto knife.  If you aren’t comfortable with this just use scissors.  I thought it was easier to use the exacto knife.

Trim the tapeStep 7

Paint a top coat.  I put a coat of clear Shellac on.  I do this often with my toe nails so they last longer.  If you’re using regular polish, I would do two coats.

Top Coat


Voila!  Your nails look amazing!

chevron nailsLast time I added a silver strip parallel to the chevron.  I thought it added a nice touch.



You know you are a mom of many young children when…


We planned to have our children spaced 2 years apart (they are now 5, 3, and 1). That meant that when our baby was only 15 months old we were already trying for the next one. I know there are plenty of people who have had their kids even closer, but having a 15 month old again now that seems crazy. I can’t imagine being ready for another one this time, but we did it twice.  I wouldn’t have it any other way though. It has made the last 5 years very busy, but also great. Now that I feel like I am slowly coming out of the fog and whirlwind of constant babies I have been thinking about how much my life has changed. Motherhood has made me a better person and is truly the most rewarding but hard job I will ever have. It’s amazing how you just get through it and do things (even things you never thought you would do). This list could go on and on, but these are just a few I have noticed. This is my life.

-cleaning up messes is just a normal part of your everyday

-you trip over small toys constantly

-you are a constant life saver

-cleaning someone else’s poop becomes just a part of everyday life

-you wipe a lot of little bottoms

-being thrown up and/or spit up on no longer sets off your gag reflux-it is truly like it no longer exists

-you can never make a satisfactory meal-there is always some child who doesn’t like it

-you are never, I mean NEVER, in the bathroom alone

-nap time for the kids means snack time for mom (otherwise the risk of them catching you and you having to share is too great)

-you have said, “Do you need to get in time out?” At least 10 times today(maybe this morning. Depending on how good or bad the kids slept last night)puddlegirls

-meal clean up takes forever

-there is a constant supply of goldfish in your pantry

-you have either been pregnant or breastfeeding for so long that you forgot what its like to have your body to yourself

-you have no personal space or privacy

-you field questions all day everyday

-you fix your hair so little that you hardly remember what you look like without a ponytail

-when you actually put on makeup and look nice your children ask, “Are we going to church today?”

-you are almost immune to the sound of fits and whining

-you have never ending laundry at all times

-you have to climb over baby gates at both stairways

chairs-your car is so full of carseats that you barely have room for any other passengers

-your car is full of trash and and at least 20 toys always

-your car cd collection consists of: Elmo, Disney Princesses, and a VBS CD

-you are only up to date on new animated kids’ movies (and haven’t been to an actual movie theater in months or maybe even years)

-you can sing Sophia The First, Doc McStuffins, and other shows’ theme songs

-you have the Frozen soundtrack memorized

-you get excited about getting your jogging stroller fixed

-sometimes the only date nights you get are out on the deck after the kids go to bed

-most days it is just easier to wear comfy pants since you will be on the floor most of the time anyway

-getting out the door and loading up to go anywhere takes at least 30 minutes

jeep-you have to plan your day around naptime

-you have had high chair at your table for over 5 years straight

-you have a cabinet full of every brand of sippy cup ever made

-day to day you never know when/if you will get to shower

-it takes you months and months to actually finish reading a book

-the bedtime routine takes at least an hour with bathtimes, teeth brushing, book reading, prayers, and cuddling

-you have a third car garage but it is strictly used to house all of the kids’ outdoor toys

-you have only been to Intrust Bank Arena (our local an entertainment venue) for: Sesame Street Live (3 times), Disney on Ice, and Sophia the First and Jake Princesses and Pirates even though there have been all kinds of great concerts and events there over the years

-your golf game handicap game has tripled since having children

-you forgot what hot food even tastes like because you are so used to not being able to eat until it is already cold

snacktime-no longer do you get to go on relaxing evening runs; now you are either pushing a double jogging stroller or having to go at 10pm when you would rather be going to bed

-an overnight stay somewhere requires days worth of packing and preparing along and then your vehicle looks like it is packed for a small army with enough stuff for a 6 month stay

-the bathtub is literally stained from kid’s bathtub paint

-you have been in a public restroom (with your kids crammed in the tiny stall with you of course) while your child proceeds to loudly announce and ask you about your business

-you grocery shop you have to drive the ridiculously large, hard to maneuver car carts around in order to have enough room for  your children and your groceries

-you no longer get to watch College Game Day on Saturday mornings (or really any uninterrupted sporting events) because you are watching cartoons

-you feel like you are constantly failing at parenting but then remember that no one is perfect and loving them is the most important thing

-your friends without kids don’t seem to call or want to hang out much anymore

-you honestly can’t remember the last time you had uninterrupted sleep because just when the baby starts sleeping through the night now one of the toddlers is having bad dreams, wetting the bed, scared, or who knows what else

-when everything you once knew or thought you knew about kids and parenting has changed and so have you (but for the better!)





The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

guernsey book

I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book.  And now the bad news.  It took me a while to get into the book because it is written in letter format.  In the end, I liked the format because it allowed me to have access to the thoughts of every character in the book, but it took me extra long to get to know the characters and keep them separate.  This also weirdly convicted me that I should write some actual, snail mail letters to people.  I mean, how fun is it when you get a letter in the mail?

One of the things that I liked most about the book was the references about new readers.  The literary society was formed accidentally and not very many of the members were readers.  The book demonstrated that even non-readers can enjoy a good book.  It’s about finding the book that’s right for you.  And they didn’t push the members to read other books.  Most of them attached to a book they really liked and stuck with it.  Reading never came easy to me and was certainly not something I would do for enjoyment.  Until recently.  But it all started with a really good book that made me realize that it can be fun.  And that made me seek out other really good books.  And the trend just continued.  So it really just starts with one book.

I also enjoyed the historical references and learning more about the nazi invasion and life in England during World War II.  This surprised me because I don’t really like history, but I actually enjoyed that part.

I always enjoy a good love story, so that was another favorite part of the book for me.  I, not surprisingly, thought the author could have delved deeper into this side of the book.  Most of the “romantic” moments were not really romantic at all.  In fact the couple barely even acknowledged their love for each other.

You might find it interesting to know that the author, Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away while writing the book.  Her niece Annie Barrows was the one to finish it.  Everyone in my book club thought you could definitely tell that there were two separate authors.  Not that we were complaining about it, but just that you could tell that the beginning of the story was written by one author and the end by another.

It also felt like the first 3/4 of the book were somewhat slow.  Then all of a sudden, everything that you had been waiting on to happen the entire book, was squeezed in to the very end.  It would have been nice to be able to enjoy those last moments and have them written out in more detail.

I liked the book and I would recommend it to everyone.  I hope that every non-reader out there finds that one special book at some point in their lives, so they too can realize how enjoyable reading can be.


Mommy Moments

We had a staycation lake weekend with Jason’s side of the family this past weekend. We spent the night at Grammy and Grampy’s house. The girls were scared when it was bedtime so I told them to enjoy being able to sleep in the same bed and cuddle with each other. A little bit later we peaked in and found them like this. I guess they took my advice very literal. It was the sweetest thing! I couldn’t help but snap a quick picture on my phone. I love seeing the bond that they have! snuggles

Vacation Bible School Crafts

This was my first year to help with Vacation Bible School at our church. Sami has volunteered in the past, but it was her first year with crafts. She missed the first volunteer meeting where I signed up for Preschool crafts and suggested that she be in charge of Elementary crafts. I was completely unsure of what I had gotten us in to. I just knew we liked crafts, so it made sense to be the craft leaders. Without having the full curriculum to go by, we chose bits and pieces of some of the suggested projects while also trying to keep the cost down. Crafting is expensive! Last week was VBS week every evening and it went great for the most part. Sami had way more kids and a couple of crafts that were more difficult so I definitely got the better end of the deal, but she did great! Our VBS was the GoFish Guys Shine curriculum so the crafts correlated to it. However, each craft was something simple that you could do at home with your kids just for fun too, so I thought I would share.

Day 1: Paper Plate Fish

This is a craft that has been around forever, but young kids still enjoy it. We used 1 paper plate per child. They each cut a mouth out (which is stapled on to become the tail) and decorated it with foam stickers, markers, crayons, and a googly eye.


Day 2: Superhero Cuffs

The kids loved this! We used empty toilet paper rolls that had been cut length-wise. The kids decorated them with duct tape and foam stickers. They wore one on each arm like a cuff worn by superheros.


Day3: Superhero Pictures

These were my favorite! Sami and I met and drew the chalk background beforehand. We made it complete with a cape, clouds, birds, and a sun in the air flying over a bunch of buildings. Each kid laid down and pretended to be flying like a superhero. They even got to wear their cuffs they made for the picture. Of course Sami and I had to get our picture taken in the scene too. I made sure to hang mine on our fridge to remind the household of my super powers. Although that may come back to hurt me if it causes them to raise their expectations of me. The pictures were then taped onto a superhero coloring page.

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Day4: Shrinky Dinks

This is always a kid favorite. We used the Shine shrinky dinks that came with the curriculum, but there are all kinds of shrinky dinks available. I am sure most of you have done these before, but if not, I highly suggest it. They are fun. The kids colored (with colored pencil only) on the shrinky dinks. Then we took them home to bake them. They were so surprised when they got them back in tiny form the next day. Ours came with a small ball chain to make it into a keychain for a backpack or something similar.


Day5: Crowns

We had planned on making these out of bulletin board border from school classrooms, but then we got a generous donation from Burger King and decided to go that route. This was the simplest activity. I am not sure it can be considered a “craft”, but the kids had fun with it. What kid doesn’t like a crown? They used foam stickers (again) and jewel stickers to decorate it however they wanted.

Crownscrown2The best thing about all the crafts was seeing how each kid’s individuality shined through. I love how there is no right or wrong, but just fun and creativity. That is what makes crafting so great! It was a long week being there every night and taking up the entire evening, but it was fun and well worth it. The kids loved it and that is what matters most.