9.18.2014

DIY Manicure

Let's be real here. I am the worst nail painter in all of the world. It takes me forever to paint my nails, and they are quickly destroyed after 5 minutes because I'm too impatient to wait for them to dry completely.  I love a good manicure at the salon, but even that hasn't happened much lately because as a mom, I can think of a million other things I ought to be doing that takes precedence over sitting at a nail salon for 2 hours.

To offset my frustrations my friend mailed me a sample of Jamberry nails to try out. They've become really popular so I was curious to see what all the hype was about. I've tried other nail polish strips before, but within 24 hours my nails have always chipped. What I've found to be different with Jamberry nails is that you use heat during the application process to seal the wrap onto your nail. This small step seems to make a huge difference. 

My manicure took 20 minutes after I watched this Youtube video on how to apply them. (I totally tried to apply them without instructions at first and messed up!) There was no dry time, they last for two whole weeks, they are safe on your nails & completely baby proof; in case your kid is like mine and enjoys gnawing on your fingers. Lew was even impressed with how quickly I got dressed and did my nails before we left the house. This never happens! ;)

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I'm wearing the Lotus pattern which came out so cute! They have a ton of designs to choose from. One sheet has 18 individual wraps so you end up with 2-3 applications after you cut them in half. You can browse through Jamberry's entire collection here. Or if you have any questions feel free to email my friend Genesis at genesisjbeasley@gmail.com. You can also order directly from her website here and they will be sent right to you! I can't wait to get the patterns I just picked out for fall :)



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9.08.2014

Jordan turns 8!

After Jordan's Super Seven blowout last year we planned on doing something much more low key to celebrate his 8th birthday. But with all the friends and family that wanted to come and celebrate Jordan, we decided to throw an impromptu party here at our home. The theme? An oldie, but goodie- TMNT!

As the remake of the classic movie TMNT swept the nation, Jordan fell in love with one of his Dad's favorite childhood memories. For weeks he has dominated dinner table conversations with what often became spirited debates over which turtle is the best, and why. Who has the best weapons; coolest personality. Needless to say, this just felt right!

Jordan's magnetic enthusiasm over these turtles had me oOzIng with ideas when it came time to plan the party. We had pizza (a turtle favorite!), sewer dirt (a yummy, chocolate Oreo pudding), and ninja fruit & veggie trays.

All of the young turtles fought crime in the jump house, had splash wars in the pool, played ninja frisbee on the lawn, and ate way too much sugar for for a group of adolescent superheroes.

Jay beamed all weekend! We all are so proud of this amazing 8 year old!

Happy Birthday Jordan!!!


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8.18.2014

London's 1st Birthday

I cannot believe London is already one years old! (It seems like I just wrote this.) To celebrate, we had a first birthday party with family and friends. I decided on a theme reflecting two of London's favorite things--milk & cookies. And then maybe I went a little overboard. But it was all so much fun!!
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8.04.2014

Back to School

I cannot believe school started today! Where has this Summer gone?! I don't think we got enough pool, park or play time and I'm pretty sure I'm the least ready to get back into a 6am routine. 


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In celebration of back to school, Jordan and I thought it'd be a fun idea to surprise his teacher with a delicious "cake" full of school supplies. Some of the items on his teacher's wish list included: pencils, crayons, glue, notebooks, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. I've heard of many teachers spending some of their own money to purchase items for their class. This was a simple, yet creative way to donate extra supplies to show our appreciation. 

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Happy Back to School! :)


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7.28.2014

A cake made with love

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We're right in the middle of Celebration Season.

You know, the four months spanning from the second week in June, to the last week of September that contain Lew's birthday, my dad's birthday, my father-in-laws birthday, London's birthday, Jordan's birthday, our anniversary, and a whole lot of cake!

Yesterday just so happened to be my next door neighbor & close friend's birthday. We had a girls night in and I made this yellow butter cake to celebrate her special day. It turned out so well we ate the entire thing. Don't judge us.

The filling was light, airy and not too sweet. The cake was moist, and the fruit garnish made it the perfect summer treat. It was very simple to make & my friend said she could literally taste the love. Delicious and easy? Yes, I will definitely be making this one again soon! If you've ever had the Dessert Rosa at Carrabba's (yummy!!!)- this cake reminds me so much of it!

I used this recipe for the cake and baked it in one 6-inch and one 9-inch round. I halved both cakes, then frosted the inside with:

1 8oz Cool Whip
1 can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 3.5oz vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk

Just mix it all together and stick it in the fridge for 45 minutes or so to let it thicken up. Then spread the goodness all over! And if you have any filling left, you can totally use it as fruit dip like I did. Guilty. Top with fruit (we had berries on hand, but I'm thinking bananas or even peaches next time) and enjoy!




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7.14.2014

Foodies

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I had my stretchy pants ready all week for Saturday. It was the Atlanta Street Food Festival, & the foodie in me had to go. We left our house around 2:30 after London woke up from his nap and didn't get anywhere near the festival until close to 4! Traffic was awful, there was nowhere to park, and when we finally found a spot nearby, they started towing!! London also made it very clear that he was tired of being strapped in his carseat; not to mention it was 200  91 degrees outside. Thank God Lew was there to talk some sense into me, because I was a little too determined to get to that festival--those meatball sliders were calling my name. 

Jordan was just excited as I was to go to the festival. A love for good food is one of the many things that we have in common. So Mr. Jordan, being the problem solver that he is, had the genius idea of putting on a Street Food Festival of our own- the "Lampley" Street Food Festival (don't you just love him?!). We set up in the back of Lew's truck, made a sign, and started serving up the good eats! The menu consisted of Mac-n-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches, loaded french fries & rootbeer floats. Oh yeah, the good stuff.

Here's to my fellow foodies out there-Cheers!!!


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7.05.2014

Happy Birthday, America.

The 4th of July is my favorite summer holiday! For our family that usually means our weekend is full of barbecue and all things red, white & blue. This year we  visited a ton of friends and family and even drove to Nashville for a day. I think this is the best 4th I've had yet!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of this holiday weekend!

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