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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Some updates on life, a new business venture, and an auction for a great cause!

Hello everyone! Lots of new things have been going on since I last talked to you all. I still have my little crochet business, Kristin's Kreations as well as my Etsy shop. I've been neglecting it just a bit, though, because at the moment I have been the only parent in the household. My husband enlisted in the North Carolina Army National Guard last August and left for basic training/AIT back in January. The kids and I have missed him so much but we are extremely proud of him...we can't wait until his June graduation!

As many of you know I have five children. My youngest will be four in July. When he was 18 months old I noticed that he wasn't saying as many words and wasn't putting together the little 2-3 word phrases that most kids do by that age. After talking to my husband and several friends about it, I just chalked it up to "he's a boy and will talk when he's ready". Then my little Bentley turned two and was saying even fewer words. I guess I was in denial that anything may be wrong when my husband and I would say "Einstein didn't talk until he was four". It was a little bit after Bentley's third birthday that I found out our school system offered evaluations for their early intervention program. We were finally able to get my little guy tested and observed and just last month we received the diagnosis of him being mild-to-moderately autistic. For the last year I sort of guessed that this was what was going on after reading up on autism, so when we got the Dx, I was not completely devastated. I did get a little upset at initially hearing the words "Bentley has autism", but I was actually relieved that we now had a reason why he wasn't speaking. No matter how much I've read to him and talked to him, I was starting to doubt my abilities as a parent when it comes to teaching my child basic things. I know that autism isn't the worst thing that my son could have and I am facing this as a new adventure in life. I am glad that we now have a plan and have our son on the right track to be able to learn to speak and understand simple things that he was having a difficult time with . He will be in preschool 3 hours each day with speech therapy 3 days a week.

And now for my next addition to my crochet business, I have decided to try selling Jamberry! You know I love nail polish and I have even tried the Jamberry nail wraps before and loved them. Just visit THIS LINK if you are interested in purchasing some nail wraps of your own. Don't know what Jamberry is? Here's a brief explanation: Jamberry wraps are basically stickers for your nails. There are tons of designs and they last! No matter how expensive of a nail polish I apply to my nails, with a great base coat and top coat, my polish will chip within 3-4 days. Jamberry is designed to last 2-3 weeks on fingernails and 3-4 weeks on toes. The best part is that they are highly cost efficient. With each sheet you can do 2 manicures and 2 pedicures and they are only $15.00/sheet, with the always great deal of BUY 3 sheets and get the 4th sheet FREE! Here is my most recent "Jamicure" as they call them in the Jamberry world.

Those are the super cute Autism Awareness Wraps from Jamberry. I love how committed to charity Jamberry is. For each sheet of Autism wraps that Jamberry sells, they will donate $2.00 to the Autism Society of America! There are so many great designs that I'm sure you will find something you love. A great idea is to get together with 3 of your friends, each of you pick a sheet and since you get the 4th sheet free, it will come out to $11.25/sheet for each of you. Interested in earning some great Jamberry rewards? Why not host a party? Follow this LINK to find out how you can host your own Jamberry party and earn gifts like the ones shown in the picture below!

If you think you would love to start earning money with Jamberry, then follow this link to sign up! For only $99.00 you get everything you need to start making money with your own hours!

Here's another one of my Jamberry manicures using the wrap Serve It Up over some purple nail polish. I rocked this look at my daughter's last volleyball tournament. They have so many other sports and hobbies, too!

And for my final friend over at Rapped with Luv will be hosting her 3rd annual Autism Awareness Auction. The auction will be held from April 19-29, 2015. Please visit this link to find out how to submit any items you would love to donate. I have always participated but this year the cause is even nearer and dearer to my heart. The money raised this year will be going to Nature's Edge Therapy Center, a non-profit therapy center providing treatment patients with mental and physical disabilities. PLEASE PLEASE consider donating if you are a vendor!!

That is all for today and I will leave you with this picture of me and my little guy wearing our blue on April 2 for World Autism Day!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Nail Color Comparison: Blue that's almost black

Well hello, strangers! It's been awhile since I posted. I was going through my nail polish collection the other day, trying to find something Christmas-y to wear, when I realized that I have a lot of colors that look very similar in the bottles. Over the next few weeks, I want to do some color comparisons for all of you. None of these polishes are new colors, and some of them may have already been compared on other blogs. Hopefully you will find some of mine useful.

Today we are going to compare some very dark blue polishes. My selections for this comparison are After School Boy Blazer by Essie, Lola by Julep, Incognito in Sausalito by OPI, and Laughie Taffy by Sally Hansen.

Looking at these polishes in the bottle, they all look almost identical, except for the Sally Hansen color, which tends to be a tiny bit purple-ish...not much, but just a hint. Let's see how they look on the nails. I would have used my own, but that would have been difficult with a super active 3-year-old, so I used these handy dandy nail wheels.

I did my best to capture these on camera as true-to-life color that I could. After one coat, notice that the Essie and Julep colors are almost identical. The finish is the only difference considering the Julep polish is part of their Satin Finish collection. The OPI color has the very slightest of teal undertones and the Sally Hansen colors is a bit lighter and is, of course, textured. The first 3 polishes could almost be one-coaters. There is the slightest bit of streaking from the Essie and OPI colors, but it's barely noticeable.

After two coats, the first 3 polishes are almost identical. They are super dark and the only way I can tell they are blue, is in natural sunlight. The Sally Hansen color is a lot darker after two coats, but still not as dark as the others.

Overall, I love all of these. The formulas were great on all 4. Even the textured polish went on very smoothly. As seen in the photo, the Essie and the OPI colors are glossy finishes, while the Julep has a really nice Satin Finish and the Sally Hansen has a fine textured feel to it.

I hope that you have enjoyed this type of blog post from me. I actually have a lot of them planned from my own polish collection.

If you are interested in learning more about Julep and how you can earn a FREE box of your own, you may visit THIS POST or the last Julep review that I did.

I hope you are all having a wonderful 2015 so far!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FREE Crochet or Knit pattern from Melody's Makings!!

One of my favorite pattern designers, Melody's Makings, is giving away a free pattern. She has some of the cutest crochet and knit patterns. Make sure you check out her blog post HERE to find out how to claim your freebie!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 2

Today's green smoothie of the day is called "U-PICK ME UP". It has tons of antioxidants with it's spinach, green tea, blueberries, and raspberries. It tastes so refreshing and delicious, too. Make sure you stay updated with all things green smoothie-related with Simple Green Smoothies.

Check out my Pinktober nails!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 1

Today is the beginning of another 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge from Simple Green Smoothies. If you've never tried one of these, then you are missing out! I first discovered green smoothies on Pinterest, and my sister-in-law first introduced me to the challenge from Simple Green Smoothies. I did most of the July challenge and loved discovering great new green smoothie recipes through it. I am a picky eater. I admit that I don't eat as many veggies as I should. A few of my children are picky eaters as well, but they LOVE the smoothies. These drinks are such a great way to get a few good servings of fruits and veggies that normally you may not eat. I always have friends ask how they taste. Well they're great! The fruit masks the veggie taste so they really are sweet and delicious. If you think you'd like to be a part of the challenge, just click this link to sign up. Each week they send out emails with 5 new recipes and a shopping list of items to buy for that week. Also, make sure you check out the Simple Green Smoothies Facebook page for lots of tips and updates. Want to know what I drank today? Pictured below is "Cherry on Top" packed with spinach, water, banana, blueberries, and cherries. Yummy!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Win a Double-stuffed Yumvelope Prize Pack!

How would you like to win this prize pack from Yumvelope?? If you're not familiar with Yumvelope, keep reading! Yumvelope sends out some of the best-tasting artisanal food products to our customers monthly. $21 gets you a large USPS padded envelope sent to you filled with a minimum of six full-size products, including snacks, drinks, desserts, and chocolates. Check out the giveaway below!

Double-Stuffed September Yumvelope

Friday, March 7, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Ripple Baby Blanket

It was been quite awhile since I've done Free Pattern Friday. I am hoping that I can back on track with my blog posts, though. For today's free pattern, I have chosen a very versatile baby blanket from Daisy Cottage Designs. This Ripple Baby Blanket can be stitched up in any number of colors for boy, girl, or in a gender-neutral theme. While you are checking out this pattern, make sure you take a peek at all of the great patterns that Daisy Cottage Designs has to offer. Have a great Friday, and Happy Stitching, everyone!

New items from Kristin's Kreations

Newly listed at Kristin's Kreations

Chevron Bonnet: size 3-6 months

Newborn Hat & Legwarmers Set

Newborn Hat & Legwarmers Set

Newborn Handspun Jeweled Tie-back Headband

5-piece Newborn Photo Prop Set

Newborn Handspun Double PomPom Beanie

Newly Listed in my Etsy Shop
Newborn Handspun Beanie with FREE Tie-back

Newborn Handspun Jeweled Tie-back Headband

Rainbow Beanies: newborn to 3 months

Coffee Cozies
Pink & Blue "Candy" Garland

4-piece Newborn Photo Prop Set

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I've been featured at East Mesa Design!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I am being featured today over on the blog at East Mesa Design! All month long, East Mesa Design will be featuring crocheters from all over on her blog. In addition, for everyone crochet glass that is sold during the month of March, she will donate $2.00 to Warm Up America! If you haven't seen her work, then please head over to her shop. She has all of the cutest designs. Of course my favorites are the crochet glasses!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Melody's Makings Mystery CAL...Segments 4-8

I got a bit behind schedule on the Mystery Crochet-along from Melody's Makings, but not to worry, because I finished it all today.

Segment 4

Segment 5

Segment 6

Segment 7

Segment 8...all done. This is the newborn size hat & legwarmers.

Keep an eye out, because these will be for sale soon over at Kristin's Kreations!