Monday, April 14, 2014

I Took My Nails Off! What You Need To Know About Fake Nails

About two years ago I decided I wanted to have cool nails. I have always been able to grow my own but, for some reason I fancied having fake nails so I could go have them done. I guess I was just getting lazy. I didn't feel like doing my nails anymore. So, I went and got acrylic nails put on.

Two weeks ago, I have decided I have had enough with the time and money it takes to keep these nails up. I wanted to go back to my own natural nails. Well, when you get them put on they don't tell you many things. Here are a few in case you didn't know:

1. Your nails will be damaged from having the fake ones on. I mean paper thin and damaged.
2. It takes forever to soak the things off. I was at the nail place for over two hours just getting them taken off.
3. You have to do something with your "own" nails after you take the fake ones off.
4. This all costs money and major upkeep.
5. I had to get a no chip manicure to keep my paper thin nails strong and from splitting.

I have been doing a no-chip manicure now just about every three weeks. My nails are still so thin. Every time I grow them out a little they seem to break. There is no way around this except for not putting on acrylic or gel nails.
My suggestion is, if you really want them put on only put them on for a short while or don't get them done at all. The damage that is does to your real nails is incredible and I am still waiting after all these  months to find out how long it will take to get my real nails back in good shape.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Caillou Talking Doll #Giveaway

Caillou has always been a big part of my daughters lives. All four of them have watched him and fallen in love with his TV show. He has always added learning and entertainment into my daughter's lives.

Caillou has been around since 2000. The show has ranked as one of the top 10 television series for preschoolers. Caillou has won several awards, including the Parent's Choice Award, in consecutive years.

The Caillou brand will be celebrating it's 25th anniversary and the show will be celebrating 15 years on the air in 2015. In honor of the brand's success they are coming out with a  talking Caillou doll starting on April 1, 2014 and it will cost $34.99. There is  also other apparel, books, and home videos that can be purchased online and in specialty stores nationwide.

The talking Caillou Doll has bright new school gear including a removable backpack and hat. The doll allows a whole new level of interaction between kids and Caillou. The doll offers ten educational interactions that will help spark children's creativity,  including two quick and easy French words to learn and say.

I am lucky enough to be giving one of these wonderful dolls away!


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Welcome To My Blog! Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Lydia and I am the crazy mother of four daughters that is behind this blog. I have been blogging on again off again since 2010 and just recently started my blog back up when I went back to work full time from being a stay at home Mom.

I try and write a variety of topics that pertain what is going on in my life and things that will keep you all coming back to read more. I also like to do product reviews and giveaways. Make sure to check out my giveaway going on right now!  Calliou Talking Doll Giveaway!!

While you are here I would most appreciate it if you could follow me on GFC and all the others below since I am trying to work on getting my numbers up. Let me know below that you are following me and I will follow you back! Thanks so much!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Facebook Stalker

I don't know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. It is a great time-killer, old friend finder and fun for games, but there is so much about it that I can't stand. Sometimes it is not that great to get in touch with the past, sometimes the people drive you crazy, (see my  post Those Facebook Friends), and then there are the stalkers in your life!!

I know I have a few select people who "stalk" around other people's pages and just sit back and keep quite. I am ok with that. Not all people like to be front and center. But, then what do you do when you get an actual stalker.....and it turns out to be your own Mother!!

If your Mom is on Facebook you will completely understand. She asked me about six months ago to get her signed up. I must admit I wasn't really happy with the thought of having to share "my space" with her. But, over time it seemed ok. Things were going fine until one day she starts grilling me about my weekend. "So, how much fun did you have at that bar this weekend?", "I see you went out with so and so this weekend", "What did your post mean when you said ____".

She is killing me with these comments. She stalks me all weekend and then brings it up every Monday. I feel like I am being spied on all the time. My Mom and I are close and I tell  her just about everything, but Jeez!! Some things are better just left unspoken.

So, is your Mom on Facebook? How do you handle her?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Emile Noel Robust Olive Oil Review

Healthy eating can be done in many ways. One of the first things that can be changed to help you eat healthier is by changing what you cook with. I have cooked with many different products, but most recently it was brought to my attention to start using Virgin Olive Oils as a healthy alternative.

Huilerie Emil Noel started a family run mill in 1920 that over time has become one of the most successful artisanal oil business with widespread appeal. His products are organic only and made by hand.

The organic health appeal is what brought me to try the Emile Noel Robust Olive Oil. Organic Virgin Oils are good for your health. The Virgin Oils retain all the value of their fatty acids and vitamins, providing the nutrients we need. Pure and natural, they provide the flavor and finesse of the fruits and seeds.

I tried the regular Virgin Olive Oil and it was fantastic. It was light, and had a very minimal taste to it, but just enough to bring out the flavor in the dish I was making. I was happy to see that it was a healthy alternative to using other oils.

There are several different flavors to choose from: mild olive oil, robust olive oil, sesame oil, roasted sesame oil, sunflower oil,  hazelnut oil, walnut oil, macadamia oil and sweet almond oil.
I was very happy that I had the opportunity to try this healthy oil. Emile Noel has a wonderfully delicious, healthy oil and is committed to fair trade and a Non-GMO product.
You can find Emile Noel Artisan Oils at Whole Foods Market stores. MSRP $12.99
Keep up with products and promotions by following Emile Noel on Facebook and Twitter!!
While supplied with the item in the review, I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, March 28, 2014

When Mom Is Sick - The 5 Stages We All Go Through

I am sick. S-I-C-K. While half the world is in Florida on Spring Break, I am on my couch feeling like complete hell. It was bad enough I couldn't take vacation time to be with my girls on their Spring Break, but to get sick, really??

As I sit here trying to recuperate I realized that there is a whole "Mom Process" that you go through as you are getting sick. Here are the stages:

Stage 1 - Denial - I knew something was hitting me a couple days ago, but I ignored it and kept on going. I started to sneeze a lot. Ok, maybe allergies? My body started to feel run down. No, I am sure it is nothing. It can't be that I am getting sick (runs through calendar in my head). If I get sick than the girls will get sick. That won't happen! I have a job to go to, laundry to do, dinner to make. There is no time to get sick! I am a Mom!

Stage 2 - Anxiety -I can't get sick. I can't sick. Who is going to keep up with all that I do if I get sick? How is dinner going to get made? What about the laundry? Who is going to oversee everything? Who is going to take care of me if I do get sick? Oh, that is right, I am Mom, we don't get sick.

Stage 3 - Acceptance - Ok, so I am sick. It is time to get some rest. My body hurts, my nose is plugged up and I can't do anything. It is time to get some sleep so I can be more productive tomorrow. Easier said than done!

Stage 4 - Frustration - Ok, so I am sick. I have admitted it. I can accept it now. But, now I am frustrated. I NEED sleep! No one will let me sleep. Every five minutes I have a child asking for a cup, or if they can play the computer, or for my phone or for something else. No one will let me rest. There is no rest for the wicked. The word "Mommy" is still being used every five minutes.

Stage 5 - Guilt - Ok, so I am laying here and the girls want a hug. Do they not realize I am sick? I can't tell them to go away. I have to make an attempt. Now they want a kiss? I don't want them to get this. I feel so horrible. When is the last time they ate? In my sick haze did I really just tell them they could eat Cheetos for lunch? It is time to get better and get back to being Mom.

So, as I lay here sick I realize how much effort and emotion it takes to be sick. No wonder I am so tired! Hopefully I can get some kind of rest this weekend and feel better!


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