Amazing Nails

I fell in love with the art of doing nails while training for my master Cosmetology license. The sad thing is that after a many years of having acrylic, silk, and gel applied to my nails I developed an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in all of these processes. It didn’t’ show up until I was almost finished with school and now I can’t get near the stuff without itchy, burning fingers. However, it hasn’t dulled my love of the art of applying polish and I’ll continue to learn new and fun ways to apply bling to my natural nails. On another note, I do have to keep my nails short, more of a sport length, since I’m also a licensed Aesthetician and doing more with skin care than with hair.

Oh…and I just have to say to all the non-professionals out there…you paint barns, but I POLISH nails, you wash cloths, but I SHAMPOO hair, and last but not least, you pluck chickens, but I tweeze eyebrows. So don’t ever say the word ‘paint’ when referring to nails ~ it’s POLISH, or don’t tell me you haven’t washed your hair in a week ~ it’s time to SHAMPOO it, and for God’s sake don’t pluck your eyebrows ~ you TWEEZE them. That verbiage is the best way of distinguishing an amateur from a professional.

The Hottest New Patented Technology in Nail Color.

7 Nail Essentials from Celebrity Manicurist April Foreman


Summer 2013 Top Coats

Don’t you just love these lattice nails?

For some really amazing nails, Click the link to see them ==>

This is so pretty! Do you want to try this?

Some exotic professional & non-professional designs along with simple yet interesting custom ideas to try at home. Click the link to see them ==>

Newspaper Nail Art. This step-by-step video will show you how to create newspaper nails. It’s a very simple technique!

For all you beginner nail art admirers, see nine ways to play with your digits – no skills required ==>

Easy Quick Nail Art Design Red Black & Silver

Good looking nail art–Subscribe to LOVE4NAILS

I ♥ this pink to purple ombre! What do you think?!
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The key to working with holographic polish is how you hold the brush.
For detailed instructions, click the link ==>

Base color is China Glaze For Audrey then stamped with Orly French Tip White using BM317.

Shellac is a nail product that lasts for at least 14 days without chipping, scratching, or smudging. Click the link to read step-by-step application process ==>

Nail Art’s New Wave: "Pop Fizz" nail art pattern! Click the link to see step-by-step slideshow and get ready to become a pop star ==>

Perfect Roses. Love it! Click the link for step-by-step tut how to achieve the perfect nail art DIY roses, also where to get the complete nail art kit ==>

Nail designs can easily be done at home. Click the link to learn how to do nail designs ==>

There are a lot of cool ways to do your nails with nail pens. They’re easier to manipulate than nail polish brushes. Click the link to learn ==>

OPI launched a new polish collection. It is called Mariah Carey Collection. Click the link to see more shades of this OPI liquid sand polish ==>

Decorate your own nails at home easily and quickly with just a few simple tools and your own nail polish. Click the link to find out ==>

Ready to move beyond the old smooth polish look and into something a little more edgy? Click the link to see how to give yourself a caviar manicure ==>

Inspired By: Burberry  = Iconic and timeless tartan plaid
Click the link to see what you need to complete this look ==>

Strawberry nail art is one way to add the pretty sweetness of the strawberry to your fashion look. Click to learn how to create Strawberry Nails Art with an easy how to tutorial using very little tools and supplies ==>

How to Use the Last Bit of Nail Polish ==>

20 Pain Killers in your Kitchen

Found this on Pinterest, which connected to

– Murlidhar Naidu, I hope you don’t mind that I linked this back to you since it was found on your photo blog – if so, please let me know. It’s a great article and one that I felt should be shared…again and again.


Make muscle pain a memory with ginger

When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.


Cure a toothache with cloves

Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks.

Heal heartburn with cider vinegar

Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. “Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain,” explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.

Erase earaches with garlic

Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors’ offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To whip up your own garlic oil gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.


Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries

Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you’re one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing ’s Michigan State University . Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University . His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.

Fight tummy troubles with fish

Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases…if your belly always seems to be in an uproar, try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your misery. Repeated studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and belly pain and, in some cases, provide as much relief as corticosteroids and other prescription meds. “EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract,” explains biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead , MA . For best results, look for oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring.


Prevent PMS with yogurt

Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York ’s Columbia University . “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University .


Tame chronic pain with turmeric

Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That’s because turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.

End endometrial pain with oats

The ticket to soothing endometriosis pain could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Endometriosis occurs when little bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus. Experts say these migrating cells can turn menstruation into a misery, causing so much inflammation that they trigger severe cramping during your period, plus a heavy ache that drags on all month long. Fortunately, scientists say opting for a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months. That’s because oats don’t contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear, explains Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University .


Soothe foot pain with salt

Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California ’s Stanford University . The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it’s anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.


Prevent digestive upsets with pineapple

Got gas? One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours, say researchers at California ’s Stanford University . That’s because pineapple is naturally packed with proteolytic enzymes, digestive aids that help speed the breakdown of pain-causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine, say USDA researchers.


Relax painful muscles with peppermint

Suffering from tight, sore muscles? Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren’t properly treated, says naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book, The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies. His advice: Three times each week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves — a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half, says Stengler.

Give your back some TLC with grapes

Got an achy back? Grapes could be the ticket to a speedy recovery. Recent studies at Ohio State University suggest eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues (and often within three hours of enjoying the first bowl). That’s great news because your back’s vertebrae and shock-absorbing discs are completely dependent on nearby blood vessels to bring them healing nutrients and oxygen, so improving blood flow is essential for healing damaged back tissue, says Stengler.


Wash away pain injuries with water

Whether it’s your feet, your knees or your shoulders that are throbbing, experts at New York ’s Manhattan College , say you could kick-start your recovery in one week just by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Why? Experts say water dilutes, and then helps flush out, histamine, a pain-triggering compound produced by injured tissues. “Plus water is a key building block of the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones, your joints’ lubricating fluid, and the soft discs in your spine,” adds Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D., author of the book, The Good Mood Diet. “And when these tissues are well-hydrated, they can move and glide over each other without causing pain.” One caveat: Be sure to measure your drinking glasses to find out how large they really are before you start sipping, she says. Today’s juice glasses often hold more than 12 ounces, which means five servings could be enough to meet your daily goal.


Heal sinus problems with horseradish

Latest studies show sinusitis is the nation’s number one chronic health problem. And this condition doesn’t just spur congestion and facial pain, it also makes sufferers six times more likely to feel achy all-over. Horseradish to the rescue! According to German researchers, this eye-watering condiment naturally revs up blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping to open and drain clogged sinuses and heal sinus infections more quickly than decongestant sprays do. The study-recommended dose: One teaspoon twice daily (either on its own, or used as a sandwich or meat topping) until symptoms clear.

Beat bladder infections with blueberries

Eating 1 cup of blueberries daily, whether you opt for them fresh, frozen or in juice form, can cut your risk of a urinary tract infection (UTIs) by 60 percent, according to researchers at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. That’s because blueberries are loaded with tannins, plant compounds that wrap around problem-causing bacteria in the bladder, so they can’t get a toehold and create an infection, explains Amy Howell, Ph.D. a scientist at Rutgers University .

Heal mouth sores with honey

Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear, and they’ll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, say researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates . Raw honey’s natural enzymes zap inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues, say the study authors.

Fight breast pain with flax

In one recent study, adding 3 tablespoons of ground flax to their daily diet eased breast soreness for one in three women within 12 weeks. Scientists credit flax’s phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds that prevent the estrogen spikes that can trigger breast pain. More good news: You don’t have to be a master baker to sneak this healthy seed into your diet. Just sprinkle ground flax on oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce or add it to smoothies and veggie dips.

Cure migraines with coffee

Prone to migraines? Try muscling-up your painkiller with a coffee chaser. Whatever over-the-counter pain med you prefer, researchers at the National Headache Foundation say washing it down with a strong 12- ounce cup of coffee will boost the effectiveness of your medication by 40 percent or more. Experts say caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly and more effectively.


Tame leg cramps with tomato juice

At least one in five people regularly struggle with leg cramps. The culprit? Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages or heavy perspiration during exercise. But sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you’ll not only speed your recovery, you’ll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers.

Then and Now…Are we Really that Old?



OMG….I’m 54 and I KNOW I don’t look as this old


Aging gracefully


Now that’s just not a nice angle…shame on the photographer!


Not too shabby…proves some do get better with age!


Cut your hair man…you are not and never were a Rock Star!


I’ll bet she still cleans up nicely


I have my doubts on whether or not his is really the same people – just look at the nose on Tyne Daley…nah….if that’s her she needs to sue her plastic surgeon.


Whose he again?


Still gorgeous after all these years!


A little too much sun over the years


Still two of my favorite peeps!


Maybe he’s a nice grandpa?


So much talent – Love Paul Anka!


Gorgeous then and Gorgeous now!!!


Yep, I’m sure he’s a nice grandpa!


Will always remember him as ‘Doc’ from his role in “Back to the Future”


Needs a makeover…then again maybe I do too


Oh heaven help her!


Lookin good for 79



Pinterest Christmas Queen

Twas the season and Yes, I admit it I am addicted to “Pinterest”. Some of you may not have heard of this social media site, but it is well worth looking into. It’s filled with millions of pictures and information. I find it very peaceful and relaxing to just scroll through all the different pictures and subjects that I enjoy. It is certainly different than Facebook where you never know what you say may be attacked or you may be targeted by certain people. I think you will find it a pleasant difference. The pictures below are of Holiday Mantels I’d love to duplicate one day!

Christmas Mantle

You are invited to follow any of my boards anytime. Let me know if you see something worthwhile. I love sharing websites this way. So if you’ve not discovered Pinterest, now is as good a time as any.

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The Night Before Christmas

A Classic!

Download and enjoy this Holiday Classic powerpoint presentation. It was created by Nubia using art by Mary Englebrite. Hopefully there isn’t a copyright infringement here by Nubia…but it is a beautiful presentation of my favorite childhood Christmas story.

The Night Before Christmas

Or enjoy Walt Disney – The Night Before Christmas – on youtube

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup or brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.

Add one peastoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok, try another cup just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy.

Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit off the floor.

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who geeves a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table.

Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.

Cherry Mistmas !

Browse Inside The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

Every child deserves to have this classic on their bookshelf. Click on the link above to take a peek inside and see the beautiful illustrations that only Mary Engelbreit can do.

Browse Inside The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit.

My Holiday Gift To You; For Real

By Roy H. Williams

Tom Hennen has a line in his poem, The Life of a Day, that says,

“We examine each day before us with barely a glance and say, ‘no, this isn’t one I’ve been looking for,’ and wait in a bored sort of way for the next, when we are convinced, our lives will start for real.”

That line is a little bit frightening because you read it and realize you’re guilty. You’ve been waiting for that day when your life will start “for real.”

The trouble with life is that it’s just so daily.

I share this with you because I’ve been thinking about my two grandfathers who are dead and my father who is likewise and I’ve come to the obvious conclusion:

Live while you have the chance.

Papa was a rolling stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home…” – The Temptations, 1971

In the final moments of his life, my father scribbled a note for me to find. In barely legible pencil he scrawled, “All the little things in life add up to your life. If you don’t get it right then nothing else matters. It gets lonely in the promised land by yourself.”

My Dad died lonely, I think, because he never made deep commitments. My father’s confession of his loneliness makes me sad, but his scribbled note tells me he wanted me to learn from his mistake.

I meet a lot of people who sigh deeply and say they’re looking for their passion, something to set their souls on fire and send beams of light shining out through their eyes.

But the people with light shining from their eyes know this:

Passion does not produce commitment.
Commitment produces passion.

Solomon, that wise king, spent years of his life searching for passion. In chapter 9 of the chronicle of that search, the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

People read that and think Solomon is saying, "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die," but that’s not it at all. He’s saying, "Throw your whole heart into whatever you do. Live while you have the chance."

This is my Holiday gift to you,
I hope you will receive it:

Find something that needs to be done
and throw yourself headlong into it.

Let today
be the day
your life begins
for real.

Roy H. Williams

"May you live all the days of your life."
– Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels

Pinterest Queen, I admit it I am addicted to Pinterest. Some of you may not have heard of this social media site, but it is well worth looking into. It’s filled with millions of pictures and information. I find it very peaceful and relaxing to just scroll through all the different pictures and subjects that I enjoy. It is certainly different than Facebook where you never know what you say may be attacked or you may be targeted by certain people. I think you will find it a pleasant difference.

You are invited to follow any of my boards anytime. Let me know if you see something worthwhile. I love sharing websites this way. So if you have not discovered Pinterest, Now is a good time.

Follow me on Pinterest!

Ariel’s Dream Jewelry Cabinet

Ariel has about a million things in her underwater treasure trove. If you’re wondering how she keeps it all organized, well, the secret’s out. With this mirror cabinet, organizing your jewelry will be a breeze! 

Mirror Cabinat_2011a

It may look like a full length mirror, perfect for you to parade your outfits in, but open it up and there are rows upon rows of hooks and shallow shelves, just waiting for you to fill up with all your trinkets and baubles! The cabinet is also lockable, to keep your precious shiny things out of reach of prying eyes and sticky hands.

Mirror Cabinat_2011b

Mirror Cabinat_2011c

Mirror Cabinat_2011d

Since I came across this on pinterest and after clicking on the photo it took me to a website in Malaysia. Guess I won’t be ordering it off the web any time soon. On the other hand…my brother-in-law is a wizard with wood…I wonder if this is a task he would consider taking on? 

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