Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WalkMS 2016

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Easter being early this year has thrown everything off for me this year. To the point that I completely forgot that the WalkMS 5K was this Sunday. I "walked" last year - meaning I did the fundraising but the day of the walk it was storming really bad out that they canceled the actual walk.

This year the forecast looks much better so I should be able to walk this year. And I'm looking to it because I was really disappointed that I didn't get to walk last year.

Todd was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few years ago and it was very scary for all of us. Todd actually changed his whole diet and that helped a lot. Right now, he's not having any issues in regards to his MS but they will most certainly change as he ages.

Todd's aunt and my cousin Gary also have MS. So I have a lot of reasons to walk for this cause! I'd love to see a cure for this.

If you'd like to donate, here's my link. If you feel so moved you can also share this post as well. And if you are local and want to come cheer me on, the walk is at Fletcher Community Park on Sunday at 2 pm. The Wellness Fair starts at 1 pm. The fair was really great last year and I got a lot of cool stuff as well as information both for Todd and things that could be applied to my own issues as well.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Disney Jamberry Battle Royale!

I was very excited when Jamberry announced that they were doing a line of nail wraps with Disney. Emily and I are going to Disney World in October, and I'm definitely going to be picking on of these wraps to wear for our trip. 

I thought it might be fun if I pitted the wraps against each other (as I get them), until I finally have a winner! So far, I've only been able to try out two of the Disney Jamberry wraps so they will be going head to head in today's battle.

First up - Mickey's Girl

If you click on the link, you will see a picture of these wraps in the catalog. But what you don't see is that the Minnie heads are just clear, which means your nail is showing through.

I'm pretty good at putting on Jamberry wraps. I use a hair dryer because I currently don't have a mini heater. But I have my technique down pat after over a year of being a Jamberry user.

These nail wraps were harder than most to put on. You had to position them very exactly to get Minnie's head center. Plus for some reason, the black top part felt like it had the consistency of electrical tape. 

The other issue I had was putting them on my big toes. My little toes are so small that I've never been able to get the wraps to stay on the way they should. So I generally put wraps on my two big toes and paint the others a matching color.

I keep my toe nails fairly short and Minnie's full head barely fit on my toes. I managed it so Minnie was not decapitated thankfully.

Once they were on, they looked pretty good. I got a lot of compliments on them from people and they were fun to wear. They did last nearly two weeks on my fingers and about a month on my toes.

Next up - Aurora's Castle!  

I'm not usually a fan of pastel colors, but I ordered these because they are currently the only wraps that have a castle on them. 

These were easy to put them on, especially compared to the Minnie wraps. They are super shiny. The pictures, both mine and the one in the catalog, can't really show how shiny and sparkly they are.
They catch the light and sparkle even more in the sunshine. The pink and blue are muted, and the castle and the roses are what catches the eye.

I love the Aurora's Castle wraps. They are the clear winner for me over the Mickey's Girl wraps. They were much easier to put on and they are beautiful which makes them fun to wear. Aurora's Castle is now my all-time favorite Jamberry wraps.

Once I can order more Disney Jamberry wraps, Aurora's Castle will have to defend their title as Disney Wrap Champion (for me anyway)!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Lent and Soda

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I'm Lutheran and for us, it's not required we give something up for Lent. Over the years, I've sometimes given things up but most of the time I don't. But this year, I originally decided to give up soda. Right before Ash Wednesday (which is the start of Lent), I decided to also give up fast food because I was eating far too much of it.

It's been a big pain in the butt - which I suppose is the point. It's not worth giving something up if you don't suffer a little bit without it.

The fast food part isn't a huge deal. I miss it but not like how I miss soda. Oh soda, I wish I could drink you up!

Especially this week, I've been really wanting Vernor's badly. I caught a bug and I've been very nauseous all week. This also gave me a pretty bad migraine because my body hates me. I've been mostly drinking water and V8 Strawberry Lemonade (which I water down because it's too sweet on it's own).

But I can't have water when I'm sick to my stomach, and the lemonade isn't great either. But I will be strong! I will not drink soda or eat fast food until Easter! And even after that, I'm hoping to eat / drink much less of both.

Jesus suffered and died to wash away my sins. Least I can do is give up on a few conveniences for those 40 days.