Thursday, November 6, 2014

Paying It Forward With Jamberry Nails

It's hard having a pity party when I think of my friend Kristin. She is warm, bubbly and always smiling, but what most people probably don't see is her pain. Kristin, a mom of two elementary school-aged boys, suffers from several medical conditions that keep her activities limited and often times in bed resting.

I first met Kristin five-years-ago at my local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group. She was the MOPS coordinator and excitedly welcomed me into the group. Kristin was the life of the party at MOPS, and every two Tuesdays a month, us sleep-deprived moms had the best mornings ever-- coffee, breakfast, games, crafts, and adult conversation. Then she got sick, and was in-and-out of the hospital for tests and surgeries. Recently her precious family moved to be closer to her husband's family, yet through all these set-backs; Kristin is still smiling.

I don't know how she does it, but Kristin shared a few tips with me about how she saves her sanity and femininity in a house full of boys ( 2-boys, 1-hubby).

On keeping her SanitySeeing people smile is the best. I've recently started sending Random Acts of Kindness because it does my soul good. 

Her Femininity -I love makeup and of course doing my nails. I'm kind of obsessed with lip glosses!

Kristin volunteering at her boy's school Fall Festival.

Kristin enjoys doing her nails so much that she became a Jamberry Consultant. She was initially attracted to Jamberry products based on their quality and affordability plus it allowed her to raise money for her nephew going on a trip to Korea. That's Kristin for you, always thinking of others, but somehow she is figured out the correlation between helping others while persevering her sanity.

A Jamicure by Kristin.

"I giveaway (Jamberry Nails) almost more than I sell," says Kristin.  "I'm donating 90 gift bags to a girls beach retreat for example. It has however given me purpose and passion which makes me happy and that helps my family in every way."

Circumstances tell a lot about a person, and although Kristin's haven't always been pleasant; she is determined to make a difference. She encourages me when I'm struggling to keep my sanity and femininity, and about to attend the pity party. It's her example that that motivates me to look beyond myself and help others.

Kristin wants to brighten your day and help save your sanity. She's giving away a sheet of Jamberry Nail wraps. One sheet is equal to two manicures and two pedicures. Enter below to win. Also be sure to visit her online store at Kristin's Jamberry Nails.

What are some ways you pay it forward or give to others?

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Behind the Scenes at the Food Lion Frugal Cook Off

I hope you had a chance to read about my magical experience as a contestant at the Food Lion Frugal Cook Off. You can (read about it here), but I wanted to show you the video that Food Lion produced. I love how they took snippets of the event and pieced it together to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look. Enjoy.

You can also read about the other contestants experiences and enter to win a $100 gift card to Food Lion.

My super talented teammate- Kelley Chisholm
The stylish & fun- Jen Lawrence

My team's surprise protein was chicken, and we made Rustic Lemon Chicken. What would you have made?

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