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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gel Nails that LAST!!!

    This post is for everyone out there that does their own gel nails at home. I have been doing my own for years on and off. I had trouble getting my gel polish to stay on for more than a week. They would chip and break constantly. I found something that has solved my problem and I wanted to share with you lovelies. It is a nail dehydrator called Gelish Harmony pH Bond Dehydrator. I apply this to my clean nails and let it dry before applying my base coat of gel polish. It has made all the difference in my gel polish staying on. The will stay until I remove them with acetone. 

Here is the link for the polish: 
     Also, I wanted to share the nail polish that I ordered from Amazon Prime. It is inexpensive and very good quality. They have a variety of colors. 
Here is the link for the pink and white shades: 

Here are some other colors that I love. They are super cheap and awesome quality!     
Here is the link for these colors:

This is the LED light I use to cure my nails. It works great and is from Sensationail. 

Here is the link: 

     If you don't already, please check and out and subscribe to my YouTube channels. One is dedicated to my beauty and hair videos The other is a crafting / lifestyle blog

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Monday, April 30, 2018

BIG Lips Fast! JuvaLips Review and Demo

     I love the JuvaLips lip plumping device! It makes my lips look twice as big! The results can last for several hours. The more the use it, the bigger your lips will look over time! Check out the before and after photo.

The video for how to use the JuvaLips device is :
     You can get 25% off the JuvaLips by using the code "Juvalips25" at
Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out my social media and YouTube channels. :)
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Keto Sausage Ball Recipe and Meal Prep Video

This is the Keto sausage ball recipe link that I used in my meal prep video on my YouTube page. These were beyond delicious! They tasted better than the ones made with Bisquick. I found the recipe on the Keto Size Me Blog:

Here is the link to my Keto Meal Prep video. I share my meals for the week. I make them on Sundays so I'm good for the week. :) 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

DIY: Big Paper Rose Tutorial

I absolutely love the look of paper flowers. So, I decided to film a tutorial on YouTube for a big paper rose. I'm also posting the pattern here for download! Please subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel for more tutorials. Please leave a comment if you would like to see a tutorial on a different type of flower. :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Giving Birth

     If you're not pregnant, then this post may not relate to you. Just a little warning. However, maybe you plan on getting pregnant one day so this may be right up your alley. :) I worked on two videos this week. I know, that huge for me! I've been slacking on the video making lately. Life has been busy and I don't see it slowing down after my little "bundle of boy" comes along. The first video I filmed was "What I Packed in My Hospital Bag." This just shows what I'm bringing along to the hospital. Hope you enjoy. :)

**Update: I said in the video that I would update on my blog the items I brought to the hospital. Some items I needed and some I did not! lol While I was in the hospital, I wore the hospital gowns. I didn't wear the clothes I brought. I only stayed one day in the hospital. They asked me to stay one extra day, but I wanted to go home. I wasn't getting any rest whatsoever in the hospital. You will want to bring some kind of shoes for the shower, I didn't so this is highly recommended. Also, some slippers for when you are walking around. Also, bring a nice outfit to get your baby's picture in. I'm filing a video introducing my sweet baby boy Carson to everyone. I will also post the cute pictures from the hospital. The hospital I delivered at had a photographer that came to my room and took pictures of the baby. It was so nice to have that option.

There were a few things I didn't need to bring. I didn't need to bring my own feminine products because the ones the hospital had worked much better.  Also, the hospital doesn't clip babies nails, so you will definitely want to bring some to do this yourself. Carson had long fingernails and scratched his face a few times. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below. I look forward to sharing my birth story with you either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel. I'm not sure yet..... The YouTube channel I will use is  Please subscribe to stay up to date on all my social media!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Paint Laminate Furniture

This brown laminate chest of drawers used to be in Camryn's room. I decided to get her a new one and paint this one for the baby's room. As you can see, it was pretty "blah" before. It is just a cheap chest my husband purchased from Walmart when he lived in Fort Bragg. I wanted to paint it a bright color that would stand out in the room. The colors I have in the nursery are navy, white, and turquoise. My husband tells me that it clashes but I don't think so. I'm doing a nautical theme and the mobile has all of the above mentioned color in it. So, what does he know about decorating anyway! LOL I wanted to share my experience with how I painted this chest using spray paint. 

I love using spray paint. It is so much faster. However, if you don't use the proper techniques, you will end up with a furniture piece that chips. As we all know "Ain't nobody got time for that."  Here are the steps I used to complete this project.
Step One: You definitely want to prime your furniture piece. The good news is, you can get spray primer for that too! Primer is important. Laminate has a shiny finish, you want to prime so the paint adheres better to the furniture and helps cover the color of the furniture. Primer will adhere to laminate. You don't want to forget this step. There are different primers available. You can brush them on or paint them. The one I posted was the Kilz Original. You can purchase all the above products at Lowe's.

Step Two: I used Valspar Paint and Primer in One spray paint. I still recommend using a primer even though the paint says it has primer. I just feel like it helps with the painting because you don't need as many coats. The color I chose is "Exotic Sea." I love the way it turned out! I also painted some wall decor with this spray paint for the nursery. I though I'd share those. I will be posting a YouTube video to show the nursery soon!
 Sorry for the horrible quality of the anchor. It was taken with my iPhone that is on the fritz!

Make sure you lay something down when you are painting to protect your floors. My cousin Breanna and I had a mini disaster while painting this chest. We were spray painting away, and when we finished we noticed the paint went into the central air unit! We weren't even close to it! We took the water hose and sprayed it off, which removed most of it! So, be warned. I would paint in your yard or far, far away from your house!

Step Three: This is the final step in painting laminate (over than letting it dry/ cure.) I gave the top of the chest 3 coats of Polycrylic to help protect it from the paint chipping and peeling. I didn't paint the entire piece, only the top. Polycrylic is great for painted furniture. It is clear and really seals the piece to keep it from being damaged. I prefer using Purdy brushes. They are great and last a long time. I purchased the ones I used from Home Depot, but you can get them anywhere.
I kept the handles the same color on this chest. You could always spray them as well. :)

Here's the finished product. I'm very happy with how this turned out! I hope you found this blog post helpful. Please subscribe to my blog and my other social media. I have two YouTube channels. I have a beauty / hair channel where I focus on my hair extensions, makeup, and fashion:
I also have a DIY channel called Camryn's Closet. You can find my maternity / pregnancy tutorials there as well.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's A Boy!! Pregnancy Update!

I haven't posted here in a long time. Please accept my sincere apologies. As you can see from the title, I'm pregnant! I'm about 29 weeks to be exact. We found out that we are having a boy. Which is very exciting for my husband T.J. and daughter Camryn. I have a few names in mind for him but nothing definite. If you have any cute names for boys, please list them in the comments! I had so many names picked out when I was pregnant with my daughter, but boy names are harder for me. I haven't found many that I like. 

So far, I've gained 16 pounds. My Doctor said that was about where I need to be. Weight was an issue when I was pregnant with Camryn. I gained a lot of weight! I couldn't believe how big I was! I was extremely swollen at the end of my pregnancy which added to the weight gain. I instantly lost that weight after Camryn was born. However, it took me a looonnngggg time to lose the baby weight. I ate whatever I wanted to with my first pregnancy. I kept telling myself that it was okay because "I was pregnant." I don't have that mind set with this pregnancy. I haven't exercised much with this pregnancy, I need to start.Stretch marks are whole different problem. I got stretch marks on my thighs and hips. I only got a couple on my stomach. I hate stretch marks! There really isn't anything you can do to prevent them. I don't haven't noticed any so far, so fingers crossed. 

I just wanted to update my blog since I rarely do. I always have good intentions about keeping up my blog and YouTube channels, but having a daughter, working a full time job, and a side business leaves me with little extra time. I'm leaving you with a few pictures of my baby bump. I haven't kept up with the once a month pregnancy photos. I'm a slacker. Until next time.......

21 WEEKS :)


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