Valentine’s Day Gift!

Valentine’s Day Gift!

Happy February!

At the end of last month, Jamberry came out with a fun and exciting little product bundle for Valentine’s day including a lip gloss, lacquer, and nail wrap. I ordered it on the day it launched and today it arrived! By this time, the only hope for getting this bundle in time for actual Valentine’s Day is express shipping but let’s be honest… does a girl really need a holiday to pamper herself or be pampered by someone else? Didn’t think so.

So here’s the deal. Head here to snag up this bundle, worth $51, for only $40! You’ll automatically receive 1 Sheen Queen lip gloss (pink, color shifting, and bright) and 1 Sugar Mama nail lacquer (sheer pink, sparkly, and color shifting- great for a top coat on your fave color), along with your choice of any 1 of the Valentine’s Day nail wraps. Not going to get it in time for the big day? No worries. Most of the wrap designs are totally versatile! Not feeling the whole bundle? Grab the lip gloss, lacquer, or nail wraps individually for $18, $18, and $15, respectively!

Want a peek at these products and how they actually look ON (and see me looking like an excited little girl playing with make up while my Mini destroys the house just off screen)? Head to my Facebook page and check out my LIVE from tonight here!

Happy pampering and pink lips, ladies. 😉

Our Kindermusik Free Trial

Our Kindermusik Free Trial

I first learned about our local Kindermusik class through a post in a mom’s group on Facebook. I’ve been searching for things to keep us both entertained lately and am a music education fan so after checking out the website and contacting the teacher, I was pretty excited for our free trial class!

(I’ll note here that I’m in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Kindermusik. Everyone is welcome to a free trial class, according to their website. Also, I can speak only for the local class that I personally attended. It seems the classes and materials are streamlined through the company but, of course, different instructors and locations will shape different experiences.)

Travel Group: Me (mid20’s-F) and Mini (8 months-M)

Location: My class was located in a church preschool. Very welcoming and safe location with locked doors on a back road off a major highway. No complaints here.

Parking: Locations will obviously vary. Ours had a nice spacious parking lot. Thank goodness. Don’t ask me to parallel park.

Timing: The location closest to me has infant class in the late morning on a weekday. This is perfect for us. If it’s too early there’s no way I’m making it on time and too late runs into lunch and afternoon nap time crankiness. Late morning: perfect. The weekday timing is great for us, too. I’m a work from home mom and having something to do to get out of the house is wonderful. On the other hand, I can see how this could be a downside for mamas who work outside the home. The length of class is about 45 minutes. This worked well for us too as a happy medium between too short and too long!

Cost: Free trial is obviously free. The proper full 8 week session is $100. That includes the 8 classes as well as some take-home supplies like a book, cd, and age-appropriate instrument so you can continue the fun at home. It breaks down to approximately $13/class. If you find music education valuable, it’s worth it. We will likely try to enroll any time I know we will be available for all classes in the session, skipping times when I know we’ll be away for vacation or holidays.

Activities: All activities are simple, teacher-led fun that is made for mommy (or other adult)/baby interaction as well as some baby to baby interaction. We started with a hello song that called out each baby individually and ended with a goodbye song that did the same. We played with shakers, scarves, instruments, and other supplies. Music was provided through both a CD and the group singing (No worries. Voices blend- you don’t need to be a pro vocalist to fit in here). We did some activities standing and others sitting. We did active sections with bouncing, clapping, dancing, and lifting and also calm sections where we sat and read with our little ones, rocked them, practiced infant massage, and even paired up to create towel hammocks for the babies to test out. I felt the pace and blend of activities was fantastic for the age of our little music students.

Appropriate Ages: Kindermusik splits their sessions by age. Mini and I are in the 0-18 month group. Our class included a range from a 1 month old to a 16 month old and all seemed to enjoy and get along in harmony and happiness. Both the teacher and other mamas seemed understanding and encouraging when there was any fussing or rogue wandering in the group.

Staff: The teacher is fabulous. She’s a woman with 2 grown children of her own who clearly really enjoys these classes and cares about the children. There were many of us there for the free trial along with the regular students and with one quick check she remembered every child’s name for the hello and good bye songs and everything in between. (I’ve been going to a breastfeeding group for months and can only remember like two names so this is top level impressive in my mind. Ha.) She was energetic and sweet with that genuine mothering warmth. It’s clear she really believes in what she was sharing with us mommies and babies and did a wonderful job of educating and having fun while balancing the class and still giving moments of individual attention.

Atmosphere: Physically it was a very clean and soft atmosphere. We took off our shoes, sat in a circle on a big gym mat, neutral walls, sunshine coming in the windows… typical daycare playroom. Posters were hung on the walls with song lyrics and activity instructions. (Psst, same posters also point out all the neat benefits each activity has like musical, social, physical, etc) As cheesy as it sounds, it was an overall quiet and safe space for little ones to play and learn. No harsh lights, loud sounds, crazy ruckus (well, except when the shakers came out), or otherwise undesirable elements.

Fellow Guests: All the other mommas seem lovely. I would imagine that an infant music class brings in a particular type of person so we are all bound to get along. In general, I got a warm and welcome feeling for both Mini and myself.

Navigation: Class was in a daycare, not a labyrinth. First door on the right kind of situation here. 😉 However, I did take a wrong turn getting there. Nothing new for me. Rite-Aid was not, indeed, the place hosting Kindermusik.

Breastfeeding friendly: That’d be a big yes. I asked to stay to feed my little man after class and was warmly welcomed to take all the time I need. Turns out the teacher nursed her two sons until they were almost 3! I chose to stay after and not interrupt our class but I would imagine we also could have easily stepped to the side during class as well with no problems. I just didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Pack: Nothing more than you would bring on any regular trip out. All class supplies are provided.

DayTay Tips: Give it a try. Come ready to participate and enjoy. Be silly, sing, and laugh. Also- wear comfortable clothes you can move in and clean socks with no holes. 😂

Overall rating: 5/5

Summary: We had a blast. Will be signing up for class and going again!

Check out the Kindermusik site and find a class near you HERE.

*Live in Easten PA and interested in learning which class we tried? Send me a quick message and I’ll let you know!


Side Note

Earlier this week I took my son to music class, visited both sets of grandparents, took him out with his aunt, gave him time to play and explore with his cousin, and brought him to a local tot time for socialization and gross motor play in a big space with new toys.

Yesterday I wrapped my baby’s bottom in a grocery bag because I forgot to pack an extra diaper cover and today I gave him a cat toy to play with in the car.

Some days you’re a rockstar and some days you’re just a rock…

How To Work From Home

How To Work From Home

At the beginning of last year I left my full time retail management job to work from home. It has been the best thing for myself and my family, especially my handsome little Mini Man. I get a LOT of questions and “I wish I could work from home” comments from people, particularly ladies wanting to be their own boss, spend more time with their kids, or make some extra cash on the side. For me, leaving my retail job has opened up the ability to help my father with his business and pursue the dream of opening a wedding and event venue with my sister. I want to take a minute to share what I actually do in my work from home businesses because, good news all, both jobs have a big NOW HIRING sign on the door… your door, consequently.

#1. I get paid to share photos and do Facebook live videos. I chat with ladies online and hang out with them and their friends in their homes. I make money by having pretty nails and giving other ladies pretty nails, too! I can benefit myself and my favorite charities by running informative and entertaining fundraisers. I am part of the most amazing team of ladies spread out across the country who encourage, support, and inspire me. I am my own boss. My child can join me in this business whenever I choose.

#2. I am a Fairy Godmother. I work to make one of the most important days of people’s lives absolutely perfect. I plan, organize, and design weddings. I calm nerves and create excitement. I relieve stress by sitting and chatting and brainstorming creative solutions. Occasionally I climb through church windows and drive around on golf carts. (Kidding. Mostly.) I have the honor of leading an incredible team of local ladies and encouraging and enabling them to reach their own goals. I make my own schedule and work as much or as little as I like but still have the support of a strong brand and company name behind me. This one, btw, gives me the occasional time AWAY from my child (cause mommas know we need that too 😉).

Just in case you were wondering… this could absolutely be you, too. If you’re interested, please Please PLEASE message me. Working from home is 100% a lot of hard work but it’s work I can do in my own home, in my own office or on my own couch, snuggled up with my baby (human or furry). I want to share more details and share the opportunity with you! Be a #BossBabe with me in 2018!!!

Number One Piece of Parenting Advice

Number One Piece of Parenting Advice

I’m only 8 months in over here but I’ve already got my number one piece of parenting advice for the rest of my career as “mom”. Want to hear it? 

Stop listening to parenting advice. 

Okay, okay. That’s probably a bit extreme. Let me try this instead: Above all else, trust yourself. If you need support, find your tribe of like-minded mommas (or daddies) and listen to what they have to say. Then use it IF you feel it’ll work for you. 

Here’s my point, moms and dads… Every child is different. Every parent is different. Every family is different. Sharing advice, personal stories, and opinions is great. You know what’s not great? Getting down on yourself because someone else’s “golden secret” doesn’t work for you or makes you uncomfortable. Trust yourself and those mama bear instincts. Try different things. Be prepared to accept defeat and move on. Don’t ever be sorry for doing what’s best for your child. 

Let me take a moment to share an example. I’m going to share my current sleep secret. Are you ready? Its a good one. My 8 month old infant sleeps on a stack of blankets on the floor. 😂 Let me explain myself here before I’m reported to CPS…

The past month my little man has had a heck of a time staying asleep at night. I read article after article full of sleep tips and ‘ultimate sleep secrets’. I’ve gone from feeling like I don’t show him enough love to feeling like I’m coddling him too much. This is where finding your tribe and knowing your parenting style comes into play. I, personally, should have never read any article about crying it out. I’m not against it for others but my soul can’t take it and I really think my stubborn child would go blue before settling down. It won’t work for us and THAT’S OKAY. On the other end of the spectrum, I’m also not willing to have him constantly sleep in my room until he’s much older and THAT’S OKAY, TOO. Know who you are and who your child is and look for advice that fits the two of you. Don’t let yourself obsess and feel bad over advice that isn’t your style. 

After so much searching, it hit me that none of it was working and ‘What am I doing?’ because I know my child better than any random online article. So I watched him that night on the monitor. When I stepped back and paid attention to my child instead of desperately searching for an answer from strangers, I found the answer. It turns out being a crazy bed hog must be genetic. Just as I roll around and flail like crazy in my sleep, so does my son. He was trying to roll and spin and go crazy in his sleep and kept slamming into the sides of his bed and waking himself. That’s why he now has a blanket bed. Plenty of space, no fall risk, and no slamming into sides. It’s what works for us. If I would’ve trusted my own instincts instead of running to the internet to compare myself to all the “my baby sleeps perfectly” moms, I could’ve saved myself a lot of stress and negativity, along with a few extra of those sleepless nights. 

So. Call me crazy, ladies and gents, but that’s my advice. Stop looking for advice and start trusting yourself. Nobody knows your child better than you. You’ve got this mama bear (and papa bear, too)!

January Jamberry New Product!

January Jamberry New Product!

Happy new year and happy new month! 
One of my absolute favorite parts of a new month is getting my ‘JamGram’ email with new products and big Jamberry updates. (Seriously, I wake up to feed my baby and can be found scrolling my email at 2 am when I should be going back to bed. I may have a problem.) So here’s my monthly round up of new products and news with my thoughts on it all! 


This month we have a blue-ish gray lacquer called “Northward”. If you had told me our Colour Pop was going to be gray this month I would have done the ultimate facepalm. Gray? GRAY?! But guess what? I. LOVE. IT. I love the light pastel hue and the way this shade is going to be absolutely gorgeous paired with pale pink. Can we say Valentine’s Day?!

The Colour Pop wrap for the month is a classy dusty rose and clear named “Ever Quest.” Jamberry tells me it is inspired by henna and features lace-like florals and geometrics. This is another winner in my book and would be perfect layered over “Northward” lacquer or even applied on its own. Ten points to this month’s Colour Pop selection. Coincidentally, last month’s Baltic Blue gel is also still available and is an incredible azure blue.


Here comes the Stylebox selection! (If you aren’t aware, Stylebox is a monthly subscription box offered by Jamberry. You choose 2 wraps from an exclusive selection of 6 for only $25 and can add other product, as well, to your ‘ships for free’ package!) This month’s theme is ‘Power Pink.’ It’s lovely and perfect for Valentine’s day. My top 2 are ‘Lady in Plaid’ and ‘Real Queen.’ I’m always up for a good plaid and the pink stripes with silver speak to me. 😉 I must admit, however, that none of these made me say I NEED THIS and I may skip this month in order to spend on products above. The company has been really hitting it out of the park lately so I’m grateful for seeing something new that doesn’t make me want to immediately throw my wallet at it. 😂😧


Happy Valentine’s Day! These limited time love-themed wraps are adorable. ‘Hearts A Glow’ returns from last year and the rest are new designs. I’m a HUGE fan of all of these designs and really can’t pick a favorite. I love the variety of shades and finishes that offer a little bit of something for everyone. Let me also mention that the throwback ‘Hearts A Glow’ is a glow in the dark wrap… use them as you see fit. 😉😂


Ooooooh yes! Our awesome matte lip lacquers that came out in a (kind of expensive) bundle for the holidays are now available separately for only $25 each! It seems that for now they’ve decided to release the more mild ‘Charming’ and ‘Coy’ along with a brand new vibrant pink called ‘Flirt Alert’. I tested out the neutral colors back when they were first released in a bundle and really like the product. They are soft and smooth with no funky smells or harsh chemical taste or feel while maintaining the matte look. Ladies immediately started begging for seperates. We asked and Jamberry listened. Thank you, home office.


Jamberry has officially announced that the $25 ‘Pick Your Passion’ digital starter kit is a permanent option after 2 months of testing! I’m super excited for this, as it gives ladies the option to join at a low cost and decide exactly where they want to focus their energy! 

And so completes the beginning-of-the -month round up! You can check out all these products and opportunities in greater detail at and contact me any time with questions!

I’m excited for January and all the new things it brings us and looking forward to even MORE exciting news and announcements from our home office. Keep an eye out for updates, ladies. They’re gonna be good!