Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gelish: Marbled Accent Nail

I finally took the time to try a marbled accent nail with my Gelish, and I love how it turned out! I used to do my own marbleized manis almost 20 years ago at the end of high school, dropping a few dots of normal polish colors on each nail & swirling with a toothpick; but Gelish is thinner, and I wasn't sure how it would work. I envisioned lots of color dripping down the sides of my fingers & the colors flowing together too much. Plus, b/c each layer is so transparent, would it even show up? (It takes ~3 layers to get a solid, vibrant, opaque color. Each layer alone is very sheer.)

I did a normal mani on my other 8 fingers with You Glare, I Glow - not only the color I'm complimented on most often, but by far the best quality color formula Gelish has ever released. The "recipe" for this one is the most durable I've ever used. On my accent nails, I used one layer of Sleek White (the same pure white I use to do French tips) to make a more solid base. I winged it & dropped a few dots of You Glare, I Glow, Radiance Is My Middle Name (teal), & Mali-Blu Me Away (royal blue) on top of the white and delicately swirled with a marbling tool. (It was cheap - Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Tool Kit; you could still use a toothpick, though.) I definitely mixed the blue & purple too much at first on one edge, but live & learn. :-P B/c the polish was so thick, I doubled the curing time, and they turned out great!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Reading Trophies

Cutting it a bit close this year for summer reading program trophies (school starts Monday), but they still earned them!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer Passion

Oh, the frenzy! Oh, the thrill! After last year's Lilly Pulitzer summer sale debacle, I was prepared: I set my alarm to be ready the second the sale began this morning, and - no joke - I honestly did pray over it: I prayed that God would let me get the deals that I should have and fill me with peace, not allowing me to mourn anything I miss out on. This thing happens ONCE A YEAR. (Ok, so really twice, but THIS is *THE* best; the January sale isn't much to get excited over.) I had several prints (Resort White Sea Soiree + Iris Blue Mai Tai - both with a hint of purple = rare!) that I've been completely in love with that I *knew* would be in this sale, and most happily, I actually "need" new Lilly!!! Everything amazing that I got two years ago is waaaay too big on me now! :-O I still wear the shorts...with safety pins cinching in the sides! :-P (I can't help it - I love them! :-D) I am tickled pink that most of my Lilly is too big for me now...but I so miss wearing my signature style, so I have been stalking the Lilly site for the announcement of this date...

As soon as 7 AM CDT hit, I felt like someone on the clock in a shopping spree contest! :-P I kept hitting refresh like a crazy lady, so worried the site would crash and error out over & over like last year... After 3 scary minutes of it not working, the sale appeared!!! *ahhhhh!* Major kudos to Lilly for fixing all of last year's bugs & glitches! Will actually sat with me on the couch, fascinated at the process. He equated it with trying to get the football players you reallyreallyreally want in each round of the fantasy football draft = exactly!!! :-D (The Lilly site actually advocates recruiting your "husband/boyfriend/neighbor/bestie/child/mother" to also shop for you during the first minutes of the sale, b/c the best stuff goes so fast! I didn't employ help...but I did consult Will a couple times. ;-))

I hit the dresses first! Of course, their fanciest are amazing (like $89 down from $378!) but I honestly don't need any fancy dresses. I don't need fancy anything. I need everyday stuff. Last year, I was crushed that I didn't get Lilly prints. The prints are what make Lilly worthwhile to me. I can buy solids at Old Navy & Target, so I would ONLY consider prints this year. Super score:

Eliza V-Neck T-Shirt Dress in Spa Blue Lets Cha Cha (ultimate in versatility!)

Marlisa Strapless Maxi Dress in Bright Navy Behind The Gate (this print is truly inspired by the ornate iron gates in Charleston! ♥)

Anastasia Dress in Aqua Trippin And Sippin

And b/c Annelise loves Lilly & still being my mini-me (enjoying it as long as I can!!!) the Little Lilly Classic Shift also in Aqua Trippin And Sippin

Next up: shirts!

Michele V-Neck Top in Resort White Sea Soiree

Michele V-Neck Top in Searulean Blue Rhode Island Reef Small

Arielle Top in Iris Blue Mai Tai (sooooo excited for a long-sleeve option!!! & the only thing I scored in this fab print)


Chipper Bermuda Short in Resort White Sea Soiree (excited for this longer length!)

Middleton Palazzo Wide Leg Pant in Resort White Sea Soiree (the *only* item I have a bit of regret over - I just missed getting these in Iris Blue Mai Tai; I'm still thrilled for them - they are super lightweight, easy to wear in summer heat - & this is my other fave print...but I had already gotten those shorts, too. I think they'll be enough different, though)

Last grab:

Skipper Printed Popover in Spa Blue Lets Cha Cha (Lilly for when it's chilly! ♥ :-D)

I am *STILL* so giddy over this stuff!!! I keep scrolling back through to look at it all over & over. :-) This was truly my Christmas morning! And speaking of, BIGGEST THANKS to JB's parents, who gifted me with the best Christmas present EVER - a Lilly gift card that I've been hanging onto. (I was ready to use it in the January sale, but nothing made my heart dance like today; I *knew* it would be best to save it for this!) It made the final bill total even sweeter!!! ♥

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cheer Camp 2014

Cheer is back in full swing! I have 19 girls (6 new girls + 13 returners) on my squad this year - again, the biggest squad in the whole youth football league. (Average squad size is ~6-8!) We began practices last week, and I was so excited at how my returners blew through our old cheer list. I thought, "This year is going to be CAKE!!!" ...And then the usual suspects started acting up a bit. *sigh* There's ALWAYS that girl who then drags her chatty BFF into not paying attention. And then there's always that other girl who is out in left field (sometimes literally) about 98% of the time. If the squad were 6 or 8 girls, I would try to reign them in...but with 19, it's like herding cats; you really just have to soldier forward. Their parents are standing right there watching (chatting) the whole time, so hopefully, they'll speak to them, if they are disappointed in their behavior/focus. (I know I would w/ Annelise!!!) The 6 new girls are doing surprisingly well, but I'm having a hard time deciding how much time to spend on the old cheers. I don't want the returners to get bored (bored = disruptive!) and I did tell everyone to learn last year's cheers over the last 3 months via our YouTube channel (every single girl has been registered since March)...but I don't want the new girls to feel like they're being left in the dust, either. (I totally see why the one other coach with a big squad wouldn't accept any new girls this year; it's so much easier not to!!! I was too nice. :-P Next year... ;-))
The pressure is a little higher this year, b/c our first game is also two weeks earlier than it was last year (starting next Sat, the 23rd instead of the weekend after Labor Day) - which I LOVE!!! Last year, it felt like we practiced for years before we got to do a game...but this is literally half the time. We did 17 cheers (12 old, 5 new) & started a dance last week, b/t 2 practices & Cheer Camp, so we've got a great start...but we still haven't had a practice with everyone there, yet. (*rant* I get summer vacays, but I can't lie - it does bug me when you KNOW you signed up for a time-intensive activity that begins in August. PLEASE vacay in June & July!!! */rant*)

Cheer Camp was HUGE this last Saturday. I ran the entire thing with the coach of the one other mega-squad. (She's WONDERFUL! We are very much on the same wavelength re: our cheer program = makes it very easy to collaborate!) We had over 200 girls in two sessions (younger girls in the morning, older afternoon.) It was so much fun!!! Exhausting to be "on" for seven hours straight, but quality. :-)

My post re: last year's camp content got so many hits, I'll share this year's, too, We did the same basic jumps, cheer arms, & stunts. We spent more time on warming up, esp. arm circles to strengthen our arms for motions & holding poms and - my fave - Jumping Jills: jumping jack, kick, jumping jack, quarter turn; jumping jack, kick, jumping jack, quarter turn; repeating all the way around in a circle, and then again in the other direction.

We talked a lot about spiriting: what to say after the cheer that's *NOT* "woo!" Apparently after the 80's, "woo" became 100% taboo. :-D Wooing is strictly forbidden in Jr High & High School cheer, so we want to get the girls out of that habit and have them do what the higher levels do to prep, in case any of them want to try out down the road.

We taught them our new 2014 Hello Cheer (our league does a new Hello Cheer every year that the girls do when they cross the field at halftime for the opposing side), four other new cheers that one of our local Jr High's do, and I taught them all a simple halftime dance I choreographed to Aloe Blacc's "The Man". It had to be easy enough for 4 & 5 year olds, but interesting enough that the 5th graders wouldn't get bored with it:

Cheer Camp took a ton of work & energy...and even though I had to give a couple of my girls *THE* stink eye in the afternoon session for not paying attention, they still looooooooooooove me! :-D (Thank goodness! ;-)) I *am* proud of them - it was a long session & a ton of information. Now, to retain it!

[Y'ALL!!! I HIT A *FLAT SPLIT*!!!!! Whaaaaat?!?!?! :-D]

[My girls ♥]

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Will's 10th Bday Party

Will's 10th bday party on Sunday the 10th was full of old school fun & games - basketball knockout, giant blow-up hamster ball roll, & 2-hand touch football before cake time, all at a park right around the corner from our house. We brought our Block Rocker for Will's fave music, and I made the football cake. Thunder canceled the swimming portion, but I honestly don't think the kids missed it! Everyone went nuts over the giant ball; my mom actually ordered it online & sent it to Will this past Christmas! It's called something like "inflatable jumbo fun ball". We got big gold medals for the winner of each competition - really cute. I love simple parties like this that focus on the kids having fun - not how much $$$ you can throw into an event. :-)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Double Digit Will

Will is officially a decade old! Double digits...

[With his super exciting Xbox game wheel from Grandma & Grandpa!]

His favorites really haven't changed much:

Favorite food: pizza
Favorite snack: Cheez-Its
Favorite songs: "Turn Down For What", "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark", & "Harlem Shake"
Favorite sport: football
Favorite sports star: Julio Jones (NFL Falcons) & Kyle Busch (NASCAR)
Favorite subject: math
Favorite show: Garfield
Favorite movie: Transformers - Age of Extinction
Favorite toy: Xbox One
Favorite app: Clash of Clans
Favorite computer game: Minecraft
Favorite thing to do as a family: watch family TV shows & play Xbox with Daddy
Favorite Xbox game: Titanfall
Obsessed with: Falcons football
Newest obsession: Pokémon cards (OMIGOSH - he & Annelise can't get enough!!!)
Future job: NFL star
Favorite number: 24
Favorite board game: Battleship
Favorite books: Big Nate & Garfield

He includes somewhere in his prayers every night: "Dear God, Thank you for this day. Help us to have a good day tomorrow, and just help us to have fun." The fun part gets repeated multiple times throughout. ;-) I always mention afterwards that he doesn't have to say it in front of me, but not to forget to admit the stuff we've done wrong and ask for God to help us do better. ...But I am so thankful to have the luxury of a child who can focus on a fun life. ♥

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Camping Trip

No, *I* didn't go camping [puh-leeze!!! ;-)] ...but the boys did overnight Saturday! They played games, basketball, egg toss, had Q&A to get to know each other better - oh, and the one thing that did make me jealous: ribs for dinner! :-D

And *this guy* skipped his 20 year high school reunion to make it happen. ♥ He's *STILL* the greatest football star I know!!! #proudwife