Sunday, March 1, 2015

How I Stopped Biting My Nails

Last summer, my friend started selling Jamberry nail wraps. They are kind of like stickers that you put on your nails. I didn't order any at first, but watched while some of my other friends got into them. I have always had a bad habit of biting my nails and the skin of my fingers so I thought that any sort of nail product was not for me.

When I was in middle school my parents made a deal with me. If I didn't bite my nails for a month, at the end of the month they would pay me $10 for each unbitten nail. The same deal had helped my dad get my mom to quit biting her nails when they were in college together. I took the bet, quit biting for a month, collected my money (I think I only actually got $80, not the full $100) and then started back up again.

I'd tried lots of things over the years to help me quit. 1. that gross tasting chemical you put on your nails. My mom put it on me when I was a kid, I bit anyway. 2. Fake nails - I just picked at them until I pulled them off. 3. Nail polish - well, nail polish only looks really good on long, healthy nails. But even when I managed to grow mine out enough, I would still bite, or (this is gross, I know) sometimes bite or scratch at the polish to peel it off. I'm disgusting, I know! But I haven't bitten my nails habitually for months and here is how.

Back in August, my friend offered me a manicure with a sample Jamberry wrap to see how I liked it. I chose the wrap "Imperial" - a turquoise floral wrap. She applied it to my nail and painted my other nails. The wrap outlasted the nail polish by days. As you can see from the photo, my nails were still pretty short and not in great condition back then. 

I thought what the heck, I'd try it. So I ordered some wraps from her. When they came, I went to her house and she taught me how to apply them. This first manicure I did was "Lotus" (the mint one) and "Punchy Puff" (the rainbow one.) The stickers stayed on my nails for over a week before they started to lift at the edges and peel off. And I didn't bite my nails or my fingers the whole time because I wanted my nails to keep looking awesome. When I removed the wraps my nails were not chipped or cracked like they always were when I removed nail polish (because I still would scratch them with my teeth even when I had polish on) and they had grown! So I was hooked. 

"Wild Flowers"
I started ordering wraps from her and giving myself manicures. One sheet of nail wraps costs $17 and she offers free shipping, and frequent sales and deals. With one sheet you can do 2 manicures and 2 pedicures, and they last on my nails for about a week to ten days. I think it is a pretty good deal when you consider that gel nails and things like that usually cost between $25 and $50 and destroy your nails.
"Birds of Paradise"
I see it as a way to treat myself to something nice that makes me feel good about my appearance, and it is also an investment in "me time" since I usually do the manicures either with my friend at her place or mine, or by myself while watching a show or listening to music or something. The wraps don't take too long to apply, especially once you get good at them (about 10 minutes for 10 fingers) but those 10 minutes force me to sit and spend time on myself, "pampering" myself, basically. 

"Morning Dew" and "Blue Sparkle"
Plus, the wraps I order are always cool designs that I could never do with nail polish. Over the winter holidays I was rocking these blue sparkly ones. Removing sparkly nail wraps is so much easier than removing sparkly nail polish.

"Blue Sparkle"
"Bird on Fire"

Note: none of my blog posts are ever sponsored, and this blog is not monetized at all. I just found that using these nail wraps helped me kick a bad habit that I've had for years. They make me feel good about myself and I get tons of compliments on my nails from strangers. They helped me so I wanted to share the information in case they can help somebody else out there. 

I order my jamberry wraps through my friend, but the Jamberry website has a button at the top called "Find a Consultant" to help you find someone in your area you can order through. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parks and Recreation Series Finale Reaction

I watched the Parks and Recreation series finale tonight. Since I did a blog post when The Office ended, it seemed fitting for me to do one about this.

I loved this show. It is one of my favourite shows and such a feel good show for me. I find it funny, sad, inspirational, surprising, and heart-warming. And of course, Leslie Knope is my hero.
I loved the show so much and I loved the final episode. 

Leslie Knope is an amazing character. She is ambitious, caring, hard-working, funny, and weird. The show did a great job of evolving her character from an annoying workaholic with a heart of gold in season 1 to the amazing leader, mother, and friend she was in the final episode.
I relate to her character and admire her character so much, and I am just so thankful that somebody like that existed on TV. Leslie Knope makes the world a better place.

I thought this episode was perfect. It was funny and weird and fit with the tone of the show perfectly. The writers gave all the characters great endings, and wrapped up everyone's story really well. There were so many sweet, touching moments between characters and everyone got their own last word. 

This episode perfectly exemplified some of the best themes of the show. It was about growth, and no matter where you're at in life, how old you are, or how scary it is, you can always try something new. It was about taking chances and knowing everything will be alright because people who love you will have your back even if things don't work out. 

It was about community and friendship, and I loved that the final season was a flash-forward, and I loved all the flash-forwards in the finale because it showed that the characters' friendships were lifelong friendships and that makes me so happy, and inspires me. Even though the characters all moved away and their lives went in different directions they are still a family and they all love each other forever.

It was about supporting people you love, and it was about following your dreams. I loved it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Simple Things To Do To Feel Happier

  • look at a snowflake up close (or a leaf or a flower)

  • listen to a song you love
  • drink a cup of tea (or coffee)
  • smile
  • hug
  • dance
  • stretch
  • walk
  • have a healthy snack
  • write or draw
  • put on your favourite shirt/dress/hat/whatever
  • put your face in the sun
  • take a deep breath
  • call someone you miss
  • light a candle 

  • look at the sky 

  • google a picture of something you know will cheer you up (kitties, waterfalls, poutine)
  • read a quote you love
  • watch a funny video