Adding a Pop of Fun to My Nails with Jamberry Nails!

Hey Readers!

Having three kids, two of them toddlers, mean that manis are one of the worst things I can have done to my nails. I am rough on my hands. They are constantly getting washed, scuffed, scratched and my nails get chipped, destroying any mani I had done. I love having my nails done, but I just can’t maintain the up-keep to them so they stay looking cute. When Jennifer Mansell gave me the opportunity to review Jamberry Nails, I jumped at the chance!

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Picture used with permission from Jamberry Nails c/o Jennifer Mansell.

Jamberry Nails are a thin, non-toxic wrap adhesive that stick to your nails to quickly give your nails the look of having a mani or a pedi without the trip to the nail salon. Sisters Lyndsey, Christy and Keri came up with the idea after a trip to the salon and wanted to find less expensive alternative that can be done at home. Jamberry Nail launched in 2010, and with over 250 patterns to choose from, there are so many various looks and designs to try and enjoy.

Jennifer sent me a sample to try and encouraged me to take the Jamberry 7-Day Challenge. To prove that Jamberry Nails are sturdy while adding a bit of chic to your nails, Jamberry ask users to apply their nail wraps to their nails and take pics of your nails right after applying them, then again after seven days and compare the two to see just how well Jamberry Nails work.

Well, Readers, These are my “well kept” nails. Yeah, they need a bit of flare to make them more fun.

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Here is what Jennifer was sweet enough to send me. She sent me the Jamberry Nail sample in their “Upper East Side” design, an orange stick and an alcohol wipe. I also had to get my hair dryer out to help apply the nail wrap to my nails.

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The application instructions for Jamberry Nails were simple to follow. With a few coats of clear coat to jazz up the rest of my nails, here is how the Jamberry Nails nail wraps look on my nails.

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These are some of the steps I did to apply the Jamberry Nails nail wrap.

Jamberry Nails also have videos on how to apply their nail wraps as we as a video for tips on trouble-shooting should you run into a issue while applying these wraps.

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Tips/Trouble-Shooting

I love them! I’m a bit posh, and the “Upper East Side” design is so perfect! It suits my chic and fun personality. It was really easy to apply. I also put the Jamberry Nails nail wraps through the wringer, not holding back on my daily routine of constant hand washing, painting (and cleaning off paint off of the “Bosses”), cooking, scrubbing and clacking away at my keyboard for seven days.

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Here are the results: They held up to a week of, well, maltreatment that my poor hands go through everyday! I had to look really hard to notice it. My clear coated nails are in worse shape than the Jamberry Nails nail wrap. They were really fun to wear.

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I would recommend Jamberry Nails to anyone who wants to quickly dress up their nails, fingers or toes, for a new look. They are easy to apply, and the numerous designs are fun and colourful, so you personality will shine through on your nails. I can’t wait to order a few sets to continue to add a pop to my nails in the comfort of my own home.

If you would like to connect with Jennifer Mansell or Jamberry Nails, you can do so online, as well as on Jennifer’s Facebook page!

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of Jamberry Nails nail wraps to write this review. The opinions expressed are all my own because I love sharing product I enjoyed reviewing with you!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Mundane Monday Morning Music: The Birthday Edition

Morning Readers!

As spring is now upon us and the Easter Weekend comes to an end, I am so happy that I am getting to start to celebrate my birthday this week! I like doing little things over the next week to make my birthday feel that much more fun and special.

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For this week’s MMMM, I decided to choose a few of my fav B-Day songs that are fun and will start off this week in an awesome way!

I love the Beatles, and the “Birthday” song from The Beatles or “The White Album” is a fun one to listen to!

 

For more of a chair-dancing experience, I added Katy Perry’s “Birthday” song. Who would not want to be treated like every day is your birthday?!

 

Of course, being the HUGE Stevie Wonder fan I am, I HAD to had his version of “Happy Birthday” on this list of birthday songs!” A birthday is not a birthday for me listening to it about 40 times on repeat! 😛

It will be a fun week, and I can’t wait until the big day arrives and all of the surprises that are in store for me. These songs are certainly putting me into the birthday spirit!

I hope that these songs make your day a little bit brighter and make you smile today!

What is your favourite version of “The Birthday Song” to hear on your special day?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Favourite Christmas Movies – The Reese Edition

Hiya Readers,

Okay, so I have the kids pretty much sqaured away with my lists for television specials and movies for the family to enjoy, but what about us big kids? We like watching movies, too, right?  While we’re helping the Big Guy in Red out by wrapping gifts, or if we’re just winding down after a day of holiday fun, we like putting on our fav Christmas movies that are, well, not so much for little eyes and ears to watch.

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol – 1951)

This has to be one of my favourite non-Muppet version of this Charles Dickens tale.  I love how Alastair Sims portrayed  Ebenezer Scrooge in this film.  He was amazing in this role!

Die Hard 2 (1990)

I know, you’re questioning what this movie has to do with Christmas? Well, it takes place at Christmastime. How can you say no to all of the action and adventure of Sgt. John McLean saving the world, again, by blowing up a plane full of terrorists that thought they had the upper-hand? Though very violent and bloody, all of the explosions and fight scenes are classic, and Bruce Willis’ iconic line is also said, endearing him to millions.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

I know, it actually takes place in the course of about a year, but it begins and ends during the holiday season. I really love how Bridget gets herself into funny and slightly awkward situations. I felt as though I have been in Bridget’s shoes a time or two, so to see someone else do what I have done makes me really relate with her in these scenes. Below is one of those awkward scenes that really endears Bridget Jones to me at the Darcy’s Ruby Wedding celebration (around Chrsitmastime 🙂 )in front of all of the Darcy’s family and friends.

This Christmas (2007)

I enjoy watching this movie because it is about a family at Christmas that has to get it together and squash the problems they have in their lives. Sibling rivalries, testing parent/child relationships and dealing with family members old and new are all ley lements in this holiday film.  Oh, there’s also the oh-so beautiful Idris Elba to stare at for most of the film, too!  ;P

Love Actually (2003)

This Rom-Com Christmas flick is a favourite of mine because it has to have one of the best emsemble casts I’ve seen in a long time!  The stories of many of the characters make me want to laugh and cheer for their happiness, too!  Of course, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth stole the scenes they had lines in!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I had to leave this one for the end of my post because this one is simply a Christmas classic!  If I don’t see this movie during the Christmas season, I really get upset.  It’s also my favourite of the classic National Lampoon series of movies.  All of the characters are crazy in one way or another, and no one could have pulled off being Clark “Sparky” Griswold better than Chevy Chase.

Whether you are counting down the hours until Christmas, or you just want to unwind from some of the havoc that this time of year brings, these movies will brighten your mood when the kids have gone to bed!

View and enjoy!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Video Picks: Valentine’s Day Love’s Lost Songs

Hey Readers!

Have you lost that ‘lovin’ feeling’ for that special someone?  Going through a break-up? Well, do I ever have the videos for you to peruse on this Valentine’s Day!

Yes, I did just write a post on Valentine’s Day Love Songs to celebrate this day of love.  I also understand that some people are not exactly in the mood to get all lovey-dovey today.  So for those of you who are no longer feeling the love, I found a few music videos that are, um, not-so filled with that lovin’ feeling.  They are more along the lines of just ending the relationship, and/or dealing with the left over feelings you have for this person.

http://youtu.be/J3UjJ4wKLkg – Rhianna, Take A Bow

http://youtu.be/LOZuxwVk7TU – Britney Spears, Toxic

http://youtu.be/mOzdfaEPaR0 Jazmine Sullivan, Bust Your Windows

http://youtu.be/qfNmyxV2Ncw Aerosmith, Cryin’

http://youtu.be/NPcyTyilmYY Alanis Morrisette, You Oughta Know

I hope these videos helps heal what ails your breaking heart this Valentine’s Day, or at least get you singing along with them to improve your day!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Favourite Christmas Movies – The Reese Edition

Hiya, Readers,

Some of you may have read my post entitled My Favourite Christmas Movies/TV Specials – Family Edition.  I did that one for those of you with families who wanted ideas of what to watch with your kids to get into the Christmas spirit.  The Reese  Edition is for those Christmas movies that may not be kid friendly for one reason or another (intense scenes, violence, language, nudity, etc) but I do love watching them at this time of the year:

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol – 1951)

This has to be one of my favourite no-Muppet versions of this Charles Dickens tale.  I love how Alastair Sims portrayed  Ebenezer Scrooge in this film.  He was amazing!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

I know, I mentioned the first Home Alone in my other post about my favourite  Family Christmas movies to watch, but I love this sequel if the original film.  Sure, it’s some of the same gags, but it was still funny!  The best scene has to be the Angel with Even Filthier Souls bit. I’ll watch this one anytime! (You’ll notice the link is mislabeled, sorry about that!)

Love Actually (2003) 

This Rom-Com Christmas flick is a favourite of mine because it has to have one of the best casts I’ve seen in a long time!  The stories of many of the characters make me want to laugh and cheer for their happiness, too!  Of course, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth stole the scenes they had lines in!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I had to leave this one for the end of my post because this one is simply a Christmas classic!  If I don’t see this one during the Christmas season, I really get upset.  It’s also my favourite of the classic National Lampoon series of movies.  All of the characters are crazy in one way or another, and no one could have pulled off being Clark “Sparky” Griswold better than Chevy Chase.

I know there are only a few more sleeps ’til Christmas, Readers, but if you haven’t had a chance to watch any of these movies, I implore you to do so!  Whether you watch them with loved ones or by yourself, I will guarantee you will have a good time!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

My Favourite Christmas Movies/TV Specials – Family Edition

Hey Readers!

I LOVE Christmas, and just about everything that goes along with it: putting up the tree, decorating the house, baking with my kids, etc.  Another  Christmas tradition I love is  having some family time watching some of my favourite Christmas movies and TV specials.  I have been doing this since I was little, and now, my kids love watching these  Here is a list of my absolute favourite ones (I couldn’t put them in order, as I like them all so much):

A Charlie Brown Christmas – I love this holiday special because it’s classic Charlie Brown trying to do right, yet goofing up along the way.  Oh, and The Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the score behind this special gets my family and I moving and grooving!  We also listen to the soundtrack of this TV special for part of Christmas Day every year while making breakfast.  Yeah, we love it THAT much!

The Grinch That Stole Christmas – Oh, how I love the Grinch!  Dr. Seuss’ adaptation from the popular Christmas story T’was The Night Before Christmas is loved by everyone in my household.  I think it is because The Grinch does all of these bad things to the residents in Whoville, then redeems himself at the end.  Well, it is also has to do with the amazing job Dr. Seuss did with rewriting this tale, too!  It’s ingenious!

Home Alone – Ah, the only non-animated feature of the bunch, but man, is it an awesome flick!  It’s great seeing this clever 8 year-old boy take on two not-so bright burglars with things around his home while he was mistakenly left, well, home alone.  The soundtrack is great, too!  We love the sequel of this film, too, but if I can only pick 1 film from this franchise, it would have to be the original!

Garfield Christmas – This Christmas special is so dear to my family’s heart.  It had everything: slap-stick comedy, music, and a bit of drama (tears begin to weld when Grandma is talking about her  husband).   It’s a great one for the family to watch.

Muppet Christmas Carol – Out of all of the versions of A Christmas Carol that have been made over the years, no one did like Jim Henson sis it! This Christmas movie is perfect for parents and kids alike because it’s funny, thought-provoking, and it’s a musical done in their Muppet way!  It also gets kids asking about the Charles Dickens classical novel it’s based on, and  it brings back so many nostalgic memories for parents as well to share with their kids.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rankin-Bass/Classic Media version) – I had to save this one for last because this is the show people think of when they think of Christmas specials.  It may look a bit kooky or creepy at times, but man, it doesn’t cease to entertain audiences.  This special will be hitting it’s 50th birthday next year, so another special edition will probably be available to buy (which I will).  It’s one of the few Christmas specials that shows Santa as a normal man who complains about life, and can be wrong about those around him.  I even love the Abominable Snow Monster! He used to be scary, but he’s just funny to me now!

I can (and have) watched all of these shows/movies any time of the year!  I hope my short list gives you ideas as to how to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Mayor Rob Ford – Sincere Apologies?

Hey Readers!

If you did not know this about me, I am fiercely proud Torontonian.  I love so much about my hometown! I miss it a lot, so I like keeping tabs on what is happening there.  When I originally saw the first apology Mayor Rob Ford made this week (November 5, 2013), I wasn’t going to comment on Mayor Rob Ford’s crack smoking because my sentiments had been said by many of other Torontonians: Maybe he shouldn’t be in office anymore.  Since this new video of Mayor Ford has surfaced of his erratic rant, it made me think that this sincere apology he made to the city of Toronto was a plea to anyone out there with more dirt on the mayor to keep it quiet.

This is not the first time Rob Ford has caused Torontonians to shake their heads at him, and I have a feeling this will not be the last.  What bothers me the most is that he is telling the people of Toronto to move past his indiscretions, and to let him continue to let him do his job.  No, no, no! Rob Ford cannot apologize, then ask the people of Toronto to forget what he’s done in the same breath so easily, especially after all of the other apologies he’s given so sincerely, saying he won’t let Torontonians down again.  Here is a short list of things Rob Ford has been sorry about since being in office:

  • Overspending during his 2010 campaign to become mayor
  • Unwittingly accepting donations for his football foundation (using ignorance as a defense…didn’t read the manual?)
  • The crack smoking video
  • The violent rant video.

How can the city of Toronto continue to put their faith into a mayor who is constantly making excuses for his actions, yet has not done anything to change his ways?  If I still lived in Toronto, I would be worried about how the city is going to be affected due to Rob Ford’s actions.  Right now, Toronto city council is dealing with what to do about their mayor instead of how to take care of their city, again!  The people of Toronto should not have to deal with this anymore.

I just want all of these  issues Rob Ford keeps having to stop.  Maybe he should be more careful of the company he keeps, as they are recording all of his indiscretions, then they somehow become public to further ruin the mayor.  It is a gray area to tell a grown adult who they should and should not associate themselves with, and what they should and should do in their private life, but if these individuals are constantly dragging you down, and you just happen to be the mayor of a city, then maybe I am not so wrong in voicing my opinion.

I know that everyone has their demons they have to contend with.  We have no idea as to the extent of how serious Mayor Ford’s issue run.  But when your demons are affecting your ability to run a city, especially one as big as Toronto, you need to get yourself in check, and get yourself better first. Then you can worry about your position as mayor.  Mayor Ford’s refusal to leave office, to me, is a selfish move in his part.  Not dealing with whatever he has going on in his life will then affect the people he claims he wants to help: Torontonians.

Maybe when Mayor Rob Ford actually starts living up to the sincere apologies he has been giving to the people of Toronto, then maybe he might gain back some of the trust he has lost with them, making it easier for them to move past all of his past actions.

Again, these are just my thoughts and opinions on the matter…

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Related Articles:

Elizabeth Church and Joe Friesen – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologizes, but will not step down, after admitting to smoking crack cocaine (Globe and Mail) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/rob-ford-councillors/article15263319/

CBC News (No Author listed) – Rob Ford: ‘I’m not an Alocoholic, I’m not a drug addict’ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-i-m-not-an-alcoholic-i-m-not-a-drug-addict-1.2355543

Margaret Wente – Our Toxic Mayor is a crisis for the city (The Globe ad Mail) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/our-toxic-mayor-is-a-crisis-for-the-city/article15308596/

Erika Tucker  – Rob Ford’s apologies: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before (Global News) http://globalnews.ca/news/950796/rob-fords-apologies-stop-us-if-you-think-youve-heard-this-one-before/

James Armstrong – Mayor Rob Ford: many questions still not answered (Global News) http://globalnews.ca/news/950724/mayor-rob-ford-many-questions-still-left-unanswered

Steve Kupferman – The Supreme Court of Canada Puts an End to Mayor Rob Ford’s Conflict of Interest Case (Torontoist) http://torontoist.com/2013/06/the-supreme-court-of-canada-puts-an-end-to-mayor-rob-fords-conflict-of-interest-case/

Reese Speaks – Rob Ford Pulls a Rabbit Out of His Hat! He Stays on As Toronto’s Mayor https://reesespeaks.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/rob-ford-pulls-a-rabbit-out-his-hat-he-stays-on-as-torontos-mayor/

Update (November 14, 2013):

Mayor Rob Ford made some colourful remarks, that he was sorry, again for these comments, that he was receiving treatment for his issues ( he did not wish to specify what kid of help he was getting), and that he was moving forward.  Ford made these remarks in regards to the Toronto City Council meetings that were held both today, and on November 13, 2013, where various Councilors were asking him to leave office to seek help for his issues.

He also made these  remarks in regards to the Alexander Lisi court documents which lists former employees of the Mayor’s Office stating that they had witnessed Ford in the following situations:

  • Drunk in public
  • Taking drugs
  • Drunk driving
  • Having a woman in his office, who that person thought, was a prostitute
  • Being physical with a staffer while at an event during St. Patrick’s Day, 2012.

Whether any of this is actually true, time will tell.  Regardless of all of these shenanigans, I still do not believe Mayor Ford should ask the people of Toronto to move on and allow him to be their mayor.  I thought we were told by Ford that everything was now out in the open…let’s just see just how many more apologies he’ll be making in the future.  For his sake, I hope he’s finished, but we’ll soon see, won’t we!

Additional Related Articles:

CTV News.ca Staff:  Mayor Rob Ford apologizes for lewd language – http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/mayor-rob-ford-apologizes-for-coarse-language-1.1542963

Andrea Janus: Staff allegations against Rob Ford: cocaine, suspected prostitutes, drunk driving – http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/staff-allegations-against-rob-ford-cocaine-suspected-prostitutes-drunk-driving-1.1541374

CBC News: Rob Ford documents: 11 shocking allegations – Police documents reveal more about Toronto mayor’s allegedly inappropriate behaviour –  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-documents-11-shocking-allegations-1.2425952

Showwei Chu and the Associated Press: Mayor Ford getting help from professionals after admitting crack, excessive drinking – http://www.citynews.ca/2013/11/14/mayor-ford-getting-help-from-professionals-after-admitting-crack-excessive-drinking/

Reese’s Halloween Video Picks, 2013

Helloooooooo Readers!

I love Halloween! So to kick off this spookatcular day, I have put together a bunch of my favourite Halloween videos to get you in the Halloween spirit!

http://youtu.be/7YvAYIJSSZYSomebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell, featuring Michael Jackson

http://youtu.be/AxcM3nCsglAMonster Mash, Bobby “Boris” Pickett (Groovy Goolies)

http://youtu.be/KvkKX035484Ghostbusters (Theme Song) , Ray Parker, Jr.

http://youtu.be/6M6samPEMpMEverybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

http://youtu.be/UhoU7lINYxkOn Our Own, Bobby Brown (Ghostbusters II)

http://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaAThriller, Michael Jackson

Enjoy Boils and Ghouls!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.