May 30, 2011

Miracle Manicure...Maybe!

I've always been kinda weird about my nails.  I not only love the pampered feeling of freshly manicured nails, I also love the feeling of "ME TIME" when I can find some time to give myself a manicure.  I have TONS of stuff.  Buffers, Files, Cuticle Clippers, Cuticle Cream, Hand Cream, Etc., Etc. 

However, the most annoying part of a manicure is having it chip, crack or peel in less than 3 days.  Ok, so it's only like $12 to get a manicure, but still...shouldn't it look decent for a week?  At least?!?!  *sigh*

I heard about this while researching via the internet and googled and googled and googled until I finally had an idea about what it REALLY was.  Granted, even then I was skeptical, because I do not like fake nails (or fake looking nails).  So, I went to a salon that I found on Yelp, and asked for Ann.  An hour later, I walked out with nails that looked like this:

Beautiful Natural Looking Nails!  YAY!

This shellac gel manicure is a hybrid polish that is cured with UV light.  It is a bit thicker than a normal polish, but adds strength to your natural nails as well.  I immediately LOVED they way my nails looked and FELT!  They felt strong!  The thing with a shellac gel manicure is it claims to last 14 days (at least) with no chips, cracks or peeling.  It costs about $30 and takes about an hour to have done.

My nails 9 days later:
They look EXACTLY the same as they did on Day One!
After 12 days, I went in to have them done again, because they had started growing out.  I could have went longer, but like I said, I am a bit of a nail freak...

Totally LOVE the fact that I can walk out with DRY nails.  I can dig around in my bag with DRY nails to get my keys.  I can wash my hands with DRY nails immediately after having them done.  YES!!!  No smudging, chipping, cracking or peeling. 

A miracle manicure? decide!


May 26, 2011

Somethin' Smells Good!--A Virtual PARTY!!!!!!!!

Yesterday, I came home from work tired and exhausted.  However as soon as I opened the door my nostrils were bombarded by the most delicious aroma!  What?!  Could it be?  Could Trent have COOKED something?  Surely not. 

Nope.  He didn't.  He just plugged in my Scentsy Warmer.  Well, that's good enough for me!

Right now I am burning Oats & Honey in my new Margot warmer.  I bought it from my good friend, Alesha who is now a Scentsy consultant.  I actually went to her to buy my mom a Mother's Day present and decided I needed a new warmer and some new scents too.

I bought Mom this Zebra plug-in along with Sunkissed Citrus & Baked Apple Pie Scentsy Bars!

Have you tried Scentsy?

I asked Alesha to let me know about her Scentsy experience.

SWRB:  Where did you first experience Scentsy?
Alesha:  I had a Facebook friend who was constantly burning up my News Feed with Scentsy. I had no idea what it was, so when a friend of a friend locally started selling it I booked a party in my home. I loved smelling all the little testers! It was alot of fun picking out my favorite scents and helping my friends decide.

SWRB:  What was your first Scentsy purchase?
Alesha:  I used my hostess rewards to purchase a Roma plug in, 2 scent bars (Cozy Fireside & Cranberry Spice), 2 scent circles for my husbands stinky work van and my car (Clean Breeze & Cinnamon Bear). The great thing is all that only cost me $7 as a hostess!

SWRB:  What made you decide to become an consultant?
Alesha:  I had tried several other companies without any success.  I decided to try one last time. We are so close to being debtfree, but the paid for vehicles in the driveway need to be replaced. Rather than take out a loan, I decided to sell Scentsy and save my commissions for a newer vehicle next year.

SWRB:  If someone is new to Scentsy and doesn't know what to order, what do you suggest?
Alesha:  Everyone has different taste. Pick a warmer that matches your decor or makes you smile. Then, browse the 80 scents available. There's sure to be one you will like! Just don't order Berry Tart. I'm going to be frank and honest:  it smells musty. There are 79 other smells to choose from, so pick one of those!

SWRB:  What are the most popular warmers or sets?
Alesha: Here in the Bible Belt, I sell alot of Charity, which is a full sized warmer, and the most popular plug in would probably be the Zebra you ordered for your mom.  Most people start with a full size warmer system. It comes with a full size warmer & 3 scent bars. Ordering a system saves you a little bit.

SWRB:  What are the most popular scents?
Alesha:  French Lavender, Baked Apple Pie, Enchanted Mist, Clean Breeze, and Sweet Pea & Vanilla. That's my Top Five. The next five would be: Love Story, Vanilla Cream, Luna, Wishing Well, and Cranberry Mango.

SWRB:  What is the best way for someone to start their own Scentsy business?  How do they become a consultant?
Alesha: You need to visit my website and sign up with the company. In all honesty, I tested the waters before I paid the money. I asked friends and family if they would be willing to book a party for me. I actually had about three parties booked before I signed up. My suggestion is to contact me personally when you get ready to sign up so that I can order a set of basket testers to go along with your kit. Basket parties are the easiest thing for most people to do because we are all so busy these days!!

SWRB:  Do you have anything else you'd like to share about Scentsy?
Alesha:  I have so much fun with this company. My very first home party there was an 18 month old girl in attendance with her mom. She was the cutest thing! She would open a tester, smell, and if she liked the scent, she licked the tester! It was the funniest thing! It just goes to show how good these scents really smell!
Scentsy has really been an answer to prayer. I have finally found a product that virtually sells itself, and I have alot of fun doing it. If you are a stay at home mom who needs something to get you out of the house to meet new people, give Scentsy a chance. 
Perfect Scentsy

Such a cutie with his Scentsy Buddy!  Ella will probably get one of these for her Birthday!

I am having my very own VIRTUAL Scentsy Party!  This Virtual Party starts today, May 26 and will be open until June 10.  All my She Wears Red Boots readers will receive a FREE scent circle of their choice once they place an order.  Alesha will contact you after the party ends to find out which scent circle you want!  YAY!  A freebie!  I love freebies!!!

You can shop my Virtual Scentsy Party RIGHT HERE!  

If you would like to contact Alesha directly, you can email her at


May 12, 2011

We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast...

I know...  I KNOW!  Long time no see, right?  Well, I took a "mental health break" for a bit.  No major drama or scandal going on...I just needed some space for a while.  I tend to get myself into a lot of trouble (mentally) by piling stuff on my plate and then I can't handle it all.  Then I crash.  Well...I had a little crash.  Actually, more like a fender bender...still, you know what I mean.  :)

Let's see, what did you all miss?  Honestly, not much.  :|
Weight loss is going good.  Slow, but good.  I am really at the place mentally where I am HAPPY with my weight and weight loss.  I am ok with losing a pound a week or whatever.  I no longer feel that desperate urge/struggle to LOSE WEIGHT.  No, I am not at my goal.  I still have 18 lbs to go...but I FEEL so much better about the whole thing.  I am down to a size 10 and actually wore an 8 yesterday which MADE MY DAY!  I have also started a group on Facebook for all my weight loss pals!  Anyone can join!!
Wearing: Evy's Tree Charcoal Cardigan, Black Tank, Grey Pleated Skirt--Size 8!!
PS:  I really LOATHE bathroom pics.  UGH!!

My $3 Thrift Store find!!!  Rachel Roy Sequin Flats

Mother's Day Memories...  I was wakened by Jon who wanted me to leap out of bed to go check out my presents.  HAHAHAHA!!!  So, after prying my eyelids open, I got up and was surprised to discover that I indeed had presents!  Jon made me a homemade sign that spelled "Jon".  He cut out 3 hearts and the letters J, O, N and glued them onto the hearts.  It was really cute.  He also gave me a coupon book full of coupons.  They all pitched in and got me some perfume, Givenchy's Ange Ou Demon Le Secret and a gorgous Michael Kors watch.  Yes.  I picked them both out.  Well, actually I cut out 8 different things from Macy's catalog and let Trent decide.  Ella picked out the perfume (Trent said it was based on the picture) and Trent selected the most expensive watch...which happened to be priced wrong, so it wasn't all THAT expensive.  WOO HOO!

We drove up to Redding for Mother's Day service and had a great time (as usual) with the Bobo's and Hope Center church.  I totally FAILED to get one pic of me with the kiddos.  Boo me.  I did manage to take a quick shot of them eating lunch on the way there.

 Yes, McD's for lunch totally qualifies me for mom of the year.

In other news:  Ella wore pigtails for the first time last week.  I am really looking forward to her hair being longer when I can experiment with hairstyles and stuff.  Although, I have to is kinda nice being able to put a bow on her head or barrette and being able to go.  I'm kinda a lazy mom like that.  HAHA!  Here is a short video clip showing off her pigtails.  She is calling for Jon, who is outside playing and ignoring her. 

I'd also like to mention that I am going to be featured on Chandra's MoMoMod blog soon.  I am working on pictures for her now.  Really excited and looking forward to the opportunity!