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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Saturday, April 19, 2014

jamberry nails review and giveaway

I've always loved decorating my nails.  Even if I was having a bad hair day or wearing my "fat" jeans I could feel good about the state of my fingernails.  Well, usually for the first day.  Then the chipping began... and the peeling.  Soooo, I decided to just skip the process and only focus on special occasions.  Yes, my nails felt a bit unloved and unappreciated. Sob.

(Jamberry Pickled Paisley on pinkie and ring finger- OPI polish on middle and pointer)

A friend of mine hosted a Jamberry nail wrap party last month and I learned they are non-toxic, last 2 weeks on fingers (6 weeks on toes), require NO dry time (apply and go), have NO chips and are simply DIY.

FYI: The last time I had a salon manicure the technician nicked my finger and I ended up passed out on the floor.  It wasn't pretty.  Needless to say, I now like to do my nails myself. 

This all sounded quite impressive.  When asked if I'd like to review Jamberry nails I decided to tell my story.  My girls got in on the action, too.  They were immediately in love with them!

(Modeling Jamberry on pointer finger below)

As you can see, the Jamberry nail looks amazing after 1 week and the nail polish has given up.  (It's been about 3 weeks now and the Jamberry nail still looks this good.)

This is how my nails looked after a week.  Jamberry is lovely and the OPI polish is just plain sad.

I'll admit that I was a bit intimidated about the application process.  After all, everyone has different sized nails, right?  Well, it turned out to be quite simple.  You trim to fit, heat for 3 seconds with a hair dryer and apply.  Simple.  Just the way I like it. 

It's so easy that my 11 year old applied these Jamberry wraps all by herself.  

This is what the little girls sheet looks like.

And this is what the adult size sheet looks like.  Each strip will do a couple of nails- not just one.  Take a peek below...

Way less expensive than a salon manicure.  And safer.  Non-toxic and no risk of passing out!

Take a peek at some of the gorgeous Jamberry designs!  I adore the chevron pattern.

The quatrefoil is stunning and the blue/white lines are fabulously classic.

A gorgeous splash of color for your basic ensemble!

A lovely evening out all the way to your toes...

I have the biggest crush on turquoise!  The little lemons are darling and don't get me started on the polka dots...

Summer is just around the corner.  Are your toes ready?

Grey and Pink are swoonlicious!

Mommy and Me combinations...

Perfect for a Garden Tea Party...

A French Manicure that will truly last.  A dream come true.

Yep, loving these, too....

Princess for the Evening...

These are four of my favorites.  After all, the wraps are buy 3 get 1 free...

Jamberry even has wraps for Sport Fans!

I am a huge fan of Jamberry nails after reviewing them!  They are easy to apply, have gorgeous choices and really last as long as they say they do!

Interested in getting your nails ready for summer?  You can't hide them in your boots anymore, ladies.  Flip flops will be calling your name any day now so...

How about a FREE Sheet of Sample Nails?

*The first person to place an order will receive one!*

You can also enter to win one below!  This is what you need to do...

1) Leave a comment on this post. (1 entry.)
2) Become a follower of my blog and leave a separate entry telling me this. (3 entries)
3) Tell me your favorite Jamberry nail pattern. (3 entries) Leave an additional comment.
4) Place an Order (10 entries) Leave an additional comment.

*Winner will be randomly selected on Monday, the 28th.*

*I was given Jamberry nail samples in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

Friday, April 18, 2014

guest post- arianna knows best

Today Arianna, from Arianna Knows Best, is making a guest appearance at Morning Glories and Moonflowers!  She has some delightful ideas for throwing a fab dinner party so please read on...

A Table Set for Success: How to Throw a Great Dinner Party!

   With messes that seem to pop up out of nowhere and little ones who need constant entertaining, family time is undoubtedly fun time. I spent the weekend with my sister and her family in Philadelphia a month ago, and now that the ground is finally thawing, it's about time that they came up to visit us in New York! Over the years we've learned a lot about hosting family gatherings and fun dinner parties—between my friends and my sister I’ve picked up some tips that make for an easier, enjoyable environment for all. Here are a few of our tried and true methods for you to try!

1. Dress for success!

A normal family dinner party involves at least five little ones and a handful of aunt and uncles present. I’ve used that as a great opportunity for a mini photoshoot! The kids don't like it, but we always ask that everyone dress nicely: it’s rare for Grandma and Grandpa to see everyone looking snazzy! Of course the blazers and shoes can come off after the photo shoots, but I've always thought that coming nicely dressed sets a nice atmosphere. After pictures are taken, bring a change of clothes for the kids or for yourself so that you worry less about spilling on your silk blouse and focus more on snagging a piece of cherry pie!

2. Accommodate all dietary needs!

There will be times that people coming to your dinner party have special dietary requirements.  I've taken extra care and reached out prior to party time to ask if there are any allergies or needs I should be aware of. My kids are going through a pretty picky phase at the moment, so I've stocked up on easy to “heat and eat” finger foods such as chicken fingers and bagel pizzas.  A good option when there are multiple food intolerances is to get your guests to bring dishes and make it a big potluck. This way, everyone can be sure their own needs are met while offering something new for others to experience. This is also a good chance to swap recipes!

3. Take care of Fido!

My husband, kids, and I all adore Brodie, our big, goofy Yellow Lab, but he tends to get overly excited around new people. My brother-in-law’s sister just had a baby and was uncomfortable with the idea of a big dog around her newborn, so in order to keep things less hectic, we arranged to have Brodie stay with a dog sitter for the evening. We don't usually like leaving him home alone for long periods of time, so this was a great option for us so he could come along for the weekend away. Also, with the chance that some of your guests are allergic or not “dog people”, knowing they are comfortable somewhere else ensures you can be comfortable as well.

4. Time's a-tickin'!

Most importantly when planning a big get-together, your time management skills should be front and center. Living with two small ones usually means one or two “unexpected surprises” before guests arrive. To save on time the day of, make as many dishes as possible and refrigerate them the day before so there is limited prep time. I’m famous for being over prepared, also known as making way too much food, so I usually put out little disposable take out containers for leftovers so I’m not chasing down my pricey tupperware weeks after the party.

Thanks, Arianna!  I especially love the ideas of encouraging guests to dress up for a photoshoot, leaving family pets with a pet sitter to limit stress and storing leftovers in take out containers.  I've lost way too many tupperware containers by letting people borrow them.  They never do seem to find their way home...

*If you're interested in making a guest appearance on my blog or perhaps doing a blog swap please contact me (Lori!) at toosillysisters@cox.net.*

Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at http://ariannaknowsbest.blogspot.com/ !

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

the ferry to tofino and a gloriously rainy drive

Years ago, when Katie was about 3, we told her we were going to be riding a ferry.  She was so excited!  I mean *really* excited.  She almost couldn't sleep the night before the event.

Bless her heart, when we arrived at the ferry she was extremely disappointed.  She thought we were going to be riding a "fairy"!  Sweet pea.

Years later, she was pretty excited to be riding the Queen of Alberni.  We all were!  It was large, with lots to explore, comfortable seating, a gift shop and a cafeteria that offered, among other things, hot tea, ice cream and french fries served with vinegar and ketchup.  Giddy up!

Before we embarked, we visited the gift shops and refreshments off board.  There was a bit of everything- tempting baked goods...

and even Bubble Tea!  The tapioca balls at the bottom of the drink are such fun.

I got a kick out of the top of the Happy Planet drinks.  Very happy!:)  The Cherry Raspberry sounds yummy- a bit of tart and sweet.

There was creamy gelato, too, but the cool temperatures had me heading straight to the Starbucks.  (The Salted Caramel was calling my name.)

Once we got on board we headed straight outside.  It was cold and so very windy- but exhilarating!  I decided that I wanted to ride the ferry every day.  It's over a 2 hour trip but think of all the dreaming and reading you could do on the way.  

Even a trip to the restroom was fun.  We were on vacation!

Back outside for more pictures.  You certainly can't miss my tennis shoes, can you?

It began to rain a bit so we ventured inside.  More pictures were taken and french fries were nibbled on.  (Check out my sister on the right.  Sorry sis!  lol)

Time to get back in the car and head to Tofino!  It's about a 4 hour drive.  Just enough time to grab a sandwich at Subway and stop for a few pictures along the highway.  It was just too gorgeous not to stop.  Lush green everywhere you looked.  And rain, glorious rain, that made us don our coats and winter hats.  I was deliriously happy.

Snow in the distance and low clouds as we climbed higher through the mountains.

Waterfalls were a common sight.  See the one in the picture (below) on the mountain?

I was intrigued by the tree that had fallen below.  It was enormous!  I wonder what the story is...

The sound of the water as it tumbled along was a rumbling roar.  Almost like the ocean, but angrier.  

In my opinion, God spent a bit more time decorating the Pacific Northwest.  It's almost too lovely to be real.

Mandy has declared Canada to be her second home.

I'm right there with you, sweetie.

Monday, April 14, 2014

No Greatness without Goodness by Randy Lewis- A Book That Will Change Your Life

My Thoughts:

"Will all those in the audience who have a son or daughter, a relative, or a neighbor with a disability- anyone who holds someone with a disability in his or her heart- please stand up?"

I'm standing straight up.  Are you?

"1 out of every 5 Americans has some disability.  Only 16% of people with a severe disability such as deafness, legal blindness, intellectual disability, autism, or an inability to walk are employed." We all have limits to a certain degree.  I fear public speaking, flying, spiders and roller coasters!  But when it comes down to it our options for the future are unlimited.  I want you to consider for a minute that we all have dreams and one common aspiration is to feel needed, independent and productive.  For much too long people with disabilities have been severely limited in their options for a productive life.  It's heartbreaking.  Randy Lewis, retired Senior Vice President of Walgreens, saw an opportunity for change and stepped up to the challenge.  He's a modern day hero and his story, No Greatness Without Goodness, is a shining example of what can be done to better the world as long as you don't let fear stop you.  After reading this book I want to do ALL my shopping at Walgreens.

The book begins with Randy Lewis telling us about his family.  He has three wonderful children and his son, Austin, just happens to have autism.  A curve ball that parents never see coming.  Through their family's journey Mr. Lewis began to explore options for Austin's future and he wasn't satisfied with what he discovered.  The world tends to view the disabled as "them" and we need to start seeing all people as "us."

Mr. Lewis painstakingly put into motion an inclusive model for a Walgreens distribution center.  Other companies, such as Lowe's and Best Buy, were inspired by this and followed suit.  (I know where I'm going to be doing my shopping!)  Not only do they provide jobs and a paycheck, they give hope and a future to those who had none.  They pay the employees "the same as people without disabilities, have them perform the same jobs, and hold them to the same standards.  They offer full benefits and full-time employment."  I read parts of this inspiring story to my husband and he immediately purchased the book to read on his iPad.  I guarantee you'll feel the same way.  The author is even willing to donate all his proceeds from this book.  It's thrilling to see how passionate he is about this cause.  Everyone should read No Greatness without Goodness.  Every one of us.

If there is one book you need to read this year, this is it.  No Greatness Without Goodness is life changing, inspiring, and beautiful.  It will make you think, help you view people in a different and very beautiful way and perhaps even make you cry.  It will definitely make you cheer!

About the Book, No Greatness Without Goodness:

Randy Lewis bet his career that he could create an inclusive workplace at one of America’s biggest corporations where people with disabilities could not just succeed, but thrive. No Greatness without Goodness is the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, Austin, realized that we all have a greater responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities.

As the Senior Vice President of Walgreens, Randy Lewis has created thousands of full-time jobs for people with disabilities. No Greatness without Goodness offers a firsthand account of what it takes to lead with courage in order to change people’s lives for the better. Randy’s motto is “What’s the use of having power if you don’t use it to do good.” In this book, you’ll learn how to start working for good no matter where you are or how much power you hold. 

About the author, Randy Lewis:

Randy Lewis, former Vice President of Walgreens, Peace Corps volunteer, Fortune 50 executive and accidental advocate, led Walgreens' logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Randy introduced an inclusive model in Walgreens distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities who are held to the same standards as those without disabilities. Its success has changed the lives of thousands with and without disabilities and is serving as a model for other employers in the U.S and abroad. 

*I was given a copy of this wonderful book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*