Guest Post: Sugar Scrub

(Hey everyone, I’ve asked a sweet friend of mine to write a post about a soothing gift just in time for the holidays. Who could use some pampering right about now? I know I could! Truly, this is perfect for any time of the year. Birthdays, baby showers, gifts for bridesmaids…you get the idea. I didn’t realize just how affordable sugar scrub is to make until I read through her post. So, without further ado, here’s Ginger!)

Sugar Scrub by Ginger

A few weeks ago, I was trying to figure out something to make for a large group of people. I didnโ€™t want to cook something because we are all trying to be on some diet and not wanting to gain some pounds even though food is incredibly unavoidable at the holidays! Haha

Well, I searched online for easy things to make for a decent price and I came across sugar scrub. I instantly said to myself that this is it! Something that every girl will love and it wonโ€™t add to the waist line. ๐Ÿ™‚
I modified the recipe a bit because it called for a 1/4 cup of almond oil. I figured that almond oil may be a bit expensive, so I decided to use baby oil instead. Who doesnโ€™t love baby oil!
I havenโ€™t really looked for purple food coloring, but I came across the cake frosting coloring. Be careful with this stuff, it is a bit thick and a little goes a long way!

You can add flare with a little wooden spoon and attach it to the jar if you are giving this as a gift. I found a pack of 24 little wooden spoons in the cake decorating aisle at Walmart for $2.47, along with the cake frosting color.
All in all, I made nearly 5 jars of this with a bag of sugar, one bottle of baby oil (but I had to use a small bit from another bottle), and with the cost of the jars it all came out to be less than $5 a person! You canโ€™t beat that for a gift.
What you’ll need:
2 cups of sugar
3/4 to a cup of lavender baby oil
3-5 drops of lavender essential oil
Purple food coloring (the more drops, the darker it gets)
Glass jar that can be closed tight
Add all ingredients in a bowl and stir!
How simple is that?! ๐Ÿ™‚
(Thank you so much Ginger for sharing this incredible idea! This definitely gets the NOK Blog’s seal of approval! Cannot wait to try it and I hope you all will too. This recipe can easily be customized to your scent and color preference. Have a blessed weekend, a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!)

The Fourth Meal Trend Is Back!

Who remembers when Taco Bell came out with fourth meal? It was back in 2007 and for those late night munchies they were hoping you’d show up to get some gut busting snackage in before calling it a night. I don’t recall it going over very well, or lasting very long. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

One of the 2018 food trends is the fourth meal. So what is it? Naturally, we already have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The way I understand it, the fourth meal is after dinner but before breakfast. According to certain cultures dinner is already considered the fourth meal. So long as you include tea, biscuits, and jam as the third meal after lunch. (See below)

I have no personal qualms with this notion, if that’s how you roll more power to you. After living in Brazil for a year and half I got used to eating dinner later in the evening as it was cooler and more comfortable to do so. Some nights we weren’t eating till 8pm sometimes as late as 9-10pm. But now, I struggle getting a second and sometimes a third meal in. As for my caloric intake, getting what MyFitnessPal deems what I ought to be getting is an absolute joke! Most days I can barely break 1200. How on earth am I suppose to fit in a fourth meal? ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿค”

I recall back in late 2003, I was roughly 5-6 months pregnant with G, both my OB/GYN and Nutritionist told me that I needed to start eating 5-6 small meals a day. I earnestly tried, I did EXACTLY what they said but I started to feel sick to my stomach. It was basically too much food, mixed the constant clock watching, writing it all down, monitoring what I was eating and when…I started to hate food. So, I went back to my three lower carb meals a day, fitting in one to two complex carbs a day with my meals, making sure to measure out the servings, and IF I felt like having a snack then I made sure it was something healthy. I was maintaining the 35 pounds I had gained during my pregnancy, didn’t have a single issue with bloat, Gestational Diabetes, and more or less felt normal. My blood pressure was near textbook which apparently is unheard of for someone of my size. ๐Ÿ˜’ In the end, I proved for myself, that 5-6 smaller meals wasn’t for me.

Perhaps the fourth meal is designed for the night owls/hawks. With insomnia on the rise it’s plausible, I guess. Would this also include 3rd shift workers? Or other people who work the graveyard shift? I can’t help but wonder though…

…who would have the room for it? With the shoddy metabolism I was blessed with I know I personally don’t. ๐Ÿคข

Which begs the question, do you see the fourth meal taking off again?

Granted I don’t think it’s about being glutenous, rather it’s along the same lines as having 5-6 smaller healthier meals a day.

Do you think this trend will stick around a second time? If it does, then I think it will only benefit those who are up late at night and people with faster metabolisms. I could be wrong and often am.

Please feel free to comment below! Let me know what you think, who do you think might benefit from it, and what are some healthier fourth meal options?

Happy Eating(fourth meal included)!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Long Abscence From Blogging…

Hello to all my readers(to those who still follow)! I’m not quite sure where to begin, guess I’ll be honest and tell you all that the desire to write hasn’t been there. Since my last post back in April(I think), the year has been busy for the most part, sad, and depressing. I’ve put off sharing anything on here mostly because I don’t want to be a blogger who airs it all on the web, but neither did I ever imagine I’d become a blogger who would disappear for months on end without a word to my faithful readers. For that, I do apologize. 

The year started off well enough, so what have I been up to?  By the end of March I was asked to teach a 3&4 yr old VBS class at my church and from then on until June I was busy prepping and making decorations for my classroom and no joke that took A LOT out of me. Once VBS started we were swamped every day with fun activities, energetic kids, and I would come home to crash. It was a fun theme though, under the sea, so cute! Below are few pictures of the room my helpers and I decorated(mind you we kept it simple so as not to give little hands too much to mess with).

My son, G, decided to come hang out in my room one morning before VBS started. He played with the play-doh and made a gruesome zombie head. What can I say, that’s G for ya! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was a fun labor of love project that unfortunately I didn’t get to use. I made a puppet stage out of carboars, expanding spray foam, pain, and hot glue. The sea urchins were my favorite and one of the first things I made. A half ball of styrofoam, qtips, craft glue, and paint. BOOM, sea urchin! Thankfully another church who was using a similar under the sea theme cam in on the last day and took all the decorations to use during their VBS week. Hopefully the puppet stage was put to good use! 

As for the wall decorations, all credit must be given to Party Cheap dot com. They made it possible for me decorate the walls to look we were under the sea. My helpers did an amazing job putting everything up and yes it wasn’t all perfect but the children loved it and that’s what mattered the most! 

The second thing I loved the most was the beach sign! Foam poster board, paint, and hot glue made that possible. And I’m not even an artist, never claimed to be either, but the rustic skills I do have worked well for that old weathered look! On the first day of VBS I had G help me get some sea kelp up that went behind that sign on the lower wall. Wish I had snapped a picture of it, was really cute and helped finish off the wall. 

The third decoration I LOVED making were the jellyfish! Crazy easy! Paper bowls, paint, tissue paper, and googly eyes is all it took. A person with long arms was kind enough to lend his height when it came time to hanging those precious jellyfish up. All the ideas were found through Pinterest and made possible through friends who donated items to me. It was fun but very tiring, not for the faint of heart. It’s the VBS I remember from the 90’s, that’s for sure! 

After VBS was said and done, I went back to sort of helping a friend with her summer class. Fine tuning her weekly lessons, and making sure everything was ready. I admit my mental capability was tapped out for a bit, felt like a vegetable most days. Thankfully I was able to get her summer class announcement finished in time so it could be advertised. She had a Lego theme and all her lessons were centered around Building Godly Character.

 I had saved up 13 boxes(mostly amazon shipping boxes) and wrapped them in tissue paper to make them look like Lego building blocks. Each week she could add the next block to the the previous one and use it as a visual aid for her class. The kids loved it! Of course I don’t know too many kids who DON’T love Legos! And what’s in store for next year?! An Indian Jones theme!!! Queue the theme song…๐Ÿ˜œ

After the summer class ended I had the utmost pleasure in helping my sister from another mister plan for her first overseas mission trip. Spent one weekend helping her organize and price things for her yardsale, which turned out to be amazing! Being able to help her with that was a huge blessing to me, I was able to witness God work lots of miracles! I never tout that I have a lot of faith, I struggle just like everyone else and yet I was constantly being reminded of “faith as small as a mustard seed.” Truly, every single prayer was answered, lots of tears were shed as we both witnessed God working in our lives and seeing people coming together to make this trip possible for her and the group she was going with! Below is a picture of the sign I made for her after we learned someone had annonymously purchased her plane ticket.

I wish I could say the summer ended on high fun note, but sadly it didn’t. The last few months since August 17th have been the pits. I’m not even sure I can share this without crying, so for now I think I’ll stop here and hope this little update finds you all in joyous spirit! Christmas is around the corner and the new year is upon us, ๐Ÿ˜ฑโ˜บ๏ธ<—I am shocked and excited! 

Will write more later, may the rest of your week be blessed! Amanda Gayleโค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ

Friday Favorite!

I haven’t done one these in quite a while, and today’s favorite(yes, only one) is a site that I signed up on just this morning! I am no way being paid to write about the following, just a teensy bit excited about today’s favorite! Hope you enjoy!!


The site is called House Party, and the way it works is simple: you sign up(it’s free,btw!), apply to “parties” you would like to be chosen for, answer a simple questionnaire and agreeing to their terms of service. Once you’ve done that you can then share everything on your favorite social media sites and complete some easy activities to better your chances of being chosen to host! AND PRESTO!

I guess I’m the addicting type, I have already signed up for 5 parties.

  • Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell House Party
  • Women’s Rogaine House Party(need all the help I can possibly get!)
  • HelloFresh House Party
  • Lumination Glow Stick Markers House Party (thinking the kiddos from my Wednesday night church class are going to REALLY love these!)
  • Team Roomba for iRobot Roomba 980 House Party

Which may not look like a lot, after all I will probably not be chosen for any of them. Perchance I am picked to host one of those parties, I am going to have so much fun sharing my findings with everyone here on my blog! Pictures, testimonies, and possibly some videos(yikes,ย  lol)! I’ve always wanted to do product testing and hopefully NOW I’ll get the opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚

ย Go check it out, sign up, and apply for some fabulous parties! If you are chosen please ping back to this post so I can see your review, photos, testimonies and ooo and awe over your party!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Have a blessed day!!

Boldly Going…

Today I launched my new Jamberry blog (Jonesin’ For Wraps). Basically I wanted to separate my work fun from my food fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I already have a brand new post up, if you get a chance I hope you check it out!

To visit—>Jonesin’ For Wraps

Hope you all are having a blessed Thursday!!

Frosted Chewy Sugar Cookies

Afternoon all,

Hope everyone is staying warm! Woke up today to sleet, a nice sight considering we haven’t had much of anything this winter other than rain. I would have preferred actual sticking snow, but sleet was just as nice to see ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s on days like this I just want to hunker down under a warm blanket, cup of coffee nearby, a little heater aimed at my feet, and get lost in a book. It’s a day to not do anything! However, it’s also a day fire up the oven and warm up the house with some baked goodies!ย 

Each year G–Man and I set out to decorate holiday cookies and last month I think we REALLY discovered something yummy! I didn’t grow up decorating holiday cookies, Mom and I did that once and never again because of how messy it was. True, it can be very messy and now you all know where I get it ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s hard for me let my son in the kitchen to help with cooking and baking because the mess seems to grow. But determined to create our own holiday memories, I put aside my angst against messes and let G–Man have at it. Rolling out the dough, cutting out the shapes, sprinkling on the colored sugar. My hand in it is the making of said dough, putting in and pulling out the pans from the oven, and applying the frosting. We always have a lot of fun and actually enjoy ourselves! There is hope for me yet!

Last year I discovered a very tasty cut out sugar recipe. I wanted something that was going to soft, chewy, and yet sturdy enough to hold up to the frosting. And then I wanted a frosting that wasn’t overly sweet, that would have a delicious vanilla flavor and set up in no time. Boy did I get lucky with the recipes and I am so happy to be able to share them with you today! The recipe for the cut out cookies is over at Sally’s Baking Addiction. The only thing I didn’t have for the recipe was almond extract, no bigs I just replaced it with more of our homemade vanilla extract which was a great idea!

Frosted Chewy Sugar Cookies

We decided to keep them simple this year, stars, gingerbread men, and Christmas trees. The year before last we used a store bought icing tubes(red, white, green) and while that did make our first time decorating cookies I wasn’t too impressed with the outcome. So this year I made the commitment to making the frosting from scratch. But first let me brag about Sally’s cookie recipe. Chewy. Soft. Flavorful. Not too sweet. Everything I ever want in a cookie and more! It was an easy enough recipe to make and here’s a trick when cutting them out. Instead of rolling out on a surface and then transferring them to a cookie sheet, I turned a baking sheet pan upside down, applied a scant amount of Crisco to the pan and laid a piece of parchment paper to it. The Crisco helps to keep the parchment paper in place when rolling out the dough. I only rolled out the dough twice before discarding.
reposition the cut out pieces on the pan and bake according to directions. They came out perfect! Once cooled G–Man would move them from the pan to a cooling wrack and we would continue on to the next batch. So fun!

And now for the frosting, I based mine off of the one I found over at allrecipes. But like always, I chose to change it up slightly. See, I don’t like adding milk and vanilla extract to my frosting recipes. It’s too much liquid and the vanilla flavor is never right. I know I’ve shared this many times before, but I like to use flavored coffee creamer in lieu of milk and vanilla extract. That shouldn’t shock anyone but I’m sorry if it does. I am especially fond of the French Vanilla coffee creamer(yes, the liquid stuff). So, here’s the link to the original recipe, but below is how I changed it. Try both and decide which one you like best!

4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 TBLSP + 1 tsp French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
food coloring, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the coffee creamer with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.

And that’s it! My youngest nephew was impressed and because he liked them so much I sent the rest home with him ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course you don’t have to use French Vanilla coffee creamer, you can use Hazelnut, Irish Cream, Amaretto, Caramel…really the possibilities are endless! Especially around the holidays when there’s white chocolate, peppermint, and eggnog.


And that’s how this Night Owl does Frosted Chewy Sugar Cookies. I had G–Man keep the decoration simple, just red and green colored sugar. Explaining to him that I wanted the flavor and texture to be “center stage” rather than piling on numerous candies, sprinkles, and layers of frosting.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this cookie and frosting recipe is perfect! Now all I need to get are some heart shaped cutters and red frosting gel to make Valentine cookies for G–Man to give at his Patch Club Valentine’s Day party.

I hope you all have enjoyed this little post and try out these recipes. Hopefully they will become your go–to recipes as they have become ours! Have a blessed day!!!

~5 Christmas Favorites~

Afternoon everyone, I haven’t done one of these in a while and thought well, why not?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Christmas has come sooner than expected this year, or perhaps that’s my age hanging out. So today I’m going to share 5 of my Christmas favorites, these rarely change from year to year. Here goes….

1) Christmas Music

Give me some of those old classics from way back when….my personal favorite being Dean Martin! Listening to this music reminds me a lot of my Memaw. She would always have the record player going(and later on the CD player). The TV wasn’t allowed to be on at all Christmas Day. She wanted us to enjoy being together, making those memories and celebrating together the most wonderful time of the year! And the tv stays off here at our house on Christmas Day, we all sit around talking, making memories, sipping on egg nog and munching on holiday goodies. Remembering those who have already gone on ahead of us, the good times we shared with them while embracing the new ones. It’s amazing what a little song can do ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Houses Decorated on the Outside

I’m not finicky, if your house is decorated for Christmas then I am in love! Pretty easy to please in that respect. Fewer and fewer people actually decorate the outside of their houses. We have never done it, mostly because of a lack of funds, but I do admire those who take the time to string up some lights on their house! Driving through neighborhoods to see the lights is a favorite of mine, it just brings back that feeling of “ahhhh, Christmastime is here”.

3) Ugly Sweaters

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Yes, I am an ugly sweater fan! It brings back fun memories of my public school teachers who would wear these fun festive sweaters in December, with their little gold slip on shoes, poofy hair with frosted tips, and gaudy jingle bell jewelry! We’d have room mother’s bring in cupcakes, chips, and koolaid for homeroom parties, get a gift from our teacher and spend the rest of the time on a sugar high of epic proportions! Ugly sweaters get mocked frequently but to me I smile when I see one at its holiday cheer ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re tired of having an ugly Christmas sweater, I’ll give a good home!

4) Christmas Eve Finger Foods

Alright, what kind of blog would this be if I didn’t bring food into the mix?! Seriously I love our Christmas Eve snack food! It’s been something that my family has always done. We pull out a few cookies, the smoke summer sausage with cheese and crackers, boiled shrimp, a cheese ball, and a Claxton’s fruit cake(you know the kind that weighs a ton that no one wants to eat…my Granddad Jones would send one every year, a little something to let us know he was thinking of us and last year in memory of him I bought one for my Dad’s stocking. We all took a piece and ate it to commemorate Granddad Jones). Serve it all with my Mom’s hot apple cider, egg nog, and have some instrumental Christmas music playing in the background.ย 

5) Christmas Coloring Books

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Don’t deny it, when you were a kid you would colors for hours and show everyone each page you did! My Memaw always had crayons and coloring books where us grandkids could find them. It was the first thing I’d pull out as soon as we’d arrive. Sit at the coffee table and color until my hand was ready to fall off! A bit exaggeration but you get the idea ๐Ÿ˜‰ Every time I see a vintage Christmas coloring book I am thrown back to when I was little girl and simpler times!

Yes, those were the days folks. But they are not forgotten nor replaced. A smell, a sound, or seeing something from back then can bring it all back! Cherish your memories, your loved ones, and enjoy this holiday season! From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Hello, I am an Independent Consultant for Jamberry. How May I Help You?!



Since joining back in October, things have been a whirlwind and I’m not sure I’ve completely grasped everything just yet. Let’s see, I’ve been a consultant now since Oct. 16th, almost 3 weeks now and haven’t sold a thing. I’ve sent out oodles of samples, lots of prizes from my launch party(this Friday I have to send out the rest), and lots of inquiries about what Jamberry is. I’ll be honest, it has taken it’s toll on me. Seeing posts from other fellow Jamberry Consultants selling left and right, booking online parties and vendor events, and getting recruits signed up. All the while I’m trying to NOT let my head get the best of me. I can be my own worst enemy at times!



After being in a bad head space on Monday, I decided to change it around and remind myself of why I wanted to be a consultant. There are a lot of personal goals I’d like to reach by the end of next year, one in particular is to begin studying holistic medicine. May sound like an odd thing to pursue but it’s been a dream now for over a year and hopefully it will become a reality. I’ve always turned to holistic medicine whenever I’m sick or feeling a tad under the weather. Without fail I have bounced back with no ill side effects and usually feeling better than before.
I also enjoy sharing my findings with friends and loved ones, but I would like to be able to share it on a broader scale with more people and eventually be able to take on patients who are wanting an holistic practitioner. And in my city, they are hard to come by. So in the meantime, baby steps toward my goal and hopefully more people will hop on board the Jamberry train!

Alrighty, what is Jamberry?


Do they only have quirky styles? No, in fact, Jamberry offers a wide range of more conservative styles that are more business appropriate(eg. French Tip Wraps). They also offer festive holiday wraps, collegiate wraps, and yes you can even customize your own wraps with the NailArtStudio for a truly one of a kind look! The Nail Art Studio is a great way to make awareness wraps, customize wraps for birthdays, weddings, parties of all kinds, or just for the heck of it!

The current offer from Jamberry is to Buy 3 Get 1 Free. It’s a wonderful offer actually, it’s a $60 value for $45+shipping & tax. A lot of consultants who host parties online will offer a Buy 3 Get 2 Free, usually the second one is a sheet of wraps from the consultant’s personal stash or the customer can choose one online at the consultant’s expense. It’s a great way to not only boost sales but to also give a little extra, especially around the holidays! Many times, customers will do what is called “Buddy Package” that is offered in parties(like the one I am currently doing). A “Buddy Package” is when two friends decide to choose two wraps each and split the cost of shipping and tax. Another way of doing it is when both people choose four wraps each and split the cost of shipping and tax. It then becomes a Buy 8 Get 2 Free at that point but I prefer the first option. It’s a good way for those who are new to Jamberry to try it out with the hope of making future purchases.

From what I have heard through the grapevine, Jamberry does do Black Friday Sales. I have no clue as to what that will entail, however all I can say at this point is don’t stray too far from your laptop or digital devices. You will not want to miss out on special savings! If you choose to place an order with the intent to give said items as a Christmas gift, the cut off date to order is December 1st(CAD) and December 10th(USA). Of course the sooner you can get your orders in the better! But this way you should receive it by December 24th.


And then there is the other option…E–Gift Cards. I am quite fond of this option and hope that many folks choose to go this route the closer we get to Christmas. It’s a wonderful way to give a unique gift without fretting over what exactly to pick out. If you know someone who is into doing her nails but you aren’t quite sure about what wraps to pick out for her, the best choice would be to go with an e–gift card. After purchasing the e–gift card, it will be sent your email inbox. Here’s what I would do if I were giving an e–gift card. I would print out the above picture on nice card stock paper. Cut it out and on the backside I would include all the necessary information the recipient is going to need in order to use the gift card (including my the link to order through, mine is Then I would place it in a nice festive money card and of course write their name on the envelope. It’s that extra step in making even something as simple as an electronic gift card seem that much more special and that you were thinking about her when it came to the presentation!

You can choose to purchase a $25/USA $28/CAD gift card all the way up to $100/USA $113/CAD gift card.

Of course Jamberry isn’t just about fun nail wraps, they offer nail lacquers(which are just the professional grade polishes that are worth every penny), as well as hand care products.


A hot item this season is the Indulgence Jamberry Hand Care kit. We all struggle with keeping our hands moisturized during these cold dry months and Jamberry offers a full kit that is sure to take care of your delicate hands. It sells for $60/USA ,but if you are wanting to skip the whole kit and would just like to try the Nourish Hand Cream alone,ย  then you can do so for $25/USA. A little goes a long way, the hand cream has biotin, aloe vera and shea butter which will keep your hands feeling silky smooth and not greasy! I can think of several Christmas stockings the hand cream would be welcomed in ๐Ÿ™‚

And that is the stitch, a very short summary of all that Jamberry offers. If you would like to try a sample wrap, send me an email at with your name and mailing address. I will be more than happy to get a sample out to you the next day and challenge you to take the 7–day challenge.ย  Tag me to your pictures(Day 1 and Day 7) either on Facebook, Instagram or on your blog and let me know what you think!

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When tagging on Facebook, please follow and tagย  Jonesin’ for Wraps-Independent Consultant for Jamberry, this is my business page.
If tagging on Instagram, my handle is @nok_amandagayle.
And then of course if you have a blog, you can ping back to this blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all have a very blessed day!


My current manicure, I’m wearing Hint of Mint Nail Lacquer on my thumb, middle finger and pinky. On my forefinger and ring finger I am wearing the Sunday Brunch wrap. And on my middle finger over the nail lacquer I am wearing a White Romance clear wrap. This is my new favorite combo, and as you can see my nails are not very long. Anyone can wear these!!

Hello Again

Y’all just might want to take me out back and beat me with a wet noodle, been too long since I’ve posted anything. Lots of things have happened since my last post. For starters, I’ve had a “cold” since last Friday. I put that in quotes because it’s not acting like any cold I’ve ever had before. Usually when I have a cold I’m so under the weather that I spike a fever, everything hurts, and I resort to drinking lemon ginger tea multiple times a day with organic raw honey.
Instead, I’ve just been plagued with fatigue, a sore throat that progressively gets better throughout the day until it’s late at night as I’m going to bed. Accompanied by a dry cough, and a gross amount of overly produced mucus. I know, TMI, but that’s how this blog rolls. Tuesday night I was feeling better so I got busy making brownies for the Harvest Party that my church is putting on this weekend. Wednesday I skipped my afternoon cold meds(which usually induces a nap) and baked up a pan of chocolate chip blondies and four dozen peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Everything had to be individually wrapped and ready for this weekends festivities.

While I love baking, helping, and doing my part…I probably should have skipped it this year. No regrets, but I was feeling miserable late Wednesday night. After teaching my Wednesday night class I barely had any voice left, my throat felt raw, and my dry cough got progressively worse as the night wore on. This morning when I woke up I didn’t get out of bed for two hours. I just laid there, any speck of energy that was in me was pretty much gone. But I did manage to pry myself out of bed. It was insane just how much effort it actually took. Of course, having an 80 pound dog pinning you in didn’t help any…but I would never blame sweet Spotty ๐Ÿ™‚

The other bit of news, aside from me being under the weather, is that as of last Thursday I am now an Independent Jamberry Consultant. Since Sunday I have had my launch party going on on Facebook, it’s called Under Wraps Launch Party.


Click the above picture to visit the event that is opened only to those in the USA and Canada.

Reason it’s only open to those two countries is because Jamberry doesn’t sell or ship to other countries. So far there’s been a bit of a turn out. But I would love to extend the invite out to all of you ๐Ÿ™‚ There are games, prizes, and deals. Such as Buy 3 Get 1 Free, this is the most popular deal going on right now. A $60 value for $45. Once I get more established I’ll be able to offer deals such as Buy 3 Get 2 Free or 3 Free, free tax, free shipping, etc. I am looking forward to not only doing that but also signing up interested ladies in doing online parties. It’s so fun! I do all the work and you reap the hostess rewards. Invite your friends, family, and coworkers, we play games, they place their orders and everyone has a wonderful time! Looking for interested hostesses for November ๐Ÿ™‚ Think about it in the meantime.

And then I’ve also been busy gathering up things to list on Posh Mark. Don’t know what that is? It’s a website/app where you can list clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, toys, children’s clothes, and so on. There a lot of great deals on there, designer labels going for steal.
I’m not a fashionista/designer person(I’m more of a “If it’s clean and I can button it, I’ll wear anything” kind of gal), but when I see a listing for a Coach bag that was originally $400 going for $95,ย  yeah that’s pretty darn good in my book! I do have a few listings on there, if you know of any plus size ladies in need of some shirts, cardigan, or an unworn triple tier dress, please send them to my Posh Closet (<–click). I have a few more items to put up just haven’t had the energy to do it recently. Even some kids items which will make great Christmas presents.

So, in a nutshell I’m “sick”, I have an at home job(aside from blogging and being a Mom…hopefully this one will pay), listing items to sell, and oh yes taking pictures of food that I’ve yet labeled or shared. I have NOT forgotten about those ๐Ÿ™‚ Bear with me. This next week is going to be busy for me as well, my church is having a Missions Conference starting Wednesday night and I want to be there every night since a dear family is going to be leaving in December to be missionaries in Italy. Sure gonna miss them! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
I’ll get my recipes up asap, I’ve got some good ones that I think you all would enjoy! Things such as a Frito Chili Pie, Loaded Baked Potato Soup(that even my picky eater ate and had two servings, huge shocker), and a Creamy Tortellini Soup. Tis’ the season for soups ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alrighty, back to your normal lives citizens!