Totally Cool Nails – For Kids

totally cool nails book

Every little princess loves nail polish and my 6 1/2 year old daughter is no exception. She absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She always begs me to let her use my computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art.

Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids so we have step by step instructions complete with pictures of each step so we can recreate 50 different nail art designs any time we want!

Of course we decided to try out the easter-themed nails first! Aren’t they adorable?!

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First we started with 2 coats of Jamberry Nail Polish in “Hint of Mint”. Then we picked out the Stripe Rite nail art polish in the colors we would need.

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I was glad the instructions were simple and easy to follow because my pregnancy brain couldn’t handle anything too complex right now! The book clearly pictures the step by step progression for each nail design and I was able to (horribly!) paint little bunnies and carrots on my daughter’s microscopic finger nails.

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Even though my hands were not very steady and I made quite a mess, she was absolutely over the moon about her nails and was happy to show them off to all her friends.

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails.

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)

I received the book mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I did not receive compensation for this post. 

3 Non-Food Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for something to stuff the Easter baskets with that won’t give kids a sugar high and rot their teeth out? We’ve got a few ideas to help! You’re welcome.

Idea #1: BOOKS

First off, just out this month is Cynthia Bardes latest children’s book, Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum

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My kids (boy 3, girl 6) thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked me to read it again when it was over. It really is a cute story with delightful artwork. This is definitely one children’s book worth checking out. There are more books in the “Pansy” series as well that we can’t wait to read. Visit www.cynthiabardes.com or click here to read more about the author and her dog Pansy (a real-life poodle!).

BUY IT: Get Pansy In Paris on Amazon ($14.99)


 

Idea #2: NAIL POLISH

What little girl doesn’t love nail polish? I know my 6 1/2 year old daughter absolutely LOVES polishing her nails. She’s always begging to use the computer so she can get on Pinterest and check out fancy nail art. Luckily, we found Totally Cool Nails: 50 Fun and Easy Nail Art Designs for Kids

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Of course we decided to try out BUNNIES first! The instructions were simple and easy to follow and clear pictures showed the step by step progression to it’s completion. We were both very happy with the result and she got tons of compliments, of course!

I enjoyed it because it was a great mother/daughter activity for us. We can’t wait to try the ombre dot, splatter, cupcake, flip-flop, and union jack nails. This would be a great book for a sleepover too!

BUY IT: Get Totally Cool Nails on Amazon or in your local bookstore ($12)


 

Idea #3: MOVIES

I’m sure every kid on the planet already owns a copy of Frozen, so why not get them something a little different.

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Meet Iesodo, (YAY-sa-doe) a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee.

As soon as I saw the cover of the DVD for this series, I immediately thought of Rio! My kids loved that movie so I knew they would be interested in Iesodo. The movie has cutting edge imagery that is somewhat unexpected for a Christian DVD series. Click here to read our review of the DVDs.

With each and every story in the series, Iesodo and his cute feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).

BUY IT: Get Iesodo DVDs on Amazon ($14.99 each)

 

Enter To Win Dermelect ME Fearless Beauty Nail Polish Collection

Dermelect Me Fearless Beauty Polish Collection

In celebration of the Summer 2013 launch of the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Fearless Beauty Collection, Dermelect and beauty blogger Karie Frost of Fear No Beauty (who created the Fearless Beauty Collection!) are kicking off Manicure Monday Mania TODAY. So excited!

Every Monday from now (April 22) through May 12, Karie Frost will be hosting a contest on her blog, FearNoBeauty.com where you can enter for a chance to win the Fearless Beauty Collection and other Dermelect beauty products by showing off your nail art skills!

Here’s how to participate:

Step 1: Go to FearNoBeauty.com and like Frost’s Facebook page (mandatory for participation). Click here to enter!

Step 2: Frost will post a new nail art look each week in which readers are encouraged to re-create the look and post a picture on her Facebook/Twitter page.

Out of those who post, one winner will be chosen per giveaway to receive the 4 colors in the Fearless Beauty Collection as well as another product. Karie Frost will announce each winner on her blog so be sure to check back often!

Promotion Period: Beginning midnight Monday April 22, 2013 and ending 11:59pm Sunday May 5, 2013

If you want to purchase the Fearless Beauty collection right now, use coupon code FEARLESS for 20% off your order on dermelect.com. (This offer code works April 22, 2013 through May 20, 2013.)

Easter Nails: Jamberry Basket Weave Nail Shields

If you have a great set of finger nails and would love to show off some cool easter-themed nail art, then you might want to give Jamberry Nails a shot.

I got the Basket Weave Nail Shields to review for Easter and I think they look super cute…

Jamberry Easter Basket Weave Nail Art

Jamberry Easter Basket Weave Nail Art

Jamberry Easter Basket Weave Nail Art

I polished my ring fingers with 2 coats of Essie Turquoise and Caicos.

<3 this Essie Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish

Then I did one coat of Nicole by OPI Gold Texture Polish which I didn’t realize was crackle nail polish until it DRIED and I was left with a surprise! I thought about redoing those nails because I actually wanted them to have gold glitter but my almost-6-year-old daughter told me they looked awesome like this, so I left it.

Nicle by OPI Gold Texture Crackle Nail Polish

I’m going to tell you more about my adventures with Jamberry Nail Shields later. For now, just enjoy this cute manicure and share pics of your own manicure on our facebook page here!

Easter Nails: Pastels, Polka Dots & Flowers

My almost 6 year old daughter came over to the computer and started admiring the Easter nail art I was viewing on Pinterest. “Mommy, will you do my nails tonight?! I want Easter nails! Let’s do pastels, polka dots and flowers!”

At first, we were admiring the gorgeous nail stickers from Jamberry:

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Easter Nail Shields from Jamberry

I think the Basket Weave print is my favorite. I will have to try that soon! I also love the Hippity Hop bunny print one… Super cute! My daughter has been talking about Easter since before Valentine’s Day for some reason…. She’s super pumped about the Easter Bunny this year and that’s not even something we “do” or encourage in our household. I’m not sure where it’s coming from, but now she’s all about Easter Nail Art!

Some Pinterest Nail Art We’re Loving…

 

 

 

 

Check out Easter Nail Shields from Jamberry and Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips if you want some quick Easter nail art for your nails.

If you are brave and want to try making some Easter designs yourself, we recommend this Easter Eggs Nails tutorial and check out Nail Art Pens to make the job easier.

What are you going to put on your nails this holiday season?

What To Wear With Holiday Nail Art

I wanted to do my nails ALL WEEK, but life got in the way…

When I saw that Jamberry had Valentine’s Day Nail Wraps, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, I didn’t get them on my nails before the big holiday hit. I kinda want to wear them anyway though… The hearts are so cute!

 

Do you think I would look silly with Valentine’s Day hearts on my nails the week after the holiday has ended? Their Valentine’s Day nail art stickers are sooo cute! Check out this one…

 

Jamberry has some really cute Easter Nail Shields too that I can’t wait to try. Maybe I will actually get them on my nails before Easter arrives!

The only problem I ever face when I have nail art of any kind on my nails is that I feel the need to match my outfit to my nails. I’m afraid that a print on my nails will clash with my outfit and ruin whatever “look” I’m trying to creative.

Do you have that problem too? Or do you just ignore your nails and dress however you want?