Glamorous Glitter Bathroom Project

After

This is a fun project for any girl who loves a little glitz!

1. Collect a soap holder, trash can, and toothbrush holder. They can be any color. A wood finish is easiest to paint.

2. Purchase spray paint in your favorite color. Also purchase gems in your favorite color at your local craft store.

3. Spray paint the objects outside or in a well ventilated area. Let the objects dry for the recommended time period.

4.  Think of the pattern you would like to make with your gems. (Remember less is more when it comes to glitz!)

5. Hot glue the gems in place carefully. Repeat your pattern on each object.

6. Voila! Your bathroom is now glam. Here is the shower curtain I chose to go with my objects.

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A Daily Affirmation

Daily Affirmation
Daily Affirmation
Place your affirmation near a mirror where you get ready in the morning.

 

This was a great idea shared during one of my Reiki classes at Branches of Wellness in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Look at yourself in the mirror and say each line to yourself ten times.

I Love You.

You are Beautiful

I am whole in mind, body, and spirit.

The situation with ______________ is completely healed. (Insert any situation that has been bothering you.)

The enhancing of my intuitive spirit is complete.

All is in perfect balance for the greatest and highest good.

The universe takes care of me.

My Reiki teacher Erin, is incredibly inspirational and talented. If you are in the area, you should sign up for one of their many classes!

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Boardwalk

Atlantic City, New Jersey has something for everyone. The only traveler that should avoid this area is someone looking for solitude. The boardwalk has lots of shops, restaurants, casinos, and attractions. Be sure to bring your tennis shoes, you will be doing a lot of walking!

The beach area is very large and so there is plenty of room to spread out a few beach blankets and chairs. As with any body of water, keep a close eye on little ones the rip currents are very dangerous. Be sure to bring your umbrella as well, even on a cloudy day the sun is very strong.

We stayed at the Carisbrooke Inn in Ventnor, New Jersey. It is a beautiful bed and breakfast with some rooms in a cottage across the street. We got a fantastic deal off Living Social and chose a deluxe room. The deluxe room included a stove, microwave, sink, and refrigerator. The room was a little more spacious than the others as well. The rooms are decorated well with lots of antiques and artwork. A delicious breakfast is served every morning and appetizers in the afternoon. The staff  is friendly and helpful.

While staying at the Carisbrooke Inn you can also use their beach chairs down by the water and take advantage of their DVD library.

During our stay we met lots of other friendly guests and had great conversation during each breakfast.

There is plenty of great restaurants in the area. These are the top rated restaurants right now.

If you love to shop, you will have a great time at the Tanger Outlets. Many upscale brands have outlets here and you will be able to get tons of great deals!

Morning Mist Room located in The Cottage across from The Carisbrooke Inn.
The Carisbrooke Inn
The Carisbrooke Inn
The Boardwalk
The Boardwalk is very long, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes!
Restaurant
This is a hidden gem. They offer a bucket of “U-Peel” shrimp and a pitcher of beer for $14.99.
The Beach Bar
The Beach Bar has a great happy hour! Lots of half-price drinks that are well made.
Atlantic City Boardwalk
The Boardwalk has something for everyone!
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Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid, New York is amazing. Beautiful mountain scenery and lots to do make this the perfect summer getaway.  The town is busiest in the summer months right after school lets out. The winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980. There are lots of places of interest involving the Olympics including everything from ski jumps to toboggan chutes and museums.

Main street is full of cute boutiques and specialty shops as well as night life. The locals are very friendly and will be happy to help you with any directions or advice on what to do. The finger lakes region is nearby and the area offers wonderful wine.

From the adventurous hiker to new-found outdoors-man there are lots of activities. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, hunting, white water rafting, and biking are just a few of the summer time activities. The rivers are full of trout and fly fishing is very popular. In the winter there is skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling.

Here are some tips we learned on our trip:

Wine tastings- Goose Watch and Swedish Hill are great wineries. Purchase a wine glass for $5 at one of the wineries and try six wines. Then head over to the other winery to try six more for only $1.

Restaurants- Lisa G’s has a .50 cent wing night every Monday. Tail O’ the Pup has a delicious barbecue and eclectic atmosphere. If you are looking for something upscale, and worth your money, The Hungry Trout is for you.

Hiking- High Falls Gorge is a beautiful site with a large waterfall. There is a $10.95 admission fee. Owl’s Head Mountain is perfect first climb for young hikers. For more hiking information, check out Adk.org

Shopping- All along Main Street and in Saranac Lake there are lots of fantastic shops. If you are looking for a deal there are some great thrift stores as well.

Places to Stay- We stayed at Lake Placid Club Lodges. Some other gorgeous locations included Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, Lake Placid Summit Hotel- Resort & Suites, and The Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Golf Club.

Enjoy your trip!

Mirror Lake
View from Owls Head Mountain NY
View from Owl’s Head Mountain
View of River
View behind The Hungry Trout Restaurant
High Falls Gorge
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How to Easily Grow Out Acrylic Nails

natural nail acrylics

1. If you know you are going to want to remove your acrylics or grow them out, ask for a french manicure at your last service. Be sure to ask for a very neutral base and white tips.

2. Go to any Sally’s location and pick up a “Beauty Secrets” black emery board #169400.

3. Let the acrylic grow out and as it gets too long file your nails down using the emery board. The emery board has a high grit, and it is perfect for acrylics. However, do not attempt to use this on your natural nails, the board will cause your nails to split.

4. Be sure to round the corners of your nail using the file to achieve a natural look.

5. Be patient, and wait until the acrylic is almost completely grown out before removing the acrylic with acetone.

Emery Board
This emery board is able to easily shape acrylic nails.
These nails are pretty, but not great for growing out acrylics. Opt for a neutral color instead.
natural nail acrylics
These nails are grown out a bit, but it is not as obvious.
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Easy Fishtail Braid Updo

This style is perfect for any occasion and is really easy to do. This is easiest to do on mid length to long hair.

1. First make sure all of your hair is smooth and dry.

2. Tease the top of your hair a little bit to add volume. Not sure on how to tease your hair?

3. Begin a fishtail braid at the nape of your neck. Not sure on how to do a fishtail braid?

4. Tuck the fishtail braid under and secure with bobby pins. If your hair is very long you may have to roll the hair under and then secure.

This style is simple and glamorous! Hair by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor Ohio.
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Bridal Hair

Hair style all up and curls

All up hairstyle
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio
Side hairstyle half up half down
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio
Half up half down hair style
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio
waterfall braid all down style
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio
All up hair style
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio
Updo hairstyle all up
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio
All up hairstyle
Style by Julia Niedzialek. Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa in Mentor, Ohio

Choosing your hair and makeup on your wedding day is a very important decision. Your hair is like your wedding dress. It should be timeless, go with your style, and feel comfortable to you.

Be sure to get a “trial run” of you hair and makeup at least two weeks before your big day. Bring any images of styles you like, any accessories, and your veil. Keep in mind you want to look like a polished version of yourself.

The day of your wedding, be sure to bring your veil freshly steamed and take some Tylenol if you are going to be having a ton of bobby pins put into your hair. (You do not want to start off your big day with a headache)

Different dress styles call for different hairstyles. Below are some great ideas, but feel free to mix and match. Only you know what will make you feel the most beautiful.

One Shoulder Dress- A side hair style that is going towards the opposite side of where your shoulder strap is will help to balance out your entire look.

Sweetheart neckline- An all up style with a small amount of height looks fabulous with this style.

Strapless- A half up half down style is very flattering with this style since your shoulders will be bare.

Simple and Short- The waterfall braid with long curls compliments this casual look very well. A cute birdcage veil or vintage headpiece also looks great with this style.

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Live Luxuriously for Less-Rules to Live By

Thrift Store Finds
Thrift Store Finds
A recent successful trip to the thrift store… A Coach purse, Lacoste polo dress, Steve Madden flip-flops, and David Tate flip-flops all for only $42! These purchases were made at the Dorsey Street Exchange and Main Street Exchange in Saranac Lake, New York.
1. Put your ego aside- many times, people associate spending a lot of money with purchasing something fantastic.
2. Patience- getting things for less requires time and effort. Anyone can run into a store and purchase the first fabulous thing they see.
3. Know what you are looking for- To find something for less, first decide exactly what you want down to the brand, then you can begin your research.
4. Understand mark ups- some things, like prescription drugs are marked up to 1200%! View the 10 biggest price markups.
5. Ask the experts-people who specialize in certain professions are very educated on their products and where to get them for less.

Here is where I shop for items-

Books- Amazon and Half.com

Clothes- Plato’s Closet, Avalon Exchange, eBay, and Gabriel Brothers

Household Items- T.J. Maxx, Estate Sales, Flea Markets, eBay

I hope this guide helps you! Please let me know if you have any questions!

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