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    My Review of Jamberry Nails

    Jamberry Nails… I’d seen them around for awhile before I decided to make the plunge and commitment in purchasing them. I use the terms ‘plunge’ and ‘commitment’ because at $15.00 for a pack, that’s definitely worthy of both those terms. I have no fancy intro here so let’s get on with the review.

    Jamberry Nails in'Ditzy'

    Jamberry Nails in ‘Ditzy’

    The Concept

    I love it. As a work-at-home-mom, there’s really never a moment that I have where I’m like, “oh you know what I can do right now? I can paint my nails and then sit still for an hour as they dry.” Nope. Doesn’t happen. So the appeal of having my nails done in a fancy style WITHOUT the dry time was certainly appealing. I also love the “Mommy and Me” sets. These are so cute! Mini loves having her nails done in a “pattern” and loves it even more when we match.

    In Real Life

    I’m not going to lie, my overall feeling for these Jamberry decals is one of disappointment. They market that the decals will stay on your nails for up to 2 weeks. Welp, 2 hours after I put mini’s on they were off. And it wasn’t just hers. The first time I did mine, they lasted MAYBE 3 days–and that’s a big maybe. I thought maybe I’d put them on wrong even though I spent about 5 minutes burning my fingertips with my hair dryer to make sure the adhesive on the decal adhered to my nail. It took about 20 minutes for me to put them on mini and then another 20 to put them on me.

    The Pros

    • The designs – Some of these are just downright breath-taking. I purchased the Ditzy, Orchid Boutique, and the combo pack of the Leo, Geo & Lace for myself and the Little Lady for mini. It was so hard to make a decision with all the different designs they offer.
    • Fast Shipping
    • The “Mommy & Me” combinations
    • The ease of purchase

    The Cons

    • Leo, Geo and Lace aka My Fave

      Leo, Geo and Lace aka My Fave

      The price. $15 for 1 packet seems a bit absurd. They run the special of the B3G1F but $45? Not for nails that don’t live up to their promise.

    • The application. I’m not sure if I have fingerprints anymore or if they’ve been burned off since I did 2 applications of them. After you cut the decals you have to heat them prior to application. And then you have to heat them again when they’re on your nails. Mini couldn’t stand the heat and honestly neither could I. It hurt.
    • They didn’t stay on or live up to the guarantee–which is also flawed. I have 30 days to try on $45 worth of nails to see if I like them. What? I know that most women change their minds faster than a chameleon can match his surroundings but sheesh. I’ve had mine for more than 2 months and I’m just getting around to trying the second set! This should be at least a year long guarantee at the minimum.
    • They don’t fit. I’ve taken to cutting slits in them to make them fit my nails and they still bubble! I fried my cuticles trying to get that adhesive on my nails but to no avail. The bubble won out.
    • They just don’t have lasting power. I put on the favorites that I bought–Leo, Geo & Lace (because who doesn’t love lace and leopard print together?). It took almost an hour to try and get them on and situated. I took a shower and my pinkie popped off. I washed my hair and half my middle finger peeled. I braided it and my pointer was gone. Sadness and sorrow filled my heart as I watched my beautiful nails that were supposed to stay on for TWO WEEKS dwindle away in mere hours.

    Overall rating – Disappointment

    Have you tried Jamberry Nails? What was your experience?

    **I haven’t received any monies or products for this review. I purchased these and these are my own thoughts.**

    New Kitchen Gadget Review: Fagor Multi-Purpose Cooker + Recipe

    True story: I think my mom is a hoarder of……well, most things. But instead of keeping them for herself she gifts them. <insert the basis of this post> Last year during one of her visits she excitedly gifted us with this pressure cooker. Growing up, we never used a pressure cooker so I honestly had no idea what it was, how to use it, what it did, and why I needed it.

    What is a pressure cooker? Per Wikipedia (yes, I think Wikipedia is a source solid enough to be referenced):

    Pressure cooking is the process of cooking food, using water or other cooking liquid, in a sealed vessel, known as a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are used for cooking food more quickly than conventional cooking methods, which also saves energy.

    Pressure is created initially by boiling a liquid such as water or broth inside the closed pressure cooker. The trapped steam increases the internal pressure and temperature. After use, the pressure is slowly released so that the vessel can be safely opened.

    Pressure cooking can be used for quick simulation of the effects of long braising or simmering.

    Almost any food which can be cooked in steam or water-based liquids can be cooked in a pressure cooker.

    Based on the very definition of the pressure cooker you would think that I would jump on using this. This thing essentially cuts cooking time in half while retaining the levels of deliciousness! Amazing! But keeping it all the way honest, I looked at it when mom dropped it off, smiled, and tucked it away to be used when I had the time to figure things out.

    Cut to the most recent trip she made to visit. Naturally she asked about the pressure cooker. Naturally I told the truth about it and then she somehow found an infomercial for a pressure cooker. Oh the irony of the timing. I got sucked in to the amazingness that the television was showing me that I couldn’t not use the shiny appliance sitting sadly in my cabinet.

    The very cool thing about my pressure cooker is that it’s not only JUST a pressure cooker, it is also a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and I can even use it to brown my foods. AH-mazing! I love a kitchen gadget but even more than that is I love something that is multipurpose. With #bougiebaby, steaming is very important. To break in my pressure cooker,  I made some chicken parmigiana. Delicious is what the result was. Easy is how the prep was.  I’m forever a pressure cooker user now. As I begin to use it more, I’ll post more recipes but here is the chicken parm recipe:

    www.thecrunchymommy.com

     

    I swear I’m not being biased when I tell you that this was so delicious. When the hubs walked through the door he was greeted with nothing but deliciousness trying to invade his nose–yes, it smelled THAT good!

    Overall, I would say that it was an easy and fun experience using the pressure cooker portion. I like that it’s multi-functional. The top was a little hard to use but we managed. Would I recommend this? Absolutely!

    I hope you enjoy!

    Have you used a pressure cooker before? Do you have some favorite recipes to share?

     

    Product Review: Babycakes Pancake Maker

    My husband loves pancakes and honestly, so do I. While visiting with my mom, she showed me this Babycakes Pancake Maker.

    one of my favorite kitchen tools

    one of my favorite kitchen tools

     

    Saturday mornings are pancake mornings for us. This kitchen gadget has made trying out different recipes for healthier pancakes. It’s very similar to the George Foreman grill in that when you plug it in, it turns on. Depending on the size of pancake you want will determine the amount of mix you put in.

    It takes about 3 minutes for the pancakes to cook and in no time, you have stacks of pancakes for your family!

    Some of the recipes that I’ve created are:

    • Sweet potato pancakes
    • Banana protein pancakes
    • Oatmeal pancakes

    Where can you get one? Amazon.com!!!

    I’ll be sharing the above recipes this week so you can try those out too.