New Products! + Upcoming Features!

This past month I started to get some ideas for some new products, and I am thrilled to talk about them in my New Product Feature.

The first product came to me after I saw an advent calendar in Aldi, and I remember the excitement of opening an advent calendar with my mom every year.  In those days there seemed to be more creativity than just foil wrapped chocolates in there.  So I thought it would be a great idea to bring that same excitement into your birthday week, or any special occasion!

The Birthday Advent counts down to your Birthday by giving you a paper packet to open every day leading up to your day.

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Of course these can be customized, much like my other shop items, and you can buy or request them HERE.

The last newest item is also based on a tradition from my youth… (much like everything.)  My gramma always used to save the wishbone from the turkey or chicken to make a wish with me.  She would sometimes see which end might already be fractured so that I could win and get my wish.  When I went off to college, she would save them in a little jar for me, and I still have them as trinkets to remember how traditions were just as important to her as they are to me.

So it came to me in a lightening strike before a craft show, to create some wishbones so that others could enjoy this tradition, with out the hassle of cooking a fowl!

I created these very quickly at 10pm before the second craft show I attended!  They can be purchased HERE20151115_125522_resized

That’s all for today… but I have a lot of exciting things planned for the month of December on the blog and the channel, including my favorite cookie recipes, frugal holiday gift ideas, two epic estate sale hauls, plus holiday themed regulars.  Keep checking in!

 

Nicolyndime Spirit of the Season Giveaway!

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Happy Black Friday!  Today check out the channel to see how you could win this prize pack, and probably more goodies as I find them!
It will give you something to do if you are waiting in a crazy insane line at the mall!!!
Contest runs from 11/27/15 to 12/22/15.  Tell your friends, tell your neighbor, tell your pet, tell everyone!  I’m really excited to gift one of my followers a cute prize pack of goodies.  Remember, I’m doing this on my own, with zero third party affiliate.  I have not been paid to promote any of these products.

GOOD LUCK!!

 

 

5 Things That Made Me Happy!

This month’s 5 Things That Made Me Happy is coming at a great time!  With Thanksgiving happening tomorrow, it is extra special that I focus on the things that made me happy this past month.
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  1.  I subbed a few dance classes this month.  It’s fun getting a chance to visit some other kids and personalities in other classes.  My first two happy moments are from one dance class where I was the substitute.  The first was a little girl who was very uptight.  I’m talking the kind of kid that looks at you like you’re crazy when you tell her to imagine something.  I did a creative movement exercise with the kids.  By the end of class, I couldn’t get this one little girl to chill out.  During cool down, I looked over and literally laughed out loud when I saw her in her own little world jamming away.
  2. In the same class, a little girl came in late.  She was only about 4 years old.  She came into class fine, but quickly welled up in tears.  Luckily I had the magic touch to get her to stop.  I can’t even recall what I said but the moment she started laughing I was relieved.. and happy!
  3. I had a moment last week where I finally felt like my dance classes just clicked… all of them!  I had that teacher moment where I stood back and noticed everyone had improved.  I know I’m not their only teacher, but I’d like to think I have a helping hand.  THIS truly makes teachers happy.
  4. Some of my instagram followers may have heard about the next point.  I was featured in the House of Hawthornes blog post for her Etsy Shopping Guide.  I was so grateful to get picked, and was elated when I saw my shop name in the blog post.  It was an exciting time.  I’ve worked so hard on the roots and philosophies of my shop, and I hope that will translate when folks visit, or are thinking of a nostalgic gift for themselves, a friend, or loved one.
  5. The last point just happened to me the other day.  I didn’t have a last happy moment that I felt was worthy of blogging about, but today a moment happened that made me stop and think.  I’m happy for all of the happy mistakes where I just happen to be where I need to be for a good thing to happen to me!  This month I was able to meet a bunch of great people at a craft fair I was a vendor in, and just today I happened to be at the right place at the right time to perhaps get another dance gig!  I’ll have to keep you all updated, if something special happens soon, I’ll be sure to tell you all the details.                                                                                                                                                               I hope everyone is able to stop and think about what they are thankful for on this day especially, but let’s keep a resolution to remember, and focus on them all year long!                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Thanksgiving!

Free Printable for Thanksgiving

Today I have a simple Thanksgiving Printable for you so that you can make your Turkey Day easier.  If you are like me, when you have a lot of dishes going in and out of the oven at different times, it’s really easy to forget what time you put something in and when it needs to come out!  So I created this simple printable to keep you on track so you don’t burn any sweet potato or green bean casseroles!
Also there is a place where you can keep track of what everyone is going to bring… so you don’t end up eating nothing but green bean casserole!
Free Thanksgiving Printable and Who’s Bringing What?

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Gelogic Nail Polish Review

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UPDATE:  I’m posting the update at the start of this post because I did try it a second time and I have a bit of a different viewpoint this time around.  You can still read the original post below, so you know what absolutely NOT to do.  That’s always helpful advice too, right?
So I tried this polish a second time on a Tuesday night, using a regular base coat. The very next day the polish still looked great.  But by the end of that day, after doing dishes, and washing my hands a bunch of times, I noticed a few small chips on the free edge of the nail on my right hand.  My left hand looks good.  By the end of the day on Friday, this is what I have observed:
  1.  My left hand looks good, and there is one small chip on my index finger.  My right hand did not fair as well, and I have chips on my index, middle, and ring finger.  They are bad enough that I can see the whites of the nails, and the nail bed.  I am speculating that this could be because I am right handed, and did a better job sealing the left hand.
  2. The finish and great shine that I liked so much when the polish was dry, has gotten a bit hazy. To me, it just resembles regular polish, and not the gel like quality I had hoped for.
  3. I still notice the microscopic hair lines on the surface, and it will not take much to chip away from there.  This is only on my right hand however, and I have been crafting, and doing dishes.. but nothing more than the average daily house chores.  I haven’t been putting a new roof on the house… or anything extreme like that!
Overall, for the price, it’s a good polish, but I didn’t get the gel like quality I had hoped to in a bottle.
ORIGINAL POST BELOW
I purchased this Gelogic Nail Polish from Five Below after seeing it in their ad.  As you can see, each bottle was $3 a piece, but you would only need to buy the topcoat once.
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They had a general selection of colors, some shades in pinks, some in lighter neutral, and some in blues and greens if I recall.  I selected this Jazzberry Shade because it was the closest to a bright pink.
The bottles are slightly smaller than a standard nail polish.
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According to the directions, you only apply this like regular nail polish.  No light is needed, and all you need is an acetone nail polish remover to take the product off.
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My first initial experience with the product was great.  Right off I liked that there was no overtly offensive smells.  If anything it was very similar to regular nail polish.  And when it dried, there was no smell, unlike other nail polishes that I have used in the past.  I hate when hours later, and after washing my hands a zillion times, I can still smell nail polish.  It’s the worst when you’re eating finger food… and this girl loves to eat!
The coverage was great too.  Here it is after one coat.
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And this is the second coat.
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The dry time was rather unremarkable.  Pretty standard, especially for someone like myself who immediately realizes she has to use the restroom as soon as the last nail is polished!
The product was self leveling, and I didn’t have any problems with the brush drying out along the way, or the product becoming thick. sticky, or unmanageable.
This was the finished product:
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I really loved this up until this point, and had high hopes of going back to 5B to get other shades.
I woke up the next day to discover a small chip on my right and left hands.
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I touched it up and chalked it up to user error, and not sealing it properly around the edges.  When your nails are short, and there’s no free edge, I tend to get it all over my finger and not much on my nail anyway.
On my way to teach dance, I was admiring the shine of the manicure while stopped at a red light, so I snapped this photo.
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After the 22 minute drive to the studio, I realized that my right hand had some wear and tear.
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After teaching dance for roughly 4 hours, I came home, and did the usual making myself some dinner, washing my hands, and washing the dishes.  This was the result after the end of DAY ONE:
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I was pretty disappointed, to say the least.  This is my right hand, and my left hand isn’t AS bad, but there are hair line fractures in the polish, and that’s where I believe water is getting under the polish and creating the issues.  I will give this a try again of course, but I don’t seem to think it really has the staying power that it should for a gel polish.  I think regular polish may have more staying power than this gel polish.
As a side note, I did apply the topcoat as a base coat.  My thinking was that if I needed an acetone to remove the gel, I didn’t want the polish to stain my nail bed.  Next time I try this I will use a regular base coat, which is thinner than this Gelogic Topcoat.  When I do, I’ll be sure to update this post, and to let you know how it turns out.
For $6 for the set, it’s worth a shot to see if it works better for you, but there aren’t a ton of colors to choose.  You might be better off just sticking with your regular nail polishes and getting a high quality topcoat to get that high shine.
FYI:  For removal I did not need an acetone remover.  I actually used a non acetone nail polish remover and it came off just fine!
Remember to tune in to the YouTube channel on Friday to check out my Thrift Haul from my impromptu stop into the church thrift store on Halloween Weekend!
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Frugal Tip of the Month

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This frugal hack seems pretty petty when I think about it, but it actually can add up over time.
I guess I must have always been frugal.  Being raised by a Gramma who grew up in the depression, and instilling small frugal hacks with me, even before they were overly popular, will do that for you.
When the recession hit, there were news stories upon special segments upon articles on how to save pennies.  I was already doing all those things and I was only in college.
When I started my children’s event planning business, I created it solely based on flea market finds, items I crafted and sewed myself, and frugal shopping finds.
Most people don’t realize that saving money isn’t about cutting out large portions of your life and doing without.  Instead it is about the culmination of small ways to cut corners.
This is one of those small tips!
Wash and dry your aluminum foil!  I remember I did this one time when I was younger and my dad said, “Nicolyn, I don’t think times are that bad!”  To me though, it was more about wastefulness.  I hate waste.  And I know what you’re thinking, and I agree with you that some things are way too messy to clean off of your aluminum foil.  When I line a baking sheet to cook chicken in the oven, I pitch that foil into the recycling.
I’m talking about the foil that gets placed over a pan of lasagna, or wrapped around some leftover pizza.
It’s really simple to clean this foil.  I flatten it out and submerge it into my soapy dishwater.  I let it soak, and do the other dishes while it’s on the bottom of the sink with the dishes and silverware weighing it down.  If there are any remnants on the foil after the soak, I can normally wipe them off with the dish cloth.
I then allow it to air dry in the dishpan.  I fold it up and store it in my drawer with the other rolls of foil and saran wrap.  I typically only use it a second time before I need to throw it out, but only because I normally use these for the oven baked chicken I previously discussed.
So there it is!  Not every tip has to be complicated!