30.11.12

The Nail Files: What a Flaky Manicure


The Nail Files Link Up


The weather outside is frightful, so I made my nails delightful! 


HAHA!!


Pinspiration

Source: duitang.com via jennie on Pinterest



China Glaze Dorothy Who? and Man Hunt, OPI DS Coronation and Stripe Rite White


One coat of Man Hunt, followed by one coat of Dorothy Who?. Then I did the snowflakes with the White and went over the flakes on my feature finger with DS Coronation.


The best part? My right hand worked out too! Sometimes it's a hot mess but the step-by-step Pinterest instructions totally worked, even with a shaky hand! YAY!


And yet again, I used my China Glaze Patent Leather Top Coat and it's been over a week of chip-free awesomeness! Double YAY!


Thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!

Throw On Your Aprons, Peeps! It's Baking Time!


Okay, so earlier this week I revealed that I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the Baker's Dozen Competition over at Miss Snark's First Victim. Well, my level of enthusiasm hasn't waned much and now...NOW it's actually starting! 


Ermegerd, ermegerd, ermegerd.


In the earlier post, I said that I would post the link so you can check out my entry, if you feel so inclined. 


But before I do, I need to lay out some ground rules. No, they're not MY ground rules, they're the ground rules that The Authoress smacked down and the last thing I want to do is piss off the wonderful Authoress. After all, she was one of the ones who picked my entry!


Ready for the rules?


(well, even if you aren't here they are)


Rule 1: The comment sections on the Baker's Dozen website are for CRITIQUES ONLY. That means you can't write ANYTHING on my entry unless it's a critique. While I LOVE supportive comments, like "Hey, this is amazing!" or "You're the best writer ever!" Those aren't critiques and you're not allowed to do that. Seriously. The Authoress is adamant about that. 
A-DA-MANT.


(Because the point of the contest, aside from getting an agent's attention, is to give us newbie authors an opportunity to improve on our craft.)


Rule 2: PLEASE ABIDE BY RULE NUMBER ONE. 


Rule 3: If you'd like to offer me a critique, then please click here to read The Authoress' guidelines on what's appropriate. And don't worry about hurting my feelings. A constructive bit of criticism only makes my work stronger! Please keep in mind that the entries are ANONYMOUS, so please don't include my name in whatever critique you share on the Baker's Dozen site. Also, please feel free to peruse the other entries as well. There are 25 adult and 35 YA/MG entries and they're looking for constructive criticism just as much as I am.


So if you think that you can follow the rules, then please click here to read my entry! 


And, if after reading my fabulous entry, you just NEED to tell me how talented (and pretty...and funny) I am, please come back here and leave a comment. Haha!! The Baker's Dozen site doesn't want your kind words of encouragement but I SURE DO! 


But please, please, please remember Rule 1. I don't want to get in trouble. And you don't want to get me in trouble, right? RIGHT?


Okay, so I guess now it's time to start biting my nails off as my work is displayed for all of the internet to read. I kid, I kid...I love my nails too much to do that. 


Now where did I put that paper bag?





27.11.12

Baker's Dozen: No, I'm Not Talking About Doughnuts


Dearest Readers, the most AMAZING thing happened to me a few weeks ago: I got into the finals for a SERIOUSLY AWESOME contest!!


Yes, it's really TRUE!! The FINALS!! ME!!


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I'm so excited that I may have to slip on a pair of Depends.


The Authoress over at Miss Snark's First Victim hosts an annual kick-ass contest called the Baker's Dozen where authors submit their logline (a one or two sentence pitch) and the first 250 words of their completed manuscripts, and after a public critique, participating agents (there are 15 this year) have the chance to bid on them!


 And I was picked as one of the top 25 adult entries!






So, on Friday, November 30--THIS UPCOMING FRIDAY--my entry will be posted for a public critique.



When it sunk in that ALL OF THE INTERNET will be able to read and critique my logline and first 250 words. 


I was in a competition similar to this one before and not a single agent bid on my work (a humbling experience) but this time, I have a fresh new manuscript that I just LOVE so I'm brimming with optimism. BRIMMING, I tell you! But, even if it's another no-show for me, agent wise, getting into the finals is awesome in and of itself. Yay!!


So yeah, the next week or so is going to be a mixed bag of emotions, mostly consisting of extreme excitement and escalating fears of rejection. 


And, not to worry, when the contest starts (THIS FRIDAY), I'll post a link so you can check it out!! The more people that know about it, the better! 


Yay for kick-ass contests!!




23.11.12

The Nail Files: It Was an All-Sparkle Kinda Week


 The Nail Files Link Up



Julep Viola, China Glaze Man Hunt, Dorothy Who?, Glitter All The Way, and ORLY Sashay My Way. 



Soooo, this may be the best picture I've ever taken of my nails. It was against the side of my house, which is grey, but the sun came out JUST as I took the picture and the background went white! So cool!


Anyway, I did two coats of Man Hunt and Viola (feature finger) and then one coat of Dorothy Who?, one coat of Glitter All the Way (feature finger), followed with one coat of Sashay My Way (feature finger).


To be honest, I actually did two coats of Dorothy Who? on my pinky but then stopped because it looked exactly the same. Seriously. It was the weirdest thing. Oh, and I should also mention that when I took this picture, it was a WEEK after I did the mani. For those who are looking for a kick-ass topcoat, I highly suggest China Glaze's Patent Leather Top Coat. For reals, guys, it's now been TEN DAYS and there's not a chip to be seen.


Happy Friday, everyone!


And thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!





21.11.12

I’m No Jane Austen: How To Raise Your Children



The Jane Austen Handbook


It's time for another edition of I'm No Jane Austen, where I pick a chapter from The Jane Austen Handbook and outline how I'd pretty much suck at living in Regency England. So far, I've covered


My scores on the first few were pretty bad (as I expected) but recently, I've picked up a little momentum. Let's see what this week brings, shall we?


Point of clarification: I don’t have "children,” per say. However, I do have a pair of furbabies, so really, this should be titled: How To Raise Your Furbabies.


“You know it is very bad to have children with one that one is obligated to be checking every moment; ‘don’t do this,’ ‘don’t do that;’ or that one can only keep in tolerable order by more cake than is good for them.” – Mrs. Musgrove in PERSUASION


1. Employ your servants to best advantage.
The Handbook suggests hiring a trustworthy nurse so they can take over your duties after three months. Um….errr...I am the servant in this house. Bummer. 

Points Earned: 0


2. Keep them in the country as much as possible.
According to The Handbook, furbabies need room to run about and play. And just like that, I’m back in the game!! As some of you know, I live in the pseudo-country! Just look! 

*points*


Here they are, running and playing about. With a friend, no less.


Points Earned: 1


3. Employ the latest educational methods.
When we first got Pickle, I read a lot of books. Mostly by Cesar Milan, who is arguably one of the most renowned dog trainers. Also, I read a book about positive encouragement instead of punitive punishment. Granted, Pickle ate a few pages from that book (literally) but still, I read and employed their suggestions. Err…some of their suggestions (like I was going to carry around bacon to sporadically reward Pickle for doing something good—eeeeew).

To be fair, all our boys do is sit and stay on command, and occasionally come when called (unless there’s a squirrel or rabbit in the yard, obviously) but overall, they’re pretty well-behaved.

Points Earned: 1


4. Instill good principles.
The Handbook states that it’s important to teach furbabies to have pride in their position in society. Now, Pickle came to us with those principles ingrained in his personality. He’s what we affectionately refer to as our High Maintenance son, as he came from a breeder who thought he was the best-looking Yorkie she’d ever seen (she actually tried to get us to change our mind so she could keep him. True story). However, we adopted Pepi from a puppy mill seizure and our hearts broke when we learned about his past. So, we smothered him with love and attention and I’m pretty sure that he knows how good he has it now.


Case-in-point: Doggie booster seats. Yes, they're really in my car and to make it even MORE comfortable for them, they're lined with fun fur. Because simply being in the car, and seeing out the window isn't enough, apparently.


Points Earned: 1


5. Encourage their creativity.
This is done by giving them books to read and paper to draw. Well, that’s not really applicable to furbabies but look at their pile of toys!


It's almost as high as a freaking house! Haha, just kidding! It's actually a cabin...

Points Earned: 1


6. Do not allow them to be idle.
The Handbook says to keep furbabies busy for “idleness leads to ignorance.” News flash, Handbook, furbabies LIVE to be idle. In fact, it’s one of their top priorities.


Their idea of an awesome day.

Points Earned: N/A


7. Give them treats.
BAHAHA!! The Handbook LEGIT says that! Done and freaking done. They get at least one treat a day.

Denta-treats are especially good, as they make their breath (more) tolerable.

Points Earned: 1


So, ladies and gentlemen, that’s a total score of 5/6—another A!!! WOOT WOOT!! 


I may have to change the title of this series to: I’m Totally Jane Austen And You Should Probably Be Jealous of Me. Err...maybe not. Haha!!


Until next time!



16.11.12

The Nail Files: Some Day Your Froggy Prince Will Come...and That Day is Today.


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My in-laws rolled into town on Wednesday and between hitting up all of the tourist hot spots that New Brunswick has to offer, specifically: The Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory and the Saint John Reversing Falls, we've spent our nights hanging on the couch. 


My MIL, who I affectionally refer to as Mamma G, loves frogs so when we were trolling around Pinterest last night and found a mani with a frog and crown, it was a done deal. Truth be told, I was a little nervous as it was my first time doing nail art on someone other than myself, and even though the froggies aren't perfect, I'm okay with how they turned out (Curse my shaking hands! Haha!)


Pinspiration

Rite Stripe Black and Green, Julep Felicity, Finger Paints Paper Mâché, OPI Don't You Lilac It? and DS Coronation, China Glaze I'm Not Lion. For tools, I used a medium dotting tool, flat brush and skinny brush.



One coat of Don't You Lilac It? to start on all nails.

The Frog: I mixed the Green with Paper Mâché and did two coats for the frog body (with a flat brush). Then I used Paper Mâché and a medium dotting tool for the eyes and the skinny brush for the bottom half-circle. A small dot for eyeballs with Black and the sides of the mouth, and then I used the brush that came with the Black to outline the whole frog and do the mouth. Believe it or not, this is the first try!! BAM! (haha--this is a may-jah accomplishment for me as it usually takes one hundred two or three attempts.)


The Crown: One coat of Felicity, followed by one coat of I'm Not Lion. I outlined the crown with Black, using the brush that came with the bottle and then used DS Coronation for the crown jewels (medium dotting tool for the centre and a small dotting tool for either side). 


The Rest: One additional coat of Don't You Lilac It? and then dots with DS Coronation (small dotting tool).




Man oh man Nail Filers, it is ONE MILLION PERCENT easier to do nail art on someone else's nails. Seriously, it made me want to paint fake nails and then just glue them onto mine. I kid, I kid...sort of.


Happy Friday, everyone!


And thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!

14.11.12

Feeling the Liebster Love



Last week, the very cute Kim over at Living on a Latte and a Prayer bestowed upon me the Liebster Award, which is a kick-ass award for bloggers with under 200 followers. 





YAY!! I love awards!!


Anyhoo, the deal is that I'm supposed to list 11 facts about myself and then answer 11 questions from the awarder. Now, I've done a few random fact posts and frankly, I don't think I'm interesting enough to do another. They can be found herehere and here.


Onto Kim's questions!


1. Do you have any pets? If so, tell me about them. If not, what would your ideal pet be?

Do I have pets? HECK YES I have pets! Two of the cutest perma-puppies you’ve ever seen. Pickle is a Yorkie, although he’s more of a Porkie of late, and Pepi is a Japanese Chin. Put them together and they’re almost a cat.

Pickle's on the left, staring at his most prized possession (his green ball) while Pepi's gnawing on a hilariously disproportionate monkey.


2. What's your favorite holiday and why?

Totally Christmas. Partly because I love Santa but also because my birthday’s on the 23rd, which basically means that it’s a three-day party! Also, I really like wrapping presents. Seriously. I love it. When I worked in retail, it was my favourite part of my job. And let me tell you, the other staff were MORE than happy to just let me sit at a table and do it all. Truth be told, I really miss having access to all of the ribbon. The good stuff—ribbon made from cloth. *sighs wistfully*


3. If you could meet one famous person (living or dead) who would it be and what would be the first thing you asked them?

Channing Tatum

And I’d ask him to take off his shirt.


Haha, I kid, I kid.


It’d really be Ryan Gosling.

And I’d ask him to take off his shirt.


4. Is there one food that you refuse to eat/absolutely hate?

Since my birthday last year, I haven’t eaten fast food with the exception of one burger from Wendy’s because we were driving to Quebec and it was the only option available. It was a conscious decision because I was eating WAY TOO MANY cheeseburgers and I’m proud of myself for taking a stand for my health. Not that I haven’t eaten any cheeseburgers, mind you, but they’ve been cooked on our BBQ, so that’s okay.

And in terms of food that I absolutely hate? That’d be a two-way tie between onions and mushrooms. Bleck.


5. Mac or PC?

Mac, Mac, a thousand times….Mac.


6. Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Hmm…I don’t really have one of these. I’ll pretty much sing my face off to anything. OH WAIT! I really like the Veggie Tales’ version of Feliz Navidad, even though it’s slightly psychotic with the high-pitched voices. And speaking of high-pitched voices, I also like Chipmunk Christmas songs.


7. What accomplishment/achievement of yours are you most proud of?

Since getting sick, I’ve written four full-length novels and once, I ran for a really long time (pre-sickness, obviously).


8. Do you read your horoscope? Do you think the description of your sign fits you?

I’m on the cusp of Sagittarius and Capricorn and it makes sense most of the time. I’m not a huge believer BUT I do know that I dated many an Aries before The Remix and NONE of those relationships worked out (obviously. You know, cause I’m married to The Remix).


9. Have you ever gotten into trouble (little or big) with the law?

Nope! I lived by my Mother’s wise words on that one:


If you’re going to do something dumb, be smart enough to not get caught.


Yup, she’s pretty much a genius.


10. What's the one book you would recommend that everyone read?

My all-time favourite women’s fiction is Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes and more recently, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Hot damn, that was a good read! I even reviewed it, so click here if you’re interested.


11. I'm stealing this one from Jessica because I liked it...what's your favorite quote? 

Well-behaved women seldom make history. -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

You have enemies? Good. That means that you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill


And who shall I pass this award onto? 

Emma from BubblyMuppet


Angela from every. day. matters.

Bailie from The Hemborg Wife


Here are your questions, girls!

1. Are you superstitious, moderately-stituous or non-stituious?

2. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

3. What book or movie would you want to be in? You can be an existing character or just insert yourself.

4. The last time you laughed so hard that you cried was...

5. The Dentist: No Big Deal or The Worst Thing Ever?

6. What do you love most about yourself? (No, you don't get to flip this around and get negative.)

7. If you could do anything for work--anything at all, what would you do?

8. Who do you think would win in a cage match: The Easter Bunny or The Tooth Fairy? Defend. 

9. When was the last time you treated yourself? What did you do?

10. Bubble Baths: Relaxing or Bathing In Your Own Filth?

11. How much wood would a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood? (Have fun with that one...haha!)


Thanks SO MUCH, Kim!! That was fun!



9.11.12

The Nail Files: Untameable, Sashaying Viola


The Nail Files Link Up


My first Julep Box!! I'm a Bombshell (Obviously, right? Haha! I mean, you've seen my cleavage pictures...Truthfully, the quiz said I was an It Girl but I didn't like either of the polishes so I switched). 


 My Bombshell Intro Box included: Viola, Eva, two glitter pots (pink and blue), and cuticle oil. The glitter pots didn't match the polish, so I used ORLY's Can't Be Tamed and Sashay My Way. 



Two coats of Viola, two coats (2/3 nail) of Can't Be Tamed and Sashay My Way on feature finger. 

All in all, I'm psyched that I decided to take the Julep plunge. They seem to be a great company that not only creates great products, but also gives back. So if you love the idea of having super fun nail polish delivered to your door each month, then click here to sign up! Your first box is free! (And who doesn't love free stuff? haha!) 


Happy Friday, everyone!


And thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting.