Olive & June Nail Polish Review

I’m going on a year without gel nail polish, and my nails are thanking me. They are much stronger than when I was getting gel manicures every other week. Even if I took the gel off the correct way, my nails were still so thin. Since I’m not traveling to see clients I figured I’d save money, and my nails, and try to master the at home manicure.

I’ve been using the Olive & June Mani System (use ‘xoangela20‘ for 20% off your first kit!) to work on my at home manicure skills and I love how easy they make it. The kit has all the tools you need for an at home manicure that looks like you came from the salon. Here’s what it includes:

  1. Clippers & File – Clip first, file second. Or don’t clip at all. Either way, both are included for your preference.
  2. Nail buffer – I use to skip this step and would always wonder my nail polish didn’t lay smoothly.
  3. The Poppy – a patented polish bottle handle to paint both hands perfectly. I had my doubts. How can this rubber thing help you paint your nails? It does! Especially for your non-dominant hand! Olive & June nail polish bottle caps slide off so you can slide the Poppy on. Since its larger than a nail polish brush it’s easier to hold and control.
  4. Nail polish – the basic kit comes with one color bottle of no chip paint, and the larger box comes with 6. You get to choose! Or, you can purchase the seasonal box that has the polishes pre-selected. I received this box and LOVED all of the Winter colors.
  5. Super glossy top coat – essential, and gives your manicure a beautiful shine and longer wear
  6. Polish remover pot – No cotton balls needed. Just stick your finger in and twist!
  7. Clean up brush – I LOVE this mini brush. After I’m done painting I stick it in the polish remover pot and clean up my edges to give me a flawless manicure.
  8. Cuticle serum – Last step, moisturize!

Being a busy mom, I look for long wear with my nail polish, and of course, pretty colors. Olive & June covers both of these. I love that I’m giving my nails a healthy break from gel. I just told my best friend the other day that I also love changing my nail color more often vs. having the same color on for 2 weeks. I can also tell a clear difference on how this polishes applies vs. drugstore brands. The wider brush, the Poppy and clean up brush make it SO EASY to get a salon-like polish. I’m so impressed with how my polish skills are coming along!

My manicures have been lasting anywhere from 3-5 days with minimal wear, and I am HARD on my nails. I’m constantly washing dishes, cooking, using cleaners, etc. I usually paint them Sunday nights to start the week and then Thursday/Friday for a weekend color change. Busy mom hack: if they chip mid-week, I usually touch up with same nail color polish or add a glitter coat. Olive & June polish is also so easy to remove. It’s a nice change from peeling layers of nail off with gel or soaking them in acetone.

Olive & June offers all of their nail polishes separately, as well as everything in their nail kits and nail art. They also have a membership option. For $30 a year you will get free shipping on every order, 10% off everything and some special surprises. You can use my code ‘xoangela20‘ to get 20% off your first kit! I’ve got my eye on all of their Spring 2020 polishes.

Have you tried Olive & June yet? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments. I highly recommend their manicure kit and nail polishes!

Easy DIY Christmas Card Display

I’m not a crafty DIY mom, however, I DID come up with a fun way to display our Christmas cards that I’m excited about. This was such an easy project! I ran to Michaels and purchased ‘burlap’ ribbon and turned our barn yard sliding door into a giant present. I already had cute mini clothespins from a different project, so I reused them to display our Christmas cards as they come in the mail. I’m so excited at how this came out! If you don’t have a sliding door this can be done to a kitchen cabinet, pantry door, basement door, etc.

Items used to create this:

I’d love to hear of other crafty or unique ways you are displaying your Christmas cards in the comments below!

Taylor Winterfest: Blizzard of Oz

Being from downriver, and having my parents still live there, I was overjoyed when I saw a local holiday event we could do together outside. Winterfest: Blizzard of Oz is a walk through winter wonderland of interactive light shows, holiday displays and characters throughout Heritage Park in Taylor, MI.

I love how they spaced everything out. When you buy tickets you sign up for a specific time to arrive. Once you walk all the way through you can no re-enter which keeps the crowds down. The longest we waited for anything was for Santa (the best part!) and it was only about 5 minutes. I felt extremely safe (in regards to Covid) at this event. We took our time walking through and it took us around an hour and 15 minutes to get through.

Having my boys see Santa was my favorite part. The sat on a bench in front of Santa and Mrs. Claus (both wearing masks) and we could take a picture with our own phones. Afterwards they passed out candy to each kiddo via a ‘candy slide.’ The characters were also very fun and engaging. Alvin and the Chipmunks were so cute and made a point to interact with all the kids (and dogs!) passing through. They also had the barn open so you could walk through and see all of the animals (but could not pet them).

There’s a food truck at the entrance (outside of the event) selling fries and corn dogs. Inside they sell hot chocolate, adult beverages, cookies and popcorn. There is also a mini souvenir shop selling beanie baby stuffed animals towards the end. There are tons of great photo opportunities so make sure to bring your nice camera if you have one.

Winterfest runs through January 10, 2021. Each week there is a different theme. You can purchase tickets here. If you go let me know how you liked it in the comments below!

OPI Sheer Tint in Be Magentale with Me

This is hands down one of my best DIY at home manicures. This was right after my first son, Maximus, was born. I miss my postpartum nails!

I’m always keeping my eyes open for pretty, light nail polish shades for every day wear for work. I spotted the new OPI Sheer Tints Top Coats and had to buy the pinkish-red Be Magentale with Me shade. In the bottle, it reminded me so much of a fun nail polish I had when I was younger.

I LOVE this polish as a quick go-to polish that will go with every outfit. I’ve seen other bloggers put 3-4 coats on it to make it more opaque, but I like the sheer look with my white tips coming through (this is right after I had my son, and the prenatal vitamins were still working overtime…such long nails!). Pictured is just two coats over my natural nail. It’s such a elegant, clean look. I use this polish all the time! 

What do you think? Do you like the look of this sheer polish? Or would you be more likely to wear it over a color coat?

I can’t find this color in store or online any longer, but here’s a close duplicate I found. I’d love to hear other recommendations for a sheer nail – drop them in the comments below!

Magic of Lights at DTE Energy Theatre

Friday night we did a ‘mystery trip’ post nap to see the Magic of Lights at DTE Energy Theatre. The Magic of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive through holiday lights display featuring different holiday themed light displays using the latest LED technology and digital animations. This is an ideal quarantine-friendly holiday activity that is great for all ages. Pack some snacks, grab your Christmas 3D glasses and make a night of it.

The boys had fun yelling out all of the different displays. Dragons, dancing kids, Santa playing basketball, construction site, etc. There’s something for everyone. We got there around 7pm and it took is about 30 minutes from start to finish. Everyone goes really slow and halfway through there is a turnoff if you need to use the bathroom. There’s also a pull over spot towards the end where you can buckle your kids back in (if you decide to unbuckle for the show).

Magic of Lights started November 13th and will run until January 2, 2021.

Hours as follows:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm

Ticket info

  • Weekday Pass: Valid for One Weekday Use on Any Monday – Thursday. Excludes Holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
  • Any Day Pass: Valid for One Use on Any Day, Including Holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)
  • Bus Pass: Valid for One Use on Any Day, Including Holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day)

Vehicle Descriptions:

  • Standard Vehicle: 3 Rows of Seating or Less
  • Limo/Party Bus: 3+ Rows of Seating or Maximum of 20 Passengers
  • Bus: Any Vehicle of 20+ Passengers

DTE Energy Music Theatre
33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston, MI 48348

Get tickets here: 313pres.co/38bGGdW 

Giveaway – Zoya Natural 4 nail polish set

During quarantine I’ve mastered the DIY at home manicure. I use to get my nails done every other week at work (spoiled alert: we have a nail tech at the office) because I was constantly traveling to see clients (or at least, that’s how I justified it). Now that I’m home working out of my pantry (yes, you read that correctly) I have been spending time taking care of my nails myself, and they have been looking extremely healthy if I do say so myself!

I’m currently crushing on the new Zoya line, Natural 4. One of my favorite times of year is the transition from Winter to Spring….dresses + jean jackets, open toe shoes and more daylight . There are 6 new colors:

Evelyn – soft cool toned blush pink cream

Cami – pale mauve taupe cream

Barrett – taupe-violet cream

Vivian – dusty grape cream

Adeline – Deep fig taupe cream. I especially love this color because this is mom’s name!

Marlowe – duo-chrome with a rose-gold shimmer and slate blue base. This can be worn alone or as a topper over your favorite shades for added sparkle.

I’m teaming up with Zoya to giveaway the full new set, all 6 polishes from the Natural 4 line. Giveaway ends December 3rd at midnight. Must be 18+ and located in the US to enter. There are multiple different ways to enter – good luck!

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Rose-Colored Outerwear Accessories by Lauren Conrad

I’ve been shopping more and more at Kohl’s lately. I’ve been loving Lauren Conrad’s line and most recently all of the rose colored outerwear accessories. These would go great with gray or black coats. I sent three items in this round up to my mom as part of my wish list. Can you guess which ones?

Kohl’s has pulled their Black Friday deals forward so don’t wait to shop. Free Shipping with $75+ purchase, Fast + free store pick up, and extra 15% off using the word ‘THANKS.’ Be sure to share what you purchase in the comments below. Happy Shopping!

Gift Ideas for a Tech Loving Momma

I love giving gifts that the recipient would not have bought themselves…it’s that ‘thing’ that they didn’t know they wanted until it was given to them, and then they wonder how they lived without it. This is one of my favorite things about the holiday.

1 – The Nixplay Digital Photo Frame is an AMAZING gift for family that lives far away. We got one for my mom last Christmas and she loves when I surprise her with new pictures. You sync the Nixplay app on your phone to the picture frame, and you send pictures directly to the frame from anywhere. I love

2 – The Tile Mate is the perfect gift for someone who always loses stuff. It helps you keep track of keys, backpacks and other important items. Missing something? Just open up your Tile app and tap Find to locate your belongings. This may be the gift that keeps on giving!

3 – The Google Home Mini is the perfect little assistant. I love the sleek look – it will blend in with any type of decor or area you use it in. Even if someone has a larger Google Home, it’s a nice addition to put in a smaller room.

4 – I didn’t realize I wanted Bluetooth headphones until I got a pair. These are a great gift for someone working from home or likes working out with music. They have fun carry cases you can get to go with them too.

5 – Fitbit watches have come such a long way! They can be super cute and trendy. This is a great gift for a momma that likes to work out and stay active.

6 – Pura Smart Device air fresheners are for the ultimate tech lover! You can control the amount of scent released in your house from an app. You can set a schedule and control when it turns on and off and the intensity. They have over 50+ different scents available. You can purchase them separately or save 15% and sign up for a subscription. The device is also a nightlight as well. Use code ‘ANGELASHERMAN’ to get 15% off!

7 – Mark & Graham have the cutest personalized travel accessories. These Charging Bracelets are so cool – super fashionable bangle that turns into a phone charger. They come in small and medium and 4 different finishes. They are having an early Black Friday special and are on sale right now!

I would love to hear what other’s are gifting fellow tech lovers – drop me a line in the comments and let me know!

Clever Fox Planner Giveaway

I’m partnering with Clever Fox to give one lucky reader their very own Clever Fox Weekly Planner. I recently posted that this planner has been the single thing keeping me organized and meeting goals while working from home. Not only do I use it for my appointments but I also use it to keep me on track for my workout goals, meal planning and as a gratitude journal.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below…you can earn extra entries by following me on Instagram, following me on Facebook or commenting on this post or my Clever Fox review post. Giveaway ends on November 1, 2020. 

*Must be 18+ or older and live in the US to enter

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Halloween Book Round Up

My boys could easily read the same book over and over again…and that’s what we do for each season. We have our ‘go-to’ books for each season and month and it helps my boys get excited for what’s to come! Here are our 3 favorite Halloween books that we go back to year after year!

“Boo!” by Leslie Patricelli is my favorite to read in funny voices. And it also taught Max (and is now teaching Xavier) what Trick or Treating is all about! It’s perfect, quick, fun story for my 3 year old and now my 6 year old is practicing sounding out words to read to it to his brother. It goes through picking out and carving the perfect pumpkin and creating a costume for Trick or Treating.

We’re big fans of “Don’t Push the Button” books by Bill Cotter. Larry is our buddy! The seasonal ones are just as cute as the originals. “Don’t Push the Button – A Halloween Treat” is so fun to read, it calls for audience participation and the kids love it. There’s lots of ‘boos!’ and clapping coming from this board book.

I love a good Michigan-centric book. “The Spooky Express Michigan” by Eric James has fun illustrations and shout-outs to Michigan cities which makes it fun for us adults to read, too. The kids on the spooky express have a wild adventure all written in rhyme.