7 Tips for Growing Long, Healthy Nails

Tips and advice time! Nail and hair care are two of my favorite topics! I’ve always been in love with finding new, healthy ways to help my hair and nails grow long and strong. So I’ve decided now it’s time I share my top 7 tips for long, healthy nails with all of you!

I’ve been using these tips and tricks for the last year and they have helped tremendously at getting my nails grow. I used to have a huge problem with my nails breaking as soon as they would get even a little long. It was so frustrating because I had to always keep my nails short. So I finally decided I needed to come up with a better routine that would help my nails grow and keep them strong and healthy.

Just to give you guys a little background about my nail care routine, I actually do not get my nails done at a salon. I do them myself. I found out that the constant filing and harsh nail polish they would use on my nails in the salon was adding to my brittle nails and making them break easier. So as soon as I started doing my own nails, my nails totally changed for the better! So let’s get to it.

7 Tips to Grow Long, Healthy Nails:

  1. Massage coconut oil over clean nails and cuticles. I swear by coconut oil. If you’ve read any of my hair posts you know I’m obsessed with it! I usually paint my nails once a week and before I do I take off all my nail polish and clean my nails then rub a little bit of coconut oil over my nails and the cuticles. I find it helps keep hangnails away and it keeps my nails super shiny and strong.

2. Use strengthening nail polish remover. I use any store brand nail polish remover that says strengthening in it. I don’t know what makes it different, but I do know when I switched to using this kind of nail polish remover my nails got a lot better!

3. Use Burt Bee’s Lemon cuticle wax. I rub this on my cuticles and nail beds once a week to help keep my cuticles in check.

4. Stop cutting the cuticle. I actually do not cut or push back my cuticles with instruments. I found that when salons used to do that I would always get painful hangnails. So now I just rub this stuff on my cuticles and use the pad of my finger to gentle push the cuticle upward. It has made a world of difference in stopping hangnails.

5. File your nails in the same direction. I use a basic revlon nail filer and I make sure I always file my nails in the same direction. I try not to move the file back and forth because that can create snags in your nails making it easier for them to break.

6. Take biotin or Multi-vitamins. I usually take prenatal vitamins every morning to help with my hair and nails grow. I swear prenatal vitamins are the reason my hair and nails grow like a weed. I know biotin has helped a lot of people too, so that is always an option. However, when I took biotin my skin broke out like crazy so I immediately stopped using it and just stick to my prenatals. (*make sure you check with your doctor if it is ok for you to take supplements and vitamins).

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7. Stop using gel polish. This was a hard one for me. I used to get my nails done every 2 weeks and it was great cause they never chipped. However, I noticed every time I would go to change my color my nails looked more and more brittle to the point of being paper thin and it would actually start to hurt to put my nails under the UV light. So that’s when I knew, ok, this is probably not healthy for your nails and it’s time to stop lol. I now paint my nails with OPI Infinite Shine base coat, color, and top coat and the polish lasts for 1 week and looks beautiful.

So there you have it. These are my top 7 tips to grow your nails long and strong. I am in no way a professional or expert on this topic. I just know these are tips and tricks that have been working for me, so I figured I would share them with all of you.

If you guys have any tips you would like to share just comment below. I would love to hear them!

Talk to you guys soon!

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How to Make Amazing Pinterest Graphics to Increase your Site Traffic

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Have you ever wondered how people make those gorgeous Pinterest graphics? Well, I used to, and finally I figured out the best way to create beautiful Pinterest graphics to help promote my content and my site. The best part is that I found a site to create all these amazing graphics online that is totally FREE!

Yup, that’s right you don’t need to pay a site or spend your hard earn money to promote your site on Pinterest. Just follow these steps and discover how easy and fun creating your own personal graphics can be.

These are easy and straight forward steps that are great for anyone.

So let’s get down to the details!

What is the name of the site: CANVA

Go to Canva.com and that will bring you to the home page, which looks like this:

Click on the design/ graphic you want. You can choose from pinterest graphic, youtube, banners, and so much more!

Once you click on the graphic you want, you will see this:

Then you can choose to select free pre-made designs or upload your own pictures and graphics. I normally upload my own pictures and then adjust them as needed for my desired look. Everything you need for design is on the far left side, including text, backgrounds, design graphics, and more.

Once you pick a picture, you will see this:

Then you can select the text option and insert any title or wording you would like, in addition to adjusting the font style and size. Another great design option you have is to adjust the transparency of the picture, if you prefer having the font laid over the picture for a more striking look.

Once your graphic is complete you will click in the top right corner to download:

You can choose to download the graphic as PNG or JPEG. Then save the graphic to your computer. Once you have the graphic saved you can upload it to Pinterest and add a link to a website or location that you want the viewer to be redirected to.

This is the final look:

Pretty easy, right!

This, of course, is just the basics of how to use the site and create designs. However, there is so much more you can  do on this site. I make all different kinds of graphics from collages for my site, to youtube thumbnails, to Pinterest graphics.

Here is a page with some of my past designs so that you can see the variety and design options.

If you have any questions about how to use canva or how to create any designs, just comment below and I’ll get back to you!

To check out other “How to’s” for blogging or marketing, click here!

Talk to you soon!

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Traditional Master Bedroom Decor

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When it comes to Master bedroom decor, I prefer to keep things simple and traditional. Clean classic designs, with neutral colors is what I love the most. I’ve learned in the past from decorating my bedrooms that any over stimulating colors or designs are not relaxing and defeat the purpose of a relaxing retreat. Learning from my past design mishaps, I now stick to simple classic designs that reflect that relaxing and tranquil retreat I’m going for.

Colors

This design style above is one of my absolute favorite. I call this style traditional simply because of the classic ivory, whites, and beige colors, plus the classic design style of the furniture. In addition, I like to add true traditional pieces to my Master bedroom with the great accent reading chairs.

Accents

For art work and decor, I like to continue the simple theme, with minimalist art work that has a calming effect. I also Love adding flowers and greenery into every room! I’m a huge believer that having plants and flowers indoors helps bring life and a relaxing feel into any space.

Lighting

For the lighting, I always go with simple, clean lines. Nothing too bulky or over the top that will clutter the nightstand. One thing, I always, always make sure a lamp has is height. There is just something so elegant and beautiful about tall lamps. Plus the tall height of the lamps helps draw the eye upward and gives great variation to the decor.

Bedding

For bedding, you guessed it, traditional. I like the look of white and ivory bedding because of how bright and welcoming it looks in the bedroom. I find that darker color comforters have a tendency to darken the whole entire room, and I’m all about the lighter side of life.

Dresser/Nightstands

As for the dressers and nightstands I prefer to get unique, oversized, pieces with elegant wood details that enrich the space and add a pop to the room design. The dresser is only second to the bed as a center piece of the room, so make sure it has a gorgeous design you love to look at.

Bed

For the bed, I love oversized, tall headboards that are upholstered. The upholstered look is my preferred style only because it is comfortable to lean on when sitting in bed and it adds a warmth and welcoming feel to the room.

Where to buy these pieces:

If you were wonder where to find any of these pieces, I have included the links below for you. You simple just have to click on any image and it will bring you to the site.

Just remember when you are decorating your space to stick to your gut. If you think its “not right” or “too over the top” for the space, then stick to that feeling and keep looking. I know I used to be so determined to just finish decorating that I would buy pieces even if I didn’t love them, but not anymore. Now I’m super picky, and will hold out till I find the absolute perfect piece.

Where I shop for my decor:

If you have been wondering where I have been shopping the most for me house decor, the answer is wayfair. They have great designs, that ship to you fast, and they have all held up excellent and look as stunning as the pictures on line.

Any questions about decor or the pieces or just to say hey, comment below and I will get right back to you!
For more design inspirations check out my decor tab on the home page.
Talk to you soon!
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Marriage Monday: Decorating with your Spouse

Have you ever had to decorate with your spouse? Well, if you have then I’m sure you have experienced the clashing of tastes and ideas.

My husband and I have been in the process if decorating our new place in North Carolina, and boy is it tricker than I thought it would be. Not because we are conflicting in ideas (that much lol), but more so because I can’t make up my mind on anything.

My husband is the real design guy. He can just get an idea and go with it and make it happen. Me on the other hand, I am not as talented lol. I second guess all design choices, including his, which I’m sure is very frustrating. Luckily, my husband is a patient man.

Anyways, here are some lessons I’ve learned in decorating with you spouse:

  1. Hear each other out. Really listen to what style and the over all feel you want to have in your home. After all, this is a space for both of you to live in. So, I would suggest sitting down and each person writing out a list with the overall look, style, and feel they want for the house or room to have and then get together after and compare lists. This way each person will have their thoughts written down and you guys can compare and see if you have any similarities in design ideas.
  2. COMPROMISE. This is the most important one. Both of you will not get exactly what you want. So compromise is the most important thing to allow for both people to be happy with the new designed space. I always say the best solution is to figure out what you must have and what you can be ok without. Both of you keep your must haves and be flexible on the other things.
  3. Buy, Try, Return. Buy new stuff that you think you guys would like in your new space. Then try it out, place it in the space and see if it works. If it doesn’t work and you don’t love it, then return it! Design is all about trial and error. Sometimes the things we think would be perfect for a space, just don’t work when we get them home. So be willing to make the trip back and return something if it doesn’t work out.
  4. Keep the design neutral. I try to keep in mind when I’m designing and picking out pieces for the home, that I’m living with a guy and he probably doesn’t want to look at a bunch of pink girly things. At the same time as a girl, I don’t want my home to look like a man cave. So we always try to find neural ground that doesn’t lean to far to the feminine or masculine side. (Though, my office space is super girly, pink chair and all!)
  5. BUDGET. This is a big one. Pick a budget and stick to it! Don’t over spend on design accents. The reason why I say this one, is because I personally change what kind of design I want frequently so I like to keep that in mind and not blow a huge budget. I would say make sure you spend our money on the big staple pieces like furniture that will stay consistent in your home for years to come.
  6. If you can’t think of where to put it in your house, then don’t buy it! Too many unnecessary design pieces is just clutter. Don’t over clutter your home with random design pieces. Keep your design accents simple and practical. AKA- keep your design minimalistic.
  7. Make your husband hang everything! 😉 My husband is super tall so it’s only fair he hangs all the pictures lol. No but really, it’s so much easier for his to hold up a piece while I decide where exactly it should go.

Lastly, HAVE FUN! Designing together with your spouse should be fun and exciting. It’s a time to collaborate and embrace each others differences and opinions. Plus, if you decide later you don’t like something, you can always sell it on offer-up or let go and start over fresh.

Stay tuned for some posts about my different design style for the home!

Talk to you guys soon!

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Perfect Valentine’s Day Dress for Under $100!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! What does that mean? Better start finding the perfect dress for the evening! Am I right!?

I for one, love finding any reason to get super dressed up, but it’s extra special on Valentine’s Day with all the love in the air. My absolute favorite thing to do is get dressed up. So, any holiday that embraces that, I’m all for it!

I love the classic, sophisticated styles of dresses. Nothing too revealing or over the top. I’m a firm believer that less is more, and leaving more to the imagination is better than letting it all hang out. lol

So, what are my go to styles you ask? Well, I am a lover of knee length/shorter dresses. I find that these dress really let me show off some cute shoes, so I normally select these style dresses.

I separated my top dress selections by color for easier navigation, of you had a color in mind already. I personally like to stick with simple, classic “love” colors. The pinks, reds, golds, whites, and of course the LBD is a must.

Dress categories:

LBD

First one up is the classic LBD (little black dress). I selected a long, classic short, and lacy design for some variety. My personal favorite is the middle LBD with the bell sleeves! With the perfect earrings and heels this outfit is dynamite for Valentine’s Day.

LWD

Next up the little white dress. White is perfect if you are going for that innocent, bright look this Valentine’s Day. The shift style dress in the middle with the waffle edges are killer if you like to show a little more skin. Personally, I love the more covered look of the last knee length white dress. Very Claire Underwood (house of cards reference) if I do say so myself.

LGD

Next up the little gold dress. I love a great statement dress, and walking in a room with a solid gold dress is definitely one way to turn a lot of heads. These classic and elegant designs are perfect for the romantic look without being too over the top.

LRD

Next up the little red dress. The first one is just so unique and stunning I just had to include it. I love finding dresses like this that you don’t see everyday. The ruffle detail on all three of these dresses are so feminine and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Plus is the classic “love” color to sport on Valentine’s day!

LPD

Last, but definitely not least, is the little pink dress! Let’s face it nothing is beating the blush, pink color this season. I mean I’m so obsessed with this light pink color, it’s seriously becoming a regular addiction. I’m literally head over heels, crazy in love with the middle dress! The flowing light weight material mixed with the gorgeous ruffle details and design of the dress is just absolute perfection. I’m so in love, I can’t wait for this dress to arrive!

You can shop any of these looks by clicking directly on the dress!

 

All in all I would say this Valentine’s Day is wear what you feel most feminine and beautiful in. If that means a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, than work it girl! If that means dressing up like you’re attending cinderella’s ball, then go for it!

Fashion is all about expressing yourself, and wearing whatever exemplifies that and makes you happy. I just hope this dress guide helped give you some inspiration for this years Valentine’s Day.

Leave me a comment below of your favorite dress!

Talk to you soon!
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Random Thoughts Thursday!

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So, I haven’t done a random thoughts post in a little bit and I figured it was time. Mainly because I have so many random thoughts on my mind lol.

To start, why in the world is it so difficult for me to eat healthy? I for some reason always default back to unhealthy food when I’m low on time at work or stressed out. Come on Chelsea, get it together.

Does anyone else hate going to a nail salon to have their nails done? I feel like I’m wasting so much time sitting there for some reason. Not relaxing at all! I find that doing my own nails every week is so much easier and less time consuming.

I’m pretty sure my cat knows it’s giving me attitude. Like straight up rude stares and walking away from me when I’m trying to love him. As Michelle Tanner said, HOW RUDE!

Why can’t working out just be done for me by someone else and I see the results on my body? lol I mean come on, we should have this technology by now.

I have a closet full of clothes and for some reason pull the exact same outfits EVERY week. Why am I like this? lol.

I wish I didn’t have to sleep so that I could get my daily massive to do list done every day.

Also, why does sleeping become so much harder as we get older. I wish I could sleep like I did when I was a kid. Those were the good times.

Does anyone else, replay their whole work day in their head while they’re sleep? 😑 So annoying.

Anyways, that’s it for today. Just some randomness on my mind, that’s now stuck in your mind lol.

Your welcome! 😝

Talk to you soon!

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How to Make the Perfect Instagram Story Cover Photos

So, as I’m sure you all know, Instagram now has the option to add instagram stories to your highlight reel. These highlighted stories stay on your profile page so people can look through old stories you’ve highlighted. The best thing about this, is you can categorize your stories now into whatever you want, style, decor, beauty, etc. It’s perfect for people who love posting stories and for viewers who want to look through specific stories. I love the idea of posting in categories cause now whenever I’m like, “oh what should I wear today…?”, I’ll just flip through my style stories for some inspiration! It’s like clothes shopping through your own closet.

Side-bar: does anyone remember Cher’s closet from Clueless where she looked through everything in her computer to see what the outfit looked like on her before wearing it? Well that is my style insta stories for me!! I swear its a great little tool.

Anyways, back on track. So you can look through everyone else’s categories too to get some inspiration as well.

Now it’s not necessary to create your own cover photo for your highlighted stories (instagram will just mark your first pic as your automatic cover photo), but for me and my OCD-like tendencies I prefer everything look the same. So creating a cover photo is a MUST!

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