Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 65

For the past several weeks I’ve noticed a huge change in my hair and nails, my hair is starting to fall out… I’m pretty sure it’s the blood thinner that I’m taking and my nails have gotten so brittle that they break super easily, I actually pulled off my glove to find that I had broken 2 nails and the broken pieces where just chillin’ out in the gloves… so I just decided to chop them all off… it’s a better look that having nails of different lengths… this is the shortest my nails have EVER been and my finger tips feel weird, I’m seriously thinking about going to the nail place and asking them to put on some tips….


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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link :
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter hashtag: #nplclub


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Alternate number 7 + 6 = 13

Essie’s Smokin’ Hot



20140331_194528According to the Essie website Smokin’ Hot is from Essie’s Winter 2010 A Winter’s Tale collection (but now apart of the permanent collection) a describes as a fox grey, but let’s be real and call it what it’s really is.. it’s a kind of purplish brown grey color. Grey is generally not a color that I can wear, for me grey seems like a hot or miss color; kind of like pink is for me. but this color is amazing, but as you can tell (and from when it was originally released) this polish is more suited to the Fall and Winter seasons and it really complements my skin tone. This color is very similar to Zoya’s Kelly but after looking online, there are several dupes to this particular polish…. some are even cheaper.



As I mentioned before this is a great color; and the color on your nail is pretty much to color in the bottle,  while the Essie website explicitly states that this polish requires two-coats I’m here to tell you that this is simply not the case. This polish is very thin and streaky so even if you can get the look you require in two-coats, you’re gonna be touching up spots to remove the steaks that are present. Because I had to use three coats the dry time was a little bit longer than I’m used to… not totally surprised as I’m not a big fan of Essie; many because their formulas are not consistent and for the price I’m paying I’m gonna need more quality than what I’m currently getting.


Since the weather is really nice lately… it was nearly 70 degrees here in Chicago, I wanted to lighten up the nails so I used Sinful Colors’ Show Stopper as a topper and gave it a little sparkle…if my nails are gonna be short, then they sparkle is going to blind you! And then I sealed it with Sally Hansen’s Diamond Top Coat. So this polish is going to get a 5 out of 10, and that’s because I’m really torn; I’m not sure if I like it or loathe it.


So I’ll be rockin’ short and sassy nails for a while…

Until Next Time,

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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Hobbies and Games

As I mentioned at the beginning of last week’s FMM the week didn’t start off that great for me, I was in the Emergency Room for 10 hours! Suffering from a Kidney stone is horrible… finally passing that sucker was no picnic in the park either. Then just as I was starting to feel better I get a frantic phone call from my mother telling me to come over right away; and we spent another 8 hours in the Emergency Room where my step father was later transferred to ICU… after some extra tender loving car, a “small” procedure and some blood he’s now resting at home comfortably and is on the mend…when I say it has been quite a week… that doesn’t even cover half of it!

And despite everything that went on last week, this week is looking a lot brighter, I am in the process of adopting a cat! I actually put in two application to two different pet rescues, but Hyde Park Cats is moving superfast, I submitted my application yesterday and soon after they had started doing reference checks. When I checked my email this morning at 3:00am I got an email from the adoption counselor setting about setting up a visit with Tsuki  (the T is silent) and her foster for a visit/possible take home. I am so excited… it’s all I’ve been talking about the last couple of days.

This will be my 1st adoption as an adult, our two previous cats Skittles and Elmo were adopted as well, but technically they were adopted by my mom…. Tsuki is a gorgeous black domestic short hair…. and she seems like she’s full of sass and she doesn’t mind dressing up (I like dressing up cats…. and my previous cats HATED it!!) Hopefully things continue to go well and this little girl will be home my the week’s end.

The other place that I submitted an application was PAWS Chicago, if you live in Chicago or surrounding area and you are looking for a pet please consider one of these wonderful organizations; they do amazing work.





If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


Hobbies and Games

1. Do you have a favorite board game?

I love a good game of Monopoly, in all fairness it requires a commitment and thick skin, I’ve played gamed that have lasted DAYS! Unfortunately I can’t play this game with everyone. I am the queen of side deals’; and am VERY competitive… this game has caused arguments with the boyfriend, rifts with my cousin, and my mother once blatantly called me a cheater (the horror!!) And no wonder this game is popular… there is a version for EVERYONE! But seriously they should consider putting a warning on the box….


2. Do you have a favorite card game?

Card games tend to be my go-to-games. I love Solitaire (various versions), Spades,  and Canasta

3. Do you play games on your phone?

YES! And it’s an addiction. There are certain games that I play on Facebook that I have installed on my phone, and I’ve learned that once you play on Facebook and you’ve lost all of your “lives” you can go to the mobile version and your lives have been refreshed….

4. Do you prefer the x-box, PlayStation or Wii?

I own a Wii, but I haven’t played it in over a year

5. Do you have a favorite outdoor hobby?

217_12283265994_4005_nSitting in the sand, soaking up the sun… wait! Is that a hobby?

6. Have you ever been geocaching?

No, but I’ve always wanted to, plus it’s not really something you can do alone… otherwise you tend to look like a creeper.

7. What’s your favorite hobby?

I’m gonna go with blogging, technically it’s something I enjoy yet don’t get paid for doing… so  there you go …

8. Is there a hobby you would love to try but are too scared too?

I would really like to take up sewing, but I’m afraid that anything I make will have the shape of a pillow case.

9. Do you enjoy doing puzzles?

I have stared so many, and have yet to finish, I don’t think that I have the patience for it

10. Have you taken any classes in anything?

No, but I was at Michael’s ; which lets be honest is like a crack to a crafter… and I noticed that they had classes, I’m thinking about signing up for some, they are not expensive and it seems like a nice way to spend a Saturday or two.


Hopefully next Monday me and Tsuki can do Friend Makin’ Monday together…

Until Next Time,


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March Photo of the Day

There is something hopeful about March,

something benevolent about the light,

and yet wherever I look snow

has fallen or is about to fall, and the cold

is so unexpected, so harsh,

that even the spider lily blooming

on the windowsill seems no more

than another promise, soon to be broken.

It is like a lover who speaks

the passionate language of fidelity, but

when you look for him, there he is

in the arms of winter.

— Linda Pastan




MARCH-photoaday-Ma-and-GrandyLast month’s photo of the day attempts where hit or miss… but for the most part I had fun and I liked taking the pictures, and in a few exceptions going back into my archives to find them. All pictures have been take with my cell phone, unless noted.

So what are the rules? Glad you asked


Playing photo-a-day couldn’t be easier. It really couldn’t. Here’s how to play:
Grab your camera or phone or photo-taking-device.
Look at the monthly list to find the prompt for the day. {The number corresponds to the date of the month}.
Now you’ve taken a picture, it’s time to share it. This is the fun part. You can share to whichever social media platform you like, for me I like Facebook and Instagram best, oh and Twitter too. Make sure you add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday to your caption so people can find you, and others know what you’re doing.


Instagram: Just upload your photo, and add a caption and the hashtag #FMSphotoaday and then share.
Facebook: There are a few options here. You can simply share on your own personal page, among your own friends. Or you can upload to FatMumSlim’s page wall,
or to the FMS Photo A Day Facebook group. You can join it here: Now that Facebook has hashtags, simply add the hashtag #FMSphotoaday when you share your photos and you’ll be able to see which of your friends are playing along too. It’s cool!
Blog: If you have a blog, you could share each day or do a wrap up of all the photos at the end of the month.
Tumblr: Add your daily photos to your Tumblr feed.
Flickr: You can get their app and share your photos there, or upload on their web version. We also have a photo a day group
Twitter: You can share on Twitter by uploading the photo and sharing the hashtag #FMSphotoaday.


Day 1 Day 2
Day 3 Day 4
Day 5 Day 6
Day 7 Day  8
Day 9 Day 10
Day 11 Day 12
Day 13 Day 14
Day 15 Day 16
Day 17 Day 18
Day 19 Day 20
Day 21 Day 22
Day 23 Day 24
Day 25 Day 26
Day 27 Day 28
Day 29 Day 30
Day 31

Since spring is here, hopefully I’ll be taking more photos outside

Until Next Time….

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 64


Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link :
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter hashtag: #nplclub






Alternate number 2 + 4+ 2 = 8

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstini in Inferno

(limited edition capital collection)

I’m telling you I have tried to write this blog so many times, only to have something in my way… Monday I was all set to write my thoughts down, but then I was rushed to the ER…. Kidney Stones, Tuesday and Wednesday I was so drugged out of my mind it’s not even funny, Thursday my plans was to get it out in the evening, but we had to rush my step father to the ER…. so here we are o Friday….. it’s be a LONG WEEK!!


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Before we talk about this weeks polish I just want say that my nail is still stained for the nail polish I used two weeks ago, but then again what can you expect when the nail polish costs $1…. did I mention that I finally found out where I got the polish, and they have a wall full of them…I might have to make a visit to that beauty supply store.

First off holy cow, that’s a mouthful…. good job Cover Girl! Inferno is part of a nine piece collection inspired by Hunger Games: Catching Fire , the

collection also includes: lip gloss, mascara and nail stickers. It’ odd 20140317_211222that I even purchased this nail polish because I was not a huge fan of the movies (gasp!! I know…..) . The mini polishes  are 0.11 fluid ounces as compared to it’s regular size sister which is .37. fluid ounces. Cover Girl seems to be using the Glosstini line to introduce their limited edition polishes.


 20140318_183648The nail polish; as was the entire collection was cute, but it’s probably not something I would go out and purchase again. The small size makes it cumbersome to paint your nails since the brush is smaller, and for the price I paid I would have much rather preferred to buy the polish in full size (especially when I own something similar from Wet n Wild which costs $1.99), I was blinded by the glitter and the sparkle.

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Although it loo20140318_183742ks somewhat bronz-y Inferno is actually a pink tone  nail polish with gold shimmer, and I wasn’t able to see the “true” color unless I was outside….The dry time was amazing on the polishes and this was a true two-coater and with a shine that is supposed to last for a  full week 9Cover Girl claims)  so I didn’t add a topcoat.. oddly enough I didn’t have any issues with this nail polish… no chipping, no dullness… but in all fairness I didn’t do anything this week but sleep.

This nail polish despite it’s little size and it’s limited edition status… get’s a solid 7 out of 10

Looks like the odds are totally in my favor today …until next time!

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What I Ate Wednesday # 2


Let’s be honest, this is gonna be the dullest WIAW ever in existence.  For the past few days I’ve been living off of water, Gatorade and crackers and today is not that much different



Seems like this is a trend, but I woke up early again this Wednesday not for an early morning appointment, but because I needed to go to Walgreen’s to pick up some more Gatorade, since I’m on pain medication and I was due to take my morning meds I felt like this was a good time to go before the pain and the nausea hit.

I think I was able to get down about 4 ounces before it became difficult….




I have never been so excited and so freaked out to eat something in my entire life. It took me like an hour to get it down…. but I ate a banana!! Still working on the Gatorade from “breakfast”



And I’m still working on that Gatorade, but I sat aside 6 crackers to nibble on while watching TV.

Capture20140326_181614I couldn’t even consume 300 calories, but it’s a lot better than what I did yesterday.I think it’s fair to say that there is absolutely nothing worst than being sick, except being in immense pain while being sick to your stomach







And that my friends is What I Ate this Wednesday; which really not much at all…. hopefully my kidney stone will pass soon and I can get back to normal…. oh and before I forget if you want to follow me on MyFitnessPal


Until Next Time…

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