Week #10 ~ A Healthier, Happier You

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Happy Monday, my friends! When I left you last week, I was nursing a muscle spasm that felt like back labor. My back has been getting a little better each day, but it’s still pretty sore. This is getting quite old. I’ll be taking it easy on myself again…and going back to the doctor this week for some tests this week. Even if you aren’t wrestling with back pain, I hope that you’ll take it easy on yourself, too!

Have you heard of Jamberry nail wraps? I’ve been so curious about them! Last week I mentioned that I had been given a sample of Jamberry wraps by my friend Anna. I used the simple instructions that were included in the kit to apply the wraps to my ring finger on each hand. Then I painted the rest of my nails OPI’s “An Affair in Red Square.”

Week #10 ~ A Happier, Healthier You

They were much easier than I had originally thought that they would be. I only needed the items in the picture – and I was set. They stayed put for 11 days!

Chevron Jamberry Nail Wraps

No question, these held up to life with three boys. I cooked, cleaned, scrubbed the shower, washed the dishes, and taught school while wearing them – and the wraps looked great.

When my OPI nails had seen better days, I finally removed the red polish, and then I set out to remove the wraps. The instructions suggested soaking the nails in coconut oil, and that worked beautifully. They came right up, and the adhesive washed off with just soap and water.

After Jamberry Nail Wraps

My friend Anna has a wonderful offer for you! She has offered to give a FREE half-sheet of wraps to anyone who books a Jamberry party with her! Just mention that you saw her offer here on Just One of the Boys, and learn more by checking out her Jamberry site or emailing her at asjberry@gmail.com. If you have been curious about Jamberry like I was, this is the perfect time to try them, too!

 Last Week’s Goals ~

  • Drink at least 64oz. of water each day. I drank enough water all but two days this week! 
  • Take it easy on my backThankfully, my back feels a little bit better each day. It no longer feels like I’m having back labor, but it still hurts. I finally found a position where my back doesn’t hurt, and this is where I shall stay!

Hanging out

  • Continue oil pulling at least 3 times this week. I only did this a couple of times this week. It’s still really gross, but I’m hoping that I get used to it.
  • Light a scented candle and remind myself to slow down during the day.
  • Fix myself a cup of camomile tea each evening before bed. I did this most of the week, but I forgot a couple of nights until it was too late. I need to do this a little sooner in the evening this week. I didn’t snap a photo of my evening tea, but I did share this photo of my Russian Gzhel tea stein on Instagram. Some mornings require a pint of Earl Grey! 

Gzhel Tea

  • Remember my vitamins every day.
  • Give myself a mini-facial here at home – use steam to open up pores, maybe apply a face mask, etc.
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair with a book by 2200. (No more late night blogging in bed!) I was in bed this early all but one night last week when I was met my friend Jeri for dinner and tea. We laughed, we cried, and before I knew it – 4 hours had passed! Here are the books that I curled up with this week:


  • Care for my nails. Watch and see how the Jamberry wraps continue to hold up, keep using cuticle balm, and moisturize my hands often.
  • Give myself a little grace this week while I’m trying to get back on my feet.


This Week’s Goals ~

  • Drink at least 64oz. of water each day.
  • Take my new vitamins each morning. My friend Erin gave a month of Shaklee vitamins to try. I’ve heard wonderful things about these women’s vitamins, and I’m excited to try them!
  • Write Chapter 11 of Our Story.
  • Exercise three times this week.
  • Care for my hands  – push back cuticles, file nails, remember to use lotion, and polish my nails before the military ball this weekend!
  • Make an follow-up appointment with my doctor about my back.
  • Use my new foam roller to help ease my back pain.
  • Make a list of some of the things or activities that I’ve always wanted to try – clear back to when I was a little girl.
  • Turn off all screens at 10pm this week.
  • Be curled up in bed or on the Story Chair by 2200 this week – except for this weekend.

I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!

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  • lacey says:

    Hello, I love reading your blogs, it gives me hope everyday to think something good has got to come my way. I am a divorced mother of three, 8,5,3yrs. Along with two bonus children I keep track of 10,8. The past year was a rough one, since December 1st it’s been complete and utter chaos, I received a message via Facebook from a gal I.did not know stating she was my husband’s fiance of a month and girlfriend over a year, she was mad at me for having him cheat on her with me. From that day on, life has been changed forever. I don’t see the light at the end, I’d rather stay in bed all day given the time I run into her at Walmart or the park. Every lady I walk past I think, was he with her.
    It’s very hard but reading your blogs gives me hope that there will be an end and my heart will love.

  • I’ve been interested in oil pulling myself, but it does sound totally gross! Are you able to tell any difference after doing it?

  • I’m so impressed that your nail polish holds up so well! I took off my very grown-out shellac manicure yesterday and tried to repaint my nails, and promptly trashed them by taking laundry out of the washer before they were dry! I’m going to write a post about all my birthday spa treatments this week and I’ll link up with you next Monday.

  • […] also tried out Jamberry Nail Wraps for the first time! I enjoyed the experience, they looked great even on Day 11 when I finally took them […]

  • Krissa says:

    So fun to find your blog! I love Jamberry nails, have also been trying oil pulling, and loved the book Eleanor and Park! I hope your back feels better soon!

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