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At-home pedicure tutorial

{First posted on my former blog here}

I love getting a professional pedicure just as much as the next gal but I’d rather spend my money on shoes or accessories and just do it myself. 

About 15 years ago, I was planning to give my mom a gift certificate for a pedicure for Mother’s Day but then I thought, “Wait, if I just buy all the supplies and try to duplicate what they do at the salon, I could spend the same amount of money and give her TWENTY pedicures!”

Thus, the at-home pedicure was born. Over time, I’ve discovered my favorite tools and tricks and now we do our own pedicures except for very special occasions.

So! To commemorate the start of our Spring Break, here is my tried and true “15 Steps to the Perfect Pedicure.”

This is not a “change your polish and go” pedicure, ladies. Your feet will look and feel like you just left the salon.

Here’s what you need to assemble before you start, or maybe a trip to the local drug store is in order. Just remember the money you’re saving by doing it yourself. 

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1. polish remover. If your polish is extra-stubborn (which some of the more expensive brands are), get the pure acetone one.

2. cuticle sticks (a.k.a. orange sticks)

3. scissors or clippers

4. good nail file

5. nail file with a fine surface (or a buffing block)

6. pumice stone or other callous remover

7. foot bath or plastic tub (or a bath tub!)–I buy dish pans for $1 at the Dollar Tree

8. exfoliating foot scrub  (it can be made by simply adding olive oil to salt or sugar)

9. foot lotion

10. nail polish (I prefer Revlon, L’oreal and OPI because they don’t have the harmful ingredients)

11. toe separators, if desired

12. base coat

13. clear top coat

And here are the 15 steps. Yes, there are a lot but it makes all the difference!! Start checking out the nail section of your favorite stores–there are a lot of fun tools out there AND cute nail decals that really give you that professional touch!


1. remove old nail polish
2. push cuticles back with orange stick and gently scrape away dead skin
3. trim toenails to desired length
4. file toenails into desired shape
5. use fine file or buffer to smooth nail surface (removing small remnants of polish, dead skin and ridges)
6. use pumice or foot file around toenails to remove dead skin
7. soak feet in warm water (add salts or oils if desired)
8. when skin is soft, use pumice or foot file on calluses, paying special attention to heels, ball of feet and beneath big toe
9. apply foot scrub
10. remove and dry feet; apply lotion (you may want to leave it on overnight before continuing)
11. remove lotion from toenails with nail polish remover so the polish adheres better
12. apply toe separators
13. apply base coat and polish, allowing to dry between coats. After second coat, apply nail decals, if desired.
14. once dry, apply top coat
15. remove errant polish with a cotton swab

Enjoy your beautiful feet!! And maybe you can use the money you saved for a new pair of sandals.

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My Craving Coral pedicure today!

Happy pedicuring, ladies! Let me know if you try it!

Do you need a Spring refresh?

Spring is springing! 

Are you sooooo over winter and ready for a refresh??

I’m offering a Total Spring Refresh for just $25 when you come to my home office/studio/craft room in south Chandler in the month of March! 

Come with your skin care, makeup and color questions!

What does the Total Spring Refresh include?

  • color analysis (including determination of your Dominant Color Category, best neutrals and best ‘pop’ colors plus much more)
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What are YOUR best colors?


  • complete pampering facial including microdermabrasion treatment
  • Satin Hands treatment
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Satin Hands treatment


  • MakeUpdate (we clean out your makeup bag, you get to try out a new look and I recommend makeup colors for you–Mary Kay or your favorite brand, it’s your choice)



  • determination of your best SPRING colors
A pretty tangerine color is nice on almost everyone (but especially Softs).

A pretty tangerine color is nice on almost everyone (but especially Softs).


  • light refreshments
  • a FREE gift!

Plus receive an additional $10 gift certificate if you choose to purchase any Mary Kay products used during your appointment.

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Try out a whole new look!


Plan to spend about an hour with me and YES, children are welcome! We have a playroom and a grassy back yard–no pool and no pets! Paypal, cash and checks are accepted.

You’ll feel like a new woman! Contact me to schedule your appointment today! 

And…if you can’t make it to my house, I can come to you and two or more of your friends for just $10 per person! Contact me for details!

Slow Down #2–get moving!

Yesterday was a typical Monday of school drop-offs and pick-ups, a morning meeting, lunch, projects, writing, emailing, homework, dinner…and by evening all I wanted was a big, fresh salad and a chance to sit down.

But my phone rang.

“Wanna go for a walk? It’s beautiful outside!” my mother enticed me.

I didn’t hesitate for long. I am, after all, trying to slow down this month. 

“Honey? I’m going for a walk!” I hollered to my husband.

So I laced up my walking shoes, put my jacket on and met my mom at the park between our houses and we set off for a brisk half-hour walk as the sun went down. “I’m so glad to have a walking buddy!” she told me.

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The sky was brilliant. First it was pink and orange then eventually turned to an inky blue. The moon was what we call a “fingernail moon” and by the time I got back to my block the stars were coming out.

“I feel sorry for the people missing this,” I thought as I grinned up at the sky.

Then I realized that I am usually the one missing it. We miss a lot when we’re always rushing about, going from one activity to the next and never slowing down, don’t we?

I’m a “mover and shaker” but I almost never work out or even take leisurely walks–I tend to go full tilt then collapse. But, man, the fresh air, the tingling in my legs, the birds chirping and kids squealing, the scent of barbecue meat in the air…it was glorious. I need more of that in my life.

It felt good to move my body and get my heart rate up. It was nice to see the sky from a new perspective. The time chatting with my mom was a definite bonus, too. I’m so glad I didn’t tell her, “I’m too tired,” or “I have too much to do,” or “I just want to stay home.” I want to arrange my life so that, when the opportunity arises, I can always seize the chance to get out and catch my breath–even if it leaves me breathless.  

Slow Down Lesson #2: Sometimes slowing down means putting on your walking shoes and getting a move on!

How about you? Do you need to “get a move on” in order to slow down? Leave a comment or hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page to keep the conversation going.

Slow Down in March

Does your life feel a bit go-go-go with very little downtime?

Do you struggle to live in the moment?

Do you tend to feel restless if you’re not being productive?

Do you have to WORK at resting?

For me, that’s “yes” x 4.

I have grown a lot in this area but it’s something I continually have to improve on. I need a lot of time for R&R: “Resting & Receiving.” I have to make an effort to rest my body and receive God’s love, whether for it’s a few minutes every day or most of one entire day.

In fact, that’s why my word for 2014 is “beloved.” I have to set aside time to “be-loved.”

So much so that I was thinking about blogging about slowing down in March…when today happened.

What happened today?

Well, #1 it rained. 

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Our first rainy day in Phoenix in 70 days!


Blame it on the barometric pressure, an overly greasy breakfast or even hormones but…

#2, I felt “off” for most of the day. My ears were buzzing, my stomach was upset, my nerves felt frayed, my body felt weak…and I basically surfed the Internet, drank a lot of “Nourish Me” tea and shuffled around the house all day.

I felt restless in the afternoon so…

#3, I did some crafting. It was a nice way to pass the time and not spend it wondering if I was coming down with something. I got lost in what I was doing and enjoyed the cutting and pasting and color-coordinating. I sipped my tea while I worked and enjoyed the quiet company of my husband, too, along with the rain falling outside the window.

It was so relaxing.

Now I have cards on hand to personalize and send out.

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Cards ready to be stamped with the recipient’s initial.


And around 6:00pm as I was (slowly) bringing another pot of  ”Calming” tea to my craft table…

#4, I realized that I had slowed down today. On March 1st. So I knew I had something to blog about in March.

Here I was, wondering if I should consider slowing down in March and inspiring you to do the same and I found myself actually DOING it–and not even on purpose!

I can tell you that taking the day off to just take care of myself, do the things I enjoy and listen to my body was a welcome relief.

If I hadn’t felt crummy, I’d have finished cleaning out my boys’ bedroom, caught up on laundry, gone to the store, cleaned or who knows what else (and probably would have run myself ragged in the process!)–but I wouldn’t have just sipped tea, shuffled around and crafted! I wish I did that more often of my own accord but I don’t.

I needed a day to rest and I’m glad I took it.

SLOW DOWN Lesson #1: Listen to your body. When you feel like you need to take a day off–do it! Or…take a day off BEFORE you need it! 

I think the Slow Down topic is meant to be, so I wonder if you need to slow down, too?

Tell me…when was the last time you took it easy on yourself for an entire day? Could you use a day to just slow down and rest? Leave a comment or hop on over the to FanTABulous Women Facebook page to keep the conversation going.


5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy for Taking Care of Yourself

Welcome Amy Hagerup, my guest blogger today!

Amy is a Facebook friend and knows how passionate I am about self-care so I asked her to share with us today.

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If you spend a lot of time working on your computer, you are putting strain on your neck and shoulders.  Out of necessity, your body might be leaning forward or your arms might be up a little higher than is natural for your body. Tension builds up as you concentrate on your work.

Since this scenario is true for me, I did my research.

Here are 5 of the many health benefits of massage therapy:

Getting a massage  . . .

1: Helps to pump oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and organs, improving circulation while reducing high blood pressure.

2: Relieves stress. Even one isolated massage can significantly lower your heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels, and increase endorphins – which help to reduce accumulated stress.

3. Promotes joint flexibility. As you get older, joints tend to tighten up, restricting your range of motion. Massage helps to keep your joints fluid and less prone to injury.

4. Promotes deeper breathing. One of the sure signs of anxiety and stress is shallow, constricted breathing. Massage relieves respiratory issues and trains the body to relax.

Having learned some of the benefits of massage therapy, I decided to invest in one. So off to a massage therapist I went.

After filling out my medical information and signing the release, I prepared for the lovely massage. As my therapist, Lori, worked on my shoulders and back, she pushed on the knots in my back to get them to release. (Hey! I thought this was supposed to feel good!) She worked faithfully each month on muscles with the skill of a trained doctor, explaining things to me as she went along.

After about a year of monthly massages, Lori told me that I had improved so much in my posture that my Dowager’s hump was gone! It seems that she had been able to discern the beginnings of my back humping like you see in an elderly person, but faithful massage and exercising had reversed it!

That is the fifth health benefit: improved posture!

Yes, massages feel really, really good (except when she is trying to get a knot to release), but the best benefit is what it will do for improving your internal health – and you might even avoid a dowager’s hump!

Have you tried massage therapy yet? Feel free to comment here on the FanTABulous women Facebook page.

Thank you, Amy, for contributing to the FanTABulous Women community! I think I need to go book a massage now…

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Amy Hagerup is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others to grow in their faith, their health, and their marketing. A former missionary to Africa for 23 years, Amy teaches through her many stories to help bring change in her readers’ lives. Amy is married to her hero, has five children, three children-in-love, and 12 grandchildren.You can reach Amy at her blog

May I see your pajamas?

You work hard, I know you do.

At the end of the day, you deserve to relax and unwind.

I am the type who has an entire ritual that involves taking off my jewelry and clothes, performing my daily skin care routine and in the winter, the addition of extra lotion, fuzzy socks and lip balm.

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Cleanser, moisturizer, hand salve, foot cream and lip balm. Aaahhh.

Oh, and I put my pajamas on. If I’m lucky and I have the next day off, I can leave them on all night and until at least lunchtime the next day.

Every woman needs a cute pair of pajamas. You should feel good in them and they should make you smile. You should be able to heave a contended sigh when you put them on every night. Plus, you never know when you’ll be invited to a pajama party!

These are mine. Pink, turquoise, flannel and owly. Soooo soft.

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Yes, cute pajamas fall under the “self care” category. Any time you do something that is just for you, it’s self care. Although, admittedly, the people around you will probably appreciate your cute pajamas, too.

Dare I say…show me your pajamas and I can see how well you take care of yourself?

OK, ‘fess up–are you wearing cute pajamas tonight?

Create your Vision Board

Check out yesterday’s post if you missed it.

As I talked about yesterday, once you have your Vision Affirmation Statement, let it guide you to help you create a Vision Board.

Take the words, phrases and word pictures you used and find images to go with them and create a board that serves as a visual reminder of your vision.

Here’s my Vision Affirmation Statement: I am living a peaceful and creative life that allows me to blaze trails and teach others by my own experiences. I am attracting more love, joy and authenticity into my own life while bringing inspiration and opportunities for connection to the people around me.

Then I took each set of words or each concept and wrote down some things that came to mind.

  • A peaceful, creative life: tea, a cozy corner, colors.
  • Teaching/trail blazing part: paths, trails, explorers, feet, maps, apples, a classroom.
  • Love, joy and authenticity: hearts, balloons, freedom (the beach).
  • Inspiration and connection: landscapes, light, groups of people, parties.

Do the same with yours and find the images in magazines, online or draw them yourself. Look for words and phrases, too.

I kept my affirmation handy and started going through pictures.

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This collage from House Beautiful inspired me. I wanted a layered look, too, so I started arranging and layering my favorite images.

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And here is my final version!

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The possibilities are endless! Enjoy the process and create something uniquely YOU.

Do people compliment you on your hair?

In Shari Braendel’s book, she asks, “When was the last time someone complimented you on your hair?”

You SHOULD be getting compliments, either because your cut is sassy, stylish, flattering or just so very “you.” If you’re not getting compliments, it’s time for a fresh cut.

My last cut left my hair too long and with some funky, heavy sections. This was me, the night before my recent hair cut, headed out to my husband’s company party. Not bad, but not compliment-worthy, either.

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I’m not afraid to try a new hairstylist so I checked out the list of gals at Simply Ravishing The Salon and made an appointment with Elizabeth. I am so glad I did!

This is the “after.” It suits my head, is off my shoulders, is “stacked” in the back and is fun and youthful without being outrageous. She flipped out the ends a bit so I can choose whether to wear it smooth or more toussled. I am thrilled with it, and love how it looks in my recent photos (below)!

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Have fun with your hair! Get a sassy new hair cut!

Find a stylist who can address your wants and needs, go for a new look and wait for the compliments to begin pouring in!


Back-To-School Supplies for Mom

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Back-to-school supplies for Mom.

This may seem a bit premature for some of you (back to school?!? In July?!?) but my oldest son is on a modified year-round school schedule (two weeks off after each grading period and seven weeks off in summer) and starts 2nd grade on July 22nd.

My baby is starting second grade!! Eeeeeek!!

Back-to-school time is HERE for us and I realized that I—work-at-home mom and home manager—need to get myself ready!

For me, summer has been a mixed bag. Yes, we got to take a road trip to my home state of Florida at the start of summer and, yes, my older son has kept the younger one occupied during the day so I could log some billable hours, but…we’ve been doing the “stay up late and wake up late” routine but when the boys are up late, I can’t get “real work” done (I need total peace and quiet to write) and my mornings when they’re sleeping in are not very productive. I’ve been lax on housework and meal planning (don’t ask me how many pizza boxes were in the recycle bin this week) and I’m low on energy because of the wacky sleep schedule. Plus, I’ve had to postpone my usual meetings because it’s hard to get child care for both boys.

I’m ready to get back into the school routine.

This year will be unique because on August 5, my younger son will begin preschool so I will have nine hours a week to be foot loose and kid-free. I’ll keep the fancy.

So I need to be ready.

Here are a few tools I assembled to help ME prepare! The idea is to keep things running smoothly and to set yourself up for a wonderful school year. For yourself AND the kids!

Cookbooks and meal planning tools.

Pull out your favorite cookbooks, grab a shopping list and map out your meals for the week (I do pizza, taco soup and pasta almost every week). Mine have to be quick, easy, and kid-friendly (and when I say kid, I mean picky-eater-kid).

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New office supplies.

Why should the kids be the only ones who get fresh folders, markers and composition books?? Get some cute folders for filing all of the papers that will soon be coming in from school and treat yourself to some pretty pens and highlighters. Have a day planner handy, too, for writing down PTA meeting times and coffee dates. Remember to schedule in “me time,” too!

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Beauty time-savers.

I advise my Mary Kay customers to have an everyday makeup look accessible to grab even if they only have five minutes to spend on their face in the morning. All you need is one or two neutral eye colors, a soft blush, mascara and gloss. I highly recommend the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser, too, because it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. My other favorite multi-tasking product is the Mary Kay Moisture Renewing Gel Mask. It feels almost like aloe and you can use it as a quick mask or wear it overnight if your skin is dry, inflamed or stressed.

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Designate a “mom zone” or “home management zone.”

This is the place to keep paperwork, calendars, to-do lists and things like greeting cards, wrapping supplies and bills all in one spot that is yours alone.

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As you can see above, I am spoiled—I have a studio/office/craft room (nearly) all to myself but you can use a small desk, a corner of your laundry room or even a closet. For example…

Below is is my “drop and grab zone” between the front door and the garage where I can drop my keys or grab library books on the way in or out, plus a spot for reminders and papers.

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Take a moment to tweak your inspiration board, too, so that the things that inspire you or make you smile are where you can see them regularly.

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If you work from home, you may want to reorganize your desk or set up new filing systems–whatever it takes to be efficient and productive.

If you’re a home school mom, now is the time to get your desk and teaching area(s) ready.

There are some fun ideas for work-at-home and home school moms on my Back To School Pinterest board.

And you can’t go back to school without books!

I have found a good many of these at Goodwill.

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Two of my favorites: “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider.

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For those with a business: “Love is the Killer Ap” by Tim Sanders, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Power of Uniqueness” by Arthur F. Miller, Jr.

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And for personal development: “By Happy Without Being Perfect” by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Stephen R. Covey and “Take Time For Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson.

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You may also need a new tote bag to carry your books in or maybe a pretty new purse for fall. You get a backpack for the kids, why not treat yourself?? 

Have some fun before the race to Winter Break begins and set yourself up for a wonderful new school year.

Remember to visit my Back To School Pinterest board board for more ideas, inspiring images and links!

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