Disney Jamberry Crazy!!

I know that I haven’t posted in literally a lifetime. I am still getting tons of hits daily and SO many emails about Elise’s Minnie Mouse car that it is crazy! I am still doing photography, still Disney CRAZY, and have now taken on a new Jamberry adventure! Check out my Jamberry site!

So I want to fill you in a little about Jamberry and show you how to rock Jamberry with your Disney side!! Jamberry nails are vinyl nail wraps that adhere to your nail with heat and pressure and last on your fingernails for 2 weeks and toenails for 4-6 weeks! They have no dry time, no chipping, no smudging, and the best part…they are NON TOXIC! This is a huge winner for me. I love the look of professional nails but I hate the chemicals and nail damage from salon products. These are perfect for my 2 year old who loves to have her nails painted, but still does sometimes put her hands in her mouth and can’t sit still for polish to dry. If these can last on her nails for two weeks, they can last on anyone’s!

Megan Kunkel Disney Jamberry
Megan Kunkel Disney Jamberry
Visit my Facebook Page to Contact Me!
**If you are seeing this after July 10th and want in on this, EMAIL ME at megankunkeljamberry@gmail.com or FACEBOOK ME instead of commenting please!**

So how does this connect with Disney you ask? With over 300 designs, there is the perfect combo to match whatever your favorite Disney character is! The sheets are also BUY 3 GET 1 FREE so you can mix and match to get the perfectly unique look your heart desires!

I LOVE Minnie Mouse, in case you haven’t guessed that from Elise’s 1st Birthday! So these wraps are definitely a favorite of mine!

Poppy & White Polka, Gold Sparkle, Red Sparkle, and Black Tip

The next question I must ask you is…Do you want to build a snow man?? I know I’m not the only one with a Frozen obsession!
Buy these wraps now!

Elise LOVES Elsa (this can’t just be a name coincidence right?

Buy these wraps now!

Or check out this modern taken on the classic Disney princess, Ariel!
http://megankunkel.jamberrynails.net”>http://megankunkel.jamberrynails.net” alt=”Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug”>
Buy these wraps now!

Are you a Snow White fan?

Buy these wraps now!

Sleeping Beauty anyone?
http://megankunkel.jamberrynails.net”>http://megankunkel.jamberrynails.net” alt=”Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug”>
Buy these wraps now!

In all seriousness though, Jamberry is my newest addiction and it has been both a fabulous source of girl time and a nice fun and easy side job. This is how I am paying for our Disney vacation in 2015 and my account is growing quickly! I would LOVE to have you on my team! If you would like more information you can see how to join and the benefits here! Or email me at megankunkeljamberry@gmail.com for more info about how incredibly awesome my team of girls are! I can’t wait to see how fabulous your nails are after you start jammin!

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

Easter For a 3 Month Old

Check out my super adorable baby girl last year on Easter. She is rocking another adorable custom onesie made by the same etsy shop, Polka Dot Closet, as her St. Patrick’s day attire. Look at her, still drowning in 0-3 months!

easter-2911

It doesn’t get much cuter than that folks!

easter-2920

Last year I was such a procrastinator. I don’t know if it was new mommy chaos colliding with going back to work, but I seriously waited until the very last minute to get this Easter basket thrown together. I wasn’t crazy over the actual basket, but you take what you can get when you wait until last minute.

easter-2986

The main question was, what on Earth do you put in a still basically newborn’s Easter basket?? Luckily, as much as I stressed over it, I’m pretty confident she doesn’t remember in the least, so it really isn’t that important. But in March of 2012, it was basically life or death and had to be perfect.

easter-2991

I didn’t want to go crazy and spend an ungodly amount of money on crap she wouldn’t use/play with, so I kept it pretty simple.  Her basket included this mint green TY buddy bunny from my childhood.  I have an embarrassingly large TY beanie collection that I plan to hand down to her over the years, and holidays make the perfect opportunity!  It also keeps me from wasting money on stuffed animals, because let’s face it, kids rarely actually play with those and they end up in a big pile of fluff in the corner.  I included four yoyo hairbows, because I was making them out of every piece of scrap fabric possible in those days.  I’m glad I did too.  I was smart, and put them on a clip instead of sewing them to her headbands.  They were the perfect size for her tiny head then, and now they are perfect size to use as just a single hair clip!  I also included a teething ring and a touch and feel book.  This adorable book, that is still a huge favorite of Elise’s, featured baby animals with different textures to “pet” and feel of.  The windmill was a big hit for many months until just recently, Elise accidentally broke it.  It was good stimulation for her when she was so little.  She loved to watch me blow it and see the colors twirl.  See that completely awesome pacifier sticking out?  That is totally my homemade “wubbanub!”  Those things are way too expensive in my opinion, so I took matters into my own hands and made my own.  I took a few of these McDonald’s TY mini beanies (I told you I have a huge collection of this crap) and sewed them by hand onto the paci.

easter-3003
These would make such a cute gift to include for a baby shower!

For the one included in her Easter basket, I simply stitched through it’s mouth and the part of the paci that sticks out.  But for her others (which included a mini blue elephant, a dalmatian dog, and a gray cat), I made it a little easier on myself and sewed each paw to one of the holes at the bottom of the paci, which is much easier than trying to stab a needle through the paci.  But this little guy didn’t have any arms, so this was my only option.  These things were a life saver when Elise was little and would drop her paci every five minutes and cry for us to get it back.  She could hold on to the animals and it gave it enough weight that if she spit it out, it wouldn’t go flying and she could get it back.  This was especially helpful in the car seat!  I can’t tell you how many times I had to pull over to try to hunt a paci that she sent flying into the floor board before we started using these!  She did however eventually grow out of these Avent Soothies and started using Nuks, but by that point she had more control of it and was able to keep it a little better.  Luckily now, she has just quit using her pacis all together with no effort from us.

Elise wasn’t overly impressed.  She was all business Easter morning and had her serious face on.

easter-3020

easter-3068

Here she is modeling another fabulous custom onesie from Polka Dot Closet.  For this super cute and easy hairbow, I simply sewed a few scrapbook flowers together that morning and attached them to the handband.  If you are super short on time, you could always use glue!
easter-3093

This year I’m much more prepared for Easter and I am so excited that she is old enough to actually take interest in her basket and hopefully to hunt eggs!  As soon as I get her basket together this year, I’ll share all the details!

Filling Easter Eggs without Candy!

30EASTER

It seems like for Easter, all anyone ever puts in Easter eggs is candy, candy, and more candy.  Although Elise does get an occasional treat, she most definitely isn’t going to be getting 493,207,520,358 miniature bunnies, peeps, and reese cups in her eggs.  Her chocolate bunny and marshmallow sucker will be more than enough sugar to do her for a few days.  I’ve compiled a list of a few non candy options.  Most of these work better for Easter basket eggs, but several could work for outdoor egg hunts too!

1.      Goldfish Crackers
2.      SOCKS (We can always use more socks and neon colors could be a lot of fun)
3.      Those tiny $1 bubble sets – way more fun than candy!
4.      Money (from pennies to dollar bills, any child that is old enough to know what money is will appreciate hunting for it)
5.      Special notes from mommy and daddy (if child is old enough to read)
6.      Confetti!
7.      Grapes
8.      Blueberries
9.      Blackberries
10.  Cherries
11.  Strawberries
12.  Mini nail polishes (PIGGY PAINT!)
13.  Raisins
14.  Hairbows
15.  Stickers
16.  Play jewelry
17.  toy cars
18.  Erasers
19.  trail mix
20.  Popcorn
21.  Paints
22.  Puzzle Pieces
23.  Balloons with messages they can read when they blow them up
24.  Have a crafter?  Beads, buttons, ribbons, glitter – SO many crafty items could easily fit into eggs!
25.  Play make up
26.  Sample sized perfumes
27.  Pretzels
28.  Tickets/Coupons for favorite activities (movies, picnics, ice cream dates, etc)
29.  Teddy Grahams
30.  Playdough

10 Themed Easter Basket Ideas to get your little one THINKING & CREATING!

Themed Easter Baskets - megankunkel.wordpress.com

At 1, Elise is too young for most of my themed Easter baskets ideas, but I need to type this stuff out or else I will forget over the years.

My favorite idea – Craft Basket!
I could go crazy with this!

  • Eggs filled with Pom poms, buttons, ribbon and fabric samples, foam letters, googly eyes, etc.
  • A sewing kit
  • Maybe a sew a bunny project or make a bunny craft
  • Glues
  • Decorative scissors
  • Assorted glitters
  • Felt
  • Foam
  • The actual basket could be a personalized craft basket to keep it all in.

Fun in the sun

  • Beach ball
  • Jump rope
  • New swimsuit/summer outfit
  • Sandals
  • Bubbles
  • Water gun
  • Water balloons
  • Sunglasses
  • Sidewalk Chalk

Spa day:

  • Play make up
  • Eye mask
  • Nail polish
  • Nail kit if old enough
  • Bubble bath
  • Bath dyes
  • Lotions
  • New bath robe
  • New house shoes

Book Worm

  • New book
  • Alphabet magnets
  • Bookmarks
  • Costumes to act out the story in the new book
  • A “half” book where they have to come up with the ending
  • Puppets or even better, a hand puppet craft to put on a puppet show!

Art basket

  • Fingerpaint
  • Water paints
  • Paint by number sheets
  • Paint brushes
  • Personalized Apron
  • Miniature Easel
  • Frames to decorate and put their artwork in
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Coloring book
  • Molding Clay

Ready to get dirty:

  • Recipe for homemade “mud”
  • A basket full of dirt to take outside and make mud with
  • Dump trucks, toy bulldozer
  • Shovel and pail
  • Play dough
  • Silly string

Chef basket

  • Everything in a picnic basket
  • Decorative cupcake pan
  • Cake mix
  • Variety of icings
  • Sprinkles
  • Simple “cook book” with your cupcake recipe. Want to get really creative? Measure your ingredients out and put them into eggs, let the cookbook tell them what color egg to use next! Don’t forget to include eggs full of yummy toppings like chocolate chips!
  • Personalized apron
  • Sandwiches
  • Eggs full of healthy snacks (berries, cheese cubes, pretzels, goldfish crackers, fresh veggies)
  • Blanket so that you can take your baked goods and have a picnic!

Detective work

  • Police badge
  • Spy goggles
  • Magnify glass
  • Walky talkies
  • Flash light
  • Book with clues to a scavenger hunt to solve a mystery (who took all the Easter bunny’s eggs?? With a big basket of eggs with prizes in them at the end of the hunt/mystery.)

Little Gardner:

  • Gardening set (shovel, gloves, etc)
  • Different flower seeds is plastic eggs
  • A sun hat
  • Little watering pail
  • It would be very cute to have a child size wheel barrel to put it all in

Expecting a wet and cold Easter? Have a Rainy Day basket

  • Deck of cards
  • Board games
  • Puzzle book
  • Puzzles
  • Crayons
  • Coloring book
  • Eggs filled with fun little games like jacks, marbles, dice, dominos, etc
  • New movie
  • PJs

I have so many ideas for fun little baskets!  Elise may just have to stay young longer so we can fit them all in!  I hope you are able to take these ideas and make them you are own to create those special memories with your special little girl or guy!

Pancake Cupcakes!

Most days it’s just me and E for breakfast. I don’t want to make a big mess for just me and her. Not to mention I’m pretty lazy in the mornings. I don’t wake up bursting with energy. Luckily, I came across this pin:

Pancake Cupcakes

The link doesn’t work for me but luckily the pinner wrote the instructions when she pinned it. So simple!

Mix a pancake mix, spray a cupcake pan, fill with mix, add toppings, bake for 12-14 min at 350.

I ended up with 11 after preparing 2 cups of mix, but I filled mine really full. I also used a “just add water” pancake mix because the goal of this it to be fast and easy.

20130313-083848.jpg

For toppings, I used chocolate chips, bacon, and cinnamon. I also made them with bananas last week. The chocolate chips were my favorite and Michael liked the cinnamon. We both agreed that the bacon ones were gross! I really wanted blueberries, but my grocery store didn’t have any.

20130313-083858.jpg

Best part, they freeze wonderfully! It’s so easy to make a bunch on day 1, then throw one in the microwave each morning! This could make the life of a working mom SO much easier. My toddler and I just finished eating some. Banana and cinnamon seem to be her favorites!

The topping possibilities are endless. Try it out and see what variations are favorites in your family!

Finger painting turned photo session!

Elise & I decided it was time to have more finger painting fun with our “edible finger paint.”  Check out my finger painting madness post to get details on how to make the paint.  I was in the mood to take some photos, and my husband was around to help contain the mess, so I thought why not turn a fun activity into a few adorable photos??

fb-4

fb-10

fb-25

fb-52

fb-55

fb-67

fb-70

fb-123

I think I may somehow incorporate a few of these into her art space in her new playroom if I ever get on the ball and get it going!

Better than Sex Chex Mix – Recipe

Better Than Sex Chex Mix

20130305-213153.jpg

Excuse the yucky cell shots.  I was way too excited to actually eat this to drag the big camera out!  I came across this AMAZING recipe from tablespoon.com.  I instantly decided I had to make it.  I’ve been entirely too much of a sugaraholic lately.  Plus I love salt.  This lovely creation mixes the best of both worlds!

20130305-213211.jpg

Better than Sex Chex Mix is all over the internet, but the recipe seems to be pretty consistent.  It is SO easy to make and would make the perfect party food.

Ingredients

  • 8  cups Chocolate Chex® cereal
  • 3/4  cup packed brown sugar
  • 6  tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3  tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, MINI size
  • 1 cup MINIATURE marshmallows
  • 1/2  cup caramel bits (found by the chocolate chips in the baking aisle — or chop up regular caramels)
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2  cup MILK chocolate baking chips (or more if you’re a huge chocolate fan)
  • 1/2  cup vanilla (white) chocolate baking chips
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, measure cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
  2. In a two cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter and corn syrup uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Pour caramel mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave on High 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on cookie sheet. Cool 10 minutes. Break into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Make sure Chex mixture is cool to the touch (so candy doesn’t melt.) Evenly sprinkle mini peanut butter cups candy and miniature marshmallows over Chex mixture.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave caramel baking bits and cream uncovered on High about 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle over snack. Microwave the milk chocolate baking chips next, starting with 20-seconds and stirring, then at 20 second intervals until the mixture is completely smooth (microwave temps vary, so watch the chocolate and stir frequently until it’s of drizzling consistency). Drizzle over the snack mixture. Then microwave the vanilla (white) baking chips in 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth, and drizzle that over the snack mixture. (Note: The vanilla and milk chocolate chips should not need cream added.) Quickly sprinkle coarse salt over all while candy drizzles are still wet.
  5. Refrigerate until set. Break apart and store in tightly covered container.

The only variation I made was to add more salt.  I have a salt addiction though, so 1 tsp may very well be enough for you!  When I make it again, I will probably greatly decrease or eliminate the mini Reese Cups.  They made it a little too sweet and chocolatey for me!  Head on over to tablespoon.com and check them out.  They have tons of yummy recipes!

 

 

 

Rewind to St. Patrick’s Day 2012!

Last year Elise was still an itty bitty baby for St. Patrick’s Day. At 2 months old, she was still as squishy as can be. How I miss those days!

This was her “holiday picture” which I am still to this day in love with because of this huge string of drool.  I may have on mommy goggles, but I refuse to clone it out.  That is the cutest drool I’ve ever laid eyes on! 

st patrick's day-2538-2

On actual St. Patrick’s day, we were headed to a baby shower, but little miss was dressed to impress.

st patricks day-2645

(I can’t believe how much my hair has grown in just a year!)

My super crafty mother made her adorable leg warmers out of an adult pair of socks.  I made her headband and bow out of elastic and yoyos.  Her super cute onesie came from The Polka Dot Closet on Etsy.  I ordered several personalized onesies from her when Elise was little and they are great quality.  I highly recommend her stuff!!

st patricks day-2656

Elise’s Grammie is super talented when it comes to sewing and she is making her an outfit for St. Patrick’s day this year.  I can’t wait to see!  I’m hoping for some pretty weather so we can do a few outdoor photos.  This momma is tired of being cooped up in the house!

Featured Momma – Samantha

I had the pleasure of getting to know Samantha, because like me, she had a baby due in January 2012.  While pregnant, Sam learned that her sweet baby, Gabriel Ray, had Potters Syndrome – Bilateral Renal Agenesis.  This meant that he had no kidneys, leading to other malformations, and he didn’t have enough amniotic fluid.  She found this out at the time of her anatomy scan when she was 20 weeks pregnant.  She chose to carry him as long as she could, knowing his prognosis, and delivered this sweet angel at 36 weeks.  He was born on December 8, 2011 and they spent 35 minutes showering him with the largest amount of love a baby could ever feel before he passed.  I will not tell the full extent of her story, because I absolutely can’t do it justice.  I encourage you to visit her blog and read Gabriel’s story.  I also urge you to take a moment to read Gabriel’s birth plan.  Sam’s story is truly inspirational and will give you new perspective.  She is by far, one of the strongest women I will ever know.

32347_10151141193727333_2138607400_n

Not very long ago, Sam found out that she was pregnant again!  Little did she know at that moment, that she was expecting not one but TWO babies.  Sam is very blessed and has now welcomed twin BOYS.  They are a month old, and doing amazing with their rock star mother!  I sent her a few questions to answer so that she could share a little about her experience of having twins after her loss.  She is also juggling these adorable twin boys and big sis Evelyn.  (She must have eight arms!) 

sam3

After everything you’ve been through and sharing your story, what message do you hope to get out to others?
I want people to know that you can get through anything. I want people to know they have to do what’s best for them, not what’s best for doctors or anyone else. I would like people to look at our story, to take what we have been through, and find strength and courage to get through something that they may be going through. You have courage and strength within yourself, you just have to dig deep and find it.

So far, what has been the hardest part of having TWINS?
Sleep and feeding. They are tied for first place toughness right now. I’m exclusively breastfeeding which has proven difficult. Trying to keep them on the same eating schedule has proven nearly impossible. They wake up at alternating hours which makes it seem like I get no sleep at all.

The most rewarding?
Seeing how much they are alike/different. Learning their different personalities and preferences. Most recently: Seeing how they stare at eachother. Its also nice that people don’t have to fight over who gets to hold the baby (Including Derrick and I), there’s 2 so everyone can hold one!

What was the scariest part of your chaotic delivery experience?
The scariest part for me was when I was laying in the hospital bed bleeding, nobody had told me what exactly was going on but surgical staff was coming in to introduce themselves. They were already prepping me for an emergency c-section before anybody told me why/what was happening. I was terrified and in the dark about what was going on or what they thought was wrong. I was afraid something would be wrong when they came out because they were only 36 weeks. Lucky for me, everything went perfect and the boys came out kicking and screaming.

How is big sis holding up? What does she think of her two new baby brothers?
I spent a lot of time preparing Evelyn for the babies arrival. I spent many hours showing her what two babies means, what it means when we say “there’s a baby in mommys tummy” and other things. We spent countless hours playing with her dollys, learning how to care for a baby. We put into place some “rules” so that when people come over they would greet her first and allow her to show them the babies instead of just running to them first thing. She loves them. We’ve had very little jealousy issues with her. She always wants to help, to give them baths, to change their diapers and rock them. When we hold them, often times she will demand that she holds them instead. I’m so impressed with how she’s adapted and couldn’t be more proud of her.

Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard (and wonderful) the first few weeks are on everyone’s sanity, how’s the fellow holding up?
Derrick doesn’t do well with lack of sleep, he doesn’t do well getting up in the middle of the night or being tired after. However, he has done fairly well. He gets up to change diapers for me or to burp the babies after I’ve fed them. He tries to help as much as he can, but he’s somewhat limited.

You are breastfeeding twins, that is amazing. How’s it going?
I was told from the beginning to try to feed them at the same times. When one wakes up, wake up the other one to eat too. This is difficult, more difficult than I imagined it would be. You can’t force feed a baby that isn’t hungry. Although I battle feeding times, I am lucky that my body is supplying them enough milk and am able to pump for my freezer. I have nearly mastered tandem feeding them which helps save a lot of time!

Do you think there will be more children in your future?
I don’t want to say no, although Derrick would. Right now we are in no place to be able to afford more children. We were only going to have one more and then be done for now (surprise, someone else had better plans!). If I had it my way and money wasn’t an issue, I’d have a house full. Sadly that isn’t in the cards for us financially. Perhaps our finances will change years down the road and we’ll be able to have at least one more. If nothing else, I’d like to someday adopt a child into our family.

Anything you would like to add?
At the moment I can’t think of anything….. This took me days in between feedings and diaper changes haha!

sam2

Again, please take a moment and show support to Sam by visiting her blog and reading her full story.

She is also in the top three running to win a ton of cloth diapers (which would obviously be very beneficial and helpful to her since she has two bums to diaper) in the Pay it Forward contest.  The contest (hosted by www..diaperparties.com) ends at the end of February, but if you have time before then, take a moment and vote for her.  I can’t imagine that anyone could be more deserving of such a prize.  Others must agree, because she is winning by a land slide.

sam