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Two Big Announcements (And How They Relate To One Another)

December is always the craziest month of the year for me. I get tons of last minute requests for photography, there’s 101 Christmas activities to attend, and the last week of the year is pretty much booked for festivities, so you have less time to do more things. I’m not complaining, because I really like my life (!) but I get tired! This December has been even crazier than normal because new things are coming, and here I am to share them with you. Since I don’t want you to just scroll down and find out what they are, I’m going to just plainly announce them, then elaborate, and then let you know how they relate and why I would announce them together. Here goes.

1) I have officially become a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant.

2) Jason and I have taken the plunge to become Foster Parents and start training in January.


I don’t know if I even need to tell you, but we are ECSTATIC! Now for the elaboration.

So. Jamberry Nails. First of all, what is it? They’re non-toxic vinyl nail wraps that you apply with tools you already have at home (and it’s super easy) and they last for up to two weeks without chipping! They come in hundreds of styles, ranging from funky to classic, and I really have a thing for them. This is me wearing them:

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I can’t believe I just posted a photo of my toes…

So anyway, here’s why I’ve joined:

1) I love the nails! I found out about these nails through my sister and thought the idea was perfect right from the start. It sounded like a business that I would have seen on Shark Tank because it was so ingenious. Nail art that doesn’t chip? As a nanny, I was all “Count me in!”

2) I like compliments. I used to sell Mary Kay (like more than ten years ago), and I really didn’t like it. It had nothing to do with the product, but I just hated making cold calls and hosting parties that made me feel awkward about trying to get people’s money. With Jamberry, I simply get a compliment wherever I go, and then they sell themselves! Plus, I’ve always loved doing girly hair/makeup/nails stuff, so having my friends try them is really fun for me.

3) I need money. Jason and I are going to be foster parents soon, so we need a source of income that doesn’t require me to be out of the house a lot. Jamberry is a great way to make some extra cash, and it’s all for a good cause! I get paid to wear pretty nails. That’s a no-brainer.

4) I feel it’s important to like your job. I’m not going to live a miserable life. I refuse to do work that isn’t fulfilling! You only get one life, so why waste your time doing things you don’t love? I don’t know, maybe that’s just me, but I think you should love your job, and that’s easy with Jamberry. The company is really awesome (I did LOTS of research), all the training is super easy to understand, and I can go at my own pace. That’s perfect for my lifestyle and I’m pretty excited to be doing this now!

Makes sense, right? As it is, I’m hosting my first online party right now, so let me know if you’d like to join it! Here’s my website too so you can see what I’m up to:

So, secondly, foster care. This is by far one of the most exciting things in my life so far. God called me, very clearly, to be a foster parent ten years ago. It’s been a plan ever since, and in fact I talked to Jason about it on our very first date, because I didn’t want to waste time with a guy who wouldn’t be on board with it (even if he crossed off every other thing on my list!). Our plan was to have kids of our own (you can follow that journey here) and once they reached a mature age, begin to foster younger kids. We wanted to gradually get older and older kids as our own grew up, eventually fostering teenagers as well. Well, our plan isn’t exactly going to way we expected, so we’ve adapted. Beginning in January Jason and I are taking the fostering classes, and by March we should have kids in our home! We would like to adopt through the process, so this is a really big step.

I am SO in nesting mode now. I cannot begin to get our home ready for one or two kids, and I have a feeling Pinterest is going to be my very best friend over the next few months. We will need to sell our guest bed, pack up all of our movie decorations that were living in there, and stock it with kids stuff! We’ll need to baby proof the house, make our home more kid friendly, and get a fire extinguisher. That’s just the start! With fostering kids you never know what age or gender you’ll get, so I’ll need something for everyone. It’s daunting, but mostly just extremely exciting. So that’s our news! You’ll definitely be hearing more about this as we go along.


So how do these two relate? You’ve probably already figured it out. Jamberry Nails will be a great way for me to make extra income as we invite these new kids into our home. Fostering will be a major paycut (SO worth it though), so I loved the idea of something I could do from home, and even share with the kids if I get little girls! It’s going to be quite a new year I think, and I am gosh darn bursting with excitement. Can you tell?

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