Mani Monday! China Glaze

Mani Monday #4!

Mani Monday! China Glaze

Products used:

Base Coat/Nail Hardener + Strengthener: L.A. Colors

Polish: China Glaze in CUSTOM KICKS

Design/Accent Nail: Nail Decor set (from a store called Daiso in Korea)

Top Coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Note: I applied 2 coats of the China Glaze in CUSTOM KICKS to achieve the perfect polish look. 1 coat would have been fine if I wanted a toned down/less intense look, but I wanted a true reflection of the color in the bottle.

Note II: After applying polish on my fourth finger, I immediately placed the nail decor stars followed by my trustworthy top coat by Seche Vite.

Sending you endless winter love from Chiberia (Chicago + Siberia)! 😉


JJ 🙂

***If you have any nail polish color recommendations/colors you’d like to see, please feel free to comment below.***


Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude (Late!)

Thursday was a busy busy day, but I figured… better late than never, right?

I have so much to be grateful for, and it always amazes me at all the things, people, places I have to be thankful for. Please enjoy my humble “Gratitude List”!


February 13th / 14th, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Opportunity to mentor students

2. Hubby and my Valentine’s Day simple, yet special traditions (exchanging cards, Hubby surprising me with a stuffed animal and make chocolate covered strawberries at home)

3. Grateful to be able to say the words “I love you” to those I cherish & love

4. God’s grace

5. My very 1st Filofax planner to document my daily happenings

6. Connections made with fellow Sisters in Christ via social media

7. Seeing my former junior high teachers (& the teachers actually remembering/recognizing me)

8. CCM (Christian Contemporary Music)

9. Hugs from my students

10. Being able to snuggle up to my forever Valentine(s) – Hubby & our furbabies

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

What are you grateful for today/this week? Please do share!


JJ 🙂

Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude

I’ve been doing Daily Gratitude Lists for several years now, and it is one of the most uplifting, heart-changing habits of mine. Several of my close friends have also started doing them and have shared with me how the lists have changed their lives.

Before I start my weekly Gratitude post, I would like to give all credit to Pastor Erwin McManus from Mosaic Church in California. God has spoken through Pastor Erwin every Sunday while my hubby and I were still living in California, and because of Pastor Erwin, I began my Daily Gratitude Lists. I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude enough to Pastor McManus for helping me reform my heart.


Here’s how these posts will work:

I will list anywhere between 1 to 10 things, people, happenings, whatever it is I am grateful for on a weekly basis. On days when I feel extra grateful for something/someone special in particular, I will dedicate that post entirely to it/her/him.

February 6th, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Sunshine on a super cold winter day

2. Christian Contemporary Music station on Pandora

3. My hardworking, dedicated hubby

4. My furbabies curled up & sound asleep

5. Room temperature water to keep me hydrated

6. My devoted Tae Kwon Do students and family members

7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

8. God’s Grace

9. My very 1st Filofax on its way to me

10. This blog = my heart, my life God has blessed me with

What are you grateful for today? Please do share!


JJ 🙂

Wednesday Talk: Favorite Scripture

fave verse

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

I stumbled upon this verse one day a few years back, and it has been my favorite Scripture ever since. I can honestly say it has brought me through many downs in the past few seasons of hurt, worries, and life in general. My Faith has been growing stronger throughout the years, and my heart is filled with gratitude daily.

I hope this verse gives you comfort, a positive change in heart – especially those of you who have been struggling with life’s ups and downs.

May today be a day full of gratitude and blessings!

What are some of your favorite Bible Verses? Please do share!


JJ 🙂

Mani Monday! Revlon Polish

Mani Monday! (Well, it’s technically Tuesday now…please excuse my late post!)

Mani Monday! Revlon Polish

Better late than never~ (was sick in bed all day – I apologize for the late Mani Monday post)!

*Please note: This is a photo I took pre-clean up around the nail bed and overflow of polish on the sides.

Products Used:

Base Coat/Nail Hardener + Strengthener: L.A. Colors
Polish: Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in ALLURE
Design/Accent: KleanColor Nail Laquer in #29 AURORA
Top Coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Note: Revlon Brilliant Strength Polish in ALLURE has a thick consistency with a wide brush applicator. I applied 2 thin coats to achieve my desired look without making the polish appear too thick.

Hope you are having an amazing beginning to your week!

JJ ❤

Mani Monday! Essie Polish

My 1st ‘Mani Monday’ post!

Mani Monday! Essie Polish

Nail Polish Color: Luxedo by Essie (LOVE the deep wine/plum colors)

Top Coat: Dry Fast Top Coat by Seche Vite

Quick Tip 1: Apply a thin coat of your favorite top coat every other day to keep your polish looking fresh and to prolong the wear.

Quick Tip 2: Be sure to shape your nails with nail files to your liking, and keep your hands moisturized at all times for an even more polished overall manicure look.  (PLEASE REFRAIN FROM BITING YOUR NAILS!)

What’s your favorite nail polish color of the moment? Please do share! 🙂

New! Nyx Cosmetics, eos Lip Balm, Vaseline Lip Therapy

Today was an extraordinary Thursday full of laughter, funky dance moves (don’t ask/don’t judge, please ;), great food, and even greater company.

Thanks to one of my favorite people in the whole wide world (Stefanie), I had some pretty delicious sushi for lunch in Bolingbrook (a suburb of Chicago) and got to enjoy the sunshine a bit even though it was crazy freezing. After lunch, Stefanie wanted to stop by Target to get a new pair of sunglasses. While we were there, I just HAD to take a stroll down the beauty products section…especially because I heard Target is carrying Nyx Cosmetics now. WOOHOO!

Anyway, in true ME fashion, I was immediately drawn to new lip care goodies, AND of course, I just had to pick up a few things! (I actually needed new lip balm/chapstick – I promise!)

Here are the fun lippies I got my hands on today + 1 eyeliner:

eos Lip Balm (Medicated) – Tangerine

eos tangerine

Vaseline Lip Therapy – Rosy Lips

vaseline lip therapy rosy lips

Nyx Cosmetics Butter Lip Gloss – Creme Brulee

nyx butter lip gloss creme brulee

Nyx Cosmetics Glam Liner Aqua Luxe – Glam Purple

nyx glam liner glam purple

Immediately after getting in my car, I tried on all 4 products. Yes, one on top of the other. Needless to say, I am in LOVE with them all!

The eos lip balm has an amazing scent – a mixture of sweet tangerines and a hint of juicy fruit gum. The Vaseline Lip Therapy is silky smooth on the lips, and the rosy tint gives the look of a healthy, soft pout. The Nyx Cosmetics Butter Lip Gloss in Creme Brulee may just be my new favorite lip gloss! It is not gooey nor heavily sticky, and lasts a long time without having to reapply which is always a huge plus for me. As for the 1 non lip product, the Nyx Glam Liner in Glam Purple makes my dark brown eyes pop. I cannot wait to try the liner out with a full on made up face for the perfect amount of sparkle and glam!

As you can see, I am a sucker for lip products. I always have been and always will be – a slight obsession with all things lip gloss, lip balm, lipstick – you name it, I love it.

What are some of your beauty/makeup obsessions? If you have a product you cannot live without, please do share!


JJ *