Welcome Back to Me

It’s been a long time since I actively posted. My work situation required more of my time and attention. Now that things have settled. A vlog (from way back as well.)

Youthville Chalk Art Festival


Company Overview: Youthville, a program division of EmberHope, specializes in foster care, parent support, residential treatment and counseling. Our highly skilled staff uses evidenced-based programs to serve hundreds of children and families each year who have experienced severe trauma or whose families are at-risk and need help.

On August 1st, we took a trip to the Old Town Square to watch local artists create chalk art and attempted to create our own “drawings”. It was amazing the masterpieces we saw, and the attendance, considering the heat that day. They had face painters, live music and other booths.

The Chalk Art Fest is a free annual event held to raise awareness and support for EmberHope, and local artists.

Here are some of the awesome sights we saw:

Snapshot 4 (8-4-2015 8-07 AM)

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If you’re interested in learning more about Youthville, participating in events or volunteering. Info below:

Phone: (800) 593-1950

Email: info@youthville.org

Website: http://www.youthville.org

Trainwreck – The Movie


Starring: Amy Schumer, LeBron James, and Bill Hader

A history of my Amy Schumer fandom: I am a big Anthony Jeselnik fan. Anthony Jeselnik used to date Amy Schumer. How did Amy Schumer get bigger than Anthony Jeselnik? Because we are at the stage of Feminism where being crass is considered strength. Etiher way, she’s still (in her own way) funny.

I saw the trailer for this movie and immediately marked my calendar. When the time came, and I finally got to see it, I was mildly disappointed. It was still hilarious. I laughed so much at one point I cried. Although, it was not lost on me that a Caligula reference was made (Caligula being one of the Anthony Jeselnik specials. I own the DVD. Get over him already, Amy.) Also, the some pf the parts from the trailer that I was looking forward to seeing was even cut out of the movie, suck.

I didn’t hate it, though. Like I said, I laughed. There were very funny parts, just muddled into this pathetic romantic comedy. It was crass, but really, it was sad. She portrayed, which is probably her real life persona, a woman too broken to get it together and too desperate to make it on her own. That part made me cry.

I totally would’ve still watched the movie, maybe on DVD. Not the kind I’d watch again, and definitely the kind I regret paying money at the theatre for.

P.S. To the couple who brought their 8-ish year old daughter to the movie. Shame!

Jamberry Nails


A friend of mine was selling Jamberry and asked me to do a trial. She gave me a card with one Jamberry sample that I was supposed to place on one nail. It was a challenge. One Jamberry nail, the rest nail polish and see which lasts longer. Now even though I enjoy getting professionally done mani/pedi’s, I’ve actually been quite good at doing my own nails. (Clear base, two coats and top coat and it always lasted the two weeks it took for me to get sick of the color and want to change again.) So when presented with this product I asked the questions pertinent to me: will it damage my nails? how easy is it to remove? Unfortunately, I did not get the answers I wanted. That consultant “peels” off her Jamberry which of course will damage your nails, and the persistent “just try it” did not work well with me.

Now, it must have been a couple weeks off, I saw an old classmate of mine on Facebook was also a Jamberry consultant. I gave her the same questions and I’m glad I thought to ask again. The Jamberry is easy to apply, and soaks off with olive oil which is so healthy for your cuticles too. I didn’t just get answers, I also got directed to some video tutorials



Rachel set me up an online party. Prior to that though, she sent me samples, not just for myself, but also for my friends to try. We all got to try it out before the party even started. An online Facebook party is so effortless. No one coming to my place, no food and beverage to prepare, I just invited my friends and Rachel did the rest. And the games are super fun. My fave image was from “Guess the Movie” and I just had to steal it for a possible Halloween costume.


Now, just to let you in on the experience. I started with using a hair dryer to heat it, but even then I was an immediate pro with cutting it to size. I don’t think you can really mess it up though. I usually cut the size to half, take the adhesive off one, heat and apply. I don’t really file the excess until all the nails are applied. (Note: you can stop anytime in the middle to do chores i.e. transfer laundry from washer to dryer. No wet nails, no waiting around to do things.)



I got so addicted my friends actually told me I changed my Jamberry’s too much. But they were so pretty and fun. I even did Mom’s nails for her.


The best perk of hosting the party. I got freebies! My friends loved it, ordered through my party, and even booked parties of their own. And what do I get. Well, I chose to get an application kit because a hair dryer can only get you so far.



So, I finally have my own heater. I have the buffers, nail files, nail wipes (to clean before application) scissor for cutting the pieces, cuticle pusher, cuticle oil and free sheets!

Also, I’m considering being a consultant myself now. Just saw Rachel just got herself a free trip to Hawaii. What?

Contact info if you’re interested:

Rachel Bennington

  • Email: rachel@performtoyourmax.com
  • Website: http://www.rachelbennington.jamberry.com

    And something to watch if you decide you love it so much to sell it yourself (by the way, isn’t she just so pretty?):

  • Barefoot – Movie

    Scott Speedman and Evan Rachel Wood make an adorable romantic comedy. I’m not sure how this one flew by my radar. It was released last year.


    Scott Speedman’s character, Jay Wheeler, is basically the outcast of his wealthy family. Aimless, on parole, and hunted for gambling debts. He decides to reach out to his family for help but in guise of having turned his life around. So he decides to bring a “serious girlfriend” home. Evan Rachel Wood, Daisy Kensington, is a psych patient. She ends up getting mixed up in the charade and pretends to be a nurse, but of course, it wouldn’t be a romantic comedy, if things just went as planned.

    They are both just adorable, and taking away the parole, gambling, psych ward scenarios, they could be any couple. Really.

    This one is very feel good movie, if you ever need one.

    Gus’s – Memphis, TN


    I’ve been going to Gus’s since my first visit with my best friend in Memphis. “Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken” would be just a running joke because of the possessive/plural puzzle they have stuck in my mind, except that their chicken is amazing. Not just the chicken either. Corn nuggets. I have never ever had corn nuggets before Gus’s.

    Now it has become an every visit tradition. My best friend considers it my “visit requirement.” Since, I’ve first dined at Gus’s there are now 10 locations open in 4 states. Five in Tennessee, East Memphis, Downtown Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville and Mason. Two in Arkansas, West Little Rock and Downtown Little Rock. Two in Mississippi, Oxford and South Haven. One in Austin, Texas.


    The list of future locations include Kansas City, and that I am very excited for. Of course, it will still remain a “visit requirement” every time I see my best friend in Tennessee, but this will just make it a little bit more accessible and a lot easier to share with friends close to home.



    From my last visit this past weekend: 2 piece white meat with macaroni and cheese and turnip greens, and an order of fried green tomatoes.


    A visit to Gus’s is always a pleasure and always highly recommended. Besides, who doesn’t appreciate a place with no definite closing time?

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