Monday Mentionables: Holiday Nail Art, Argan Oil & DIY Felt Ornaments

Hi there! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. We actually started turning on our heater last week, which is a big move for my cheapy self. 😉 But now that we can see our breath in the mornings when we step outside the door and we actually have ice on the ground today(!), I think winter is officially here in California. Haha. 

I know this is nothing compared to what you Easterners face! LOL

Here are today’s mentionables… the winter edition. 🙂

1. Holiday Nail Art. I saw these nail polish ideas that are totally cute and in season. We’re talking about fingernails adorned with candy canes, snowflakes and Christmas trees! I don’t know if I have steady enough hands to attempt some of the designs, but #2 looks doable. Which ones do you like?

2. Argan Oil. The name of this oil reminds me of the Lord of the Rings for some reason, but it’s actually derived from the Argan tree in Southwestern Morocco. I first bought it for our dear son’s eczema, but it didn’t work as well as we had hoped it would, so I started using it myself after hearing about its amazing effects on your skin. It’s also a bit pricey so I definitely didn’t want to let it go to waste! Well, let me tell you, it is the best thing for winter skin! It is considered a dry oil because it absorbs quickly (within a minute or two). I use it at bedtime after washing my face. I’ll apply a few drops all over my face and neck and after a minute it literally feels softer and almost plumper, like a 4 year old’s skin (I have a 4 year old so I did the comparison). 🙂 I bought mine from here and am still on the first bottle. It’s definitely worth the money because a little goes a long way. Here’s also a site with 10 beauty uses for Argan Oil – it can be used for your hair and nails, too.

3. DIY Felt Ornaments. Over the weekend hubby and I went to his company’s Christmas party. My dear sister and bro-in-law graciously watched the munchkins for us and it turned out really well. The drive to and from the city (SF) took 3 hours(!!!!) due to traffic, so they had to entertain our kids for over 5 hours and almost till midnight! Everyone looked exhausted when we finally got home (think red eyes and droopy eyelids), but they had a blast. One of the things they did was make felt ornaments, which I had prepared ahead of time for them. I got some ideas online (one place to look is here) and cut out the pieces, then they glued them together. It was fun for me and them and much cheaper than buying pre-packaged ones from the store. Here’s what they made…

‘Tis the season for penguins, reindeers and Christmas trees!


Have a good week! Stay warm! 🙂