4 at-home gel polish’s to try now

Gel manicures are all the buzz right now- and whats even better is that you don’t have to visit the salon to get one.  Honestly, I’m not much of a manicure girl.  Polish doesn’t last on my fingers long with all of the baking I do, so I rarely even take the time to apply it.  Not to mention I have tiny nail beds and baby hands that really don’t need any attention drawn to them.

A few weeks ago I was strolling around Meijer and came across Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel polish.  No LED light required, just a fancy top coat- I decided to give it a go.  After trying (and loving!) it- I have been looking a bit more into these at-home gel polishes simply because I was so impressed with the fact that I didnt need to worry about chips or reapplying for a week and a half!  So, here is what I have discovered:  Gel polish in the salon is actually not so great for your nails.  The LED light exposure is bad for your skin, and the chemicals involved are a bit questionable.  The at-home version is sort of a hybrid polish that combines gel- features without the harm from the lights and harsh chemicals and soaking it takes to remove the salon style manicure.

Here are 4 great brands to give a try if you want to see what all the rage is about (and all four are LED light free options! Score!)

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1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel   2.Loreal Extraordinaire  3. Julep  (You can try out a FREE Julep Maven box using this code!)  4. Nailsinc Gel Effect


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varsity club

Tonight we are headed to our first baseball game with Bingham.  To say Sticky is excited would be an understatement.  My husband is a lover of many sports with baseball probably being his favorite.  He loves the atmosphere, the stats, the stories behind the players.  First step in the ballpark and you can tell he is in his comfort zone.  We have shared many great memories at a baseball game over the years.  Time for Bingham to breath in that ballpark air and make memories with his old man.  I can’t wait.

Of course I have no idea what I am wearing.  Seeing so much of the spring athletic trend carry over to fall has me wishing I would have went shopping this weekend.  This easy to wear look is everywhere right now and for good reason.  It’s comfy, fun and does not take a whole lot of effort to pull of.  You can dress it up with heels or keep it casual with some old school sneakers.  If you are not sure about a head to toe look try an accessory like a cap with an over sized tee.  This is one of those trends I think people will be sad to see go (unlike crop tops).  Here’s a collection of items I am wishing were in my closet right now:

varsity club | www.prettyplainjanes.com1H&M Baseball Jacket in Wool Blend 2ASOS T-shirt Dress 3H&M Satin Cap 4Necessary Clothing Sporty iPhone Case 5Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 6ASOS Tank with Sporty Rib Detail 7Forever 21 Zippered Crepe Joggers 8Old Navy Dolphin Hem Skirt 9Necessary Clothing Zena Hoodie


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these things

Typically I gather a collection of links for this type of post.  Simple web addresses that have recently made me smile, laugh and sometimes cry.  Whether it’s a product, video, quote or image those things, for whatever reason, made me feel something.  I struggled finding the right fit today and for the longest time I could not figure out why.  Sitting at my dining room table, with towers of baby girl clothes looming over me, it suddenly hit me.  These things are making me smile, laugh and cry.

these things | www.prettyplainjanes.comTomorrow is the garage sale I have been dreading since finding out we were having a boy.  Mostly I did not want to face the monstrous task of going through all of Jettie’s clothes (to say I went a little overboard while pregnant with her would be an understatement).  But as soon as the lid came off of the first bin I knew my heart was in trouble.  So many wonderful memories are wrapped up in these tiny onesies, footie jammies and itty bitty shoes.  Saying goodbye to them feels like I am saying goodbye to my baby girl.  My first baby.  The baby we weren’t sure we were ever going to get to say hello to.  Of course I realize they are only things.  But they are things that spark incredible moments in my memory bank.  Her first pair of skinny jeans that had us in stitches over their cuteness.  The onesies Jettie and Adelynn wore their first Halloween together (which is still their favorite holiday).  That porcupine shirt that melted me and Sticky on the spot every single time she had it on.  Item after item my soul goes to these moments.

these things | www.prettyplainjanes.comBut the reality is that they truly are just things.  It is time for another mommy to slip that cute little romper on the baby girl she has dreamed about.  Hopefully someday she will pull a piece of Jettie’s clothing out of her baby’s bin and smile at the memory it triggers (or cry a little).

If you are local and have a baby or toddler girl to shop for we would love to see you (details here)!  Apologies in advance if I am a sobbing hot mess.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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brass lamp restoration

brass lamp restoration | www.prettyplainjanes.comIsn’t she a beauty?? A beauty that looks as though she belongs in the Brady Bunch home, but a beauty none the less. When we moved into our house, this lamp was left behind, so we have been putting it to use. There it sat, in our living room, in all of it’s brass glory.
The thing is- these lamps are so darn heavy unlike the cheap ones you will find at Target. (Not bashing Targets cheap lamps!) I was determined to “upcycle” this lamp and give it a bit of a facelift. With the help of Rustoleum spray paint and a new shade- voila! I’ve got a new lamp.
brass lamp restoration | www.prettyplainjanes.comAll I used was painters tape, and a few good coats of paint.  This particular spray paint saved me the hastle of a coat of primer- but depending on the kind of paint you are using you may need one.  Also be sure your paint choice is brass-friendly!  Ours had a bit of a hammered texture, which gave it a touch of personality.  I was so happy with the final outcome!
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brass lamp restoration | www.prettyplainjanes.com
Be on the lookout for simple upcycle items- after all it’s garage sale season!! (Speaking of that- we’re having one this Saturday! If you’re local, see details on Facebook and be sure to stop and see us!)

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chocolate coconut scones

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I can’t believe we are nearly to 35 weeks.  With Adelynn, I felt pregnant for an eternity, but this time around it has been the blink of an eye.  Seeing September so close on the calendar and knowing that regardless of what our future with Locke holds he will definately be born in the coming weeks makes me both excited and nervous.  Nesting has set in, bags are packed, our bellies have permanent pits in them.

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I’ve also been trying to “prep” as much as possible.  Birthday’s in Septemeber, fall clothes for Adelynn- anything I need to think of I am trying to think of now.  Brandy did a fabulous post on things she made ahead and froze before having Bingham- she was freezing smart things like pizza dough and gnocchi.  I’m freezing scones.  It’s all carbs anyways, right?

For what its worth, these freeze beautifully.  I made a double batch- baked what I wanted of them immediately, and threw the others on a baking sheet in the freeze for a few hours before transfering them to a ziploc freezer bag.  What’s better than pulling homemade scones out of the freezer in the morning and needing  to do nothing but pop them into the oven?  That’s my kind of morning. 

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chocolate coconut scones  | www.prettyplainjanes.com
These scones are made with cake flour- making them light and delicate.  Add the texture of toasted coconut and the depth of dark chocolate and you have a flawless scones.

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chocolate coconut scones  | www.prettyplainjanes.com



chocolate coconut scones

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  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 cups low-protein flour (cake flour, pastry flour or White Lily)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted, plus more for sprinkling the tops
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the coconut stirring often to keep from burning, until toasted. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.
  3. In a a small bowl combine heavy cream and vanilla, set aside.
  4. In a seperate small bowl whisk together milk add egg, and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Work in the chilled butter with your fingers, working quickly until pea size crumbles remain.
  6. Pour in the heavy cream/vanilla, and using a spatula fold together until barely incorperated.
  7. Turn out dough onto a powdered surface, kneading to form the dough completely. Try to work quickly and only knead until dough is loosely formed.
  8. Pat down dough and cut into triangles, or circles, and place on baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg wash, and sprinkle with coconut.
  9. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until centers are not glossy.
  10. Enjoy warm from the oven!
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