halloween nail art for the novice artists and non-pinterest-y moms like me

After dabbling around a little in a little Halloween nail art fun last year, this year I decided to get a little nuttier with the designs so I searched Pinterest and of course found a crap ton of amazingly fun and spooky nail designs. Some were WAY out of my league, as are most crafty/DIY things on Pinterest, but hey, I might as well try, right?

I chose a few simple, realistic designs that could be done with the colors I had. Here are the links to the Pinterest images.

Knowing that my artistic skills are limited, I didn’t expect much so then when I got this outcome, I was pretty excited.

Here is the end product (from afar and/or if you’re squinting they look pretty good):

spooky halloween nail art for the non artistThey are pretty non-perfect and a little scary, but hey, it’s Halloween and scary is the name of the game. Also, they’re a ton of fun and pretty easy to do.

Be sure to get some of the thin-tipped polish–that’s the only way to do the detailed stuff. The end of a bobby pin works well for some items, but it’s too thick to do the very thin lines (I didn’t have white which is why the mummies on my pinkies look like zebras).

To see all the wickedly awesome nail art ideas out there in the world, just search Halloween nail art on Pinterest and you will get a cauldron full of ideas.

7 things i bet you didn’t know about your hairspray

Does anyone else have a mild love affair going on with their hair salon (I think probably many of you do because yesterday I posted a question on The Mama Mary Show Facebook page about which one single beauty treatment people would keep if they had to give up all beauty enhancements except one, and nearly everyone said they would keep coloring their hair)?

Well, I for one, am madly in love with my hair salon, Bryll Hairl Lounge, and in particular, my stylist Lauren. She’s so stinking cute I can’t stand it. And? She makes me look gooood.

Hair Spray Tips and Tricks from Bryll Hair Lounge

The other day, as Lauren and I were chatting, we came up with the brylliant idea to brainstorm all the different cool facts and uses for hairspray. Here is what we came up with (I didn’t know several of them so I bet you don’t either):

7 uses and tips for hairspray

1) Hairspray can be used to stop runs in tights.

2) Hairspray can get rid of static cling (so can a safety pin, by the way).

3) Don’t just spray it after your style–prior to styling your hair, spray the hairspray all over your head to create a hold foundation (just don’t

advice on potty training and getting toddlers to share, plus tweens sharing passwords

Ask the Moms tackly Potty Training, toddler sharing battles and teens sharing passwords

Need advice and tips on potty training your toddler? Have you reached the “no way am I sharing my toy” phase with your two year old yet? Well then today’s Ask the Moms segment on Fox 5 San Diego is for you. Both toddler dilemmas are discussed, as well as the issue facing tweens and teens of sharing social media passwords (yes–kids are sharing their passwords and it’s scary). And for fun, while you’re watching, try to catch the part where I totally

why i loved the ending of gone girl

Why I loved the ending of Gone Girl by Mama Mary Show

I loved the ending of Gone Girl, both the book AND the movie versions (though they really weren’t as different as the media said they were going to be), for several reasons.


First of all,  it’s fiction, far-fetched fiction. Though Amy Elliott Dunne proves to be a certifiable psychopath who, in the real world, should never be able to get away scott-free with such a deranged plan, the ending had to evoke high emotion and drama in order to match the level of crazy in the rest of the book.

When finishing the book I remember thinking, wait, is that it? Is that how it ends? But after more consideration I realized there was not a more perfect ending. Of course they end up together, who else are they going to be with? And how else could it possibly end that fits the characters and the underlying vibe of the book (a BlogHer blogger agrees with me on this one)?

Which leads me to the next point. . .

the new old globe musical bright star has a bright future

Bright Star at the Old Globe

Photo by Joan Marcus

The brand new musical, Bright Star, is indeed a bright star. From note one, the performers and musicians lit up the theater with brilliant talent and depth of character.

I made the assumption before seeing the show that it would be a comedy with Steve Martin at the helm, but we all know what happens when we ass-u-me. Though there were funny, lighthearted, joyful moments, the majority of the show has an emotional, sometimes heavy, undertone that tugs at heartstrings and shines a light on some darker sides of humanity.

Bright Star follows two simultaneous story lines, from two different eras, as they unfold and ultimately converge, just as real life tends to do.

Carmen Cusack, who plays the lead role of Alice Murphy, has a deep richness to her voice that drew me in and didn’t let go. I could listen to her sing for hours on end. The entire blue-grassy, banjo infused score created by Martin and Edie Brickell feels essentially like

pass me the damn good coffee, twin peaks is coming back

25 years later, Twin Peaks comes back for a third season in 2016

Long before binge watching on Netflix became a “thing,” my college girlfriends and I binge watched all the Twin Peaks episodes + the movie in record-setting time. We would huddle together on a beaten up couch in the middle of my Twin Peaks episodes + the movie Fire Walk With Me in record-setting time. We would huddle together on a beaten up couch in the middle of my bestie’s Isla Vista home every day after classes, and watch episode after episode of the cult classic that lost its life way too early (the second season was cancelled mid-way through).

It could’ve been called Trippy Peaks because, like whoa man, like double rainbows all the way, this show made you feel like you were on something, even if you weren’t, but in the very best way possible.

I’ve already blogged about the lead character, Special Agent Dale Cooper (played perfectly by Kyle MacLachlan) as being the very best male character that TV has ever seen, and the thought of seeing him back on my TV screen, alongside Bobby, the Log Lady, and all the other colorful characters excites me to no end.

After all these years, why am I talking about seeing Dale Cooper again? Because I saw THIS video on YouTube yesterday:

Amazing and crazy, right?!?!!?

Yes, Twin Peaks is set to come out for a third season in