Gradient Nail Tutorial!

Enough of kidney stuff right now. 🙂

Here’s a nail tutorial on how to do a gradient mani!

It’s probably one of the easiest and fastest things to do for a really cool mani.

All you need is:

– A makeup sponge from any local CVS, Walgreens, Target store.

– Nail polishes of course (it can be as many as 5 or as little as 2).

– White nail polish (this will be your base coat and the white makes the colors on top stand out more).

– Q-tips and nail polish remover to clean up around the sides of your nails.

Then follow these steps!

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You might want to paint your nails white first, and THEN paint those 3 lines on the sponge when the white nail polish has dried (otherwise the lines on the sponge will dry out, duh)  Also, I cut the makeup sponge to about the size of my nail, it can be bigger, as you want to make sure that you will be able to cover the entire white polish with your chosen colors.

And here you go!

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This gradient is a little more subtle, as I used colors that were a little more similar to each other.  But use whatever colors you want and make the gradient stand out even more!

It’s fun, it’s easy, and you get a beautiful mani! 😉

Ready… Set… Transplant!

After months of testing, evaluating, waiting, and more waiting…

My brother and I are good to go for our kidney transplant on November 7th!  We have met all the criteria for an incompatible blood type transplant and my titer count was not too high.  I will have to go in for 6 Plasmapheresis treatments every other day for the next two weeks prior to my transplant and will have a medication infusion done the day before my surgery.  I am told I will be very tired after each treatment, but I am just so lucky things are going so well right now.

I’m so amazed at the advances in medicine and the possibilities with incompatible blood type transplants.  It truly is a wonderful thing knowing that there are other advancements in transplantation where it can still take place with different blood types.  With a waiting list of about 95,000 and an average wait of 5-7 years for a kidney, hopefully with the ability to perform more and more incompatible blood type transplants, that number will slowly decrease and more patients will receive a kidney sooner.

Visit to help donate and to help save a life.

With that said, I had a little time to do some early Halloween nails:


“When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.” – Uknown

Stay positive and never give up!

Quick Mani

When you don’t have a lot of time for a detailed mani and you don’t want just a plain color on your nails, here’s what I do:

I take a pretty color like Essie’s “Haute as Hello,” and lightly brush the tips of my nails with a sparkle nail polish like Milani’s “Disco Lights.”

And done.


A VERY simple, quick and cute summer mani.

Happy Mani Monday! 😉