Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jamberry Giveaway

Hi all!  We are very lucky as the holiday season nears to have another giveaway so soon!  So, enjoy!

Recently, I was sent an e-mail by Rebecca Gallegly who is a Jamberry consultant.  I really had no idea what Jamberry was, so she sent me a sample and told me to form an honest opinion. Turns out, Jamberry is a really interesting concept-vinyl wraps for your nails.  I was a little hesitant when my set of accent nails arrived in the mail as well as instructions.  As a teacher and mom, my fingernails have always been put through the ringer, so I never even bother putting polish on them because it never lasts, it always chips and looks terrible within 24 hours.

However, I was game for trying it out.  So, my neighbors and I got together one evening, we all picked out some accent nails, I got out some nail scissors and a hair dryer, and we got started.  There was a bit of a learning curve, but fortunately, I started on me.  Yes, I did put the first one on upside down, but that's ok, I figured it out pretty quickly after that.  You place the nail, cut it to fit, and use the hair drier to seal it to the nail.  My 8-10 year old neighbor girls and even my younger sons wanted to try them out too, so we all put on a sample pair of nails.

Ok, so one of my sons and one of my neighbors immediately picked theirs off.  I think their fingers weren't clean enough to begin with, so that step is probably important.  However, a week later, the other neighbor and myself still had on our little nails.  Through countless hand washings, kiddo baths, and dish washing sessions, the nails actually stayed on my fingers and looking good.  In fact, over two weeks later, they are still looking almost like they did when I put them on.  So, looks like if you apply them properly, then they will stay on remarkably well.

Oh, and they have over 300 of patterns from the solid colored nails to french manicures, to hearts and sports team logos that you can put on your finger nails.  If you're not feeling fingernails, they also offer sets for your toes.  Plus, they have more traditional nail polish on offer.  Prices seem really great too, especially when compared to a traditional manicure.

So, Rebecca is offering us a great Jamberry giveaway so you can try it out for yourself!!  All you need to do is post a comment in this blog.  Maybe you could comment about what color or pattern you would put on your nails.  Would you get the nails for you?  a family member? a daughter?  You have a week to enter and at the end of the week I'll randomly pick a winner and that winner will receive a free sheet of "choice" nail wraps which will get you two manicures and two pedicures!  Oh, and of course, there's a chance to gain extra entries into this awesome giveaway.  Just order from the Stir Crazy Moms page she set up (, let me know in a comment, and you'll get an extra entry for the free wraps!

Please check back on the blog to see if you've won, and happy entering!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Immaculata School

School Type: Independent, faith-based school: pre-K -8th grade

Immaculata Catholic School seeks students from a diversity of backgrounds and does not discriminate based on religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin. All students have rights to the privileges, programs, and activities offered by Immaculata Catholic School.

Through the admissions process, we try to identify students and their families who will benefit from the educational program at Immaculata, seek education in a faith-filled context, and support the Immaculata community.

As a parochial school, Immaculata gives priority consideration to applicants who are active parishioners and to siblings of currently enrolled students.

Overall Target Grade Sizes

For the 2015-16 school year, there are two classes per grade, except for kindergarten and first grade which have three classes.  The figures below show the target number of students per class per grade. We have full-time teacher's assistants in pre-k through 1st grade and part-time assistants in 2nd and 3rd grades.

Prekindergarten-20 per classroom

Kindergarten-22 per classroom

1st Grade - 5th Grade-24 per classroom

6th Grade - 8th Grade-26 per classroom

Prekindergarten is the entry point for admission into Immaculata. For the 2014-15 school year, children must be 3-1/2 years old by February 28, 2014 and potty trained. Students who are accepted into the prekindergarten class (or, for older children, accepted to a grade K-7 with an opening) are guaranteed continued enrollment through grade 8 or as long as the student and family continue to support the policies of Immaculata and the educational program is found to benefit the student.


Immaculata is more than just an educational institution, we are a faith community.  We are a ministry of the Catholic Church and emphasize Catholic teachings, virtues, and traditions. However, we value diversity and a respect for all faiths.   Families from other faith backgrounds are a welcome part of our school community.

 In a Catholic school, all students are expected to attend and participate in prayer, the Mass, and religious education classes.  During the course of the year students participate in special activities that help us celebrate the different seasons of the Catholic Church.

Students celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and Easter, observe the seasons of Advent and Lent, and learn about and honor the saints, holy men and women who are role models for us in our journey of faith.

 For non-Catholic students, the focus is on deepening personal relationships with Jesus Christ and developing a greater understanding between Christian churches.  Our school does not try to convert students of other denominations.

We invite you to contact the Principal to address any questions regarding faith development and instruction at particular grade levels.

How to Apply: Application and inquiry forms are available on the website. Application for the 2015-16 school year will be available on November 20, 2014.   For families interested in applying for midyear entry during the 2014-15 school year, please contact the Office at 919-
682-5847 or email us at

Admissions Deadlines

ALL applications are considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by the following dates:

January 20, 2015 for Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1

February 6, 2015 for Grades 2 to 8

Upcoming Events:

Experience the vibrant calm of a faith-filled education, come visit us.

 You are welcome to schedule a personal tour anytime.   Contact Barbra Murray (,admissions coordinator, to schedule your visit.

Immaculata Information Session and Tour (at the school, check in at the main office)

Thursday, November 20 from 9-10:30am

Sunday, January 25 from 3-4:30pm

Friday Morning Prayer Service and Tour (check in at main office to be escorted to Emily K

Join us for a unique Immaculata experience, Friday Morning Prayer, to really get a feel for what
our school is like.

Friday, January 30 at 8:00am (followed by tour of the school)

Where They Are:

721 Burch Avenue, Durham NC 27701 (downtown Durham, right off Durham Freeway, Chapel
Hill Street exit)

For photos, tuition, staff bios, parent handbook, and much more information, visit the website:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Full Grain Leather Giveaway Winners

Thanks again to Full Grain Leather for offering their fantastic giveaway.  Here are the 4, that's right 4, lucky winners and their comments:

*Brittany "gorgeous, green with brass, fingers crossed"
*J and S (but mainly S) "cute. I would love to win"
*Jessica Gross "I could use a cool accessory upgrade.  These are great!"
*Allison S. "Beautiful!"

If any of these are you, just send an e-mail to to claim your prize!  For those of you who didn't win, don't worry, you can still buy any of the great items on their website ( with the discount code: STIRCRAZY20 and get a 20% discount!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


What it is:  Down in South Durham (SoDu), I'm always looking for great breakfast stops.  There are a few, but they seem to be harder to find than they are in other parts of Durham.  Recently, I heard about another stop that has been around for a while, only 5 minutes away from my house, but we had never checked it out.

So, last weekend, our family headed out to Sunday brunch at Benetis.  It's located in the Greenwood Shopping Center, home of the South Durham Farmers Market on Saturdays.  It is advertised as a Greek restaurant, but I only saw a few Greek items on the menu.  While we didn't get any of the Greek items, we did find some delicious breakfast treats.

They had a kids menu filled with waffles and pancakes, etc.  The boys wanted waffles and we even paid a little extra to get their specialty toppings (strawberries and chocolate chip for my kiddos).  The kids' meal also comes with sausage or bacon and their choice of eggs.  My husband tried one of their numerous skillets while I tried the scramble with ham, bacon, eggs, cream cheese, and other assorted deliciousness.  Their service was a little slow but not too bad, and the food was very tasty.  Plus, unlike nearby Brigs, there wasn't any wait when we headed over about 11am on Sunday.  We will definitely be back for a great neighborhood breakfast.

What we liked:  The food was great, the prices were very reasonable, and it's right around the corner for those of us in SoDu.

What we would change:  As I said, the service was a little slow, but nothing that really bothered us.

Website and other important information:


Address: 5410 Highway 55, Durham, NC

Hours: Open Daily 7am-2pm


(my yummy scramble)

(My son's strawberry waffle, eggs, and bacon.  Sorry, I cut up the waffle into bite size pieces and added ketchup before I took the picture.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Defy Gravity: The New Ninja Course

What it is:  I'm sure most of you have heard about Defy Gravity, the local trampoline park.  If not, here's Cleo's previous post about it (  My boys and I frequently head over there during the somewhat calmer 6 and under jumping time from 9-10 in the morning.  It's a great place to get the wiggles out, especially on those days when you can't get outside.

Well, on our day off of school this week, we decided to head on over.  We always love this place, and we had heard that they had a new ninja course.  Now, my sons love all things ninja, climbing, and obstacle course related.  They both swear that they are going to be the first American Ninja Warrior.  So, they were very excited to check it out.

When we got there, my boys immediately ran over to the ninja course which had taken over the spot previously held by the basketball goal.  It was a pretty awesome ninja course.  There were four different paths that could be taken over the foam pit.  One had tire swings, one had ropes, one just had cargo nets, and one had bags filled with foam that could be grabbed on to.  Behind these courses there was a slack line, some monkey bars, a rock wall, and some other walls to climb on.  They also had a dedicated staff member stationed at the beginning of the courses to make sure that only one child was in each area at all times.  I think that part was important.  

My oldest son spent the whole time on the obstacle course, and my youngest had fun alternating between the course and the rest of Defy Gravity.  I think it's a great addition that makes the experience that much more interesting.

What we liked:  My boys have a lot of fun there and it definitely gets a lot of energy out.  Going at the early time for the younger kids makes it a bit safer.  The new ninja course is definitely a reason to go back and check it out again.

What we would change:  I can't do a post about Defy Gravity without acknowledging that it can be a dangerous place.  I have received many comments on the blog about injuries that have occurred there and have witnessed some myself.  I still go with my family, but definitely keep an eye on your kiddos and remember that trampolines and ninja courses definitely have their own inherent risks.

Website and other important information:


Address: 4300 Emperor Blvd. #250, Durham, 27703


(New ninja course)


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Giveaway-Full Grain Leather

The holiday season is right around the corner, and I've got the perfect gift for you!  Full Grain Leather is a great leather shop based in Charlotte that offers a variety of leather accessories including custom orders.  They make belts, bracelets, purses, sunglass cases, and whatever else you could imagine.  Full Grain Leather is generously offering us not only one but 4 of their wrap bracelets.  So, we will have FOUR winners for this giveaway!  If you win, you get to pick the color of the bracelet  (red, blue, green, yellow, teal, purple, black, dark brown, or medium brown) and the color of the hardware (silver or brass).  It could be a great gift, or an even better little present for yourself.  I happen to have two of the bracelets myself and wear them all the time!  

Oh, and as a treat for ALL of our readers, Full Grain Leather is offering a 20% discount on their Etsy page for all Stir Crazy Mom Readers.  Just order any item from belts to bracelets and use the code STIRCRAZY20 when you order to get the discount.  Oh, and Full Grain Leather will happily do custom orders if you've got another idea.

So, all you have to do is comment on this post on the blog or on facebook to enter.  Oh, and you can like Full Grain Leather's Facebook page and let me know that you did in your comment for an EXTRA giveaway entry.  Enter by next Sunday, November 16 at midnight and you could be one of the four lucky winners!

Happy Sunday!

(Some pics of the bracelets you could win)

(more bracelet pics)

(a few more)

And a few fun examples of other work from Full Grain Leather...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Last Adult Series Workout

Here is the last workout of the Adult Series-

We are so appreciative of the hard work you have put forth and the healthy changes you have made for yourself as well as for your family. For the last day we are going to be giving you an awesome, short, fat melting workout.

How many rounds can you finish?

10 minutes of:

A) 20 jumping jacks       

B) 20 mountain climbers (Can also place hands on couch)

C) 10 air squats (Just tap the chair)

 Have a great workout and get ready because we will continue to work with Stir Crazy Mom’s Guide to answer your questions.  So, if you have a question about exercise or health and wellness, just comment on this post and Justin may answer it in his next post!