Friday, September 14, 2012

Autism Awareness

This manicure has a special meaning for me. My youngest daughter is being tested for autism. She sees therapists, speech therapists, has been poked and prodded, and we still aren't sure what exactly is wrong with her. We are doing one of the many autism tests next week, so hopefully it'll shed some light on why she has developmental delays. I have always been a huge supporter for autism awareness. I bought the Scentsy warmer as soon as they came out and expressed that they would be donating to Autism Speaks. I also have donated about $100 to Autism Speaks with my jewelry company. And now that I have a daughter who might be autistic, the efforts I have put towards the awareness of autism mean so much more.

On a side note, and I know some of my IG followers have already heard a version of this, but it needs to be said. I am so incredibly proud of my daughter. I am SO proud to be her mommy. She works so hard, and she is trying SO hard to communicate. We have extremely rough days, and I go out of my mind trying to figure out new ways to keep her from harming herself and others during her "melt downs", but it is all 100% worth it. Every time she smiles at me, and actually looks me in the eyes...I know it is all worth it in that split second, because no matter what people think about developmental delays, I KNOW my daughter is loving, creative, caring, and SO incredibly smart. I couldn't have asked for a better little girl. And God has truly blessed me. I have the patience to help her, and thank the Lord, the resources to get her the best care I can possibly get. I worked with a Special Education class in middle school, and enjoyed every second of it. I gave up my summer in 7th and 8th grade so I could help these kids, who were my age, learn and grow. Even when I was 12 years old, I knew God had a plan for me, and I knew it had to do with what I was doing. I can't express how lucky I was to be able to work with and become friends with these incredible people. And now I can use what I learned so many years ago to help my baby girl.

Here's what I did:
1 coat Nail Magic
1 coat Gelous
1 coat NYC French White Tip
I used Wet N Wild's I Red A Good Book, Revlon Coastal Surf, L'oreal Jet Set To Paris, and Color Club's un-named yellow. I took a make up sponge, soaked it in water, placed these four colors on the sponge and blotted them on. As they mixed, they created the purple and green. :)
Then using BM-319 and Konad Special Black I stamped on the puzzle pieces.
1 coat Seche Vite

This was an extremely emotional manicure for me. I don't even know how long I cried after doing this and creating the description for IG. Being a mother to a kid who has special needs is hard. And since I'm doing it alone right now, it takes a toll on me. I needed that cry.

I hope you all enjoy this manicure, and sorry for the lengthy chatter. :D

Until next time...


PS: Please, if you have the funds, go to and donate. And spread the word! It would be amazing if one day we could find out more about autism!

Disclosure *I was not paid for this review. I was not given the polish for this review. I paid for the polish with my own money. This is purely my own opinion, thoughts, and suggestions about this polish.*


  1. I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! Here is your nomination:
    Awesome nails for a cause!

  2. I am a hairstylist and We deal with ALOT Of autistic children, so I do know how difficult it can be with one. But I'm not a mother myself and can't imagine the strength you have to get through this, but know that all of your followers (IG and bloggers) are praying for you and keep you in our positive thoughts. Try to find a blog or group about mothers with specials needs children, it's always nice to share with someone who had been where you are. I wish you the best of luck with your daughter and I'll keep you in my prayers.