Sorry, friends!

I’ve been majorly MIA.  My blog designer, Amie from, was working on transferring the blog over and it decided to go into a little coma until the hosting service got its act together.  Ooooooh technology, you make our lives easier while simultaneously frustrating the shit out of us.

I should have timed this switch over better, but I was just so damn excited it was done that I couldn’t wait.  In my haste, I had it done during two HUGE giveaways here on this blog.  Um, dumb Jacquelyn.

So in case you missed it because I am a dumbdumb, here are the giveaways:

Enter to win ad space giveaway from Glitter and Gloss: a Rafflecopter giveaway

And enter to win a $60 giftcard from the ladies of the 30×30 challenge:a Rafflecopter giveaway

30x30 Giveaway

The ladies of the 30×30 Challenge would like to gift you with a $60 shopping spree to a store of your choice!  Winner will be able to choose a gift card to one of our favorite stores—Loft, Old Navy, Gap, Target, or Forever 21!  Use the Rafflecopter to enter!  Good luck!

This giveaway is open from 5/27/2013- 6/2/2013 and the winner will be announced on 6/3/2013.  Entries will be validated.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  



Saturday School: Glitter and Gloss

Hey there it’s time for Saturday School with justjacq.

To start off, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share a little about their blog and some tips.  I tried to vary the blogs so that I wasn’t getting all fashion blogs or all lifestyle blogs.  All of these bloggers lead full time lives so I am so thankful to them!!

If you’d like to be featured in Saturday School shoot me an email at!  If you have an idea of what you’d like to do then let me know.  If not, we’ll figure it out together J

So without further ado, I’d like to introduce Glitter and Gloss.gardner photography 2012

I came across Heather’s blog when I entered a blog giveaway and one of the requirements was to follow Glitter and Gloss.  I am so happy I did because her posts are full of exactly that: glitter and gloss!  Now as a proud glitter-hater, I was a little apprehensive but was quickly brought over to the glitter side by Heather.  I won’t be running around with glitter, but I will admire from afar!

Heather is also doing a giveaway here on justjacq!  Read through to find out more.

1.    What got you started in blogging?  It started out when my daughter Leila was born, just a little over six years ago. I started blogging pictures of her for out of town friends and family to see, and then I started taking pictures of random crafts I did, and recipes I tried. The blog kind of grew from there.

2.    If you wrote a letter to yourself in your early blogging days, what would it say?  Hmm…..I guess I’d say to take better pictures? I’m a terrible photographer, still, but man – some of my pictures from my early days of blogging were horrendous!!

3.    How do you pick to write about?  Is it premeditated or word-vomit?  Oh my gosh, I’m dying over word-vomit!! ha! I’d say it’s word-vomit. The only thing I for sure have a schedule on are my Mani Monday link-ups. Everything else is just what happens to be on my mind.gardner photography 2012

4.    How do you organize your blog posts?  I try to do Mani Mondays on Monday, whatever is on my mind mid-week, Three Things on (most) Fridays. I rarely blog on the weekends, I tend to take them “off”.

5.    What inspires you the most? My sweet girls, Leila and Coco (Gianna) I love seeing the world through their little eyes, and most of what I do is for them.

6.    What is your favorite blog post that you’ve written?  I can’t pick one specifically, but I really, really love blogging about parties I’ve thrown! (Last year’s Fourth of July party was one of my all-time faves!) I truly enjoy having people over, cooking for them, and entertaining, and when I actually remember to snap some pictures (or have a friend snap pictures for me!) I love blogging about it, and then going back and looking at it all.gardner photography 2012

Giveaway time.  Woopwoop!

Using the rafflecopter (you might have to click the link if it isn’t appearing here… sorry!) enter to win a one month sweet-sized ad space on Glitter and Gloss.  What’s a sweet-sized you ask?  I shall quote from Heather’s advertising page.

“A 300 x 150 non-blinky ad that will show up in my sidebar, above all small ads. With a large ad you have the option of participating in a monthly group giveaway, and will get random shout-outs on my Twitter and Facebook pages.”

That’s a $21 value right there!! sweet box
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks, Heather!  Don’t forget to stop by Glitter and Gloss and say hi!!






Giveaway is from 5/26-5/31 and winner will be announced on 6/1. Open to anyone. No substitutions available for the ad space. Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter and be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that justjacq is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’ and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Random and All About Me

Holy heck, guys. What was up with yesterday? When I threw together my Hair Help post I did not think it was going to be quite as poopular (I did that on purpose) as it was.  Ya’ll confuse me.  But whatevs, thanks for the love homies because I am dessspppperrraaatttteeelllllyyyyyyyy in need of some hair help.  This mane of mine is out of control.  I have thick hair and it grows heavier on the left side than the right so I get this crazy helmet look with giant chunks of hair on my left side.  And don’t get my started on these bangs.  They are doing the Farrah Fawcet wings.  Sexy.

And then the color.  I normally do it a reddish shade but didn’t feel like paying for that or doing it myself out of a box so I threw a brown on it recently that I think (I haven’t seen it in a while) is close to my natural shade.  I also knew I wanted to get highlights done and it is easier to maintain on my natural color than on a fake color.  Follow me?  So right now my hair is a very unexciting brown shade.

Basically what I’m saying is I look really really good and I can not wait for my appointment on Saturday.  I am a little nervous because I’m trying to grow my hair out (I always try and always end up cutting it) and I hate when you say that to a hairdresser and then they proceed to take inches off.  If I wanted inches off I would have said to take inches off.  My hairdresser in Bethlehem was the BEST at removing bulk without taking length.  I wish he wasn’t so far away.  And too cool for school.  His attitude always annoyed me.

Anyhoo, I hope I don’t come away looking like a striped zebra with cropped hair.  I hope I come away looking like this.Jennifer Aniston Long Hairstyles With Bangs

Yup.  I hope this hairdresser has a magic wand.  Face, body, hair, bangs, everything.  I want to walk out of that hair salon as Jennifer Aniston.  This is actually one of my favorite hair styles of hers.  I’ve always loved her bangs here.

In other news, I slept for about 11 hours last night.  Don’t adjust your screen, you read that right.  Yesterday was cramp city in my uterus and I was feeling horrible all day.  I contemplated leaving work early and then realized I do nothing at work which is exactly what I’d be doing at home so I figured there was no reason to leave work.  When I did finally get home, I told my Mom I felt like I was 14 again and I was going to go lie down for a little.  Well I fell asleep in my dress sometime around 8:30.  I did not intend to do that.  I woke up around midnight and put pjs on and promptly fell back asleep.  Homegirl didn’t even eat dinner last night!

I am a big believer in your body knows what it needs so if my body wanted to sleep for nearly 12 hours, then my body needed it.  I’m enjoying these little luxuries now before I have other people I need to care for and can’t do things like that anymore!  That is if my plan to be a millionaire and have nannies, chefs, and maids doesn’t pan out.

So is it just me or is this week going by unbearably slow?  I CAN NOT believe it is only Thursday.  It’s definitely because I was feeling like I wanted to take a day off this week and then realized I have off Monday so there was no point in wasting a day this week.

I thought I was going to go this whole week wearing dresses since I look like I’m 6 months pregnant but we were supposed to have a visitor from NY in the office today and I thought I would spruce up the duds a bit more than a dress.  But then he didn’t come.  We were all here before 9 (very rare: there are only ever the same 2 people here before 9 and then I get here at 9 and everyone else rolls in around 9:30-10:30) and dressed in our finest and he doesn’t come.  Wompwomp.  So he really ruined my week of dresses and now I don’t like him.

I hope you all enjoyed this very random and very self-centered post 😀  Maybe Whitney can add that to her 5 Things Frowned Upon in Real Life That Are Acceptable in Blogging post.