Thursday, October 23, 2014

Operation Duggar Nail Party

Last week on 19 Kids and Counting, Britney Armer hosted a Jamberry nail party for the Duggar women. How did the ladies interact at the party? What colors did they choose for their manicures? What was Johannah's reaction to having her nails done? Britney was kind enough to write a guest blog post about her afternoon with the Duggars. 

I know the family because of mutual friends. Anna and I were really close before she moved to D.C. Jill I met when she was a doula's apprentice and helped with the birth of my 2nd baby. She also helped as a midwife's apprentice (with Venessa- my best friend) with the birth of my 3rd.  

Venessa sent me the invitation to Jill’s wedding shower. Immediately, my mind began to work, trying to figure out what to buy Jill and Derrick as a wedding gift. After talking to Venessa for a while about it, I decided against something off their registry or just something nice from the store. They had been so blessed beyond words by all their friends and family already! So what do you give the girl who doesn’t need anything? You give a service.

I hadn’t been with Jamberry very long at this point, only about 8 weeks. Business was great though, and I had some free product I could redeem for them. I offered to give the bridal party their wedding manicures. I chatted with Jana, Michelle, Jill, and Jinger at the shower, and it was settled. Operation Jamberry for Duggars was a go!

The girls chose White Tips and Gold Crisscross, and I ordered the few sheets we needed. When I learned that the party would be filmed (something I didn’t know about up to this point), I contacted Jamberry to make sure I knew how to handle it! Jamberry was so excited about this opportunity that they donated thousands of dollars’ worth of product for the party! I was so excited!

The day came and set up began! We had the party at Venessa’s house in her living room. We cleared out the wedding flowers they were working on and started unpacking. The room was soon filled with ribbons, and application kits, and Jamberry Mini Heaters, and wraps, and lacquers arranged just right. We ran power strips down the center of the table for the Mini Heaters and prayed the breakers didn’t blow a fuse!

Finally, it was time! The youngest was Johanna, and we had all the older girls too- Joy, Jinj, Jessa, Jill, Anna, Jana, Michelle, then Grandma afterwards and Amy on the day of the wedding.

The girls shuffled through the dozens of designs available. Some were drawn to the lacquer lines. Some wanted bright. Some wanted classic. Michelle couldn’t choose, so she decided to try them ALL (or just nearly)! Jill, Anna and Jana decided to go with White Tips. Jill loved the other designs, but told me that she wanted her engagement ring to be the center of attention, not her manicure. Jinger went a little more bold, with Mint Green & Gold Horizontal Pinstripe. Johannah chose Hint of Mint Lacquer. The other girls chose their designs and we were off!
I explained the application process, then they got started. Everyone did really well! Anna, Jana, and Jill cranked out their manicures in just a little bit, then went on to help some of the other girls.

I'm loud, so I was told several times by the camera crew to be quiet. Having me mic'd is a poor choice ;) I'm the friend you don't put on speaker phone. It was quiet for the most part. There were a few conversations going around the table- like one with Anna and Jill about Jill's impending first kiss with Derrick. Anna asked Jill if she was nervous or wanted any pointers. Jill said she wasn't nervous at all and was confident that she would figure it out.

My best memory of the entire day was seeing Michelle with her finished manicure. She had a different color and design on every finger! Her choices ranged from sparkles, to metallics, to clear wraps over lacquers, and more! The best part was when she backed up and saw her pinky nails. She chose to layer White Min Polka over Blush lacquer. She had been so excited the whole party, but the minute she saw those polka dots, she squealed like a little girl and bounced up and down in her chair! She kept giggling and saying, “My polka dots! I just LOVE them!” 
Hanny was cold and tired during the party. She hugged her Jamberry Mini Heater and tried to warm up. She eventually fell asleep on the couch. All the wedding hubbub is hard on the young ones. She LOVED the nails though!  Time flew by, and before we knew it, they were off on another wedding adventure! I started cleaning up the party and heard a knock at the door. Grandma Duggar came in and got the royal one-on-one treatment. We had a nice chat, she got her Silver Floral wraps over Frosting lacquer, and she left. 

Amy Duggar had to work the day of the party. I sent an application kit and several sheets of wraps home with Grandma Duggar to give to her. Grandma said she just hoarded the wraps and Amy never got hers. So after she got her hair done, she applied Vintage Chic, Blush Lacquer under Gold Fishnet, and Mint Green & Gold Horizontal Pinstripe. 

After the party, I packed up all the leftover Jamberry goodies, packed them in gift bags and sent took them to the family. One bag went to Jill, one to the family, and one to Anna.

The day of the wedding came, and Michelle called me. She decided that her manicure choices were going to outshine the bride. She took them off, and there in the bridal suite, she redid her manicure to be more appropriate for the mother of the bride. Jinger also had her non-Jamberry pedicure get damaged, so we got her a White Tip pedicure wrap to cover up the damage.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Video: Thoughts on Jill (Duggar) Dillard's First Kiss

Josie Duggar: "Eww"
Jordyn Duggar: "Why did you say that?"
Josie Duggar: "Because its gross...kissing."

Watch this TLC webisode to find out what the Duggars have to say about Jill's first kiss:

Duggars on the Road

Josh and Anna Duggar are on the road for the Stand for Family Bus Tour, sponsored by Family Research Council Action. Josh Duggar will speak at each event, and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are confirmed speakers at events indicated by an asterisk in the schedule below. Several of Josh's siblings are on the tour, as well. Tickets are free and can be reserved by clicking on the blue "tickets" link below each entry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
4:30-5:30pm CT 
Oral Roberts University: Mabee Center Parking Lot
7777 S. Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK

Thursday, October 23, 2014
9:30am-2:30pm CT*
Doubletree by Hilton
10100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS

6:30-7:30pm CT*
Village Tours & Travel
8620 West 21st St.
Wichita, KS

Saturday, October 25, 2014
12:00pm-2:00pm CT*
17184 Liberty Road
Pride, LA

Monday, October 27, 2014
12:00-1:30pm CT
Macon, GA
Location TBA

7:00-8:30pm CT
Atlanta, GA
Location TBA 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:00-1:30pm CT
Chattanooga, TN
Location TBA

7:00-8:30pm CT
Knoxville, TN
Location TBA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10:30-11:30am ET
Piedmont International University 
420 S Broad St.
Winston-Salem, NC

6:00-8:00pm CT
Buffalo Presbyterian Church
803 16th St.
Greensboro, NC

Thursday, October 30, 2014
10:00-11:00am CT
Charlotte, NC
Location TBA

Photo Credit: Josh Duggar

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jill Dillard: "We are Thrilled"

In the following video, Jill and Derick Dillard share their elation at finding out their baby's gender.

"I think it's really neat having a boy for the firstborn, and being able to teach him all that you know and raise him up to be a man," says the father-to-be.

Recap: "All About Jill"

Tonight on TLC...

19 Kids and Counting "All About Jill"
  • As Duggar Wedding #2 approaches, the family shares their thoughts about Jill and the memories they have shared with her. 
  • Jill was Michelle's first all-natural delivery. "She was so sweet," remembers Michelle. "The sweetest, easiest baby ever."
  • "She's like a little angel," adds Josh, who says he never remembers Jill doing anything wrong.
  • Jim Bob calls Jill "the ultimate best friend."
  • What words come to mind when the Duggars think about Jill?
    • Grandma Duggar: loving
    • Jim Bob: delightful
    • Michelle: sweet
    • Jackson: energetic
    • Jason: bubbly
    • James: giver
    • Michael: fun
  • Jill looks back on her favorite family memories, including the "perm phase" she and her sisters went through several years ago. For a period of time, the girls would regularly perm each other's hair. Looking back, they say the perms made their hair very poofy. Now that they are older, the girls prefer to use curling irons. (Click here to watch our Duggar Hair Tutorial.) 
  • Who will lead Jill's buddy team (Joy, James, and Jennifer) when she moves out? Joy says it's her turn to take over. 
  • "Jill has really always had a servant's heart," says Michelle. "She is very giving." The Duggars define "having a servant's heart" as "finding joy in serving others."
  • When they were in their late teens, Jana, Jill, and John received first responder training. Jill had the opportunity to put her skills to use when Jason fell into an orchestra pit at a church in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011. Jill was the first one to find her little brother, and looking back, Jason says Jill knew just what to do. 
  • When Josie was born at 25 weeks gestation, Jill was there to encourage her family and to help Michelle care for her "latest, precious addition." This experience sparked Jill's interest in midwifery.
  • "It has been a miracle watching Josie grow from such a tiny little a healthy and strong little girl with an attitude," says Jill. 
  • Derick's mom, Cathy Byrum, tells viewers about her son: "Derick was born March ninth of 1989. He was ten days late. When he was growing up, I never thought that he would marry into a family with 19 kids."
  • Derick has only one sibling, a strong contrast to Jill's 18 brothers and sisters.
  • "For the most part, Derick and I got along, but we were your typical brothers," says Derick's younger brother, Dan. "We had our moments."
  • During Derick's freshman year of college, his father, the late Rick Dillard, passed away. Derick says he learned what it truly means to lean on God. "I really knew that God was in control," he shares.
  • After college, Derick headed to Nepal to do mission work for two years. Before leaving, he reached out to Jim Bob to be his prayer partner because he knew the Duggars had a heart for missions.
  • Jim Bob mentored Derick for a year and a half before introducing him to Jill. At first, Jill remained guarded because she was unsure whether she wanted to pursue a relationship with Derick.
  • Many Skype conversations and phone calls later, and Jill had fallen in love. You know the rest of the story!
  • Tune in next Tuesday for a two-hour special of 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jill and Derick's wedding.