#OurProject52 – Guilty Pleasure

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I thought long and hard about this week’s topic for #OurProject52.


A guilty pleasure is something that you enjoy, but also feel guilty about. For a lot of people this is something like eating junk food, but I decided a long time ago that I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating what I enjoy.


For me, a guilty pleasure could easily be shopping. I love to go shopping, but Matt (the hubs) hates when I spend money I don’t need to spend. That’s something I’m working on, but I did stop by the university bookstore for a quick snapshot.

university bookstore

I set and I thought for quite a while to come up with something that really was a guilty pleasure for me. Then it hit me- I chew on my nails. It’s a habit I never grew out of. My dentist hates it. But (and I hope I don’t jinx it), I have never chipped a veneer that way. I’ve had to tell my friend to be extra careful about what she can and can’t eat as she is supposed to have her veneers fitted in the coming weeks. I think she said she is having them fitted by this Dentist in Newmarket soon and I think this will do wonders for her confidence as she has been a bit insecure about her smile lately. I told her that she shouldn’t really chew her nails as her veneers could break, but mine never seem too. My nails are super bendy. When they grow out more than a 1/16 of an inch away from the nail bed (I didn’t really measure- just guessing) they are already super bendy and they tear very easily.

So what normally happens is that I am usually able to grow my nails to about a 1/4 inch or so from the nail bed. Then one day, while I’m chewing on them, one will tear off. And you know that once one has torn off, the rest are likely to follow.

I’ve tried all the old fashioned nail hardeners, gel polish and the like, but it just peels right off my nails. A few months ago I started taking a biotin supplement, hoping it will help, but they say it takes at least 6 months, and I’m not there yet.

guilty pleasure

In the mean time, I’m doing my best not to chew on my nails. Too bad I’m not having much success.

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker on January 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Ha! I was a nail-biter years ago, like high school? Middle school? kind of years ago. Then I learned about all the germs and grossness that lives under fingernails and that kind of stopped it! πŸ˜‰ I really want to participate in this challenge but I keep forgetting to jump in! Love the idea.

    • Andrea on January 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      You have thru next Wednesday to link up! I’d love to have you join and I’m sure everyone else would too. As far as germs go, I just try not to think about that.

  2. Tia on January 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve never been a nail biter but shopping def gives me a rush of adrenaline that I enjoy. πŸ™‚

    • Andrea on January 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Shopping is the best. I’ve taken to thrift store shopping more to still get to go look at things and not worry about spending so much $.

  3. Sonya on January 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Habits are so hard to break for me. I ate something sweet for breakfast almost every day growing up. Now that I need to cut back on sugar it’s so hard not having a little something sweet in the morning. But I’ve found a little bit of dark chocolate will satisfy my sweet tooth now.

    • Andrea on January 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      I’ve found (though I need to get back to it) that when you cut out most sugary things, stuff that is less sweet will satisfy that sweet tooth. I’m also a big fan of getting my sugar from fruits when I can. At least they’re remotely healthy.

  4. Mimi on January 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I am the worse when it comes to biting my nails. Just last week I made a mistake and bit one and then I had to bite them all. I regret it because the bit of nails I did let grow felt so good when I scratched my hair and now nothing :-(. I love candy, I’ve cut back tremendously because I have dental work I need to get done….another πŸ™

    • Andrea on January 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      I hope the dental work goes quickly and painlessly, then you can have some more sweets. Just don’t let the doctor know you’ve been biting your nails. He’ll blame that (not your malformed enamel) for your dental problems. I’m glad to know I’m not the only adult in the world who still has a tendency to do this.

  5. Shon on January 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Hi, thank you for stopping by the blog the other day.

    Do you ever thrift or resale shop? It’s still shopping but at a discounted rate.

    Great photo of the books on display…I love books!

    • Andrea on January 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Shon! I do a lot of thrift shopping. Anymore it’s my favorite kind, partly because I love vintage and antique pieces, but also because of the deals. I also start at the sale and clearance racks when I go to regular stores too. I love books too. I actually got some new ones the library was withdrawing today- a couple I thought my husband might enjoy, but mostly beautiful old books. Actually, if you like books, you might like my post from Tuesday about my bookshelves. I don’t talk a lot about the books, but there are photos of my bookshelves which feature a lot of pretty vintage books.

  6. Daenel T @ Living Outside the Stacks on January 22, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    This prompt was hard for me too. There isn’t much I feel guilty about because, well, I don’t do much. πŸ™‚

    I do shop but mostly thrift stores and clearance racks.

    I hope the Biotin works for you. It can be hard having fragile nails. Mine peel very easily as well.

    • Andrea on January 23, 2015 at 8:06 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one with problem nails. I don’t get out much myself, but I do have a couple of hobbies that can be expensive (hence my husband not liking me to shop). If the biotin works I’ll let you know. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Megan on January 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Ah shopping. Me too. It’s definitely a hobby lol and I dont even need to buy expensive things…I’m super thrifty. I just like to BUY things. A lot.

    • Andrea on January 23, 2015 at 10:12 am

      I love buying things too. That’s why I’ve been trying to stick to thrift shopping. I love to be able to buy several pieces for a great price.

  8. Michellette "Mimi" Green on January 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Shopping is certainly a guilty pleasure of mine. I am a Target shopper and would happily go every single day.

    • Andrea on January 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      I could go to Target everyday if it wasn’t such a drive. The closest one is 45 minutes from my house, so I can’t justify that drive all the time.

  9. LaShawn on January 29, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Sigh. I too am a nail biter. It’s a horrible habit I’ve had since childhood, and now my son does it too!

    • Andrea on January 29, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Well, at least we aren’t alone. I’ve started chewing gum more often so I have something else to chew on. It seems to help some.

  10. anna on February 10, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Cocktail sauce is one of my guilty pleasures. You know, pink mayo. If I was let, I’d spread it on bread and eat it justlikethat.

    Wasting time online playing escape games is another. I’m not really good at it, but that’s why God gave us walkthroughs. LOL

    • Andrea on February 12, 2015 at 10:33 am

      I don’t think I could do cocktail sauce on a regular basis. If I’m going to spread something on crackers I’ll take chΓ¨vre every time. I do love a good game though, even if I’m not any good at them either. I try not to cheat and use walk throughs, but that’s probably why I still haven’t beaten the Zelda game I’ve had since high school.

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