Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WHW: At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

Hey y'all and happy Wednesday! for today's WHW, I'm letting y'all in on a little pampering secret. I'm pretty sure y'all know by now my motto of "Let's drink coffee until it's socially acceptable to drink wine". There is NO shame in that game! I do, however, mostly indulge in red wine which can wreak havoc on your teeth. I've even tried the straw thing with my wine to see if it avoided the teeth a little more. (just can't get used to the straw idea, haha) I have used whitening strips before but it has been years and although I alternate using whitening and sensitive toothpastes, I knew I needed to get rid of some of these stains before they got any worse. Cue Smile Brilliant!

I'd been curious about Smile Brilliant for quite some time and I love the idea that it is completely customized to your very own teeth with actual molds. How professional is that? A few blogging friends had given rave reviews as well so that was also encouraging. This is in no way sponsored y'all (when have I ever done a sponsored post?) I was given a teeth whitening kit to review and will be giving y'all my honest opinion. Also, I'm a Mom. You're probably wondering, what does that have to do with anything? Well it means you're basically constantly busy! This product was so easy to fit into daily routines and that for me was a huge plus! Another reason I love this kit is because of thdesensitizing gel  that it comes with. My teeth, enamel and gums are a tad sensitive usually (thanks to lots of redbull drinking I'm sure...I know I know - its terrible) and this stuff was great to have on hand. After the first use, it cut out any sensitivity for me!

Overall this teeth whitening kit is super affordable and so easy to use! You can't beat doing it in the comfort of your own home am I right? Check out my personal results below - I'm pumped! I think I'll continue to use this once or twice every six months to keep those red wine stains at bay. (I'll never quit you red wine!) Also, be sure to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit of your own below! (*Giveaway is open for two weeks. MUST enter through the link above to be counted. Giveaway is for $139 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents* )

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday 5

y'all, now that I've revealed our new humble home space (just kidding - only the exterior for now) I want to share some of my design thoughts. Thank y'all so much for your kind comments and well wishes on this move! It still hasn't hit me that we're leaving our big ole' fixer upper and at this point I just pray that the new owners love it just as much as we did (and do!) So without further ado, here are 5 things that we are thinking design wise for the new space.

Linking up today for Friday 5 and Friday Favorites with AprilKarliAndreaAmanda & Erika

So here's a tiny preview of the kitchen just y'all have a visual. This gives us that desired project we're always looking for because in all honestly, we have no idea what move in ready should feel like! Anyway, we want to definitely brighten the space up a bit and play off of the fabulous natural light. Here is the design scheme we have agreed upon:

We had brown leather furniture previously to accent all of the dramatic woodwork. For our new home I'd love to take a lighter approach. I'm dreaming of a linen sectional in a fun pattern or solid blue. The first is Ballard Designs and the second is Society Social. Regardless, that blue leopard print is going somewhere! (Whether its the sofa, curtains or even an accent chair or pillows)

For the dining room - I want to (maybe) go out of my comfort zone and try white or white washed pieces with lots of gold accents and maybe some pops of color like blue (of course)

I really like the paint scheme we had previously so I'll probably carry over a lot of the same colors in the rooms. We had a lot of grays and blues and there's just so much you can do with it all! (There's SO much yellow in there right now...I'm even talking yellow ceiling paint)

Y'all - this society social bar cart - that'a all I have to say!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

WHW: Lately

Y'all - I feel like I've been so MIA lately! We've been so busy and I feel like I just can't catch up. As you know, we successfully sold our home (I'ms till in shock) and we are neck-deep in packing up our lives. Seth has been kicking butt and taking names on the whole packing front and we've been selling pretty much everything. Downsizing is no joke and the hoarder inside me is freaking out but I've been doing fairly well with cleaning out, throwing away and donating stuff we no longer need. Our closing date for our current home in still October 16th and we have a little meeting scheduled with the new owners to go over the boiler system and I must say that I am thrilled to be meeting them. (wipes tear)

As for our new home, we had the home inspection yesterday and luckily everything went pretty smoothly! The hot water heater is a bust and there's some weird electrical and plumbing issues (nothing major) but other than that, we should be in pretty good shape. We're scheduled to close and move into this home on October 24th so things are moving right along! I feel like I need to give y'all a little preview - are y'all ready? Of course I'll do a full inside tour so y'all can have the before and after tour but I'm going to wait until we officially close.

Happy Wednesday y'all and link up with us below for WHW!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

All Things Fall

Oh Fall, you own my heart and always will - and Winter? Winter is a close second. I may love my Lilly Pulitzer and sundresses but nothing beats a cozy sweater, no humidity and sweating, boots and the upcoming holiday season. Yup folks, I'm as basic as basic can get. So my next question - WHY IS IT STILL SO HOT? Anyway, Here are some of the things I'm swooning over as Fall steadily (or slowly) approaches. What are you favorite things to do, eat and see? GO!

(oh and to update: Our house is officially sold (cue tears)..and stay tuned bc as long as everything goes smoothly with another inspection, next steps, etc. hint hint.. I'll be sharing some fun news!) 

I was binging Gilmore Girls with the hubs last night and I mentioned to him how much I loved Lorelei's pink trench she always wears (season 4-5ish) and within 5 minutes he pulls the one above up on his phone and shows me. Bless him! Its Kate Spade and a tad out of budget but I was like good job honey! (haha) shop for it here. I'm also eyeing some new leopard flats and new TB boots but I just haven't pulled the trigger yet!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WHW: Book Reviews

Hey y'all and welcome to another what's hap-pinning Wednesday with Jenn and little ole' me! Link up below to let us know what's currently happening in your life. Today I want to share some groundbreaking news.... just kidding, not groundbreaking but I DID break out of my book rut! I managed to read 3 books this summer and for me lately, that's impressive. For those that know me, I'm scary/sad/mystery book lover so these may not appeal to everyone. I just started a new one, which I'll share below, but send me your must-reads so I can add them to my (long) list!

1. The Sound of Gravel - I loved it but this one is not for the faint of heart. It is a memoir by Ruth Wariner about her life growing up in a polygamist family. I couldn't put it down mostly because you're dying to know if anything GOOD happens to this girl - like where's the silver lining? (there is a silver lining...but not until the last second) very emotional and empowering read!

2. The Passenger - My MIL gives me a book each Christmas that she feels is right up my alley and this one did not disappoint. It was a quick and suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the end! (and the end was not what I expected whatsoever!)

3. Big Little Lies - I must admit that I was probably the last one to jump on this train but I promised myself I'd read the book before watching the mini-series and I am SO glad I did! Am I the only one that liked the book WAY better? Regardless, both adaptations are great but with the book I could NOT put it down! In fact, I liked her writing style so much that I just started another one by the same author: The Husband's Secret (which I learned that Blake Lively is producing and staring in the movie!)

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