At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

Every time I go to the dentist, they ask me what I could change about my teeth. And every time I say, I want whiter teeth. They explain different procedures they can do, but all of which cost way too much! I’ve also done the Whitestrips and light whiteners before. I never see that much of a difference when I do those though. Now I want to tell you about this new product I tested and LOVE! Smile Brilliant.


After using it one time, I saw an improvement – it was crazy! I think part of the reason it works so well is because they make a mold to fit your mouth. So to start, you receive a kit in the mail and you have to make a mold of your teeth. Sounds weird, but it was very easy with their step by step instructions. Kinda cool too! Then you mail back the molds and wait. It only took about a week or so to receive it back. Then the fun can begin! I recommend doing it at night, like the box says because you need time and cannot eat or drink for 30minutes. The step by step instructions and guides are very helpful! It comes with these whitening gel that you squirt out into your custom tray and then place on your teeth. Probably doesn’t sound too easy, but it is!

Then you go about your business! The first time I did it, I left it on for about 45 minutes. It says you can go up to three hours, but to gradually increase over time. I have SUPER sensitive teeth so I was afraid to do anything longer. To be honest, it hurt a little bit because of my sensitivity, but when I do the Whitestrips it does as well. Pain is beauty right?!




Afterwards you brush your teeth and rinse out the trays. Then you move to the desensitizing part. There is another tube of gel that you put in the molds and then on your teeth. You can leave it on anyways from 15 – 20 minutes. I ended up doing 20 minutes the first time, because I think my teeth need all the help they can get! It definitely seemed to help afterwards. Then you take out the molds, spit out the liquid in your mouth and you are good to go. I went to sleep afterwards and woke up with whiter teeth! Only after one session, it was amazing! My teeth are a little sensitive today, but not too much. I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone looking to get whiter teeth. I can’t wait to continue my whitening and see where I end up. I’m a huge lipstick girl and love the color red! So I am super excited to have whiter teeth to go along with it!

You must give this a try!  And you can even win your very own… enter below!

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Keto Strong

A year ago my life was changed forever… in the best way possible.  I began living a Keto lifestyle!  I’ve always maintained an active lifestyle, worked out a few times a week and ate fairly healthy.  I never really thought I was overweight or fat, but I knew I could stand to lose some pounds.  Growing up I was the same way too.  In high school I struggled with weight issues pretty badly as I’m sure most 16 year olds do.  My weight always yo-yo’d through the years, but when I got engaged and had a wedding dress to fit in, I was determined to shed some pounds.   


Let’s take it back to December 2017… I was having a Christmas party at my apartment for my friends and decided to make it chili themed. My friends showed up and were talking about thisnew diet they have been doing for the last month.  I was intrigued!  I was doing some research about different diets to try as my New Years Resolution, but I hadn’t heard too much about Keto.  They were telling me about it and how they lost about 10lbs in a month already and it seemed like you could still eat a lot of things.  Well no chili…


Anyways, the story continues that I began researching this Ketodiet and became hooked.  I started my Keto lifestyle in January 2018.  I should note that I had been having a great deal of stomach issues up to this point, always felt so bloated after eating and nothing seemed to help.  Nothing that is, until Keto.  It took a few months to get into the swing of things and my fiancé decided to try it along with me.  I was researching different things to eat, kept track of it all on my CarbTracker and was doing well.  I also started working out at Orange Theory more, trying to incorporate that into my routine. 


A few weeks in, it kind of sucked.  I definitely experienced the “flu” that I read about.  It wasn’t a pleasant experience let me tell you… I get where the name comes from.  But after that I think I hit ketosis.  I ordered those pee strips and tried using those to ensure I was in the right “zone”, but after a while I just gave up.  I figured I was fine.  A few months later I started to see some results.  I ended up losing about 10lbs and started feeling so much better.  Most of my stomach issues were gone and I was feeling so energized!  It was great!

From there I somewhat stalled and had a hard time losing more weight, so I started tracking my food intake more closely and that’s where I began to see more of a change.  Another 5lbs came off and I was feeling good!  Everyone kept saying how great I looked and how much of a different person I looked like.  Again, I never thought I was fat, but I guess I needed to shed some pounds… 


One year later I am down 25lbs and still enjoy being on the Ketodiet.  Sure I have my cheat days every few months – like when I went to San Diego on my honeymoon and couldn’t pass up some sushi!  But I really think it’s healthy for my body and changed my entire life.  I’ve found ways to not crave bread, or how to make my own Keto friendly bread!  I’ve begun cooking more as well, but when I get lazy, it’s nice to throw a hamburger on the grill for dinner.  

Before photo taken September 2017 (when we got engaged!)


After photo taken November 2018


Most of my friends and family know I am Keto and are super supportive of it.  It’s become my lifestyle and I don’t think I will be changing back anytime soon.  Who doesn’t love a diet where you can still drink red wine and have cheese?  Sign me up any day!   I feel like over the last year I have heard so many more people become Keto or friends I have told have decided to try it.  It’s been the most amazing year for me along with getting married to the love of my life and finally feeling happy and healthy.  Cheers to another great year of being Keto!

The Teddy

This new trend has been quite popular this fall and winter and I quickly jumped on board!  Have you?  I’m talking about the teddy coat trend.  Almost everywhere you go stores are selling them and there are so many different kinds.  I found a rather inexpensive one online at Walmart and I have been so happy with it!  It was less than $30 and a super cute color that goes with just about everything.  Also – it’s the softest jacket ever!

I know these coats probably aren’t ideal for a lot of people in the colder areas, but as it gets a little warmer out, it’s nice to have a teddy to throw on.  They are mostly casual, but I think can be dressed up as well.  There are so many different colors out there too.  I have been thinking about a darker brown, but we’ll see.  It’s hard in Arizona to spend a great deal of money on coats because we only need them a few months out of the year.

What do you think about this trend – in or out?!

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Staying Hydrated!

Staying Hydrated!

Stepping out of the fashion world for a moment to talk about this great product, Hydrive.  Some of you may know I have been living a Keto lifestyle for about a year now.  I’ve never been a big fan of soda so that was an easy thing to cut out, but I do like something other than water now and then.  Hydrive helped fill that role for me.  Hydrive is 0 calories, 1 carb and 0 sugars.  It also has different vitamins and caffeine for when you need a little pick me up.  I’m going to the mall, I bring a Hydrive.  I’mgoing on a hike, I bring a Hydrive – it’s literally something I will bring along with my water bottle almost everywhere I go!  

Growing up my dad always forced Gatorade on me for the electrolytes, but I’ve never been a fan.  Way too much sugar in those drinks and I never really enjoyed the taste.  That’sprobably why I was so surprised I actually liked Hydrive when I tried it. I thought it would be the same, but it’s way better!  

 Another great thing is that it comes in so many different flavors.  I was fortunate to be able to try them all and I think Black Cherry is my favorite.  It’s not too sweet, but has a nice flavor to it.  Strawberry Kiwi came in close second though.  

I don’t know about you, but I pretty much do most of my shopping on Amazon these days.  I’m all about that prime life!  Another thing I love about Hydrive is that you can order it directly from Amazon.  Makes my life a whole lot easier than dragging it from the grocery store to my house, heck, even going to the grocery store.  Check out Hydrive online today!  Because who doesn’t need a little extra energy these days?!

Glo Makeup

I’ve never been a huge makeup person. I’ve always wanted to be able to be talented in that area, but unfortunately I never acquired that talent.  I’m slowly trying to learn more and more and I enjoy changing up my looks dependent on the season and where I am going.  I’m absolutely loving this pack from Freeze Co Beauty!  Such great colors, brushes and it even comes with a handy guide to help you take your look from work to date night.  I think that is something I have always struggled with, I never want to look to done up at work, but if I’m going somewhere afterwards, I want to add a little bit more.  This kit definitely helps with that!

I tend to be on the more natural looking side of makeup. I’vealways been a big fan of Laura Mercier makeup and use their primer and foundation along with their blush.  I tend to put on a little mascara, fill in my eyebrows and I’m good to go to work!  On the weekends or at night I like mixing in some lipstick and make fake eyelashes.  I know… they are all the rage now and I’m so excited I am finally able to put them on myself!  It definitely adds some pop to my look.

What’s your go-to makeup routine?  Any favorites I need to try?

Winter Trend…Velvet

My eight year old self is loving the velvet trend that is happening right now!  From pants, skirts to dresses – loving everything velvet!  I’ve had some velvet boots for a while now, but recently expanded to include velvet dresses and pants.  This red velvet dress was only $10 from SHEIN and it’s so great for the winter months.  I think to keep it more casual I’m going to add some tights and boots next time, but it’s such an easy dress to just go and throw on.  Also loving this color for the holidays.  I stepped outside my usual bubble and added this one to my wardrobe.  I always fear wearing red because of my red hair.

A good velvet skirt is also so fun for the holidays!  It can be dressed up or down.  I’m thinking about sporting mine with a sparkle top for New Years.  Ah still can’t believe New Years is about a month away.  The time has flown by way too fast!

I recently bought these gold velvet pants from Nordstrom.  I saw them on one of the bloggers I follow on Instagram and fell in love. I just hope I like them when they arrive…fingers crossed!

Anyone else trying out the velvet trend this season?  I would love to hear!


The Big Day!

Growing up, I never was the girl who planned her wedding – I rarely thought it about until about two years ago.  I wasn’t sure of the color scheme, bridesmaids, food, dress – really any of it.  But the day turned out to be everything I could have hoped for and more!    There were some hiccups along the road to the wedding, but in the end everything was truly perfect.  I got to marry my best friend – what more could I ask for?

Picking out my wedding dress was probably the most stressful, but fun part.  Obviously, I’m a shopper and I love clothes, but wedding dresses are a whole new ball game.  I had gone before with some of my friends shopping for theirs, but when it’s you trying on that white gown, it definitely changes things.  I went in thinking I wanted more of a ball gown type of dress that was off the shoulder or had sleeves.   I also didn’t want a white dress – more blush color. The first day my friends, mom and Grandma went to a couple of stores but didn’t have much luck. I tried on about a dozen of dresses, but none of them seemed to work.  It was also a little too much for me with everyone there, drinking champagne – so next time I wanted just my mom and Grandma.  We went to a couple more stores and I finally found the one!  I was shocked because it wasn’t anything that I had thought.  It was an ivory, high-neck sleeveless, all lace, trumpet fit.  It was the perfect dress!  I paired it with a headband that had some pearls on it to match the dress and a long veil.  

After finding the dress about a year ago, I think one of the most fun parts of the actual wedding day were hanging out with my friends and family the day of.  It was certainly stressful, but I tried to enjoy it as much as possible.  I had three of my best friends as my bridesmaids and it was just fun to chit chat and drink some champagne before the wedding.  We were decked out in some fabulous robes provided by Little Things Favor.  Definitely check them out!  They have the cutest things you need for your wedding!

From bridesmaids gifts to cake toppers, they have everything!  All the items are so reasonably priced too and are of great quality.  My girls all loved the robes!  I was wearing the white one of course and they had pink ones.  All the robes had lace on the sleeves and were made with such nice material.  I could have stayed in mine all day! Ha!   

From there the day was a blur – everyone tells you your wedding day is going to go by quickly, it most certainly did.  I was very nervous for our vows.  My now husband (!) wanted us to share our own and I have the worst fear of public speaking, but I made it through, without crying too much.  From all of our pictures to our live band – the night was so magical.  Everything came together so well and I wasn’t too stressed in the end.  A win win!  And like I said, I got to marry my best friend, so it was truly the best day ever.