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!

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?!

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.  

Time for Wine!

I’ve had my fair share of weddings this year along with bachelorette parties!  Always a fun time, but certainly stressful when it comes to packing and figuring out to wear.  I had two bachelorette parties back to back in California for wine tasting.  Lots of fun and lots of wine!  The hardest part for me was definitely figuring out what to wear though.  Let’s start with trip one…

Flying you always want to be comfortable, but still cute!  If there is one thing I would say to splurge on it’s a pair of Lululemon pants.  They are the best ones out there!  They hug you in all the right places and are super comfy!  When I travel you can usually find me in a pair of Lululemons, a plaid shirt tied around my waist, a tank top and jacket (airports are always chilly!).  Also important to have cute, but comfortable shoes!  I was lucky enough to find Vince gym shoes at Last Chance for $50.  I love designer, but I rarely spend it.  Have to wait for a good sale!


For wine tastings I’m all about dresses. Actually for most occasions, I’m all about dresses.  Just has to be appropriate!  Lulu’s has some great dresses for all occasions and typically you can wait until there is a sale or you receive a coupon in your email.  The first wine tour in Napa actually made for a chilly day, so I was forced to throw on some jeans and a long sleeve shirt.  If you haven’t checked out SheIn yet, do so!  That’s where my shirt is from and it was only $15!  They have some really cute clothes that are super cheap!  Just make sure you read the reviews because some things tend to be see-through or don’t fit like they should.  They do have a pretty good return policy as well.  I had to have some cute, but walkable shoes for the day – my Marc Jacobs wedges came in handy!  Another great find from Last Chance!  Also really big into the straw bag trend this year.  I found this purse on Amazon for about $60.  This bag goes with everything, definitely worth it!

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The second bachelorette party I went to was more northern California, so the sun was shining and it was a bit warmer.  I was able to bust out my new Lulu’s dress – which is perfect for wine tasting or even a more casual wedding.   I’m not usually one to wear a lot of color, but I absolutely love this burgundy color.  Actually didn’t look too bad with my red hair and white skin!  These shoes are Sam Edelman and I cannot tell you how many compliments I receive when I wear them.  I spent $80 on them, but definitely worth it!  They are easy to walk in, never hurt my feet and look good with just about anything!  All three dresses you will see below are from Lulu’s as well.


Now is a good time to try and find some deals on sandals and dresses!  Lulu’s is having a “spin the wheel” sale – I just spun today and received 20% off dresses!  If you are local to AZ, definitely check out Last Chance. It’s part of Nordstrom, but everything is discounted like crazy!  You definitely have to have some time to dig through the shoes and clothes, but you can score some amazing finds.  I used to work next door to it, it was trouble!  It’s a must go to if you are in the area.  Happy hunting!

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