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Three steps to a whiter smile

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I have always struggled with keeping a white smile, and on top of that, I take medicine that weakens my enamel, causing even more problems.

Recently, I have decided to really focus on my smile, and it has really paid off. My teeth are consistently whiter than they have ever been before, and all I did was make a few changes.

I am so much more happier and confident in my new smile! It is so refreshing to take a picture and smile with my teeth, instead of hiding them.

Three changes for a whiter smile:

Drink out of a straw

I drink more coffee than I care to admit, and it really contributed to staining my teeth. People have always told me to drink everything from a straw, but I never tried it because I thought it would be weird to drink with a straw in a hot drink.

I found out that if you let the coffee cool down to warm, it is perfect! It really helps prevent staining!

Use gentle whitening strips

I began to use a whitening strip every night before I go to bed. Warning, only use strips every day if the instructions say you should. The whitening strip fights old stains that have been on my teeth for years

Use the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Sonic Electric Toothbrush (with app)


My favorite new addition to my teeth cleaning routine is my Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Sonic Electric Toothbrush. It has taught me how to properly brush my teeth in only two minutes.

The toothbrush comes with a charger, two heads, the toothbrush and a case.


First, install the Sonicare app and follow through the instructions. It will ask you what goals you want to achieve with brushing. Once you are done, you can turn your bluetooth on your phone.

Then, all you have to do is turn the brush on with your adjusted settings and start brushing! The app shows you in realtime how well you are brushing, and how to brush better. Plus, it even tells you where to brush and for how long.

My favorite part is it shows you where you are not brushing enough! It has made me a much better brusher in the short month I have been using it!

I have mine set on a the whitening goal, so I can visually track my progress. Also, I can track how I improve in my brushing techniques.


I can genuinely say this has change brushing teeth for me, and I will never use a manual brush again! Who would have thought a short walk in the toothbrush aisle in Target would change my brushing ways sooo much!



How to you get a whiter smile?

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Engaged – Stephy and Ryan with special guest Kami

I was so fortunate to get to take some photos of my friend and her fiancee – hint, hint.. they are engaged!

Stephy is one of the most positive and compassionate person I have ever met! Not to mention, she is hilarious. She does the BEST impressions of everyone!

I was really excited to get to feature their crown jewel in their little family, Kami. Kami has been with Stephy and Ryan for SEVEN YEARS!

I am so grateful to be able to capture this little family in a few snapshots!

Special shout out to our friend, Sydney, for being Kami’s handler for a few hours!


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Five Friday Favorites 10.7.16

I am going to try to start doing my five Friday favorites every week to add some fun content to my blog! These will be articles, things I have found online, video, etc.

I have wanted to do these for such a long time, but I just never find time in my schedule.

Here we go:

  1. Favorite Video – Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Teaser Trailer


2. Favorite DIY

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3. Favorite treat

Friday Favorites drink

4. Favorite skirt

Friday Favorites skirt

5. Favorite puppy photo on the internet

Friday Favorites puppy


What have you been loving this week?

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Gift idea: For your stressed-out friend

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We all have that one friend that works all the time, balances friends, home and work, and starts losing their mind right before the holidays thanks to a mountain of stress.

Or, if you are like me, you ARE that friend.

Either way, a kind gesture goes so far for a friend in need. In this post, I will show you how to create a simple pick-me up to brighten your stressed-out friend’s day!

This part of the year really inspires me to be a more giving and considerate person. It might just be the Pumpkin Spice Lattes talking, but I feel like their is a magic in the air that makes everyone seem a little more kind than usual.

For a busy friend, your gift should not be time consuming, and it should be a simple thing they can enjoy every day. For me, that simple smile has always been my morning cup of coffee.

Starbucks® has come out with new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods! These are perfect for a latte at home! They are a two step process, but you need nothing but what is in the package and your favorite cup in order to enjoy at home.

They come in mocha, vanilla and caramel flavors, plus they have some seasonal options as well (yes, I’m talking Pumpkin Spice).

AND – they are made from milk!

These are a two step process.

First, you dump the powder into your favorite mug.


Then, you put the pod in your Keurig and make coffee as normal!




These are free of artificial flavors, but full of tasty warm hugs!

AND – these are the perfect addition to a coffee gift basket.

For the basket, get your friend a mug that you know they would enjoy. This gift is for my sister, who is getting ready to graduate high school and go on to college.

My sister really loves to be able to see her coffee through the glass, so this clear Starbucks® mug is perfect for her!

I also added a pretty golden spoon! It is such a Instagram-able piece, but another great idea is to use a chocolate spoon. For this, all you have to do is grab a plastic spoon and dip it into melted chocolate. Place the spoon on wax paper in the refrigerator, and bam, you have a tasty spoon!

I think a great touch is something a little silly! I added a confetti popper in here because sometimes all you need is a little confetti to put a smile on your face!



I thought it would be adorable to make a drink caddy, but for the pods! I created this little caddy using some scissors, glue and cardstock:

First, using an 8.25 inch x 10.5 inch paper (or cut that out of a bigger paper, like I did), create a 2 inch column, a 4.25 inch column and another 2 inch column.

As for the rows, make 5, 2 inch rows. Then, a .5 inch row.


Cut off the four corners, and cut in each side for the flaps (ignore my cutting skills, I don’t have a fancy cutting device).

Fold in the sides and fold the middle to create the box. Glue the sides and the back together to make the caddy.


I created two of these in order to create a full caddy to put four pods in.


You can obviously decorate these however you want, but they are just so cute! I am a sucker for tiny versions of big things.

Then put it in a cute little basket or jar, and you are done!

I added a plaid scarf to make the gift basket even more cozy!



Have you tried the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods yet? How do you get your “smile” everyday?

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#ad How to make easy spooky snacks

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpookyGoodSnacks #CollectiveBias

Halloween is my favorite time of the year!

The internet is full of spooky snack recipes, pumpkin spice is alive and well, and we all get a chance to pretend to be our favorite character for a day! Plus, the haunted houses and getting to go to FRIGHT FEST at Six Flags® Fiesta Texas makes it one of the more fun times of the year!

Decorating for Halloween, though, is my favorite part. I love the funky colors, and plastic spiders in fake webs that cover my apartment.

Then there are the snacks – there are so many easy snacks for Halloween that make you feel festive!

For example, every year I peel mandarins and put a sprig of mint in the middle to make healthy pumpkins!

When I was a teacher, my favorite Halloween-themed snack was to purchase State Fair® Corn Dogs from H-E-B, heat them up, and put almonds on the tips as claws! I would serve them to my students with ketchup (spicy ketchup for me)!

I called them “Monster Paws”!cd1

BONUS: If you purchase State Fair® Corn Dogs before October 30, you can get a free kids ticket to FRIGHT FEST at Six Flags® Fiesta Texas(details below)!

I would also cover the corn dogs in ranch to make them look like mummies! I always used raisins as the eyeballs!

The kids loved it, and it literally took me 10 minutes to have everything prepared!



Plus, it was a great source of protein to keep my student going all day long!

And if your kiddos aren’t huge fans of corn dogs, grab some Tyson® Any’tizers® for a quick and easy snack (who doesn’t love WYNGZ, right)!




  • Purchase any State Fair® Corn Dog or Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks product
  • Snap a Picture of your receipt
  • Text the word TYSON (along with your receipt picture) to 87654 and follow the prompts
  • You will receive your code via text and it can be redeemed at the gate when you arrive at Six Flags® Fiesta Texas. Code expires 10/30/16 at 11:59 PM ET

For more details, click here!

PLUS: For a chance to win a season pass 4 pack, click here!


What’s your favorite Halloween spooky snack?

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