Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all. Whew, I have not longed for a Friday to get here like I have this week. Both boys had croup; it was rainy and cold all week (seriously, I'm about to build an ark); and Brandon was out of town Monday morning - Thursday night. I am just so glad for the weekend! 

Here are some of my favorites this week: 

Smile Brilliant. The company reached out to me about trying their custom-fitted whitening tray system, and since I had recently finished Invisalign, I was totally onboard with "finishing" my smile with whitening. Since I had a bridge for so long, I couldn't whiten like I wanted to, because it would whiten all of my real teeth and the bridge would stay the same color. When I got my Invisalign done, I did white strips to whiten my teeth before the new bridge was put in, and my dentist did a better tooth color match this time around (and updated the bridge material), but I just got busy (as moms of two- and four-year-old boys tend to do) and I stopped whitening my teeth post-Invisalign. And I could tell. Between not using any other whitening product except whitening toothpaste and drinking my beloved wine and coffee, I noticed a difference in the color of my teeth. 

So, this came at a great time. Smile Brilliant sent me their T3 sensitive whitening kit, which came with everything I needed to make my own impressions for my custom trays, nine whitening applications and nine desensitizing applications.  

I took my "before" shot, which was honestly pretty humbling. 

And then I made my molds for my trays at home following their detailed instructions. I have a super sensitive gag reflex, so making my top tray mold made me gag and totally reminded me of doing the molds for braces oh-so-many years ago, but the bottom didn't bother me at all. I sent them off to Smile Brilliant and awaited my custom trays. 

I got those in the mail in a little case and got to work! 

It was a really easy process and I didn't experience any sensitivity with it at all. It was really easy to put them in once the boys went to bed and I kept them in while I washed my face and got ready for bed. 

I'm on day three and I can already tell a difference! I'll be coming back next Friday to share my full results. I can't wait to show y'all! 

We are slowly making updates to our house, and even though we did this with our former home, I forget how long it takes -- and how expensive it becomes. So, one thing at a time. We took off our yucky faux-wooden blinds our former homeowners had installed in our living room and breakfast area; they had big dogs and half of these blinds were chewed up, taped with Scotch tape and yellowed. Gross. 

And while I love the natural light, it's just weird to not have anything there at night. So, after a bunch of research, I ordered the Classic Light Filtering Roman Shades in linen from SelectBlinds and can't wait to get them in! They were offering 45% off plus $50 off your first order and free shipping, so I couldn't turn that down. 

Who else is excited about the newest Royal Baby news?! I was a little shocked at how quickly it happened, but to each his own. ;) My guess is a boy and that his name will be Philip. But, if it's a girl, my bets are on Alice, Victoria or Elizabeth. While Meghan is a U.S. citizen (but working on her British citizenship), I think they'll go for a traditional royal/British name since I feel like the British Royal Family has a bit of pull. And, I think the Queen will issue letters patent to ensure this child (and any of Harry and Meghan's future children) are granted the HRH style and "Prince" or "Princess" titles. 

Old Navy was recently having a major sale on their jeans, so I scooped up two pairs of their Rockstar jeans -- they're my favorite! 

I got these for $30 (regularly $39.99)...

And these for $24.49 (regularly $34.99) using the code "ENJOY" (30% off any amount). 

When we stayed at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house over the weekend, it reminded me of a few things we needed for our guest room. I'm on the hunt for the perfect console table (our guest room is really small), the perfect comfy chair, and the perfect blush-colored coverlet to put at the end of the bed. But, I did find this topiary and this ring dish for the room. Priorities, right?! ;) 

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie


  1. I can't wait to maybe try this product when I am done with my braces. I can't wait for bright white teeth :)

  2. You are totally in the know when it comes to the Royal Family. From now on, I'm going to ask you questions instead of using Google!

  3. I'm so ridiculously excited about the royal baby! And as I have a baby girl named Alice, I'd love a British royal baby version, too!

  4. Aw, sorry your kiddos were sick (and a week when you were mostly on your own to deal with it). I remember those loooong feeling weeks. Funny enough now that my kids are older and so much easier to deal with my husband pretty much never travels anymore. Hope you have a fabulously relaxing weekend.

  5. Ok, I need to know about the ON jeans. My problem is ones with a short rise. How do these fit? I see people rave about them.


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