Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Experience with Oil Pulling After One Week

I started oil pulling a little over a week ago. I was hearing about it everywhere and figured I would give it a go. I had my dentist appointment on Saturday and thought it was a good time to try something different.  I used coconut oil because I have a bad gag reflux and couldn't imagine using any of the other oils recommended based on the smell, texture, and taste. Coconut oil is very bland and I found it a lot easier to work with, though I absolutely hate the solid texture when it first goes in your mouth. Now, I'll share a little about my experience.
oil pulling with coconut oil
I used a tablespoon each time and I do it once or twice a day on an empty stomach. I let the oil sit in my mouth a little while to warm up and then it starts to liquify and you can start swishing it around. They recommend 20 minutes, but I typically aim for 15-20 minutes. The first time was awful and I barely made it to 10, but you get used to it. The trick is to get your mind on something else. I fold laundry, watch YouTube, take my shower, anything that makes you not think about the oil in your mouth.

After the time is up, I spit it out in a garbage can. The oil solidifies and can clog your drain, otherwise. I rinse with warm water, then brush and floss as usual, and use mouthwash. I honestly felt a change on the very first time. My teeth were smooth and brighter. After the first three days, my teeth were whiter and my gums didn't bleed when I brushed my teeth.

The last time I was at my dentist last year, he was worried with how much my gums were bleeding. He wanted to schedule extra appointments for scaling. This time around he noticed only one tooth area that bled while during my routine check-up. And I have no need for the extra appointments now! I've never had a cavity so I can't tell you if it makes a difference in that department, but it has definitely helped with my gums and tooth sensitivity.

The trick is to not let this take over your routine, but to make it a part of it. You still need to brush, floss, and all of that jazz. It's just an added bonus of protection. If anything, it forces me to spend extra time on my dental health which I admittedly am horrible at keeping up with sometimes. I was a total skeptic of this oil pulling sensation that has hit the masses, but after seeing and feeling the results, I'm sold on it.

I'm waiting to see if doing it long-term will give me the other benefits like relief from migraines, sinuses, and all of the other symptoms many other websites list. Bring it on and do your magic!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Old Firehall Confectionery - Unionville, ON

I got a gift certificate from friends for my birthday around two years ago. Embarrassingly, I just got around to using it. I used to use gift cards as soon as I got them, but now I find that I like to savor them and use them for those "just right" moments.

And I definitely used this at just the right time! We were driving near Old Firehall Confectionery on our way home from our anniversary trip and took advantage. It is actually in an old fire station and easy to find! Let me just say that my $25 went a long way in the store, as I only went over it by $0.46. I really have to crave sweets to enjoy them as I prefer salty and savory, but I left this place wanting nearly every single thing they offered.

Old Firehall Confectionery

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog of the Month: April 2014

Last month, the lovely Rebecca from Hello Pretty Bird was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too! :)

KPsays fashionable heart blog of the month april
This month is Karen from KPsays!  One of my blogger gals that lives in the south- where a big part of my heart will always be, no matter where I am currently living. You'll love Karen's blog if you love reading product reviews and if you're a big animal lover. She has some seriously adorable pets! If you check out her blog, let her know that I sent you. :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March 2014 Favorites

Another month gone, another favorites post! This month has had me down to the bare necessities. I mean, a lot of my stuff is still packed in boxes that I end up yanking out as I find the need for them. I'm pretty sure that my boxes multiply as I unpack them because I unpack a few and think I've made a dent, only to turn around and find a dozen more. Oh well, at least I have a kitchen, living, and dining room unpacked. That's progress!

Let's talk about my favorites this month! During the move, I went for about two weeks without makeup and the days I did wear it, I went for very simple and fast. These got the job done and made me presentable enough to not terrify people on the streets with my naked face. I kid. Sorta. ;)

March favorites MUFE MAC Rimmel Victoria's Secret
* Waffle weave bag from Glitzy Glam - This has been the perfect size to toss in the products that I can't live without. We've been in our new place for over two weeks now and it has kept me sane knowing that my favorite makeup items are in one place until I get things the way I want them. Review is here.

* MAC Studio Careblend powder - I love this powder. I tend to reach for it a lot more than my MSF Natural now. I'm almost out, but I still have other powders to get through first.

* Rimmel London Apocalips in Nova - I still want another one or two of these Apocalips soon. This one is a great opaque pink and great for spring! Swatch and review is here.

* Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 28E - I do plan on reviewing this soon. I use it as a base most days, but sometimes I just swipe it on and go. I don't experience any creasing.

* Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer - This is my second tube. They last a good while, because it takes the smallest bit to get the job done. And it covers everything. Everything.

* Victoria's Secret Love Spell body spray - I have gone through multiple bottles of this since high school. It's just one of those smells that takes me back in time. This scent and Pure Seduction are hands down my favorite Victoria's Secret scents!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Anniversary Getaway: Briar's Resort

We just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, so we took off for a little one-night getaway. I found a deal for Briar's Resort at Lake Simcoe on Travelzoo. It's only about an hour from Toronto and fit the bill perfectly. With snow on the ground, there was still plenty to do and I bet it is amazing during the summer months. Here are some of my pictures and thoughts about the resort!

Briars Resort Lake Simcoe
^This was the view from our room's balcony. You can see the lake and one of the ski trails.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Steal Her Style: Reese Witherspoon

She's got one of my favorite closets, I'm pretty sure. I'm talking about Reese Witherspoon. Sure, her red carpet choices are often phenomenal, but I am head over heels for her casual everyday style. She is the perfect example of cool and laid-back.

Source: Splash News

Her look here totals over $3000 (prices via Who What Wear). So I thought I'd find a few affordable pieces for those of us that can't necessarily afford to spend $500+ on a dress. I love a good jean jacket and light dress. It's a perfect combo for spring! Prices in my look are in US dollars.
AE Boyfriend Jacket (on sale now for $50) - $70
Forever 21 La Vie Boho Dress - $28
Tommy Hilfiger Monogrammed II Leather Bowler Bag - $178
H&M Leather Boots - $80

Total of my inspired look: approximately $360 depending on sales.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Favorite Spring 2014 Trends

Today marks the first day of spring! I figured that would make this the perfect time to talk about my favorite spring trends this year. The best part is that you probably already own some of these, if not all!

1. Pastels (waterfall blazer, New Look). On everything!

2. Embellished shirts (jeweled baseball tee, J. Crew). I love embellishments that take something casual and give them some added pizazz.

3. Florals (floral flippy dress, Topshop). Big surprise, right?! The day I'm over floral print is the day that I die. The bigger the print, the better this go-around.

4. Lace (Tart lace shorts, The Outnet). Lace looks good on and with anything.

5. 90s (Take the Podium wedges, ModCloth).  How fun is this trend? It's "all that and a bag of chips". I'm down for anything that provides me with serious hints of nostalgia.

Moving Update
I hope to get back into the blogging world soon. My days have been spent unpacking our boxes, organizing, and figuring out what works best and where. I have almost finished the kitchen! I wish that was all I was up to, but everything has gone wrong with this move. I know I said it before and it just keeps happening.

We have been sleeping here and calling it home for just a little over a week. In that time, the breaker box had a bad wire that was sparking. The washing machine broke down the very first time we used it (in process of getting replacement). The toilet upstairs started leaking in the kitchen, so we're getting that fixed. The cable channels that we pay extra for are not loading and the cable company is giving us a hard time to get it fixed. I'm pretty sure there was something else, but it has escaped my mind at the moment.

Luckily, I have a brother-in-law who is in construction. He's been able to fix the wire issue and other various things. He's fixing the leak this weekend, so we can finally have a full bathroom upstairs where we sleep. He and my sister-in-law also got us top-of-the-line locks for our doors, so we're pretty darn grateful for those two.

Where is this tirade going? Well, I just wanted to let you know that even with all of this on my plate, I still haven't forgotten about you. I want to get back to blogging regularly again as soon as possible and catch up on all of your blogs again. I miss you guys!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Moving Update & Home Decor Wishlist

We started painting, renovating, and moving things in a little over a week ago. There is so much to be done. The best part is that we have always lived on our own and aren't starting fresh. So we're not having to spend lots of money on furniture, electronics, and whatnot. We did have to buy new appliances, because the place we bought had absolutely nothing. Works for me...perfect excuse to get exactly what I want! You can see what I picked out below.

As for my decor, I am really attracted to contemporary and modern designs for the most part. I love grays, black, white, and chrome. I prefer my art, cushions, and other design pieces to provide the color. Then, I can change it up whenever I want with easy changes. I hope that makes sense.

I've been scouring websites to find the right things. Rugs and lighting are proving to be the hardest to pick out! There are two light fixtures in my kitchen and I want to make sure that I get the lighting perfect. I have a notebook strictly for the move. My ideas, layouts, what we have, what we need, costs. You name it, it is in there.

Here are a few things I'm wanting, followed by the appliances that I just received on Sunday! Happy dance that everything continues to fall into place! Hopefully the stress is behind us. Seriously, I would never work again with the people we worked with this time around. But we're officially in the new place and getting settled in!

home decor wishlist
Oversized rocking chair (via Canadian Tire) - This is not modern, but the southern girl comes out the most when I'm outside. There's just something about sitting outside on a porch during summer nights in a rocking chair while drinking sweet tea out of a mason jar. I have a balcony and the mason jars have already been purchased. Feels like home just thinking about it!

BAZZ chandelier (via Home Depot) - I really want a chandelier for our dining room and this one is gorgeous in person. It's the only lighting that I have been 100% on.

Knapper standing mirror (via Ikea) - I always pick out my outfit the night before. What I love about this mirror is that there is a rack for hanging clothes and hooks for your accessories for that day. Genius!

Malm dressing table (via Ikea) - I love the size and the glass cover. I've given it so much thought as to what I want my next vanity to be, but I keep coming back to this one.

Gluckstein Home frame (via The Bay) - It's just so classic.

Audrey Hepburn canvas (via Ikea) - So overdone in decor, but I don't care. I must have it!

Good Morning Beautiful mug (via Chapters Indigo) - The best way to start a morning is a good cup of coffee or tea in an adorable mug. It's my happy time.

Faux sheepskin rug (via Ikea) - So soft! I have worn my last one out and need a new one. Or a hundred. These little things are fabulous!

new appliances
Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer (via Leon's) - I've never had a front-load set and it's pretty nerdy how excited I am. The laundry room in the new place is a lot bigger, allowing me to branch out from a stackable combo. Yay!

Whirlpool refrigerator (via Leon's) - I'll just be honest. I'm pretty giddy over all of these items. Starting fresh is exciting! I have never had a French door fridge, but I love the look. I knew I wanted to stick to bottom freezer, as that works best for us. This one won me over with a collapsible shelf area to make room for tall drink items.

Maytag double range (via Leon's) - Starting fresh has allowed me to choose stainless steel and ensuring that everything goes together nicely. I have had my heart set on a double oven for years now and my wish is finally coming true. This will make entertaining for family and friends so much easier! I can't wait to be able to make something like lasagna and garlic bread, knowing that I can bake both at the same time with no issues of temperature or timing. Score!

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