The Key to a Bright Smile + Other Beauty Tips

I feel so weird writing "beauty tips" in a title of one of my posts because that's so not me. I wear mascara maybe twice a month, throw my hair in a bun often, and never have my nails painted; I'm not very high maintenance. With that being said, don't take that phrase as having to do with being glamorous and all - you don't have to be a beauty queen to take good care of skin... or your hair... or your teeth. Not at all, actually. All this being said, I do think looking (and feeling) somewhat presentable is important.

Each night, I make sure that among the many other things I have to do, there's always time to take care of my face, teeth, and hair so I'm ready to rock and roll the next morning!

Pearly-White Teeth
I'm not going to deny that I've always been a little obsessed with super white, straight teeth. Soooo you can imagine that the first day without braces, I immediately wanted to start whitening mine. My teeth are suuuuper sensitive, and after looking into a bunch of different methods, I knew that strips wouldn't be the most comfortable. I tried charcoal for a while, but the only outcome was turning three toothbrushes black. Although I usually swear by coconut oil, oil pulling didn't seem to work either.

On the Grocery List:

GROCERY SHOPPING!!  I jump at every opportunity to go with my mom (I think it's sO fUn!!), but when I can't, I make her a list. I really need my license... I can't tell you how bad I want to go to the grocery store and fill my cart up with all the healthy foods I hadn't heard about until poking around on Pinterest. You really don't realize how many things there are to eat until you get help from social media or the internet in some way - did you know goji berries were a thing? Ever heard of mulberries? Have you tried roasted chickpeas? Maybe you've heard of/eaten all of them (kudos to you), but there are tons more out there waiting to be tried. I get bored of eating the same foods consistently, so I try to differ what I put on my list each week.

My mom usually goes grocery shopping without me during the school day, but she lets me write down all the things I want to try aside from the regular fruits (apples, oranges, bananas, etc.), veggies (kale, spinach, spring mix...), and meats the rest of the family eats. It's been strangely fun exploring all different foods and drinks!

14 Years!

I'm on level 14 as of Saturday!! Thirteen was a great year filled with many smiles, laughs, great people, trips to the beach, and cups of coffee. I'm infinitely grateful for the new friends I made, opportunities I was given, family members that have continued to be my number one fans, and lessons I learned throughout the past year. My life surely wouldn't be the same without such wonderful people in it - you know who you are and I hope you know how much I appreciate you. Before I turn this into something that sounds too much like a graduation speech, here are some reflections on year thirteen...

Switching Gears

When I started my blog a year ago, I knew what I wanted to focus on - fashion. I had no problem writing, putting up posts, or taking pictures. I enjoyed every second of what I did and don't regret a second of the time I put into it. But that's not what I want anymore. I'm getting sick of being in front of the camera, feeling pressured to wear a nice outfit all the time, and shopping for new clothes to write about... all of which I never thought I'd say. I didn't start my blog to make money or to work with companies or to become more well-known online. I do this because it's what I enjoy - and if I'm not enjoying it, what's the point of continuing? No, I'm not shutting this down. In fact, I'm doing the opposite.

Ice Cream Treat With A Friend

Maybe it's that it's "light" ice cream or maybe it's that I'm a sucker for the all flavors, but Arctic Zero is some of the best ice cream I've had... and I'm so down with it because they're not packed with harmful ingredients. Honestly speaking, when I hear of an ice cream with low fat and low calories, I don't imagine it to be, let's say, the yummiest thing out there. I was wrong. Really wrong. When Cailin and I tried the new flavors Arctic Zero was kind enough to send me - thanks again!! - I think our eyes lit up. "Meg, these are really good."

I guess my title should say "Ice Cream Treat With Friends"... Emmy tagged along for the taste test. Her favorite flavor was Mint & Chocolate Cookies - mine too! We must be sisters or something 😜

Cailin's favorite was Chocolate Chunk... calling all chocolate enthusiasts!!

I think I talk about Cailin a lot but haven't shared a picture, so here she is!! ⇩⇩

Why I Love Ted Talks + My Current Favorites

TED Talks have been my go-to lately. All the TV shows are ending for the summer, and, frankly, I don't really like watching many shows when it's nice out. These are great because you can listen in while cleaning, sitting outside, running, working out, on the drive to work/school... any time you want. 

There are so many quotes about ways to live and what to do (or not do) and what to eat (or not eat), but I'm inclined to think these are a little more reliable - and not so cliche and boring. Regardless of if they are or not, I've become a big fan! I've been listening to/watching a bunch lately and these are my three favorites:

What makes a good life

Room Tour !!!

I've been gradually redoing my room since December and for all those patiently waiting to see the final product since then... I FINISHED!! Finally. I know if I delay this any longer I won't necessarily be making any friends, so here we go... ps everything is linked at the end of the post!