Monday, August 3, 2015

The best toothbrush and mouthwash if you have Invisalign...or if you don't.

 I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of REACH® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own

My toothbrush and I have gotten really close the past few months. 

In February, I got braces for the first time. Adult braces. Invisalign to be exact. I never needed braces as a kid, or at least that's what the dentist told my mom, but as I got older, it seemed like my teeth kept shifting. My kids are all in orthodontic treatment, or have been at one point or another in the past five years. I've spent a lot of time at the ortho, which is probably why I finally decided to get a consult for myself.

Long story short, I settled on Invisalign.  If you aren't familiar with Invisalign, you can read this post
Just a quick fill in though, Invisalign are clear aligner trays that you wear for two weeks at a time. They fit almost like a mouth guard over your teeth.  You can pop them off when you eat or drink so that you don't have any food restrictions. 

I've had people tell me that they didn't know I was wearing braces at all, so they are sort of clear{ish} or my friends are not the most observant.  You choose.

Either way, because I have something covering my teeth, I find that it's less scuzzy to brush my pearly whites as much as possible after I eat or drink and before I put the aligners back in again.  I like to eat a lot, so I find that I'm brushing my teeth.  A lot.

I've found a new awesome product that I love and it would be awesome whether or not you are wearing adult braces.  Because who doesn't want fresh breath and non scuzzy teeth?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Garage Sale Finds Friday

Welcome back to another week of garage sale finds Friday, where I share with you my favorite garage sale finds.  

This week I've got some fun woody goodies and a pretty little something.  One of my finds even got a little transformation that will be revealed on Tuesday.  Wonder if you can guess which one.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Easy to make tassel pen and coordinating notebook with Duck Tape

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Duck Brand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It feels like summer just started, but really, it's starting to wind down a bit and we are beginning to think about heading back to school.  My kids have been doing this school thing for quite some time now. Two of the three no longer get lists of school supplies in the form of a checklist. They just know what they like and what works for them.

My daughter is obsessed with stationary supplies. I had no idea that was a thing. But then I started mentioning it to other people and apparently there are other people who love office supplies. Who knew? Maybe you {or one of your kids} is one of them!

I learned that one of the things that office supply lovers love is coordinating supplies in a great print. One of our best tricks is picking up Duck Tape and using that to update cheap school supplies. Duck Tape comes in over 200 prints and colors so it's not hard to find a fun print that your kids {or you!} will love!

A plain composition notebook on sale can be picked up for less than a dollar. One with a fun print is usually at least double. So why not make your own? Not only that, now you can use your Duck Tape to create coordinating supplies for everything from folders, to pencils and pens. The only thing stopping you is your creativity!

Tassels are hot this season, so not only did we want to coordinate some supplies, we wanted to do it in style!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tips from a cancer survivor on how you can support friends and family diagnosed with cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a super scary thing. It seems like all of us have been touched by cancer at some point or another.  Perhaps, you have been on the receiving end of that diagnosis, or you have had friends or loved ones that have been.  

This past year alone, I've personally known a handful of people who have been diagnosed with some form of cancer.  I know there have been times when I wanted to help but I wasn't sure how. 

Recently, I asked some cancer survivors to share their insights and tips with us so that we can better support those around us when they are diagnosed.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A collection of the best stackable anniversary bands

My husband and I recently celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. We spent some time celebrating in Cancun and we had our best time!

I am still a girl, and jewelry is never far from my mind.  I like diamonds and sparkly things, what can I say! I am loving the new stackable ring trend and think that it's a fabulous idea if you are looking for some sparkly way to remember your next wedding anniversary by.

I've rounded up a few of my favorites from Anjolee. Maybe you will find a favorite that you love too!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Garage sale finds Friday

Welcome back to another week of garage sale finds Friday, where I share with you my favorite garage sale finds.

But before we get started I want to let you in on something super fun!

Today I'm being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Dwelling in Happiness, Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, Crafts by Courtney, 3 Little Greenwoods, Making It In the Mountains, and View from the Fridge. The Summer Spotlight showcases creative ideas from a different talented blogger each Friday throughout the summer months.  I am beyond excited to be a part of it!

Katie from View from the Fridge asked some really thoughtful questions and it was fun being a part of this summer series.

I encourage you to swing by and check out the feature about Holy Craft as well as the entire Summer Spotlight series HERE. You can also follow the hosts online to see the great ideas they share year-round:

Amanda of Dwelling in Happiness

Carrie of Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

Courtney of Crafts By Courtney

Ashley of 3 Little Greenwoods

Kristi of Making It In the Mountains

Katie of View from the Fridge

Summer Spotlight hosted by Dwelling in Happiness, Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, Crafts by Courtney, 3 Little Greenwoods, Making It In the Mountains, and View from the Fridge

O.k.  Back to business!  Because I know you all want to see what I found this week at garage sales.

This week, I stumbled onto a great vintage sale full of fun old trinkets and what the shops like to refer to as "smalls."  I had my best time digging through boxes and crates.

You know, you can learn a lot about a person when you are digging through their junk. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Handmade cards made from something {free} you would never expect!

Do you ever see something and inspiration just strikes? That happened to me earlier this week on a coffee date with my littlest guy. We were literally standing in Starbucks and I immediately wanted to get home to start crafting.

I whipped up these handmade cards in a matter of minutes.  You wouldn't believe the {free} thing that inspired me to make them.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Netflix to the rescue for a playdate!

Can I be honest with you? I broke one of my parenting rules today. I've been at this parenting gig for a LONG time and one of my steadfast rules is that if you have a friend over for a play date, then there is no television. have a friend over.  You should be playing, not watching TV.

But, there is this weird age that my younger kids are in that vacillates between playing and hanging out.  If you have a kid over the age of 9, you know what I mean. It's not that the kids are too cool to play, it's that sometimes they think they are too cool to play. 

Electronics and video games are far more engaging and with age, my kids and their friends are allowed to spend more time on these devices, which makes the imaginative play they were once so good at start to seem foreign.

 So I broke my rule.  But for good reason.  And shockingly, my plan seemed to work!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Transformation Tuesday

Welcome back to transformation Tuesday!  It's becoming one of my favorite new series on the blog.

I share with you on Friday my favorite garage sale finds, and then on Tuesday, I follow up with a transformation from the previous week. 

This past week, I bought all the large things.  I bought a rare art deco dresser for $20 that ended up being worth thousands, Ethan Allen pieces and some other large awesome goodies. Any idea what the transformation item will be this week?  

Think I painted some furniture? I did!  Bet you can't guess which item I painted.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Traveling as a Couple

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's no secret that I love to travel. Just this year, I've been to Cancun, MexicoZambia, Africa, Salt Lake City, Utah and Kona, Hawaii. That's not too shabby seeing as how the year is barely half over!

Travel isn't cheap, but experiences are priceless! Our family has made traveling a priority. While we are thrifty in lots of areas of our life {I have been known to dig in the trash for coupons}, we feel like traveling and seeing the world is something we are happy to splurge on. Though, we have found some great ways to save on travel and make it more affordable.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Garage sale finds Friday-the week in which I buy large things

Welcome back to another week of garage sale finds Friday.  Where I share with you some of my favorite garage sale finds.  You may have noticed that we skipped last weeks fun.  Vacations {missed two weekends while we were in Hawaii}  and holidays {darn 4th of July falling on a Saturday!} will do that to you! But we are back at it.  I super duper missed garage sales and was having sweats and shakes that made me think I was probably having withdrawal symptoms! 

This week I purchased all the large things. Seriously, like every large thing I could find, I bought. I didn't try to, it just happened.  You won't believe the deals I got! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Starting to shop for cars. Replacing my mini van

I have driven a mini van for much of my adult life. I have three children and a mini van just makes sense. I couldn't even imagine my three kids sitting together, side by side in a bench in the back of my car.  I make no excuses and don't apologize at all about my choice of vehicle. In fact, I don't understand why there are so many people who are hesitate to jump on the mini van train.  I even wrote a post about it. They are simply the most practical car for a large family.

That being said, my mini van that I love and have named Thelma {you name your cars too don't you?} is older than my youngest son who will turn ten in just a few weeks. While I fully plan on driving my sweet Thelma into the ground, the end is {potentially} near and I want to be prepared with a plan of action should Thelma decided to bite the dust sooner rather than later.

My children are all getting older. Every single one of them can buckle their seat belts and none of them needs a car seat. In fact, several of my kids can even sit in the front seat safely. One of them can even legally drive a car! We don't need to be looking into vehicles that are using terms like tethers and rear facing. I may even be able to start looking beyond mini van's and thinking about an SUV. 

For the next few months, I'm going to be trying out some cars in an attempt to find the best fit for our family. A lot has changed since I last bought a car.  Cars are so much more technical and there are features that are brand spankin' new to me {adaptive cruise control...heck, even navigation systems!}. Because I care very little about a car beyond how easy it is to drive and work, my 16 year old son Aidan will be writing a little bit about the car discussing those features.

I'm going to do my best to put every car I test through the wringer to give you the best information and my honest opinion.  This month, the whole family took the Mitsubishi Outlander up to Mt. Rainier for a day trip and a hike. 

Find out how we liked this SUV crossover for our family of five.