Mom Hack: Easy & Inexpensive Teeth Whitening

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Some things go hand in hand. For example, motherhood= coffee + wine. But you know what else that means? Stained teeth and low confidence in my smile. And I don’t think I am the only one! I’ll admit that the secret to success for my early morning wakeups is a freshly brewed cup of coffee (I sing the praises of my grind-and-brew daily!). But the stains on my teeth are an unfortunate side effect I don’t love. I have used other whitening products for years with some success, but often with a loooot of pain (sensitive teeth over here!) and never quite eradicating the stains between my teeth. When Smile Brilliant reached out to me I could hardly contain myself!

Using Smile Brilliant was so easy to fit into my lifestyle. I would pop in the custom whitening trays after dinner as my husband took the kids upstairs and start getting ready for bed. I would pick up the house a bit and then meet up for bedtime kisses. Simply leaving the trays in my mouth for a couple hours would five me perfectly white teeth without any hassle. I would apply the desensitizing gel about 15 minutes before bed, and that’s it! No pain, so easy, and instantly white teeth. Talk about a perfect match.

So let me explain what this product is: it is a CUSTOM teeth whitening tray that you can reuse, as well as a desensitizing gel if you suffer from sensitive teeth like I do. Not only is their product proven to whiten your teeth faster than at the dentist office, but it costs nearly 70% less! We are talking over $500 at the office versus this at-home system for under $149. They are also vegan and cruelty free which is a huge plus. If you know me than you know I am not one to advocate for a product that I wouldn’t use myself, and this is no exception. When I whitened my teeth the first time with this product, I saw immediate results! I am now three treatments in and my teeth have never looked better. I may have happy-texted my sisters and got them on board right away.

You can see my before and after pictures here:

 I feel so much more confident in my smile now! And you can too… Smile Brilliant has offered to give away a $149 credit, the same amount as the custom T3 Sensitive System!

GIVEAWAY & COUPON DETAILS:

The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. Giveaway will end on 4/27/18 and is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

Giveaway link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/nicolewarnerblog

Don’t want to wait? Get 15% off with coupon code nicolewarnerblog15

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Tooth Whitening Gel

Kitchen Refresh – A Little Elbow Grease for My Dream White Kitchen

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a white kitchen. As cliche as it is, I love anything light and bright! Our home was built in 2000 (or somewhere around there) and from what I can tell, it still has the original kitchen. There was nothing wrong with it. The flow is great, there are lots of cabinets, it is just… brown. I don’t have anything against a natural wood kitchen. Our hardwoods run into the kitchen, so we had one giant brown room. Plus, if I am just being honest, it isn’t my style. We get a lot of light in our house, but it still seemed dark in here! Being a stay at home mom, I spend 90% of my day in the kitchen. To pay someone to refinish the cabinets would have been expensive. And while we are in the process of updating our home, it wasn’t in the cards for last summer. I am not one to sit back and wait, so…. I did it. I refinished the cabinets myself. So before I show you the finished product, here are a few before pictures for context!

Before

I was able to find these pictures from the original listing of our home of the kitchen in all if its woodgrain glory (because you know me by now and I forget to take decent before pictures):

(Previous owner/renter’s furniture)

So see what I mean? Lots of brown. Wood. Boring. Great layout, lots of space. But lots of room for improvement! So I did what I’ll call phase one of the kitchen renovation. While we have no plans of doing a new kitchen in this house, there are other things I have planned for it to make it even more special! Alright then… who is ready for some after pictures?!

After

And here is a before and after because it is just that good!

Let’s Talk About It

So, let’s talk about it for a minute. Or I will wait until you pick your jaw up off the floor… dramatic transformation, right?! So if you’ve followed along on my instagram, you know I refinished the cabinets back in July. Or maybe it was August. Either way, it was a very long time ago! I knew I wanted to do it correctly from the start, so it took an incredible amount of time. And I wanted to live in it for a while to give you a good review of how we liked it and how they wore. And also because sometimes these things take forever to plan ahead… But I digress.

Finishing the cabinets was a huge undertaking. Basically it was the only thing I did for three solid weeks. Thank you, warm weather and outside play for the kids!

Here are a few tutorials that I used. I read a million, but these methods were closest to what I did:

Young House Love 

Home Talk

If I were to go back in time, I would rent a paint sprayer. And use my power sander. For some reason I forgot they existed and I hand sanded each cabinet, front and back and between layers, AND I OWN A POWER SANDER. I’ll blame it on the mom brain thing… If I had used both those machines, this whole project would have been so much faster! Take my advice and don’t do it by hand. The finish will be nicer and it will take way less time.

Am I happy I did it? You bet!  I haven’t regretted it one bit. Even Marcus is glad I did it. While he doesn’t always understand my ideas and projects, he understood this one 100% after it was done. So, thank you honey for trusting me and letting me do crazy things!

Cost & Materials

The total cost for the project was around $200. That includes a gallon of primer, two gallons of paint, and about a half gallon for the island. Such a big impact and hardly any cost compared to installing a new kitchen!

Here’s what I used for the project. Don’t skimp on materials! You’ll save your hands and time. Promise.

Brush

Mini Roller

Foam Roller

Paint tray

Handy Paint Cup (oh my goodness buy these!!)

Paint Key

Behr Alkyd Enamel Paint (Link is for semi-gloss, I got Swiss Coffee in satin)

Zinsser Oil Based Primer 

Hand Sander 

Sanding Paper

I also changed out the knobs on the drawers for pulls. I feel like it is more substantial and looks nicer on a drawer!

So how has it worn? Well. I am not a professional, and neither was the process refinishing. And I have three kids four and under. The kitchen takes a beating! Little nicks are easy to touch up with some paint and a little brush. It is quick and worth it to me! How well does a white kitchen stay clean? I would say that white cabinets are no dirtier than any other color, you can just see the mess/dirt a little more. I don’t even mind it because I would rather clean something than have dirt hide! (I’m looking at you, carpet!).

Also, as a side note, I will admit that decor-wise, it is super pared down right now. But that is also the time of year, post Christmas decoration overload, and post January get-all-the-things-out-of-the-house.

Future Plans:

If you are interested, here are my future plans for my glorious and beautiful white kitchen:

Paint walls

Install new backsplash

Remove cabinets to the left of the sink and add open shelving

Remove cabinets to the right of the refrigerator and add open shelving

Add pendant lights above island

Replace pendant above sink & over eat-in table

Replace blinds with fun pattern?

Built cabinets up to the ceiling

New appliances

(and ultimately) Refinish floors

Add chunkier baseboard & crown molding

A girl can dream, right?


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Also, if you were wondering if I feelcomfortable in front of the camera and rationalize by being awkward and doing weird things, here’s your confirmation:

Do you have any questions about refinishing your cabinets? Any reservations? Please ask below! I would love to help you out and give you the confidence you need to do it.

Also a special thank you to Ashleigh of Ashleigh Laureen Photography for these amazing pictures! Check out her site and say hi (tell her I sent you!). She is beyond talented! She is also so nice and super sweet. We chatted for nearly 45 minutes before we even got to shooting!

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Nordstrom Black Friday Picks


Nordstrom’s Black Friday sale is insane! A lot of items I chose I either own or have tried on are. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites to make shopping a little easier! I tried to choose items that have more sizes available, but they are going quick! Scroll through and let me know which are your favorite.

First up, clothes!

Here’s what I selected for accessories. Keep in mind that I have quite a few of these, so these are great items!

And last but not least, shoes!

What do you think? Which are your picks? The sale ends Sunday night so don’t delay!

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Instagram Roundup: 10/31-11/20

I have a different audience from Facebook to Instagram to the blog, so I thought I should round up all my outfits in one place! I have included all links to exact items, or listed similar ones that I could find. Everything is true to size unless I mention specifically. Let me know if you have any questions about any specific items!

Also, 80% of the things linked here are for sale! There are some crazy sales going on right now!

jeans (size down) / tank / similar cardigan / booties / necklace / similar earrings / popsocket

jeans (size down) / similar striped shirt / vest / sneakers / necklace

Levi’s striped shirt / jeans / boots / vest

Eloise’s vest / similar leggings / similar tunic / headband

similar dress / similar boots / similar necklace / similar jean jacket 

jeans / booties / sweater / similar scarf / necklace

jeans (size down) / plaid shirt (size up) / similar cardigan / similar booties / necklace / popsocket

dress (size up or SUPER bodycon) / heels / leather jacket (size up 2)/ similar necklace

leggings / pullover (size up) / vest / sneakers / necklace

high waisted jeans (size up 3 sizes!) / sweater / vest / similar booties / similar necklace

jeans (size down) / booties / striped tee / pullover (size up) / necklace / similar belt

joggers / slippers (size up) / henley / necklace 

bralette (pay attention to size chart) / leggings / sweater / popsocket

Thanks for following along, and I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving week!

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Dressing Room Chronicles

*Since this is Cyber Week, I figured I would post this instead of my normally scheduled post so you can take advantage of some awesome deals!*

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Seeing a picture of myself in clothes always looks different than what I see in the mirror. Am I the only one? My friend and I went shopping on Sunday after church and we picked up a ton of great things! I took some snaps of one store (simply because I forgot the other until I was done trying) and thought maybe you’d like to see. Keep your eye on future outfit posts to see what I ended up with ?

Just a little disclaimer- these are not good pictures. But at least you can get an idea how each item fits and maybe get a gift for someone you know (or yourself…).

The jeans and booties I’m wearing in these pictures are what I wore to the store. These [eafl id=647 name=”Gap Skinny Jeans” text=”skinny jeans”] are amazing and such a great basic! I got these booties last year at Nordstrom Rack and they are unavailable, but similar ones [eafl id=648 name=”brown booties” text=”here.”] If you have a good eye you can spot my [eafl id=649 name=”jcrew factory jacket” text=”jacket”] too. It’s my FAVORITE and I wear it almost every day. (It’s on sale too!)

I have been needing a good [eafl id=645 name=”chunky knit sweater” text=”chunky knit sweater”] for forever. This one was super comfy, but not so fitted that I couldn’t eat a few extra tacos. The sleeves are long enough which is awesome. It is heavy enough but not too heavy.

This [eafl id=646 name=”marled sweater” text=”marled sweater”] was great. Great basic for the price point! I would call it a medium thickness, so perfect for fall.

This [eafl id=651 name=”old navy basic long sleeved tee” text=”long sleeved tee”] is great. Good stretchy material with long enough sleeves (can you tell this is my pet peeve?). I sized up to a medium for a looser fit, and hopefully it will wash well.

Basics was the name of the game this trip. If you read my post about my body struggles, you’ll know I need basically entire new wardrobe. This was another cute top to add to the cart.

This turtleneck- I could gush about it all day. I have never been a turtleneck fan, but this might convert me. It is super lightweight and stretchy, and of course, stripes. Add to the bag!

This[eafl id=654 name=”jersey tee” text=”jersey long sleeved tee”] was a great layering piece. It was really stretchy and not too fitted. It comes in great color options too!

Ok this I am obsessed with. Between the [eafl id=655 name=”gingham flannel” text=”gingham shirt “]and [eafl id=656 name=”frost free vest” text=”vest”], this is a great outfit in itself! The vest is suuuuper comfy and warm. Believe it or not, I didn’t wear vests until last year. I was convinced my arms would be cold! Boy was I wrong. They are so perfect for fall! Now I can’t get enough of them. I want one in every color. The [eafl id=655 name=”gingham flannel” text=”gingham flannel”] was great fitting and a perfect closet staple. Easy to dress up or down!

And that’s a wrap! As you may have noticed, everything hailed from Old Navy. My girlfriend and I did do some damage at Nordstrom, but like I said before, I completely forgot to snap some pictures. Now I have an excuse to go shopping again….

Old Navy is having some great sales still! Up to 50% off and free shipping over $50. Are you reading that husband?… 😉

What do you think? Are you in need of some basics like I was? Which was your favorite? Share below!

 

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