Whiter teeth….. I mean, everyone wants that right?
I know I did. My smile is far from perfect and I’m okay with that but I wasn’t ok with my coffee stained teeth. The yellowing and dulling of teeth is an issue that many people face and are unhappy with, but never seem to actually take the right steps to correct it. That is why I was so excited when I got the chance to partner with Smile Brilliant.

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Smile Brilliant is an at home teeth whitening kit. Once you place your order, your kit is shipped within 24 hours. In the kit you will recieve everything you need to make your impressions. To be honest – I was nervous about this part… but it was easy breezy! You create your dental impressions, complete a consent card and send them back to the company. The dental lab then creates your custom-fitted whitening trays! The tray creation process ONLY takes 3-6 business days to complete and then they are mailed back to you.

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When my custom-fitted trays arrived I was anxious to get the whole process started. As you can see above, the kit comes with your teeth whitening gel and I also got the desensitizing gel since I have sensitive teeth. They say you can wear the trays anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours, it all depends on how comfortable the process is for you. I snapped a picture on Day 1 before using the trays and then again at Day 10 – just so you can see what results I experienced in less than 2 weeks of use. I used the trays every night, for 10 nights, for 1 hour each time. I felt no sensitivity to my gums what so ever which was a plus.

Here’s a look at my Before / After:

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What do you guys think?? I am so happy with the results and have continued to use the trays and am almost at the shade I would like to achieve. I have had people notice also which feels so great.

Backed by decades of research and built by hygienists & dental professionals – Smile Brilliant is definitely the way to go when it comes to at home teeth whitening! Make sure to check out their site where kits start at only $129 – you would easily spend over $600 for this treatment at the dentist.

Thanks to Smile Brilliant, one of my readers will win their very own kit!!!

smilebrilliant-system-largeTo enter, just click HERE! Good Luck ūüôā

If you’re interested in just purchasing a kit directly from their site, enter code: pearlsandparis5 at checkout for¬†a small discount.


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This is Vice Liquid Lipstick‚ÄĒa waterproof formula so life-proof, it‚Äôs not going ANYWHERE until you take it off. (Just imagine the possibilities.) What makes Vice different? Their high-tech formula provides longer-lasting wear with ZERO transfer. Like the original formula, Vice Liquid Lipstick lays down intensely pigmented color. And the comfortable, nondrying wear sets it apart from other liquid lipsticks. Best of all –¬†you get to choose from a huge range of 30 shades and two finishes‚ÄĒcomfort matte and metabolized.

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Left to Right: Tilt, Brat, Menace, Twitch & 1993.

On September 16th – Victor turned ONE! Like every other baby his age – he absolutely loves Mickey so we knew right away that we had to have a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme. Luckily for us, my mom is a DIY wizard and we have a pretty awesome backyard that is perfect for parties. Having a party at your home and making the decorations yourself doesn’t save time but it does save money, and I consider that a¬†win.

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I was obsessed with Victor’s outfit for his big day. I purchased his custom onesie from a shop on Etsy, which you can find HERE, and paired it with black denim shorts that had suspenders (which is why I customized his shirt¬†to eliminate the¬†printed suspenders you see in the link above) and some super cool black and red Jordans.

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As far as decor, I created his name in wooden blocks and decorated them in Mickey colors. Thanks to THIS video, it was super easy to create. I purchased white wooden blocks from Michaels Craft Store as well as red and black paint and buttons.

1: I taped the middle of each block. I started with painting the red bottom on each letter.

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2: The next day, when dry РI painted the top of all of the blocks in black. IMG_4331

3: Once dry, I removed the tape Рand painted the empty space with red and cleaned up the lines. I then added the buttons. IMG_4333IMG_4512

 I was sooooo happy with how they came out!

For the outside decor, my mom did all of the balloon art, including the awesome arch. My mother is super talented when it comes to party planning and decorations. We also purchased a few things from Party City and Amazon and it all came together perfectly. We had 2 inflatables and also hired a Mickey Mouse who did balloon art for the kiddies and also brought with him a photobooth Рwhich was a HUGE hit with the adults. The cake was from Shoprite and our local one does amazing artwork so we were really happy with how it came out and as usual, it tasted delicious!

Overall, it was a perfect day! I always appreciate when people make time to attend the special parties we host and Victor’s 1st Birthday was an important one for us so we are really thankful for all of our Family and Friends who made it. Victor had a blast and someone (cough: Pop Pop) even snuck him a lollipop at the end! ūüôā Here are some pictures of his big day!

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Iceland is completely magical! With only 3 nights in this city I wanted to make the most of my time and so for me, that meant booking tours that would bring me to everywhere on my MUST VISIT list. I did a lot of research and compared doing it on our own vs. tours and tour companies and ended up booking with BusTravel Iceland. They were reasonable priced, had a wide variety of tours to chose from and had great customer service. They also were very accommodating that we were traveling with a toddler and even provided a car seat for every tour and transfer we booked.

These are the top 5 tours that I highly recommend not missing on your trip to Iceland.

1. Blue Lagoon 1The Blue Lagoon spa is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland, its natural geothermal water is rich of minerals, excellent to rejuvenate your body and soul. There are a ton of add on services like spa amenities and in-water massages that you can include or you can just pick up a drink from the swim up bar and relax in the warm water. While you have to purchase your entrance ticket in advance from the Blue Lagoon website, you can book your transfer from BusTravel Iceland to be picked up right outside your hotel.

2. Northern Lights Tour

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Catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is a big reason why a lot of people venture out to Iceland but seeing them isn’t guaranteed. A guided Northern Lights tour is a great way to try to see them because your guide has so much experience chasing the lights that they know exactly where to go to maximize your chance of seeing them. They take you out of the¬†hustle and bustle of the¬†city and head into the quiet darkness of the countryside to enjoy the natural spectacle of the aurora borealis.

3. Golden Circle Tour 

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The Grand Golden Circle is a compact tour that takes you to a series of remarkable and diverse sites in the Southwest of Iceland. On this tour you will visit:

-Geysir geothermal area

-Gullfoss waterfall-

√ěingvellir National Park

-Keri√į volcanic crater

-Faxi waterfall

4. Southern Iceland Tour

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This tour takes you to various natural pearls along the enchanting south coast of Iceland. The landscape is characterized by strong contrasts, where grown plains meet coarse mountains and fire meets ice. On this tour you will visit:

-Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

-Skógafoss Waterfall

-Sólheimajökull Glacier

-Black Sand Beach

5. Fjords & Into the Glacier

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This tour will take your breath away at each stop! You get to explore the man-made ice caves dug into Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langj√∂kull. From Husafell, you hop on the special glacier vehicles and dive inside the surreal entrails of the Ice Cap Glacier. There, you will witness the effects of global warming as well as Iceland’s seismic history. On this tour you will visit:

-Deildartunguhver

-Hraunfossar waterfall

-Husafell

-Langjökull glacier

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While these may be my top 5 tour recommendations, BusTravel Iceland offers many more tours including premium options that have a max of 15 people per tour which provides a more intimate experience, more flexibility, more free time and more spontaneous encounters than travelling in big groups. They also have special offers which bundles multiple tours to save you money.

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Dove and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Can you believe that we are half way through the month of February already?! While the last few months in general have been very hectic, the last few weeks even more so. I feel like¬†kid parties, baby showers, home errands, work and packing have consumed my life. I’m not complaining, I wouldn’t change a thing about this crazy beautiful life.

While on the go, I want to make sure that I stay fresh all day and that is why I use Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.

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Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, plus its NutriumMoisture formula and ¬ľ Moisturizers leave your underarms feeling soft and smooth. One of my favorite things about this antiperspirant is that the scents are so clean and not overbearing like others can be.
IMG_0423They can easily be thrown in your purse for when on the go or placed in your carry on when headed¬†out of town. I love that I don’t have to worry about breaking a sweat or even worse… smelling bad! With¬†Dove Advanced Care you can expect more from your deodorant and that makes them FIVE star to me. If I know I have a long day at work and then have to go straight to meeting my girlfriends for dinner, I have no worries¬†because I know Dove Advanced Care has my back and is keeping me fresh.
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