Pack With Me! | 10 Day Trip To Oregon | Calpak Suit Case + Herschel Duffle Bag

Ahhh – that feeling you get the day before a long trip to relax with family.

I’ve never really had a suitcase I love, usually I pack in totes and backpacks when I can. But since I live in a different state than my family now, I just seem to travel more and more. I decided it was time to invest in some good carry-on luggage to make visiting home a little easier!

I purchased a duffel bag and carry-on size suit case for my travels that both fit within standard carry-on size guide lines. I got my duffel bag from Herschel Supply Co. and my suit case from Calpak. I love how the Calpak carry-on has a separate section to keep your laptop and other delicate items safe on your travels. I also appreciate how smooth the suit case is to pull around and how comfortable the duffle bag is to carry!

I used my duffel for this trip as my purse and catch-all for anything that didn’t fit in my suit case. I didn’t use all the available space so I know I’ll have room for an even longer trip in the future.

My favorite feature of this duffel, other than the cute color and style selection, is the separate compartment at the bottom for shoes! I never know where to put shoes among my clothes when traveling and this compartment completely solves that problem.

My biggest tip for packing any kind of suit case is to roll your clothing instead of folding! I’ve tested this theory multiple times and have come to the conclusion that rolling is the only way to go.

I store all my clothing rolled up on the right side of my suit case. On the left are compartments where I organize my underwear, bras, and any other accessories I might be bringing. Underneath this section is a separate compartment where I stored socks and a pair of sandals.

TIP: If you purchase the Wandr suit case I have with a separate laptop compartment, computer chargers do not fit in this part of the suit case. I stored mine in the main case with my socks. 

I highly recommend investing in good luggage if you are traveling often! Not only does it make for quicker packing but it keeps me organized on the go. If you have any packing tips of your own please leave them in the comments below!

Thank you for reading! 🙂

Smile Direct Club Invisible Aligners | Month #1 | Cheap Alternative To Braces! | Do They Work?!

My teeth have forever been one of my biggest insecurities. I always wanted braces or Invisalign to straighten my smile growing up. As we all know, orthodontic bills can get very expensive and they have never been something I could afford.

I’ve seen lots of ads on the internet for Smile Direct Club over the past year or so and have always been curious about it. After doing a lot of research I decided to give it a go since the cost was %60 less than going through an orthodontist, and many people seemed to have success with it.

Taking The Impressions:

Smile Direct Club is awesome because the entire process is done right from home! No orthodontist appointments – phew!

To start, you buy an impression kit online for $95 that allows an orthodontist to view your teeth and create a treatment plan for you! The impression kit includes detailed instructions on what to do and how to get the best impressions possible.

Once you’ve mailed your impressions back, you wait…

They approved my impressions and began creating a treatment plan quickly after I sent the box back. They updated me with emails along the way, I was even able to see how my smile would straighten online just a few weeks later.

The Aligners:

Below are before and after photos of my teeth the day I started using the aligners and the day I finished my first month of using the aligners. I zoomed in to the right side of my mouth where the aligners are doing the most work!

Excuse the poor picture quality! The extreme zoom blurred the photos, but you can still see a clear difference between the first and second photo! For only a month of wearing the aligners, I can see a noticeable difference in the location of my tooth.

They send you 3 sets of aligners for each month of your treatment. You wear the 3rd set for 2 weeks. My first Smile Direct package came with 2 months worth of aligners and a complimentary 3 month whitening treatment! Also included are tools for fine tuning and cleaning the aligners, a tray to store them, and instructions.

After wearing the aligners for the first full month, here’s what I’ll say:

The aligners have all fit in my mouth comfortably so far, I haven’t had to sand down any edges or fix any spots that are uncomfortable.

My teeth hurt with each new aligner for the first 3 days after changing them. Once the first 3 days are over there can be some sensitivity but mostly they’re comfortable and easy to take in and out.

The first week was an adjustment period, getting used to speaking with my aligners in as well as drink water and do other basic things was very weird. I had a callus on the tip of my tongue for several days as well as scrapes along my cheeks from chewing on them. Now that I am used to wearing the aligners, I hardly notice them!

By far the most annoying part of having invisible aligners is taking them out every time you want to eat. At first I was brushing my teeth every time I removed them which was a pain. Now, I simply swish my mouth out after eating and only brush 3 times a day.

Thank you for reading the first post in this Smile Direct Series! Look forward to updates every month on my experience with this company and my smile’s progress. 🙂

This post was not sponsored – all products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own!

All About My Pets! | Whiskey, Jaxson & Penny’s Daily Routine

My boyfriend Skylar and I are the proud owners of two beautiful dogs and one cat! I always knew I wanted pets instead of children growing up. Dogs take a lot of time and energy to raise but there’s nothing like coming home to a friend that is literally always excited to see you! Today I thought I would share with you a little bit about my pets and our daily routine.

Pups:


Whiskey is the first dog I have ever owned on my own (brown brindle on the right in the photos above). I bought her for $300 off an ad I found on our local Craigslist. She was advertised as a 1/4 Boxer, 3/4 Pit Bull. This was definitely a fib on the sellers part! She’s more like 1/3 Pit Bull, 2/3 Lab. Now that she’s grown it’s easier to see what  breed she is.

When I saw her for the first time I fell in love. She was the softest, prettiest little brindle baby. While she was a very challenging puppy, now at age 2 1/2, she’s finally starting to mellow out a little (and most importantly LISTEN). She’s 65lbs of furry, lickin’ love.

We got Jaxson Daniel, my boyfriend’s dog, two winters ago for only $200 in a town near where we live. He had one ice blue eye and one brown with the cutest gray and white coloring. There were at least 10 puppies to choose from but we knew he was the one when we saw how mellow and sweet he was. He grew to be 65 pounds, just like his sister!

Both of our pups are incredibly loving and sweet. They’re very co-dependent and love to play hard together and with their cat, Penny. We crate trained them both at a young age so they don’t mind being crated while we’re at work as long as they’re together. Sometimes they even hangout in the crate for no reason when we’re home.

Kitty:

Penny is our oldest animal, almost 3 years old! We found her abandoned in a parking lot at about 4 weeks old with 6 other kittens. We rescued two of them. I nursed them back to health as best I could, bottle feeding them and taking them to work with me (at the time I worked at an animal shelter) to make sure they stayed warm and fed.

Unfortunately, Leo passed away because he just couldn’t figure out how to eat. It was sad but we knew it was a possibility when we found them abandoned at such a young age. Penny stayed strong and lived to be the best cat ever!

Diet & Play:

The dogs eat 2 cups of Taste of The Wild dog food each morning and night. I mix their dry food with warm water and they absolutely love it!

Penny eats Blue Wilderness cat food. She is an indoor/outdoor cat that loves her dogs and is very tolerant of any kind of handling by humans or children!

Tip: If your dogs won’t eat their kibble, try adding warm water to the food. They’ll go crazy for it!!!

We’re lucky to have a big yard for our dogs to play in during the summer. They tire themselves out pretty well playing together but we like to throw a ball for them and let them play with the hose for extra fun too! I take them on some walks in the summer but don’t start walking them every day until winter when it’s snowy and our back yard is 7 feet buried in 7 feet of snow!

Let me know what your pet routine is in the comments below! I’m a dog and cat lover equally so I would absolutely love to see photos of your furry babies as well 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Plan With Me! | 4 Weeks Of Planning! | Vertical Erin Condren Life Planner

For those of you who don’t follow my plan with me posts, I use an Erin Condren Life Planner and order decorative stickers off of Etsy to organize my weeks!

These past 4 weeks of planning are some of my favorite spreads so far this year! I used deluxe weekly sticker kits by Paisley Prints Co and Planning Dreams on Etsy.

I had fun using the big statement pieces like the 4 square picture in the spread below to plan. I think bigger images make for a such a cute planning look!

Show me your spreads in the comments below! I always love seeing other peoples planning styles! 🙂

My Planning Essentials:

My Everyday Skincare Routine!

A Bit Of Skincare History

I started using Eminence products about a year ago when I was struggling with very dry, sensitive skin and breakouts. Up until this point, I was using the Burt’s Bees sensitive skin care line (which I still recommend for dry, sensitive skin!). While the skincare I was using worked for me for a very long time, it was clear that something needed to change as my skin got increasily irritated.

When I sought out professional help I knew that keeping the products natural and free of harsh chemicals was important to me. I visited Amanda Koennecke at Watershed Wellness in Portland, OR. She is a rep for the Eminence skin care line and has been known for helping people transform their complexions with their nutrient rich, plant-based products.

In the past, I have always stuck to low cost skin care. When Amanda K recommended Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic line to me I was intimidated by the price. $58 for a moisturizer seemed over the top. While I felt reluctant at first, I wanted to work on my skin and coughed the money up to try the products she recommended.

Here’s what I’ll say:  My skin has never been clearer, smoother, or more radiant than it is now!

Everyday Skincare Routine

My skin care routine is incredibly simple, using only 5 products between the day and night time.

Mornings, I cleanse my skin with the Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. I follow up with the Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster Serum and Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer.

Evenings, I wash my face with the cleanser again, using a Buf-Puf as a daily exfoliator for my dry skin. I follow up with the moisturizer and apply the Burt’s Bees Spot Treatment to any blemishes I might have.

I use the exfoliant twice a week mixed with a small amount of the cleanser. As a result my skin stays smooth, bright and clear more consistently than ever before!

Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer $58 – Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher $46 – Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser $38 – Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum $56 – Burt’s Bees Spot Treatment $10 – Buf-Puf $7

These products have transformed my skin!

Bonus! Every order I have placed with them has had several awesome samples included based on what I purchased!

Try taking their skincare quiz HERE to help you choose which products will fit your skin’s needs best! 🙂

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post! All opinions are my own.