Smile Brilliant Whitening Update

Hi friends! It’s been a busy spring and this summer won’t get any slower for us! I started a side job that has proven to keep me super busy, but it’s so fun! More on that in my last post!

So, I was contacted by Smile Brilliant  to review their at home teeth whitening kit and I’m well into the last of my whitening gel so I thought I’d tell you guys how it’s going!

 

First, their system is completely custom- you send in your teeth impressions that you’ve made with materials they provide for you. It’s pretty easy, like anything else- read the directions carefully. You want to do everything in the right order.

Lay everything out in front of you before you start.

Combine white and blue putty

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and fold back and forth until both are combined. READ instructions to know how quickly you need to do this so the putty doesn’t start drying.

Fill the impression tray…

Put tray in your mouth and time yourself according to instructions.

Rinse! I laid mine out over night to dry before putting them in the mailer Smile Brilliant provided.

Then, after your impressions are completely set, you mail them back in a mailer they provide.

Smile Brilliant sent me an email as soon as they received my impressions and you can ask any questions at any time about the status by emailing or calling customer service. Luckily, I didn’t have time for questions since I received my trays so quickly! And they fit my mouth so perfectly!

Let’s talk application- also very easy but read directions! When it says to apply a thin line of gel….yes- it means a THIN line. Otherwise, your mouth will be full of gel! Trust me! Less is more here!

I left my custom-fitted trays in while I showered, cooked dinner, did laundry and watched Netflix! Not once did they feel uncomfortable! Some other reviewers said they didn’t have the “drool problem” but I tend to create unnecessary saliva by just thinking about unnecessary saliva. Yeah… But I will say that I didn’t feel gag-ish like some other whitening systems make me feel.

Now- on to my results! I am almost finished with 3 syringes of whitening gel and here are my results so far. I never realized how dark the streaks were in my teeth, but look how much better they are!

Much better!

I did not have to use the sensitivity gel but it is available if you have sensitive gums. I typically have whitened every other day and only when I used the whitening gel  two days in a row did I have some slight discomfort.

If you need a whitening system that is custom and has sensitivity options, then this is a great system for you! And you can use these custom-fitted whitening trays over and over!

Thanks, Smile Brilliant for helping me achieve a better, more BRILLIANT smile! Be sure to check out more teeth whitening reviews!

****GIVEAWAY**** Smile Brilliant is giving one of my readers a whitening kit worth $139 for FREE!

Enter the giveaway here! Also, use coupon code shellyorvis5 for 5% off your purchase!

My Matilda Jane Adventure

At the beginning of May, I opened up my Matilda Jane Boutique! I am so happy to be a Trunk Keeper for this company!

If you are wondering WHO Matilda Jane is….it’s more like “what”. My husband kept calling it Mary Jane so I know the confusion exists! LOL.

Matilda Jane Clothing is a boutique clothing company that offers high quality clothing for girls of all ages from baby to adult. The prints are fun and imaginative and the fabrics are butter soft. We love to mix and match our prints for endless outfit possibilities!

I would love the opportunity to tell you more and help you shop!

Here are a few ways to contact me:

Email: shellyorvis@matildajaneclothing.com

Facebook Group: Shelly Orvis – Independent Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper #384659

And here’s where to shop: http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/Pws/ShellyOrvis/tabs/index.aspx

I’m sure you will hear much more about this soon! Thanks for reading and I hope you will check it out!

p.s. Ask me about our May promo!

 

Denim Jumpers | Yes or No?

imageOk, so I’ve probably been under a rock but I’m just now noticing that denim jumper dresses are back. What?!

How do I feel about this? Well, I’m not even sure just yet. However, I have lovely pictures of my best friend and I in 3rd grade wearing ours. Oh man…

So I’m asking you all- will you share with me how you style your denim jumper dresses modestly? I’d love to do a follow up post in a few weeks and share your outfits for inspiration! Shoot me an email (shellyorvis@gmail.com) with “How I style my jumper dress” in the subject line and attach a high quality photo(s) and a note giving me permission to I can share it on my blog. I can’t wait to see how you style yours! ❤️

Have a great weekend girls!!

Shelly

 

A Sweet (little) Valentine Dress Review – Denim and Ruffles Boutique

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! For most of my friends it’s a love it or totally hate it kind of holiday. I personally find it exhausting in all it’s commercialized ways.   At the same time I know what it should be about and try to focus on that!

I had the honor of collaborating with a fun new shop and I wanted to share them and their products as well as their story.

But first, here’s something I’ve been thinking about:

You think you know what love is. You think it’s about what people do for you as a kid, then it morphs into a butterfly feeling as a teenager and young adult, then you have a child. This is a love you never knew or fathomed before.

It wasn’t until I had a child that I truly understood God’s love for us as His children. Such a powerful realization for me.

Well this post isn’t about me but I wanted to share my thoughts really quick with you all!

Today I’m featuring Denim and Ruffles, a fun mom and daughter team who make high quality clothing for girls.

They were gracious enough to send my sweet girl a gorgeous Valentine themed dress and here are some shots of the dress.

 

I asked them to tell a little about themselves and their shop.

“Denim and Ruffles Boutique is your home for modest clothing for children. We believe strongly in our mission to serve Christ through modest dress and are dedicated to creating only the highest quality clothing for your little ones. You will find a wide selection of aprons, girls dresses, girls skirts, and boutique clothing for special occasions within our store. Our clothing is unique in that you can find both formal and casual wear in one location with the knowledge that you are purchasing exceptionally wholesome items.

Denim and Ruffles Boutique was started in February 2012 after I realized there was little in the way of modest dress for my children. I believe in strong moral values, but I also know that little girls like to feel pretty, and enjoy twirling around in bright colored fabrics. My two beautiful ladies are my inspiration, and while homeschooling them I reached an epiphany. If I wanted to teach them how to properly run a home the creation of clothing is an integral portion of those skills. With years of experience myself, I set about to create a business and an example for my children and other families that value modesty.

Bio about me:
I was raised in a Christian home. I received Christ as my personal Saviour when I was seven. I was privileged to grow up in a home where my mom was a seamstress and my grandmother was a quilter and made beautiful quilts. I loved being around all the beautiful fabric. My mom made most of our clothes when we were young. After I was married and had our first child I taught myself to make myself some dresses and then started sewing for my baby daughter.
My husband and I have been married for 27 years we have 4 children 2 daughters and 2 sons. Their ages are 23,21,19,17. I homeschooled all the children and still homeschooling our youngest daughter. When my oldest was still in high School we started working on a home course and teaching some of the different aspects of home economics classes. We decided to start a home business. My oldest daughter helps me by picking out the patterns and fabrics for the dresses and skirts and she also help run the shop and takes care of all the social media.”

Thank you so much Teresa and Jessica!

I can tell you that there is so much care and professionalism in our dress- I could tell right away. It’s adorable in every way. I would highly recommend Denim and Ruffles Boutique! Go visit them on Etsy and follow them on Instagram!

**They also gave me a discount code to share with my readers- use VALENTINE at checkout and get 15% off!**

Thanks again, ladies! ❤️

Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

Tis the season and around here things are already starting to get busy! We are making progress on our fixer upper- floors are going down in part of the house and hardwoods are being stained in some rooms, paint will go on just after so we are excited to get this house done and move in! We just got back from a trip to visit family in Michigan for Thanksgiving and my MIL was kind enough to watch Bella Rae for me to go out shopping one day. I hadn’t been shopping in months and now I just want to go Christmas shopping all the time! If you are behind on gift buying like me and unsure of what to buy the people you love, I just might be able to help!

I recently had the privilege of receiving a little gift, myself- a gorgeous wood watch from JORD. Have you SEEN these watches?? So stylish and gorgeous! I love the fact that they are made from such a seemingly ordinary material. I think that’s the whole beauty of it. There are so many wood choices to choose from as well as face colors and sizes in men’s and women’s styles.

The very first thing I noticed when I opened the shipping box was the way the watch was packaged. It is gift giving ready! It comes in a well crafted wooden box with a drawer to hold all the extra links and cleaning cloth that were included.

This unique watch came ready to wear, custom sized to fit my wrist(I have a very small wrist). Make sure you select the watch sizing feature if you have trouble with watches sliding or being too tight.

The clasp on the back is very comfortable and easy to close- perfect for when your hurrying around in the morning!

These watches are not water resistant, so take care to keep them away from water. They can be cleaned/polished by rubbing a little lemon oil extract on with a soft cloth. Each watch comes with a 1 year warranty as well!

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These watches are the real deal. You can tell it’s a great quality piece just by looking at it, but even more so when you are wearing it. I’m so happy with it and won’t hesitate to tell people to check out these cool watches.

JORD also has a treat for each of you! JORD is giving each of you a $25 e-gift code to use on their site. How nice is that? This will only be available to receive through 12/11/16 so hurry over by clicking here!

Here you can find all the details for the watch I’m wearing or check out all the women’s or men’s styles! Happy shopping – check out the engraving gift options while you’re there!

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This post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

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Review | Sweet Lemon Thyme Fitness Skirt

About a month ago I found this super cute IG account that sold fitness skirts and I was pretty impressed with the selection and cute style. Introducing…. Sweet Lemon Thyme! Charity(the beauty AND brains behind the company) is in her words, “a health and fitness coach, meal prepper, marathoner, certified holistic nutritional health practitioner and passionate about educating others on health and nutrition.” She has created an extensive line of custom fitness skirts that are made of sweat resistant spandex and available in women’s and girls sizes.

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I chose this crazy fun donut print because, well…. it’s fun! This skirt is super comfortable and breathable.

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The stretch is awesome! And if you choose, this can even be a mid-thigh length skirt.

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With the option to also have full length leggings, this is also a perfect running/exercise skirt for fall and winter.

So head over to Sweet Lemon Thyme and check out all the prints and options! Then come back and tell me how much you love these skirts!

Click here to view the Dolly’s Donut Fitness Skirt.

Have a lovely day, ya’ll!

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Our Fixer Upper

 

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As some of you know, we bought a house on July 20th! Not just a house but a fixer upper! We had been house hunting for months and this house was up for auction online. It was quite stressful to bid on a house like we were buying a item on Ebay. Kinda weird, too. The auction was extended a few times and that just made me more nervous. We both agreed on a final price and submitted it. We had prayed that if we weren’t meant to get this house that we would be outbid. Needless to say, we were the top bidder! There were many difficult paperwork obstacles over the next few weeks but it was very satisfying and exciting to sit down at that conference table and sign those papers. What are our long term plans for this house? If we like it enough, we will stay and enjoy it awhile. We bought it with reselling in mind so that will drive a lot of our remodel decisions.

Now for the demo details! This is what was done over the first two/three weeks.

We began demo with tearing out the front deck, mainly because “what is a front deck?”. Exactly. Underneath sits a red brick front porch. We are still undecided on the future porch situation.image2

Our next project was to tear out the kitchen. There had been a big leak in the kitchen so we tore the whole thing down to the studs. I got to help with tearing the paneling walls out- very gratifying.

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Kitchen floor was completely rotted. Things aren’t always as they seem, huh?

The rotted section started under the sink(behind this section of wall) around pipes and went out a few feet from the wall. We had to replace everything around this section of the floor.image5

The same day we took out a hall wall.

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I was as excited as Joanna Gaines about taking that wall out! I took Nathan up on the offer to kick it down. So fun!

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Here are the two LOVELY bathrooms we completely gutted:

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This is what will become the master bath. Look at this wooden siding!

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We took it out of the bathroom, which was an add on to the house along with the garage, hence the siding, and we have a great project we will start soon with what we salvaged. I’m excited to show y’all!

Here are the three current bedrooms. We are keeping this original hardwood but will sand it down and stain it a darker color.

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The garage is very small for use as a garage but could make a great master bedroom so that’s the plan. I’ll have more pictures of that room soon. When finished, we will have a 4 bedroom 2 bath home!  Coming from a one bedroom apartment to 4 bedrooms will be unreal.

I’ll have new pictures soon and we will start the fun stuff- putting this house back together and making it look brand new! Stay tuned!

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Recipe | Easy Strawberry Cake Bars

Awhile back I asked my Instagram followers what they would like to see more of here on the blog. Recipes was one of the responses so I’ve finally decided to share one with you all. If you are a gourmet or “from scratch only” baker, just keep going, this one’s not for you. *wink* I’ll keep working on a harder recipe. We all know that we are better wives, cooks and moms if we skip the box stuff and do it the hard and healthy way. *another wink*

What I’m sharing today is super easy and uses a box of cake mix, two eggs(I used organic-bonus points for me!) and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. That’s it! I literally mixed it together and had it in the oven in 3-4 mins. It makes a great last minute dessert or an after school snack since it’s so quick to make.

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So here’s the details:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the cake mix(ignore box directions), the two eggs and the 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Spread the mixture in a 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake for 15 mins.

Optional: add sprinkles(like I did!) or white chocolate chips like this blogger  did! How cute do the white chocolate chips look with the sprinkles??!

Well, if you try these let me know how you like them! Happy Weekend!

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Natural Face Products| Indie Lee & Andalou

I’m totally out of this cleanser and need more, like, now! Love it so much! Check it out for yourself! 💕

shelly orvis | a lifestyle blog

The weather here in Alabama is finally offering hope of spring and my seedlings I planted a week ago have started sprouting up! In celebration of spring, I’m rounding up my favorite products that got me through the dry winter months.

The products that I’m sharing with you are products I never would have thought of trying before I won them in a giveaway(hosted by the beautiful Courtney Toliver– check out her blog for tons of great skincare tips!). I have spent thousands by now on products made for acne prone/dry/oily/combo skin and with no results had decided to resort to basically “washing” my face with a wet washcloth everyday. No face washes or creams. Everything made my face feel raw and look red. I can tell you after months of using these products that I wish I had looked into natural skincare long ago! No redness after using…

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Floral Skirt For All Seasons

Whew! Happy weekend, girls! We made it!

I’m ready for a beach trip with no schedule. Just relaxation! I’ll keep dreaming.

Let’s get right to the good stuff- I want to show you this gorgeous skirt from Mod.Posh. So pretty, right??!

I was thrilled with the fit- it’s a one size fits all with elastic(but tasteful) back and zipper. It’s a great mid weight fabric that’s  still light enough for summer. I absolutely love it!! I can’t wait to wear it into the fall and winter as well!

I’d highly encourage you to check out Mod.Posh….like, right now! 😉 You will love the clothes!

Have a great weekend, girls!

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