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Hair Growth Secret… Revealed!

Since I posted this photo online:

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Everyone has been asking, “OMG, your hair is so long, what is your secret?! I wish my hair grew like that!”

The truth is, for the LONGEST time, my hair was falling out and wouldn’t grow at all. After you give birth, that “luscious hair” you’re suppose to get during pregnancy (I got none of it) actually falls out. I read some where that it’s really dead hair that your follicles hold on to while pregnant, thus giving you the illusion that your hair is thick and shiny (this could be totally off base though).

So, what really helped my hair grow and made my body give up the need to shed like a german shepherd in the summer??


When you become fat adapted, your hair grows. Because you are taking in more essential healthy fats, your hair follicles become healthier, your body is more energized and your hair grows.

Have you ever done a really low fat diet and your hair became brittle and dry? It’s because your body was lacking the nutrients it needs.

Aside from eating more fat, I noticed a HUGE difference in my hair once I started supplementing with Neocell Marine Collagen. Within a few days, I noticed my hair was softer, shinier and eventually, I noticed it really starting to grow!


I use marine collagen because it has a higher amount of glycine in it. This promotes not only a youthful appearance, but also cognitive and digestive health. The extra shine to my hair was just the sprinkles on the cupcake! Collagen also promotes healthy joints and muscles.

I recommend it to all of my family, friends and clients!

Lately, I have been using 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Marine Collagen Peptides in my lemon water every day. It’s a great option if you would rather mix it in instead of swallow pills. It also has a higher amount of protein in it than the Neocell version. Vital Proteins also has to-go packs which are awesome for traveling!


So there you have it, my secrets to healthier hair: higher intake of healthy fats and collagen! 



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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Review


Teeth, they’re always somewhat stained no matter what you do, am I right?!

I was stoked when Jessica from Smile Brilliant emailed me and asked if I would like to try their product. As a mom to a high needs baby who lives off coffee, I quickly replied HECK YEAH! 

The package comes with everything you need to start out: stuff to make your custom trays, whitening gel and desensitizing gel (which is really handy during the whitening process!).

The first thing you have to do is make your custom molds.


In layman’s words, basically, you just take the base and catalyst pastes, mix them together until you’re streak free, plop them evenly in the mold and press up into your gums. Easy as pie. 

Well, probably easier when you’re not trying to take a “I’m not looking at you awkwardly while pressing this paste into my mouth evenly” selfie anyway.


Pro tip – don’t pull out the mold too eagerly… otherwise…. you’ll spit all over yourself. Case in point below.


After you get your perfect molds, you send them back to Smile Brilliant in a pre-labeled package.


A few days later, you get your custom trays straight from their labs! I was surprised how quickly I received my trays. I definitely couldn’t wait to start whitening!


Unfortunately, I suffered quite a bit of sensitivity and even a little soreness in my gums after my second attempt at using the whitening gel and desensitizing gel per the instructions given with my box.

I tried a few variations on the process with the help & suggestions of Jessica at Smile Brilliant. (She was amazing – as well as all of their customer service agents!). I tried whitening every other day, using more of the desensitizing gel, as well as coconut oil on my gums to protect them. Nothing seemed to help much. I had to draw the line at giving up coffee or drinking it through a straw – a personal choice to stay sane in the mornings rather than have pearly whites. 

Luckily, Smile Brilliant has an amazing guarantee on your trays ($30 to replace if needed within 2 years) and a full money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied within 45 days!

I would say, I was highly satisfied with Smile Brilliant as a company, but due to my sensitivity, I could not fully get the benefits of the product. I can say, I have seen many great transformation pictures on social media as well as their website and other blogs!

So, if you’re looking for a cool whitening system that is less abrasive to your teeth while still promising results, check them out!


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Itchy Scalp Remedy

I have always had a drier scalp with some flake-age every now and then. It wasn’t until after I gave birth to my son that my scalp flared up like crazy! Think lots of flakes, dry scalp, sore spots and even burning. OUCH!

I tried everything…. natural shampoos like Just Natural Itchy Scalp shampoo and conditioner, PURA D’OR scalp therapy shampoo and conditioner, even slathering coconut oil all over my scalp for long periods of time.

Everything helped a little, but nothing was worth noting or kept my itchy flaking at bay.

I finally decided to try using Apple Cider Vinegar after my little sister text me a recipe. I figured, ACV cures EVERYTHING right?! So why the hell not…. I AM SO GLAD I DID! 

After just one treatment, I noticed a notable difference in my inflammation and itchiness. I also noticed that my flakes had decreased. I am currently three consecutive days in and my scalp hasn’t felt this good in about a year!


Here’s what I do: 

Start by mixing 3 tablespoons of raw Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 tablespoon water + 1 full dropper of Tea Tree Oil in a glass bowl.

(I use a glass bowl so that the oil doesn’t sink into the plastic.)

Section out one inch sections of your hair at a time. With your finger tips, apply a heavy dose of the mixture to your scalp.

I continue in this fashion, moving from my neck up to the crown of my head. I re-do this step until the mixture is all used up (about 3 times). I also really focus on the itchiest spots and apply a generous amount to them.



After the entire bowl is used up, I throw my hair into a high ponytail and wrap it in a Turbie Twist. I hang out here for about 30-45 minutes…. stinking it up for the entire family. They love it. Trust me.

Then I wash my hair with cool water and my trusty shampoo & conditioners (mentioned above).

After an application of PYT Argon Oil, I let my hair air dry when possible then style with my flat iron.

I have gotten really awesome results with this process! I’ll keep it up daily until the flakiness and itchiness is gone (or at least almost gone) & then do it a few times a week.

So, my itchy scalp friends, go forth and wear black. 



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JORD Wood Watches

I grew up with all kinds of wood. My dad owns a custom cabinet shop and I helped him out for many years building and installing cabinets like kitchens, bathrooms and entertainment centers.

You might be asking yourself, “what does this have to do with watches?” Well, for me, wood has a special place in my heart. I love the look of it and it definitely gives me many fond memories from the days when I would be sweating my butt off in a cabinet shop 🙂 Incorporating those memories into a time piece is a pretty neat idea in my book.


Accessories are usually an after thought now that I am busy accessorizing my son with extra bottles, burp towels, and blankets. I rarely take the time to even do my makeup, let alone style an outfit.

When I found JORD wood watches, I was super excited. Not only are these watches beautiful & unique looking, but they also give an outfit a finishing touch of class without making me have to think too hard (it’s awful to think more than I have to with a 2 month old).

I love my JORD watch. It is VERY lightweight, beautifully bold looking and I feel like it makes me look like I somewhat have my act together (and ANYTHING that makes me look like I am not a crazy new mom is A-OK with me!)

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What’s better than not looking like you’re a sleep deprived zombie? Owning something that comes from a responsible company who not only makes quality products, but uses sustainable materials and cares about the environment. WIN WIN. 

Want to get your own JORD watch? ENTER HERE TO WIN a $75 e-voucher good towards any JORD watch! 



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Maternity Photoshoot: Styled

Thank you all so much for the love on my maternity shoot photos. It can be so hard later in pregnancy to feel beautiful (and not like a cow) – so I truly appreciate all of the love and support! <3

My favorite look was my edgy leopard dress and leather jacket! I was thrilled when I found something new and fab while also being able to incorporate some of my older style pieces I already had.

My leather jacket has been with me through A LOT. It was one of the first pieces I bought when I lost weight and it holds special significance as one of my first smaller sized pieces. I have worn it for years and even used it in my engagement photos back in 2013. This jacket means strength, perseverance and a new outlook on life for me; so, it is only fitting that I wear it during big moments in my life. Who would have thought a jacket could hold so much meaning, right?!


For my maternity shoot, I knew I wanted a tighter fitting dress to show off my growing bump. At 36 weeks, I feel like I should celebrate what my body is capable of, not hide it!

When I found this fab little leopard number on, I knew I had to have it! The quality is amazing and it truly fit in all the right places. The fabric is 94% Rayon and 6% Spandex which means it doesn’t awkwardly stretch out or wrinkle. For someone who gets extremely hot, it’s nice to not have to worry about it looking sloppy from an internal steam job (lol). It also didn’t show sweat stains from the 90+ degree CA heat that just happened to show up that day.

Maternity 201616_-119I absolutely love the smaller leopard print! I have always been into slightly edgier fashion so this dress was just what I was looking for.

I paired this dress with my leather jacket (purchased years ago from Aeropostale), Carlos Santana ankle boots from Target, and a dainty silver necklace I got when on a trip with my sisters to Leavenworth, WA.

Lucky for me, my older sister, Kari, does amazing makeup! She was able to get my eyeshadow on point! I styled my hair with a straightener and couldn’t of been happier with how it came out. It has definitely been a learning  process when it came to that! =)

Overall, I got some great pictures (thanks to Kelly Wozniak Photography – who is AMAZING!) and I loved this look!

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Favorite Nude Lip Colors

I have ALWAYS been a red or hot pink kind of lip girl…. I love wearing reds everywhere; to weddings, date night, morning coffee… Honestly, when people say that bright lips are for the night only, I HIGHLY beg to differ. Bright lips are fab all day – every day.

Lately (maybe it’s the soon-to-be mom in me)… I have been LOVING NUDE LIPS. I seriously can’t get enough. I have even swapped out some of my old reds for new nudes. Below are my top five current favorites (from left to right): OFRA Long Lasting Lipstick in color “Mocha”,  KIKO Luscious Cream Creamy Lipstick in color “502”, Pacifica Natural Lipstick in color “Nudie Red”, NYX Lip Suede in color “Soft Spoken” & Makeup Monsters Liquid Lipstick in color “Tender”.


I love liquid lipsticks because they tend to stay better on my lips. That being said, a lot of them can feel drying and make your lips look like they are about to shed their top layer of skin. I haven’t found any of these liquid lipsticks (OFRA, Makeup Monsters or NYX) to be super drying. NYX is actually my current FAVORITE out of all of them (and it’s SUPER reasonably priced at around $7). I like this one because it is the most moisturizing out of all of them and it LASTS.

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OFRA & Makeup Monsters liquid lipsticks can tend to be a little drying if I don’t apply some sort of lip moisturizer beforehand. I will typically use either Vaseline or Carmax for about a half hour before applying and it seems to do the trick (just wipe off before applying the liquid lipsticks). Pacifica is a lipstick and it also feels a tad drying, BUT, it lasts forever (probably longer than you’d like LOL).

KIKO is my new jam. I love all of their nude lipsticks and they are so fab for layering! I have used the OFRA liquid lipstick in Mocha with the KIKO lipstick over it and love, love, LOVE the result. I found that layering the two also leads to longer lasting results. The best part? It doesn’t fade weird either! After a long day of wearing both together, I had an even fade.

I’m constantly on the look out for awesome nudes, comment below with some of your favorites!


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