Thursday, June 6, 2019

Life is BUSY!

We had another little birthday party for Riley with family since none of them were able to make it in Kansas. He loved every minute of it!
Clint got his little helmet a week ago and he is doing great in it for the most part. It's an adjustment, but he is taking it like a champ!
My beautiful momma! 
It's been a minute since I have done a blog post because life is crazy! I feel like it has been go-go-go for the last few months! I started a new job with VIPKID, Chanse is in Houston for an internship with Shell, and the kids and I are in Utah visiting family. I haven't been amazing about taking pictures, but I do have some random ones that I wanted to share! We are so blessed and have had an amazing summer so far!

xoxo
Rachel 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Teeth Whitening For Sensitive Teeth

One of the first things I notice when I meet someone is their smile. I love how a smile can light up someone's face and make them look both confident and happy. When it comes to my own smile, I know I am much more likely to smile when I am comfortable with the way that my teeth look. A huge part of this is how white my teeth are. Because of this, I was super excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked me if I would like to try their teeth whitening system.
The process was simple and I loved how customized everything was to my teeth. I started off by taking impressions of my upper and lower teeth and then sending them back in so that custom trays could be created. These trays matched my teeth perfectly, which is something I have never experienced before with whitening my teeth.
I then used the whitening gel that they gave me, followed by the desensitizing gel. The whitening gel was very effective and the desensitizing gel helped a ton to reduce sensitivity to my teeth.

I went ahead and did my whitening in the mornings, but evenings would work as well. I got up, put the gel in my trays, and then got my kids and myself ready for the day while I whitened my teeth. I then put the desensitizing gel in my trays and put them back on my teeth. I only whitened my teeth for a week and I am super pleased with the results!
BEFORE and AFTER
I feel so much more confident now that my teeth are whiter! It is so easy to put yourself last as a wife and mother, but self care is so important both for your physical and mental well-being. Whitening my teeth with Smile Brilliant was very doable and honestly gave me the best results I've ever had with whitening my teeth. 

A few things I loved about my Smile Brilliant teeth whitening experience:

  • The trays were custom made to fit my teeth so this made the whitening process that much more effective. In the past, I have only used whitening strips, and they would slide all over my teeth. This made them much less effective at whitening my teeth.
  • The desensitizing gel was a game changer for me! The whitening strips that I used in the past had caused my teeth to become sensitive to hot and cold after whitening them, but this desensitizing gel made it so that this wasn't an issue.
  • The whitening process itself didn't take long and I was very pleased with the results that I got in such a short period of time. I feel like trying to remember to whiten my teeth for weeks on end really isn't something I am going to do well, but 7 days was so easy!


I have great news for you guys! I have a coupon code to get you 15% off your Smile Brilliant order!! The code is: simplyrachelnicole15

I also have more great news! I have a GIVEAWAY as well! One reader will receive a $149 Smile Brilliant credit! 
You can enter the giveaway HERE!

xoxo
Rachel 


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Riley’s 3rd Birthday!



We celebrated Riley's birthday on May 1st and it was such a fun day! We did several of his favorite things, including: getting donuts with sprinkles, playing on the Chickfila play place, picking out a toy, and going to gymnastics. I can't believe my sweet little boy is already 3! He is the sweetest boy ever and I'm so blessed to be his momma!

xoxo
Rachel 
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Clint’s Blessing Day

Chanse gave Clint the most beautiful blessing at the beginning of April! I am so grateful for all of my beautiful babies and this day was another reminder of just how blessed I am! :) We got some cute pictures of the kiddos, so I had to share. ;) 

xoxo
Rachel 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Silk 18 Conditioner Review





Today I'm excited to review Silk 18 Conditioner with you! I am always on the hunt for great products that I can use on my hair, so I was excited when Maple Holistics sent me this conditioner to try. I know how important it is for the review of a product to be honest, so here's a list of the pros and the cons that I came up with.

Pros

Smell- I absolutely love the smell of this conditioner! It reminds me of a vanilla bean or vanilla cupcake! I have a super hard time using a conditioner that doesn't smell very good, even if it works great on my hair, so this was a win!

Paraben and Silicone Free- Since these are not only harmful to your hair, but also linked to other negative health problems, I feel like no conditioner should use them. This conditioner is very natural and I really liked knowing exactly what I was putting onto my scalp and in my hair.

Helped Reduce Frizz- My hair can definitely be frizzy at times, and has been a bit worse postpartum. I really liked how this conditioner helped to smooth out my hair and tame some of the crazy frizz I get at times.

Moisturizing- The ends of my hair can get super dry and this makes my split ends worse. I really liked that this conditioner gave the ends of my hair some extra moisture and made my ends look a lot better. Granted, I still need a trim very badly ha!

Cons

Greasy- Now I don't know if this is just because my hair is naturally very greasy at the roots or what, but I did notice that my roots got greasy very quickly after using this conditioner. My hair felt great, but the greasy hair meant that I needed to wash it again soon ha!

Price Point- I know everyone has a very different price point when it comes to their hair products, but this could definitely be a con to someone who isn't used to spending much. I will say, you definitely get what you pay for though.

Overall, I thought this was a great conditioner, especially for someone who has dry hair! If you want to try out the shampoo that is made specifically for damaged hair, you can read more about it here.

xoxo
Rachel