Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6  I hope to inspire you to create many wonderful memories with your children as well as be their light in this world of darkness.

How I Whiten My Teeth: Professional At Home Teeth Whitening + Giveaway

Smile Brillaint

I’ve always been a sucker for at home teeth whitening. In fact, I used to whiten my teeth every two weeks with drugstore whitening strips. However, several things happened. First and foremost it got way to expensive, second my teeth and gums became so sensitive I had to stop drinking ice water, and lastly, I got lazy.

For the past month I’ve been trying out Smile Brilliant, a professional at home teeth whitening system. They mail you a kit that includes molds, so that you can get custom fitted trays to professionally whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.

Having a beautiful, white, smile is so important to me. Not only is my smile one of the first things people notice, it directly correlates with how I feel. Having pearly whites boost my confidence, self-esteem and is most importantly it’s known to improve oral health.

In the past I’ve considered getting my teeth professionally whitened at the dentist, however the outrageous cost and lack of time has prevented me from doing so.

My first impression of Smile Brilliant was “wow,” this looks super easy. The instructions were simple and the supplies to make the molds for my trays were easy to work with.

I made my molds, mailed them in and a week later I was on my way to professionally whitening my teeth.

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The trays I received were great quality and most importantly they fit comfortably.

I was able to see a noticeable difference in the color of my teeth after my third night. The first night I only left my trays in for 30 minutes. I wanted to get a feel for how my teeth felt afterwards. Luckily, I had no sensitivity. Smile Brilliant comes with a desensitizing gel for after your whitening session, and I firmly believe this helped my teeth not be so sensitive. After my first session of 30 minutes, every night there after I began leaving the trays in for 3 hours. Because you’re whitening at home, this wasn’t a big deal. I could still do all my motherly duties and get pearly whites all at the same time. You can’t do that sitting in a chair at the dentist!

Even after all the coffee I drink, I have yet to see my stains come back. I’ve also had several friends ask me how I got my teeth so white,so it must be working!! I am very pleased with my results and will definitely be recommending Smile Brilliant to all of my friends and family. Below is my before and after pictures. You can find more HERE. You can also find an in-depth video of the process HERE.

Befor Smile Brilliant

After Smile Brilliant

A quick recap of who Smile Brilliant is and why I recommend them.

  • Smile Brilliant is a professional teeth whitening system that gives you the opportunity to get professional whitening results in the comfort of your own home.
  • High quality custom-fitted trays that are comfortable.
  • A fraction of the cost in comparison to getting your teeth whitened at the dentist.
  • Saves you time. Don’t waste time sitting in the chair at the dentist, get done what you need to at home while you whiten.

Now it’s your turn!! Smile Brilliant is graciously giving a Smile Brilliant Kit to one of ya’ll!! All you have to do is ENTER HERE!

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If you’d like to try Smile Brilliant yourself enter code everydaydame5  at checkout for a 5% discount!

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*Thank you Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post

Mickey: The Miniature Aussiedoodle

Miniature Aussiedoodle

I’ve been getting a few questions about Mickey, a Miniature Aussiedoodle. So, I thought it would be easiest to share some background information on him here on the blog.

Mickey’s breeder is Aussiedoodle Dreams out of Georgia.

A little about Mickey..He was born August 29th, 2016. He is a multi-generational Miniature Aussiedoodle. His coat color is called blue merle, which is something we really loved about him. We also loved the fact that his coat was on the straighter side. His weight should be around 25-30lbs. We didn’t want a really large dog so that is the main reason we chose the miniature vs. the standard, who’s weight ranges from 40-70lbs.

We knew we wanted a dog that had a poodle mix. I have mild dog allergies and more importantly I can’t do shedding, I’m too ocd! We looked at several different breeds, Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, and the Aussiedoodle. The Aussiedoodle is ultimately what we decided to go with due to their adaptability, temperament, and trainability.

Mickey has been such a wonderful addition to our family. He is loving, protective, loves to play with the kids, and is a super fast learner. I would highly recommend this breed!

He gets lots of compliments on his bowtie which you can find HERE. Luckily, Mickey doesn’t have that doggy smell..yet. But, for in-between baths we use THIS deodorizing spray! His two favorite toys to play with are THIS  and THIS and of course everything else laying on the floor. lol

Any other questions please feel free to ask!! 🙂

Beach Day With The Beachmate


Beach days are so much fun with kids. But it can be such a pain trying to haul multiple beach bags, beach toys and coolers down to the beach!  That’s why I’m so glad we found the Beachmate. This stylish all-in-one beach bag not only holds all of your essentials but includes a cooler, 1 large, 2 medium and 2 small buckets, as well as 2 large durable shovels. No more flimsy shovels breaking in the sand. These suckers are awesome and perfect for all ages. It also has several compartments to store things like keys, phones and other essentials so you never have to worry about things falling down and getting lost in the bottom of your bag.Beachmate-Kid-Friendly


The cooler is the perfect size to hold several drinks and plenty of snacks while keeping them refreshed throughout the day. The best part about it was that it fit perfectly in the bottom of the Beachmate. It was nice to have two free hands to hold my little ones instead of worrying about tons of bags to carry down to the beach.



I’ll have to admit, when I first received the Beachmate I was a little concerned about how big it was. But my fears quickly diminished when we put this multi-tasking bag to the test! It was lightweight, durable and user friendly.  I say user friendly because this is more than just your average beach bag, it’s complex. However, the complexity serves a purpose with its ergonomic design. It’s easy to use and when your hot, tired and ready to get the heck out of dodge it easily cleans up and packs away.




These days are precious with our kids. I want to spend as much time with them as possible, not hassling with multiple bags, gadgets and gizmos. So, when I come across great products like the Beachmate that not only simply life, but make it fun, I have to share! I love that they are a family owned business and work hard to make the lives of families easier and stress free. Speaking of stress free, if you’re thinking about taking any last minute vacations, make sure to read my post about  how to survive family vacations with kids!!


Get your Beachmate for your next beach trip HERE!

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{Disclosure :: The Beachmate was gifted to us, but all opinions are 100% my own. We love this bag and think every mommy and daddy will too!}

50+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Non-Toy Gift Ideas for preschoolers

With Colton’s 4th birthday next month I’ve been thinking of some fun non-toy gift ideas for preschoolers. We all know that our kids have more toys then they know what do with. This year for his birthday I’ve decided I want to give him an experience rather than a toy.

I think it’s so important to teach our children gratitude as well as teach them to respect and take care of their things.  Statistics show the more we have the harder it is to be grateful.  I challenge you  to think outside the box when it comes to birthdays and Christmas. Some of the best presents don’t come wrapped!

50+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Not all of my suggestions are experiences,  however NONE are toys that will get lost between the couch cushions!

  1. Magazine Subscription (Highlights, National Geographic Kids, Time for Kids)
  2. Trip to the zoo
  3. Tickets to a sports game
  4. Tickets to a play or musical
  5. See a Movie
  6. Trip to a museum or interactive museum like the Discovery Place
  7. Disney (shhhh this is Colton’s gift)
  8. Beach or mountain getaway (we always use Airbnb to book our vacations. It’s the most comfortable accommodations when you have kids! If you join with this link you get $35 in travel credit!)
  9. Subscription Boxes (Kiwi Crate, Little Passports)
  10. Gymnastic, music or sports class
  11. Bubbles, sidewalk chalk or puzzles for creative play
  12. Clothes (pjs, socks, undies)
  13. Get out of chore cards (don’t want to help pull out a card.. My brother-in-law mentioned get of a spanking card haha he was totally joking but I thought it was hilarious!)
  14. Date day with mommy or daddy
  15. Fishing (this is a cute fishing pole..I know it’s just something else to collect dust! lol But maybe it will encourage you to spend more time together on a hobby they like!)
  16. Camping (I love this sleeping bag. Great for sleepovers too!)
  17. Art supplies
  18. Horseback riding or a pony ride
  19. Visit a local farm
  20. Canoeing
  21. Fireworks show
  22. Putt-putt
  23. Amusement Park
  24. Fruit picking or pumpkin patch
  25. Helicopter ride (Myrtle Beach (Oceanfront Helicopters) has rides for only $20 per person!)
  26. New bedroom decor and paint. Let them pick the theme!
  27. Circus
  28. New shoes (I love getting our shoes from 6pm. They are very affordable name brand shoes!)
  29. Fun Suitcase or travel bag (if you travel a lot you MUST check this suitcase out!)
  30. Watch ( I love this interactive watch. If you’re looking for something simple this is a cute one!)
  31. Plant a garden
  32. Train ride (we went on the Polar Express for Christmas last year, it was such an amazing experience! They have locations all over the U.S.)
  33. Magic Show
  34. Sewing machine (This is a great beginner sewing machine for only $69. If you’re looking for an actual kids sewing machine you have to check this one out it’s only $21 it says it’s for 8+ but it’s never to early to start working with them. This is a great for praticing  hand-eye coordination.)
  35. Tablet (this one is great for kids! Colton has one and loves his!)
  36. Tools
  37. Books
  38. Camera (I know what your thinking.. yeah right. But my son loves taking pictures. It can even be a cheap little disposable camera. My mom got Colton this camera for his birthday.)
  39. Hot air ballon ride
  40. Disney DVD club
  41. Trip to the fire station
  42. Bowling
  43. Roller rink
  44. Pottery painting
  45. Bath goodies (diy soap kit, bath paint or markers, bubbles)
  46. Subscription for ABC Mouse (Colton LOVES ABC Mouse. He uses it just about everyday!)
  47. Telescope
  48. Fun eating utensils, cups or plates ( I love these cups from Target)
  49. Photoalbum (I made a small photobook on Shutterfly with all his best friends and family and he loves it! Being military and moving every 2 years this was very special to him. It has all his friends (whom he misses dearly) from past places we’ve lived.
  50. Donate to a charity instead of a gift/Volunteer (there’s no better way to teach gratitude than teaching the art of giving.
  51. Small pet (like a fish or mini turtle)
  52. Free Hugs (everyone loves FREE and HUGS!) 😉

Do you guys have any other suggestions for non-toy gift ideas for preschoolers? If so PLEASE SHARE!

Child Training Bible | The Only Bible Your Child Will Ever Need

The Child Training Bible has been such a blessing to our family. For years I have struggled with wanting to raise my children in a godly manner and have done nothing about it until now! 

Proverbs 22:6 says train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. This has always been a conviction on my heart. Am I doing all I can to “train up my children?” Honestly, I didn’t even know where to begin before I started using the Child Training Bible. Sure, we read The Bible, talked about Jesus and did a few crafts here and there. But The Child Training Bible brings Gods word to life. It’s a practical, fun and loving way to instruct our children using God word.

I know a lot of parents (including myself) who easily feel overwhelmed when trying to teach their children The Bible. Whatever you do don’t let the enemy discourage you from teaching your children valuable lessons. These are precious, valuable times and our children need us now more than ever to etch the word of God on their hearts.

The Child Training Bible hands down has been the best tool for our family when it comes to “real life” application of Gods word.

Child Training Bible

5 Ways Our Family Has Used the Child Training Bible

1. When my son is struggling with a specific issue, we can go straight to the bible to see what Gods word says about it

2. For disciplining

3. Scripture memory

4. Prayer Prompts

5. Cross referencing when doing our daily devotions.

The uses for this Bible are endless and it is a Bible that can grow with your children. There have been many occasions I have used it myself. If you have looked for ways to teach your children The Bible and bring Gods word to life I highly recommend The Child Training Bible.

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What are some of your favorite ways to teach your children the bible? Do you know of any great resources out there?

Click here to buy The Child Training Bible!

You will also need to buy tabs and Sharpie Markers for highlighting!

Child Training Bible Essentials


**This is NOT a sponsored post. I just love this Bible so much I had to share it! 🙂


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