New smile with Smile Direct Club

I want to talk to you guys about something that I have been wanting to do forever, straighten my smile!  I had braces when I was in junior high, but shortly after that I lost my retainer and as I got older my teeth began to shift.  I really didn't want to wear braces again and that's when I discovered Smile Direct Club.  They offer invisible aligners to straighten your smile and you can do the whole thing from home.  I ordered my at-home-impression kit and even though I was afraid I might mess it up at first, the directions were great and it was so easy to do. Not to mention, playing in the putty was pretty fun ;)  You mail it straight back to them, along with some pictures and they send you a virtual journey to your new smile so you can check out exactly what your teeth will look like at the end of the treatment.  You can use code POSITIVELYPEARSON  for 50 % off your at home impression kit! Click here to get started!

Once the doctors have created your aligners you get a kit that looks like this in the mail.  It has all of your aligners in it along with some fun freebies!  No kidding, the chapstick they send is my favorite of all time!  They also send a storage case for your aligners and some helpful tools to get them situated in your mouth correctly and to help get them out (which can be tricky when you are first getting started).  They also include whitening gel pens so not only will your teeth be perfectly straight, but also sparkling white!  They also send you emails when you need to switch your aligners to a new set.  The support team is always super friendly and helpful if you need anything as well.

I am a little over half way through my treatment now and I can already tell a big difference.  Not just in the way that my teeth look, but also the way I bite down and chew.  You need to wear your aligners as much as possible, but take them out when eating or drinking anything besides water. That took some time to get used to, but the trade off of not having metal in my mouth all the time was well worth it.

Here is a before I started treatment picture and you can see how my teeth have shifted out of line since braces.  I don't do selfies alone so thanks to my bud Courtney on the left for being in the pic with me ;)

This picture was taken just a week ago half way through my treatment.  I can't believe how much they have changed and I still have a couple of months to go.

 My whole treatment is for 5 months. Treatment time is based on the severity of your teeth and how often you wear your aligners.  I have been so pleased with my experience so far and highly recommend Smile Direct Club if you are thinking about braces or aligners.  I will be sure to update you guys at the end of my treatment with all of the befores and afters!

Olivia's Flamingo Luau Party!

Hey friends!  It has been forever since I blogged. I feel like that is how I start all of my blogs lately because it just never happens anymore ha!  I had to share Olivia's 5th birthday party though.  She wanted a pool party this year and with a summer birthday there aren't too many options that don't involve water with this 95 degree heat so I was happy to oblige.  She loves pink and flamingos so I just wanted it to be tropical and fun and keep the decor simple (as simple as a giant balloon arch can get anyways).

I teamed up with my favorite Etsy shop Glitter Party Co to make my visions come to life!  Candace always nails it with her fun decor for every holiday and birthday!  She made the adorable palm banner as well as the flamingo cupcake toppers and pineapple fringe for the doughnuts.  I love how it turned out!

She also collaborated with another favorite shop of ours, Lulebloom to create the custom flower and letter FIVE cake topper.  It was the perfect, girly touch to the cake!

I ordered the flamingo cup holder floaties from amazon and they also served as party favors, along with some stylin sunglasses and tattoos!  

I made the balloon garland the night before the party and while it looks elaborate it is actually pretty easy to make.  I used an electric air pump to blow up the balloons and it cut my time in half, not to mention saved my lungs!  I cut a small hole in the bottom of each balloon after I tied them and then just threaded them on some bakers twine.  I found the large balloons and the confetti balloons on amazon as well as the number 5.  I used command hooks to hang them and draped the balloons how I wanted them to hang.

Olivia's bikini can be found here and her flower clip is from Lulebloom.  I also had a small and large flamingo floats in the pool from amazon.  The leis can be found here as well as the tassel garland and grass table skirt.  If I left anything out just let me know!

We had such a great time celebrating our girl! I still cannot believe I have a 5 year old!  Most importantly, she had the best time and says that it was the best birthday ever.  Time to start planning Jack's THIRD birthday coming up in just a couple of weeks!  Pass the tissues!