Yes I am talking about The Staves.  Maybe at first glance you thought I meant that really beautiful beach place with warm sun and relaxation waiting? Yeah I wish I was on a beach right now as well…but this hankering will do until we can take a little trip right?!

 

 

There is just something beautiful about their voice…It puts me in such a good mood listening to The Staves. I am all about these talented women showing off their talent! What do you think? Thought their voices were soothing? Hope you enjoyed one of my favorites!

 

xoxo

So I have found this amazing bag that I have gotten so many compliments since I got it…that I needed to share with everyone! I have really been needing a good looking bigger bag to fit everything in it when I need it to…just like Mary Poppins. It works for the weekdays, and even for a weekender bag!

I had passed by this bag so many times when I had walked through Forever 21, and I just never bought it…but I couldn’t stop thinking about it! What really caught my eye was how amazing the color looked with the gold accents…this could be the bag I could dress up, or dress down easily! And of course, as I am telling you this…it is nowhere to be seen on the website! But I just saw multiples in the store only a few days ago!

 

 

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Shirt – J Crew Factory.

Old skirt – Anthropologie.

Shoes – Forever 21.

New favorite gold earrings – Gypsy Threads.

Necklace – J Crew.

What has been your favorite bag lately?! I love changing to a different bag all the time!

P.S. I have worn my hair in a bun basically every day for a couple weeks now…I am sick of my hair and doing my hair at the moment! Maybe I will wear it down again one day…

xoxo

I’m pretty positive you have been having a real hankering for some S’Mores…because I know I have! ( And if I were being honest, there is never a time I don’t have a hankering for S’Mores. They are my weakness.) Since I don’t have a fire pit or a working fireplace and I am sick of using the stove top to roast my mallows…I needed to get more creative! So I was looking through Pinterest and came across S’Mores stuffed cookies and S’Mores dip. I thought about making one of these dishes, and then I decided to tweak it a little and make S’Mores, the perfect bite.

 

perfect bite

 

All you need is the basics…graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate(I think you should splurge for the good chocolate chips on this).

– I used my cast iron aebleskiver pan to create the perfect bite.

– Crush the graham crackers so that they are smaller pieces, but still a little chunky. Maybe even add some melted butter with the mixture so they stick a little better together.

– Put the graham cracker mixture down first, then sprinkle with chocolate chips, and top it with a marshmallow!

– Preheat oven to 450, bake the perfect bite for about 9 minutes…or until marshmallow is golden brown.

– The chocolate chips might seem like they haven’t melted at first…but they have, and they will taste delicious!

 

perfect bite

 

 

perfect bite

 

Oh, and you should probably have an indoor picnic for your indoor perfect bite S’Mores. It will be a perfectly enjoyable time! :)

 

Do you love S’Mores as much as I do? If so, are you going to try these?! If you do…can I come to the picnic to enjoy them with you??

 

xoxo

 

 

coconut oil

 

Today I have a little secret to share with everyone! I should probably be more embarrassed to admit this to everyone, but im not because I have loved it so much! Okay, here it is…I do not brush my teeth anymore.

Now that it has sunk in…I have been oil pulling. I have completely ditched my toothpaste, and I am loving it! I first ran into this idea when I was searching on the internet about tooth sensitivity and gum sensitivity. I feel like no matter what I have done, I have always had horrible sensitivity. It was becoming unbearable when I was brushing my teeth and I would flinch from the pain. I had seen a few articles on oil pulling…Wellnessmamahuffingtonpost, and trinaholden…and thought maybe I could do this. I thought about it, and then never really tried it. Then Design Mom, wrote a post on how she had been using this method…and I felt encouragement from someone I have never met, to really try it this time!

There are also supposed to be so many benefits from oil pulling. Some are teeth whitening, relieves toothaches, pulls all the bacteria out of the teeth, and etc…

How do you oil pull?

I put a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth, let it melt on my tongue, then I start swishing it in my mouth for 20 minutes. Then you spit it out into the trash can(it can clog the sink). I started with coconut oil…and the kind I was using was so disgusting to me, that I switched to olive oil. I am now back to a different brand of coconut oil, but really like both. 20 minutes was really hard for me at first, it felt like a lifetime! I soon realized, that if I were getting ready for the day, cleaning, or just moving around it went by a lot faster. I have oil pulled for 10-15 minutes before, and felt like it didn’t work as well…I actually oil pulled twice the times I didn’t go the full 20 minutes.

How often?

I generally oil pull once a day, first thing in the morning. I thought this was the weirdest because I was used to brushing my teeth 2-3 times a day. At night, I will brush my teeth with warm water if I feel like they are grimy. No toothpaste though.

Do your teeth feel clean?

My teeth feel extremely clean! Oil pulling is getting everything out and it is a completely different feel than brushing your teeth. At first I really missed the minty feeling after brushing your teeth…but I have really noticed that my breath and teeth feel cleaner. My breath seems to be more neutral and smells better…even if it doesn’t have the fresh minty smell right after, my breath just feels and smells better for a longer time.

Still floss?

I do still floss. I generally only floss at night now, because I feel like oil pulling in the morning gets everything.

Mouthwash?

When I am missing the minty fresh feeling, or I ate too much sugar that day, I will use mouthwash! Sometimes it feels really harsh on my mouth, because I am used to the natural oils. So I don’t use mouthwash every day.

Do I ever use toothpaste anymore?

No. The only time I have tried to use toothpaste was yesterday and today. I have been so sick with a cold that I couldn’t breathe when I was trying to oil pull. I didn’t like it. For 1 second I thought I missed it, and that it was so easy and not so time-consuming. But then my teeth and gums were hurting…and 5 minutes after I brushed my teeth, I felt like they were dirty again. I really missed oil pulling the past two days!

So there it is, my little secret of what has been going on in my dental care world. : )All I know is, my gum and teeth sensitivity has gotten so much better, I notice my teeth getting whiter, and my mouth feels so clean!  What do you think? Would you ever try this? Are you totally disgusted and turned off by this? I hope it intrigued you more than disgusted you!

xoxo