Cast Iron Pizza

Kyle and I are huge cast iron pizza fans. It’s easy, delicious, inexpensive, and filling. All you need is a cast iron pan (9-12”), dough, olive oil/vegetable oil, red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, and any additional toppings you like.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees
2. Coat cast iron with thin layer of olive oil and place in the oven for 10 minutes to preheat the cast iron.
3. Stretch out dough and place on the hot cast iron.
4. Top dough with sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.
5. Place in oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until desired crispiness.
6. Let the pizza cool, then slice it up and enjoy!

Enjoy,
Meredith
XOXO

My Favorite Cruelty-Free Products/Brands

Skin Care


Alpyn Beauty- I really appreciate how passionate Alpyn Beauty is about being sustainable and having clean ingredients in their products. I truly feel like this company cares about its consumers. Alpyn Beauty has won an Allure Award and a Byrdie! I use the Alpyn Beauty’s PlantGenius® Creamy Bubbling Cleanser with Fruit Enzymes & AHAs. It has done wonders for my skin. I have combination skin and this product really helps keep my skin balanced and clean!
Alpyn Beauty Creamy Bubbling Cleanser is sold at Sephora and cost $28

Honest Beauty – Overall a clean brand with affordable prices. This brand can be found at Target. The packaging is very cute, it is clean, and simple. I use the hydrogel cream in the morning and at night. This face cream is the perfect consistency and is good for all skin types, it’s dermatologist recommend, and is dye free. It also doesn’t leave a tacky residue. I use to use Youth to The People face cream but their products are on the pricer end!
Sold at Target and costs $19.99

The Ordinary- PEACE OUT ZITS! The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is my saving grace. The Ordinary is the bees knees!! I have heard great things about so many of their products. I also really love that they have such LOW prices. Of course with any brand there are hit or miss products but I HIGHLY recommend the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum.
Serum sold at Sephora and Ulta- $5.90

Drunk Elephant – This brand is adorable but expensive. I only use there sunscreen for my face. I personally like it better than the unseen sunscreen everyone raves about.
Sunscreen is sold at Sephora – $34

Herbivore- The Blue Tansy Mask is AMAZING!! It got rid of my minor acne scars. I bought this after watching Hyram’s Youtube video! I also took his skincare course. If you feel lost when it comes to skincare check him out! I am going to link the video here because he will be able to explain it best!! He has SO many videos that includes this product.
Hyram’s acne scare video – HELPED ME SO MUCH
Face mask is sold at Sephora- $48

Youth to The People- I am not using any of their products at the moment. I use to use their face cream and eye cream. I have really liked everything I’ve tried but they can be on the pricer side. This company’s main focus is to be sustainable and clean!
AM Moisturizer – $48
PM Moisturizer – $58
Eye Cream – $38

Face toner??? I finally found a cruelty-free one that caught my eye! I don’t want to share it until I test it out for a little longer. I will update you soon.

Make up


Hourglass- I was thrilled to find out Hourglass was cruelty-free when I was switching all of my products over initially! Hourglass is defiantly one of my all time favorite brands. Yet, their ingredients are mediocre I wouldn’t label Hourglass as a clean company. I love there foundation stick and veil make up primer. I am comfortable using their products but if you are looking for strictly clean products I would look into their ingredients a little more and make sure it’s the right fit for you!
Foundation Stick- $46
Veil Primer-$54

W3ll People- I use the Bio Base Baked Pressed Powdered Foundation and Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer with SPF 30. I love both of these products! The powdered foundation is a perfect match for my skin tone!! The tinted moisturizer is a close skin tone match but I just love the coverage and feel so much that I don’t even care. Best tinted moisturizer I’ve used. I am hoping they come out with some more shade soon. The only downside to W3ll People is that there are very few shades to choose from.
Powered Foundation- $25
Tinted moisturizes – $29.99

Honest Beauty – This brand is clean, cruelty-free, and affordable! I love there blush and tinted lip balm. I use to use their mascara. I really liked it but I do like my Thrive mascara more. Yet, if your looking for a more budget friendly option the honest beauty mascara is still a great contender. Warning it does tend to flake at the end of the day!
Blush- $12.99
Tinted Lip Balm- $8.99
Mascara- $16.99

Thrive- WORLD BEST MASCARA HANDS DOWN!!! Zero flaking!!! No primer needed and received the 2020 Allure Award!! Do I even need to say more haha. I got this from my sister for Christmas and I do not see myself buying another mascara again. I want to try more of their products now.
Mascara- $24

Lawless- Great Eyeshadow pallets! I am very mediocre at doing eyeshadow so if you are really into eyeshadow I am interested to hear your take! The pallet I have is called “The Little One Eyeshadow Pallet”. They have a few other pallets to choose from. This one has so many good neutrals.
Pallet- $25

Patrick TA and Bite Beauty- Both of these brands are cruelty-free and have the BEST lip sticks. I use the Bite Beauty Lip Crayon and the Patrick TA Monochrome Moment Silky Lip Crème! They are a staple in my make up routine. Both have a matte finish but don’t make my lips look dry and wrinkly.
Patrick TA Silky Lip Creme- $24
Colors I use-
She’s Unapologetic
She’s Secure

Bite Lip Crayon- $26
Colors I use-
Glace
Leche
** I love to mix these together!

Elf – Vegan and cruelty free brand! I was shocked when I found this out. Overall elf is very affordable and easy to get your hands on! Can be found at Target and Walmart. I use their felt eyeliner pen and love it!! It is beginner friendly.
Eyeliner cost- $3

Urban Decay- All Nighter Setting Spray…… nothing beats it…. nothing! You might already use this setting spray. Its a classic for sure. No other setting spray works for me. It’s cruelty free, vegan, and water proof.
Standard Size Cost- $33
Value Size (2 bottles)- $42
Hack- Find a friend and buy the value size for $42! You get two full size bottles. If you split each bottle it ends up being $21 instead of $33!

Hair Care


Kristen Ess- I use the Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner. I chose this brand/ product because it is affordable, clean, and cruelty free. I use to use Pureology! I used Pureology for three plus year and I hate to break it you I see absolutely NO difference in my hair. Not only is Pureology EXPENSIVE but it is not clean (to my standards) or cruelty free! Also fun fact Pureology is owned by L’Oreal.
Sold at Target – Shampoo $10 and Conditioner $12


Briogeo- I use the Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Oil! The packaging is aesthetically pleasing. The packing is clear and white with a real mini flower inside. This product runs for $30 a bottle. A little goes a long way. This product is clean, cruelty free, vegan, suitable for all hair types, made without silicones, and won the 2020 Allure Award. As a blonde I appreciate that the oil is clear. My hair dresser suggested that I stay away from colored oils (ex. Maroccan oil is yellow). She told me that it will change the tone of my hair. This tip has changed my hair game completely! Peace out yellow hair, smell ya later.
Sold at Sephora – Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil!- $30

Olaplex – A.K.A my FAVORITE brand!! Where do I even start! Olaplex is a clean and cruelty free brand. I love their products. Olaplex has hands down have upped my hair game. I use the Olaplex No. 0, 3, and 6.


No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment- I recently started using number 0 but essentially this product helps repair damaged hair and increase volume. This product cost $28 and is good for all hair types (According to Sephora).

No. 3 Hair Perfecter-
This is my FAVORITE Olapex product. If you only had room in your budget for one hair product this is the hair product I would recommend! Especially if you dye your hair. I use this product biweekly. It is recommended to use this product 1 – 2 times a week. Yet, due to the bottles size and the price of the product I use it every other week! This product is good for color care, damage, and volume. This products costs $28 and is good for all hair types. (According to Sephora)

No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme- You defiantly get your moneys worth! A little goes a long way. This product is good for shine, hydration, damage, and frizz. I use this product whenever my hair is feeling dead or looking dry! This product cost $28 and is good for all hair types. (According to Sephora)

All three products are sold at Sephora and cost $28

Body Care


Billi – I use Billi Razors and Chapstick! I love these razors and I have peace of mind knowing I am supporting a company that is cruelty- free. Are your razors from a cruelty-free company?
Sold online only

Native- I love my Native deodorant and body wash! I love that Native launches seasonal scents. It makes deodorant fun. 10/10 recommend the pumpkin spice deodorant. Haha it was one of their fall scents and I wish they had it all year round.
Sold at Target- Deodorant costs $12 and Body Wash cost $8

Dossier – Is a cruelty-free, clean, and affordable perfume company! They make dupes for pretty much any perfume you can think of. I use the orential oakmoss perfume by them and it smell just like my Chanel perfume………but its only $29! I reached out to them and they gave me a 10% off discount code (meredith10)

Static Nails – Not only the best cruelty- free and clean nail polish, it is the best nail polish I have ever tried. It drys faster than normal polish and it look like gel! They also gave me a discount code. If you use the code meredith15 you can save 15%.
Cost varies- Available at Nordstrom. I buy like to buy from the Static Nails site because there are more options.

Nectar Bath Treats – The cutest bath bombs!! Nectar bath treats has fun self care goodies. Defiantly worth a look!

Resources

Keep in mind everyones skin is different what works for me might not work for you! If you need help finding clean beauty products I recommend checking out the EWG APP! I made a whole blog post about it. I linked it here if you’re interested. Essentially the app rates products on a scale and lets you know what ingredients are harmful in a the products you are using. Lastly, the website Cruelty-Free Kitty is a great resource for finding good cruelty-free brands!

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or blog post request feel free to message me on Instagam @meredithsfinds

XOXO,
Meredith Foreman

Three Rules For Layering Necklaces

How I like to layer my necklaces and 3 rules I live by!

  1. Three is a party four is a crowd.
    I personally like to keep my necklaces at 3 max. Otherwise they get tangled and my whole “aesthetic” gets messed up. Now don’t get me wrong some girls came make more work. I just think it’s easier to keep it at three.
  2. Different chain sizes!
    I love to mix chain sizes. My favorite combo is – herringbone, link chain, and traditional chain.
  3. Layering Clasps
    Layering clasp are a must! I had a cheap one from amazon that was amazing but it wasn’t the best quality and it broke….I have heard great things about the Kendra Scott one! I am waiting for it to get back in stock. I will link it here.

    My current favorite necklace combo-

    Madewell- Herringbone Chain Necklace
    Gorjana- Parker Mini
    Amazon- Layering set ( I will link. Only wearing one of the three from the set)
    or this initial necklace would look SO GOOD! It is more expensive but this is what I haven been wanting!

    Shop these pic’s by clicking this linkhttps://www.liketoknow.it/ltk/6UpJmXCGBvyTjVm41a8ePN

Life Update?? Jan 2020

Hello and welcome to my very first life update. LOL if you are reading this you’re probably like girl I hardly know you!! What do you mean life update? I am more of a let’s cut to the chase and get to the good stuff kind of girl. My high school language arts teacher said it best… “you write like you talk”. I think he meant it as an insult but I am more of an optimist so…I took it as a compliment. I told myself it meant my writing had an excellent voice and character.


Let’s get back to the update. I am engaged, living in Flagstaff, teaching 1st grade. Teaching this year has been really different. I have been teaching online due to COVID since the beginning of the school year. Being remote has presented its challenges but I have been chugging along.


Kyle and I have been engaged for about a year and a half. We have two dogs Timo and Burnz. Both of our dogs are named after Sharks hockey players. Timo is the newest addition to our family. Timo is a Vizsla and he is just under a year old. Burnz is almost 2 years old and he is a golden retriever collie mix… we think.

When are we going to get married??? We don’t know for sure yet. We want to wait until Kyle graduates from PT school. He graduates this December and we plan to get married next summer. We will start to plan our wedding this summer. More info and wedding planning details will come as soon as we know.


Currently, we live in Flagstaff and are LOVING IT. But……we are going to move this May/June! Kyle has his PT rotations this summer in Phoenix so we are going to be moving to Phoenix this summer. We actually are going to move in with Kyle’s parents for about 6 months! I absolutely adore Kyle’s family and I am so thankful Kyle’s parents are allowing Kyle, myself, and our 2 dogs to live with them. It will most defiantly be an adjustment downsizing but we are ready for this next chapter in our life.

Current To-Do List

  1. Find a job in Phoenix
  2. Look into getting a storage unit/ figure out how to pack/store a couch and mattress
  3. Determine a wedding date

For more day to day life update follow me on Instagram @Meredithsfinds

XOXO,

Meredith ❤

SB Coffee Hacks From a Former Barista

Are you a coffee lover? Are you a penny pincher? Do you like getting the same drink from Starbucks but for cheaper? If you said yes to any of these questions….then you are in the right place. I became a coffee addict at a young age and learned that if I wanted to drink coffee, I couldn’t be ordering any fufu drinks that cost $5+ dollars. So let’s uncover the secrets of getting what you want for a price you’ll love.

Suggestions when ordering:

  1. Order on the mobile app! Pricing is more consistent,especially if you are going to use the Starbucks hacks below.
  2. Order al a carte

SB Coffee Hacks For Iced Latte’s

Iced Latte

  1. Order on mobile app (why not save time)
  2. Search iced espresso
  3. Select cup size (2 shots and 4 pumps is the ratio for grande)
  4. Add milk and select regular or extra amount. I choose extra!
    Cost: $2.75 Org. Cost: $4.39

    Iced White Mocha
  1. Order on mobile app (why not save time)
  2. Search iced espresso
  3. Select cup size (2 shots and 4 pumps is the ratio for grande)
  4. Add 4 pumps of white mocha sauce
  5. Add milk and select regular or extra amount. I choose extra!
    Cost:$3.39 Org. Cost: $5.50
    ** Cost can vary state to state. These examples are from Arizona in 2021.

    More recipes below! Email or message me on Instagram for any specific questions or requests. Always adding more drinks to my highlight reel on Instagram.

Alpyn Beauty – Skincare

I recently have made the switch to using skincare products with clean ingredients. After researching and looking for skincare products that were cruelty-free and had clean ingredients I came across Alpyn Beauty. Why I was drawn to Alpyn Beauty apart from being cruelty-free and having clean ingredients was because they were available at Sephora (sounds like a silly reason I know). I not only like buying products while earning points at the same time, but also when a brand is only sold on their independent website you never know what their customer support looks like. I know that if I don’t like a product Sephora will take it back with no hassle. Let’s be honest not everyone’s skin is the same so what works for one person might not work for the next. So I don’t like sharing or buying beauty products from places that won’t guarantee yours or my satisfaction.

More reasons for why I chose to use items form Alpyn beauty was because they had good reviews, their cleanser won a 2020 Birdie (eco beauty award), have aesthetically pleasing packaging, certified vegan, 100% recyclable glass, minimal packaging, and are a sponsor of the Wild Treasure Campaign.

Products I Have Tried

Plant Genius Creamy Bubbling Cleanser

Not only did the cleanser win a 2020 birdie award (eco beauty award) but this cleanser is rich in antioxidants and has ingredients in it that leaves your skin soft and silky while also nourishing your skin with essential vitamins. This cleanser comes in a recyclable glass container (pump included). I have fallen in love this the cleanser. It leave my skin feeling clean, smooth, and energized. This product isn’t overly drying on the skin which is something I tend to struggle with when trying new cleansers. I give this product the Meredithsfinds seal of approval! The container is 4 fl. oz and cost $36.

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Calming Midnight Mask With Melatonin & Wild Dandelion

Can you say sweet dreams? Not only does your skin look fabulous but its delightful natural scent leaves you feeling relaxed and ready for bedtime. This overnight mask is packed with antioxidants and melatonin. There is also wild dandelion, hyaluronic acid, and natural non- irritating alternatives for retinol (bakuchiol). This mask comes in a glass packaging (pump included) it is 2.0 fl oz and costs $68

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Here is a better look at all of the products that they offer. You can shop all of these products by clicking on this photo. It will bring you directly to my LTK.

Let’s Get Organized

Today’s blog post is dedicated to different items that help with the organization of my apartment. These are things I have personally purchased or am going to buy to help organize my apartment. A one-bedroom apartment with two dogs and my fiancé is getting a little tricky to keep clean. Within this blog post, I will include different organization tips a trick.

All of the photos in this post are “shop-able”. If you like something just click on it and it will take you to where you can buy that item!

Let’s get started!

Let’s start with the bathroom. Above this, you will see some images of different organizational/ storage items that I recommend for the bathroom. First is the rotating beauty organizer. I have this on my counter so that I have all the products I use frequently readily available. This helps me know exactly where everything is without having to search through a drawer. It also prevents me from leaving everything scattered on my countertop. This would also be great for under your sink!

Next, you will see some stackable drawers these drawers are great for under your sink. These help with proving more storage. I personally will use an expo marker to label what’s inside. Lastly are these stackable bins for inside your drawers. These are great because you can customize them to meet your needs. I use mine to organize my makeup and other beauty products.

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Ottomans are great for living rooms, bedrooms, or where you need extra seating! We have two of these in our apartment. One of our ottomans is in our living room and we use it to store board games and extra blankets. The second ottoman is in our bedroom and we use it for clothing! I Highly recommend an ottoman of some sort. Wayfair has a ton of options! They act as extra seating as well which is great if you have limited space. Our dogs love the one in our bedroom it acts as there dog bed! They also sometimes have ottomans on sale at Home-goods, TJmaxx, or Ross.

Let’s talk about jewelry! I absolutely hate when jewelry is in plain sight and looks like a hot mess. The hanging option is a great way to store all of my jewelry! None of my stuff gets tangled and I don’t have to look at it unless I want to. I use mine for things I don’t wear as frequently because I do tend to forget about it. I am defiantly the type of person that if it is not in my line of sight I probably will not use that item or wear it. The acrylic organizer is ascetically pleasing in my opinion so this sits on my dresser/counter with my jewelry that is nicer/something I wear often.

This drawer organizer has been LIFE changing for me. My undergarment drawer was a HOT MESS before I bought these. The one thing that Kyle use to make fun of me for was my dresser drawers. I defiantly am one to shove things into drawers if I don’t have a clear system for organizing my things. I have lost so many socks and never had a pair of socks that matched ready to go but now that I use this system I always have a pair of socks ready for when I need them!

These kitchen items are fairly self-explanatory! I own the bamboo utensil organizer and love it! We also like having the gorilla grip throughout our cabinets it keeps them nice and clean. Lastly, the bamboo bins are great for organizing smaller things especially great for a coffee bar!

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This last item is a bit of a splurge but I cannot stand how our wire crate looks especially since we live in a small apartment! Not only would these look better in our apartment but they could be used as a side table! You could use yours differently but how we have our apartment set up that is how we would use ours.

EWG APP and Transitioning to Clean Beauty

I heard about the EWG app a few months ago and was too scared to see the harsh reality of all my beauty products. I was scared that I would be so disgusted with the ingredients in my products that I would end up having nothing to use and my wallet was not ready to take that kinda hit. Can you imagine having to buy all new makeup, skincare, and haircare?!?! I buy two things at Sephora and feel so guilty. Yet as my skin started to progressively worsen and so did my conscience (knowing that I could be using harmful products on my skin didn’t settle well) so I decided it was about time to take a look at my products and their ingredients. So I downloaded the EWG app and oh my word over half of my products had ingredients that were either cancer, allergy, or developmental concerns. No wonder I was breaking out and feeling guilty about the products I was using. If you think about it though it makes sense everything we put on our skin it absorbs…… Our skin is the largest organ in our body so why don’t we respect it more? Also, guys, cosmetic regulations haven’t been updated since 1938 in the US!!!!!!!

MAKE OUR SKIN GREAT AGIAN

So after throwing /giving away the majority of my beauty products I decided that I was only going to purchase products from here on out that have relatively clean ingredients and are cruelty-free (I still have some products that have clean (ish) ingredients but are not cruelty-free. I am going to continue to use them but will not be repurchasing). Before purchasing anything from now on out I will look up each product to make sure it was cruelty-free and has clean ingredients. The EWG app allows you to look up individual ingredients and products. The app will rate the product and or ingredient and explain why it can be harmful. Not all products are in their database, especially newer products. Yet you can submit products you would like for them to add to the database. It is sad to me that you have you go through such a hassle to find the truth about the ingredients in our beauty products. Just because a company is raving about all the good ingredients in their products doesn’t mean they aren’t hiding bad ones on the back of the bottle. That’s why it is so important to look up each ingredient (yes it’s a hassle but it will make you feel better about spending $30 on that new foundation).

Why is it important to have products with clean ingredients?

Let me ask you a question. Why do people try to eat healthy? Because it is “good for them”, ” makes them feel better “, “their body is a temple” etc. Well, why eat healthy if you’re putting harsh ingredients on your face that could be cancerous? Your girl loves hot Cheetos but I know I shouldn’t eat them because they are bad for me. Yet I can make excuses about my foundation because it’s pretty…. Yet it includes harsh ingredients? It doesn’t make much sense to me. Now don’t get me wrong I am new at this whole clean beauty thing but I kept putting it off because someone would share these new products and I would be so influenced to purchase them that I didn’t even care to look at its ingredient nor did I know better. Yet a few months ago I started to hear more about clean beauty and knew that I needed to check out my beauty products but I was too scared to see the reality of the products that I have been using and sharing. But it wasn’t fair to myself or you guys to share products that could be harmful. Also, why would I spend all this money on a beauty product that is going to hurt me? Why wouldn’t I use that same money to find a product that does the same thing yet is good for me? So I finally decided to make the switch. I saved up some money and decided it was time to treat my skin and body with more respect. I am not saying you’re a bad person if you don’t use clean beauty products. I just needed to share this APP and my reasons of why I switched to clean beauty products, so you could know more about clean beauty and why I’m not using products that I use to share. I respect all your choices. Just know that from this point forward I will not be recommending any products that I don’t think are good for your skin. I am still learning so all of my recommendations might not be perfect but let’s learn together and make our skin great again.

-Meredith Foreman

@meredithsfinds

Importance of Traditions – Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. I mean don’t get me wrong I love decorating for Christmas but the traditions my family had instilled an unconditional love for Thanksgiving in me. Thanksgiving to me is all about being thankful for one another, enjoying the company around you, and reflecting in all the wonderful things in your life.

Traditions. Thanksgiving has shown me the importance of family traditions. I am from Phoenix Arizona and every year since I can remember my family and I would head up to a Sedona Arizona. My sisters and cousins and I would get signed out from school early to head up to Sedona. Even though it was only a few hours before the bell I always felt so cool.

Upon arrival, we would all unpack and get some warmer clothes on. We would all walk down to the creek to enjoy the fall leaves. Our favorite thing to do was to travel up and down the creek by jumping rock to rock. Just laughing and trying to navigate our way without getting wet. After we would go back to the cabin and enjoy hot chocolate with EXTRA marshmallows. Followed by plenty of board games and movies

The day before Thanksgiving included lots of meal prep for the big meal we had ahead of us! We also would hike, head into town, and enjoy one another company. For dinner the night before Thanksgiving we always had homemade pasta and meatballs! After we all would sit down and play some card games! There was no service where we stayed so it was nice to not have any electronics or phones to distract us!

Thanksgiving Morning – As we all started to wake up we would sit and watch the Thanksgiving parade while my mom started the big Thanksgiving meal. After we would all go on a short Thanksgiving hike. During our hike is where we got most of our family photos for our Christmas cards. Once our hike was over my sisters, cousins, and I would head into town for a Thanksgiving coffee and some cell reception to send out our Thanksgiving text messages to our friends.

Thanksgiving Afternoon– Once we got back from town the smell of turkey was in the air. Appetizers were ready as we watched some football and enjoyed the creek a little bit more. Once it was time for the meal everyone lined up to get some food! Once everyone got their food we all went around the table saying one thing that we were thankful for before eating.

Every year we had- Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Marshmallows, White Mashed Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Stuffing (some from in the bird and some not), Gelatin Mold (sounds gross but its AMAZING), Green beans, Rolls, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and of course TURKEY.

*Sometimes we would make a casserole but not every year.

Dessert – Pie ( Peach, Pecan, Cherry, Pumpkin), and Ice cream

Thanksgiving night- We all would sit together and watch Christmas movies while eating some leftovers (Our famous Thanksgiving sandwiches). Another huge part of Thanksgiving night was making homemade Christmas cookies. We would roll out the dough and cut the cookies out in various shapes and decorate them after decorating cookies most of us fell asleep watching more Christmas movies.

The day after Thanksgiving we always went into town for a little shopping but most importantly a morning Starbucks and why I say most important is because we would all get our first-holiday drink. We all would wait until the day after thanksgiving to get one of the Starbucks holiday drinks! After a long day of shopping, eating leftovers, and relaxing prepared us for that night. Every year we would attempt a polar bear dip in the creek every year it varied on who participated but it was always a great way to end our trip.

Thanksgiving will forever hold a special place in my heart as my sisters and I have gotten older our traditions have shifted but these memories have instilled the desire to create new one and hold onto my past traditions. Happy holiday. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Wish I had more digital photos to share. I will have to go through some photo albums!

Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home – Smile Brilliant

Hello everyone I have officially completed my Smile Brilliant journey. I had a wonderful experience. I have always wanted whiter teeth but have had such a horrible experiences when whiting my teeth. In the past I have used several different whitening strips but had no luck. I was never content with my results and then the sensitivity that I would experience made the whole experience not worth it. I don’t know if I just have sensitive teeth or if my dental history is the reason. I’ve had several cavities in the past and I have two caps on my back molars.

Smile Brilliant costs around $150 which sounds like hefty price just for white teeth. But Smile Brilliant definitely makes it worth your while. With smile brilliant you get custom whitening trays molded to your teeth. They send you a very detailed kit explaining how to create your molds (if you have trouble I created an IGTV video to help you though the process). It took about a week to get my whitening trays back after sending in my molds in. When I got my molds back they we a perfect fit and they even checked in to make sure I was satisfied with them.

Results– This is a before and after photo of my teeth prior to using smile brilliant and then after using smile brilliant. I got 10 sessions out of my kit but I could have gotten more if I used less of the gel each time. I was very content with my results. I chose not to use my kit every day. If I used it everyday for 10 days back to back I feel as if my result would have been even better. I just did not want to risk feeling any sensitivity.

Before-Smile Brilliant After- Smile Brilliant

**Photos from my entire experience are at the end of this blog post

Helpful Links

Smile Brilliant: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/#meredithsfinds custom

whitening trays: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/articles/benifits-of-choosing-custom-fitted-teeth-whitening-trays#meredithsfinds

sensitivity: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/articles/tooth-sensitivity-causes-solutions-prevention#meredithsfinds

desensitizing gel: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/product/sensitive-teeth-gel#meredithsfinds

Packaging: 9/10- everything included in my smile brilliant box was very organized and easy to use. It was a very instagramable experience but I do wish that it included a whitening scale so you could see what level of whiteness my teeth started vs what you ended at. In retrospect, I wish that I purchased this on amazon before using smile brilliant so I could better share my results. here is an example of the scale I wish the kit included

Customer Service: 10/10- I was more than pleased with the customer experience I received. They have such a friendly, helpful, and understanding staff.

Sensitivity: 8/10 – I did not experience any crazy sensitivity while using Smile Brilliant, thanks to the desensitizing gel! I also have very sensitive teeth. I did space out each of my whitening sessions though so that could be a factor.

Outcome: 10/10- I am so happy with how my teeth turned out! I love how after I whitened my teeth it didn’t just make them look white for that one day. My results have lasted for awhile now and are still going strong!

Overall Process: 10/10- This is the best whitening experience I have had by far! I have used countless amounts of strips and brands in the past and they don’t even compare to Smile Brilliant. A huge reason why I love smile brilliant is the lack of sensitivity I felt! Whitening strips would make my teeth sensitive for the rest of the day and I still would not be content with my result.

GIVEAWAY- You could get your very own whitening kit customized to your teeth for free!! Click on this link and enter my giveaway for your very own Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit! These kits are valued at $150. (Giveaway ends in 2 weeks at 8:45pm) www.smilebrilliant.com/g/meredithsfinds

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These are pictures from before Smile Brilliant to after Smile Brilliant. I took photos after each whitening session. Near the end I started to space out my whitening sessions which may have effected my results. If you were to do them back to back I believe your results would be even better!

I LOST TREATMENT 7 PICTURES

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