Monday, October 24, 2016

5 Dental Hygiene Hacks I Swear By

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If you know me, then you know I'm a little nutso when it comes to my teeth. Heck, Dane and I even have competitions to see who has whiter teeth. It's safe to say we take our dental hygiene pretty seriously around here. 

So, it might shock you to know that I actually have really weak, porous teeth. I know, I know. It really disappoints me, too. As someone who loves her teeth and the dentist, I just want my teeth and mouth to love me back! I've lived most of my life on a quest for the healthiest mouth around, so if you share my enthusiasm for dental hygiene, take a peek at my top five hacks for happy teeth.

5 Dental Hygiene Hacks I Swear By
1. An electronic toothbrush. If you're still brushing with something that doesn't hold a charge, you're really missing out! I've used a Phillips Sonicare since college and the clean feeling from using an electronic toothbrush is just not comparable to a regular toothbrush. When I heard that the New Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Toothbrush came with an app to take the guesswork out of brushing, my interest was piqued.  

5 Dental Hygiene Hacks I Swear By
The app tells you just how good of a brusher you are, if you’ve missed any spots while brushing, if you’re applying too much pressure or using an excessive scrubbing motion. It also has adjustable settings for cleaning, whitening and deep cleaning!

5 Dental Hygiene Hacks I Swear By
But, that's not all. The app allows you to set your own dental goals (whiter teeth, healthier gums, etc.) and focus on the trouble spots in your mouth that you might not be reaching. You know where I'm talking about -- the back corners of your gum line and molars. If you've been on the hunt for a good electronic toothbrush, swing by your local Target and grab this one. Since I've shown Dane the goods, he's now wanting his own! 
5 Dental Hygiene Hacks I Swear By

2. Floss. I don't know how many times I've been with friends and they tell me "Oh, I never floss." or "I only floss the day before the dentist, because it hurts." I have news for you -- you're setting your mouth up for failure with that attitude. First of all, it hurts because you never floss. Second, think of your mouth like a shag carpet. Think of all the dirt and dust that pile up in said carpet that you only see when you shake it outside or see it collected in a vacuum canister. THOSE ARE YOUR TEETH! That nasty gunk is trapped between your teeth and in your gums and you just don't see it by giving it a once over with your eyes. I floss at least once per day...and you should too ;)

3. Waterpik. I get it, some of you have had dental work that leaves you unable to floss certain, if not all, areas of your mouth. There's also people who just refuse string floss. Well, no excuses here, my floss-averse friends -- you need a waterpik flosser. This type of powerful water flosser removes dirt and decay through water irrigation. I'll be truthful -- Dane introduced me to the product and I haven't looked back. Like traditional flossing, I recommend using it prior to brushing to increase effectiveness. The freshness you feel after using a waterpik is incredible; just trust me on this one.

4. Water. This one should not shock anyone reading! Your body is made up of 60% water, so there's got to be some added benefit when it comes to oral wellness -- and there is. Water with fluoride is a fantastic way to naturally prevent cavities, it keeps your mouth clean and it's also free of sugar (and calories) like many other drinks that can decompose the enamel on the outside of your teeth. 

5. Tongue Scraper. Now, I know what you're thinking -- ew, what the heck?! That was my initial reaction too, but hear me out on this one. Using a tongue scraper (it does exactly what it sounds like--scrapes your tongue) helps to prevent bad breath, removes bacteria that's just hanging out in your mouth (gross) and removes toxins that may be hindering digestion. Give it a try, I promise. If it's not for you, it's not for you, but I've definitely noticed a difference!
Kait Hanson

Now tell me, what are your tried and true methods for a healthy smile?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Five On Friday

Halle-FREAKING-lujah it's Friday! 

Don't ask me how or why I found this -- I don't know. What I do know is that I can't stop laughing whenever I look at it, so it found its way into this post.
And you know what the means? I'm heading out tonight for date night with zero plans of cooking and 100% plans of eating my body weight in Thai food. Yeah, baby! Even though some of you send comments on how much you love my Instagram cooking stories, don't expect any tonight. Sorry, friends. Let's get right down to what I'm loving this week, anyway.

1. First and foremost, let's chat makeup. Namely how I pretty much slacked all summer in that department, let myself go au natural and then realized come fall that I actually needed something for my face. I was given the chance to try out Match Co foundation and let's just say I was a little bit skeptical. Honestly, how was scanning various parts of my face using my iPhone going to send me any sort of foundation that looks natural? But let me just say -- that shit works! Not only does it match my face, it blends nicely into my skin and took only 4 days from order to arrival. I've used it twice so far and I like it, but I'll definitely be keeping fellow makeup junkies updated on how I'm feeling on it a month from now. I paired it with my favorite primer and little powder on top, so perhaps I should give it a go with just the foundation and see how it fares?
Foundation that matches your exact skin tone using an app!

2. While we are on the topic of makeup, I need a new eyebrow pencil. I've used Anastasia forever, then decided I didn't need anything too fancy and started using a drugstore brand. The drugstore brand was OKAY, but nothing fantastic. What are your eyebrow must haves?!

3. I have to be honest - I am SO OVER this election. Maybe it wouldn't feel so down-my-throat if everyone and their sister, cousin, father, friend of the family (you see where this is going..) would stop posting so many rants on social media, but alas....that is not likely to happen. I get that everyone is passionate about who they are for or against, but the incessant posting just makes me cringe. 

4. Who here is a psychological thriller binge reader? Okay, so I am -- nice to meet you all. If Gillian Flynn or Liane Moriarty wrote it, I've probably read it. I'm trudging through "The Life We Bury", and am anxious to add myself to the never-ending waiting list at the library for popular books. I also have a Barnes & Noble gift card burning a hole in my pocket, so I need your recommendations. I've been told "Behind Closed Doors" is a must and it has been added to my list. My recent reads include "The Silent Sister" (definitely recommend!) and "The Girl With No Past" (don't understand the hype). What do you have for me?!

5. And finally, this weekend Dane and I have plans to go on a new hike and check out a new breakfast spot here on Oahu. I know it seems kind of silly and not really "fall" like at all, but just something so mundane and normal holds a bit of excitement to me. I'm not sure if it's the idea of simplifying our life (purging the crap) and enjoying the small things, or what...but I'm enjoying it. 

Happy weekend, everyone! If you're in a chilly state, soak some of those crisp temps up for us...and get an apple cider donut :)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How I Tackled 1,712 E-Mails In One Hour

When Dane and I packed up and moved across the country for two months this summer, we knew we would be in constant transition mode. Literally, all of our stuff was in two suitcases and the rest of it had been packed away. Because we were both transitioning remotely, every little aspect of our life was done via e-mail and online. EVERY. LITTLE. THING. Just let that sink in for a second.

I'm used to working remotely, but I wasn't used to doing literally every task on the computer. This led to one thing that still makes me cringe when I think about it -- 1,712 e-mails in my inbox when I finally got around to checking it after 5 days of packing, moving and traveling. 
How I Tackled 1,712 E-Mails In One Hour


Excuse me while I go puke.

That's a lot of stuff to comb through and I didn't even ask Dane how many he had, but I imagine it was also pretty high. Once I had a chance to get down to business on my inbox, it took me no time at all to make those pesky notifications disappear. How did I do it?

Priority #1? Sort your e-mails by sender. This allows you very easily see who's who, how many times they've reached out and so on. If you use GMail you can do this by typing in 'Arrange by: From' in the search box. 
*I will say that if you're trying to sort your mail by date, do not use this function as there are no promises on if things will stay in chronological order by date.

After that, I combed through the e-mails that had been flagged by the sender as important. I addressed those first and filed them away into their appropriate folder within my e-mail account so I could easily go back in a little bit to reply to them and not worry about deleting them by accident.

Next, I deleted every "HEY WE ARE HAVING A SALE!" e-mail from any retailers. Because I had sorted everything by sender, it was fairly easy to delete them en mass and I knew I had most likely missed the sale anyhow.

The sort also made it easy to delete mail that was clearly spam or junk. You know, like those random e-mails for male enhancement products. Tell me I'm not the only one who gets those?!

When I looked at what was left that I had deemed important enough to keep and take a secondary look at -- there were only 150 e-mails. They were largely client e-mails, blog comments or TLDR (too long, didn't read) type notes that required a phone call instead of a lengthy e-mail reply. 

One thing that saved me big time throughout this whole process was setting my automatic reply e-mail for one day longer than I really needed. This gave me a full 24 hours of grace to get my ducks in marching order before tackling things without people being like...HEY! HELLO! WE ARE WAITING!

I'm always looking for ways to make my life easier, so feel free to share your own favorite home office hacks in the comments :)

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