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If you are looking to ask your partner to marry you and you are looking for inspiration, the Huffington Post website has some excellent information on how to plan the big event. A good way to approach the situation is to make yourself a checklist of all the different aspects that you will need to arrange and address each one individually. What will be included in your list will all depend on the type of proposal that you have in mind.

Who Needs To Know?

In a lot of cases, you are going to require help from friends or family to pull the proposal off without a hitch. From finding out your partner’s ring size to arranging friends and relatives to be in the right place at the right time, it is a good idea to have someone to help coordinate everything for you to make sure that the scene is perfect. If you are planning on making a public proposal in front of friends and family, you will also need to draw up an invitation list and ensure that all of the most important people are in attendance.

A Perfect Ring

What would a wedding proposal be without a ring? Many women have an idea of their perfect engagement ring, and this is where friends and family can help you to choose the perfect ring for your partner. Simon West Fine Jewellery offers the best diamond engagement rings Melbourne wide, and you are sure to find the perfect ring when you visit their showroom. Before you shop for your ring, you will want to set yourself a budget, and if need be, you can also get credit from most reputable jewellers.

The Perfect Setting

Some people prefer the idea of an intimate setting where it is just the two of you somewhere romantic, while others like the idea of a large gathering of people to help you celebrate. Whatever type of proposal you are planning, you will want to choose the location accordingly. Whether it is in the grounds of a hotel, around someone’s house, or on the beach, there is a lot of planning that you will need to do.

Refreshments

You will need to make sure that everything is arranged for the perfect meal and drinks for your partner, as well as your guests if you have any. Many establishments are happy to help organise your proposal and if you ask they may even have experience at planning events such as yours. Even little touches such as arranging for a bottle of champagne can set off a moment and make it eternally memorable.

Have a Backup Plan

Sometimes problems occur no matter how much planning we do. As such, it is important that you have a backup plan in case of incidents. If your event is outdoors, then you will need to make sure that there is enough room inside for your party if the weather turns bad.

It is not possible to plan for every eventuality, but you can cover most things with a bit of lateral thinking. However you ask your partner to marry you, make it personal from you and use words straight from your heart – that is one way to make sure that they will say yes!

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My daughter had always been dependent on me with her sleep ever since she was a baby. We’ve had to deal with a lot of bedtime struggles since her birth. I’ve had to rock her to sleep for the longest time, pat her back to sleep, and hug her to help her fall asleep. She needs me close to her to feel comfortable and secure falling asleep. Currently, all I have to do is lie beside her until she falls asleep. There are nights that I’d fall asleep with her; but most nights, I have to get up as soon as she falls asleep and do the things I need to do.

Being a mom, working full-time, and running a blog means a lot of late nights for me. I usually catch up on the things I need to do for my blog when the kids are sleeping. Most nights I am able to finish what I need to do, but there are those nights when my daughter would wake up in the middle of the night and cry for me. And it had to be those nights when I’m rushing to get things done. But of course, I would have to stop what I’m doing and lie beside her so she can go back to sleep. And most of the time, I’d end up falling asleep with her and not finish what I intended to do. And it’s the same story for weekend nap times!

Today, I’ve partnered with Twin Z to bring you a revolutionary pillow that could improve your child’s quality of sleep.

About Twin Z

Twin Z’s success came from the Twin Z Pillow. The founders of the company had twins and realized just how hard it was to feed two babies at once. They went through A LOT of feeding struggles and thought that there has to be something better for twins. They searched and searched the internet and found nothing. So they thought to make a pillow that would have everything they wanted. And so, the Twin Z Pillow was born. You can read more about them here.

About Sleep ZZZ Pillow

Twin Z Sleep ZZZ Pillow, a pillow that could improve your child's quality of sleep

Sleep ZZZ Pillow is a new body pillow for kids ages 3+. It was invented for one of the owner’s children that has sensory issues because they needed something to help her fall asleep and stay asleep. They originally thought it was only for kids with sensory issues but found out that TONS of kids love this pillow. It has now helped hundreds of parents get their kids to bed faster and stay asleep longer. You can read more about it here.

Twin Z Sleep ZZZ Pillow, a pillow that could improve your child's quality of sleep

I was provided with the Sleep ZZZ Pillow in Birdies print. I love that it came with a pillow bag which can be reused for storing the pillow when traveling or storing other stuff to keep your closet organized.

Using The Sleep Pillow

Toddler sleeping using Twin Z Sleep ZZZ pillow, a pillow that could improve your child's quality of sleep

My daughter initially loved the appearance of the pillow. At first, it was mainly the fact that she has something new; she always gets excited whenever she has new stuff. The pillow itself was soft and the pillow cover feels really good to touch; I actually want to touch it over and over. I did ask her if she likes her new sleep pillow and if it gives her a good sleep, she answered yes to both questions.

Did it help her fall asleep?

Toddler sleeping using Twin Z Sleep ZZZ pillow, a pillow that could improve your child's quality of sleep

Normally, when it’s time for bed, my daughter would just keep on playing and I would have to keep on telling her that it’s time to sleep. So I’d have to spend an hour or so (at night) and 30 minutes (during nap time) waiting for her to fall asleep. Surprisingly, however, as soon as I let her used the Sleep ZZZ Pillow for the first time, she fell asleep on her own right away. I only had to tell her that it’s time to sleep and the sleep pillow works like magic. It wasn’t consistent though. Most times she’ll fall asleep within a few minutes; some days it still takes longer but it has significantly lessened compared to when she wasn’t using the sleep pillow.

Did it improve the quality of her sleep?

Toddler sleeping using Twin Z Sleep ZZZ pillow, a pillow that could improve your child's quality of sleep

YES!!! During her nap time, when I’m not beside her and I’m doing stuff, it’s very rare that she’ll stay asleep for 2 hours or more. But when she started using the Sleep ZZZ Pillow, she did (except for a day she had a fever)!!! And she stayed asleep the whole night and didn’t wake up at all; which means, I was able to finish everything I needed to do for my blog. Isn’t that amazing?

The Verdict

At first, I was very skeptical about the effectivity of the Sleep ZZZ Pillow. I thought a pillow won’t be able to solve my problems; but guess what, it did! Even though my daughter falling asleep right away using the sleep pillow wasn’t consistent, it still helped significantly lessen the amount of time I had to spend waiting for her to fall asleep. I no longer have to wait for 30-60 minutes at a time; which means that I can start working on what I need to do right away. Plus, it has also helped her stay asleep which translates to more productive hours and less late nights for me.

It’s also helpful to note that my daughter is currently 2 years old. Even though it says that the Sleep ZZZ Pillow was made for kids 3 years and above, she seems to be benefitting from this revolutionary sleep pillow too.

I would definitely recommend this to other moms who have kids who keep on waking up in the middle of the night or have problems during nap times or have the same problems as I do.

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Happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a great week so far and had a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones! I know I did even though I had to attend a 6-hour long meeting at work. After work, we gave the kids their gifts and watched as they open it with excitement, and ordered some Chinese food for dinner; then after the kids went to bed, my husband surprised me with his gift. And that’s when I realized I totally forgot my gift for him at work. I had it delivered at work while I was out last week and decided to just leave it there. But of course, I forgot to bring it home with me. Sucks doesn’t it? Anyway… Today, I am sharing with you one of my looks from our recent family trip in New York featuring my off the shoulder sweater. I’ll be writing up about that trip soon so make sure to watch out for it.

I love trendy pieces that can be worn in different ways just like this off the shoulder sweater. I like how stretchy the fabric is so I didn’t feel restrained; although I had to wear a cami underneath because the material is a bit light that you can kinda see through it. I am in love with how edgy this classy off the shoulder sweater looked when paired with faux leather leggings.

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woman in Liberty Island, New York wearing blush Express off the shoulder top sweater, black faux leather leggings, gray suede rockport boots, tiffany & co. sunglasses, and louis vuitton artsy in damier azur - fall fashion outfits, fall style for women; Easy everyday outfits for women

woman in Liberty Island, New York wearing blush Express off the shoulder top sweater, black faux leather leggings, gray suede rockport boots, tiffany & co. sunglasses, and louis vuitton artsy in damier azur - fall fashion outfits, fall style for women; Easy everyday outfits for women

woman in Liberty Island, New York wearing blush Express off the shoulder top sweater, black faux leather leggings, gray suede rockport boots, tiffany & co. sunglasses, and louis vuitton artsy in damier azur - fall fashion outfits, fall style for women; Easy everyday outfits for women

woman in Liberty Island, New York wearing blush Express off the shoulder top sweater, black faux leather leggings, gray suede rockport boots, tiffany & co. sunglasses, and louis vuitton artsy in damier azur - fall fashion outfits, fall style for women; Easy everyday outfits for women

woman in Liberty Island, New York wearing blush Express off the shoulder top sweater, black faux leather leggings, gray suede rockport boots, tiffany & co. sunglasses, and louis vuitton artsy in damier azur - fall fashion outfits, fall style for women; Easy everyday outfits for women

I like that I can wear this sweater as off the shoulder during warmer days, then wear it as cowl neck sweater on colder days.

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woman in Ellis Island, New York wearing blush Express off the shoulder top sweater, black faux leather leggings, gray suede rockport boots, tiffany & co. sunglasses, and louis vuitton artsy in damier azur - fall fashion outfits, fall style for women; Easy everyday outfits for women

You’ve probably seen these faux leather leggings in a bunch of my post; I’ve worn them with Chambray Shirt and my Crossback Sweater. This has been my favorite pair of leggings so far. I just adore how leather leggings (and jackets) make everything so stylish! I bet you can pair these leggings with a plain white tee and boots and still look so chic! I love these leather leggings so much I probably need to get another pair because I’ve been using these a lot and I’m worried they’re bound to be ruined especially since I’m always around 2 toddlers.

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Outfit Details

Off the Shoulder Sweater: Express (exact in different color) | Faux Leather Leggings: Express (similar) | Boots: Rockport (similar) | Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co. (similar) | Bag: Louis Vuitton (similar)

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What did you think of this look? Which one do you see yourself wearing more – the off the shoulder one or the cowl neck one? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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Did you ever wish your teeth were whiter? Have you been frustrated a lot with different teeth whitening brands that don’t deliver? Well, you’re not alone. I’ve always wished my teeth were whiter but I didn’t want to spend A LOT to have them professionally whitened.

I drink soda a lot. In fact, in 5 Little Things I Am Thankful For – A Thanksgiving Post, I’ve told everyone about my love of soda. As a result, my teeth have been stained with soda for years; and no amount of brushing and cleaning could make them whiter.

I’ve tried several different products from whitening toothpaste, whitening toothbrush (yes they claim they can whiten too!) to whitening mouthwash but they didn’t deliver. I’ve also tried different brands of whitening strips but my teeth would always end up overly sensitive so I was unable to follow through. Since I would always end up frustrated, I stopped trying to whiten my teeth because I just lost hope that they would be whiter again.

But today, I’ve partnered with Smile Brilliant to bring you a professional teeth whitening system that you can do in the comfort of your own home without breaking the bank.

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About Smile Brilliant

Smile Brilliant‘s team is made up of dental professionals with more than 30 years of teeth whitening experience. For decades, their staff created custom-fitted whitening trays for local dentists. After realizing that more than 70% of the cost & time associated with professional teeth whitening revolves around trips to the dentist (office “chair time”), they decided to develop a system that allows our customers to make their own dental impressions. By eliminating a trip to the dentist, they eliminate much of the cost you would otherwise pay. You can read more about them here.

About The Teeth Whitening System

Smile Brilliant professional in-home teeth whitening system

Smile Brilliant professional in-home teeth whitening system

I received the T6 Sensitive System which includes custom-fitted trays and 6 whitening and desensitizing syringes.

The T6 Sensitive System is perfect for average stained teeth. For those with some sensitivity to cold food/drink or those who have been unable to use other whitening products due to teeth “aching”. Drinks coffee, tea, or wine with some regularity. You can read more about that here.

What I really like about Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system is that it’s not a one-solution-fits-all kind of product. They let you customize your whitening system that is perfect for your needs. You can specify if you have sensitive or non-sensitive teeth and choose from the available systems depending how stained your teeth are (light, medium, or heavy).

The Packaging

Smile Brilliant professional in-home teeth whitening system

My teeth whitening system came in a customized white and blue box with Smile Brilliant’s logo. Nicely packed inside it are the 2 impression trays, 3 sets of impression material (they included 1 extra set just in case I mess it up), 6 professional teeth whitening gel and desensitizing gel, and a 3-way postage.

I actually got my teeth whitening system back in mid-November but because of the holidays and everyone in the family getting sick, I didn’t get to really start using it until after the New Year. And that is why you can see those fall leaves in the pictures.

Before You Whiten Your Teeth

Before I started whitening my teeth, I had to create my dental impressions then sent them back to Smile Brilliant using the prepaid envelope. While they were in their lab, their team crafted an exact model of my teeth, hand-finished my custom-fitted trays; then sent them back to me.

This process was fairly quick. I sent my dental impressions on a Monday; and they received them the next day. Five business days later, they sent me my custom-fitted trays; and I got them 4 days after.

Using The Teeth Whitening System

Smile Brilliant professional in-home teeth whitening system - whitening gel being applied to custom-fitted tray

Before I started using the teeth whitening system, I flossed; then brushed my teeth with water. Then I put some teeth whitening gel in the custom-fitted tray; I used a towel to dry my teeth as much as I could before I placed the tray in my mouth. As soon as I did that, there is a slight tingling sensation that lasted for the entire time the teeth whitening gel is in my mouth. The tingling sensation does lessen its intensity with continued use though.

I started the whitening process slowly by leaving the custom-fitted trays with teeth whitening gel in my mouth for 30 minutes then increased the duration after every 2 days until I can wear them for 1-2 hours at a time. Sometimes I would exceed 2 hours, and on some nights it will just be a little over an hour. This is because I work around my kids’ schedule.

I did the teeth whitening process every night (which is what they recommended) after dinner; and I would wear the custom-fitted tray with teeth whitening gel until after my daughter goes to bed. So it was really dependent on how long before she sleeps before I can proceed with the next step which is applying the desensitizing gel.

Before using the desensitizing gel, I brushed my teeth first with toothpaste. To take advantage of the effectiveness of the desensitizing gel, the custom-fitted trays and my teeth have to be as dry as possible. So I used a towel to dry the custom-fitted trays, then used q-tips to make sure that the little nooks are as dry as possible. I also used a towel to make sure that my teeth are as dry as they could be before I wear the custom-fitted trays with the desensitizing gel. I wore the custom-fitted trays for 15-20 minutes at a time.

My Thoughts On The Teeth Whitening Process

I did notice that the longer I wear the custom-fitted trays with teeth whitening gel, the more my teeth became slightly sensitive the following day. But it wasn’t something that bothered me so I just kept on doing it until I saw my desired result.

I think that it would have been easier and faster for me to do all these steps had they sent 2 sets of custom-fitted tray. That way, I can just easily use the second pair for the desensitizing gel while I let the other pair dry; and I no longer have to spend a few minutes trying to dry the trays before putting them on. But this is coming from a mom who doesn’t get enough time to get everything done. As you probably already know, I love anything that would save me some time. It’s not a big deal though, it’s just something that would have been nice to have.

During the entire whitening process, I was also careful when drinking soda so it doesn’t stain my teeth even more and conflict with what I’m doing. I can still drink soda though, but I had to make sure I am using a straw every time and that it doesn’t touch my teeth.

But, even with all these things, Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system did deliver what it promised and whitened my teeth. Here are the photos to show you how my teeth looked before and after I used the teeth whitening system. As you can see, my teeth did whiten A LOT after using the teeth whitening system for just 3 weeks.

result of Smile Brilliant in-home professional teeth whitening kit

The Verdict

Although I did think that some things would have made things easier for me during the whitening process, Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system did a great job in whitening my teeth. And for that, I’m willing to look past through those and I can definitely say that the entire experience was well worth it.

It’s also helpful to note that with all the teeth whitening products that I’ve tried, this is the only product that delivered so I am very ecstatic with my results. I will definitely recommend this teeth whitening system to anyone who’s looking to have whiter teeth.

Do you need some more convincing? Check out the reviews real people, like myself, did on this amazing product. If you find yourself interested in getting Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system after seeing my results, check this article to find out the 7 things you need to know before teeth whitening. You can also use the code “oneawesomemomma” to get 5% off on your order when you buy your own kit.

To make things even better, Smile Brilliant is giving away their teeth whitening system to 1 lucky winner. This is a great time to get your hands on this amazing product. Don’t forget to enter below. And make sure to tell your friends and family about this giveaway.

Win a $139 credit from Smile Brilliant by entering here.

This giveaway is open until March 5th, 2017 at 11 PM EST and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. The winner will be notified through email by Smile Brilliant.


At Home Teeth Whitening Kit

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are having a great week! Mine has been crazy busy which is why I took a few days off blogging. I am back though with a new guest author; Claire Hastings. Claire is a design student and a writer from Brisbane, Australia. She’s going to tell us how Australian’s view beauty untraditionally and how we can all benefit from them.

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The Land Down Under is one of the first places to greet the New Year every 1st of January. And while the rest of us are still waiting for the fireworks to start, Australians have already finished their champagne and are probably sleeping off their hangovers. Their unique geographical position, “inverted” seasons, and extraordinary nature leads to a different sense of aesthetics, which is marked by indigenous heritage, colonial influence and modern aspirations. Although it’s difficult exactly to put a finger on what’s so different about Australia’s vision of beauty, we’ll try to grasp it by analyzing several areas where it’s most obvious.

Where Women Glow…

women relaxing on sand

The fact that such a large country as Australia doesn’t even make it in the top ten when it comes to the number of performed plastic surgeries suggests that Aussies truly appreciate natural beauty. They’re not even in the first ten in money spent on cosmetics per capita. Just look at the supermodels of Australia (Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward, Robyn Lawley, Alyssa Sutherland, etc.). Their complexion is natural, hair relatively untamed and they never wear too much makeup. Although they’re surrounded by thousands of beaches, tanning is not as important as clear bright smile to them. It’s no wonder that teeth whitening and cosmetic adult braces are so popular Down Under.

Tip for you:  Take care of your teeth. Eat well, and be courageous enough to wear braces if necessary to make them perfect.

They Are Not Tan-Obsessed

woman wearing swimsuit

People may think that Australian girls are like California girls because they live in a country with so much sun, heat, and such lovely beaches that they probably spend hours getting tanned. However, that’s not the case. They love to protect the skin. This is one of the reasons why their favourite accessories are hats – baseball hats, straw hats, floppy hats, fedoras.

Tip for you: Embrace your natural complexion. Mother nature has shown us so many times that she is an artist, and she knows best when it comes to aesthetics.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

woman drinking a glass of water

Australian woman sip water all day long because they know how important it is for their skin. The weather outside and the central heating  or air conditioners turned up to the max can dry your skin in the blink of an eye, leaving skin flaky and lips chapped. They also never forget to apply moisturizer to their face and hand cream to their hands before they leave their homes.

Tip for you: Drink water and watch your skin become healthier and lips more beautiful. And not only that, water will speed up your metabolism and help you if you want to lose weight.

Skin As Smooth As Silk

woman applying lotion on hand for skincare

Skincare is very important for Australians, especially considering the damaging influence of sun rays. People in Australia pay a great deal of attention to making their skin healthy and radiant. Prevention is more valued than correction. In that respect, proper morning and evening routines are a must for anyone who prides themselves on being fashionable and stylish. SunSense SPF tint and Jurlique highly trusted Australian brands, that cater to many different skin types and needs.

Tip for you: Never let the speed of your life make you neglect your body.  Find your perfect skin care product and reward your skin with it every day.

Waves In Their Hair

braided hair of a woman

Your skin is not the only thing that should shine in its health and radiance, and Australians are well aware of this fact. Therefore, their look can’t be completed if one doesn’t take proper care of their hair as well. As mentioned, Australians spend a lot of time on the beach. This calls for some adequate hair protection and care. Great natural products especially leave-in conditioners, are some of the hair care staples for Australian ladies. They love their hair free, wavy and often light colored. It allows for creation of the most popular hairstyles, which are undoubtedly various types of beach waves, curly buns, loose braids, curls and casual updos.

Tip for you:  Do not skip any of the steps when it comes to hair care. Try out different products, or enjoy making some of the DIY hair masks. It won’t take you a lot of time, and it will save you money and nerves that you would lose in the process of later repairing of dry and damaged hair.

Self-Confidence As Essential Makeup Trick

side profile of a woman wearing makeup

There’s no rule when it comes to makeup looks in the land of Oz. Basically, everyone’s perfectly happy to rock their own unique look with confidence. Still, they love to rock some sparkle and glitter when it comes to eye makeup as well as stunning shades of red lipsticks. Since the weather is hot, it’s very important that the base makeup is top quality. They tend to use lightweight foundation and shimmering skin perfectors that give the perfect healthy base for radiant and glowy face.

Tip for you: Use the makeup only when you feel so. Its function should be enhancing your natural beauty, not making you addicted and less self-conscious.

Must-Haves Are Not Their Faves

woman wearing chevron top, shorts, over-the-knee boots

Sure, Australians love their fashion, but they don’t need anyone to tell them what they should or shouldn’t wear. If you walk the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or any other Australian city, you would notice the richness of street style which is reflected in differences, rather than current fashion fads. Unlike the pretty uniform European style, Aussies like their fashion free and untamed. They especially love shopping clothes made by local designers (e.g. Wayne Cooper, Martin Grant, Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti, and others), and take pride wearing organic clothes certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.

Tip for you: The style was never defined as the blind following of the trends, but it is the courage to be unique and to make your own choices. Be brave, be yourself and create the style that people will recognize you for.

The Australian aesthetics changed and evolved with time, but it has never allowed to be completely transformed by globalization and other influences. On the contrary, it took what is offered and made it its own. That is exactly what anyone’s style should be about: being up to date with the new trends and different artistic and fashion waves, yet being able to choose for ourselves. You should trust yourself, embrace your taste, let yourself be laid back sometimes, and have a great deal of fun in any beauty choice you make.

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Claire writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. She is also a regular contributor and editor at Ripped.me. You can also connect with her through Twitter.

It was really interesting learning about how Australians view beauty, and how we could learn from them and apply them to our lives; so I really enjoyed this post. This is also a great reminder that I should drink more water and start taking care of my hair. I know I always tell myself that I should do these; but when life gets so busy, it’s so easy to take those for granted.

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Did you know that Australians have an untraditional vision of beauty? This includes skin care, hair care, fashion, and beauty, of course. Click on the image to check them out and find out how you can benefit from them.

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