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New Year, New Smile | Smile Brilliant

We all have big plans for the new year. Honestly, it can be a bit tough to get started right away especially when it’s a health goal. I love coffee and red wine so my teeth have taken a beating over the years. I’ve partnered with Smile Brilliant to meet a health and beauty goal in just a short time with out completely giving up two of my favorite things to drink.

Smile Brilliant specializes in high quality custom teeth whitening trays. They are made just for you so no need to worry about those generic strips that slide and move around as you use them. Smile Brilliant starts by sending you an amazing fully stocked kit that includes materials to make your custom molds,pre-paid postages, whitening gel, desensitizing gel and a storage case for your trays.

I felt a bit overwhelmed at the thought of making my teeth molds on my own at first, but the detailed directions made me feel like a pro. Once you send in your teeth molds, Smile Brilliant quickly sends back your custom whitening trays and you can start your professional whitening system at home right away.

I love that I can whiten while I cook dinner, do laundry, clean, and even write for my blog. No dentist appointments, time off from work, or inconvenience, yet this system is exactly what you would get at the dentist office.

I remember falling and chipping my tooth as a kid. One of the worse things about that happening was how terribly painful it was to eat or drink cold and hot things afterwards. One of the best things about this kit is the desensitizing gel that it comes with. You don’t have to worry about your teeth being sensitive to hot and cold things after you whiten.

I know you want to know how well it works so here are my real results!!! I can be a bit off a sceptic sometimes so after each session, I would closely inspect my teeth to see if I noticed a change. Putting my before and after pictures side by side made me so giddy! I am so impressed with the results after just 4 short sessions. In those 4 sessions I whitened for 45 mins at a time. You can whiten for up to 3 hours but I wanted to take a slow and cautious approach on this. I can’t wait to see more progress over the next few weeks!

Want a Smile Brilliant system for yourself? Enter my giveaway to win your own right here!  Enter to win a Smile Brilliant system! If you can’t wait until the giveaway is over you can order your own now. Use discount code “authenticallyb” for a 5% discount.

I’ve even included a Youtube video so that you can see how the system works in action 🙂

10 Hair Styles for an Undercut

The other day someone told me that I had a brave haircut. I smiled and on the inside I wished everyone felt like they could do something brave with their hair. You may think having an undercut  would really limit how you can style your hair but for me the possibilities seem endless. I put together a snapshot of ten styles I could create with an undercut and box braids. Hopefully this will give you the push you need to do something “Brave” with your hair. Leave me a comment about which style is your favorite.  Enjoy!


  1. Top Knot

2. Side Braid

3. Side swept & down 

4. Straight back braid 

5. Ponytail 

6. Half up, half down 

7. Low ponytail (hidden under cut)

8. Low twisted side bun

9. Bow up do 

10. Messy bun

How to Upgrade Cabinets for Under $15 | DIY

As many of you know our family appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters earlier this year. When we began filming we weren’t even close to being ready to move in. While we were still prepping, I was able to knock out small projects that were fun, easy to do and inexpensive. Let’s be real, renovations are not cheap so I was definitely looking for projects that would make a real impact for not a lot of cash.

This easy DIY helps you provide a serious upgrade to your cabinets that are easy to change anytime you want. Our home was built in the 1920’s so everything isn’t perfect but it will last forever. Our cabinets don’t have backing so to spice it up a bit I created patterned backings to make the bare wall look amazing. To start gather large card board boxes, scissors, fabric of your choice, a tape measure and a hot glue gun.

  1. Measure the length and width of the inside of your cabinets.
  2. Once you have those measurements, cut out card board pieces in the exact measurement and shape of you cabinets.
  3. Take your fabric and make sure too cut a section that will cover the front of the card and slightly fold over the edges and corners.
  4. Use your hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the card board on all four sides and let it cool.
  5. Carefully insert the covered part so that your fabric is visible inside the cabinet.
  6. Press it firmly into the back of the cabinet until its snug.
  7. Repeat these directions until you cover all or part of your backings.

I hope you found this cabinet upgrade simple to do. It can pack a real punch in an otherwise ugly or boring cabinet. Leave me a comment and upload photos to show me how this easy DIY worked for you. Enjoy!

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Violeta Roots by Juliana Alonso- The Art of Precious Memories

Several years ago one of my husbands aunts passed away and at the memorial service each family member was given a rose. That rose stayed on the dashboard of his car for a very long time, dried out and was eventually thrown away. After our wedding a few years ago my bouquet became a beautiful center piece in our house for a little bit then of course they died.
Now I know that artist Juliana Alonso could have beautifully preserved my wedding bouquet and my husbands rose. She then could have created one of a kind pieces that would have served as beautiful memories and home decor. I call it “The Art of Precious Memories!” Juliana is the queen of custom flower preservation heirloom art!

Meet Juliana Alonso! She’s originally from Bogotá, Colombia; A city in the mountain valleys of the Andes in South America. She now calls Houston, Texas home and provides a unique personalized experience to each of her clients. Juliana is a natural born helper, idealist, and creator. She likes to say that she’s composed of equal parts sentiment, compassion and goofiness. Not only is she a ball of fun, she’s incredibly serious about fully feeling and witnessing life! Juliana loves cats, uplifting animated films, practicing yoga and training in Capoeira martial arts.

Juliana’s creations acknowledge and honor the meaningful moments that define who we are. Now that you’re as obsessed as I am, check out her website and stalk her social media. Don’t skip the opportunity to meet Juliana and see her creations in person this weekend at Mamas+Makers Market this Sunday, July 31 at The Merrill House. It’s family friendly and indoor so you stay cool!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1025713674188949/?ti=iclEnjoy!

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Yarn Earring DIY

Ready for another fabulously easy fashion DIY? Well these beautiful yarn earrings cost next to nothing and take about 15 minutes to make. The great thing about them is that they are so easily customizable. You can make them in any color yarn comes in to match any style. I know y’all would expect me to go for black and white yarn so I went for the opposite just to spice it up. Light, bright and contrasting colors look best for these earrings. The only materials you need are yarn, scissors, and jewelry wire.

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Materials: Yarn, scissors, and jewelry wire.

1. To begin take one color of your yarn and cut 8 equal pieces that are about 7 inches long each. 

2. Take your jewelry wire and cut about 7-8 inches from the roll. Gather the 8 pieces of yarn together and wrap the wire around the center section of the bundle of yarn. Leave the left over wire sticking up in the center. That will become the part that goes in your ear. 

3. Take the next color of your yarn and from left to right start wrapping it around the wire to cover it. When you first begin wrap the yarn directly on top of itself so that it doesn’t unravel. 

4. Once all the wire is covered hold both bundles of yarn together and wrap around both of them to create a circular loop at the top. 

5. Continue to wrap the yarn around both ends until you like the amount of color showing in the earring. 

6. To end it, tie a loop pull it and repeat the loop one more time. 

7. Cut the access yarn from the earring and at this time of you want the hanging strands to be a bit more even you can trim them as well. 

8. Lastly, take the remaining wire and bend it to the desired length and cut off any access wire. 

Done!! I hope you enjoyed this fashion DIY, leave me a comment about how you may style these cool yarn earrings. Enjoy!