How You’ll Know He’s the One – A Letter to My Younger Self

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Today is Will’s birthday and it just so happens to be exactly one month until our wedding day (seriously, where did time go!?). I am soaking up this special time and decided to do something a little different on the blog today. This is a post that is (selfishly) more for myself. If you are not in the mood for a mushy post about love, then I would just stop reading now. This post is something I wrote to remember what this time was like in my life, and what it was like finding Will and knowing he was the one for me. I think everyone’s journey to love is a little different, so here is mine. This is a letter to my younger self, the one who would lay awake at night feeling so strongly that there was a man out there who would be the love of my life. The girl who would stay up wondering,  “How will I know he’s the one?” and “When will I meet him?”

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How You’ll Know He’s the One

Sarah Camille,

When you meet the great love of your life, you will know. There are people in your life who have experienced this and are telling you this, and it can be hard to understand, hard to believe, until you experience it. There are people in your life who are telling you not to worry about the future. They tell you it will all work out. “God has a plan,” they say. Do not doubt them. They are 100% correct.

Now as your future self, I know the picture I just painted sounds pretty great. I am sure you are skeptical, and you should be. Life leading up to the day you meet this man will be challenging. You will face some personal challenges and have some really tough, failed relationships. While there will be some terrible days, the days and years when you are on your own serve an invaluable purpose.

It is during this time you will discover a better understanding of who you are. You will be tested and criticized in ways that will make you question, “How in the world will things improve?” It will not be until you truly believe that you deserve to be with the love of your life that he will appear. It will happen right after a truly awful day and you will not see it coming.

You will have a feeling of comfort and familiarity the minute you meet him and you will know in your heart that he is the one for you. He is the man you have been waiting for.

I know you want more details, but they do not really matter. All that matters is that you have found him.

Now, your relationship will not be perfect. Sure you will have lots of laughter and fun together, but you will face challenges pretty early on. There will be a support within your relationship that will make it feel like you can face any of life’s challenges, so long as you are together. And, it will be abundantly clear from the beginning that you two are connected. He will be the man you dreamed of and he will be more than you can imagine, all at once.

It will make sense when you meet him. So in the meantime, enjoy your life exactly as it is right now. Have faith and trust with a peaceful mind that it will all work out exactly the way it is supposed to. You will know he’s the one, when you meet him.

Hugs,

Sarah Camille

 

So, there it is. That is what I would tell my younger self about how you’ll know he’s the one for you. For me, I knew in my heart Will was the right guy for me from the very beginning. I was skeptical and worried first that maybe my heart was wrong. I’m so thankful it wasn’t!

What it means to be “the one”

Now when I say that Will is the one for me, I am really saying I believe he is my soul mate (and I am so excited for our marriage!). But, I realize that not everyone has this kind of experience. I believe soul mates do not always fall in a traditional/stereotypical guy-girl relationship. I think soul mates are simply two people with whom there is a deep connection of the souls. Some people have a few of these in their lifetime, while others may just have one. I think soul mate relationships can be in the form of sibling relationships, friends, marriages and so much more.

Those are my personal thoughts. I would love to hear your thoughts on soul mates and experiences. How did you know your partner was the one? Was there a specific moment that made you realize she or he’s the one for you? Was it a yearlong process of realizing this? Are you still looking for the person you are meant to be with? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments and let’s chat.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

 

 

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Professional Teeth Whitening at Home & Giveaway!

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Hi friends! Will and I are less than six weeks until our wedding day and we are rapidly trying to get all the details together. Like most brides out there, I want to look my best (especially when it comes to the photos we will hold on to forever), but I also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on beauty regimens! Having a bright white smile was one of those things I planned on handling with drugstore whitening strips or mouthwash, as I have done in the past. Then, Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their at home, professional teeth whitening kit and share with you all a special giveaway!

While, I was skeptical at first, I must say my results impressed me! Smile Brilliant makes custom-fit trays for your teeth and uses a method that is the same provided by dentists, but at a lower price!  Now let’s get into the details.

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Just chillin’ with a good book while I whiten my teeth!

How it Works: Custom-Fit Trays

Starting at $139 per kit, Smile Brilliant offers several types of whitening kits for sensitive, non-sensitive teeth and various levels of stains. Once your Smile Brilliant kit has been ordered, the first step in this professional teeth whitening process is to create your custom trays. Smile Brilliant sends you a kit to make your whitening trays. The kit includes impression trays for your upper and lower teeth and two pastes – a catalyst and base paste.

The instructions will walk you through everything, but it is important to read them before beginning the time-sensitive process. You mix the pastes together for about a minute, until the colors are completely blended. Then, quickly press the paste into the impression tray so that it is evenly distributed. TIP: let your phone timer run so you can see how much time is passing and stick to the instructions.

Once the paste is completely in your tray, you press the tray into your upper teeth and hold it there to make a mold for two minutes. When the time is up, you repeat this process for your lower teeth. The finished impressions will feel hard and a little spongey. Thankfully, Smile Brilliant provides a third set of pastes in case you mess up on your first try. I let mine sit overnight to harden and dropped them in the mail the next day with the signed consent card.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

It takes a few business days for the trays to arrive at the processing center. Then, it takes about five days for your trays to be created and shipped back to you. When your whitening trays arrive, you are ready to start the professional teeth whitening process, from the comfort of your home! Before you begin whitening it is important to read through Smile Brilliant‘s enclosed tips and information and brush your teeth.

It is hard to say exactly how much gel you should use, because it depends on how big or small your mouth and teeth are. Typically though, one syringe is good for three treatments. Make sure the gel is evenly distributed throughout the tray.  The whitening trays can be left in for 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how sensitive your teeth are. I started off with 1 hour and slowly worked up to 2.5 hours.

Once you are done whitening, wash out your tray and apply the desensitizing gel in a similar fashion as the whitening gel. You can leave the desensitizing gel on for 15-20 minutes. The treatments can be done as often as 2 times a day or as little as once a week. Since some people are sensitive to the gel, my advice is to take it slow at first and build up the time allotments from there.

Positives & Negatives

One downside of Smile Brilliant is that it takes time to get your custom whitening trays made. So, you have to plan ahead if you want to use this system to have an extra white smile for an upcoming event. Because the system is created for deep whitening, it can come some sensitivity. However, Smile Brilliant does have a gel to prevent sensitivity. I used it because I have noticed sensitivity after using some teeth whitening products. If sensitivity is a concern of yours, I would definitely use the gel. My teeth feel perfectly fine after using Smile Brilliant.

Another negative is that Smile Brilliant is more expensive than alternative teeth whitening products and systems. Side note: It is still much cheaper than professional teeth whitening services you can get at your dentist, which ranges $600-$750. However, the cost of Smile Brilliant can add up to the price of using some whitening products over and over for a couple of years. For me this positive outweighs the extra cost. It is a one and done kind of product, so there is not a lot of upkeep.

The best thing about Smile Brilliant is the results are not just noticeable but permanent! Some teeth whitening products or systems just get rid of surface stains, but Smile Brilliant provides a deep stain removal. My personal favorite thing about Smile Brilliant is you can set it in place and get on with your day! I wore my whitening trays, while doing laundry, blogging, reading books and going to the grocery store.

The Results!

Since I use whitening mouthwash pretty regularly and have used a ton of other teeth whitening products, I was skeptical how well Smile Brilliant would work. Thankfully, the whitening system worked really well! After 11 treatments, the yellow tint that was starting to become more apparent in my teeth disappeared. Check out the photos below!

~ Smile Brilliant Giveaway ~

It is time for the best news of all. You guys can enter my giveaway to win a $145 credit for your own Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit! The giveaway will be open until March 29th, and you can click the link below to enter. You guys can also use my coupon code “scsscoop15” for 15% off any Smile Brilliant purchase! 

>>> Enter the Smile Brilliant Giveaway now! <<<

Now, let’s chat in the comments! Have you tried teeth whitening products or Smile Brilliant?  I would love to know if you have tried a professional teeth whitening system at home. What do you hate or love about any specific teeth whitening products? Share your thoughts and tips for us all.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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A Nighttime Shower Routine That’s Good for your Soul & Skin

After a long, exhausting day, there is nothing that relaxes me more than a hot shower or bath. A good shower transforms my bathroom into a relaxing escape from the world,  and it also gives me some much-needed time to reflect and take care of myself. Personally, I always find it interesting to hear how often people do certain self-care tasks, like shaving legs or exfoliating. So, today I thought I would share with you all my nighttime shower routine – good for your soul and skin. Now, let’s dive in to the details.

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Steps for my Nighttime Shower Routine

#1 Set the Mood

Listening to music while I shower or bathe, is always a must. Recently, my go-to songs are by Anderson East and James Bay. If you are looking for some soothing and relaxing music, I  recommend checking them out. The other crucial thing I do to set the mood for my shower is light a candle. A nice, aromatic candle just has a way of making a shower feel more spa-like. I use the waterproof bluetooth shower speaker below with my phone all the time and the battery lasts a really long time!

#2 Exfoliate

For me, exfoliating comes in two categories: my body and my face. I exfoliate my face two or three times a week with Dr. Brandt’s Age Defying Microdermabrasion Exfoliator. I got this stuff in last year’s spring FabFitFun box, and it has been the best facial exfoliator I have ever tried. I really feel like it gets the dead skin cells off my face, and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth.I exfoliate my body with Origins Shower Off Exfoliating Body Wash with Hawaiian Mineral Water. When it comes to my nighttime shower routine, this stuff is my current favorite product . As an exfoliating body wash, it has a lovely scent and does an amazing job scrubbing away dead skin cells. The best part is it makes any lotions or almond oil I apply after my shower much more effective.

#3 Wash

I always wash after I exfoliate. I learned this trick a few years ago. If you have ever questioned the order in which to wash and exfoliate, check out this article on why exfoliating first is better for your skin. My current favorite body wash is SheaMoisture’s Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Energizing Body Wash. It is a great value, really effective skin moisturizer, it smells so good and to top it off, it doubles as bubble bath!

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#4 Shave

I shave my underarms daily and my legs about three times each week (dependent on the weather and what I’m wearing, ha!). I use Venus Sensitive Disposable Razors, and for shaving cream I use Venus with Olay Ultra Moisture Shave Gel in the Vanilla Cashmere scent. For you guys, Harry’s makes great razors where you can even subscribe and receive brand new blades shipped right to your door.

I decided to leave washing my hair and my hair care for a future post, since that includes enough details on its own.  If you would like the scoop on my hair care routine, let me know in the comments. Then, I’ll be sure to share it with you soon.

Do you shower at night like me or in the morning? What is your nighttime shower routine like? Do you have any particular shower products you love or is there something that makes your shower time extra relaxing? I would love to know if you guys have any go-to music for relaxing, too.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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