Confident Smile

This post is sponsored by Invisalign. Thank you for supporting SITC. 

It was about the time I was in 4th or 5th grade and could remember clearly going to the dentist and telling him I needed braces on my bottom teeth. My teeth for the most part were straight, but the lower level was not so much and the front few seemed to overlap one another. The dentist told my parents and I he didn’t think it was crucial enough for me to go the whole orthodontic route, since back then braces were a big deal, not to mention a financial burden. But as the years went on, my teeth shifted even further, and it’s always something I am conscious about, especially when smiling. For a long time I smiled without showing my teeth, and then I perfected it where you can only see my top teeth.

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My dentist I currently see now and I have been talking about going the Invisalign route. It’s amazing how the technology is forever evolving through the years. It’s something I’ve been thinking about pursing but have been just putting it off. But after seeing and talking to a few people at a conference a few months ago, I think I am finally ready to do something for myself. I want to be able to smile and feel confident about doing so. Not to mention the shifting of my teeth have caused other things, like extensive tartar buildup as well as affecting my other teeth.

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Invisalign is just as effective in treating complex teeth issues as it is with minor, more cosmetic problems and with no wires and brackets needed. Invisalign patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated such as underbite to cross bite, deepbite to overbite and overly crowded to widely spaced problems. Minor, more cosmetic issues may be corrected using the Invisalign Express option.

My doctor and I discussed the Invisalign Express option which is a quick, affordable option specifically designed for minor teeth-straightening issues. The express option is a good solution for tooth movement that happens when retainers are not worn regularly or that is common with aging. Results from Invisalign’s express treatment can be seen in as little as 10 weeks and requires only 5 sets of clear aligners. I’m really looking forward to getting the smile I always wanted! Stay tuned!

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Thank you Invisalign for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Weekending In Mexico

When I received an invite from The Moms that we would be going to Cancun Mexico on a press trip, the first thing I thought of was visiting Cancun for “spring break” my junior year in high school. I worked and saved every penny for that trip, as this was the requirement from my parents since it was my first real trip on my own, and to another country for that matter.

This recent trip to Mexico was pretty much the polar opposite than when I was in high school, except for the vacationing with girlfriends part. The partying was replaced with luxurious dinners, and the lack of sleep was replaced with hours spent at the spa just relaxing. I rediscovered Mexico that weekend and cannot wait to go back with my family. It was the ultimate mom getaway and I realized how important it is for us moms to press that reset button and recharge.

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Our home for the weekend was Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. This resort  is one of their family friendly property’s offering upscale amenities, all inclusive dining, and an unlimited amount of activities throughout the day. I was immediately wowed when I entered my suite featuring a jacuzzi on the balcony. Yeap! Some rooms even have their own private pools, something I would totally get if I come back with my family. How great would it be if you little one naps and you can still enjoy pool time!

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The all-inclusive idea is something I feel has come a long way since its existence. There’s something to be said for going on a vacation and not having to worry about a thing once you step foot on the resort. I didn’t have to worry about paying for any drinks, food, or activities while there. In fact, I left my wallet in the room the entire time, with the exception of tips and doing a little shopping. Guests may choose from six à la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet venue, a grill and a café as well as 24-hour room service. The room service was something I took advantage of, especially during the morning hours. I would wake up early enough to FaceTime the kids, have my morning coffee on the balcony, and get some work done before I had to conquer the day of relaxation and fun.

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Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is a luxurious getaway for couples, friends and families designed to reflect the charm of the Mexican Caribbean. Surrounded by glistening pools, lush tropical gardens and a white sand beach, this resort defines unlimited-luxury with an array of amenities for every age and interest. And it’s ideally located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen and just a short 20 minute drive south of Cancun Airport.

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Some of the highlights during my trip was getting a first hand lesson on how to make guacamole. We each got to make our own and was able to sample one another, as no two guac’s ever taste the same, even with the same ingredients! The biggest decision we needed to make at Dreams Resorts was if we wanted a beach hut or poolside one. Melissa from The Moms taught us a yoga class one morning that left me feeling amazing and also realizing I really need to get back into my yoga routine.

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We also had a chance to experience Dreams Resorts sister property Secrets Silversands. Secrets Silversands is an adult only property and perfect for couples wanting to get away sans the children. We spent the day there, visiting their World Class Spa by Pavonia for a day of pampering. The Secrets Spa by Pevonia treats their guests with dozens of pampering choices and allows you to experience pure indulgence through a combination of the latest hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments. I was immediately wowed when entering Secrets Silversands sleek modern lobby and luxe Spa.

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Secrets Silversands is a perfect seaside escape. Surrounded by warm crystal waters, this is an adults-only resort featuring expansive pool areas complete with swim-out suites and manicured gardens. Designed for young souls with sleek and chic décor, Secrets Silversands boasts the largest suites in the Riviera Maya, most with ocean views. This AAA Four Diamond resort boasts an array of enticing amenities that range from exceptional gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits to daily poolside activities and exciting nightlife.

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On our way back to the resort we had a chance to stop in Puerto Morelos for some shopping and souvenirs. The Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort also holds a little market twice a week for guests that do not want to leave the resort but want to bring a piece of Mexico home with them. I always make it a point to bring my children home a little something when I travel without them.

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The Moms Framed

Overall, it was great getting to know our intimate group of women, I now call my girlfriends. We all learned so much from each other during our 4 day getaway. And I am so grateful for the work I do and to be around women who are so inspiring and make you re-discover that love and passion for what you are doing and why you are doing it. After spending this time alone, I came home and was ready to conquer the world!  Thank you to The Moms for an unforgettable weekend of sunshine, relaxation, and fun girl time.

Please check out this incredible video shot by the über talented Diane Mizoto from The Spiritual Playground.

Thank you so much to Dreams and Secrets Resorts for hotel and airfare accommodations. All opinions are, as always, my own.   

Sunday Swoon: Molo Kids

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While I do love the summer months and our beach days, I think Fall is equally as great. NYC is definitely at its best during these months with weather being outstanding, beautiful scenery of leaves changing colorful hues, and it seems there is just so much to look forward to in the coming months with… Read more »

Saturday Style: Ava Sky Hawaii

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On my recent press trip to Riviera Maya Mexico (more on that later this week), I didn’t realize that as I was packing, I happened to everything from one of my fav resort-wear designers Ava Sky. From dressy dresses to beach cover-ups, this line straight from Hawaii has you covered in the wardrobe department. The… Read more »

First Candle Gala

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This past week, I had the most incredible and heartfelt opportunity of attending the annual First Candle Gala. The organization, close to my heart, is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. Their priorities and goals are to eliminate stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death… Read more »

Special Delivery

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This post was sponsored by Earth’s Best  When you first become a mom, there is a bit of trial and error that must be endured before you find your grove. Well, that and some tears shed, but after, you’re golden. I remember when Ryder was an infant, he had the absolute worst case of eczema on his face.… Read more »

Sunday Swoon: Toddler Royalty

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We are swooning this week over Toddler Royalty. A brand that breathes creativity, uniqueness and individuality of today’s children. Toddler Royal is a high fashion children’s clothing line, custom-made, by hand with an edgy yet sweet, soft yet punk-rock. Their dresses are for those sassy little ones in our lives, who march around, with their tiaras… Read more »

First Grade 101

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Last week, Ryder took home his first set of homework and had his first ever spelling test. Reading and writing is something that he has been struggling with, so I was prepared for the hard prep work. Homework for him every night was pretty tedious, it’s not much and would’ve taken him twenty minutes but… Read more »