Straight Teeth - A Rite of Passage

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Invisalign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I never was a kid that was afraid of the dentist. Even though I spent quite some time in the dentist office due to my love of candy and my teeth’s love of cavities, the idea of visit my doctor never phased me. As I grew up, and dealt with an awkward overbite, I realized that the reason I didn’t mind was that I never had to deal with the serious hardware.

Teeth Straightening. One of the rites of passage for many pre-teens and teens. Even though I had everything else wrong with my teeth, teeth straightening wasn’t on my list. So imagine how surprised I was when our family dentist said that my oldest boy would eventually have to have braces. It was his 7th birthday check-up when we heard the news. I didn’t know how to handle it. As a parent, how should you feel? Excited that they’ll have beautifully straight teeth once it’s all over? Depressed that this will be yet another expensive bill that comes along with parenting? Petrified about the possibility that after all of the pain and awkwardness, their teeth won’t be fixed? I had it all within 5 minutes. Then our dentist said the magic word: Invisalign.

Invisalign is widely known as a great alternative to braces. Invisalign Teen is available for teens and pre-teens, which is great for my pre-teen son who will have to endure this rite of passage in just a few years. I love that Invisalign has virtually invisible aligners, which means less social awkwardness  to impact self-esteem or awkwardness.  It’s great to have that parental worry thrown out the window. Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

Now can we talk about the expense? I mean, this is a frugal website and all.

Myth: Invisalign is more expensive than mental braces.

Not true! The cost of Invisalign is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces, and many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would braces. This is such a revelation for us, as we thought we would have to spend out of pocket for Invisalign. We’ve checked and found out that it is covered by our insurance plan. To figure out what the cost of braces without insurance would be for your family, check out the cost calculator.

To find out if an orthodontist near you specializes Invisalign Teen, visit and select “find a doctor.”

Would you like to win a chance to experience Invisalign for you, your teen, or your pre-teen? Be sure to enter the Invisalign Straight Talk sweepstakes below!

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This fall, dark florals will be a hot trend. Here are a few selections that won't break the bank.

Fall fashion trends have always been my favorite each and every year. The weather turns cooler, and we see what fashion designers will have in store for us. But there are those trends that just seem a bit too extreme, even for a millennial mom like me. Over the next few weeks, I’ll highlight the trends that won’t make you cringe and may actually inspire you to try something new this season. The kicker: each piece will be within your budget. Here are some tips on how to wear the dark florals trend.

Stick with a Close-Knit Pattern

Dark florals can be quite beautiful on just about any woman, but we have to keep in mind that the floral pattern should flow on the piece you rock. By keeping the floral pattern neat and tight you’ll ensure that it won’t bombard the rest of your outfit. A great dark floral piece mixed with a bit of a watercolor theme would look great on almost any silhouette.

Mix Brights and Darks

Embracing the dark florals means that we’ll have the liberty to highlight a bright color in our ensembles. If your piece of fashion has some specs of tangerine, bring that out in your jewelry, bag or even your shoes.

This fall, dark florals will be a hot trend. Here are a few selections that won't break the bank.

Dark Floral Shirt – on sale for $16.62 from SheInside
Boyfriend Jeans (similar here and here) – $13 to $15
Gold watch (similar) – $19.99
Gold necklace – $19.99 from Mod Cloth
Bucket crossbody bag – $32.99 from
Converse sneakers – $34.99 from Target

Make it Work for Everyday

I love a trend that I can wear while running errands or spending time with the family on the weekends. Dark florals are easy to dress down; pair a top with your favorite boyfriend jeans, a coordinating cross body bag, subtle but fun accessories and the flats of your choice. I love to wear sneaker slip-ons just about any time, and they work well with this simple yet chic outfit.

Do you plan to try out the dark florals trend this season?



Beauty Tips for Your Day Off #AllDayLook #shop

August 22, 2014
This post lists easy beauty tips for that busy day off, featuring time-saving items from Neutrogena.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Moms don’t get a day off. When your a Mom that writes online, you really don’t get an official day off. Well, we at least don’t get the kind of day off that most are used to. For […]

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4 New Ways to Add Beans To Your Meal Plan

August 22, 2014
Beans don't have to be boring. Here are 4 new ways to add beans to your meal plan without having your family revolt.

Beans, beans…the magical fruit… Yes, I’m a 12 year old boy. I just can’t help but hear that song when I think about beans. I mean, they are such a money saver, yes, but the jokes that comes from them. My mind swims in them! But, in all seriousness, beans are a staple when it […]

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Celebrate Summer with Grilled Pesto Chicken

August 19, 2014
Delicious grilled pesto chicken sandwich paired with pea pesto soup and a glass of iced tea. Perfect for summer and fall meal plans!

In our home, we refuse to let summer go. We’re still grilling, still taking trips to the beach, hanging at the pool and enjoying the warm weather on our patio. Summer just can’t leave us yet! One way we love to celebrate summer is to eat some of our favorite warm weather meals and pair […]

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25 Back-To-School Affirmations

August 17, 2014
Here is a list of 25 back-to-school affirmations that are a perfect start to a child's day.

We all know how overwhelming the first day of school can be. The jitters, the excitement, and the anticipation of a good school year. I can still remember being so scared of each first day, but very hopeful. For most of my school career, my dad made sure to say something positive to me once he […]

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Easy Chicken Recipes for Back-to-School

August 17, 2014
Check out these 10 easy chicken recipes that would be great additions to your back-to-school meal planning.

The beginning of a new school year means the start of meal planning by dedicated moms and dads. We look for the easiest meals we can make; dinners that won’t interfere with soccer practice and entrees that we can prep the night, or week, before school. Chicken is such an easy protein to cook, and […]

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10 Frugal Make-Ahead Breakfasts

August 16, 2014
10 Frugal Make-ahead Breakfasts

Back-to-school time always creates excitement and a bit of anxiety through many households. Kids are eager to get back to school to see friends, meet new teachers and learn new subjects. Parents, on the other hand, are stressing over new school wardrobes, school supplies, lunches and even breakfasts. Here is a simple list of 10 […]

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iBandz – My New Arm Candy

August 15, 2014
A review of iBandz, the new arm candy for kids and parents alike.

A big thanks to iBandz for sending product for review. All opinions in this post are my own. I have a true love for arm candy. You know, that lovely concoction of jewelry that just livens up your wrist. It’s fun to be on the constant lookout for new ways to show off my style through […]

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3 Frugal Must-Do’s for Back-To-School

August 14, 2014
Back-to-school is one of the best times to re-evaluate your home finances. Here are 3 simple tips to get your on track for Fall.

Did you know that the real start to a new year is September? Most households evaluate their finances and money-saving routines at the start of fall. It could be because it’s back-to-school time and children are starting up their extra-curricular activities, It could also be that most jobs work on a fiscal year, which means a re-evaluation […]

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