October 21, 2014

That Blue Rhino #pintester

You know how you see something on Pinterest and you just assume that you will nail it? Well, that didn't exactly work for me. 

It's the thought that counts though, right? 

Inspiration:


Finished Result:



Nelly's 'big girl' room is in the midst of being designed (don't worry - there will be plenty of blog posts about this) and R from
Raw Decor gave me this gorgeous mini rhino head to hang on her wall.

I just assumed that it would turn out perfectly. I definitely blame pinterest for this. 


After 25 minutes umm'ing and ahh'ing in the spray paint aisle at Bunnings, driving The Husband slightly bonkers with my 'what about this one?' 'hmmm is this too blue?' whining we finally decided on Rust-Oleum Satin Blue Lagoon spray paint as it wasn't too girly, nor too boyish and will hopefully work well in her new bedroom. 

How good is Bunnings without a child in tow by the way? When I go there with Nelly, she pushes her little trolley around and rams into people and chucks random crap that we definitely do not need in the trolley. I usually end up sweating from having to chase her and apologising to all of the people that she rams or yells at. 

Without Nelly, I can leisurely do laps and oohh and ahhh over random things such as Patch Magic (if you don't know what patch magic is, click here and rest assured that I am going to buy some and give it a crack).  

Add in a sausage sizzle and it's practically Date Night. 


God, I really love spray painting. 

I also spray painted my lamps gold, rocking horse pink and some random pots and knick knacks but I will save them for another post. 


I did a couple of coats and then left to dry over night before re-spraying the horns and then sprinkling glitter on them whilst holding my breath and hoping it wouldn't get stuck anywhere else on the rhino.

I really had no idea what the hell I was doing with the glitter and probably should have bought a finer glitter but the $2 reject shop laser glitter was calling my name and what is done is done. 

So, it wasn't as awesome as I pictured but I like it more and more each day and Nelly is loving pointing at it and yelling DOG. I know, it's not a dog, but it's still cute. 

Have you had any pinterest fails that are meme worthy?

October 20, 2014

Oral-B 3D White Review

These products were provided to me for the purpose of this review.

I've never had yellow teeth but since I feel that teeth can never be too white I am always on the look out for at home whitening systems and if they don't break the bank I am even happier. 

Okay, I lie. Sometimes veneers can look too white. 

I've been using all of these Oral-B 3DWhite products for the last 10 days and this post contains the before/during and after photos and my conclusion on the products. It will be very scientific (jokes). 


Products:-
Oral-B 3D White Glamorous White Rinse RRP $8.49
Oral-B 3D White Vivid Toothbrush RRP $4.99
Oral-B 3D White Brilliant Mint Toothpaste RRP $9.49
Oral-B 3D White Whitestrips RRP $44.99

Now, a before shot.


I cannot stress to you enough how hard it was to take this photo. 

There were so many things running through my mind:-
1. Don't get mustache in photo
2. Don't let tongue hang out
3. Don't dribble
4. Don't bare teeth like angry dog
5. Show all teeth
6. Ah, just give up already. 

Like I said, my teeth are already pretty white. I rarely drink coffee, I don't smoke, I don't drink tea or red wine, rarely drink soft drinks and I try to always brush my teeth morning and night.

I say try because I am quite fond of falling asleep on the couch and those nights I go to bed with gross unbrushed teeth. 

I've had my teeth whitened before at a beauty day spa place and it didn't work at all, complete waste of time. I also had my teeth whitened in Thailand (reputable dentist, I promise) in 2010 and that seemed to work quite well.

DAY 1

Um, what order am I meant to use the products? Do I use them all in a row? No idea. None of the instructions say "when using in conjunction with A, B, C & D use in this order XYZ" which is annoying but I will just wing it.

In the morning I'm going to brush my teeth (using the Oral-B toothbrush), gargle with the rinse and then use the strips.

At night I will use the strips, then brush and then gargle. I don't know if this is correct but it will do.

First thoughts:
- I don't like the toothbrush, it's not the right firmness for me. I have a sonic toothbrush and I much prefer that. 
- The toothpaste is neither here nor there, it just seems like toothpaste. 
- The mouthwash foams as you use it, and then keeps foaming after you have spat it out which makes you want to rinse your mouth with water but that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? 
- The white strips are a bit weird. I don't know where to put my tongue. Will they fall off? Removing them was like a snake shedding it's skin.
- Do I wipe off the gel after I remove the white strips after 30 minutes? I guess so. 

Have I noticed a difference yet? 
Nope. 

This is what it looks like when the whitening strips are on your teeth.  I've even braved the shops with them on my teeth but avoided smiling at strangers. 

DAY 5

Okay, I have definitely noticed a difference already. It feels as if the rest of my teeth are as white as my two front teeth which have always been a couple of shades whiter. 

Sometimes it feels like a hassle to have to apply the strips for 30 minutes twice per day but I am dedicated to the cause and am going to stay strong. I've realised that I talk a lot as I am more conscious of talking when wearing them. 

One night I applied the strips a bit too far above my teeth and had sensitive gums for two days afterwards which was annoying but that has been the only negative so far and it was my own fault.

DAY 10

Top photo: BEFORE
Bottom photo: AFTER use for 10 days 

There is a definite difference between the two photos, even if it is slight. I feel that if it made a difference on my already white teeth then it would make a huge difference for someone with stained teeth. 

My findings:-

Did it work? Yes, the pictures are evidence of that.
What did you hate? The mouthwash. It just kept foaming and drove me insane for the ten days that I used it but beauty is pain and all that. 
Would you buy the products? Sure! They aren't that expensive and are readily available at most of the big chemist chains. 
What about your enamel?? The 6% hydrogen peroxide in this product is enamel safe. Yippee!


All in all, the products worked and I am pleased.

Have you ever had your teeth whitened?

October 16, 2014

Kransky

I'm always looking for somewhere new to indulge my passion in life, hot dogs.

Bunnings doesn't always cut it. Okay, that's a lie. Bunnings does always cut it but they don't have a sausage sizzle every day unfortunately. 

Kacie from the blog Lady Bear and I go way back, back to the days when neither of us were old enough to drive a car! 

Kacie and her partner recently opened Big Dog Diner, in Frankston so I thought that it was about time that I checked it out. 


They have a $4.95 kids combo which includes a slider, chips and milkshake so Liz and I thought that we would treat the kids.

Nelly has never had a slider/hamburger before and has only had the odd hot chips here and there but it was an instant decision that she would not touch the slider.

The concentration on that kids face when reaching for her chips was something else.


I couldn't go past the Kransky and although it was insanely messy to eat, it was ridiculously delicious.

Seriously, there is nothing better than kransky slathered in cheese and mustard - anything else is just an added bonus.


As you can see, the kid is a tough critic. 

Liz had a veggie burger and said that it was really good. All in all, we all loved our meals and they were a bargain too. 


When one is consuming hot dogs in their future, they should always wear a baggy top and something that will camouflage potential mustard spills. Take it from me.

So, do you prefer a standard bunnings sausage sizzle or something a bit more flash?

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