Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How I Hostess #WhileIWhiten {& A Giveaway!}

Thank you so much to Smile Brilliant for sending me a teeth whitening kit and for sponsoring the giveaway you can enter at the end of this post!

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One of the things I have absolutely come to love is having people over for dinner! It might just be because I'm getting older, but going out to eat with people isn't as fun as it used to be. When you can have people over it's much more comfortable and you get to actually spend time with your friends. You have a chance to talk with more than just the person across from you, and you don't have to rush and say goodbye just because your bill came.

We try to have somebody over at least twice a month! Sometimes it's more often and sometimes it's less- it just depends on our schedule. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of what I do before we have guests over! 

Since I'm a pro multi-tasker, I am going to be getting ready for our company while I whiten! I'm also a professional iced tea drinker, so my teeth have been crying out to be whitened for a long time now. And, whitening my teeth while I go about my regular day is the perfect fit. I love being productive and spending a little time on myself!

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit - Pugs & Pearls Blog

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit - Pugs & Pearls Blog

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit - Pugs & Pearls Blog


With this at-home whitening kit you can whiten from 45 minutes to 3 hours, so you have plenty of time to get chores done or get ready for the day while whitening. I've whitened while I studied, cleaned the house and while we watched Netflix. This time I'm going to straighten up the house, get dinner going hopefully have a little time to relax before our friends come over! 

It's probably still a little too hot here to be forcing our friends to sit outside, but after pressure washing the back porch and getting a brand new outdoor table I was dying to use it. The porch is fairly easy to set up for guests because it's always pretty much set up for guests. All I have to do is plug in the string lights, ice the beverages, and make sure all the dog hair is off the cushions! My new table was also begging to be set, so I dressed it up a little too. Oh yeah, and because #Florida I have to light the citronella candles!

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog


How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

If we are having people over for dinner, I really try to have most of the food prepared ahead of time. When they get here I want to be able to visit and relax and not be bustling around the kitchen while everybody else gets to have fun! Keeping the meal simple is a big part of that. Tonight we are having spaghetti with homemade sauce, garlic knots and salad. I can get the sauce going on the stove and have the salad pre made so that all I have to do is make the pasta and throw the bread in the oven. 

Since I'm currently obsessed with cheese platters, I had to put one of those together too! It's amazing how presentation is everything with these trays. You'd never know that all the cheese, hummus and crackers are store brand! It's a huge crowd pleaser with not all that much effort. 

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

And I have to vacuum and sweep the floors before anybody comes over. Even if I just did it yesterday! With three pugs, you gotta. By that time, it's been an hour and I can take my whitening trays out! I can't believe how white my teeth are getting. 

You're going to laugh, but I started doing all of this way before dinner time. It's because I always feel like I have a million things to do, but it never fails that I'm ready too early. There are worse things, because I end up having time to sit down and relax. Everything is done, and that's the whole point because now I can enjoy our friends and not be fussing over something! 

Anytime I sit down I end up with a pug on my lap! Winston was obviously my helper today. Meanwhile Delly and Bailey were the smart ones and were hanging out inside with the A/C. 

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog

How I Hostess - Pugs & Pearls Blog


I've been using my whitening kit for a little over two weeks - check out this before and after! I still have plenty of whitening gel in my box, so I'm excited to see how much brighter my smile will continue to get. 

Smile Brilliant Before and After

Giveaway! Want to win a whitening kit of your own? I can't recommend Smile Brilliant enough! To enter the giveaway just head over here! You could win $139 credit to spend with on your new smile. The giveaway is open for 1 week, so make sure you enter right now! (Open to USA, UK, Australian and Canadian residents) 

If you want to go ahead and purchase your kit, make sure you use pugsandpearls10 for 10% off! 

Leave a comment below if you are an over preparer! Do you prefer going out with your friends, or having them over? What do you usually make for dinner guests? And I'd love to know if you entered the giveaway! 

While Smile Brilliant provided me with a whitening kit to share my experience, I want to assure you that all opinions expressed in this post are honest and real! 

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, there's definitely a difference in your smile!
    I love your entertaining space! And you have the most adorable helper ;) Lol

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  2. I love all of these photos so much! You seem like the best hostess. The whitening product worked great! P.S. Where did you get the shirt you're wearing?

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    1. Aw thank ya! I knew I should have linked my outfit! I actually found this top through the blogger who commented below! Here is the link: https://www.shadesofgrayboutique.com/product-page/columbus-floral-tank

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  3. I find the older I get the more consistently I need to whiten my teeth- this sounds like a great system!

    PS- I recognize that top! ;) It looks adorable on you!!

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    1. That must be it, because my teeth used to be super white, and I haven't changed much in my routine over the years. (I assumed it was all the iced tea!)
      And yes! I totally swiped this top after you posted about it! Glad you had a discount code =]

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  4. I'm so glad I read this post because I'm about to do a post with Smile Brilliant, too!! Your teeth look amazing, and all these pictures are so so pretty!!!

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    1. Oh cool Julie! Can't wait to read about your experience. It really does work, and it works quickly-which is encouraging!

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  5. Wow. That an amazing difference. I've heard some great things about Smile Brilliant. Thank you for sharing your experience. I might have to try it out. :)

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    1. Yes, yes do try it out! Don't forget to enter the giveaway, maybe you'll win!

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  6. I love your porch and those lights! And of course the pup. So cute.

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    1. Thank you Steph! I may be partial, but I love it too!

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  7. I kid you not I was actually thinking about teeth whitening earlier this week, so clearly this post is a sign lol. I've heard great things about it so I'll definitely need to try it out! Also, your porch setup is SO pretty and put together!

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    1. Crazy! It's an excellent system. You get a completely custom fit tray set and all of the gels. So much better than the strips! And it starts working really quickly, which is nice. Don't forget to enter the giveaway or use my discount code!
      And thank you so much! We love our porch. Lots of good times out there!

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  8. Wow, that's a big difference in 2 weeks...! THe porch looks great and the pups are too cute!!

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