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My Never Ending Story of Cosmetic Dentistry

This is my "Can you believe these are really my teeth?!" face.
My mom insists I've done so much to my teeth that they're going to fall out. IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY, MOM!
For the record, my teeth are all icky and brown in the middle photo because

I'd recently gotten my braces off. Teeth with braces are impossible to keep clean.In preparation for gum surgery, I'd been using a prescription mouthwash that removes any trace of white from your teeth.
Before I get too far into this post, there's a whole team of dentists to thank for my life-changing new smile. I would wholeheartedly recommend any of them. Dr. Rachelle Shaw with ABQ Pediatric Dentistry (best Albuquerque pediatric dentist)Dr. Carlos Torrebiarte with Cottonwood Orthodontics (best Albuquerque orthodontist - I drove across town to see him and it was 100% worth the drive)Dr. Johanna Romo (best Albuquerque prosthodontist/cosmetic dentist)Dr. Kevin Harrison with Bear Canyon Periodontics (best Albuqu…

CanvasPop Coupon and Giveaway

Sexy Nerd and I have a tradition of turning our travel photos into canvas prints for our home. We lounge in our loft across from a photo we took underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Our guestroom greets visitors with a colorful print of the picnic lawn and duck pond near my favorite museum. As far as a souvenir goes, you really can't top it. However, when you travel at every opportunity like we do, your trip photos can quickly outnumber your wall space (and budget!)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 2014
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, 2014
(Or was it at the Grand Canyon?)

This was taken...ummm...somewhere, 2014
(in Utah, maybe...?)

As you can see from my ramblings above, it's crucial to organize your travel photos while the trip is still fresh in your mind. Before my location details got any sketchier, I ordered a photo canvas from to surprise Sexy Nerd.
I've used several photo canvas companies over the years. The thing that makes CanvasPop stand out …

The U.S.S. Sexy Nerd

A few years ago, Sexy Nerd decided he needed a boat, desert living be darned. Not just any boat, of course - he planned to create a homemade, folding boat! Google "How to Build a Folding Boat". Not many results, right? Only my husband is crazy enough to try such a thing.

Here he is, attempting to paddle from the shore:

When you're the captain of a folding boat, a lifejacket is a must. Who cares if the water is shallow? 

Here, his dad tries to give him an unexpected, helpful push:

Here is Sexy Nerd, caught off balance and falling (almost) overboard:
So, did Sexy Nerd's folding boat sink or float? Take a look:
For the record, I thought my music choice was mean and only played it to Sexy Nerd as a joke, but he loved it. He embraces his redneck ways.

I'm still impressed...but have to point out that, many years later, the time above is still the only time this folding boat has ever been taken out of our garage. Thank goodness it doesn't take up a lot of sp…

Wood Chandelier (How Did They Know?!)

My lovable, wacky boss finds it concerning that the internet knows so much about all of our lives. Google a product and suddenly ads for the exact same thing appear on every website you visit. If I search for something at work while logged into my boss's Gmail account, it affects my browsing when I go home, though I'm using a completely different account on a completely different computer. The internet even knows who-knows-who.

Well, my boss is going to be FREAKED OUT by this one.

I was browsing through old design magazines last night, trying to get ideas for the house we're building. I was reading an old issue of Country Living, from 2007 or so, and came across a photo of a kitchen with the most amazing wooden chandeliers. Where a typical chandelier would have dangling, sparkly crystals, this one had wood hanging from each light. They were perfect for our mountain home! The article detailed where to buy everything in the house, from the valences down to the throw rugs - e…