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my results from the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge!

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March 3rd, 2015 · Print Print

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So, that photo above?  That’s my new, healthier smile.  And I LOVE it.

I admit, I was a little skeptical that I’d be able to make over my oral care routine in three weeks.  But, you guys: it happened.  I finished the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge today, and I used antiseptic mouthwash every single day, morning and night.  And you know what I’m going to keep doing every day from now on?  That exact same habit. 

I was hooked with in a few days, but here’s the funniest story from this past month.  My husband reads Sugarlaws, so he knew that I was participating in the challenge.  And after about a week, he asked me, “are you really using Listerine every morning and night?”  And I sort of grinned and told him that yes, not only was I absolutely using it twice a day, but that it was seriously the best feeling to have such a clean mouth all the time. 

And a few days later, as we were brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed, I looked over at him.

And he was using Listerine.

Seriously, he’d gotten his own bottle, and he’d started using it too

That’s how much the 21-Day Challenge affected me: I even spread the habit to him! 

And really, it’s a great habit to develop.  I love the super-clean feeling that LISTERINE® Antiseptic gives my mouth — it’s so fresh and feels so great, now I’m wondering how I ever lived without it.  I’m so grateful to participate in projects like this for Sugarlaws, because this is a habit I’ll be sticking with for years to come.  Adding LISTERINE® to my oral care routine was an easy change that produced immediate benefits, and I’m thrilled to know that I’ll be keeping my gums, teeth, and mouth healthier for years to come because of it.

Did you guys try the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge?  I’d love to hear about your results!  (And, more impotantly, did any of you guys win the Fitbit®?  My mom is obsessed with hers and I’ve been dying to try one!  I clicked through the email every day to see if I’d won, but hopefully one of you guys did!)

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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workweek chic

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March 2nd, 2015 · Print Print

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So, here’s the thing. I used to post all these cute outfits that I’d wear on the weekends, and exactly none of the way-less-exciting suit rotation that I wore to work every. single. day.

But lately, since my weekends revolve primarily around machine-washable clothes that can be spit up on (sigh, but it’s reality), I really haven’t had many outfits to photograph.

But you know when I do get dressed up? For work! And since I started my own practice, I have a little more freedom to take fashion risks, even in the courtroom. The legal profession is very conservative, but I’ve become pretty good at choosing workweek outfits that are professional but still fun — I’m frequently (always) the only lawyer sporting colorful blazers and stiletto heels, but hey: it’s what I like.

(The other day, going through security at the federal courthouse, my Jimmy Choos set off the metal detector, yes they did. The officer asked if my heels were dangerous, and I promised him they wouldn’t hurt anything except my feet. Hahahahaha. I had to work that story in because I thought I was hilarious, but it occurs to me now that it might also be construed as wildly dorky.)

I didn’t actually wear this to court — it was for a regular day of meetings and a charity event. What I love about this outfit was that it went really easily from work to play — just taking off the blazer made this a cute, summery outfit (I know, it’s February, but this is Houston we’re talking about), but I could still put it back on and be professional.

What I don’t love about this outfit: the blazer is probably four years old and was originally under $100 from Zara — it’s showing some wear, and I need to upgrade. I’m insanely picky about blazers — the cut, fit, and style have to be exactly right before I’ll buy one. But here are a few I’m thinking about ordering, and I’d love your thoughts! None of them are exactly like this one, but they’re all under $200 and could be really fun additions to my workweek wardrobe.

I’m thinking about ordering this one from Shopbop in black — I like the three-quarter sleeves and the single-button style. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably try this bold blue from Nordstrom, or maybe even this blush pink from Topshop. (I wish I could see the color in person on the last one, but Houston doesn’t have Topshop yet!  It’s only $90, so I may order it just to try on.) Let me know if you have any thoughts and I’ll let you guys know when I decide!

So, here we go: Workweek Chic. What do you guys think? Should this be a regular Sugarlaws feature?

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Wishes for Baby

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February 27th, 2015 · Print Print

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From the moment your child arrives (or before!), you want nothing but the best for them.  A mother’s Wishes for Baby are the hopes and dreams that fill her heart and guide her decisions in shaping her child’s life.  I’ve teamed up with Fisher Price for their #WishesforBaby campaign. They’ve partnered with artist Adele Enersen to bring moms’ wishes to life in her stunning images!  (You may remember Adele from her beautiful blog, Mila’s Daydreams – if you’re not familiar with it already, she is such an imaginative and talented artist, and obviously an incredible mother too!)

As part of this partnership, I’m sharing a few of my own wishes in hopes of inspiring yours! My first to my son, I hope you learn to appreciate the warmth and beauty of a loving home. Join me in sharing your hopes and dreams for your children using #WishesforBaby!

One of my biggest wishes for our son is that he grow up with a warm and loving home.  I spent months choosing every detail for his nursery to create the happy, cozy environment that I wanted our son to experience.  From choosing the perfect shade of paint to the wall to picking out my favorite childhood books for his nightstand, the time I spent creating his nursery was filled with the dreams of the many hours we would spend in it, playing games and learning new things. 

Because a warm and loving home isn’t about getting everything to look perfect.  It’s about creating a space that will be filled with love and memories, where our son would feel free to explore, challenge himself, and discover new interests of his own.  For our son, that’s my biggest wish: that no matter what he goes on to do, he’ll remember growing up in a home that was filled with warmth, love, and kindness. 

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