health // oil pulling.

my honest to goodness feelings on oil pulling & how I manage to pull it off.

pun intended.

oil pulling //

the first day I tried oil pulling, I sat down & stared at the clock. which resulted in me spitting out the oil after only 9 minutes. and yes, I was then skeptical I could ever complete the full 20 minutes. but I tried again the next day.


each morning I wake up, I immediately put 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil in my mouth. go directly to the microwave & put 20 minutes on the clock. then I begin my morning; I start a pot of coffee, occasionally I pack my lunch or make breakfast, I respond to emails, write a list for my day, etc. [basically I keep busy]. in life and with oil pulling ..the busier you are, the faster time will go. the timer eventually goes off, and I spit the oil + any excess in the garbage. [save your drains, go for the garbage]. then I brush my teeth, and get on with my day.


I had conducted a little internet research before ever imagining swooshing oil in my mouth for 20 minutes because it sounds crazy. and apparently, there are quite a few benefits. but I was sold on one in particular: teeth whitening. I love coffee + red wine, but they stain your teeth. and if you know me or don’t, you’d still probably know ..I would much rather do about anything than give up my coffee, so I decided to try oil pulling. and three weeks in, my teeth are noticeably whiter. and I’m sold.


the thought of swooshing oil in your mouth at all, let alone for 20 minutes, should gross you out. it’s far from normal. but truly, coming from a ‘texture phobia’ individual [ie. I am hesitant to eat bananas because of their mushy texture], the worst part is the first minute, when you’re patiently waiting for the solid to turn liquid. then as I said, just keep busy. the timer will go off shortly and you’ll be free.

I hope this helped for those of you who are on the fence. I cannot wait to hear all of your feedback. and just remember, twenty minutes seems longer than it really is. the busier you stay, the faster time will go.

do it for your coffee-drinking pearly whites!

happy monday.

life as of late.

oh, hello friday.

do you ever reach the weekend and think ‘oh crap, I have so much to do’?

I’d say .. that’s me.

but I tend to get distracted by lazy, chocolate chip pancake mornings.

do not forget you need to celebrate st. patty’s. maybe [J] can make our pancakes green? or I can make shepherd’s pie.. yum.

I just want to share a couple scenes from my week, c/o my telephone.

1 // my business casual shopping trip to kohl’s. and this bow blouse. [under $20].

bow blouse LC lauren conrad //

2 // [J] + I started the car buying process last week. as in we, began to look. and immediately went for a beer afterwards. it’s not exactly my favorite weekend activity.

the other place //

3 // our master bedroom is coming together. [we still have not hung anything on the walls yet. yikes].

master bedroom //

4 // these ‘just mango slices’ from trader joe’s are my candy. they’re dried mangoes. and I ate the entire package in one day. on accident.

just mango slices //

5 // this sunset scene; captured while drinking a glass of wine on my balcony.

iowa sunset //

have the best day.

and an even better weekend :)

see you monday!

the week in photos.

so this week I luckily picked up a cold. the kind that inhibits the tasting of food & forces you to carry around a kleenex box wherever you go. rude. thankfully [J] has been beyond gracious in monitoring my medicine & cooking me healthy meals. I am on the mend. and just in time. because ..

[J] & I are on our way to chicago, right now.

for our engagement party.

it still doesn’t feel real.

I’m beyond excited to celebrate with our families + friends. get dressed up. and divulge a couple surprises we’ve had up our sleeves for awhile now. [which I’ll be sharing on the blog too].

but first ..the week in photos.

week in photos, oct 11 //

can’t beat a beer flight // court ave brewing company.

week in photos, oct 11 //

this martini kicked my butt. but it was delicious.

week in photos, oct 11 //

I’m happy when [J] creates our meals.

week in photos, oct 11 //

fall has taken over our apartment. I raided trader joe’s for all of their pumpkin products. love them. [add the pumpkin pie spice to pancake batter!!!!!!!!].

week in photos, oct 11 //

see you soon chicago!

follow along with me + our engagement party weekend on instagram.

happy friday all.