Been Told You’re Not An Invisalign Braces Candidate? Second Opinion Time!


I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own. 

Okay, I just need to talk to you guys about something for a second. You know I’ve been wearing Invisalign for 7 months now, I can’t express just how much I love it. For reals and seriously and all that good stuff.


Can you tell that I’m wearing my aligners? Big smiles! (And my front teeth don’t look like they are playing leap frog anymore. Awww yeahhhhh.)

The whole experience has been light years better than wearing traditional metal brackets, and I can’t believe I’m already halfway through the process.

I was talking to my mom a few weeks ago and she mentioned how she really would like to straighten her teeth (her situation is very similar to mine in that we both have crowding and our front teeth cross over each other), but she mentioned that her orthodontist told her she wasn’t a candidate. And you know what? I hear this ALL THE TIME from people when I mention that I’m wearing Invisalign. So why would an orthodontist tell my mother that her fairly straightforward case wasn’t doable?

Well, unfortunately, even though Invisalign has been extremely successful over the past decade, some practitioners just aren’t up-to-date on what they can achieve by using Invisalign. And let me tell you – I visited the Invisalign headquarters a few months back and saw firsthand what their virtually invisible braces can do. No offense to some of the patients whose before/after photos I witnessed, but those teeth were, um how do I say it…JACKED UP. Invisalign is not just for minor cases. Don’t take my word for it - have a look.

My point is? If you’ve been told that you aren’t a candidate, GET THEE  A SECOND OPINION. Visit Invisalign’s doctor locator. Or check out the smile assessment. Or DON’T and get those really awesomely comfortable metal brackets put on your teeth. Bygones. (I will never be able to use that word without thinking of Ally McBeal.)



Odds and Ends



I absolutely can’t believe that we are leaving California and moving to Oklahoma two weeks from today. It’s like I’m walking around in a dream – I can’t process it at all, but I do know it’s the right thing to do. We close on the sale of our house today, and it’s definitely bittersweet. I am feeling ALL OF THE FEELINGS right now. I’m trying to keep my stress levels manageable- and speaking of, I’m going to be speaking on mindfulness, meditation, and some of my favorite techniques at Blogher next week. More details to come, but I would love to see you there. Are you going?

Without further ado, here are some odds and ends for the week.

1. As part of my Lyme treatment, I’ve been doing infrared saunas 4-5/week. That’s a lot of sweating, and I’ve been concerned about electrolyte loss. Coconut water to the rescue – here is a great post on making sure you are buying the healthiest brands out there.

2. Love these vintages images of motherhood.

3. One of the (unhealthy) ways I distract myself from stress is shopping. I know, I know, it’s not very spiritual, but hey, I’m just trying to get through the day right now. Needless to say, NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE STARTS TODAY.

4. What is this hole? What does it all mean, people?

5. Great before/afters of homes.

6. The psychology of color. Very cool.

Okay, happy weekend, everyone! Remember to take deep breaths. At least that’s what I’ll be doing.

photo credit: Julia Kostreva


We Survived The Road Trip


This post is sponsored by Bridgestone. I can now officially say their DriveGuard tires are the bomb.


We made it through our 10-day road trip alive, folks. And we packed it in – Grand Canyon, Colorado hiking and river-rafting, Sedona energy vortexes and the best restaurant ever.

As you can imagine, while spending days on end in the car, you take a lot of landscape shots.


You also eat In-n-Out, greasy spoon breakfasts, and listen to old school Madonna tunes while your little ones cover their ears in protest.


To my children’s dismay, I did a little interpretive hand dancing in the front seat. I mean, what else was I supposed to do? THE BOREDOM.

(Can you hear Wito at the very end singing along? Buhdadum badadaadaaa.)

We also stopped way too much.


I can’t believe I bought Wita a wooden recorder thingy. ROOKIE MISTAKE. It was “lost” within a few hours. I can’t imagine who would have done that. D’s trying to get a good Instagram shot on the bottom right. “Don’t worry, Wita! It’s just a rattlesnake. GO. Smile!”

Very, VERY rarely, I would look back and see this.


But most of the time, I listened to a lot of bickering. Bickering, bickering, bickering.

And the only thing that stopped the bickering was blaring a certain song. Listen, I’m not above playing “Wiggle” for my little kids if it will secure 5 minutes of non-whine.

Wiggle from whoorl on Vimeo.

“MOM, HE SAID BIG FAT BUTT!” Feel free to judge me.

We did lots of exploring – on foot and in the car. I am super thankful that Bridgestone provided us a wagon with DriveGuard tires because we managed to go off-roading, drive through a sandstorm in Phoenix, and multiple thunderstorms (flash flooding!) in multiple states without a blink. Trust me, there were a few times we, ahem, bottomed out and splayed gravel, and thanked our lucky stars our car wasn’t taking the beating. Can you imagine if we would have gotten a flat in any of those situations? Not an Instagram moment, methinks. Not to worry since DriveGuard tires allow you to drive up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph after a puncture or complete loss of tire pressure.

All in all, it was an awesome road trip. We loved adventuring around the country and spending lots of time with my parents and Lala’s family in Colorado. It was great.


So great, in fact, that we’re doing it again in three weeks when we pack up our life and move to Oklahoma. (I KNOW. More on that later.) Until then, things might be a little spotty around here considering at some point I am going to need to start packing. Again.

(Didn’t we just do this?)

((Did I mention that we are in escrow on the sale of our California house AND on the purchase of our Oklahoma one?))

(((And that it’s another renovation? Are you ready for some more before/after photos?)))

((((Should I convey just how stressful things are right now?))))


((((((wiggle wiggle wiggle))))))


Summer Cut


soft A-line undercut with long layers

I made my annual pilgrimage to Ramirez Tran Salon last week so Johnny and Anh could work their magic on me, and they did not disappoint. Looking at these photos, I can’t believe how loooooong and heavy my hair was before the chop. I feel as light as air!

soft A-line undercut with long layers

If you are wondering about the particulars of the cut, it’s a soft A-line undercut with long layers. And Johnny gave me the most lovely golden caramel highlights. Love love love. Of course, now I’m obsessed with figuring out how to recreate this super lived-in, barely-there wavy look every day of my life. You can count on a video tutorial when/if I make it happen. Hooray for summer cuts!