3 Things You Should Be Doing With Your Pictures

3 Things You Should Be Doing With Your Pictures

If you are like most people with a smart phone or camera, then you have hundreds, or thousands of pictures just sitting around on your devices. It’s time to do something with these!

3 Things You Should Be Doing With Your Pictures by Aduke Schulist

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1. Organize Them

Before you do anything else, stop and organize your pictures. This includes deleting repeats (Who needs the same selfie 50 times?). Delete any out of focus images, or images of scenery that you can’t even begin to place. If a picture doesn’t bring back a memory for you, then let it go.

I recommend consistency with how you organize. I like to organize mine by year first, and then event or date. It is easier to find my daughter’s 9th Birthday if I have it labeled “Aybra’s 9th Birthday” instead of some obscure date.

2. Back Them Up

I learned a hard lesson when my first child was born. My computer system crashed and I lost every single image that I had taken of him. I was only able to recover images that I had sent to my family. Since then I’ve been backing up my images every few months.

Folder Organization for Picture Storage and Backup using Google Drive

Google Drive is a great place to start. You can back up your images and access them from any device. The above image shows a peek inside my 2017 folder on my Google Drive.

If you use Amazon Prime, they offer unlimited photo storage. External drives are great, but I am finding online storage to be best for me.

3. Print & Display Them

As a photographer one of my passions is urging people to print and display their family portraits. Sure, digital pictures that you can share with your friends online are great, but seeing a portrait of your family in your home brings those memories alive.

If your photographer doesn’t offer prints, then you are in luck. Photowall is an online printing company that will let you print any image for display.

Family Picture on Canvas by Photowall

Canvas is one popular option that displays well. I recently used Photowall to print one of my family’s portraits (that I took myself!). I was a little nervous of the DIY frame, but it was a breeze to put together and my family portrait looks great sitting atop our piano. (I need to get some strong muscles to help me move the piano so I can relocate the image and hang it above the piano!)

Family Picture on Canvas by Photowall Review by Aduke Schulist

Yes, it’s large, but Photowall makes printing big affordable. Photowall doesn’t stop at family portraits though.

Photowall Has It

Photowall has all the artwork needed to decorate your bedroom, living room, kitchen, office, or even business. They offer some super cute motifs whether you just want to add a little color with a small canvas, or spice up an entire room with some fun wall paper patterns.

Here are just 6 of the thousands of patterns offered:

Patterns offered by Photowall

All products are made to order, environmentally friendly, fire-retardant, and won’t fade in sunlight. They have a satisfaction guaranteed. So, what are you waiting for? Start printing your pictures now!

When is the last time your had family portraits printed?

Smile Fearlessly with Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

Smile Fearlessly with Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

Long before I was self conscious about my weight, I was self conscious about my smile.  My teeth weren’t as white as they could be, and I had these white spots (from fluorosis) on my two front teeth that were the cause of much embarrassment. I used to cover my mouth when I smiled or talked because I was scared of what other people would think. Now, I can Smile Fearlessly thanks to Smile Brilliant and their Professional Teeth Whitening kits.

Smile Fearlessly with Smile Brilliant a Review by Aduke Schulist

Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening Kit

Each kit comes with everything you need to get a beautiful smile without ever having to step foot outside.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit

Included in the Smile Brilliant kits are two trays with the paste needed to make impressions of your top and bottom teeth. Detailed instructions are provided to help you get the best impression possible. They even include an extra paste in case of a bad impression. Once your impressions are done, simply let them dry overnight and then ship them off in the provided envelope. They go to a lab where your custom dental trays will be made and shipped back to you.

Smile Brilliant Custom Made Dental Whitening TraysThis entire process took about a week. Not only is it quick, it costs about 70% less than the cost of custom dental trays from a dentist. The trays even arrive with a hard shell carrying case.

Once your trays arrive, the whitening can begin!

This was the most complicated part for me. My first application was messy and my gums were sensitive. It took a couple of uses to figure out what was causing my gums to be so sensitive. I wasn’t using a lot of the product, but the tiny amount that was getting on my gums hurt. I realized that my toothbrush bristles were too hard and my aggressive brushing was causing micro-abrasions on my gums, which were then super sensitive during whitening.

I switched to a toothbrush with soft bristles, brushed my teeth a little more gently, and was careful around my gum lines. The change was fabulous. Where before I could tolerate them only up to 45 minutes, I could now tolerate whitening my teeth for longer periods without any problems. Smile Brilliant recommends 45 minutes to 3 hours, but you may need to work your way up to those times.

Smile Brilliant Whitening Gel

When ordering your kit, you can choose between sensitive or non-sensitive. I recommend the sensitive kit option, even if you don’t have sensitive teeth. The sensitive kit comes with desensitizing gel which is used after the whitening process. This desensitizing gel really helped sooth my gums.

Before / After Photos
Smile before Smile Brilliant at Home Professional Teeth Whitening
Smile before beginning Smile Brilliant
Before Smile Brilliant Whitening System
Before using Smile Brilliant
Aduke Schulist Smile Brilliant Results after 1 Session
Smile Brilliant Results after 1 Whitening Session

Isn’t it amazing how much change is present after just ONE session? This stuff really gets in between my teeth – those places that most whitening systems can’t reach. Imagine what the full process is going to do to my teeth. I can’t wait to show you guys the full results.

In the meantime, you can enter to win your own Smile Brilliant kit below. Be sure to check out my social media channels for more:
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Are you ready to Smile Fearlessly?

Head on over to Smile Brilliant to enter the giveaway. Entries without an email will not be valid as they need an email to contact the winner.

The Smile Brilliant giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for 1 week and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

Alternatively, use code adukeschulist15 when checking out for 15% off your order.

Happy Whitening!

Tooth Whitening Gel

IPSY November Glam Bag – #Review

IPSY November Glam Bag – #Review

You guys!! I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my IPSY November Glam Bag ever since I got notice that it shipped. Now, I like to be surprised so I stayed away from social media and didn’t look at what items had been picked for me or the bag they would arrive in. So when my November Glam Bag arrived and I saw the bag inside, I was a little shocked… in a bad way. 

Y’all, I ain’t even gonna’ lie.. I think this bag is ugly! 

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IPSY November Glam Bag Review by Aduke Schulist

I was stressing myself out thinking about how disappointed I was because of such an awful bag, but really, the items made up for it. Here’s what I got:

Tarte Cosmetics Clay Blush in Feisty

I tend to wear pinker blushes, but as I’ve gotten into contouring lately – something I said I would never do – I find myself just using some of my darker blushes in shades similar to this Feisty one from Tarte. It’s not super pigmented, but makes a great contour for me.

Tarte Cosmetics Blush in Fiesty November Glam Bag

Your Skin But Better CC Cream

I have seen so many YouTubers with this CC Cream lately and kept wanting to try it out myself. I was happily surprised to see some in my November Glam Bag.

Your Skin But Better CC Cream November Glam Bag

I gotta say I am cautious when it comes to any sort of foundation. I have a hard time matching my skin tone and I always feel so weighed down by them. I also feel like they go on very patchy on my skin.

I tend to stick with BB Creams that are essentially tinted moisturizer. They serve as foundation for me.

This CC Cream (in light) is so smooth and doesn’t leave my skin looking patchy or dry at all. I’m unsure if I would actually purchase this myself as I can’t picture me reapplying my foundation every 2 hours as is suggested since it contains SPF.

Your Skin But Better CC Cream November Glam Bag from IPSY

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Lit

I really like the color and formula of this lip topper, but the sparkle was a bit too much for me for a lip product. The good news is when I tried to wipe it off, it mostly stayed put. The bad news is, the sparkles ended up all over my face. I decided it was perfect for use on my eyes though and can’t wait to try it out as a highlight too.

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers Lit November Glam Bag

SKYN Berry Lip Fix*

Hands down, this is my favorite product this month. This lip treatment makes my lips feel like they have been to a spa. I’m not sure what magical ingredient gives my lips that tingling feeling, but it feels so good.

Skyn Berry Lip Fix from November Glam Bag Review by Aduke SchulistSkyn Berry Lip Fix Treatment November Glam Bag

*This link takes to you a different product than the one mentioned in this post. Follow this link for the product mentioned here. 

Naked Cosmetics Mother Nature Loose Powder

Naked Cosmetics Mother Nature Loose Powder November Glam Bag

Surely there is a way I can turn this loose powder into a solid form, no? It’s a really pretty color, but boy does it get everywhere. Or perhaps I am just messy.

I want to love this, but I’m not sure if my fear of it making a mess will keep me from using it. It swatches really pretty, so that is probably enough to tempt me into risking my sanity for this shadow.

If you guys remember from my October IPSY Glam Bag review, I had a lip gloss that smelled terrible… Well, my sister got the same one and hers was fine. I contacted IPSY and they sent out a replacement lip product. It was a solid lipstick in a different shade, so I didn’t get to keep the mdmflow one, but IPSY made it right. Love that kind of customer service!

That’s it for my November Glam Bag review. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with what I got. I hardly ever use the bags anyway, so no loss there.

IPSY November Glam Bag - Review by Aduke Schulist

If you want to sign up for IPSY, you can receive your own bag and products every month based on your personal beauty profile.

What did you think of this mustard yellow November Glam Bag? Do you like it? 

My Botox and Juvederm Experience (Before and After)

My Botox and Juvederm Experience (Before and After)

Raise your hand if you have ever looked in the mirror and saw something you didn’t like about your body.

My hand is definitely raised over here.

We live in a culture where we pick apart every little thing about our bodies. I remember from a young age wanting to change certain things about my body. I have wanted a breast reduction, liposuction, and lip fillers. I’ve wanted a butt lift, different eye color, and lately my wrinkles reduced.

Before Juvederm Lip Fillers and Botox
Before Juvederm Lip Fillers and Botox

I’ve always been self conscious about my lips and how small they were, and in the past few years I have noticed visible signs of aging on my face, especially around my eyes.

So last week when I had the opportunity to get Botox and lip fillers (aka Juvederm) I could not make an appointment fast enough. I firmly believe that our mental health helps dictate our physical health and when we are happy with ourselves (inside and out) then we are healthier. I consider this a venture into a healthier me.

Arkansas Family Dental - Little Rock Arkansas

Thanks to Arkansas Family Dental, I was able to get Botox and Juvederm. This post has been sponsored by Arkansas Family Dental. All opinions are my own. 

Botox at the Dentists’ Office

When we think of Botox and Juvederm, the majority of us probably think about plastic surgeons and medical clinics.

Times have changed!

These procedures can now be done in places like your local dentists’ office.

Yes, that’s right.. A dentists’ office!

I went to Arkansas Family Dental for my procedures. (Totally recommend them by the way!)

Arkansas Family Dental Clinic

Botox and Juvederm Event

Arkansas Family Dental was hosting a Botox and Juvederm event and invited a few bloggers to participate. They really know how to please their customers. They served some light snacks and even wine for those who drink.

I didn’t partake of any of the alcohol, but who can resist those brownies?! After sweetening us up with that delicious spread, we were invited back for a consult.

Getting A Consult

Going into the event I was a little hesitant if I was even going to go through with getting any procedures done. I had just found out two days prior that I was going to be having surgery the following week and I didn’t want to do anything to mess that up.

After consulting with Dr. Pollard, I decided to get Botox on my crows feet and lip fillers on my top and bottom lip, but especially my top lip.

Like any good blogger, I took a few selfies before going in. Here is a before picture. You can see how tiny my lips are and even without a full smile I have visible crows feet.

Lips prior to Juvederm Lip Fillers
Lips prior to Juvederm Lip Fillers
Botox

The Botox was done first and it was beyond easy. I would say within 5 minutes I was done with that portion. They had me smile in order to get those wrinkles showing real good and marked my face in 3 different spots. The injections were super quick and I barely felt a thing.

They said it was common to have some bruising afterwards and to be sore, but I didn’t bruise at all or feel any soreness. About two or three days later I noticed tiny scabs where the injections occurred, but other than that I had no negative side effects.

I didn’t realize that it could take up to 2 weeks for the full affects to show, but within a week I had visible results.

Preparing for Botox at Arkansas Family Dental
Preparing for Botox at Arkansas Family Dental
Juvederm

The second part was the lip injections. Apparently there are two ways they can do this.. With, or without a dental numbing. I received a dental numbing prior to getting the Juvederm injections.

Receiving Juvederm at Arkansas Family Dental in Little Rock Arkansas
Receiving Juvederm at Arkansas Family Dental in Little Rock Arkansas

The numbing shots hurt worse than the actual injections, but that is to be expected. I would say the worst part of the entire experience was waiting for the numbness to go away. I felt like I couldn’t eat or drink for hours after the procedure.

Getting Juvederm Lip Fillers
Getting Juvederm Lip Fillers

By the next day all of the numbness and swelling had went down enough for me to see the results and I was well pleased.

I finally have lips, y’all!

Before and After

This is a before and immediately after the injections. It is a very subtle difference, but one I notice a lot!

Lip Fillers Before and After

I’m still a little shocked when I see myself in the mirror and see my new lips. As you can see, my lips are fuller and have less wrinkles.

Lip Fillers Up Close Before and After Juvederm

The Juvederm injections last 6 months or more. After that your lips will just go back to how they were before. If you prefer not to have the Juverderm injections they can do Botox around your lips which will result in a similar effect. The Botox lasts about 3 months.

My only regret is not going bigger! You are cautioned to not make any drastic changes all at once. Going bigger over time results in a more natural look. Overall, I am digging the changes, especially in the lips. I’m not too sure how I feel about the Botox. I don’t love it or hate it. I would definitely do the lip injections again, but kinda iffy on the Botox. I am debating getting Botox around my lips next to see the difference in the two.

I can totally see how procedures like this are addicting. I’ve noticed myself looking in the mirror at other wrinkled areas and wondering how Botox would affect those.

If you want to learn more about Botox or Juvederm fillers you can set up a consultation with Arkansas Family Dental. They have an amazing referral program, so if you let them know I sent you, that would be cool.

Would you ever have Botox?
What do you think about my results?

12 Favorite Blog Posts

12 Favorite Blog Posts

I recently celebrated 1 year of blogging here at Aduke Schulist, and while I sort of let the year slip by without doing as much as I wanted, I still marvel at the progress I made here. I am always so humbled that even 1 person finds interest in my writing, let alone all of you who faithfully read and comment – us bloggers live for comments – on Aduke Schulist.

In celebration of the past 12 months, I wanted to first share with you my 12 favorite blog posts from the past year.

12 Favorite Blog Posts by Aduke Schulist

1. Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival

One of my first posts on this new blog covered a yearly event called Get Down Downtown. Coincidentally that same event is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for this years coverage.
Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

2. Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock

I enjoyed a girls day out with fellow blogging friend Tiffany while we shopped and learned about some of the great deals being offered by stores in the Outlets of Little Rock Shopping Mall (I still want those shoes! Why have I not bought them yet?!)

We had good food, good fun, and good memories. I can’t tell you how many times I have been back, but even the kids enjoy it.

Outlets of Little Rock

3. We are… ADOPTING! – Single Mom Adoption

We announced we are adopting. Since then, so much has changed, but not the desire to adopt. I have been putting off updating regarding the process, because there isn’t a whole lot to update at this time, but know that we are STILL planning on adopting! The time line has just been pushed back a bit while I hammer out some details.

4. Stand Still. Stay Strong. Have a VOICE.

It’s hard for me to stand up for myself and to speak my mind, but for 2017 I chose VOICE as my word of the year. With every decision I make, I am reminded of this word and what it means to me to have a say in my life.

I have noticed that I am a much stronger person because of this. I am not as easily intimidated. It has taken a lot of work, and is still a work in progress, but the progress is what’s important.

5. Fertility Awareness Method Explained and Tracking for Health

I gotta admit, I cringed myself when writing this post about the Fertility Awareness Method. Not because I don’t believe in it, but I was nervous of the reactions I would get. It still baffles me that some women are so ignorant about their own bodies. I was once one of them! Learning about my body and it’s functions has empowered me.

Ovulatory Cycle using Kindara for Fertility Awareness Method - Natural Birth Control

6. Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures

I joined Tiffany again for a day of pampering provided by the Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Arkansas’s first med spa. That is a day I would love to re-live. Everything about the Spa was so relaxing, and my pedicure lasted for weeks!

Getting My Pedicure On At Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock

7. 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair

Things got a little hairy when I shared 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair.

Woman with Armpit Hair - Natural Body Hair

I was surprised at how supportive some of the comments were. I was really expecting to be bombarded with how gross it is.

8. Boy Scout Camp & Disabilities

Both of my boys are in Boy Scouts, and this Summer, they both attended their first week long Boy Scout camp. Because of Losh’s disabilities and his need for assistance, I had to attend with him.
Boy Scout Camp - Camp Rockefeller - 2017

We had so much fun. I had hesitations with going, but looking back, it was a blast. I even learned how to tie a few knots myself.

9. 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My love of reading was shared when I posted about the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. Because of it, I found a few new favorite authors. This year, I did not participate in a reading challenge.

10. Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome

My kids mean everything to me, and while parenting them alone is a challenge, there is so much to love. I shared some of my favorite things in Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome.

11. Before You Get 4-H Chickens

My desire to raise chickens for eggs was somewhat fulfilled last year when we raised our first flock of baby chicks.

4-h-chickens-walking-in-food

Spoiler: most of them died, and we ultimately didn’t get a single egg, but learned a lot and are patiently awaiting an egg from our second flock of chickens.

12. Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes

Sharing my health journey began when I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and started taking medication to treat it. I posted about how I am making dietary changes to help keep this in check…

Thyroid Medication for Hashimoto's Levothyroxine

It’s hard y’all! I’m still struggling with removing gluten from my diet, but have drastically reduced my intake. I don’t notice any difference yet.

So, there you have it.. my 12 favorite posts from the last 12 months. I hope you took the time to view a few of these as you were making your way down the list. Tell me below in the comments…

Which one of these was your favorite?