We had our family lifestyle session at home with Melissa Oholendt Photography on Sunday. Melissa is amazing in so many ways and makes the photography sessions very stress-free with no expectations. She somehow magically finds these little moments of perfection amidst the chaos that is life with two children, especially when my 3-year-old is hyped up on a gingerbread cookie and my normally very smiley baby is a grump. I digress. Clearly not over it yet. Today, I wanted to share my two secret weapons that help me feel photo and party ready even with my baby weight still hanging on.

Christmas family photo session at home

With the holiday season in full swing, our cocktail party coming soon and more, I have two big secrets for getting camera or party-ready. So mysterious, right? ;)

Secret #1

I started using Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips not that long ago and while I haven’t used the entire package, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my teeth. It feels so good to slowly see improvements and I feel much more comfortable smiling a full blown natural smile. My teeth weren’t terribly discolored, but I drink a lot of coffee, so I’m sure they were slightly stained. I also know that we are all our own worst critic, but there is something magical and wonderful about having a sparkling smile for the holidays and all year long.

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My cousin is a dental hygienist and I asked her months ago for recommendations on going in for a professional whitening and she recommended just using white strips. That’s what she does and she literally has the most beautiful perfect smile (yes, that’ you Erin!). Don’t waste your gift-giving budget on $500 professional whitening treatments when Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects is just as effective. Get $7 off your purchase of Crest 3D White Luxe Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips at 

Secret #2 

This one is a little embarrassing to admit. Are you ready for it?

I typically pay to have my make-up professionally done for photos. Investing in photos is a big deal to me and a long time ago I worked with a friend who is an amazing photographer. She told me that the difference between women with and without professional makeup is dramatic for a number of reasons. First, if you feel confident, you’re more likely to look natural and beautiful in the photos. You will act like yourself and not worry so much about things you consider to be flaws. You are also way more likely to like the photos and not just dislike them because of something that you don’t like about yourself.

Second, professional makeup photographs better. It’s that simple.

While paying for makeup is an investment, photos are a much bigger investment. It’s worth every penny for me. And you can go really natural. I always ask the makeup artist to make sure I still look like me, just a little better.

Do you have any dirty little secrets to get yourself photo-ready?

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Top two photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.