20 Unexpected Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

As a recent dentist-visiting convert, (having always been terrified) I’m nowvery into looking after my teeth. A trip to the hygienist is the best way to get whiter teeth, but for in-between appointments, why not try these natural ways to keep your teeth white?

If you’re partial to cups of tea, glasses of red wine, buckets of coffee and smoking then you might find your teeth have got discoloured. Find out how to get rid of the stains now… (oh, and if you’re a fan, please share this article – we’re trying to spread the word about our website!).

Try out…

1. Chocolate

Quick, run to the shop.
Nip round to the shop, there’s a dear.

If you’ve ever stuffed your face with chocolate, resulting in a questionable brown smile you might find this one a surprise. Pick up some dark chocolate when you next head to the shop and you will help bacteria from sticking to your teeth. It also contains theobormine , which has been found to be better than fluoride at hardening and re-mineralising tooth enamel.

2. Steak

steak
I’ll have the fillet please. Oooh, & peppercorn sauce.

Chewing a steak will keep mouths and gums exercising which will give them strength. The phosphorus will also help to protect teeth bone and enamel. What a great excuse to head to a fancy restaurant for a tasty bit of  steak.

3. Cheese

cheese
Cheeseboard time!

Great news for cheese fans – the yellow treat been found to increase alkaline saliva and forms a protective layer around your teeth which will help keep acid away. Hard cheeses will also help to remove old food from your teeth. Quick, crack out the cheese board.

4. Orange peel

orange
Orange you happy your teeth are so white?

Cut an inch strip of orange peel with the pith (the white) facing you and cover your teeth with it. Rub it back and forth over your teeth and the acid in the orange peel will help to brighten them. Remember to brush your teeth afterwards, but not immediately – you don’t want to damage tooth enamel weakened by acid.

5. Baking soda paste

baking soda
Fizz-tastic stuff.

Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with water or fresh lemon juice to make a paste. After wiping your teeth from saliva with a paper towel, put the paste on your toothbrush and use it to coat your teeth. Leave for a minute and then rinse!

6. Strawberries

strawberries
Your teeth will be so berry pretty.

Packed full of vitamin C, strawberries will help your yellowing teeth. Once a week, try mashing up some strawberries to make a paste. Rub it onto your teeth – only do this once a week to avoid causing damage to your enamel. Don’t forget to brush your teeth afterwards to reduce the acidity in your mouth.

7. Salt

salt
Take a tiny little wooden spoon…

Got some table salt? Mix a little with some baking soda to make a rub for your gnashers. It’s an inexpensive treatment for your teeth – try it twice a week and see how you go.

8. Lemon

lemon
Oh lemon, you really are a useful fruit.

Gargle with the juice of a lemon and rub the peel all over your teeth to help get rid of yellow marks. Like with other fruit solutions, brush your teeth a little while after to avoid erosion from this acidic food.

9. Charcoal

charcoal
Grab a brush & some coal!

It’s a weird one, but go grab yourself some charcoal powder. Mix it with your regular toothbrush and have a brush. Coffee, tea, wine and plaque will soon be removed – amazing!

10. Apple

apple
Granny Smith, Braeburn or Red Delicious?

An apple-a-day can keep the dentist away too – they will cleanse and brighten your teeth because of their mild acidic nature. This crunchy fruit will help rub away those stains over time. The water content will increase your saliva production as well, which will help with bacteria which leads to plaque.

11. Nuts & seeds

nuts and seeds
Not just for squirrels & birds.

Chew these hard foods to help rub away plaque and stains. They’re also full of healthy fats and protein. Nuts and seeds are not just for woodland creatures!

12. Celery

celery
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.

The high water content in celery will stimulate saliva production, and you can look forward to getting rid of old food in your mouth as well. Your gums will also be strengthened by that crunch. Plus, it’s pretty darn good for you.

Stay away from…

13. Ice

ice
Ice ice baby, will hurt your teeth maybe.

Stop chewing on ice – it will make your teeth vulnerable and you could end up cracking your teeth! If you find you can’t stop chewing ice, it may be that you have an iron deficiency, so get yourself to a doctor to find out more.

14. Tongue piercings

tongue
Get rid of it!

If you’ve ever had your tongue pierced, you’ll know you can’t help but play with it. Rubbing the metal along gums and teeth can damage them – it could even lead to tooth loss.

15. Opening bottles with your teeth

bottle opener
You could probably pick one up for a £1 today.

Don’t risk cracking or chipping a tooth by opening a bottle with your teeth! Perfectly good opening devices exist, so you have no excuses. I’m guessing it would probably hurt as well…

16. Red wine

red wine
Red, red wine. You stain my teeeeeth.

Acids in wine will erode your tooth enamel. It also contains tannins and chromogen, a deep pigment which help the colour stick to your teeth – this is why your teeth often can look red after a glass or two. Try keeping a glass of water for after your drink to help combat the staining effects.

17. Dried fruit

dried fruit
Don’t forget to rinse.

Sticky foods such as dried fruit can damage your teeth because they tend to stay on teeth for a long time. Rinse with water to help get rid of the sticky remains and brush and floss as soon as you get the chance.

18. Crisps

crisps
Put down that packet.

Starchy foods like crisps may lead to tooth decay when it gets stuck in between your teeth. Floss after eating a packet to help prevent this. If you can give them a quick brush – even better.

19. Coffee

cofffee
Step away from the coffee.

The dark colour of coffee and acidity can yellow teeth. If you’re drinking iced coffee, use a straw to keep the liquid away from the front of your mouth. Brush and floss to keep plaque away.

20. Cigarettes

cigarettes
Quit – go on, you CAN do it.

Tobacco products can stain teeth and can interfere with saliva production which helps the surface of your teeth keep clean. Quit! Consider Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking – or get yourself free quitting support from the NHS.

21. Energy drinks

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Giving you the energy you need to clean your teeth.

Sugar is one of the main ingredients of sports drinks so make sure you stay away from bottles that are high in sugar. Have a rinse around with a glass of water to help wash it away.

22. Fizzy drinks

energy drinks
Bubbles, so many bubbles.

Your favourite sugary drink could be weakening your tooth enamel so try and limit what you drink. If you have to, then choose a bottle of fizzy drink that’s low in sugar.

23. Sweets

sweets
So many colours – so bad for your teeth!

I don’t need to tell you that sweets are bad for your teeth. I don’t just mean sticky sweets – sour sweets, chewy sweets, cakes – they all contain high levels of sugar which will get stuck in your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Good luck with your teeth! 

 

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A Priest Stuns Wedding Guests With Unbelievable Performance Of “Hallelujah”.

Hallelujah! Irish priest’s incredible surprise rendition of hit song during couple’s wedding leaves the bride in tears

A priest stunned an Irish couple by breaking out into song with a surprise rendition of Hallelujah at their wedding, leaving the bride crying with joy.
Father Ray Kelly surprised Chris and Leah O’Kane with the note-perfect performance during their marriage ceremony at Oldcastle, Meath in Ireland.
The video of Father Kelly’s heartwarming performance was then uploaded to Youtube on Monday making the priest an internet hit after having 240,000 viewings in just two days.

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28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs To Brighten Up Your Summer

 

Forget candles. These creative lighting ideas are a cheap and easy way to get your backyard beautiful for summer entertaining.

1. Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Colorful Canning Jar Lights

Cover canning jars in translucent glass paint and hang them from chord fixtures to create a cluster of colorful lights, like this blogger did.

2. Paper Bag Lanterns

Paper Bag Lanterns

Cut small slits in paper bags and cover string lights— hanging ribbons add a party vibe. Find the full tutorial here.

3. Wine Bottle Torch

Wine Bottle Torch

Turn old wine bottles into snazzy torches with some basic hardware and a wick. Get the full tutorial here.

4.

Turn a Dollar Store basket in beautiful lighting with a simple chain and light. Check out this post for the how to.

5. Tin Can Lanterns

Tin Can Lanterns

Fill a tin can with water, freeze it, and punch a design using a hammer and nail. once the ice has melted, you can paint the can’s exterior. Find all the details here.

6. Hanging Railing Jars

Hanging Railing Jars

Just create little wire hangers for your jars and hang them on the railing or balcony. A full tutorial is here.

7. Cupcake Lights

Cupcake Lights

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Who knew cupcake liners made for sweet decor? Cut a small X in the top of a liner and secure it around the bulbs on a string of lights. Created by this blogger.

8. Glass Candle Lanterns

Glass Candle Lanterns

Use an old tuna can and glasses of various shapes and sizes to create outdoor lanterns. This post has all the details.

9. Hanging Tea Lights

Hanging Tea Lights

Simply hang tea lights from a tree with colorful ribbons and pretty bows. Pinnedhere.

10. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Mason Jar Solar Lights

Here’s a tutorial. You could use newspaper or tissue paper.

11. Tube Lights

Tube Lights

Turn textured plastic into subtle lighting with this tutorial.

12. Hanging Succulent Chandelier

Hanging Succulent Chandelier

This succulent chandelier used to be a pot rack. Nestle tea lights in jars amongst greenery for a subtle glow, like this blogger.

13. Ice Lantern

Ice Lantern

It won’t last long in the heat, but you can turn a balloon, water. and a freezer into a crazy cool outdoor lighting motif. Check out this tutorial.

14. Hula Hoop Chandelier

Hula Hoop Chandelier

Wrap lace or another decorative ribbon around a hula hoop, then wrap in icicle lights and you have a truly unique set of hanging lights. Created by this blogger.

15. Solar Light Chandelier

Solar Light Chandelier

Just replace the bulbs in an outdoor chandelier with solar lights. No electricity needed!

16. Wine Glass Chandeliers

Wine Glass Chandeliers

Turn sheets of vellum into little lampshades for wine glasses with this simple tutorial.

17. Grapevine Lights

Grapevine Lights

Make balls from grapevines (or wires if you don’t live on a farm) and wrap icicle lights around them to create glimmering orbs. This tutorial has all the details.

18. Beer Bottle Table Runner

Beer Bottle Table Runner

Stuff colorful string lights into beer bottles to make a nightlight table runner. Super easy, and blogged about here.

19. Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters

20. Fabric Lamps

Fabric Lamps

Cover plastic cups in colorful patterned fabrics and string them onto lights. Followthese directions.

21. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier

This blog post shows you how to transform an indoor chandelier into backyard decor.

22. Starry Lights

Starry Lights

Restoration Hardware sells these battery-powered starry lights that you can wrap around an outdoor plant or trellis.

23. Birthday Hat Lights

Birthday Hat Lights

Cut the base off of cone birthday hats, polk some holes using thumb tacks, and wrap the hats around string lights. This post has all the info.

24. Seashell Lighting

Seashell Lighting

String seashells in tea lights or use them as a base for candles. All of these are byMartha, of course.

25. Origami String Lights

Origami String Lights

Practice some basic origami skills to create little paper lanterns for each string light. Posted here and here.

26. Glowing Light Orbs

Glowing Light Orbs

Follow this tutorial and make these glowing orbs for only $3.

27. Watercolor Orbes

Watercolor Orbes

Spray white paper lanterns with watercolor paint to add some color to your outdoor decor. This post shows you how.

28. Emergency Outdoor Light

Emergency Outdoor Light

20 Things People Over 20 Should Stop Doing

Here are 20 things people over 20 should stop doing. And believe me, I’ve been guilty of most of them.

1. Playing video games instead of looking for a job.

Video games can be extremely fun, but those games can sure take up a lot of valuable time that could be spent on more important areas of life. There is nothing wrong with playing them, as long as you balance the time needed for school, work, and other important aspects of life.

2. Spending money you don’t have.

Credit cards may seem like an easy way to pay for things you really want, but in the long run they could really hurt you if not properly used. Stick to cash, debit, or checks. This may seem old-school, but they will definitely help you manage your money.

3. Using the term “YOLO.”

Simple. Please stop using it.

 

4. Only going to church to find a relationship.

Not only will you hurt yourself in the long run, but you are also selfishly taking time away from a man or woman who is seeking after God’s wisdom and guidance. You can definitely find a great relationship at church, but don’t make that your only reason for attending.

5. Citing “-Google” on a college paper or work presentation. 

It’s not a valid citation, and it could get you in some  trouble.

6. Thinking you know it all.

Nobody want’s to spend time around a know-it-all. Walk in a posture of learning, and embrace every opportunity to gain new knowledge and wisdom.

7. Dating with no vision.

You’re confusing your heart, and you’re hurting the hearts of others.

8. Demanding respect before you’ve earned it.

Don’t get prideful. Learn to scrub the floors before you ask to manage the building. Don’t let self entitlement get the best of you.

9. Waiting until the last minute to do things.

Stop procrastinating! Teach yourself diligence in all circumstances. Not only will this help you in your day-to-day life, but it will always help you set yourself up for the future.

10. Getting in arguments over social media.

Nobody wants to see your drama on their news feed. Keep it to yourself and the people involved. Handle each situation in a mature and honorable manner.

11. Blaming others for your own mistakes

Drop your pride. Accept your failures. Learn from your mistakes. You will learn a lot from the process.

12. Relying on your mother and father to constantly bail you out of trouble.

Learn to take care of yourself instead of always relying on your mother and father. They aren’t always going to be around to help you.

13. Calling off work for no reason.

You aren’t doing anyone a favor by calling off. Learn to be responsible, and value that job someone else in the world wishes they had.

14. Ignoring wisdom from people who are older than you.

You don’t know everything. Take time to learn from people who having been living longer than you.

15. Thinking minimum wage is worse than no job at all.

Don’t believe the lie that money is everything. Any job is a good start. Give your full attention to any job, no matter the pay.

16. Pretending like you didn’t know any better.

Purposeful ignorance will only get you so far. Own up to your mistakes and take each failure as an opportunity to learn.

17. Using the excuse, “I’m too young.”

You’re never too young. There is always room for you to succeed when hope is on your side. Have faith in yourself and the gifts God has given you.

18. Living in the moment, and not planning for the future.

Be diligent, and plan for the future. Give yourself some goals, dreams, and future aspirations. Give yourself something to wake up for in the morning.

19. Giving up before you start. Stop making excuses!

Excuses won’t get you anywhere! Better to try and fail than to regret never trying at all. At least you will learn something.

20. Being Passive.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll eventually fall for anything.

No one is perfect, and these points are all things I myself have once struggled with or been witness of.

- Jarrid Wilson

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What else should people over 20 stop doing? Leave a comment below!

23 Tricks To Take The Stress Out Of Wrapping Gifts

You’ve found the perfect presents, lugged them home, and now you have to put in EVEN MORE EFFORT?! Never fear: you’ll get through this.

1. First, the basics.

First, the basics.

You may think you know how to wrap, but you could be wrong.

2. Use double-sided tape for professional-looking wrapping.

Use double-sided tape for professional-looking wrapping.

This way, you’ll avoid unsightly tape lines on the outside of your gift.

3. Use a toilet paper roll to keep your paper from unraveling.

Use a toilet paper roll to keep your paper from unraveling.

Just cut it down the middle and slip it on.

4. Pringles cans make ideal gift wrap storage (and display!)

Pringles cans make ideal gift wrap storage (and display!)

Get the directions here.

5. Also:

Also:

6. Cut out half a tree on plain paper for some multidimensional interest.

Cut out half a tree on plain paper for some multidimensional interest.

Get the instructions here.

7. (Or any other shape your lil’ heart desires.)

(Or any other shape your lil' heart desires.)

Directions here.

8. A fork helps even the most clumsy tie neat little bows.

A fork helps even the most clumsy tie neat little bows.

FInd out how here.

9. Don’t have a bow? You can make one out of magazine pages.

Don't have a bow? You can make one out of magazine pages.

Here is how.

10. Make a surprisingly easy bow out of paper.

Make a surprisingly easy bow out of paper.

11. Stamp on wooden spoons to make gift tags.

Stamp on wooden spoons to make gift tags.

12. Use paint chips to spruce up gift tags.

Use paint chips to spruce up gift tags.

13. Dress up plain paper with polka dots.

Dress up plain paper with polka dots.

Directions here.

14. Wrap with fabric.

Wrap with fabric.

It looks hella stylish but takes basically no time or effort. Plus, it’s reusable.

15. Store gift wrap, scissors, ribbons, and whatever else you need in a shower caddy.

Store gift wrap, scissors, ribbons, and whatever else you need in a shower caddy.

16. Use wire to store gift wrap out of the way by the ceiling.

Use wire to store gift wrap out of the way by the ceiling.

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Instead of letting it clutter up your floor. See how it’s done here.

17. If you don’t have gift tags, just print some out.

If you don't have gift tags, just print some out.

These adorable ones are available for free here.

18. Secure ribbon with a binder clip.

Secure ribbon with a binder clip.

19. Get the kinks out of ribbon with a flat iron.

Get the kinks out of ribbon with a flat iron.

20. Or a lightbulb.

Or a lightbulb.

Check out instructions here to avoid burning the ribbon/your whole house.

21. No paper on hand? Newsprint can still look great.

No paper on hand? Newsprint can still look great.

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22. So can recycled grocery bags.

So can recycled grocery bags.

A little tape and twine ups the festivity factor times a million.

23. If all else fails, just draw on that ish.

If all else fails, just draw on that ish.

Everyone will think you’re adorbs.

The Rise of the DIY Wedding

Things To DIY Instead Of Buying For Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can totally consume you. Want to have a unique wedding where instead of shelling out tons of money on flower arrangements and a dress, you do it all yourself? Check out these ideas. These easy projects take less than an hour, and you’ll be able to shave some unnecessary expenses from your decorating budget.

1. Paper Cone Rice Tossers

Paper Cone Rice Tossers

All you need is some pretty paper and a hole puncher.

You can also fill them with rose petals and hang them on chairs.

2. Framed Blackboard Wedding Program

Framed Blackboard Wedding Program

Guests never really know what to do with their paper programs after the ceremony anyway. Eliminate waste by painting over a large, salvaged mirror with chalkboard paint.

3. Succulent Corsages for the Groom and Groomsmen

Succulent Corsages for the Groom and Groomsmen

All you need are succulents, floral tape, and floral wire. They take about 10–15 minutes to make. The best part is that the corsages stay fresh in the refrigerator, so you can make them up to two weeks in advance.

4. Celestial Wire Orbs

These DIY orbs take only a minute to make, and add a little sparkle to any table setting. Get the full directions here.

5. Pre-Mixed Mason Jar Cocktails

Pre-Mixed Mason Jar Cocktails

While making your own cocktails is actually rather laborious, you will save boatloads of money going this route instead of an open bar, which no one will miss once they see this gorgeous display.

6. Easy Make-Ahead Floral Table Centerpieces

Easy Make-Ahead Floral Table Centerpieces

You don’t need any prior flower arranging experience to create these simple but stunning centerpieces. The best part: You can make them a few days in advance.

7. Colorful Yarn Backdrop

Colorful Yarn Backdrop

Wrap colored yarn around two dowels for a bright table or photobooth backdrop.

8. Ribbon-Tied Chairs

Ribbon-Tied Chairs

9. Ribbon-Tied Backdrop

This method uses wrapped wire ties, which is faster than knotting and helps to make the ribbon drape more neatly.

10. Paper Doilies and Twine Table Settings

Paper Doilies and Twine Table Settings

Simple and elegant for a buffet-style meal.

For a doily theme, wrap your cupcakes in doilies, too. Get the free template here.