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Archive: November 2016

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Most of you already know how CRAZY I am for Christmas! I seriously can't believe it's almost here! I usually start preparing and celebrating like towards the middle of October, but I try to keep my jolliness to myself as much as I can before the holidays for most people come in. Now, it's very much appropriate for me let my Christmas joys shine through!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is listening to Christmas music... all day every day. I listen in the car, while I'm in the shower, while I'm wrapping gifts, while I'm decorating the house. I really don't need to have a reason, I just love it! I've had so many people tell me Christmas music is one of their favorite parts of the holidays too just because it is so happy and uplifting. I definitely have to agree with that, but I also love it because each song has a significant memory back to my childhood that comes out whenever I hear it and it just makes me smile from ear to ear.

So, without further ado, here are my top five Christmas albums at the moment.

#5: "Christmas and Chill" by Ariana Grande

I seriously love this album! Ariana Grande is an amazing artist as it is, so naturally I was excited to see she had a Christmas album. The songs on this album are originals so you won't hear "Silent Night" or "The Christmas Song", but they are all really good and cute songs!
My Favorite Song: Winter Things

#4: "The Classic Christmas Album" by Luther Vandross

Y'all... When I tell you that I LOVE this entire album, it's an understatement! Everything about his voice reminds me of my childhood and this Christmas album was always on repeat in my house growing up as a little girl. He will give you some Christmas classics along with some originals that will have you up dancing around the Christmas tree!
My Favorite Song: Mistletoe Jam

#3: "8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child

ANOTHER Christmas classic! This album seriously never gets old! I was a true Destiny's Child fan and I would have to say this Christmas album was one of their best. Many of my friends would agree that you can listen to this over and over and over again. I love how this album has some Christmas classics on it, but Destiny's Child remixed them and made them cooler in true Destiny's Child fashion.
My Favorite Song: Spread A Little Love On Christmas Day

#2: "Ceelo's Magic Moment" by Ceelo Green

If I could split the number one spot in two, then this album would be number one also. I. LOVE. THIS. ALBUM. SO. MUCH! I was so surprised to find out so many people didn't know Ceelo had a Christmas album! I really feel like it is so underrated. If you haven't heard this album, you need to stop reading this, go download it, and then come back! :) I'm serious though guys it's really so good and it's perfect for any age group.
My Favorite Song: Baby It's Cold Outside

#1: "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix

This album is BEYOND AMAZING!! Not just because of the overwhelming feeling of Christmas love you get from listening to it, but because this group is so freaking talented, it's unreal! If you've never heard of the Pentatonix, then clearly you've been living under a rock, but I'm going to need you to climb out and go listen to them! They actually have a few Christmas albums, but this one is my all time favorite. I've probably listened to this whole album 50+ times since the beginning of November. It just makes me so happy and warm on the inside! :)
My Favorite Song (so hard to pick just one): Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 

 Well, there you have it lovelies, my top five Christmas albums! Each one of these have a special place and memory in my heart and I truly love them all, just some a TINY bit more than the others. If you haven't heard some of these, PLEASE go download them. I promise you won't be sorry. They are really good!

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs/albums? I'm always looking for more to add to my playlist, so let me know in the comments what's in your holiday music rotation!

Thanks so much for reading guys! Only 26 days until Christmas! xo
Happy Friday lovelies!

So, everyone loves whiter teeth right? I mean, I'm not a huge coffee drinker or anything, but my teeth hadn't been as white as I would like them to be and with the holidays coming up, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some noticeably whiter teeth. So, when the folks over at Smile Brilliant reached out to partner with me and let me try their teeth whitening trays and write a review, I was SUPER intrigued. 

I immediately went to their website to read up on it. I knew I had never tried any teeth whitening systems before and I heard they could be a nightmare for people like me with super sensitive teeth so I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. After reading all over their website and reading some of their reviews, I was ready to try it! Allow me to introduce you to one of my 'favorite things' for this holiday season:

That' right ladies and gents, I have tried this crazy teeth whitening system and let me just tell you... IT WORKS! This is the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System and i couldn't be happier with how it is turning out for me. 

Guys, this is not an ordinary teeth whitening system you can get from your local store. Smile Brilliant sends you a sort of molding clay concoction that you use to make customized trays to fit your teeth specifically. Then, you mail those back to them. Within a week or two after they receive your impressions, you will get your customized trays back in the mail and you can start the whitening. They send you step by step instructions that are super easy to follow as well so really, anyone can do it.

Now, to my favorite aspect... DESENSITIZING GEL! So you know how I mentioned sensitive teeth and how I heard teeth whitening hurts so bad for people like me? I have SUPER sensitive teeth. Well, I will admit the whitening gel did cause a little bit of discomfort, but it didn't last very long at all and I"m sure it had a lot to do with the desensitizing gel. I'd say the results you'll get are super worth it. Plus, Smile Brilliant talks all about tooth sensitivity here and solutions so they had me very well prepared before I even started.

They send you your trays in a super cute travel case, so you can take them with you and whiten where ever you go. Super convenient for a girl on the go like me. I've only been using it for a few weeks so far and let's just say I'm impressed. Don't just take my word for it though, click HERE to see some of Smile Brilliant's other satisfied customers.

First Pic: before | Second Pic: After three weeks!
Now I know after reading this, you're super anxious to start your own teeth whitening journey, right? Well don't you worry my friends, I have a TREAT for you! Smile Brilliant will be providing one of my fabulous readers with a Smile Brilliant Kit... FOR FREE! Just click HERE to enter the contest and you never know, you may be selected to win! Also, if you just want to go ahead and buy your own kit and get your holiday teeth together right now, take 5% off of your order with code 'throughjamseyes' on the Smile Brilliant site!

Thank you so much for reading! xo Let's get those teeth sparkling brighter! :)

Sweater: Forever21 | Skirt: Soho Girl | Shoes: Michael Kors | His Sweater: H&M | His Jeans: Express | His Shoes: Cole Haan

Heyyy everyone & happy HUMP DAY! :)

It is officially the holiday season and I couldn't be more excited! This is my all time favorite time of the year. There's so much to love! Thanksgiving with family, friendly people every where, chill in the air, warm and cute clothes, buying gifts for others, baking cookies, decorating the house, and... family photos. :)

I never got a chance to share Marcus & I's Christmas pictures from last year with you guys so I thought now would be the perfect time! We had such an amazing time taking our pictures last year and we got SO MANY we loved and it was hard to choose a select few for our Christmas cards. Last years photoshoot was extremely important to me because it was our very first Christmas and Mr. and Mrs.! I know I can be corny when it comes to this type of thing, but let's just face it; I'm a nostalgic type of gal and I like what I like.

We haven't had a chance to take our Christmas pictures this year yet, but hopefully within the next few weeks we will. I've been going back and forth with the theme idea I want (yes, I love themes). Last year, the theme was Christmas shopping and then of course just being newlyweds. This year, I'm kind of stuck! I have outfit ideas, but no theme so we will see what happens. Anyway, I hope you guys have started your Christmas shopping so you'll beat the holiday rush! Thanksgiving is next week so you know it's going to be on for shopping after that. I'm almost finished with my shopping and I plan to be 100% finished by the end of Black Friday.

Let me know what you think of our pictures from last year and if you have any ideas for this year's theme! :) 

Thank you so much for reading! xo
Blouse: SheIn c/o | Leggings: Viva La Jewels | Hat and Booties: Charming Charlie

This was the first time this season I was able to pull out my faux leather leggings and I seriously forgot how much I LOVE them! I have so many style ideas with them that I can't wait to show you guys! I also have a lot of style ideas for this SUPER COMFY blouse from SheIn! I can't wait to style it with a fur vest, scarves, puffer vests, etc. I love how long it is and it is very soft also! You want to know the best part? It's less than $20!

On another note, today marks 7 years my husband and I have been together and I seriously can't believe how time flies! We have never broke up, we have never really had any REALLY BAD arguments. We are so blessed to have been together seven straight years and I honestly couldn't imagine my life without him. We don't really celebrate this day anymore since we are married now, but I do always like to acknowledge it. :) So, cheers to seven years, hubs! I love you! xo

Thank you so much for reading!
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