How A Chipped Tooth Taught Me To Take Time For Myself

This post is sponsored by Merion Village Dental, but the experience and opinions are my own.

how a chipped tooth taught me to take time for myself

Sometimes it takes a big sign from the universe to remind you that you need to take care of yourself. I’ve gotten signs like this every once in a while since becoming a mother. Once, it was an autoimmune disease that wore me down so badly I couldn’t get out of bed. Another time it was stiff neck that made it hard for me to move for days. These were messages that I need to slow down, to rest, and to find time to take care of me. But recently I took a pretty hard head butt from my son (an accident) that chipped my front tooth to show me just how little time I was devoting to myself.

Because the damage was purely cosmetic and didn’t affect my ability to live my life or care for my family, there wasn’t an urgency to fix it. But I wanted to fix it. I was super self-conscious about the big chip on my front center tooth. I stopped smiling. It was affecting my self-confidence and mood. But I just kept putting it off because it was really hard to find the time. I felt guilty prioritizing myself for something that wasn’t “necessary.” And then I realized what I was doing — I was failing to priories myself! I told myself that even though the chipped tooth wasn’t a health concern, it was ok to take the time to fix it. And then I made an appointment at my Merion Village Dental.

how a chipped tooth taught me to take time for myself

My husband said he didn’t even notice the chip. But I knew it was there and it bothered me constantly. It became a constant reminder that my self-care was seriously lacking. Luckily my dentist’s office makes it easy to find the time to go in for a visit! They have extended hours, including evening and Saturday hours, which help accommodate busy parents or a work-from-home mom like me that might not have childcare during the day. And because I don’t get a lot of time to indulge in the relaxing type of self-care, I love that Merion Village Dental make the patient experience feel like you are a guest. They provide lunch if you are visiting during lunch hours (also super convenient for busy people), they have a comfort menu where you can request things like chapstick, to stream Netflix during a procedure, and even a hand paraffin wax! They make it easy to book appointments, have plenty of staff so you aren’t left waiting forever to be seen, and make every attempt to accommodate your needs.

Summer Family Fun Bucket List Activity: Zoombezi Bay & The Columbus Zoo

I finally got my chipped tooth fixed. I feel better about myself and I’m back to smiling. And next time, it won’t take a chipped tooth to remind me to take some time for myself.

This post is sponsored by Merion Village Dental, but the experience and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who help me to bring content to you here at Oh Lovely Day.

Reflections on 10 Years of Marriage

reflections on 10 years of marriage

Today is my husband’s and my 10 year wedding anniversary (if you’re into looking at wedding posts, I shared lots on our wedding here). It feels crazy to say that because, even though we’ve been together forever (we met at 16) our wedding feels like yesterday. So much has changed in 10 years (and you can see it just by looking at us — kids will do that to you 😉 ). We’ve changed careers, had a baby, worked through illnesses (mostly mine), had a miscarriage, moved, had another baby, had a surprise pregnancy and bonus baby, moved across the country, bought a house, fought, loved, struggled, celebrated, supported, and been through some major highs and lows together. It has not been easy. At times it has been very very hard. We didn’t always think we would make it, but we have always tried our best.

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Summer Family Fun Bucket List Activity: Zoombezi Bay at the Columbus Zoo

Summer Family Fun Bucket List Activity: Zoombezi Bay & The Columbus Zoo

As summer winds down and the kids are getting ready to go back to school we’re taking a look at our Family Fun Bucket List for Summer of 2019 to see what we’d like to cross off the list in our final days of summer break. One activity that is at the top of my kids’ list was Zoombezi Bay (it is, in fact, at the very top of Charlie’s list). We are zoo members and visit often, but we hadn’t explored Zoombezi Bay as a family and were really eager to check it out. Read More

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summer reading list 2019

We’re a month into summer and thanks to some road trips and audiobooks I’ve gotten through a significant number of books on my Summer Reading List already. I used to be against audiobooks on principle (I just love books in print), but after years of falling asleep 5 minutes into reading a print book or never being able to crack one open at all (thanks, motherhood!), I realized I could “read” while driving, cleaning, cooking, falling asleep or when I want to tune out the noise of my kids for a little bit 😉 Also, my husband’s first novel was published as an Audible Original so it was only available in audiobook form, so his was the first audiobook I ever listened to. (His second follow-up novel comes out this August!) So I thought I would share my Summer Reading List, starting with the books I’ve read already and including ones I hope to finish by the end of the summer. And below, I’m sharing a few tips on signing up for an Audible account and how to maximize your listens to get more bang for your buck.Read More

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family travel to topsail and wilmington, NC

My kids have always loved the beach, but we hadn’t been since we moved from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio almost two years ago. So obviously, we were eager to get back. My mom and her husband have family who have a beach rental in North Topsail, NC and we were lucky enough to book the home a year in advance and have twelve months to look forward to returning to the beach. Booking so far in advance did lock us in, and unfortunately my husband had a job opportunity come up where he would have to be back in Los Angeles for three weeks, with our planned vacation falling right smack in the middle of his time away. But since my mom and her husband and my brother and nephew were all planned to meet us in Topsail I decided to take the boys on my own.Read More