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Whether you’re in an established relationship or still getting to know someone, having and maintaining a good relationship with their family members is important. Unfortunately for some, it’s now always that easy. I’ve been the one trying to impress an in law, and I’ve also seen people trying to impress me as they begin dating my family members. It can get awkward but theses are a few things I picked up along my own experiences.

Keep the PDA to a minimum. When you’re in love its easy to get lost in the moment. You’re so happy that you want everyone to know. The only thing is, everyone does not need to know. There comes a time in life where you realize that you are a grown ass human being and you can control yourself physically in public. Kisses should stay at a peck and never go into a full on make out session. Just. No.
Control your alcohol. If you watch the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti has a rule that while on a date you agree to a 2 drink minimum. Its really ideal but I don’t know of many people that could commit to that. Depending on the situation I may. Whatever your limit is, its important to know it. When intoxicated, we do/say things that we’ll always regret. Its the ugliest feeling to wake up in the morning and know you must apologize to for stupid behavior the night before. Even if you’re a self proclaimed “happy drunk” its better to just play it safe when around the in-laws.
Don’t try too hard. If you are madly in love that’s cool. You don’t need to prove it to everyone, because when its the real deal, people will notice on their own time. What matters most is that they see you make their brother/sister/father whoeverrrr, happy. That will ultimately make them happy in return.
Be true to yourself. Oldest strategy for life and for good reason. Be yourself, love yourself, and the rest will follow.

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The Girl by The City & Colour

Influenster: Crest 3D White Brilliance

The last time Influenster sent me a product it was a couple of men’s deodorants, which I passed along to my boyfriend. Needless to say, I was excited to receive the Target box because I love Target and knew it had to be something I could use.

Seriously, I go to Target all the time because they have everything and it’s always a nice cleanly environment. I opened my box to find a new toothpaste from Crest’s 3D line, the Crest 3D White Brilliance Mesmerizing Toothpaste in a mint flavor. It came just in time as our last tube of paste was running out. I’m going to opt out of before/after photos of my teeth because its just weird and kind of gross, but I did notice a difference.

Being a smoker and a Starbuck’s addict, I really need to take good care of my teeth and in addition to oil pulling and washing twice a week with hydrogen peroxide, I have seen a big improvement on the color of my teeth. This tube will run you a steeper price for a small tube of paste; $5.99, but I think its worth it. After trying it I’m more interested in seeing how the other products in the line work. Below is the product description along with a link to the complete Crest 3D line.

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Official website product description from Crest: Making brushing more brilliant. It’s HERE! Crest’s latest advanced whitening formula available! Designed exclusively by 3D White, Brilliance toothpaste works to enhance your smile’s beauty, using micro-cleansing whiteners to gently polish away surface stains with a freshness that provides a lasting, cooling sensation. 3D White Brilliance toothpaste uses its Illuminating Complex to leave your smile dazzlingly white and brilliantly clean by reaching areas between teeth with its gentle foaming action. It whitens by unlocking trapped surface stains and adds luster and shine after just one use, introducing you to a whitening and freshening experience like never before.

Complete line of products can be found here.