Completing a 5-Mile Run, Rollerskating, & Delicious Food!

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Happy Monday, and welcome to the weekly recap post. I hope your Monday is off to a great start. The sun is finally shining here, and it’s not absurdly hot outside for once. Even though I’ll be spending most of the day inside, it’s still nice to have the sunrays shining through the windows along with the breeze and sounds of the birds chirping. Grab your tea or coffee, and let’s catch up! running, hitting four miles, five miles, fun , love life, be happy, pre run workout training peanut butter healthy food gluten freeMONDAY MORNING RUN
I decided to get out a bit earlier to run on Monday morning to beat the heat. I had a slice of gluten-free bread with creamy peanut butter and granola on top for breakfast. I usually have my protein oats, but I was out of my oatmeal packets.

My goal was to hit 3.5 miles. Since it was humid and I was dealing with some intense cramps, I decided just to slow down. I turned my run into a jog but then realized that this is what my miles should feel like. By slowing down, I was breathing better, I didn’t have any joint pains, and I wasn’t looking at my watch to see how many more miles I had left. Running at a slower pace made me enjoy being in the moment. I decided from here on out that I’ll start running slower. I also have turned off all sound cues on my running app. When I don’t know how far I’ve gone or what pace I’m running, I am more intuitive with my body. I finally decided to check my watch when I felt that I was getting a little tired. I was shocked to see 3.7 miles, so I ran to hit 4.0, and then walked the rest of the way back. Monday’s run made me realize that I’ve been going about it all wrong, and ever since then my runs have felt so much more comfortable.  So from here on out, my focus will be on running slower and longer, rather than faster.
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After running, I took a quick shower and made a smoothie bowl for lunch. The smoothie had frozen dragon fruit, frozen banana, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, ice, and some fun toppings! I’m pretty obsessed with the color dragon fruit creates. You can find the frozen dragon fruit packets at Whole Foods, but some regular grocery stores also sell them.

After lunch, I headed to my massage appointment. I try to get a deep tissue massage every month to help with muscle soreness and stress. healthy dinner falafel salad Whole Foods healthy slaw cashews baby kale delicious food dinner gluten free dairy free low calorie healthy eating diet
For dinner, I had a baby kale salad topped with my homemade broccoli slaw, cashews, and Whole Food’s falafels. This broccoli salad was so good with leafy greens. It was a great salad dressing substitute.
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I was back to my morning oats on Tuesday morning! Gluten-free oatmeal with protein powder, blueberries, granola, and peanut butter on top!
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I had to take Leo in to see the vet on Tuesday evening because his burn on the paw had gotten worse. I will spare the photos because my stomach drops jus looking at it. He is now on pain medication, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotics. I feel so bad for him! The paw is still pretty bad so I may have to take him in again this week for a follow-up. I feel horrible for him 😢 go macro bar pre run fuel healthy vegan gluten free dairy free protein smoothie delicious low calorie high protein refreshing summer health get fit lifestyle
On Wednesday morning, I had a blueberry vanilla protein shake for breakfast with a GoMacro cherries and berries bar. I knew I was going to be gone for most of the morning and early afternoon, so I wanted a breakfast that would fuel me for my early evening run. The GoMacro bars are super high carb, which is excellent for running.
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I had my dental appointment, which I don’t usually look forward to. I can’t stand the sounds of cleanings, and my teeth are pretty sensitive. I do want to fill you in on something though! The past few years, my teeth have shifted apart. Since I already have small teeth, it makes it look even worse. One of my front teeth is actually half fake because I got kicked in the face during gymnastics as a kid. I have always been very self-conscious about the way they look. I won’t even take photos on my left side because I cringe every time I have to look at my teeth from that angle. I look like a completely different person on each side of my face when I smile. My friends have even agreed with me once I showed them the difference in photos, which made me feel better because I was starting to think I was going crazy. I’ve been considering getting four-veneers on my front four teeth. I have a consultation in a few weeks, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on veneers if you’ve ever gotten them. I’ve never had anything done to my body (other than my small tattoo) because I’m always so afraid of change. Let me know in the comments your thoughts!
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I ran several errands after my dental appointment, and then came home to head out for my run. I slowed down my pace once again, and the run was so successful! That 7:50 current pace was because I was finishing my run downhill and decided to sprint the last twenty seconds. I would never run at that pace. Once time, Meighan and I ran a three-mile run at 8:24, and I couldn’t move my legs for a week! I would have to chop off my legs if I ran a 7:50 pace. It’s unbelievable how some people are built and train to run that way!
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For dinner, I made baked breaded chicken breast with gluten-free breadcrumbs. I used the Kinnikinnick panko-style gluten-free bread crumbs, and they turned out great. Loved how crispy they were. For my sides, I had butternut squash and my broccoli slaw over baby kale.
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I spent Thursday morning blogging a recipe while eating breakfast. I had a slice of gluten-free toast with peanut butter and honey, and an almond milk cappuccino. I had eaten a few protein energy bites before this, so this wasn’t the only thing I ate for breakfast. protein coffee shake homemade vegan and healthy vanilla frappe frappuccino protein powder coffee plant based low sugar
I needed an afternoon pick-me-up if I was going to make it to my 9:30 pm volleyball game! I ended up making an at-home healthy protein frappuccino, and it was unbelievable!!! I blended frozen almond milk ice cubes, almond milk, one shot of espresso, and one scoop of vanilla protein powder. This is now one of my favorite drinks!
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I made it to Volleyball at around 9:15 pm! I made Kyle drive me because I cannot see at night without my glasses. And if you read last week’s post, you probably know that I lost my glasses playing tennis. Good news is that they came on Saturday! Yay! But playing volleyball at night when you can hardly see is terrifying. You’ll be happy to know that I did not get hit in the face! 😃 At least I hope you’re happy.
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I was not going to get a break in the rain on Friday. I decided just to prepare myself and get outside for a run. I have been slowing my pace and not listening to the audio cues, and this rainy run turned out to be the best run yet! I did not expect to hit five miles on Friday, but it happened. I wasn’t even in pain or out of breath at the end of it.

I hid water behind a bush in my neighborhood and stopped to take a sip when I felt like my throat was dry. The water helped a ton!

It still has not hit me that I could hardly run one mile a few months ago, and I successfully hit five miles on Friday. I cannot believe it. I honestly never thought I’d get back to this level ever again.
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After my run, I cleaned up and got ready for the day. I stopped out at Hobby Lobby to pick up a few frames for my mom’s Mother’s Day gift and then stopped at Earthfare to grab ingredients for Caitlin’s BBQ she was hosting.

I made this broccoli salad recipe but used broccoli florets instead of slaw, cranberries instead of figs, and left out the bacon (from my OG broccoli because I knew several of the guests were vegetarian.
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Kyle and I headed to Caitlin’s around 7:30 pm and had so much fun. tennis fun simply taralynn pink tennis balls tennis girl tennis fashion lifestyle
I met up with Becca in the morning for a fun day together! It was raining on and off, and we just felt like being adventurous. We started the day with tennis and then headed to the sporting goods store to pick up rollerskates…simply taralynn Charlotte nc
After picking up our rollerskates, we decided to pick up Chick-fil-a for lunch. I have wanted to try Chick-fil-a for a while now, so that’s where we headed to. We got caught in the craziest storms and heard thunder so loud that it practically hurt our eardrums. We were under a tornado warning and could see several funnel clouds in the sky! trying chick-fil-a for the first time in my life and a pink drink drive with us youtube video lifestyle fun healthy grilled chicken nuggets gluten free chickfila
We wanted to waste some time while the storm passed before heading out to try our new rollerskates, so we filmed ourselves eating the Chick-fil-a at a truck stop 😂 You can watch our video on the YouTube channel! trying Starbucks pink drink for the first time healthy living simply taralynn
I also tried Starbuck’s Pink Drink for the first time in the video! 😊 It finally stopped raining, so we headed to the Riverwalk to test out the new leggings Lulu lemon roller skating workout riverwalk Charlotte nc best friends fun day fitnesspink leggings Lulu lemon roller skating workout riverwalk Charlotte nc best friends fun day fitnesspink leggings Lulu lemon roller skating workout riverwalk Charlotte nc best friends fun day fitnessrollerskating roller-skate pink leggings exercise fun ways to exercise Lululemon fun lifestyle simply taralynn rock hill south Carolina river walk Charlotte North Carolina summer fun rainy daypink leggings Lulu lemon roller skating workout riverwalk Charlotte nc best friends fun day fitness

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Honestly, this was one of the most fun days I’ve had in a long time! Just doing crazy things and forgetting that you’re an adult now and then is healthy. 
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We headed to my parent’s house early morning on Sunday to have breakfast with my mom for Mother’s day. I used an app to create watercolor pictures of her childhood home, her parent’s, and my grandpa’s piano to frame for her walls. I’m obsessed with how they turned out! I’m going to pick out some photos of the dogs and make a photo wall of them in watercolor prints. 
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When we got home, I laced up my shoes and headed out for a light three-mile run! I didn’t want to run but went out with the intention to run at least one mile, but that one mile turned into three! For me, it’s a mental thing. I felt so much better after running, and sometimes the hardest part is just starting.
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I made stuffed bell peppers for dinner! I filled them with ground turkey, onions, and zucchini flavored with a fajita seasoning packet. I topped them with the Daiya pepper jack vegan cheese. These turned out fantastic! I’m adding them to my meal prep video on Wednesday! healthy fajita turkey stuffed bell peppers low carb dairy free gluten free healthy dinner sweet vegan Caesar salad dinner
I had a baby kale Caesar salad with Tessemae’s dairy-free Caesar dressing and sweet potatoes on the side! This dinner was fantastic! I can’t wait to eat the same thing tonight 😆

Thank you guys for stopping by the weekly recap! xo

Questions for you!

  1. What was the last thing you did that made you feel like a kid again?
  2. What are you currently working on?
  3. What did you have for dinner last night?


  • Sacia

    I love your pictures!! How do you edit your photos?

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  • Jillian

    I dont have venners, but I have two 3/4 crowns on my two front teeth (similar to veneers, honestly idk the difference!). I got them about two years ago after having a crown on one of my front teeth after busting it as a kid, and am super impressed. They shaved down my teeth first and I think all that trauma made them a bit sensitive, but I’m used to it now and its not bad anymore. The only time i notice is when I’m breathing through my mouth in the cold and then close my mouth, the temperature change is a zinger. My advice would be to make sure your teeth are whitened as you like (but not too white that its hard to manage), and also make sure the dentist doesnt just match the flat color. The rest of my teeth have some subtle spotting, and my dentist made sure to have the crowns match and its amazing, they look completely real. My friend had one of her front teeth done and the first time it didnt match at all because it was one color and matched her teeth only right after whitening. Sorry, this is super long but I figure too much information is better than too little! Good luck!

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  • Marie

    Didn’t an outdoor skate hurt without outdoor wheels? I always found the standard wheels were too hard for outdoor skating.

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  • Danielle

    Good Morning!

    Could you please do a post about your skincare routine? Today you posted an IG story of your love for coffee (surprise! 😂) and your skin is crazy good. Also your foundation please 😂.

    Thank you!

    Ps; this comment was meant in the most innocuous / innocent way but I realized how creepy it is that someone you don’t know is complimenting you on your blog because of something they saw on Instagram. How do you live with the scrutiny? 😂💕

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahahaha that is honestly so sweet of you!!

      To be honest, I used the “PARIS” filter and it definitely makes your skin look “smoother!”

      for skin routine, it’s all about sunscreen, lots of veggies, and a morning/night routine with products that suit your skin best! I also don’t wear makeup every day and let my face breath as much as possible. I do the Sukin moisturizer morning/night! and Dermaplaning every six weeks 😊

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  • Beth

    OMG I need those tennis balls!!!! So cute! Could you tell me where you found them? xoxo

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  • Danielle

    Your rollerskating outfit is so cute, love the bright colors! And excuse me, but are those pink tennis balls???

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  • Milena

    Hi Taralynn!

    This salad with falafel looks fantastic! I wanna make one right now 🙂

    The last thing I did that made me feel like a kid again was ice-skating. Here in Barcelona it never snows so in order to do this you have to go to the specific place, it´s like an ice-skating school, it´s not outside activity. But it was cool! I had a lot of fun 🙂

    I hope Leo gets better soon, poor boy.

    Have a great week Tara,

    Cheers from Barcelona 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    Do you think you guys will ever get a third dog?? Hoping Leo feels better soon!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      No way! lol two is enough. I think if I had a giant backyard, never planned on traveling again, and if the right dog was needing a home, then yes. But no plans right now! Mayyyyybe a cat.

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  • Lauren

    My husband and I went mini golfing last weekend! It was so silly but we were laughing the whole time. He is a pretty serious golfer and I kicked his butt!
    I’m currently working on my Nutrition and Wellness certification! I’m a teacher now, but it is really hard in so many ways and I’d like to eventually have my own consulting business and website! It will be a side hustle for a bit but having something I’m excited and passionate about again has been incredible!
    Last night we had a new favorite! I roasted some cauliflower and bell peppers, took them out when they were almost done, added some tortilla chip and covered it all with beans, shredded salsa chicken, corn, and a little cheese and put it back in the oven for a few minutes. All the best parts of nachos without feeling as heavy after!
    Glad to hear Leo is on the mend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lauren!

      That sounds like so much fun! Kyle and I have been talking about going golfing for fun. I haven’t been in a couple of years, which is crazy because I used to golf all the time. Tennis kind of took over my love for golf. Love that you kicked your husband’s butt! You go, girl!

      What a great thing to work on!

      Ohhhh that sounds like such a delicious dinner! I’ll have to try that! yum!!!

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  • Megan

    I had a gap between my front two teeth that was getting wider so I went in for an invisalign consult and ended up getting lumineers instead! With lumineers, they do not shave your teeth down to nubs so if one does chip or fall off, you still have a regular tooth underneath. I ended up doing my top 8 and love them! Would 100% do again.

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  • Kristin

    Love chick fil a sooo much!! I love their lemonade. Do you happen to have a healthy lemonade drink or recipe you like?

    I honestly can’t remember the last thing that made me feel like a kid, but what a great goal!

    Currently working on: drinking more water!!

    Dinner tonight was sautéed chicken, creamy rice, and snap peas!

    Praying Leo gets healed up soon! 💜

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kristin!

      Sometimes, I’ll squeeze a lemon into water and add a little stevia! It’s a great way to drink more water, too!

      ohhhhh how delicious!

      Thank you, he’s doing so much better today!!

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  • Valerie H

    I have not roller skated since I was a kid! That looks like a lot of fun!

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  • Donna

    What app did you use for those watercolor gifts? They turned out great!

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  • Amanda

    The last thing I did that made me feel like a kid again was swing…like on a real swing set (haha). I used to love doing this as a kid. I would actually put our little dog in my lap and he would swing with me.

    I am currently working on being present and less stressed. =)

    My naturopathic Dr. has recommended going gluten free and dairy free to reduce inflammation, so we made “taco” quinoa. It had cabbage/broccoli/quinoa, green onions, kalamata olives, salsa, plain pulled chicken, and we ate it with GF chips (Late July brand…they are amazingly good).

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  • Susan

    I got veneers on my two front teeth about a month ago although I fought it for a long time. One of my teeth was chipped and both had small cracks, so before something bad happened I gave in. My front teeth have always had a little gap between them and I liked them that way because I saw it as part of my personality. When I had my veneers done, I insisted that the space stay the same instead of closing the gap, as most people would. So, I still have my gap and I’m still getting used to the way the veneers feel. Good luck whatever you decide!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you for sharing that, Susan!

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      • Elizabeth

        The last did I did that made me feel like a kid was swinging. I went on a walk last weekend and couldn’t pass up the playground.

        I’m working on making sure I take time for myself to get outside during the work week. Spending time in nature is so grounding.

        For dinner I had homemade mac and cheeze, roasted red skin potatoes and some vegan “chicken nuggets.”

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  • Gina

    Hi, Taralynn! You’re gorgeous as is, but if you want to explore cosmetic dentistry I would recommend dental bonding over veneers (Google to see some great results!). The benefits of bonding are a) it is much cheaper than veneers and b) there is less damage and trauma done to your natural teeth, since when they prepare your teeth for veneers they have to file them down to little nubs. I don’t know if you’ve explored that option at all, but I think it would be worth looking into if you haven’t already. Take care! <3

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    You are so inspiring, Taralynn! I’ve been meaning to get started with running again following a six year hiatus… this summer, definitely!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Beverly

    First thing I’ve got to ask, have you NEVER had Chic-Fil-A before last week!? That seems so crazy to me, mostly because where I live it’s like a staple for the majority of people. Lol anyways!

    I think the last thing I did to make myself feel like a kid again was probably jumping on the trampoline at my sister’s house with my nieces. When I was there we took some flowers on one of their bushes in the backyard and tore the petals off and threw them in the air and just jumped in the petals. It was so fun and they enjoyed it so much.
    Now that I finished my semester I think I’m going to work on a puzzle I bought around New Years. I’m also working on my running routine. The past couple weeks I’ve been working on just doing a mile without stopping and today I got to 1.13 without stopping! It’s my goal by the end of summer to do 3 miles nonstop. Something I’ve never been able to do.
    For dinner I had a taco salad and then I had a couple pieces of this orange dark chocolate bar. 🙂 that’s my favorite sweet of all time!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I have never had it! I don’t eat fast food unless it’s chipotle or Panera, but I kept hearing about Chick-fil-a so I had to see what it was all about! It was actually pretty good and didn’t feel too “fast foodish.”

      Trampolines are so fun!!! lol Ohhh Kyle and I just finished a puzzle (of our dogs lol) this past weekend. What a great way to relax after your semester!

      If you stick to it, you will 1000000% be able to do 3 miles! Just take it super super slow!


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  • Lauren

    Just wanted to make a comment about the veneers. I actually have a front crown and an implant, because I was born without my two adult incisors (thanks dad lol), so two of my 4 front teeth are fake. I did consider veneers just to have all 4 front teeth match perfectly but after talking with several dentists and surgeons I decided it was best not to damage perfectly healthy teeth just for vanity reasons. You only have so many teeth and they are always best left as they are to maintain the health of your other teeth around them and your gums. I have just accepted that teeth do not have to be perfect. I used to be SO self conscious before I got my implant last November. I wore a partial denture so no one noticed but I thought about it CONSTANTLY. All the time. Cried over it a lot. But after I got my implant no one even noticed and then I realized that only I was the one who was obsessing over my teeth. No one else even cared. So just a little food for thought!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Lauren!

      So much truth to that. I know it’s something I am constantly looking, thinking, obsessing over. I’ve been that way about my teeth since I was a kid. I appreciate your openness and sharing your honest thoughts!

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  • Jenna

    Playing pool volleyball yesterday made me feel like a kid!

    Currently working on: a budget, a grocery list and a list of things to do.

    Dinner last night was Chinese food! So good, but it never agrees with my tummy.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      So fun! I’ve been trying to get my parents to get a volleyball net on their pool lol

      Ok…so can you make my list too?!! lol

      ohhhh, haven’t had cheese food in a while! so delicious! Hope your stomach feels better soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Is some type of orthodontic treatment not an option??

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It is! But I feel as if my teeth are already small/half fake that i would just bite the bullet and go for the veneers, but yes it’s 100 still an option.

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  • Amanda

    I have Veneers for the same reason(except it was a bike accident) you talked about. They feel weird for like two weeks and then you get used to them. They can be fragile, I’ve chipped 1 in the 12 years I’ve had them. I would totally pay for them again and do them again. I have them on my front 4 teeth.

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  • Lacey

    I think your smile is soooo cute the way it is. If you get perfect teeth it will take away your character and natural beauty. So many times I see someone and think something looks off about their teeth, and you can tell they’re fake. Hope you can embrace your perceived flaws, but “girl you’re amazing just the way you are.”

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I appreciate that Lacey. I have thought that for many years, but I think since the spaces are getting larger, it’s all I can focus on. I may try some invisalign to help with spaces rather than getting the veneers, but it’s just something I wanted to be honest and open about on the blog! Just some thoughts I’ve had for many years 💜 I appreciate your honesty!

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  • Kayla

    I knocked out my two front teeth on an icy slide in 3rd grade and got veneers when I turned 18! They are amazing and I have never had any issues with them. The procedure takes a while, at least for me, but you’re all hopped up on laughing gas and 3 hours feels like 20 minutes and you don’t care about anything haha. Plus, there is no pain during the procedure or after. The only thing you feel is pressure. I was allowed to listen to music with earphones during it, so I highly recommend that to drown out the sounds. I also recommend getting your teeth whitened before the procedure. They will match your veneers to your other teeth, so if your other teeth aren’t as white as you’d like then your veneers will also be that color and you can never whiten your veneers. Hope that helps! I’d say go for it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kayla!

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re happy with your results! I have been reading/watching all up on the procedure. Thank you for all of your suggestions!!

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