Angela Amman

Invisalign Straight Talk on Straight Teeth


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Invisalign. All opinions are my own.

No matter how much she “wiggles” her bottom teeth, Abbey’s baby teeth are still firmly in place. Always interested in things that I think should be years away, she asked about braces the other day. I answered yes, I’d had them when I was younger, and no, she didn’t need to visit an orthodontist yet.

I guess I deserved the indignant sigh I received when I told her she was too young to worry about straightening her teeth, because Invisalign set me straight — get it? straight? — on that issue.

Myth — I don’t need to take my children to see an orthodontist until they’re teenagers.

Setting it Straight: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”

Seven? That means we’re going to have to think about scheduling a consult much earlier than I anticipated. Though I know things have changed since I wore braces eighty-million years ago, I have to admit the idea of using something like Invisalign instead of traditional braces is really appealing.

While I love the results of those long-ago, brace-wearing days, I cringe at some of the memories of those days, like my cheeks snagging the metal brackets or the torture of attempting to thread floss between the wires.


Invisalign Teen wants to make it easier for teens — and pre-teens — to have a straighter smile.

Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it.  With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.  Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

Since we haven’t even had to determine tooth fairy rates yet, it’s hard to believe straightening teeth is even on the horizon. Thanks to Invisalign, I’m happy to know there are alternatives to traditional braces — and since I’m a planner, I like that they’ve put together this Straight Talk: Smart Path to Straight Teeth infographic about the timeline for pre-teen and teen orthodontic work. I wonder if we can get a discount on a mini-Invisalign for Dolly?

Have you done an orthodontic consultation for your kids yet?

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The Super Run makes running fun

The Super RunHot and sticky from lake water and lingering sunshine, we sat in the shade of concession stand umbrellas before tackling the climbing of the Warren Dunes. The kids were determined to run all the way up — for about eleven yards, where they realized steepness and sand aren’t as easily tackled as they’d anticipated. By the time we reached the top, clouds covered the setting sun, bathing everything in a gauzy light. We ran down, the sand already cooling on our feet, and I forget about the effort it took to climb to meet the weather-worn trees.

The next morning I attempted a long run, and my legs remembered every step of the previous evening.

The Super Run

I ran a short run, instead. The easy rhythm of a successful run never made it from my mind to my feet that morning, and it was a reminder that not every run will go according to plan. Even with a training schedule, some runs need to be cut short, some are lengthened because of a running partner or gorgeous new route, and some are just for a fun morning with your friends.

The Super Run

The Super Run in Ann Arbor is one of those fun runs.

On September 6, at 8:30 a.m., The Super Run is going to take over Gallup Park in Ann Arbor for a 5K — and 1K for younger participants!

The Super Run is all about combining a fun activity with doing good in the community. Each Super Run benefits a local charity and encourages runners, walkers, and families to enjoy a 5K in a supportive, exciting environment. The Super Run Ann Arbor will benefit Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

A social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LSSM is not just for Lutherans. The church has been meeting people’s needs since the early 1900s when a Lutheran “city missionary” arrived in Detroit to provide services to the poor. From the very beginning, Lutheran Social Services has reached out to individuals regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or national origin.

In order to really amp up the ambiance of The Super Run, all registration fees include a superhero cape, awareness bracelet, and temporary tattoo. I love the idea behind The Super Run so much that my die-hard Spartan heart isn’t even shuddering — too much — at the yellow and blue capes that will be filling the streets of the home of the University of Michigan.

If you’re interested in running The Super Run, you can use the code SRBLOG2 for $1 off registration. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Do you have any races planned for this fall?

Disclosure: I was offered a 5K registration fee in exchange for this post. I haven’t decided if I’ll use it, due to scheduling, but I love sharing information about fun, family-friendly running events. All opinions are my own.

Dress Shopping Made Simple

Dress First Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dress First. All opinions are my own.

My scarf is keeping my neck cozy, though the kids keep insisting they don’t need to wear coats yet — despite the temperatures dipping lower and lower each morning. They wear them, of course, even with stomping feet, and I know that soon we’ll be in the midst of the fall and winter holiday season.

Our past few New Year’s Eves have looked similar. Kids in pajamas, wondering what all the fuss is about. A game of Apples to Apples, fueled by cocktails and laughter. Televised countdowns competing with impromptu dance parties and the knowledge that the kids wouldn’t sleep in all that much, even on New Year’s Day.

We’ve been spending a long New Year’s weekend with friends and kids and shared meals for three years, and our New Year’s attire hasn’t been all that exciting. But this year, with new houses bought for some of us and major vacations scheduled for others, we’re keeping the celebration closer to home. Discussions have ranged from dinner to dancing to fabulous all-in-one packages at one of the local hotels.

All will involve a dress, and with Christmas shopping around the corner, the thought of finding something to wear can be overwhelming. Dress First has an answer for that.

Dress First is the perfect website for anyone who needs a dress, but it’s even more perfect for anyone who prefers to pull together an outfit from one place.

The amount of dresses they have is amazing, but their search options make it fun to browse, instead of overwhelming. I found something I loved in every category I explored.

Dress First Cocktail Dress

Navy is one of my favorite colors for a cocktail dress. It’s a little different than the classic black, and it adds a bit of warmth to a formal occasion. This sheath dress with one shoulder boasts a spectacular back, and it comes in a variety of colors.

Dress First Cocktail DressWhile browsing through the lace section, I saw this and think it’s whimsical and fun. Dancing around in feathers is something you can’t always do — well, Abbey might disagree with that — but New Year’s is the perfect occasion to wear something just a little outside of your comfort zone.

Dress First If feathers are just a little too much for you, this teal satin mini might be perfect. It’s found in the Kate Middleton style section — how fun is that? — and the jewel tone is perfect for winter. The sleeve length offers a little warmth, while the hemline keeps the dress from being too casual for a special occasion.

Speaking of minis, one of my favorite parts of Dress First is the option to add $19.99 and have the dress custom fit to your measurements. That feature is a major bonus for me, because I am so short and can rarely find anything I love in the petite formal section.

Dress First Cocktail DressThe LBD never goes out of style, so I had to see what Dress First offered in that category. The square neckline and thicker straps on this sheath mean comfort while you’re looking fabulous.

Dress First
The best part about a simple dress? Accessorizing! Adding sparkle with these peep toes is a festive touch, and the covered platform will keep them from being too hard on your feet as you dance in the New Year. If you prefer your bling in jewelry form, this necklace is a beautifully detailed statement piece.

Do you go out or stay in for New Year’s Eve?


Miles to Go

Minted Art Prints

Robert Frost spoke of “miles to go before I sleep,” and we have a few miles to go, but for the first time since Abbey was born, I’m beginning to think sleep might start gracing our lives again. Both kids have been sleeping better since Dylan’s sleeping bag trial in Abbey’s room, and we’re ready to make the move more permanent with some sort of trundle frame under her existing bed.

Now that I’m not constantly rubbing sleep from my eyes, I’m considering decorating options in Abbey’s room. It’s purple with explosions of pink and yellow and dolls strewn from corner to corner. We plan on keeping Dylan’s clothes in his dressers in his own room, so we’re not planning any major redecorating — though Abbey would love yellow walls. But we’ve been planning to buy some prints for her room for some time now, and I’m thinking finding something they both like will be a lovely way to welcome him into her space without taking “my room” away from her.

You likely know about Minted’s holiday cards and the line of Minted wedding invitations, but they also carry a really large selection of children’s art prints. I love that they’re whimsical and fun while still having a balance of softer color options — Abbey’s colorful outfit choices, with requisite “wacky socks” lately, add enough blinding color to the room.

Minted Elephants

Since both kids love animals, I’m leaning towards something animal-related. The Forever and Always elephants with their trunks entwined are adorable, though the Wisdom owl might be my favorite, for nostalgia’s sake; my mom had a “Wise Old Owl” hanging in her hallway for my entire childhood, and I can still quote the short poem:

The wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw, the less he spoke
The less he spoke, the more he heard
Why can’t we all be like that bird?

I’m also a little in love with the idea of creating a family tree for the wall. My kids love talking about who people are, as in “Uncle Donnie’s your brother, like Dylan’s my brother.” Watching them figure out relationships and the continuity of family is important to me.

Minted Family Tree

Minted also has inspiration boards to help you figure out how to bring your favorite colors and feelings to life with their products. On Tuesday, I’ll be at Just.Be.Enough. talking about art prints that can add a little touch of motivation to your walls… there will be a giveaway, too!

What’s on your kids’ walls?

This post is sponsored by minted, in the form of store credit. All opinions about their products are my own.

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