Teeth whitening at home + GIVEAWAY with smile brilliant

Smile Brilliant is making it incredibly easy for busy people to get their smile back to perfection with teeth whitening at home. Being a mom of young kids, it’s hard to keep up with all the things I used to do pre-kids, such as whitening my teeth. A professional procedure can be $500+ and can take multiple visits to a dentist. I am so happy I was able to try Smile Brilliant because it’s a complete kit I can use in the comfort of my own home, after my kids are in bed or when they are at school. My results are below – you can see my whiter smile with no yellow stains! Keep reading for a giveaway towards one kit!
A tray creation kit comes direct to your door. Included is a catalyst, base paste and trays. You simply mix the catalyst and a base paste from two tubs, and if you’re experienced with play-doh, this is a super easy step. Then you spread the mix into a tray and make impressions of your teeth. After taking my upper and lower teeth impressions, I sent them back in the pre-addressed and stamped envelope. Easy peasy (and took about 15 active minutes).
Just a few days later, I received my trays and promptly got to whitening. After a fairly stressful fall with my daughter going to kindergarten and my son starting preschool, I was drinking lots of coffee (does coffee stain your teeth? YES), tea and the occasional red wine at night. I was so excited to work on my smile.
I usually use my trays at night, when I’m watching my favorite shows or getting organized for the next day. It takes less than 5 minutes to pop them in. First you brush without toothpaste, just to clean your teeth a bit. Next, you spread a thin ribbon of the teeth whitening gel onto the trays (both upper and lower), put them on, and let them work for 45 minutes or longer. I get caught up in a few shows, and it’s already time to take them out. I brush my teeth, then prepare the trays with desensitizing gel that hydrates and replenishes your teeth with minerals, and helps reduce sensitivity and white spots. I leave the trays on for around 20-25 minutes. I was noticing white spots and had a little tooth sensitivity, and asked smile brilliant if those issues would go away. Their live chat was so helpful, and let me know any spots disappear within two hours once your teeth have been given a chance to recalcify, and my teeth would feel less sensitive after about an hour (and would even diminish with each use). If you find your teeth are very sensitive, here is a great article that explains a little more about this issue. After just about 2 weeks of whitening 3 times a week, I started to notice how bright and how much whiter my teeth were. It motivated me to keep going and keep whitening to get back the smile I had at my wedding. I tell all my momma friends (who definitely notice!) how I whiten my teeth at home, and how easy it is!
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I’m so happy with my results. After just several weeks, my teeth are noticeably whiter. Any yellow staining is gone, and my teeth are back to sparking white! The best part about the process is I’m able to keep whitening or to touch up whenever necessary. If you are ready to get your smile back, I highly recommend Smile Brilliant. The ease of teeth whitening at home meant I had one less errand to run during the day. I didn’t have to spend hours in a dentist chair getting a procedure that left my teeth incredibly sensitive. Instead, I whitened on my schedule and did it gradually so there was less sensitivity involved – with the same great professional teeth whitening results. Now is a great time to start, so you can shine your pearly whites for holiday parties. Or, you can make it your New Year’s resolution! Either way, don’t put off improving your smile. It makes a huge first impression and I’m so happy I took a little me time to get it done! Here is an article to help you with any questions before the next step, and also a video about the process.
One lucky winner will get a $139.95 credit (1 tray creation kit + 6 syringes of their choice) to Smile Brilliant! To enter, comment below and enter your email to follow my blog. You can also enter by heading to my instagram page, follow me, like + comment on the giveaway post.
If you want to get right to whitening, use coupon code ‘dontdresslikeamom5’ to get 5% off your kit!

Teeth Whitening Kits

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Slouchy Tunic from Shop the Mint


If you’re looking for a magical top that you can run around town in, still look cute, but remain ultimately comfy, the slouchy dolman tunic from Shop the Mint is it. Lightweight and super soft, long, and available in so many colors, you can pair it with jeans to leggings and be set for the day. I love that it can be layered, too. Since shopping tends to be my only cardio (aside from chasing small beings), I need to be able to shed layers while running around stores during the holiday season.Read More

Mommy and Me Windsor Avenue Jewelry


A girl is never too young for pretty jewelry, and sparkly pieces are always joyfully received no matter the age. The Mommy and Me jewelry collection from Windsor Avenue is a perfect introduction to the world of gorgeous pearls and pavé for little ladies, and mamas can match with beautiful adult styles (or wear the mini versions!). With any children’s jewelry purchase, you also get a copy of “Mommy and Me,” a published children’s story by the creator of Windsor Avenue – Olivia Hollaus. I was just featured on their mommy style page, so please go check it out! I answer questions about mommy style, go-to outfits, and offer tips and tricks to getting ready in a small window of time. But can we just talk about the beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings from Windsor Avenue? GORGEOUS.

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Hair Extensions with Irresistible Me


Let me preface this post by saying I am not a hair magician. I usually run out of the house without so much as a comb through (due to extenuating circumstances, read: children). I love what Irresistible Me extensions do for my hair. They add body and length when I want it. I can use a few sets or all of them, depending on the look I want to achieve. The best part is, I can put them in myself in as little as a few minutes.Read More

THE BEST Cyber Sweater sales


This year, more than any year, I’ve been on the hunt for super soft, unique, and cozy sweaters. Sure, in years past I’ve bought the turtleneck sweater with pockets, the cashmere blend, and the typical crewneck, but I was still longing for sweaters so cuddly, I didn’t want to take them off (ever). I want sweaters that double as housecoats to keep me warm when I’m running around like a crazy lady. So, I’ve compiled THE BEST list of sweaters – all ON SALE – so you can pick up a couple, too. At these prices, you can definitely nab more than one, or gift them to the wonderful women in your life. Case in point, I’ve purchased them all to either keep myself or give to my mom/mother-in-law/sister/sister-in-law/bestie/niece/neighbor.Read More

Rebel Granny Chic


Granny chic is a thing, and I added a rebel element to it – when you want a little edge to your sweet granny style. I love this mohair sweater, and paired it with distressed black denim for my rebel granny chic look. It’s a beautiful knit in a neutral gray, and is so cozy and fuzzy. Plus, at under $17 you can’t even be upset about adding it to your sweater arsenal.Read More

Salted Caramel Apple Pie


I recently heard there is such a thing called “salt tooth” which is the same thing as “sweet tooth,” only it’s a label for those who crave salt instead of sweet. I have both (lucky me!), and if you suffer from this as well, salted caramel apple pie is everything we want in a dessert.Read More

Black and White Bell Sleeve Sweater

bell sleeve sweater

Bell sleeves are so fun to wear, and I love this version with a contrasting color. It adds a perfect, unexpected detail. This black and white bell sleeve sweater is beyond cute, comfy and flattering. I’ve styled it two ways for you – the first is an obvious dressy look with a knit pencil skirt, heels, leather jacket, Kendra Scott piece (see below for offer code!) and favorite black quilted bag. It’s perfect for the holidays if you prefer to wear black instead of, you know, red and green all over + the knit pencil skirt is ridiculously cozy (and pleasantly stretchy).Read More

Comfy Gray Tunic Sweater

Gray Tunic Sweater

I’m obsessed with sweaters – currently this soft gray tunic sweater – because the weather was warm for so long. I had to keep my knits stored away until recently. A gray tunic sweater is a perfect pullover on cold mornings. I paired mine with a gray henley tank and gray jeans for a monotone look that’s anything but basic.Read More