Easy At Home Teeth Whitening For Busy Moms

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Smile Brilliant. I was given this product free to try. All of the opinions and comments expressed are my own. 

If you are a mom then you know that life with kids is busy! Finding the time to do things for yourself can seem impossible, especially when it comes to self care. If you are anything like me than you probably put self care as one of your very last priorities. Between laundry, dinner, and caring for the kids, whitening your teeth is probably not even an option.

Over the years I’ve noticed my smile getting yellower with some minor stains. The fact is that I live on coffee to get through every day. I started to think about whitening my teeth. The problem is that I don’t have the time for an office visit or the money for an expensive whitening treatment.

When Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their teeth whitening system I was excited and a bit skeptical. How would I find the time to use it and would it actually work? What appealed to me most was that I could do it at home so I quickly decided to give it a try.

I filled out a brief questionnaire on Smile Brilliant and I was recommended the T3 Sensitive System for light stains. I was pleasantry surprised when my product arrived within a week after placing the order. The very first step in the whitening system was make impressions of my teeth. After sending my impressions back I soon received my custom whitening trays to begin the whitening process.

I stared whitening my teeth every night before bed and continued whitening my teeth for a total of 10 days. Each session I did for about 45 mins. for optimal results. I skipped a day here and there when my gums felt a little irritated. I experienced very little sensitivity during the whitening process itself, but I continued to use the sensitivity gel after each session.

After the 10 days all of the stains and discoloration in the cracks of my teeth completely disappeared.  I also noticed that my smile looks so much brighter now.  Over all the whitening system was super easy to use. The best part was that it didn’t interfere with any of my mom duties. I was able to use it while packing lunches, reading bedtime stories, and watching my TV shows. I am so happy with my results and my whiter smile.



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Questions or comments? I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my own personal experience with this whitening system. The specialists at Smile Brilliant are also available to answer all of your questions.




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Summer Style Must-Haves featuring JORD Watch

Summertime is my favorite time of year! I partnered with JORD watches to show you some of this summer’s style must-haves and how to pair them with your JORD watch. From picnics to pool days, your summer wardrobe should be on point! Summer style is all about comfort and trend accented with the right accessories.

The natural wood elements of the JORD watch works great with all of the following summer trends. Made of all natural materials from around the world, your JORD watch is sure to fit your modern lifestyle. Dress it up or dress it down, JORD can match your style. Find out what summer trends you must have this summer. Featured in this post is the Fieldcrest Dark Sandalwood JORD Watch.

Black & White

This summer’s style is all about black and white. From white dresses to black and white prints, this color combination is a must-have for summer. Black and white looks great when paired with the right accessories. I love the wood tones from the JORD watch with the black and white palette. The wood compliments the contrasting colors for a natural yet sophisticated look. A perfect pairing for the resort or day at the beach.

New Bohemian

The new Bohemian is another one of this summer’s style trends. The must-have whimsical embroidery and paisley prints are casual enough for the beach yet dressy enough to wear to dinner. An effortless and styled look that works well with natural elements such as wood tones and metallic.

The Blues

Shades of blue is another one of this summer’s style must-haves. Chambray shirts, denim shorts to navy dresses, this is the color trend to have for summer. This laid back casual style is just what you need for your next road trip or weekend outing. The dark wood JORD watch really pops with this summer trend.


Ultra-feminine is the style trend that is soft and romantic ruffles, bare shoulders and heirloom lace. For the feminine woman these style must-haves are the perfect summer look. Paired with brown accents makes this the perfect outfit for a summer party or date night out.

The Getaway

The getaway style exudes summertime! From palm fronds to tropical flowers, getaway prints are the must-have look for summer. The perfect prints for a vacation or backyard BBQ. The Fieldcrest Dark Sandalwood JORD Watch adds an earthy element to the boldness of a getaway print.

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Daisy VoxBox Review From Influenster

Disclosure: all of the samples I received “free” from Influenster in exchange for an honest review. All of the opinions expressed in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if any of these products are purchased through those links.

I am super excited to have received my very first VoxBox from Influenster! I signed up with Influenster only a couple of weeks ago and created my profile. After filling out a questionnaire I was chosen to receive a free VoxBox. Before I knew it I was pleasantly surprised when this lovely package arrived!

If you are not yet familiar with Influenster they are a web source to find honest reviews on a wide range of products. When you visit Influenster you can discover new products, read beauty news, watch tutorials, and shop or share your favorite products. From Beauty, health, food, and household, Influenster is sure to have products you will love. You too can apply to receive your very own “Free” VoxBox in exchange for your honest reviews. Sign up with Influenster today!

The VoxBox I received is this Daisy VoxBox. Inside I found an awesome assortment of products that I am really excited to try. The best thing is that all of the products are full size samples. Here is a peek at all of the products I received plus coupons to save on even more products.

Live Clean® Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

A unique eco-friendly formula made with 97% plant ingredients. A combination of Coconut Milk, Vitamins C, E, B5 and Rice Protein said to nourish and strengthen the hair. 

This was the first product I decided to try because it looked amazing and it was my hair washing day. The shampoo and conditioner smell really good! I was sold right away because I love anything that smells like coconut. I felt like I was on an island somewhere relaxing by the beach. When reality set back in I realized 2 kids peeking through the shower glass.

I was a little nervous to try the shampoo and conditioner because I do dye my hair. Generally I use products that are specifically for color treated hair. I always worry that my color will become dull or faded. The shampoo worked great and a little bit went a long way. I was able to work up a pretty good lather. The conditioner was also great and left my hair feeling soft and smooth.

After towel drying my hair it felt really light and had a sort of squeaky clean feeling. I guess this is a good thing because it didn’t feel like there was any leftover residue. I also noticed that I didn’t shed as many loose hairs as I normally do after washing my hair. My color looks exactly the same and it didn’t dull at all. I was able to comb through my hair easily.

I let my hair air dry and it felt soft and not as dry as it normally does. My hair looked like it had some added volume as well. I was left with clean beautiful hair that smelled amazing! I am definitely going to continue using the Live Clean® Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner. My husband is actually using it too!


Nature’s Bounty® Probiotc Fruit Gummies

A great tasting way to get friendly bacteria for your digestive system. These Probiotic Gummies feature a special probiotic strain that’s naturally found in the intestinal microflora, and surrounds itself with protective layers to increase viability- many typical probiotic bacteria do not have these protective layers. 

Next I decided to try the Nature’s Bounty® Probiotc Fruit Gummies. I love gummie vitamins and I take a couple of different ones regularly everyday. I am obsessed with anything that aids in digestion because I absolutely hate having stomach pains. Gas and bloating are the worst, not to mention constipation!

I have been taking the probiotic gummies for a couple of days and I haven’t noticed a big difference. I am someone that is already pretty regular, but for someone that has digestive issues you may notice more of an improvement. The plus side is that the gummies actually taste really good and are the right amount of chewy. I especially like that they do not contain any artificial colors or flavors like some other fruit gummies do.

Either way I am going to continue using the Nature’s Bounty® Probiotc Fruit Gummies as a way to get more healthy bacteria into my body. I know that overall it is good for my health. These are an easier way to do that rather than relying only on probiotic foods.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Formulated with charcoal to detoxify and clean pores, the single-use Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Paper Mask is perfect for those times when your skin needs a serious deep cleaning.

The Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask was the next product I used. My face needed a good deep cleaning so I was very curious to see the results. I have used other charcoal products before and I liked the results so I was very optimistic about this product.

I never used a paper mask before and I wasn’t sure how it actually worked. when I took the mask out of the package it was kind of hard to unfold it and figure out how it was supposed to go. Once I figured it out, it stuck to my face really easily and was easy to adjust.

The mask itself is not really paper at all. It is more like a fabric material that is soaked in some sort of solution. The mask felt really wet and a little slimy. The material was not that thin and was easy to handle.

The directions said to leave the mask on for 10 minutes, which I did. It tingled quite a bit, but was not at all unbearable. After removing the mask I rinsed my face with water because it felt a bit slimy.

The results were exactly what I hoped for. My large pores had vanished and almost all of my blackheads were gone. My face looked clean and refreshed. My face was not red or irritated in any way. I will definitely use this product again when I need a good cleaning.


SkinnyPop Sea Salt Microwave Popcorn

New SkinnyPop Microwave Popcorn deliveres delicious flavor in a chemical-free pop-up box that creates a unique, no-mess eating experience snackers can feel good about.

I am already a huge fan of SkinnyPop Popcorn. When I saw that they make microwavable popcorn I was really excited to try it out! The kernels come in a folded up box and you pull the two side tabs out to make it into a box. The kernels are under a foil tray that you leave in place while microwaving. I thought the boxes directions were very easy to follow.

The popcorn only took about 2 minutes to pop in the microwave. A few un-popped kernels ended up inside the microwave, but other than that majority of the kernels had popped. I removed the foil sheet before eating it because it was kind of in the way. The box that it comes in is so cute and really convenient. We ate it right out of the box!

The popcorn its self was really delicious and actually tasted like the already made bagged SkinnyPop Popcorn. I would have to say though that the microwaveable kind is a little bit better. I thought that it tasted fresher and I liked that it was hot from the microwave. The popcorn is lightly salted and had a really light and airy taste.

Not only did I enjoy the SkinnyPop Popcorn, but my girls really liked it too. We ate the entire box! I guess you can say that it’s kid and adult approved! I would definitely recommend this product and I will definitely buy this microwave popcorn in the future.

Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt

Smooth and creamy Greek nonfat yogurt comes in delicious flavors to satisfy your tastebuds. With only 80 calories per 5.3oz. serving, 0% fat and 12g protein. Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt is a smart choice for your healthy active lifestyle.

Another great product that I got free from Influenster was this Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt. I actually got a $1.00 off coupon to go and buy one myself and it ended up being free. The Boston Cream Pie was not my top choice, but it was the only flavor they had available at the store I went to.

I really love yogurt for a healthy snack or for a dessert after dinner. I usually eat a yogurt everyday. I was impressed to see that this yogurt is only 80 calories! I thought it was a really good portion of yogurt for so few calories. The whole container filled me up as an afternoon snack.

I really enjoyed the flavor too. I didn’t look or taste anything like chocolate, but I still enjoyed it. The consistency was a little bit thicker than regular yogurt and was a bit creamier. I will absolutely but this yogurt again and probably try some of the other flavors.

Always® Infinity™ Size 2 Heavy Flow

Made with an ultra-light FlexFoam™  material, Always Infinity form-fitting, revolutionary pad adsorbs 10x its weight™ and molds to your body shape, so you barely feel it. And now you can customize your fit with Always MY FIT™ , a tailored sizing system to help you find the best protection based on both your flow AND panty size.

The Always Infinity Pads are not like your mother’s maxi pads. I was surprised to see how modern looking they are. The pad itself is made from a foam like material. I typically wear tampons during my period, but wear pads at night. The pads worked great and I didn’t have any leaks. I would say they did their job and are pretty comfortable.

I hope you enjoyed this post on my first ever Daisy VoxBox review! I really enjoyed trying each of these free samples. I was able to discover products that I may have never discovered if it wasn’t for Influenster. After reading my reviews, which product are you most interested in trying?



25 Best Homemade Beauty Gift Ideas

As we are quickly approaching Christmas you have probably already started gift shopping. Christmas shopping can be really stressful if you don’t know what to get your family and friends. Sometimes the best solution is to make a gift instead of buying another pair of pajamas or throw blanket. Lets face it we all get those every year!

Homemade gifts can be much more thoughtful and less expensive. Homemade beauty products are perfect gifts for those special people in your life. The best part about homemade beauty products is that they are made from all natural ingredients with out all the harsh chemicals, dyes and perfumes. Not to mention beauty and skin care products are totally useful!

To make any of these beauty products you don’t need to be crafty or creative. You just need to know how to follow a simple recipe and directions. Make it special and more gift worthy by putting it in a cute mason jar or box with a handmade label. Your friends and family will totally be impressed!

1. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are so easy to make and really inexpensive. They smell amazing and make really great gifts. There are so many different sugar scrub recipes available.


DIY Holiday Gifts: Homemade Sugar Cookie Scrub

2. Body Butter

Another really easy and inexpensive homemade beauty creation. Play around with essential oils to make an amazing gift.


Relaxing Lavender Vanilla DIY Whipped Body Butter

3. Handmade Soap

Handmade soaps look and smell wonderful. This gift may require a little bit more time but is totally worth it.


10-Minute DIY Milk & Honey Soap

4. Coffee Scrub

This scrub smells amazing! It is really easy to make and is a great gift for any coffee lover. Not to mention it makes your skin feel super soft.


Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

5. Face Mask

A homemade face mask is a great little spa gift idea. There are lots of different types of masks but some are meant to be used right away. Stick to the ones that have ingredients that can be used at a later time.


Simple Oatmeal Face Mask for Oily Skin

6. Salt Scrub

Salt scrubs are another inexpensive and easy gift idea. They smell really great and make your skin feel amazing.


Handmade Honey Salt Scrub

7. Shower Jelly

Shower jelly is an easy yet unique gift idea. They can be made into different shapes and smell so good.


DIY Christmas Shower Jellies #LTKholidayathome

8. Lotion Bars

Lotion Bars are easy to make and are a very practical gift. They look and smell great too.


Easy Homemade Lotion Bars

9. Bath Salts

Bath salts are really easy to make and smell beautiful. They make great gifts for anyone that likes to take baths.


Homemade Bath Salts

10. Lip Scrub

Lip scrub smells and tastes great and makes your lips feel amazingly smooth. It is so quick and easy to make.


Brown Sugar Lip Scrub (3 ingredients!)

11. Bubble Bath

Homemade bubble bath is easy to make and is a great all natural gift. Make a custom fragrance with essential oils.


Homemade Bubble Bath

12. Deodorant

Homemade deodorant is easy to make and much better for your body. This would make a great stocking stuffer.


Homemade Lavender Deodorant

13. Bath Soak

Bath soak is easy to make and looks and smells great. Add your own personal touch for a beautiful gift.


Lavender Bath Soak

14. Bath Melts

Bath melts are so cute and smell great. They leave your skin feeling so good and are so simple to make.


Coconut Oil Bath Melts

15. Milk Bath

Milk bath is easy to make and is a wonderful gift idea.


Homemade Lavender Milk Bath

16. Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are so cute and make great stocking stuffers. They look and smell good too.


How to make holiday bath bombs (handmade gift idea)

17. Cuticle Cream

This cuticle cream is really easy to make and works great. This would be perfect for a manicure/pedicure gift.


Homemade Cuticle Cream

18. Lip Balm 

Lip balm is a cute and creative homemade beauty gift. Customize it by adding different smells and colors.


Simple Christmas Spirit Lip Balm Made With Essential Oil

19. Shaving Cream

Homemade shave cream is a great gift for men and women. It is so easy to make and leaves your skin looking great.


Vanilla Coconut Shaving Cream

20. Face Moisturizer

Homemade face moisturizer is really easy to make and is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.


Homemade Face Moisturizer

21. Leave-in Conditioner

Homemade conditioner is so much better for your hair than the store bought stuff. It will make your hair feel so much healthier.


DIY Leave-In Conditioner

22. Eye Cream

There are different types of eye cream that are used for different purposes. Store bought eye cream is really expensive so making your own is a great option.


Natural DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream Recipe for Puffy Eyes

23. Microdermabrasion Paste

I love using microdermabrasion paste. This leaves your skin feeling so soft and refreshed.


DIY Microdermabrasion Paste

24. Shampoo

Homemade shampoo is really good on your hair because it doesn’t contain any chemicals. Your family will love you for it.


Moisturizing DIY PH Balanced Shampoo

25. Face Wash

Homemade face wash is also really great for your skin. It especially works great if you have sensitive skin.


DIY Homemade Honey Face Wash

I hope you have found this homemade beauty gift guide helpful. I would love to hear your comments! For more great recipes check out all of the links I have provided. These blogs have so many other great ideas!