September 12, 2018

Teeth Whitening With Smile Brilliant

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This post is a collaboration with Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own.

Okay mamas, let's talk about self-care. If you have little ones, you know that self-care is really hard to come by. I have two busy toddlers that I stay home with full-time and I can tell you that almost my entire day is spent meeting their needs; I'm lucky if I get a couple hours to myself. As a mom, that just comes with the territory. But a little self-care goes a really long way, especially for us tired mamas. It's important to carve out some time to do the things that make you feel good about yourself, whether it's to do your hair, a fresh mani/pedi or a relaxing massage.

But therein lies the conundrum: what time? For me, I spend my entire day with my kids with no help so there's really no time for me to get away to do something for myself. So when Smile Brilliant reached out to me for a collaboration, I was really excited. It's a customized teeth whitening system that you use from the comfort of your own home. No need to work out child care; I can do something for myself while my kids are napping during the day or asleep at the end the night while I watch some TV. And my teeth definitely needed it. Since having kids, my coffee consumption has drastically increased (coffee = mom fuel, AmIRight?) But it also equals yucky tooth stains so I was eager to give Smile Brilliant a try.

The way it works is simple. First, you receive a kit in the mail to make your dental impressions. The kit comes with:
  • Two impression trays to create your mold
  • Catalyst paste and base to create your impressions 
  • Prepaid postage to send your impressions to the lab
  • Teeth Whitening Gel
  • Desensitizing Gel (I signed up for the desensitizing kit because my teeth tend to get sensitive) 

I was a little intimidated by the idea of creating my own impressions but it was a lot easier than I thought. There are detailed and easy to follow instructions on how to make them. You then mail your impressions to Smile Brilliant's dental lab in the prepaid package that comes in your kit. They will then mail you your customized teeth whitening trays (I received my trays within a couple weeks).

Once you receive your trays, you can then start the whitening process, which is really easy. You use the syringe to apply the whitening gel (and later, desensitizing gel, if applicable) into your tray. You then wear your trays for anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Like I mentioned above, my teeth are sensitive to I wore mine for 45 minute sessions. I did experience some sensitivity so I made sure to take days off in between my sessions instead of doing it everyday. Overall, I did about 5 or 6 sessions over the course of two weeks. I would say my results are subtle but noticeable (you can see my "before" and "after" photos at the end of the post). I am definitely pleased with the results and will likely continue to use the trays over the course of the next few weeks since I prefer a more gradual approach to teeth whitening given my sensitivity. So if you're looking for a customized tooth whitening system that you can do at home while your kids sleep, I would recommend Smile Brilliant! 

And now for the best part. There's actually a giveaway AND a coupon code if you're interested in buying your own kit. One lucky reader will win a free customized whitening system (valued at $149). All you have to do is click on the link below and enter your name and email address:

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The giveaway will close on September 26th, so be sure to enter today! And don't worry if you don't win; you can use code sweetseptemberblog for 15% off your order!


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July 10, 2018

A Floral First Birthday


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I'm so excited to finally share some (a ton) of photos from Hannah's first birthday party. This party was quite the labor of love as I started (actively) planning it back in April. I tend to be a bit neurotic, so there's no way I could save the planning for last minute. I wish I could, but there's no way my type A personality would let me. So for 2 months, I took to Pinterest to plan the perfect floral first birthday party for my sweet Hannah Elise. With the exception of the food, pretty much everything was a DIY: the dessert table setup (do you know how much people charge for those things?!), the flower arrangements, the balloon arch (I posted an easy DIY tutorial here), the hoop frame for her monthly photos, the floral "H", the floral vine for the 36-inch balloon, her first birthday poster and the dessert table backdrop. The thing with Pinterest is it tends to be a black hole; you get so sucked in and start pinning all these DIY projects in advance, but when the time comes to make them, you start to wonder why you ever thought you could accomplish so many projects at once. Oh, Pinterest....

To add to the stress of party planning, I sent out invitations to have the party at our new house....before we moved in or even knew when we COULD move in. We ended up moving in 3 weeks before the party and were scrambling to get the house in some type of order so that we could host 70 guests... no biggie, right? Well, the interior of the house ended up being done but you'll notice in the outdoor photos that our house still wasn't stuccoed, but oh well.

I'd be lying if I said planning this party wasn't stressful, but I completely brought it upon myself. She's 1, so she's obviously clueless about everything and I could've just done food and cake and called it a (birth) day, but I like to go all-out for the big first birthday. I do think it's a big milestone since your baby transitions from a baby to a toddler, and it's a nice celebration for the parents surviving that oh-so-rough first year. Plus, I went all out for Adam's first birthday so it was only fair that I did the same for my Hannah. What's funny is that the closer it got to B-Day (har har), I had bipolar feelings between "this is ridiculous, she's only 1, I don't care anymore" and "she's turning 1, I want everything to be perfect" LOL.

At the end of the day, I did enjoy planning this party and am so happy with how it all came together. I've compiled a resource list at the end of the post, but if there's anything missing, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

And happy first year of life to my sweet baby girl. We love you and pray that God blesses you with 100 years of love and happiness.


Dessert table backdrop: DIY, floral mats from Michael's placed together (for reference, I used a total of 15, placed in a 3x5 grid)
36-inch blush balloonsAmazon
Balloons for balloon arch:Amazon, mix of these and these (highly recommend buying this balloon blower pump)
DonutsKrispy Kreme (Tip: I bought some gift cards from Costco to save a little on cost)
Donut standsAmazon
Birthday cake and custom cookiesZozo Bean Bakery (seriously the best cake ever)
Smash cake: Vegan from Whole Foods
CupcakesPavilions
Floral Cupcake ToppersMichael's
Floral tape for water bottlesAmazon
Sequins tablecloth: purchased in downtown, similar here
Pink letter boardAmazon
Teepee for giftsAmazon
Teepee flower garlandLule Bloom
Ice cube trays for flower ice cubesAmazon (thanks InJessiLand for the idea!)
"Happy Birthday" cake topper: c/o Ever Artisan Designs
"One" cake topper: c/o Lule Bloom
One year milestone poster: DIY, similar here
Custom Name SignLaser Craft Co.
Rose gold cutlery and Champagne flutes99 cent store
Mommy & Me Flower CrownsMason and Harlow
Invitations: DIY, clipart via LABF Creations
RomperJoy Marie Clothing
BibSparrow Rae Co.
Tutuiloveplum
My dressLulus
Floral Paper GarlandRifle Paper Co.
Garden Kit Party FavorsNature Favors



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