13 June 2018

Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

I've tried several at-home teeth whitening options -- I've used the whitening toothpaste, the white strips, the whitening mouthwash, and even the paint on gel....but honestly? Nothing ever resulted in a truly whiter, brighter smile.

When I was contacted by Smile Brilliant with an option to do a review, I admit, I was a bit skeptical. Would this be like the others? Lots of hype with minimal payoff? I'd honestly never heard of an 'at-home professional teeth whitening system' before, so I wanted to do some research first. I scoured their website. I watched several YouTube videos, read tons of reviews and testimonies. After all, these are my teeth! I don't want to potentially jeopardize the health and structure just for the sake of vanity. But guess what? Everything checked out.

The Smile Brilliant system is built specifically so that it works perfectly for each individual customer. No two kits are the same because each kit begins with the customer making trays that are specifically fitted to your particular set of teeth. Have you ever gotten a set of impressions done at a dentist? It's kind of like that. Your kit comes with these small containers of blue and white putty lus two mouth trays. You mix one jar of white putty with one jar of blue putty until the colors are combined & then evenly spread it throughout the mouth tray, making sure to work as fast as possible. (Once the putty colors are combined, they begin to cure, so it's very important to do this step in a timely manner).

Once the putty properly spread throughout the tray, you open your mouth and place it on your top set of teeth and gently press your teeth all the way in the putty, up to the gums, being careful not to bite the tray or drag your teeth through the putty. The tray must stay in place for three minutes to get a great impression. Once the designated amount of time has passed, gently pop the tray away from your teeth & begin the process again on your bottom teeth. Once both impressions have been made, rinse the trays for several minutes under cold water, but •do not• remove the putty from the trays. It is vital that the trays sit for at least 30 minutes before putting them back in the pre-paid envelope to send back to Smile Brilliant.

Once you've mailed your dental impressions back to Smile Brilliant, their lab technicians will get to work making you your very own custom fitted trays. Once your impressions are completed, Smile Brilliant will mail them back to you so you can begin your teeth whitening process.

Here is a step-by-step breakdown of the teeth whitening process:
1. Brush your teeth with water (do not use toothpaste as fluoride slows down the whitening process) 
2. Whiten your teeth between 45 minutes up to 3 hours, depending on your sensitivity (3 hours max per day! Do not whiten overnight, it can cause extreme sensitivity) 
3. After whitening, brush your teeth with a non-whitening toothpaste 
4. Rinse trays out with cool water 
5. Desensitize your teeth for 20 minutes (make sure not to drink or eat for 1 hour after each session) 
6. Remove trays, but do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth, just spit out the excess gel (leave a thin layer of desensitizing gel on your teeth) 
7. Rinse trays out with cool water and leave out to dry 
8. Sleep! It is the best to whiten before bed so you are not introducing your teeth to any staining food or drinks.
Sounds easy enough, right? The average person will need one to two weeks of daily (or every other day, depending on sensitivity) applications to remove all stains from their teeth. For reference - One gel syringe holds three to four full applications (aka enough to cover both the upper and lower teeth). I feel like this is a given but just in case I should probably mention that while you're using the Smile Brilliant system, you should avoid teeth staining food like coffee, chocolate, wine, berries, dark colored soda, beets, tea, red sauces, candy,...basically, any foods that have the tendency to contain a lot of natural or artificial dyes in them. Think about it this way -- if they'll stain your clothes, they'll stain your teeth.

Overall thoughts? The Smile Brilliant System is totally worth it. I have a fair amount of teeth sensitivity so I went into the process using the desensitizing gel and I only stayed in the whitening trays for about an hour each time, but I am very pleased with the noticeable change in color so far. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the gel got into the edges between my teeth and whitened them as well, but I think I need to give props to the custom whitening trays for that! The trays are made so well that they really allow the whitening gel to reach all areas of your teeth. 

Coupon Code & Giveaway Time!
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 Smile Brilliant sent me their at-home teeth whitening system as a PR sample in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way are influenced by Smile Brilliant.
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27 November 2017

{Review} Watch Ya' Mouth: Throwdown Edition

It's that time of year where friends and family gather for holiday parties. Every year, one of my good friends holds a White Elephant party and we all get together and exchange goofy gifts and then afterwards we enjoy snacks and play fun games.

Well, this year I'm bringing a new game called Watch Ya' Mouth: Throwdown Edition. It one of the must have items on the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List and the Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider so I know we're going to have a blast!

Watch Ya' Mouth: Throwdown Edition is a spinoff of the original Watch Ya' Mouth game. You know the one where you put in those crazy mouth pieces and try to speak the phrase on the card while your teammates guess? Not exactly easy, but definitely tears-in-your eyes, side-hurts-from-laughing-so-hard funny.

Well, Throwdown Edition takes the gameplay up a notch. Instead of just speaking phrases, players now go head-to-head with challenging, yet still hilarious, tasks -- and don't worry, those classic mouthpieces are still in play.

Here's how you play:

  • Separate the Throwdown Cards and the Phrase Cards into two decks, shuffle each, and place them face down.
  • Each player will take turns competing against another player. Every throwdown challenge uses a mouthpiece...and yes, you will drool.
  • Determine who goes first, then roll the throwdown die to determine who their opponent will be. For example, the die has markings on it like "person to your left", "person to your right", "choose any player".
  • Draw a throwdown card from the deck, and follow the instructions on the card. It will tell you how to play and if you need to draw a phrase card. Players cannot pass on a throwdown.
  • Both players must place a mouthpiece in their mouths in order to compete.
  • The winner of the throwdown wins that card. If a player needs to choose a teammate for a turn, and wins the throwdown, then only THAT player wins the card - not the teammate. 
  • After the throwdown is won by a player, or lost by both, the turn is over. Play moves clockwise to the player on the left and a new turn begins. 
  • There are four rounds per game. A round is complete when each player has gone once.
  • The player that has won the most throwdown cards after four rounds wins! If there is a tie, keep playing rounds until one player has more throwdown cards.

What's in the box:
  • 100 Throwdown Cards
  • 42 Phrase Cards
  • 10 Multicolored Mouthpieces (6 Regular and 4 Small) *dishwasher safe
  • 4 Throwdown Straws
  • 4 Noisemakers
  • 2 Throwdown Balls
  • 1 Throwdown Die
  • 1 Sand Timer

Want to play this hilarious game too? Use this 15% off coupon code to get one for yourself! They make great gifts too! Use code 15WYM at checkout to get this great deal!

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*I was given a copy of Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

24 November 2017

{REVIEW} Sun Tail Mermaid

When I was little, I wanted to be a mermaid.


See, I was a kid when The Little Mermaid came out and Ariel was IT for me. For the next few years, anytime I went swimming with my friends or cousins, we played 'mermaids'. We'd swim around with our legs together and flip our feet like mermaid tails. We thought we were the coolest.

I don't think I ever really fell out of love with the fantasy of being a mermaid. I still love The Little Mermaid and I think the current all things mermaid trend is awesome. My absolute favorite thing to come out of the mermaid craze, though? Actual, legit swimmable mermaid tails. I mean, if these were around when I was a kid I would have never gotten out of the water.

Sun Tails started as a Kickstarter in 2015, gaining the funding needed in just one month! Business quickly gained momentum & now they're helping people achieve their mermaid dreams all over the world!

Looking through their website, I had a hard time deciding which mermaid tail to get. There were several that I really loved the look of. Here are a few of my favorites:

Ultimately, though, I decided to go classic, and for me, that means green like Ariel's tail from The Little Mermaid. The color I chose is called Siren Green.

The mermaid tails are so cool! As you can see in the photo, the tail is made of two parts - the monofin & the skin. You can buy the monofin and the tail separately but the best price available is when they're bought as a set.

The monofin is basically one big flipper. It's purpose is to aid in propulsion through the water, but it also holds your feet snugly in place and keeps them from sliding around. Your feet are separated in the fin and rest on cushions so the flipper itself is quite comfortable. It's made of a specially engineered, super durable plastic & is designed to look like it has realistic fish-tail ridges.

The monofin comes in two sizes:

The Keiki, measuring 18" long & 18.5" at the widest part, is recommended for the 6-12 age range and will fit up to a US women's size 7 foot.

The Nunui, measuring 21" long & 24" at the widest part, is for teens and adults and will fit up to a US men's size 13+ foot.

The skin is what you slip on in addition to the monofin to complete your mermaid look. They're made of an 80/20 spandex material that features a 4-way stretch. The detailing on the mermaid skin is quite impressive. The scales are quite intricate, with a special blend of colors for each tail.

You may be wondering how it all comes together. The skin goes on first and then you put the monofin on and pull the skin over it through the opening at the bottom of the tail. While the tails are snug fitting, they are fully walkable, once you've removed your monofin, that is.

The skins come in several sizes:

M - 6/7
L - 8/10
XL - 10/12

JS - 4/6
JM - 8/10
JL - 12/16

It's important to remember that while the monofin plastic is quite durable, care must be taken with your mermaid skin. It is made out of a spandex blend after all. Try not to walk directly on it, or sit on any rough surfaces. Protector tip stickers come free with every mermaid tail bundle - they help protect your mermaid tail from scrapes and can even mend holes and tears! (They also sell extras on their website, should you need them.)

Want to go further into mermaid madness? Complete your look with a mermaid bikini to match your tail!

Sun Tails even thought about the littlest mermaids out there and created Toddler Tails! (How cute is that name?) Toddler Tails fit more like a skirt and are easy to walk in. The fit is looser and a bit shorter too.

Toddler Tails come in two sizes:

XS - fits ages 2-3
S - fits ages 4-5

Sun Tails isn't mermaid exclusive, though. They also sell shark fins! Worn on the back, the shark fins give your free movement of your arms and body. Add a monofin to complete the shark feel! While the shark fins only come in one size, they do fit ages three to adult.

SwimFin shark fins also provide buoyancy and can function as a great floating device for kids learning to swim, or just as something fun to wear for anyone wanting to play shark. It complies with international safety standards as well. It's inventor, Kevin Moseley, is 6'3" and over 200lbs, and it keeps him afloat!

Want a mermaid tail or a shark fin of your own? Perhaps this would be a perfect gift for a friend of family member this holiday season? Take 10% off your order at Sun Tail Mermaid by using code BestGiftEver at checkout!

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*I received a Siren Green Mermaid Tail & Monofin in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.  

21 November 2017

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL ALERT! KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixers!

Y'ALL. I loooooooooove my KitchenAid blender but damn was it expensive. When I saw that they were on sale for literally half what I paid for mine I had to share the news.

Macy's has the KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer w/ Glass Bowl & Flex Edge Beater on sale for $179.99! Choose from Cobalt Blue, Metallic Chrome or Empire Red. They're normally $349.99!

Here's the low down:

This KitchenAid 5-qt. stand mixer is a workhorse that looks great on your counter. It's built with the quality you would expect from KitchenAid, packing 300 watts of power that generates the strength to mix cookie dough or the speed for whip meringue. Model #KSM105GBC.
  • Includes a Flex Edge beater, wire whip, dough hook and glass mixing bowl
  • Powerful 300-watt motor effectively mixes even the toughest dough and batter
  • Tilt head makes bowl removal, ingredient addition easier
  • Flex Edge beater, glass bowl are dishwasher safe
  • Dimensions: 14"H x 11"W x 13"D
  • Made in USA of imported materials

The sale ends on 11/25/17 so get them at this amazing price while you can!

No affiliate links were used in this post - I just wanted to share this great deal!

09 November 2017

Watch Ya' Mouth - Throwdown Edition

Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya' Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks - all while wearing mouthpieces. The Throwdown Edition takes competition - and laughter - up a notch to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.

Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List so you know it has to be a hilarious good time!

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays?

Your search is over.

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