Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit ~ Review & Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Saturday, September 06, 2014

**The product for this review and giveaway was provided by Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Growing up with a mother who works in the dental field, I've been taught from a very young age the importance of taking care of my teeth. After all, your smile is one of the first things people see! Not only is it important to me to have healthy teeth and gums, but I also want for my smile to be bright and white! I have had whitening trays for several years, fabricated by my dentist...and my hubby has always wanted to get some as well! The only thing stopping us has from having some made for him has been the price! That's why I was thrilled to learn more about Smile Brilliant and learn my husband was going to have the opportunity to try them out!

Smile Brilliant is a national dental lab designed to help customers receive professional strength teeth whitening without ever visiting a dentist! Their lab is specifically created to curb the high cost of cosmetic teeth whitening that is charged at dental offices. I liked the idea of my husband not having to go to the dentist simply for whitening trays, and being able to save money as well!

The Smile Brilliant lab creates custom fitted bleaching trays and professional strength bleaching gel. It's dental labs like this that do the work fro many dentists who resell the work to their clients. Smile Brilliant wants to help cut out the middle man and allow clients to have their teeth professionally whitened lab-direct with no dental visit!

I was very eager for my husband to try the Smile Brilliant process, but was a little hesitant not knowing difficult it might be. Thankfully though, the kit included helpful instructions and everything we would need to take dental impressions and whiten his teeth.

Once we received the kit, the first step was to take the impressions of my husband's teeth. My mom happened to be visiting when we did this and she was amazed at how easy it is to do from home! We first mixed the catalyst and base paste (there are 3 sets of impression material included just in case there is a mistake made). We had to mix the pastes together for about 45-60 seconds, put it in the trays provided make one impression at a time. Knowing the quality of the teeth whitening trays depended on the accuracy of these impressions we made sure to take care in placing them on my husband's teeth evenly and following the directions exactly. 

After 2 minutes we had one impression done and followed the same steps for the bottom teeth.

After the impressions had been made, we placed both of them in the pre-paid envelope that was included in the kit. We returned it to Smile Brilliant and received his whitening trays in no time at all! My husbands whitening trays were created ands hipped within 5 days of receiving his impressions. WOW!

When his whitening trays arrived he put them on his teeth to make sure they fit well. I was so amazed how great they fit his teeth. They are an exact replica of his teeth...the same as the whitening trays I get from my dentist...maybe even better!! Because the trays are fitted specifically to his teeth, it ensures it holds to the surface area for prolonged periods of time helping to whiten them better and more effectively than any other system on the market!

I love that this kit includes enough desensitizing gel and whitening gel for many applications. There are also helpful instructions to get started. First he used the professional desensitizing gel which temporarily seals micro-fractures and pores in the tooth's enamel. This eliminates the opportunity for teeth whitening gel to penetrate into the more sensitive dentin beneath the enamel and helps reduce or prevent any tooth sensitivity or pain.

We simply applied a 'string' of gel along the trays and he placed them in his mouth for about 20 minutes prior to whitening his teeth. After this, he brushed his teeth and was ready to proceed by applying the teeth whitening gel. This was just as easy as the first step! We simply applied the whitening gel in the trays just like we did the desensitizing gel and he placed them in his mouth...wiping away any overflow of gel that excreted at the tops of the trays near the gum line. The instructions say duration is 20 minutes -3 hours depending on sensitivity. My husband left them on for about 1 hour each time.

I presumed he would need to use them several times before I was able to see a big difference and take before/after pictures...but was amazed with the results I was seeing after just a few!! WOW, this stuff really does work!! After just three applications, this was my husband's results so far (and they've only gotten even more white since!). I thought it was amazing how quickly these worked and thought it was definitely worth sharing!

Amazing, right?! Even people in our family and those he worked with were noticing and asking him if he had been whitening his was that noticeable. I am simply blown away at how easy this process is and how well it works. He continues to use the trays every week and loves them!

After trying different at home whitening kits, my husband agrees that this is the BEST at home teeth whitening system available on the market!

We have been extremely happy with Smile Brilliant and have told many people about them already! Being able to get professional results at a minimal price (dentists can charge $500+, while Smile Brilliant retails for $119.95!) is truly priceless when you're left with smile you're proud of and confident to show! We would highly recommend Smile Brilliant to others.

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**This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

After the fun summer we had as a family, I didn't think I'd be ready for back-to-school time. However, the day came when two of my kiddos headed off to their first day of school for the year and it felt good...for all of us! It meant we were able to get back into our routine of early bedtimes, preparing lunches, working on homework in the evenings and talking about our day around the dinner table. 

With a new school year upon us, I've been busy re-organizing my kids' cubbies at home, filling our calendar with school events (to hopefully stay more organized), and of course making sure the kids have all of the supplies and school clothes they need to start the year. Preparing for back to school also means stocking up on the essentials for our whole family! Thankfully, makes that easy with great savings (more than $40) on toiletries and other necessities for the season. 

Refreshing my kids' routines is made easy with Johnson's Baby No More Tangles 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner and Listerine Smart Rinse Anticavity Fluoride Rinse. I love these products and so do my kids!

Once the busyness of summer dies down, I have a little more time to focus on refreshing my own routine too! That means taking better care of my skin! I am super excited to continue using the AVEENO POSITIVELY RADIANT Skin Brightening Daily Scrub and RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream! I love that the Aveeno scrub helps with skin tone, texture and clarity and that the RoC cream helps with wrinkles. These are both products I can definitely use to refresh my routine...making me look and feel better.

I've also found that washing my face with the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit helps to wake me up in the morning too which has been great as we were not used to waking up so early over the summer months!

Of course this is also a great time of year to stock up on essentials our family uses on a daily basis like the Listerine Healthy White Gentle Rinse and of course, with winter around the corner, Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion! 

As I mentioned, Healthy Essentials is offering amazing printable coupons, tips and tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love! While you're there, check out some of these great savings too:
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    I'd love to hear how you are re-energizing and refreshing your family's back to school routine as well!

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch ~ Review & Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Sunday, August 31, 2014

**TheVTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.

Whether we're at home, in the car or waiting at the doctor's office, it's nice when my kids have something to keep them entertained...especially when it's educational! That's why I was super excited to learn about the new VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch!

I am a big fan of VTech and was eager to check this product out once I learned we were going to have the opportunity to review it. I wasn't the only one 4 and 6 year old were also very excited!!

More than just a watch, VTech's Kidizoom Smartwatch takes photos, videos, offers learning games and makes it fun to tell time for learning fun on the go! When it arrived we took it out of the box and I was happy to find that getting it set up was easy! My son was the first to use it and it was love at first sight!

This is the smartest watch for kids I have ever seen. It obviously has the time which my 1st grader loves. She appreciates that it helps her learn to tell time by letting her choose between digital and analog displays. She and my son both also loved that they could choose between 50 clock face designs. It's a fun way for each to customize the look when they're wearing it to suit their interests and personalities.

The features don't stop there though, just check out this list which truly makes the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch one of a kind!

  • 1.4 inch color touch screen 
  • Camera for taking photos and recording videos 
  • Voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects 
  • Special effects including customized photo frames, color filters and distortion effects; fun video frames 
  • 4 fun games, included Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps 
  • Splash proof and sweat proof 
  • Alarm clock with fun tones and animation 
  • Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes 
  • 50+ digital and traditional analog displays 
  • Rechargeable battery 
  • 4 vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green 
  • Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging 
  • Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays

What amazed me is that although small, the 1.4 inch color touch screen is very easy to see and use. It is a touch screen which kids will be used to using if they have used other touch screen devices in the past. The colors are vibrant and the features are amazing!

A favorite for my kids are the options to take photos, videos and record their own voices! It really doesn't take much to entertain them yet they have so much fun! There's even voice-changing effects and fun photo effects, frames and filters for them to choose from which makes it all the more enjoyable!!

Of course, one of my favorite aspects is that it includes four learning games with the ability to download more from Learning Lodge using the micro USB cable. The timer, alarm clock and stopwatch have also come in handy already!

Designed for children ages 4 years and up, I have found this age to be very accurate. My four year old and 6 year old absolutely love it!! It's something they both can use and enjoy on a level of interest at both of their ages. My 2 year old doesn't understand much about it yet, but I'm excited for him to be able to use it in another year or two also!

We've been very impressed with the quality and overall functionality of this product! I am amazed at how interactive it is and all that it offers young children. I love that it's geared toward my kids' ages and something they can use independently. It's especially great for when they're in the car or waiting in a restaurant, etc...however mine even enjoy sitting down and using it at home too! There are so many features it is really something that appeals to kids of all ages with all interests. I would highly recommend check it out. The holidays will be here before we know it and this would be a great gift for any boy or girl on your list this year!

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#MySummerJourney to the State Fair and Zoo w/Safety 1st ~ Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

**As part of the Safety 1st Summer Journey Ambassador Program, I was sent the product featured to help facilitate my review and help make #mysummerjourney go smoothly. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.  

At the end of July I began to realize how quickly the summer was going. I walked the isles of my local department stores and there were school supplies surrounding me. Although my kids love school, we all enjoy summer and being able to make memories together as a family! One of the best ways to do this for our family is spending time together and taking family trips! Once I realized just how close we were to the end of hubby and I decided to plan one last summer trip that was also full of memorable 1sts!

As we got things planned for our weekend trip away, the first thing we needed to do before we could leave was get Caysen in a car seat that fit him more comfortably. Since we would be traveling quite a distance, I wanted him to be comfortable, as well as have something that wasn't quite as large as some of our convertible car seats to save space in our vehicle. Thankfully, I always know I can count on Safety 1st for our travel needs and found that the Summit Booster Car Seat was exactly what I had been looking for. 

Once our reservations were made, our tickets were bought and the car was packed...we all got in the vehicle and made our first trip to the State Fair! The kids can get restless on long car rides, but Caysen rode like a dream. The first thing he said about his new car seat was how comfortable he was! As anyone with little ones knows...having a happy 2 year old makes the drive go a lot more smoothly. ;) I think having the 4 position QuickFit headrest that adjusts with the harness really helped because it ensured that it fit him well, along with the high quality fabric and comfortable seat. 

In what felt like no time at all, we were at the State Fair and ready to enjoy our day! And, oh what a fun time we had! Being able to see all of those amazing animals, rides and especially try out the food....we soaked up our first trip to the fair and decided we really needed to make this a tradition for our family! 

Of course, after a long day of walking and playing in the sun it was nice that Caysen had the comfortable headrest to rest his tired little head on when we headed out for supper that evening. 

We enjoyed some fun at the motel that evening...of course the pool is always a highlight of any trip away from home!! My kids also love being able to stay in a bed all together and watch movies!

The next morning we headed to the local zoo in the area that we had never been to. We had a blast! We enjoy all kinds of zoos, but what stood out to us about Blank Park Zoo in particular is how kid-friendly it is! They really had a lot of fun things for the kids to see and almost felt like a children's museum in parts! 

A favorite at this zoo was the kangaroos! They were freely hopping around, so we felt we could get quite close to them to see an animal that was so unique to us. The kids especially enjoyed this and got to even pretend that they were kangaroos themselves! 

Between viewing the animals, playing on the huge playground and getting to ride the fun train around the zoo....our kiddos were smiling from ear to ear!! 

Our drive home was once again a lengthy one, which made me thankful I had packed some drinks and snacks for the kids. They were hungry after our long and busy day at the zoo! Caysen felt special having his own cup holder built right into the side of the car seat. It gave him a place for his drink and snack which made it very convenient and a lot less messy too! 

It was an extremely fun trip! We had so much fun and got to experience many new things we had never done before. We were able to document the trips with lots of pictures, and thanks to the help of Safety 1st, our little man was able to ride in comfort safely! I appreciate the many features of this car seat that made our trip so much easier...not to mention giving me piece of mind that he was safe while we traveled thanks side impact protection. I love the 5 point safety harness, but also appreciate that it can be a belt-positioning booster once he is a bit bigger and older. With all of the places we stopped, having the pivoting armrests were also really helpful. They made getting in and out of the car seat easy, making it possible for Caysen to feel more independent in being able to do things himself. 

We are happy we decided to take our last free weekend of the summer to make memories with our kiddos by planning a fun summer journey. They are growing so fast and I want to soak up every moment. 

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