32 things I am not very good at

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I post all the time about organizing, productivity, planning, time blocking, getting work done... All things I would consider myself very good at. But hey. This is my blog, and I am a real human, and the truth of the matter is, while I am good at some things, I am also very, very, very bad at some things. Some of those things I am working on getting better at. Other things, I've pretty much given up and I'll come back to those later. There aren't enough hours in the day to be good at everything.

Now, that doesn't mean I don't sometimes think I should be great at everything. The temptation to strive for perfection is heavy and delicious and hard to ignore for someone like me – the very definition of a perfectionist.

But here are 32 things that I am, in fact, not very good at.

1. Putting on eye liner.
2. Waking up on time.
3. Saying no.
4. Throwing things away.
5. Holding myself to a budget when it comes to gift-giving.
6. Resisting free shipping.
7. Taking off makeup at the end of the day.
8. Navigating in unfamiliar places.
9. Cleaning up after myself in the kitchen.
10. Decorating my house.
11. Taking selfies.
12. Getting ready before noon.
13. Hanging pictures on the wall.
14. Getting out of bed.
15. Accessorizing.
16. Drawing straight lines, even with a ruler.
17. Unpacking suitcases.
18. Watching movies.
19. Reading magazines.
20. Exercising, in any form.
21. Putting the trash out on time. 
22. Finishing my unread books before buying a new one.
23. Taking down the Christmas tree before the next Christmas.
24. Arriving to meetings on time.
25. Not arriving at the airport 3+ hours early.
26. Going through the security line at airports.
27. SnapChat.
28. Writing short emails.
29. Staying on topic in meetings.
30. Saying no to salespeople.
31. Remembering to call or email or text people back.
32. Sticking to my grocery list.

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What are some things you are not very good at?


6 things I (try to) do every day to keep things running smoothly

Monday, January 15, 2018
I have been trying to live life in a more focused and mindful way (my words of the year!) by cutting out multitasking and keeping my eyes on the prize, making sure I take care of myself and don't make myself busy at the expense of making myself happy. There are a few things that I have always done randomly when I want to be more organized/keep my life put together that I am trying to implement every day or at least consistently, to keep my life and our household running smoothly.

Now, an important disclaimer: I am not perfect. I do not always remember or make time to do everything. In fact, a lot of the time, only one or two things get done each day – but when everything works out and everything goes as planned, my day goes a lot better and I feel a lot less pressure to get a lot done in not a lot of time! Planning ahead and making time for small tasks takes away the urge to multitask and rush and not take care of yourself, later!

Here are the five things I push hard to do every day so I can keep my productivity high and my stress level low.

1. Every night, I sit down and plan out the next day.

This is a no-brainer for me and unless it's a weekend, I always make time for this. I ordered a Day Designer planner and this has been a great system for me. I make a list of everything I need to do and then block out time for it around my meetings – making sure to leave time for random tasks and the inevitable projects or assignments that come up during the day and need to be done ASAP. 

This can be as small as "Put frozen chicken in the fridge to dethaw for dinner by 9 am" or "Start the breadmaker at 3 pm for pizza dough." Just knowing what my day holds makes me wake up with a lot less holding me down.

2. When I say I'll do something or am asked to complete a task, I write it down

This is my worst flaw: I say yes to everything, but I don't write it down so I don't remember I ever said yes to it. What's the good in offering to help people or participate in a project if you totally forgot you offered? So, I am working hard to make sure I add things to my Day Designer to do list or to Trello when things come across my desk – whether in an email, a text message or a Slack message, or in a conversation with a person in real-life. I take a lot of notes in my bullet journal and on sticky notes, and then I make sure the notes get somewhere where they won't be lost.

3. I throw a small load of laundry in the washing machine every day.

Patrick looked at me once and said, "Does it feel like we are always doing laundry?" Well, that is because we are. I try to do one load a day and put it away, because I hate folding and putting away laundry in huge batches. Small batches here and there are way less horrifying.

4. I let the dishwasher run overnight and empty it first thing in the morning.

Nothing holds me back more than knowing my sink is overflowing with dirty dishes. Or knowing that my favorite coffee mug is still dirty. I hand wash most of my pots to make sure they last as long as possible (they are All Clad and super nice, I baby them!) as well as my nice knives that I got for Christmas, and I try to do that every night before I go to bed if it didn't get done after dinner (usually it does, love you, Patrick!) and make sure the dishwasher runs while we're asleep, then unload it in the morning or early afternoon while I'm making something to eat. 

5. I set an alarm to be in bed an hour before I really need to be asleep.

This is huge for me. Days when I fall into bed and go straight to sleep are days when I probably didn't get to read, or plan out the day ahead, or have some time to myself to think and snuggle with Theo before I go to sleep. Our bedroom is (mostly) my happy place: 99% of the time, I don't work in bed, I only read and journal and plan. So, that hour before I go to sleep is a great time for me to make sure I start my next morning happy and in control. And of course I have to make time to read! My books are taking over my house!

6. I delegated tasks that I hate and take me more time than they're worth.

I got two things for Christmas that were huge for me: A Roomba and a food processor. 

Why I got a Roomba: I hate to vacuum, and I would put it off for days and days and days until it took hours to get all of the fur and Theo dirt up off the floor. Now, I vacuum three to five times a week and just let Roomba do the work in the mid-afternoon or morning when we're not up to anything. All I do is pick up Theo's toys and bones and call it a day.

Why I got a food processor: I love to cook, so getting pots and pans and a Crockpot were just ways for me to cook more, not to make something I hate easier. But I HATE the time it takes to do prep work! Using my food processor to cut onions, peppers, even tomatoes and spices makes my life 1,000 times easier and cuts the time I spend chopping things in half. 

I also ask Patrick to fold laundry and load the dishwasher after I cook dinner – two things I hate to do – as his share of the household work. And he doesn't mind that nearly as much as he minds things like cleaning bathrooms, which he hates and I don't mind at all! So it works out.

Basically, my strategy for this is: Determine a few tasks you hate, and figure out what you can do about those tasks to take them off your to do list entirely or make them easier, at least. For example, do you hate grocery shopping? Consider using an app like Instacart or pickup at your local grocery store so someone else shops for you – there's a fee, but if you'd be able to dedicate time to something more important to you, it's worth it. Do you hate cooking? Use a Crockpot and whip up some dump meals. 

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Those are my strategies for being more focused on my goals in 2018! What do you do every day to keep your life and your house running smoothly? I'd love more tips!

my goals for January 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018

I love new years and new resolutions and new goals so much I could talk about them for an entire month. And perhaps I will.

Like I said on the first day of the year, my words for 2018 are focus and mindfulness. I am trying to be more in the moment while also accomplishing more and not allowing myself to get distracted from my goals in 2018. I have a lot that I want to achieve this year and I don't have time to get distracted!

how I did in December

• Read 5 books in December. 

• Drink 16 oz. of water for every caffeinated beverage I drink every day.

• Clear my to do list of things I have been putting off before the new year. 

• Clean out my closet. 

I was really optimistic in December, but here's the deal: Out of 31 days in December, I was home for maybe 14 of them. When I wasn't working, I was working on LipSense, catching up on must-needed sleep as I fought off the beginnings of a cold or spending time with family. I'm not upset about any of those things, although I wish my goals hadn't completely fallen by the wayside. But hey! It's 2018! A new year, a new me. Sorta. I like the old me, just fine.

what I want to do in January

• Walk Theo every weekday. I will be honest and say that it is January 5 and I have walked Theo 0 times so far, so this is going... not well. It's COLD, y'all. I take Theo outside and everything but we really just do our business and come back inside for a rousing game of fetch or tug or "eat Mommy's arm." All of his favorite things. He is not being neglected! Just not walked, either. Maybe next week.

• Cook dinner 4 times a week. I got many new cooking tools and gadgets for Christmas, so I want to put them to good use and cook as much as I can. I also just love spending an hour in the kitchen working on dinner – quick meals are great, but that hour in the kitchen can be really relaxing for me.

• Read 10 books. I am already two books in for January, so I want to keep that momentum going and read 10 books this month. I have several ebooks loaded for my flight to Fort Worth and a bookshelf full of things I have yet to read, so I am ready to hit my 100 book goal for 2018.

• Purge my closet. I have too many things I don't wear and don't like and not enough room for new stuff that I will wear and I do like. Time to change that!

• Digitize my closet. One of my friends digitized her closet with an app so I am hopping on that train and doing that in 2018, too! I want to do a better job of rotating in and out what I wear and not wearing the same outfits every single day. We all have a uniform, and I know mine way too well. Striped shirt, vest, jeans. Predictability is my name, boring outfits are my game.

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What are your goals for January? Any new resolutions?


the top 10 best books I read in 2017

Friday, January 05, 2018
I can't believe it's already 2018 and I am already putting a lot of thought into what I want to read in 2018, but it is and I am! I read 72 books in 2017 – 20 more than my goal of 52, one every week! – and if you saw my New Year's resolutions, I am upping the ante and trying to read 100 books in 2018!

As far as 2017 goes, 72 is a record for me since I have started tracking my books read each year on Goodreads, and I suspect I haven't read this much in a year since I was younger and was reading much shorter, less dense books (not that my YA contemporary romances are dense in any sense). It was a fun year full of books and I kept up with a lot of new releases – usually, I miss new releases because I'm catching up on books from months or years before.

According to the ratings I gave these books on Goodreads – and my general personal preference – these are the top 10 books I read in 2017, ranked in order of greatness.

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

It wouldn't be a list without giving credit to the queen, Sarah J. Maas.

I read ACOWAR in May for the first time and then in November for the second time, and it was hands-down the best book I read in 2017. (I am giving it top billing over the second book in the series, ACOMAF, which I reread in November as well, because I read it for the first time and got to experience it in 2017, whereas I read ACOMAF for the second time in 2017.)

If you like fantasy, new/young adult and romance, you will love this series. I can't wait for the next books to come out in 2018 and beyond!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Seriously, these are just the best books, hands down.

I love this book because, SPOILER ALERT, there is a lot of great romance between Feyre and Rhysand, a character I was wary about in the first book but started to love in the second book as I learned more about him. Sarah J. Maas does such an amazing job with complex, detailed, layered characters that I could cry just thinking about Rhys.

3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I loved this newest release from John Green, who is a must-read author me whenever he comes out with something, no matter what it is. But I knew I had to read his 2017 release Turtles even if it wasn't written by John Green when I read a blurb and learned that the main character struggles with OCD and tries to maintain her friendships and her life without letting her disorder take over her world. 

The book itself is fun but dark at times, in the depths of Asa's OCD, and I loved what John Green did to tell this story. It is so worth reading.

4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This might be the darkest book I have ever read – mostly, I shy away from dark things, but this came highly reviewed from my friend Kelsey and was all over the place online and on Goodreads, so I checked it out from the library and dove in.

Oh, my.

This book was an adventure, and it was dark, and I cried a lot, and I felt so many conflicting emotions. But it truly was excellent and so worth reading.

5. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

I read this ebook courtesy of Netgalley and the publishers on a plane to who knows where, and I cried my eyes out through so many parts of it. I don't even remember the characters' names anymore, but the main character was a foster child who was finally adopted by a really amazing single man. She has one friend and spends her time isolated in her dorm room – until she stares into the eyes of a total stranger for 180 seconds and feels a spark of something.

This was such a great heart warming and heart wrenching read. 120 percent recommend.

6. Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

My boss lent me a copy of Hello, Sunshine – I read this before I read Laura Dave's other book, Eight Hundred Grapes – and I loved it because Sunshine was living my dream. She was a fun, famous chef with cookbooks and a TV show... but she had many dark secrets. (Not part of my dream.) And when she loses it all, she starts in a restaurant kitchen to find herself a place.

It was funny, quirky and a great, quick contemporary read and didn't end in the traditional way – so I was totally pleased.

7. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

My love for this book was 120 percent fueled by nostalgia, and I won't apologize for it. Lauren Graham has been my queen since I watched my first episode of Gilmore Girls back in middle school – sixth grade, I believe. She can do no wrong, say no wrong and write no wrong. And Talking As Fast As I Can was no different.

I loved sinking into the pages with my favorite actress in the world, hearing her voice and listening to her stories about a TV show that shaped me when I was a little kid.

8. How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

This was just so excellent. How To Find Love in a Bookshop was a warm, fuzzy hug, as far as books go. It had moments where I wanted to cry and moments where I wanted to scream, but it was the best book to read on a rainy day in the autumn, which is exactly when I read it, on some plane to somewhere.

I love stories with a handful of POVs and everyone is connected by love or friendship or hatred to one single character. In this case, it was the former owner of a bookshop, who passed away. His daughter returned home in his final days and took over his bookshop – and everyone else in their small town has their own story to tell, all going back to her father.

9. The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

This book had me at shark – and it never lost me. When I was little, I had a hefty fascination – obsession, really – with sharks, and a lot of those fun facts have stayed with me my whole life. Then when I was an intern in Charlotte after my junior year, I leaned in and joined the chaos when there were a record number of shark attacks along the North Carolina coast and we were reporting on them. My editor called me "the shark girl."

So, I didn't need anything more than sharks to get me to read The Shark Club. But it was better than expected.

10. Wonder by RJ Palacio

Everyone should read Wonder, and see the movie too. The book broke my heart and put it back together again. It was such a sweet, good, pure story and I loved the multiple POVs. I wish I had more things to say about it, but I really, really, really just think you, and your kids, and your friends' kids, and your future kids, and all of your friends and family, too, should read it. Stat.

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What was the best book you read in 2017?

the LipSense colors that are part of my every day routine [+ a giveaway!]

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Let me tell y'all a secret:

I. Hate. Makeup.

That's right.

I do.

I said it.

It's awful. It wipes off. It gets everywhere. When I would put my whole face on, I would have makeup on my boyfriend's clothes, my Starbucks cup, my hands, my dog, my car, my purse. Everything. And yes, I was probably doing a lot of it wrong, but I am clumsy, I like to eat and I touch my face and mouth a lot more than I should.

So makeup was my enemy. Still is, except...

SENEGENCE! ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™Œ

Disclaimer: I became a SeneGence independent distributor in December, but I would never represent, advocate for or try to sell any brands or products that I didn't 100 percent love and believe in. 

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite LipSense colors (there are 50 total, and I have only tried 10-12 of them myself!) that I have tried so far. And at the end, enter to win a FREE LipSense color + gloss so you can try it for yourself.

Quick and dirty LipSense info:

• One tube of LipSense costs $25. If you're new to LipSense, you'll also want our gloss to seal the color – that's $20! But one tube of LipSense = 4 to 6 tubes of regular lipstick and lasts WAY longer during the day, so there are serious cost benefits to it, if I do say so myself.

• We have 50 colors, ranging from neutrals to bolds, warms to cools, frosts to shimmers to matte. There is something for everyone.

• The color really is long lasting! Unless you use Micellar water, coconut oil, makeup remover wipes or our Ooops! Remover, it is not coming off. Seriously.


Bella is a creamy, neutral brownish-mauve shade with a matte finish. I love Bella because it gives me my berry fix and is my idea of a basic color (for some people, Bella is bold, and that's OK!) It also goes on super easily and is one of my longest-lasting colors. (Some colors do last longer than others! I tend to put Bella on in the morning and wake up with full lips 24 hours later!)


Every girl needs a bold red, and Fly Girl, a deep, warm cherry red with a matte finish, is my bold red. (We also have a cool-toned red that a lot of my cool-toned ladies love!) Honestly, if you want to feel like you can do anything, you need red lipstick.


I did not think I would ever love a brown lip, but here I am, loving Glam Doll, a neutral, earthy brown with a matte finish. It is one of our limited edition colors but it is so fierce I wish we had it in stock on the reg.


Honey Rose is the color I turn to when I'm feeling ladylike and want a nice pink. This is a rose gold with an amber frost and it is gorgeous with all of the gloss pairings. This is a great warm color, and I am warm toned! 


Napa is my toned-down berry shade for days when I don't want to wear my all-time favorite LipSense color, which is coming up next. This is a frosty, deep berry pink with a great shimmer. I just love berry shades for everyday bold wear, y'all.


And then there's Plum. This is the color that got me hooked on LipSense! Plum is a cool, velvety berry burgundy, and it is my favorite color to rock with winter and fall shades. I am sure I will find a way to rock it in the summer, too, but this is the best with navy and olive green and caramel brown – my favorite fall colors – not to mention just plain black!

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Do you have a favorite lip color / brand of lip color? Share in the comments! 


my 2018 new year's resolutions

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year, y'all! It's time to talk my favorite thing: New Year's Resolutions!

I LOVE New Year's resolutions. I mean, I love them. This is my favorite time of year, and setting resolutions for myself and starting 2018 with a clean slate is a huge motivator for me to get up and get moving after Christmas is over. If nothing else, New Year's resolutions really help cut out the Christmas-is-over sadness!

I was just telling a coworker that I consider New Year's resolutions to be a long to do list for, well, the new year – not lofty goals I can't achieve. I try to make everything achievable and trackable, and maybe in 2018, I won't forget about my resolutions right after I make them. Maybe. 2017 was a fluke.

This year, I have thought a lot about what I want to focus on and have divided my resolutions into five categories of my life that I think are most important. I'll continue to set monthly goals for myself that will get me closer to achieving my 2018 resolutions, and I have little mini goals / mileposts for each resolution so I can hold myself accountable.

Yes, I take resolutions very seriously.

I've got five categories of resolutions this year, but I am not sharing all of them and only posting the full roundup on my vision board and in my bullet journal – not that I don't want to share with y'all, but you don't need to know everything, right? ;)

2017's Resolutions

Read. 

Goal: I will read one book a week, or 52 books in 2017.
Goal: I will read 30 minutes every day.
Goal: I will finish the Game of Thrones books before the next TV season is released.
Goal: I will read a classic novel that I've avoided until now. (There are a lot to choose from!)

I blew my reading goal for 2017 out of the water! That is one thing I almost always can do, easily. This past year I read 72 books, or a book every 5 and a half days or so. I barely read at all in the second half of the year – I did most of my reading before we adopted Theo, needless to say, and on plane rides!

I didn't read 30 minutes a day consistently. Some days, I'd read for hours – and then I'd go a straight week without touching a book. I want to be more consistent in 2018! 

And I didn't finish the last Game of Thrones book or read a classic novel... but honestly, I think I'm OK with that. 

Write.

Goal: I will blog at least twice a week.
Goal: If I don't blog that day, I will journal instead. 
Goal: I will participate in NaNoWriMo in November, and I will finish.
Goal: I will review the books that I read.

I'll start with my celebration: I did participate in NaNoWriMo, and I did finish! Woo! I'm starting on the editing process in January so I can actually have something worth reading and possibly even publishing in the future and so I can work on the sequel in November 2018.

As for my other writing goals... well. I stopped blogging pretty early on in the year – I just ran out of things to talk about! – but picked it back up in June and was pretty steady with it until December started and life got crazy. I called it an extended hiatus and didn't push myself to write, and I am certain my blog and my life are all the better for it.

Learn.

Goal: I will take more photos with my DSLR.
Goal: I will learn hand lettering. (There's a great book I'm eyeing on Amazon!)
Goal: I will take a SkillPop class the next time I'm able to in Charlotte. (Maybe for handlettering?)

Let's just pretend this section never happened.

Words of 2018

Focus & Mindfulness.

A lot of people in the bullet journaling and planning groups I am apart of have been talking a lot about their words for 2018, so I sat down to think about what my words of 2018 would be. I knew I wanted to spend 2018 living more intentionally and achieving every goal I put in front of myself, so Focus & Mindfulness are my words for 2018.

I have already started writing down 100 ways I will be more mindful in 2018 (I think I am at No. 20 so far) and will post that later in the month. It includes cutting out multitasking so I can focus on the tasks at hand and walking Theo every day before I start working so I can clear my head and exercise every day.

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Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Do you love or hate them?

at-home teeth whitening: does it really work for people with sensitive teeth?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I have always been super self-conscious about my smile – specifically, my teeth. In college, it felt like everyone was constantly taking pictures – selfies to show off a new outfit or a good hair day, pictures with their best friend or a group of people at a tailgate to show they went to the game... I avoided the camera 95 percent of the time and still do. Oh, there are pictures out there of me, but even Patrick and I barely have any photos together that weren't unavoidable photos taken by parents.

And the reason for that is my smile. I love to smile and laugh and I am probably always smiling or laughing, although I have a RBF like you wouldn't believe. I never hesitate to smile – but I hate pictures, especially too close up, because you can clearly see that my smile is yellower than all the others in the picture. It's hard not to notice, honestly.

Years of drinking coffee and sweet tea – I am a southerner, after all – have done serious damage to my smile and stained many of my teeth. My experience with whitening products was never very impressive – I had no time for Colgate WhiteStrips and no money for professional teeth whitening, so I settled with never being very happy with my smile or photos of me.

When Smile Brilliant reached out to partner, I was thrilled!

Disclaimer: I received this product from Smile Brilliant in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review. I would never review or recommend a product unless I truly loved it. 

THE IMPRESSION PROCESS

Smile Brilliant is an at-home whitening kit that is totally personalized to your smile. I made molds of my teeth using their impression kit and sent them back, and about a week after sending my impressions in, I had a personalized whitening kit to get started on whitening my teeth. The impression kit is easy to use and comes with super simple instructions, and the impressions they made with my kit are a perfect fit for my teeth! (So, I guess that means I did the kit right!)

My tip for you as far as the impression process goes: Read the instructions from beginning to end before you start. I hate doing this, and I am bad at it! But this time I decided I wouldn't screw anything up by not following directions, and I am glad I read through. They also sent an extra set for impressions, almost as if predicting that I wouldn't read the instructions from beginning to end. Smart.

THE WHITENING PROCESS

You can whiten for about 45 minutes to 3 hours each day, which is pretty amazing. A lot of people might think, "I don't have time for that." But once I had my impressions in, you could hardly tell I was doing anything as time intensive as whitening my teeth. One day, I did it in the middle of my workday and was editing stories while I whitened! But most days it was easiest just to do it before bed.

The trays fit so well that I rarely noticed they were there. But – TMI coming your way! – I drooled a lot during the process, so I usually whitened before bed, when I had nowhere to go, no one to see and no chance that I would need to spontaneously hop on a Google Hangout while drooling out of the corner of my mouth.

You also shouldn't eat or drink for a while after whitening, and you should wait up to 24 hours before drinking things like coffee or red wine that might stain your teeth. That's another reason to do it before bed, especially if, like me, you are always putting something in your mouth! This was very difficult for me and, let's be honest, I couldn't and didn't go a full 24 hours after whitening before drinking coffee again.

FOR SENSITIVE TEETH

I never used the whitening gel for a full three hours, because unfortunately during this period, I was experiencing extreme teeth sensitivity from a few dental procedures and grinding my teeth. I usually whitened between 45 minutes and an hour each day. If you are also experiencing extreme sensitivity or have extremely sensitive teeth, I recommend what the amazing rep at Smile Brilliant recommended to me:

• Prep your teeth with the desensitizing gel for 2-3 nights before your first whitening sessions.
• This gel should be left on for about 15-30 minutes.
• On the 3rd night, you will use the whitening gel for 30-45 minutes (start with shorter sessions to ensure you are comfortable).
• After your whitening session, you will use the desensitizing gel afterward.

My teeth haven't felt more sensitive as a result of the whitening gel, and I credit that to the desensitizing gel, for sure. I am grateful for the extra tips from Ashley at Smile Brilliant to make sure I could get the most out of my whitening kit without any extra pain!
MY RESULTS

I could notice results right away but after four sessions, I noticed that a prominent stain on one of my I-teeth had faded and my smiles in selfies were brighter. By the end of the process, I feel much more comfortable smiling and taking photos. I think to get rid of my yellowing on most of my teeth altogether, I would need to do an entire round of whitening again, maybe even a third time – but I was thrilled with this much progress! But the best part about that is – I can just purchase more whitening gel to whiten as I need to, since my trays are already made for me. This is a totally customizable process.

To show you what I was working with before... even photo editing and filters weren't making a dent in my teeth, and the photo below is actually a good day for my smile.



SO thrilled that my selfie-taking increased by about 200 percent


ABOUT SMILE BRILLIANT

A whitening kit from Smile Brilliant costs between $139 and $179, depending on if you do or do not get desensitizing gel (and I would recommend it), which you can compare to $600 to $850 at the dentist.

I got 3-4 uses out of each syringe, and depending on which size kit you purchase, you will get between 9 and 27 applications out of the syringes. If you have a very yellow smile, I recommend the kit with 6 or 9 syringes, because I definitely could've used a few more applications to get more of my stains to fade!

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I've partnered with Smile Brilliant to give away a whitening kit to one lucky reader! Giveaway information to come. Want to enter? Follow this link and enter your email! The giveaway will be open for one week and is open to USA, UK, Australian and Canadian residents.

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