The Best At-Home Teeth Whitening System For Tooth Sensitivity

The Best At-Home Teeth Whitening System For Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever bought a teeth whitening system, only to throw in the towel halfway thorough because of tooth sensitivity?

If so, you’re not alone. I’ve never been the type to experience it right away, but usually by day 3 or 4 it becomes a real problem and I end up tossing the entire system out, because ain’t nobody got time for tooth pain.

But I’ve been a mom for almost four years now, which means my wine game is strong and my coffee game is even stronger. I didn’t notice just how dull and yellow my teeth had gotten until I was standing next to another friend in a photo who had pearly whites.

I thought about running to the mothership (Target) and grabbing a cheap system, but I knew I’d end up throwing it away in a few days once it started to hurt, and I didn’t feel like wasting my money.

Then, as fate would have it, I was approached about Smile Brillant (thanks, internet!) and I was like, “yaaaasssss!”

This system is amazing and unique in that they tackle the issue of tooth sensitivity head on, which I’ll get to in a minute. First, let me give you a run down of the process.

They start by shipping you a kit so that you can create an impression of your teeth. Custom fitted trays ensure that the gel is distributed to all areas of your teeth, which is so important because who wants half white teeth? You can read more about the benefits of custom trays here:

Once your kit arrives, you take your impressions, then send them back in a prepaid envelope. It can take up to 2 weeks to get your custom trays, but I promise it’s worth the wait. I was nervous about messing up my impressions, but the instructions were super easy to follow and when my trays came in about two weeks later, they fit perfectly!

The whitening process is hassle free, which is another big bonus. Thanks to the custom trays, I didn’t have to keep adjusting or worrying about the saliva in my mouth messing with the gel. All I had to do was apply a thin layer of gel on the trays and then pop them in for at least 30 minutes.

The last step is also my favorite feature of this kit, and what I feel sets them apart from others. They have created a desensitizing gel that you apply immediately after the whitening to help reduce tooth the sensitivity that commonly accompanies teeth whitening. This was the winnner winner chicken dinner for me, because like I said earlier, my teeth start to get sensitive and then I just give up.

Here are my results from using the kit:

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Amazing, right?! I’m so happy with the outcome, and I even have leftover gel to use for maintenance! This is hands down the best home teeth whitening kit I have ever used and I am so excited, because I’ve got a giveaway for you guys so that you can try it out too!

One lucky winner will receive $139 store credit to


Head on over to and fill out the giveaway entry form. All you need to do is provide your name and email address so that you can be contacted if you win!

*Contest ends in two weeks. Winner will be chosen at random, by Smile Brilliant. Open to UK, Australia, Canada, and USA residents*
If you don’t win, don’t worry. You can grab 5% off your purchase using Discount Code: lendmeyourkite5
Enjoy, lovelies! I know you’re going to love this system as much as I do.

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Never Pay Full Price Again: The Best Money Saving Apps

Never Pay Full Price Again: The Best Money Saving Apps

 You’ll never pay full price again with these amazing money saving apps.

I love saving money, don’t you? It’s seriously the best, and yet, I haven’t ever been one to actively seek it out. I don’t have the patience to cut coupons or spend hours combing through the sales racks, and as a result, I end up paying full price for things most of the time.
So when I came across these apps, I was excited but also unsure as to how committed I would be to using them. After all, I’m one lazy money saver. But I’ve got to say, all of these are so easy to use and we’ve already saved over $300 this year. We are only three months in, guys, so that’s pretty amazing!
And since I am not one to keep a good thing to myself, I’m sharing my favs with you today. So here are my favorite money saving apps.


Ibotta allows you to get money back for purchases you were going to make anyway at places like the grocery store, Target, Groupon, etc. When my friend told me about this app, I was a little apprehensive because she told me it involved capturing a photo of my receipt and the occasional barcode off of something I purchased. But I am so glad I didn’t let that deter me, because this app is the best!
Different things show up all of the time, so I always make sure to check my app before heading to the store to see if anything I want/need is being offered on it first. I’ve had Ibotta since January and I’ve made $75 off of it already.
You also get a $10 bonus just for signing up, and an additional $5 for every friend who signs up using your referral link! You can sign up with this referral link or by using my referral code: gpecdhj 


I’ve known about Ebates forever, but it always seemed so complicated to me to have to log into a separate website to then head over to where I actually wanted to buy from. But then my mom told me they had an app and I decided to finally give it a try.
We use our Ebates for Amazon purchases, Groupon,, etc. The great thing about this site is that they are partnered with several online retailers, giving you several opportunities to save.
Ebates has a great referral pay rate too. You get $25, and your friend gets $10! So far, I’ve made about $35 through this app for purchasing things I was already buying anyway. Click here to sign up for Ebates!


If your idea of a vacation is taking long walks down the aisles of the mothership (aka Target) then the Cartwheel app is a must have. This app offers discounts on several different categories of products and all you have to do is have the cashier scan the barcode on your phone at checkout. Pair this with a Target red card (5% cash back) and you’re saving some serious moolah!


Guys, I cannot stress how enough how awesome Groupon is. I’ve purchased weekend getaways, local fitness classes, wine packages, and even pillows off of this app. Not only does it give you the chance to try new things, but it gives you some serious discounts. I always check Ibotta first to see if they have any deals with Groupon going, and then I shop directly through the app. It’s so convenient! Last month, I purchased a trip for my parents and got $30 back on Ibotta. $30! On top of the 70% I saved on their hotel room by booking through Groupon. If you haven’t grabbed this app yet, you need to.
Ps. Groupon also gives you $10 for every friend that signs up through your referral and spends more than $10 on their first purchase. Sign up for Groupon deals here!


If you’re a traveler, this app is a must. The app is unique in that it gives you special hotel rates that are not on their desktop site. And I absolutely love the fact that you get a free night after 10 room bookings. We won’t book through anyone else if we can avoid it, because we love racking up those rooms! Derek has already scored two free nights for us this year, which we plan to use for a little romantic getaway.


“This app is legit” as my husband would say. He’s been using it since September, and has already saved over $700! Here’s the scoop: You link you bank account to the app and it helps you save money. You can invest your change into stocks, or put it into a separate account (which you can pull from at any time). So every time you make a purchase, it automatically rounds that amount to the nearest dollar, and puts the change away for you wherever you have specified. You also have the option to withdrawal a reoccurring investment of an amount of your choice every day, week, or month. So if you wanted to put away a dollar a day on top of the change round up, you could!
Like I said, my husband has already saved over $700 using this app, so I highly recommend it if you’ve been looking to put some cash away but have trouble actually committing to the art of saving. Oh, and they also pay you $5 for every friend who signs up (and your friend gets $5 too!) You can sign up for Acorns here!
And there you have it! Full disclosure, if you guys use my links, I’ll make said amounts off of it. That being said, I would never recommend something I don’t stay by, so I promise these are all apps I legitimately use. So get to saving! Maybe you’ll be able to afford that tropical vacation this summer after all (and maybe even a nice bikini to go with it!)
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This Is How Everyone Should Celebrate Their Birthdays

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I guess you could say the end of an era is upon us in this household.

Derek and I have spent the majority of our 20’s together, and in 2017 we will be saying goodbye to them forever.

We always joke about how old we are. Of course, we know that literally speaking, we are still very young. But we are old souls— our days spent doing housework and our evenings spent sipping wine in our jacuzzi, listening to the neighbors and their parties. We reminisc about those parties— the ones we used to throw, what seems like, a lifetime ago. We laugh about our bar hopping nights, and how they began at the same time we now end our evenings. It’s fun to look back on these years together— to see the changes we have gone through as individuals, as well as a couple.

I like to make a big fuss over birthdays, and I wasn’t going to let the last birthday celebration of my husband’s 20s go under the radar, so I decided I wanted to immortalize it in the only way I knew— through photos. Of course, convincing Derek of such was a little harder, but he is the best sport, the funniest guy I know, and frankly, he’s just the shit— so he agreed.

So, sorry-not-sorry for the photo overload I’m about to dump your way. I hit up Brenda of Brenda Munoz Photography and we all agreed on the perfect theme: Adult Cake Smash.

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I just, I can’t even, you guys.

I was almost in tears during this shoot because I was laughing so hard.

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Come on. Pretty sure I have the most awesome husband of all time.

Sweet photobomb from our dog while Derek was attacking the mini piñata too.

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Life is too short to take yourself seriously, am I right?

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You are my favorite person on the planet. Every day with you feels like the first day in a new world— fresh, and exciting, and mysterious, and beautiful, and I still get butterflies when you walk into a room. I’m so glad you were born and well, you’re tops.

I love you, far longer.

Happy Birthday, stud.