I lost myself in a lot of ways this year. While I did have a few moments of “me-time,” I was neck deep in the thick of raising my two small children. I basically gave up on feeling good about or taking care of myself because at the end of the day, I’d have nothing left. NOTHING. So when I heard of Smile Brilliant, an at-home teeth whitening system, I thought “what better way to start taking some time for myself than to brighten my smile?”
Having a second baby truly rocked my world. Simple things like showering or washing my hair became daunting on some days. I would get my kids down by 8 pm, (sometimes) brush my teeth and fall into bed to get some sleep before I had to get up 2-3 more times in the middle of the night either to feed an infant or console a sleep regressed toddler. Most days I would get up, throw on some clothes and realize at about 5 p.m. I hadn’t even looked at myself the in the mirror. When I would look, I started to see the age and wear and tear on my face. Even my usually bright smile was so dull. The year of 2018 was not the year of ME, to say the least!
I got lucky in a lot of ways, I had a fairly “easy” newborn who liked to sleep and barely cried unless he was just uncomfortable or hungry. However, my 3 year old was a different story. It has been a year of lots of trials, tribulations and tantrums. He is what society likes to call “sassy” or “strong-willed.” I call him a “threenager,” and sometimes under my breath, “a–hole.” He can argue his case about anything and a lot of times he wins. Future lawyer in the making? I don’t know, but I do know that he always has to get the last word and/or win the argument. This is EXHAUSTING. Constantly fighting all day long about absolutely nothing and everything at the same time, can make a sane person crazy. But you know what? This issue is for a different blog post. So let’s fast-forward to the good stuff!
While I knew “this too shall pass” I had a hard time keeping a grasp on it. By the time Fall rolled around I knew I had to start doing SOMETHING little -by-little for myself or I just might lose “me” altogether. That’s why I started with my smile. It’s the one thing you can wear that will never go out of style.
I started by doing a little research on Smile Brilliant and learned that it was a personalized system, backed by professionals that can all be done at home. You make a mold, send to a lab that creates a custom fitted tray that’s just for you and then you whiten…easy as 1, 2, 3!
I was so excited to get started when I received my kit. While typically I am someone to dive right in to something new, I will admit I became slightly overwhelmed with the initial step of making the molds. It honestly had nothing to do with the instructions it was just that every little thing that might alter from my daily mundane tasks gave me anxiety. When I finally got around to taking some time for myself, I made my impressions and felt so silly for letting it worry me!
Once my custom fitted trays arrived, I couldn’t believe how perfectly they fit my teeth. I unfortunately have a tooth that has shifted over the last 7 years and I thought for sure this would be a problem. Nope! It fit like a glove from beginning to the very end of my whitening treatments. It really was a quality product and I was truly impressed with the professionalism and service of the company.
Of course with anything, it takes time to start seeing a difference. I remember doing an Instastory in my car about 2 weeks into my whitening and BOOM! It hit me, my teeth were GLOWING! After that, I just couldn’t stop smiling. I had gained some confidence back that I hadn’t felt in quite some time.
While every Mom knows it can be hard to find time for yourself, I’ve started to work hard on this in my daily life. My 3 year old is difficult in a lot of ways but I have found, with lots of trial and error, that including him in activities and teaching him that he’s not the center of the Universe, he’s much more cooperative. Most nights I found the time to whiten BEFORE I felt like crashing. We would do our nightly routine of bath time and while he brushed I would prepare to whiten my teeth while I did bedtime stories.
I am so amazed by this product and I can’t say enough how much it has truly given me a reason to Smile Brilliant in the new year. I stand behind this product as a Mom and Influencer and that’s why I have partnered with them to give one amazing follower the chance to brighten and renew their smile in the new year. See below for coupon and giveaway details!
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