As a new mom (again), it’s hard for me to find time for myself. I have a toddler and four month old at home, so my time is spent wrestling both of them while trying to remember to feed them. Once they’re asleep (which they hardly are at the same time), I have to cook, clean, run errands, and sleep. My to-do list is never-ending and I’m never caught up, but all moms have to make some time for themselves sometime!
When Smile Brilliant reached out, I knew it was the perfect for me. I was obsessed with teeth whitening back in high school thanks to Crest Whitestrips, but I haven’t had any time to do it again since. If I can do it while juggling two kiddos, so can you. Here’s why I chose to whiten at home:
I don’t have time to actually go out and get my teeth whitened by a professional. With Smile Brilliant, I have the convenience of doing it at home and on my own time. I never have to leave the house or worry about finding someone to watch my two kids.
Like I said before, I don’t have to go anywhere to get it done. Everything is done via snail mail and once I got my molds, I was able to whiten while I watched T.V., do laundry, cook, give my kids a bath, or even swim!
3. It’s a fraction of the cost.
By cutting out the middle man, you’re able to save quite a bit with the same results. For the complete teeth whitening system for light-stains, it’s only $139 as opposed to the $600+ that they would charge you at the dentist.
4. I’ve got nothing to lose.
Smile Brilliant offers a money back guarantee. They want you to be happy and believe in their product so if for any reason you’re unhappy, they offer a complete refund (minus shipping fees). It’s a win win situation.
5. Once you’ve got your tray, you can whiten again in a couple of years without paying full price.
Back in the day, Crest Whitestrips worked quite well on me. My teeth were still pretty white from ten years ago, but Smile Brilliant brought it to another level. I’ve become quite the coffee drinker after having kids, and Smile Brilliant erased those years away from my teeth. I show my smile proudly now with my two kids. Don’t believe me? Here’s what 9 days of whitening did:
There’s no editing at all done to these photos besides adding the text. Can you believe it? It truly made a difference in my life!
I did each session for two to three hours every night and slept right after. It didn’t ruin my schedule at all– I simply incorporated it into my bedtime routine. Eat dinner, put the tray in, get the kids to bed, and then catch up on shows until I was done. If I knew I wouldn’t have time to do it at night, I snuck it in after lunch instead.
The entire process was a breeze from beginning to end. Just make sure to read the instructions from start to end before you do anything!
Giveaway & Coupon Code
If you want to give it a try yourself, I have some great news! I’m doing a giveaway for $149 worth of credit to Smile Brilliant to use as you see fit. All you have to do is enter HERE. The giveaway ends in a week, so make sure to enter soon!
If you’d rather purchase right away to get the process started, you can use the code “lovintheoven15” to get 15% off your order online!
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I still have so many instant pot recipes that I need to share with you guys. I went on a crazy instant pot kick when I first got it and made a million recipes. Now, I mostly use it for rice since I got a little lazy. It’s so hard grocery shopping with a newborn a toddler!
These beef gyros were delicious. I stuffed mine with a ton of veggies, but my DH left his plain with meat and sauce.
The meat came out of the instant pot extremely moist and flavorful. I thought the cooking time seemed a little long at first, but it turned out fine.
You can even eat the beef with rice if you want. It’d also be great in a regular sandwich if you don’t have any pita bread to go with it.
I was never really into watches until I became a flight attendant. It was required as part of our uniform, so I had to wear one pretty much every day. Once I got into it, I couldn’t stop. Watches were so convenient! Why didn’t I wear them before?!
I started buying them in all different colors and sizes. Leather bands… black bands… large faces… you name it, I got it. I had to switch them every day in order to match my outfits. Well, that’s until I discovered JORD watches. They’re unique wooden watches that match with everything!
The Perfect Gift
Not only are wooden watches perfect for yourself, but they’re also great for gifting. They come in an impressive wooden box (as pictured above) with a magnetic closure. The presentation is unique and memorable. JORD watches come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to please even the pickiest recipient.
The beauty of wood is that it truly complements every color. It’s light, easy to wear, and effortlessly completes your look. I can dress it up or down depending on my outfit.
This spring, I’ll be pairing my Frankie with high waisted denim, maxi dresses, and shortalls. If I had still had a uniform to wear, I’d be pairing it with that too (I’m at home with the kiddos now). It even goes with gold AND silver jewelry! I’m all about mixing metals.
Another thing I like about JORD is that they’ll customize the length of the watch for you so it’s ready to wear right out of the box when you receive it. It was a perfect fit right away. All I had to do was measure my wrist with the easy printout they provided.
Not only that, they also provide custom engraving! You can engrave your favorite quote, saying, or name on the back of the watch. Don’t want to do it there? No problem. You can engrave the watch box!
Are you excited? I am… because thanks to JORD, I’m hosting a $100 giveaway to one lucky winner for use on the JORD site! You can enter the giveaway HERE. Even if you don’t win, everyone that enters will receive a consolation code worth 10% off of your order. So what are you waiting for? Enter away!
The contest will close 05/06/2018 at 11:59pm CST. Both the $100 and the 10% off codes will expire on 06/03/2018. Good luck!
Happy New Year! Since it’s actually a bit cooler now in Southern California, here’s a nice roast recipe to warm you up.
Crockpot recipes are super easy, and this one is no different. I hardly use mine anymore now that I have the Instant Pot (it truly does it all!), but it’s nice when you need a bigger pot for your meat or have to serve more people.
The meat practically fell apart with the touch of a fork after it was done cooking– just the way meat should be.
You can serve this recipe with some rice, a salad, or some roasted greens. That’s dinner done in no time!Recipe from Closet Cooking.
Day 12 of my 12 days of cookies; Flourless chocolate s’more cookies. I’m squeezing this last cookie in right in the nick of time. I made these today, but I was a little short on powdered sugar so my cookies didn’t come out quite as tall.
The taste was all there, though. I have to add confectioners sugar to my grocery list and remake these cookies ASAP.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Thank you so much for following along my blog and for all of your support throughout this past year!
1/4 cup graham crackers, broken into pieces plus extra for topping cookies
1/4 cup mini marshmallows, cut in half plus extra for topping cookies (I didn't cut mine)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats.
Using a stand mixer, whisk together confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Add two egg whites and vanilla. If batter seems too thick, add another egg white until batter is thick, but moist. If it's too runny, add more powdered sugar.
Gently fold in chocolate chips, graham cracker pieces, and mini marshmallows.
Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter per cookie on the prepared baking sheet. Top each cookie with additional graham cracker pieces and marshmallows.
Bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet.
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line muffin tin with two dozen cupcake liners.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Stir in vanilla, pumpkin and vegetable oil.
Beat in the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Pour in the milk while the mixer is on.
Fill cupcake liners just over 3/4 of the way full. You'll have some batter leftover and can make a mini loaf pan as well. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes. The loaf pan will need at least 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
For the frosting:
Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Add confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth.
Day 9 of my 12 days of cookies: Ridiculous Chocolate Cake. Okay, okay… this definitely isn’t a cookie, but I always tend to sneak a non-cookie recipe in just for kicks. This one’s good, I promise.
It also comes from a boxed mix, just doctored up. The best cakes are made with boxed mixes. It’s a wonderful shortcut that I fully support. This original recipe called for chocolate cake mix, but I opted for red velvet. Red velvet is my favorite cake.This frosting made this cake over the top in a good way. It was perfect. Recipe from Cookies and Cups.
Day 8 of my 12 days of cookies: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. My DH LOVED these. I baked them when I had a little get together with my friends and they were a hit! I used leftover candy from Halloween, so some of my peanut butter cups had Reese’s Pieces in them.
Like the majority of my cookies, these are extremely soft and chewy. I used Jif as the peanut butter in this recipe, and I’d recommend sticking to that kind of peanut butter when baking. Organic, reduced-fat, or ones that require a lot of stirring are NOT the way to go when you’re trying to make delectable cookies that hold together. For all the peanut butter ingredients in this recipe, it wasn’t overwhelming at all coming from someone that’s not even a peanut butter cookie fan. That’s certainly a good thing. This also has 5 stars out of 44 reviews on Taste of Home, so you know something’s gotta be right.
My little cookie thief was so excited when she saw the plate of cookies and snatched one right up.
She shoved one cookie in her mouth and immediately went to grab another one. Sneaky little one. Recipe from Taste of Home.