At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

*Smile Brilliant sent me a whitening kit to try for free.  This review is my honest opinion on their products!*


I’ve always dreamed of having white teeth and have tried whitening strips when I was younger. It was a struggle of keeping them on and not swallowing the slimy gel. Fast forward to my adulthood I was offered the opportunity to try Smile Brilliants at Home Teeth Whitening.

Needless to say I was skeptical but couldn’t resist the opportunity of having whiter teeth. The system arrives in two shipments. The first shipment included a mixture to cream my impressions. It was really easy to do – and my seven year old son begged to try it. Within ten minutes the templates were done! A return package was include to slip them into
the mail and ship back to Smile Brillant.

A few weeks later the actual trays arrived in the mail and fit perfectly! With that being said the next step is whitening.


The package suggest to whiten for 45 minutes to 33 hours, followed by a 20 minute desensitizing process. I was super nervous how my teeth and gums would react and to be honest the first time I put too much whitening gel on the trays and could feel everything. It actually hurt. As I continued to whiten everything seemed normal and
the sensitivity subsided. When you first apply the trays you will drool. You can either swallow or spit it out.

As I work from home I have flexibility on whitening. And can at times whiten up to three hours. This worked out perfectly for me. For others, you may need to a lot a certain amount of time each morning or evening to achieve the perfect shade of white.

It didn’t take very long to notice the brightness. With my teeth being fairly white to begin with the difference isn’t as noticeable as others. I still have a few syringes of whitening gel left over and I am excited to continue on this journey to maintain the whitening effect.

Here’s my before and after photos. It was rather challenging to obtain the same lighting in both pictures. These aren’t retouched in any way. I can definitely notice a different in the brightness of my teeth. I wasn’t expected a huge color change. The brightness has impacted me! And I love this product. I’m really impressed with the Smile Brillant system!

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Memorial Day Safety

As millions of people are preparing to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, make sure you are also planning to keep safety on the checklist. Whether you are traveling, camping, barbecuing in your backyard, or visiting your city’s local parade, make sure to prioritize safety. Check out a few of SABRE’s most popular safety products to keep you, your family and your home safe while celebrating the holiday.


For your home, check out the Wireless Home Alarm System. With no complicated wiring to install, this sleek home alarm system is easy to connect and and will look great in any home, while alerting homeowners and neighbors of potential dangers. The system includes a LCD panel, motion sensor, door and window sensors and a key fob remote. The design is user friendly and extremely loud at 120 dB. Make sure your home is protected while you are away with this alarm system.


If you are camping this holiday weekend, make sure to pack the Frontiersman Bear Spray 7.9 oz to ward off potential dangers. This maximum strength spray will provide ultimate protection from bears at 30-feet away. The practice spray provides peace of mind by making sure you are comfortable before ever having to use the bear spray. This device delivers up to 40% more spray/burst than other brands in a heavy fog delivery for added defense. This field tested and proven effective bear spray will provide safety and peace of mind in potentially dangerous scenarios.

Lastly, keep your kids safe while out and about, playing in the neighborhood or at night with the Personal Alarm with Clip and LED Light. Perfect for any age, this alarm clips on to shirts, pants, backpacks or purses to light up a dark night and alert of impending danger. This weatherproof device will alert of dangers up to 600 feet away. The easy-to-use gadget will help keep your kids safe with the 120 dB alarm and LED lights, with three modes for optimal security in all conditions and situations.

These and many more SABRE safety products will help everyone stay safe and keep fun at the forefront of the holiday weekend. For a full list of all SABRE’s safety products, please visit their website at

Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn



From family movie nights to after school snacks, my little man loves munching on popcorn, and I don’t mind giving in to his popcorn obsession as it’s much better for them than greasy, potato chips, cookies, or candy as snacks.

I also happen to love popcorn, myself, for the same reason. When I’m craving a snack, I want something that isn’t loaded with calories. Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn is the perfect snack for the entire family.
This lightly salted snack is only 38 calories per cup! You really can’t beat that! We love adding a little bit of Parmesan or other seasonings to it to change up the flavor, but it really doesn’t need it. It’s great by itself. Since it’s lightly salted, if you did want variety, you can add just about anything to it from skittles to pretzels and even chocolate bits. Whatever your heart desires.
Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn is made fresh with the finest ingredients and absolutely no preservatives. It’s gluten free and Kosher, popped in coconut oil, all natural whole grain, which has a 9 month shelf life.
It’s our movie night go-to. We are obsessed! I admit it!
Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn is available NOW at Costco for $5.39/bag
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Three Bridges Pasta: When Gourmet Meets “Good To Go”

Ah, early spring: the time for segueing your New Year’s resolutions into swimsuit season resolutions. In both seasons, I always find myself making goals I struggle to keep. I tell myself I’ll stay in and cook more, dropping the guilty convenience of fast food for healthy homemade meals. I end up spending all my time looking up recipes and never even make it to the kitchen! Finding meals that please a crowd—and are quick enough to make on a busy Tuesday night, but healthy enough to fit into our lifestyle goals—sometimes feels next to impossible.

So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Three Bridges — delicious pastas and sauces made with simple, wholesome ingredients. All their products are free from artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, antibiotics, and hormones. It’s so refreshing to look at the nutritional information and feel good about what you’re feeding your family. And with a huge line of products—everything from butternut squash ravioli to parmesan gnocchi—you can try something new every week!

Here’s why Three Bridges’ honest, delicious products are different:


When you only have 20 minutes to get a meal on the table before rushing off to the next activity, it’s so tempting to heat up a frozen dinner and call it a day. What I like about Three Bridges is how it combines the convenience of a ready-to-do meals with the thoughtfulness of a home-cooked dinner. You can set the water to boil, throw the pasta in the pot, heat the sauce, and in 25 minutes you’ve got a gourmet dinner!


One thing I really like about Three Bridges is all the different kinds of pastas. They offer plenty of gluten-free products, and the website lists dozens of recipes categorized by common dietary preferences. It has sections for vegetarian-friendly meals, cheese-lover recipes, protein-packed dinners, and simple one-pot meals for when you’re in a time crunch.



Pasta shouldn’t be a guilty pleasure! Three Bridges cuts out the bad stuff in other processed foods. You can prepare a meal with their Organic Portobello Mushroom Ravioli and have the peace of mind knowing you’re not putting any high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, or any artificial flavors into your body—just delicious simple pasta as it should be.

Home cooks can buy Three Bridges products in the refrigerated section, and can visit, which features cooking instructions and recipe inspiration for healthy and fun meals such as Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Ravioli Ratatouille, Organic Linguini with Spring Greens and Lemon, and Organic Spinach and Cheese Tortellini in a Butternut Broth with Crispy Chickpeas and Shiitake Mushrooms.

What you do love about Three Bridges? Let us know in the comments!

This year get her a personalized Mothers Ring from @MamasJewelry


Moms work hard 365 days out of the year, so why give them another predictable gift this Mother’s Day? With the exquisite collection of mothers rings from Mama’s Jewelry, you’re bound to make this the most unforgettable Mother’s Day yet! Each time she looks down at her ring, puts on her earrings or is asked about her necklace, she’ll remember just how much she’s loved.

Mama’s Jewelry: Who We Are –

Mama’s Jewelry has been designing rings and pendants for moms for 30 years, and we have no intention of slowing down! Our company is committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings and earrings at affordable prices.

A key benefit to shopping with us is our fast turnaround times. As soon as we receive your order, our CAD technicians and certified jewelers get to work designing and building your custom item. All of our processes follow strict quality control measures. Everything that comes from us has our seal of approval. If we wouldn’t give it to our loved ones, we won’t send it to you!

Most orders for mothers rings and pendants are able to be sent out within 3 to 5 days, reaching you about a week later. If you’re shopping at the last minute, Mama’s Jewelry will take care of you and ensure that you get a custom made item that looks like it took months to make!

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