This blog post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. However, I never promote things I don't love. All opinions are my own.
Ever get a hecka cool pic of yourself and then notice you don't love the way your teeth look? If you're in front of a camera a lot, a blogger like me, or just want a whiter smile, you might want to check out Smile Brilliant's cariPRO Electric Toothbrush. I've been using it for two weeks now and I don't think my teeth have ever felt this good.
I try to floss every now and again, but this toothbrush snags almost everything, so you don't have to as often! Let me jump into why I feel so much more confident posing for photos after using this affordable ultrasonic brush.
A few years ago, I used Smile Brilliant's Teeth Whitening Kit and I loved my results! My teeth got crazy white and I didn't have to leave my apartment to do it :) It was also really cool how along with the whitening gel, they sent a desensitizing gel too. This was perfect because my teeth can be sensitive at times and this gel quickly combated any discomfort that comes with the whitening process. I was psyched to quit the soft smiles for a while and show my teeth in some photos!
TIP: Feel like you don't have much time to whiten? I have a two year old and scheduling time to do it can feel daunting. However, I recently started whitening while in the shower and desensitizing while I clean my face/put on makeup. Game changer. Only adds three minutes to something you were already doing anyway! :)
In the past, electric toothbrushes didn't appeal to me because of the usual hefty price tag. Why couldn't I just buy a toothbrush at Dollar General? As I've begun brushing with cariPRO, I've started to understand that better brushing ultimately means less whitening sessions and cheaper dental visits!
Along with that, the cariPRO can be bought for $119, which is half the price of many other ultrasonic toothbrushes on the market. I'm honestly excited for my next dental visit because I feel like cleaning won't take as long! I would love to get to the point with my brushing where I don't see a need to whiten as much before I head to a wedding or photo shoot. I have a feeling the cariPRO is going to be my favorite electric toothbrush! To see my results you can look below at how much cleaner and whiter my teeth are with the help of this brush :)
With a great price like that, these toothbrushes could make a bomb Christmas gift for your husband or a family member. Another thing I noticed while brushing is that I BARELY have to move my arm. Have you ever watched yourself brush with a normal toothbrush? Once you try this affordable ultrasonic toothbrush, you will be blown away by how little work it is! I found this especially helpful after putting my toddler to bed. I'm exhausted. Now, brushing my teeth takes half the manpower.
Smile Brilliant carries a handful of other oral products as well. They offer a water flosser, which takes your flossing game to the next level and assists you to more accurately target buildup. Plus, similar to their whitening kit, they have a custom Night Guard System. This involves taking an easy mold of your own teeth and they'll do all the work of making a guard that is perfect for your mouth! The Night Guard System keeps you from grinding your teeth at night.
Lastly, they just launched Plaque Highlighters, which identify plaque build up on your teeth with a temporary pink dye. They have this available for kids and adults, which is super fun! It's for kids 5+, so I'm excited for Trax to be a little older because I feel like these could be exciting for him. What better way to get your kids to brush than for them to have to scrub pink dye off their teeth?
Sometimes after I run around a city taking photos, I wish I would've whitened recently or sat out in the sun longer. This way, I don't have to carve out time to do those things, I just brush like normal. The cariPRO is the best electric toothbrush I've used and I am stoked to see how it changes the color of my teeth long term. Don't worry, I'll keep y'all updated :)
LOVE this brush, but know it's just not in the budget right now? Stop what you're doing and enter my giveaway to win a free one! You can submit your entry here and if you add your Instagram handle as well, you get an extra entry. :) This electric toothbrush is valued at $119, so you do not want to miss out! The giveaway will close September 8th! Good luck y'all :)
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Before Trax (my two year old), I had a devo routine I did every day. It usually took about an hour. This is what it looked like...
Now that my hands are a little fuller, I try to do my routine every other day. This has worked really well for me. If it ends up getting late and I'm tired, I say a prayer and make sure to read the verse of the day on the Bible app. Then, I just do my routine the next day. I think we know growth doesn't always come from hour long bible studies, but also in the moments you choose prayer over skipping a conversation with God altogether. Now, let's hop into a few things that I do to grow my faith as a busy mom.
1. dive into teaching your toddler how to pray before lunch or dinner
A few months ago, I saw my cousin post an Insta story of her toddler folding his hands to pray before eating lunch. It then hit me that these are the things I need to relearn for myself and my son. Since you will be going over the basics with your child, it will be a new habit to pickup if you've forgotten to do this lately. I also love this because as they grow older, it will open discussion for, "and why do we do this mom?"
2. you don't have to have strict morning quiet time
I am certainly not the mom who wakes up an hour or two before her kids for quiet time. Along with that, I rarely ever do my devo routine at the same time. When I don't have a strict time frame for it, I am more excited to write because I've given myself a little freedom to do it when I want, as long as it's every other day. If you want a guide for building a devo routine, you can read How to Establish a Manageable Devo Routine You Enjoy here.
This is funny because as I write this, Trax just took off his diaper during nap time and now there is poop everywhere, lol. It's situations like this where I want to take a break and do my devo routine, but don't have any desire to write haha. I like to remember, that's okay.
Have you ever had a routine that you didn't want to change up now and then? There's plenty of times where I'll listen to a podcast midday and then maybe journal at night for a half hour. Or I'll read through a bible plan on the bible app and pray before bed instead. Communication with God is the best way to keep growing. A six step bible plan is not the healer of all things.
As of now, my favorite podcast is SHE by Jordan Dooley. She's like the chillest podcaster ever and covers how to step into the role God wanted for you, but like in a super cool + thrilling way. Currently on the bible app, I'm reading 'To Hell with Hustle' by Jeff Bethke. I like it a lot because it takes about five minutes to read and Jeff is good about teaching from experience, not dumb fluff we've all heard.
It looks like this devo is pulled from an actual book he wrote, so I'll link that here too! Him and his wife have a great great book about marriage as well. (12 Essential Ways to a Love That Lasts) Trey and I are about halfway through it, but it's so fun and has good questions to work on alone + together. Lastly, I read a page from my Jesus Calling book every now and again when I'm craving more scripture based material. :)
3. choose a bible story to read every now and again
Every night I pick a random book from the top shelf and read it to Trax. Lately, I've thought that I could be a little more in tune with what books I pick. Maybe the next time you read to your child, you could pick a book about creation or a biblical event.
Not only will this familiarize your child with God's love, but it's also such a great reminder for you as well to hear these main events and see if how you felt about them has changed. The bare bones of the bible can be reassurance if you let it. It's nice to hear, "Look at how strong God made these people. You are this strong too." every so often.
I often avoid reading verses I read a hundred times in Sunday school. Yet, it might be smart to create a new attachment with these stories. What do they mean to me now? What does this show me about God's love? Another thing you could try is replacing book time with a long prayer. You could add things like animal sounds and how big is God's love-- "this biiig" (with your hands stretched.)
Oh no, he took off his diaper again. Will I finish this post, lol? Anyway, I know moms are particularly hard on their-self, so I want us to imagine something. Picture a mountain of dishes, a toddler covered in wet grass clippings, and no game plan for dinner. You feel for this mom. You want her to be proud of whatever she does manage to get done-- even if it's only a quick face wipe down and burgers with fries again. You wouldn't roll your eyes because she didn't get to her bible time.
Now let's look at ourselves. We need to be just as gentle to ourself as we would to other moms. Too exhausted to journal? Say a quick prayer before bed and pencil in time the next day for a devo. Doesn't work out? Plan again-- we are mothers. We are trained to be the most adaptable person in the room. I believe in you!
That's a wrap! I hope you guys found a thing or two you might want to try :) Also, I'd love to hear what you are already doing now! Tell me in the comments about your devo routine or how you are growing in faith with your babies :)
See ya next time,
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