5 Ways To Take Care of Yourself | Smile Brilliant Giveaway

Women are tireless caregivers. It is a fact. We devote our lives to ensuring that our children, our husbands, our parents, our in-laws and even our friends are nurtured and loved.  We basically are super proud of how much we do for the people we love. But somewhere in this processing of loving on everyone, we forget to take care of ourselves, or to be our best versions.  Sadly, time spent on self-care and attention to oneself is the first thing to go in a busy mom's life.

Disclosure: I received product from Smile Brilliant for free. All other expenses were paid by myself and as always, my opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. I was not compensated in any manner. #SmileFearlessly

When I began dating my husband, I worked full-time, but I also took care of myself, really well. I exercised every day, I had my hair and nails done regularly, I ate healthy meals and I spent time with friends and family. I focused as much on the outside as I did on the inside. When I got married, I really focused on the outside, because I wanted to look and feel my very best at my wedding. 

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I exercised, I had facials, I primped and groomed and I was fitted for dental trays for teeth whitening. I wanted a beautiful, dazzling white smile for all my wedding photos. I didn't have a bad experience with the teeth whitening trays, but I also didn't think my teeth were as white as I had expected they would be after using the teeth whitening kit from my dentist. I had spent a lot of money on this kit and I can honestly say I was not as happy as I had hoped. My teeth were much whiter, but I think I was expecting super white teeth that are visible on movie stars. 

Now, fast forward through my life, marriage, three babies, loads of coffee-fueled days, loads of sweet tea-fueled afternoons, loads of soda-fueled evenings, countless hours of driving my kiddos everywhere, countless hours of volunteering at schools, troop leaders, summer camps and church activities and various functions. I am utterly exhausted. Often times, I forget to eat, I never exercise, I've aged and completely lost all focus on myself. It is a good day if I can get a shower in before dinner! Time is short these days as I work part-time and I am a full-time momma to my little people. There is a lot of time that goes into planning a household with three very active children and a hubbie who works way too many hours and travels quite often. 

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In the process of caring and loving on my family, I have neglected to take care of myself. I no longer spend hours at a salon pampering myself, and I simply toss on sneakers, jeans and t-shirts most days. More importantly, I completely lost my dazzling white smile I worked so hard to get before I got married. I drink way too much coffee, sweet tea and soda and my teeth are being brutalized by all the acid I keep pouring down my throat. The dark pigment of all my favorite drinks are staining my teeth and weakening my enamel.

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I was ready for a change and now that all my kiddos are at an age where they are not in constant need of my time (except to drive them all over the suburbs ☺), I have decided to begin loving on myself again. Here are my top ways to take care of myself again and to I try to these make five things a priority in my life now. 

5 Ways To Take Care of Yourself

1. Drink Water

2. Exercise

3. Relax

4. Eat a Healthy Diet

5. Don’t Neglect Oral Health

Maintaining good oral health is a good indicator of physical health. I have lovely straight teeth and actually still wear a retainer to bed even after all these years later of braces. But, as I stated, I no longer have beautiful white teeth because I drink loads of dark liquids. I have never really invested a large amount of money or time in OTC teeth whitening solutions, aside from before my wedding, for a few reasons.

“TEETH. They are very much in style.” ― Dr. Seuss

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Firstly, there are so many options available today that I simply could never decide what was best for me. Too many choices made it all too confusing. Secondly, I could never decide if a solution was a scam. I didn't want to purchase a product that really did absolutely nothing. Even though there are so many economical choices OTC, I wasn't sure if I even wanted to try something that did absolutely nothing and waste my time and money.  And lastly, I was really concerned about what was safe for my mouth and teeth. I really like my teeth and am proud of the fact that I have only ever had a few cavities in my entire life! 

I have tried the whitening stripes in the past and can say these were a total waste of my time and money. These little strips of plastic wrap slid all over my mouth and all I did was drool all over myself. I bought the whitening pens and basically made my kids roll in laughter on the floor for hours whilst I attempted to keep my lips off my teeth. It was actually pretty hilarious! Whitening toothpaste and mouthwash did absolutely nothing for my teeth and I was too skeptical to every even purchase the LED teeth whitening system. 

"And when you get your second set, THAT'S ALL THE TEETH YOU'LL EVER GET".  ― Dr. Seuss

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So, I haven't neglected my oral health, but I do abuse my teeth a bit with my poor choices of drinks. When I was approached by Smile Brilliant to see if I would like to collaborate, I investigated this company and was really impressed. The Smile Brilliant complete teeth whitening system is an easy, at-home way to whiten my teeth at my convenience as I continue my journey to take care of myself. The Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system are trays which are custom-made after taking impressions of your teeth yourself at home. (don't be intimidated, it was super simple!!) You simply send the impressions to the Smile Brilliant lab and your custom-fitted trays arrive back to your home within a week. Then you are able to use the whitening gel in your custom trays, and pop them right in your mouth.  
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The custom teeth trays keep the Smile Brilliant whitening gel in place, surrounding the surfaces of your teeth and the trays keep the whitening gel away from your gums. I put coconut oil on my gums for an extra safety precaution and Smile Brilliant recommends this step as well. Using the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening gel with the Desensitizing Gel will help reduce teeth sensitivity that can occur with the whitening gel and prevent re-staining in the process.
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I will always have the trays since they are custom fitted to my mouth and I can whiten my teeth for the rest of my life. I simply need to add the whitening gel to the trays and wear them for a few hours when I need a refresh since my teeth are yellowing as I age. I can pop in my trays anytime I need to and reorder the whitening gel and the desensitizing gel whenever I need more!
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I'm really happy I didn't rush and purchase any other expensive whitening system for my teeth. My procrastination and indecisiveness were actually a blessing because I took my time in selecting a teeth whitening system and Smile Brilliant is worth it! I took the entire teeth whitening process slow and didn't rush and used the trays every other day for four weeks straight. I took my time, followed the recommendations from Smile Brilliant and have been drinking loads of water in place of my much beloved dark liquids.

I have created some small and simple changes to my daily routine to better take care of myself and in the process I have a much brighter smile! 

What are your experiences with teeth whitening? Can you think of any other easy ways to take care of yourself?

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