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Teeth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

So full disclosure. I am a little lazy. Let me explain, I bust my buns at work, on my side business, at the gym and even in the kitchen but when it comes to makeup and beauty, I am lazy.

I don’t wear makeup. I do have a chapstick addition, and about twice a year I’ll put on some mascara if the situation calls for it. When people ask me why I don’t wear makeup (or if a bride is asking if I want to get my makeup done with the other girls) my response is usually, “Ummm I’m a natural beauty.”

The real answer, “I have hella sensitive skin. I don’t need another expense in my life. I’m not waking up early just to put on makeup.”

Don’t get me wrong. I like to look nice. I’ve worked hard to lose and keep off 40 pounds in 2017. (Not a humblebrag, a full on brag!) I love a brand new dress and more than not my lip gloss is “popping.” To be honest, I consider myself a girly girl. And like any woman who takes pride in her appearance, there are always some items that I wish I could change. Constant frustrations for? The size of my feet and the whiteness of my smile.

I’d tried different whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes, but nothing ever really made a difference. Then I got the opportunity to try Smile Brilliant.

What is Smile Brilliant?

Smile Brilliant is the ultimate at-home teeth whitening product. It is the same product you would receive in a dentist’s office. I was shocked to learn that they provide trays and gel for some dentist offices that don’t have labs to create their custom fitted trays in house!  Smile Brilliant allows customers to cut out the middleman and therefore save money on professional teeth whitening.

How does it work?

When you sign up for Smile Brilliant, you are sent a welcome package that includes a dental tray kit. You’ll use the kit to make your dental impressions and then send them back to Smile Brilliant. After their team makes your custom fitted trays, they ship them over to you, and you can start the process. I have sensitive teeth, so I prepared for the experience with a few days of just using the desensitizing gel before starting with the actual whitening gel.

What did I think of Smile Brilliant?

I loved it! The team is excellent and it’s a easy to use product. I’ll often just do it after dinner while I watch TV or try to get some writing done. The trays came out fantastic and I started noticing in a matter of weeks.

I have been drinking red wine and tea like they are going out of style the past few years so I can be realistic in saying my teeth aren’t as white as they could be.  I don’t think I should have to give up red wine and black tea forever in exchange to have white teeth! After all, both are supposed to be good for you.

So I know you’re dying to know what my favorite part is and I have to go with a three-way tie.

It works!

You can actually see the results. I dare you to go check out their website and see the before and after shots. Heck, look at mine. I’ll be honest I wasn’t the perfect test experiment. Halfway through my time using the product I got sick with a stomach bug and was like, “Yeah, I don’t feel like anything but water in medicine anywhere near me.” So I didn’t whiten for a week (don’t skip if you can avoid it) but I still have seen amazing results.

Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

It’s affordable.

The packages range from $129 or $179 (for the Sensitive box), I’m in Texas and for professional teeth whitening you are looking at no less than $300 and if you want your own at home kit from a dentist office they can charge anywhere from $300 to $800! I’d much rather do it for less in the comfort of my own home.

It’s convenient.

As I mentioned above, I love that I could do it at home while just washing television. After you whiten your teeth, you want to wait to eat or drink things to prevent risk. Makes sense right? Well, most dental offices close before dinner time. So what you get your professional teeth whitening and then just drink water the rest of the day? No, thank you. I can wait until I’m done eating for the day and whiten my teeth as I sit all cozy in my bed watching Netflix and chilling with my Smile Brilliant.

Giveaway Time!

Are you ready to whiten your teeth? I have some good news for you! I’ve collaborated with Smile Brilliant and one lucky winner will receive a free kit of their own. 

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* The giveaway is for a $139 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for until October 25, 2017 and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.*
If you don’t want to wait to start your tooth whitening journey you can get 10% off with the code: allthethingsido10

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4 Productivity Lessons From Rick & Morty

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The first time I watched Rick and Morty I was staying at the Warwick Hotel in New York City. I was there for Blogher 15 and while the conference had ended the day before I decided to stay an extra night and explore the city.  I realized that to catch my flight I would have to be downstairs and ready to go by 6:30 am. this put a small hitch in my plans of a crazy night in NYC. I decided to watch some tv while I looked through all the loot I’d been given over the past few days and tried to figure out how I’d pack it all. That is when I stumbled on Rick and Morty.

I watched it occasionally after that but only dived into it this past summer watching every episode on Hulu. Because I’m a huge productivity junky I noticed that this adult cartoon actually had a lot of value.

Four productivity lessons from Rick and Morty

Anatomy Park – Season 1 Episode 3

The world doesn’t stop just because you unplug.

In this episode of Rick and Morty, Jerry is determined for the family to have a device free holiday. The lesson actually comes from Summer, Morty’s sister, in this episode. When kept from her phone her boyfriend Ethan comes over fuming because Summer isn’t responding to his text messages.

While this is an example of teen hormones and frustration, it can serve as a pretty good reminder for online business owners. If you go on vacation, I hope that your clients don’t feel like it’s okay to show up at your hotel or home but it does show it’s important to let them know what is going on. Because let’s be honest, being ignored by someone (especially someone you’ve given money to) can make you feel like a frustrated teenager. If you are taking a few days off be sure to let any clients you are currently working with aware that you’ll be unavailable for however how long. Another option is to set up an automated email responder for any incoming emails. This way any potential new clients know that it may take a while for you to respond to their inquiry.

It’s good to unplug and spend time with your loved ones, but if you have an online business, you need to put systems in place to know that your clients aren’t left hanging while you’re away.

It’s hard to unplug in this crazy non-stop society we live in. I get it there is always “one more thing to do,” but it’s important to unplug from time to time. Burnout is real. It’s important to have things in order for when you do.

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Rixty Minutes – Season 1 Episode 8

Don’t dwell on what’s done.

Rick introduces the family to a new viewing experience when he breaks out a cable attachment that lets the family receive television shows from other dimensions. He takes it up a notch when he pulls out a pair of interdimensional goggles which allow Jerry and Beth to see the lives they could have lived had they decided not to keep Summer.

This spirals into a mess as the couple discovers that their lives both would have been pretty awesome if they weren’t together… or so it seems. The couple finds themselves questioning if they should even stay together.

We are faced with tons of choices every day. Once you make a choice move on. Sitting and dwelling on what you could have done or should have done isn’t just a happiness thief it’s a productivity killer. If you think you made a bad choice then make a different one, don’t wallow. It’s perfectly normal to have the occasional regrets but move forward.

It’s perfectly normal to have the occasional regrets but move forward. Click To Tweet

Big Trouble in Little Sanchez – Season 2 Episode 7

Pay Attention

Often you can avoid big problems and lots of stress by paying attention. In Big Trouble in Little Sanchez, Rick turns himself into Tiny Rick to help find a vampire at Morty and Summer’s school.

Everything is great until Tiny Rick decides he doesn’t want to go back into his older body. Trapped inside this teenage body, the real Rick drops not so subtle hints that he wants out of this body and even goes as far to sing two songs about his real body dying in a vat in the garage.

It takes two musical numbers and some fighting with his sister to make Morty realize that the real Rick is in trouble.

The lesson is to pay attention. While not all hints will be as in your face as a song and dance, they are there. By listening to yourself and your audience, you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble. I took Be Booked Out, the course by Halley Grey at Evolve and Succeed and learned a huge lesson (among many) people tell you what they want, even when they don’t realize it. Pay attention to what your readers, clients and potential clients are subconsciously telling you. Increase your productivity by skipping the guess work. What are they telling you in the comments they leave on your blog posts? What solutions are they begging for in their social media rants? Sometimes the answers to what your dream client wants are right in front of your face.

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Pickle Rick – Season 3 Episode 3

Don’t Avoid The Important Stuff

To avoid going to therapy with the family Rick turns himself into a pickle, more affectionately known as Pickle Rick! This seemed like the perfect plan except Beth foils it by taking the serum Rick needs to turn himself back into a human with her to therapy. This turns into a huge mess and Pickle Rick finds himself in deep doo doo that could have all been all avoided if he had just owned up and did what he needed to do in the first place.

While working on work you are good at and feel good about there is bound to be things you’d rather turn yourself into a pickle than do.

Rick goes through all this trouble to turn himself into a Pickle to avoid something he doesn’t want to do and still ends up doing it in the end.

We’ve all been there, we have some daunting task to do and we end up finding 20 things to do instead. Whatever the things are you don’t want to do in your business you have to do will still be there after you’ve procrastinated and avoided them. I’m not saying you have to do everything in life you hate but some things you have to just suck it up and deal with.  Business taxes, anyone? Most of the time people will spend more time avoiding a task than it would take to just complete it.

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To sum it up, life doesn’t always go smoothly, but if you prepare, move forward, pay attention and tackle the tough stuff, you’ll be a lot happier and more productive. (You’re also less likely to have to fight a gang of rodents as part pickle part roach.)

So tell me?

  • Have you learned any productivity lessons from unexpected sources?
  • Do you watch Rick and Morty? What’s your favorite episode? Who is your favorite character? (Mine is Rick, hands down.)
  • What is a task you often find yourself procrastinating?
  • What do you do when you procrastinate?

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Things I Can’t Get Enough of Lately V

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Every so often I like to do a post of all the things I’ve been loving lately. Just to see what you all are watching, reading, snacking on, etc. and to see if I can interest you in any of the things that I’ve been enjoying. I have made a point to limit the educational content I’m consuming this summer and have really been letting myself experience content just for entertainment in July. Here are the things I’ve been loving lately.

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I don’t exactly remember when I saw the trailer to this show but I remember thinking that I had to check it out. Once I started watching it I was hooked. The thing that I think I love about the show so much besides the shocking twists and turns and hilarious dialogue, is this band of women who have each other’s backs. They are all a little different, they have their own struggles and identities but at the end of the day they are family and that’s what matters. Desna, played by Niecy Nash is truly an inspiration. As the matriarch of their makeshift family not only does, “Des” run the operations of the nail salon and other… not so legal operations, she takes care of her brother who is on the autism spectrum. Not everything Des does is on the up and up but she does what she has to do, which you can respect when watching her inner battles.

The Carmichael Show

So I debated adding this because right around the time I found myself falling back in love with the comedy, I found out that it wouldn’t be returning for the 4th season. The Carmichael show is based on an African American family living North Carolina. The star of the show Jerrod Carmichael approaches current events and social politics through comedy and brutal honesty. I started watching it half way through the first season and then lost track. Recently I caught up and remembered why I loved the show so much. It goes there, it talks about sexual consent, same sex marriage, the previous election, death with dignity and so much more. Not only does it tackle the important issues but it does so without being cut and dry. Very rarely does the show have every character take the same side of an argument. You hear the points both sides would make in the real world and you’re left to think about it.

Jana Ashton

Okay, we all get to have guilty pleasures sometimes and Jana Ashton has become mine. During an audible two for 1 one deal, I decided to give her book Wrong a chance. I ended up finishing it within 2 days (part of that did have to do with the fact that I had 12 hours of driving to do that weekend). I have since started my journey down the Jana Ashton series rabbit trail and am currently half way done with the second book in the series, Right and have already purchased the 3rd book, Trust.  

Full disclosure these are romance novels so there is some serious adult content. I consider myself pretty comfortable with the risque but in one scene I was listening to while washing dishes, I felt a little embarrassed…keep in mind I was home alone. This is the true definition of a guilty pleasure novel. I spend so much time reading about business and personal development it’s fun to unplug with some unrealistic romance.

The Bold Type

I was so excited about this show when I first heard about it. For 3 reasons, Katie Stevens (known from MTV’s Faking It), Aisha Dee (from the gone too soon, Chasing Life) and just the premise as a whole. Once again it’s great to see a show where women are supporting each other and chasing their dreams. It’s only 3 episodes in and they have already tackled things like the female orgasm, cyber-harassment, dating in the workplace and more. It’s a fun show that makes you want to go out and make a change.

Friends From College

Okay, so this is the great Netflix curse. A show comes out Friday morning and by Saturday morning I am sitting there with a binge hangover because I watched the entire series. I loved this show. First, it has an amazing cast, as well as amazing guest stars. Secondly, it’s hilarious! There are subtle moments you just find yourself relating to and it’s nice. I really hope it gets a second season.


I did not see a single trailer for this until after I started watching it. As someone who goes to therapy and is a strong believer in its benefits, I was interested in this. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a show that deals with a therapist and her patients lives simultaneously and shows how they can affect her and not just how she affects them (I’m sure it’s been done before but I haven’t seen it). That being said she definitely crossed the line in this but I find it interesting. It’s a very conscious reminder of how our actions have ripple effects for ourselves and others.

So there you have it. The things that have been keeping me busy this summer. What are you reading and watching this summer? Have you checked out any of these? Let me know in the comments.