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Smiling’s my favorite: Smile Brilliant review + giveaway!

Show of hands, how many of you hear, “It’s the oddest thing…” every time you go to the doctor?

C’mon, no one?

Ok, it is just me then.

I’ve decided my body is the ultimate practical joker.

“I’ll see your medical diagnosis and raise you a non-life threatening, but still perplexing anomaly.”

That’s my body’s tag line.

“It’s the oddest thing… You have 47 suspicious moles.”

“It’s the oddest thing… Your sinuses are completely blocked with polyps. You’ll never really smell again.”

“It’s the oddest thing… Your cervix is not only tilted, it has completely done a back handspring.”

That last one? That was a few months ago.  As I lay there, while my not-usually-but-now-completely-flustered nurse practitioner attempted to manually flip over my uterus at my last pap smear.

(I’m sorry. Women’s Wellness Check.  We are apparently now re-branding pap smears.)

“I am so sorry. I’ve never seen this before.” 
“Nope, no problem. Doesn’t surprise me a bit.”
“No, I just… Are you ok? Do you want me to take a break?”
“Not at all. Do what you gotta do. This is just another Tuesday for me,” as I flip through a magazine.
“Ok, I think I’ve got it– No, nope, that wasn’t it. Let me try this way…” 
“Take your time, there’s a lot going on in there, I’m sure…”

I have been on an apology tour for my body since 1974 when I had to wear a Frejka Diaper due to hip dysplasia from being born breech (… after the doctor showed up drunk to my delivery. True story. Ask my mom. She’s Catholic and doesn’t lie.).


Frejka Diaper: I’m sure this didn’t draw attention at all.


So, growing up, I took pride in one medical miracle: my teeth were pretty naturally straight as a child.  My parents were overjoyed that they had at least one child out of four whom likely would not need braces!

And then…

“It’s the oddest thing…” 

Me, every time I go to the doctor.

Turns out some of those teeth, at 15 years old, were still baby teeth.  Like, in the front.  Don’t ask me how we never noticed that some of my upper teeth never fell out.  Maybe we were too busy with the minor hip dysplasia and activity induced asthma to notice?! I don’t know!

Anyway, cut to two oral surgeries involving chains and cranking and black stitches in between every single tooth– wait, did I mention this was during high school and I was a cheerleader? The number of my friends in the crowd at games trying to alert me I had food in my teeth while I was on the floor cheering was exhausting.


Where was I?

Oh … and then I had four full years of braces which dragged into my first year of college.

So, suffice it to say, after those four painful years of procedures and braces, I take pride in my teeth.  It took me about ten years after my braces were removed to stop spontaneously covering my mouth when I laughed, because I was always so used to trying to hide the chaos going on in there.

As hard as I am on nearly every part of my body, my smile is probably one thing that I don’t overanalyze or pick apart.  Yes, I have a slight overbite. Yes, I throw my head back and laugh like a hyena.  Whatever.  I’m smiling and laughing. Who wants to find fault in that?

I’m also big on making sure my well-earned pearly whites are as pearly white as they can be.  I had a custom fitted whitening tray made by a dentist years ago and I loved the results – though my teeth are pretty sensitive, so I had to be careful and couldn’t use it as much as I liked.  So, I was genuinely super excited when I was asked to try out the tooth whitening system by Smile Brilliant.

First things first, I answered some questions about my dental history and then bam! A few days later, I had a Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit waiting for me on the front porch.



Tooth whitening can be a process, trust me.  First, you have to go to the dentist and have molds made of your teeth. If you’re like me, you are not a fan of unnecessary doctor’s visits of any kind.  So, I was really intrigued by the fact that Smile Brilliant’s system can all be done in your own home.  Yep, in your own home!

You make the molds yourself with this (super easy) kit they provide and then mail the molds back in the provided envelope.  About a week later, your custom whitening trays arrive!  Mine fit like a glove and the trays are comfortable and well-made, not flimsy like other trays I’ve used.



My results!


I whitened my teeth every night (by the way, this is an excellent way to stop yourself from scarfing down an embarrassing amount of chocolate chip cookies every night… but, I digress).  One thing, in particular, that I love about Smile Brilliant is that they include desensitizing gel with your kit.  My teeth are super sensitive (I have to brush with warm water and some toothpastes are too harsh).  The desensitizing gel was GREAT and made the process pain free!


Awkwardly showing you my teeth.


Yep. Still awkward.


So, bottom line: Smile Brilliant is super convenient, super easy to use and the results are fantastic.  And because you are not paying for dentist fees, you can get the whole system for under $200.

It’s the oddest thing…

…in a GOOD way!

Listen, I’m a big coffee drinker and ain’t nobody gonna take that away from me!  My coffee keeps me sane and this Smile Brilliant system keeps my teeth sparkling white while I remain sane.

It’s a win/win… especially for my family… who have to live with and look at me.

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to contact me. You guys know I only do sponsorships for products I believe in – it’s a personal rule. This one is a tried and true winner, I promise!

So… drumroll, please… here’s that GIVEAWAY I’ve been promising!


If you would like to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit, you can enter by clicking this link:


If you don’t win the giveaway and would like a 10% off coupon, purchase a system and use lemonsintovodka as the coupon code!

There you have it, my friends. Easy peasy. And, again, y’all know I’m not that cool. Your chances of winning are pretty awesome.


*This post is sponsored. I was provided a Smile Brilliant kit in exchange for my review.  All opinions are authentic and my own.

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