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Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

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Anyone else drink an exorbitant amount of tea and coffee?! Well, I’m a Mom so yeah I sure do. As much as I absolutely love it, it has caused my teeth to lose it’s pearly luster which has definitely hit my self-esteem a little.

So after using the same whitening toothpaste for the past 2 years with minimal results I decided I needed to look elsewhere for a solution! I’m sure you’ve seen all of the celebrities on Instagram with their whitening LED posts – They look promising but the at-home light is not the same frequency as the dentists’ so it definitely doesn’t whiten nearly as effectively so decided that was out of the question.

Same research, the strips seemed great but they create issues with not staying put long enough to have lasting effects as well as causing extreme sensitivity in some cases. (Which all whitening products do because of the gel but it sure wouldn’t be enjoyable for with those with super sensitive teeth like myself!) And the widely popular charcoal is just too abrasive for teeth – It can erode enamel regardless of how fine it is.

With all of these options I decided there was only one I really wanted to give a shot – Whitening Tray Kits. They are custom fitted to your teeth for a complete whitening coverage, are safe for gums and enamel and are the same methods dentists use. But there are companies out there that use the same dentist methods without the huge bill!

That’s how I found Smile Brilliant – It’s been a complete game changer!! I bought their T6 Sensitive System for average stains for only $175. It comes with one custom set of custom trays, 18 whitening applications and 18 desensitizing applications..

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You begin with creating your custom trays with the paste they provide and it only takes 15 minutes! You then send in your molds and they create a perfect fitting tray and you can begin your whitening journey!

My teeth were sensitive the first few days but the desensitizing gel nipped that in the bud real quick! And my gums never felt sensitive! I am so happy I decided to go with Smile Brilliant the first time instead of trying other methods I was already second guessing..

My confidence is back and my Husband has told me constantly how white and beautiful my teeth look! A HUGE self-esteem boost! Now I drink my tea/coffee through a straw and I don’t care how silly I look – I’ve got to keep these pearlies white

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Another random perk of this system is now that I’ve got these custom trays I use them at night for my constant nighttime teeth grinding and don’t have to spend the extra money on another set of trays!

Lucky for y’all, I am collaborating with Smile Brilliant to give one lucky reader of mine a $149 Smile Brilliant Credit towards which ever Whitening System they choose so they too can experience the joy that comes from being able to #SmileFearlessly ! Giveaway ends May 19th – So get those entries in and be sure to enter your email address! Enter HERE!

Open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian Residents.

Their kits range from $139 to $189 depending on the type of system you’ll require and with my code: SIMPLYKARALIZ20 you can take off an additional 20% ! This is an amazing value when considering the price you’d be charged at a dental office!

Again, I am SO happy I chose Smile Brilliant as it’s completely changed my dental habits and my confidence – Try it for yourself, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)


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Dr. Jacobs Naturals

As y’all know I love all things natural and eco-friendly. And Dr. Jacobs Naturals is JUST that. They’ve got some amazing castile multi-purpose soaps that I’ve been using for my face and shower soap and it’s been incredible!

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They’re made with naturally derived scents and oils which leaves a lingering and long lasting smell after use. I’ve completely replaced my normal soaps for them as this weather is causing me extreme dry skin and it’s helped a TON!

I do believe it’s just as important what you put on your body as it is what you put into it because it’s still being absorbed and certain chemicals can be detrimental to your health in the long run!

That’s why I love finding these new products to help steer my family’s lifestyle into a more natural and holistic direction! Try Dr. Jacobs Naturals for yourself, you won’t be disappointed – And the prices are totally fair 😉 They’re also currently running free shipping on all orders over $20. Use code FREESHIP20 at Checkout!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

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Magical Ginger Tea

There’s a rough cold that’s tearing through our house right now that’s affecting my step-daughter and I a ton. And one savior for our rough sore throats is my Ginger Tea.

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I’ve made this stuff for years but until I had children I never realized how quickly it works! I know there’s a ton of people out there with a distaste for ginger like my Husband but this stuff is actually really GOOD and works like a CHARM!

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Magical Ginger Tea

1. I use about 1 smallish ginger root per cup of tea. Grate until finely minced (I like mine STRONG so it clears the sore throat and upset tummy! You can switch to 1/2 root per cup if you’d like 🙂 )

2. I usually use the mug I’m using to measure out the amount of water I need and then pour it into a mini-pot.

3. Get the water boiling and throw in the ginger root. Allow the ginger root to steep for around 4-5 minutes. Then strain into mug (The finer the better so you don’t get chunks of ginger in there.. Even though I like mine like that 😉 )

4. Add honey, a little lemon slice (Optional 😉 ) and stir – Drink as soon as temp is tolerable. The warmer the tea the better it feels on your throat!

5. Enjoy!! It’s delicious, good for you AND helpful for some of those pesky cold symptoms.

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xoxoxox

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Healing Massage

Spring time brings a lot of outdoors work. Getting the garden ready, setting up chicken coops, re-doing the ENTIRE side of the house filled with granite rock and turning it into a grass and river rock stream (Exhausting) .

After all of this non-stop vigorous work I’ve been experiencing a return in my pinch nerve problems that’ve made my arms weak/numb and my entire back ACHE. I decided enough was enough and scheduled my Bodhi Body appointment.

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I love the owner Stephanie, she’s fun, professional and really good at what she does. Every time I’ve come in lately I request their CBD lotion (cannabidiol) because I can seriously feel it penetrating and relieving pain instantly so I definitely welcomed the relief it gave this time! And I tried fire cupping which was AMAZING – It relieved tension from specific hot spots on my back while she worked on my legs. *drool*

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I love how a medical problem that I’ve had in my neck for my whole life can be quickly resolved by skilled massage therapists at places like Bodhi Body. As a Mother I couldn’t imagine waiting the full 2 weeks it takes the numbness to go away on it’s own, which is why I am so grateful for the healing massage provides.

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I’m also obsessed with essential oils for their aromatherapy benefits so I picked up some dōTERRA oils and their AMAZING Deep Blue topical rub since Stephanie used it on some problem spots and it felt sooo good and mentholy. You can check out their products here! (I’ve been using some on my Husband every night since we got it and he’s a huge fan too now!)

Spring/Summer time giving you the aches and pains? Give Bodhi Body a visit and their skilled therapists will make you feel like a million bucks! Use my code SIMPLY for a free 30 minute massage!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

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Paleo Lasagna

Happy Saturday! Last night I wanted to surprise my Husband with a lasagna dinner. It’s been so long since we’ve had some and it’s been a point of conversation lately so decided I would go out and grab some Cappello’s Paleo Lasagna Sheets and create something delicious for dinner!

Screen Shot 2018-04-07 at 8.25.55 AM.pngI ran to Sprouts and grabbed some healthy ingredients I thought would make a tasty addition to my dish and I’ve got to say the STAR of the dish was this incredible almond cream cheese spread I found! It’s paleo and gave the dish that cheese taste it so desperately needs!

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INCREDIBLE. Found it in the cream cheese/yogurt section!

It literally took me only 10 minutes to prepare the whole meal. 10 MINUTES. (Besides the actual baking for 50 minutes afterward 😉 ) Here is my recipe and I know y’all will LOVE it cuz we did! My Husband woofed it down!Green Leaves Illustration General Recipe Card.pngIt turned out great and wasn’t an expensive meal at all! It makes so much and I cannot wait for lunch today for leftovers.. hahaha! Enjoy y’all – Let me know how y’all liked it!

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Made in Nature – Sprouts Event

I love living in Colorado – There are so many options for healthy eating in restaurants and so many local businesses that are known nationwide for their snacks/food. I’d heard of Made in Nature before so was very excited at the opportunity, thanks to Sprouts, to get to hang out in their test kitchen and try my hand at making my own Figgy Pops (Something they’ve MASTERED. Try them, they’re delicious!).

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Their staff was so friendly and welcoming – The 10 of us bloggers felt instantly comfortable! And Sprouts was gracious enough to bring us a ton of food options for dinner.. I had their delicious vegan salad 

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Their test kitchen was lined with delicious options for figgy pop making and we couldn’t wait to get working!

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We began at station one with their pastes, they had Apricot, fig and dates. They were all so delicious so with both batches I made I used dates then added apricot to one and fig to another – Wish I could make these pastes at home, they were perfect!

Then we could add some dried fruit, dried nuts and anything else we wanted in our figgy pops! (They had so many options as you can see!) My first batch was made with date and apricot paste, dried mango, diced almonds and acai powder! My second was made with date and fig paste with cranberries, pistachios, almond butter and Himalayan sea salt! Wish y’all could try mine.. I’m pretty proud with how they turned out!

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We found out we were the first outside people to come in and make our own figgy pops.. How exciting is that?! That’s why I love Colorado.. Amazing businesses like this that are 20 minutes away and we can do fun stuff like this! Such a treat. They treated us like family and we got to experiment with some fun ingredients and learn new tricks! I’ll be taking what I learned from this event to make figgy pops at home (My kids are already hooked.. I was so excited I let them have one for breakfast haha!!)

Thanks Sprouts and Made in Nature for such an unforgettable evening with good friends, good food and tons of fun!

Try their delicious healthy snacks for yourself! They’re available at Sprouts and on their website! Enjoy y’all!

Health Tips · Lifestyle · Paleo · Wellness · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Hey y’all! How’s it hangin?

Thought I’d post today since it’s been awhile! Finally getting back into paleo again after the holidays and vacations and I’ve been feeling uh-mazing. Eating whole foods does so much for your body so wanted to take today to revisit an older post that I still feel so passionate about and still helps me SO much!

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom or are a student it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving!

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Just 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Am I right? How awesome was that tip nearly 2 years ago?! I forget this tip often but lately I’ve been buying random snacks/fruits that’ll satisfy my cravings and are easy for on the go when Hudson and I take our outdoor adventures!

What’s your favorite go-to snack?