cariPro Ultrasonic Electronic Toothbrush Review & Giveaway

Y'all know I love my Smile Brillant Whitening System, and from what I've heard from friends who've used it they did too! I've been on a touch of a whitening break with pregnancy and breastfeeding though.

Sadly I can manual brush myself to death with my favorite whitening toothpaste and it hasn't kept up with my coffee intake.

Is this new? No. With Harrison, when I had my first cleaning the dental hygienist immediately asked how much coffee I had been drinking. Let's just say... a lot. A whole lot. I need my sleep and if I can't have that then I'll just have coffee.

Not the best tactic for pretty white teeth.

So you can imagine my excitement when Smile Brilliant contacted me about trying out their new cariPro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush.

I've used Jeremy's electric spin brush for a long time and I thought it was working great. I could tell a big difference when I used it verses a manual brush.

But then.... BUT THEN... I got my hands on this handy dandy ultrasonic and my life has been changed people. I wish I was being my usual dramatic self with no reason, but I am not friends. Not at all when I tell you this -- using the cariPro Ultrasonic gets my teeth the absolute closest they've ever felt to the post cleaning feeling.

Y'all know that feeling, the o-so-clean-they're-slippery.

I'm actually due for a cleaning this month and my teeth feel better and my plaque looks better than it ever does right before a cleaning. To be super honest, I tend to have a bit of buildup behind my lower front teeth (thanks to having lots a saliva) and it actually has decreased after using this toothbrush the past few weeks.

The weirdest thing about this brush though, having never used an ultrasonic toothbrush before I have to say it felt pretty strange. The insanely fast vibrations took some getting use to, it almost felt like someone was tickling my teeth and gums.

I'm sold though and I'm never going back.

Something about those super fast vibrations blows any electric spin brush out of the water.

Before I forget, aside from how well it has cleaned my teeth, I'd say the biggest selling point for me are the multiple clean programs and the timer. Before I start brushing I select what I want to do, generally one of the bottom three options in the morning and whitening or cleaning at night. That's when my favorite feature number 2 comes into play, it pauses every 30 seconds. The cariPro is set up to do this so you can brush your teeth for 30 seconds per quadrant. Split your teeth up into top right/top left/bottom right/bottom left. When you've cleaned all four areas it turns off completely on it's own.

My husband tried to point out that his electric did that, but not like this people. I've used his and while it will have a slight pause after 2 minutes, it never turns off. His also pauses if you press down too long so I could never tell if I was done or if I pressed too hard. Yet more reasons to love the newest brush from Smile Brilliant.


Now for the best part, Smile Brilliant is giving away a cariPro to one of y'all! 

You can head >>> HERE <<< to enter to win a cariPro Ultrasonic Electronic Toothbrush

electric toothbrush

Now while you're waiting to find out if you won, head over to Smile Brilliant and check out the cariPro for yourself. They can answer all of your questions -- My biggest one being, where can I order new brush heads?

So you've already bought your own cariPro Ultrasonic but you need more brush heads? Use my code below for a discount on them!

To get 20% off your order of a cariPro Ultrasonic Electronic Toothbrush for yourself use the code: louisianabridetb20

Finally a Home Whitening System I Love!

This post is part of the #SmileFearlessly campaign with Smile Brilliant. I was given their product in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #WhileIWhiten #SmileFearlessly

I'm not newbie when it comes to teeth whitening. 

In college my dentist actually told me to slow my roll if I wanted to still have enamel one day.

Thank you cheapo whitening trays from the early 2000's!

Since I'm immediately drawn to people's teeth I put a ton of stock in my own. A pretty smile makes a world of difference, the only problem is trying to figure out how to enjoy your favorites drinks (I'm talking coffee and tea over here!) and not look like you have George Washington's smile.

Several years ago the whitening strips I really loved left the market, much like the brand I loved before that. The strips weren't good for my enamel and hence... left the market.

I've looked around for the past few years for something I wanted to use with zero luck. I also don't want to spend the money for professional whitening at the dentist, who has time or the money for that!

So you can imagine how happy I was when Smile Brilliant contacted me about trying out their home whitening kit. Jeremy was super jealous by the way.

I've been using their sensitive system and let me tell you my teeth haven't been this white since college when I was threatened by my dentist... and the plus is that they aren't damaged this time around.

Smile Brilliant actually takes a little longer than your over the counter grocery store products, so block out some time to whiten. I personally liked to do it every other day and after dinner.

Side note :: the biggest difference for me between this and the grocery store whitening strips is that this is actually dentist recommend... can't say that for what I've been known to use. 

I'd simply put in my whitening gel, clean the kitchen, bathe the kiddo, and then swap out for the desensitizing gel. I'd then watch a few shows on TV, take the trays out, and then go to sleep.

The only issue I ran into with this was the first time I used the trays. You see, I never had braces and I've got a powerful gag reflex. Emily ain't use to having anything extra in her mouth!

After a few nights I adjusted to having the trays in my mouth and can now read a bedtime story while I whiten my teeth.

Major success!

By using this before bed it allowed the desensitizing gel to sit on my teeth over night giving me the optimal change to let the product do it's magic. I found that my teeth were much less sensitive when I whitened at night. The one day I tried whitening during the day I had sensitivity the very next day.

Here's a little before and after after a few weeks of using Smile Brilliant.

Point being... leave that gel on as long as possible. It seriously helps with sensitivity!

The desensitizing gel is the magic difference between what I've previously used and Smile Brilliant. This post whitening gel allows the pores in your teeth to close back up and prevent sensitivity and future stains.

I honestly love this product and will be ordering a kit for Jeremy. It might be a touch pricey up front, but after making your trays all you have to do is order more whitening and desensitizing gel when you run out.

I can't recommend this enough. If you think your teeth could be whiter, buy it. If you have a big event coming up, get a kit. If know someone who would love this as a gift, buy them one.

After years of hunting for a whitening product I love I finally found it with Smile Brilliant.

Now for the fun part of this post... the discount code and giveaway!

Use code louisianabride15 for 15% off your order at Smile Brilliant. 

Click >>> HERE <<< to enter for your chance to win $149 credit towards your own Smile Brilliant System! 

The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents. Giveaway ends Feb 20!  Tooth Whitening Gel

Bedsure Quilt Vlog Review

Below is my vlog of the Bedsure quilt I received a few weeks ago. Just FYI... I wasn't paid monetarily for this, just the product, & all opinions are my own. 

Aroma Foundry

I was recently sent a few essential oils from a wonderful new company in California called Aroma Foundry to test out and share with y'all. While I wasn't monetarily paid for this review, I did receive the products for free. All opinions are my own and honest as usual! 

After browzing their site and choosing my oils I was insanely excited to try them out, I love supporting American companies. Aroma Foundry did not disappoint at all, like I've said for ages on my website... you can find amazing oils out there at an affordable price that are consistently high quality. 

Aroma Foundry my friends... it's amazing quality at a price I'm willing to pay.

Now before I get to everything I loved about this particular oil and the company that produces them, all me to show you my second favorite thing.

The packaging.

Often when you pay less for a product the packaging isn't that pretty, and I get that, it's understandable. However, the Aroma Foundry packaging is insanely pretty. 

Each oil is hand bottled in California and on the side you can see a sticker saying where the product originated. This particular bottle of Sage is from Croatia. 

Some more information about the company, I love how they state who they are so clearly through their packaging. 

And made with recyclable materials! 

Last but not least on the box, responsibly sourced. 

Good quality, affordable, and responsibly sourced. I couldn't ask for more from a company. 

I thought the outside was fun, until I popped open the lid and found a little sticker with their company logo in each box.

Next up was the pretty bottle with the batch number on it. Also, notice the little slip of paper off the the left int he box?

It's a warning to not ingest the oils. I love it! Preach it Aroma Foundry, stop swallowing oils. I appreciate that this company included that in the box, this way the customer is clear that this is not food. So often you see mixed reviews elsewhere  from the average person (hello Pinterest) telling people to consume oils without stating the side effects or much else.

All my gorgeous bottles lined up, I really jumped out of my box this time to try new scents and see what all Aroma Foundry had to offer.

So far I've combined all four together, I've mixed a combo of trios. I've combined them with oils from another company.

Overall, the scent from these oils pouring out of the diffuser in my living room has been amazing. If you haven't tried these particular essential oils I suggest you give them a shot, they smell incredible and give off the more warm, calming scent.

Also, I think Ylang Ylang smells like babies from some reason.

These are the three I started out with in the diffuser, yesterday I moved on to try Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and Patchouli together. Just as dreamy and warm as the first trio I paired up. 

So overall what's my opinion of Aroma Foundry?

They're an amazing company with great packaging and a product that's to die for. They are affordable and even at that affordable rate they still push out exceptional smelling essential oils. As soon as these bottles run out I'll definitely order more.

Influenster Slimfast Voxbox

I recently received a Slimfast Advanced Nutrition Voxbox from Influenster to try out their products complimentary, here's what I thought! 

First off I received a bottle of vanilla high protein Slimfast, Cinnamon Bun Drizzled Crisps, Sour Cream and Onion baked chips, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Meal Replacement Bar. 

Now let it be known I was a Slimfast lover back in the days of the Optima shake, I drank one every morning on the way to work before they were pulled from the market. The only reason I didn't move on over to their regular shakes was because it wasn't as filling and didn't keep me full and satisfied until lunch. 

So just know that while I was trying all of these lovelies out that's what I was comparing them to. 

How did they fare? 

Taste - they all tasted great and not diety at all, 
Satiety - yup, it passed the old Optima test. It kept me full and happy until lunch. 

Now here's something that may not be new, but I noticed with this package...all the products are gluten free. 

Which I think is great with the way current food trends have gone, they will appeal to a broader audience. Plus gluten type grains tend to bother me and when I'm actually behaving I like to avoid them. (notice I said behaving, that didn't happen over the holidays)

I think the biggest difference between this and the old Slimfast (it's been about 5 years since I bought it) is the high protein and fiber and that's what actually makes this satisfying until your next meal. 

So would I recommend it? Yes. It tastes good and the shakes are a great product if you don't have time to make breakfast or lunch for work. At least that's when I used them the most. 

$100 Shopping Spree with Leonisa

It's no secret that after having Harrison I was a little obsessed with tummy binders.

Truth be told I've had a long time love of shapewear.

When I was a majorette in high school I wore shapewear to smooth out my hips and tummy in those skin tight sequined outfits. Throughout college I wore something that went from below my chest to my knees for every wedding I was in.

I even use to sleep in a shapewear at night just to suck everything in because I read that celebrities were wearing tummy binders to bed.

I don't recommend that one though, my husband didn't appreciate it.

After having a baby and having my organs pushed here, there, and everywhere shapewear helped me shrink back down. Within a week of wearing it I was starting to see slimming in my hips and tummy, six weeks later it wouldn't even fit.

So when I was contacted about teaming up to offer a fun little shopping spree to Leonisa I had to jump in!

Leonisa has everything from shapewear to swimsuits, but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you.

First up is their Postpartum Panty with Adjustable Belly Wrap, that's the tan and black in the photo. They are offered in a high and lower waist option. The Belly Wrap isn't just for postpartum, it's also great for post surgery.

Next is their Super Comfy Everyday Nursing Bra, this bra is extremely comfy for a nursing mama and has the support you need without the wire. There's nothing worse than wire on nursing boobs!

Another great product I use and love is the Slimming Tank. This type of shapewear is perfect if you need your tummy just a bit smoother or if you're dealing with that new mama soft belly that appears a little lumpy under shirts.

Now it's your chance to get some shapewear... or something else from Leonisa of your own! 
Enter to win for your chance to get a $100 shopping spree >>>

I wasn't compensated for this giveaway, I just thought it would be fun for all my readers! Leonisa is a great company and all opinions are my own. Also, no affiliate links were used in this post.

being a healthy mama®

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama

I've been open with y'all throughout my pregnancy and even post pregnancy with struggles I've had.

Especially health related ones that caused me to completely change my diet this summer in a effort to fix things, which it did. Can I get a yippee for a baby that is sleeping better and a mama that completely got rid of a birthing related postpartum side effect!

There is still only so much I can fix with food, and I'm a big believer that food can fix quite a bit.

Before I got pregnant I took a multivitamin, and then a prenatal vitamin, daily. I've always had trouble with the capsule pill varieties because they would cause me to be nauseous. Prenatal or regular multi, both made me sick.

To combat that during pregnancy I started taking the sugary gummy vitamins just so that I was getting some form of a prenatal, regardless of the dyes and sugar.

I just needed something!

However, with my postpartum journey back to being health conscious Emily (Oh how I derailed when the 1st trimester got the best of me.) I've wanted to cut out anything that wasn't necessary.

I got rid of processed foods and put our little family back on a whole foods diet. I've tried to use less harsh cleaning products in the house so we aren't sucking in the chemicals. The nipple cream I even use for breastfeeding is organic and food grade so I don't have to worry about wiping it off or what Harrison is getting in his mouth by using it.

By the time this summer hit I had decided that I had had enough of the sugar and dye I was putting in my own body as a means of getting a vitamin. With the sheer exhaustion of being a new mom I couldn't hurt the tiny bit of energy I had by consuming sugar I didn't need.

If I was going out of my way to make sure the baby didn't get dyes and sugar in his colic medicine why on earth was I going to take it to let whatever trace amounts could get into my breast milk.

After searching high and low at every heath food store around us and not wanting to pay a ton for supplements I finally came across the healthy mama® brand.

So far I've tried their prenatal called Be Well Rounded! and a pregnancy safe caffeine free protein energy drink they call Boost it Up!

I don't feel like I can get it across well enough through writing just how pleased I am with their products. Their prenatal vitamins are exactly what I was looking for.

They're dye free, gluten free, and small enough that someone who once had to cut every pill she took in half could easily swallow it without gaging. The biggie for me was also the cost, in one package you get 60 vitamins for $29.99.

So at basically $15 a month it costs the same as the brand I just got done choking down that was filled with dyes; and we all know how much I am a stickler for cost.

After wandering around here like a zombie most days unable to drink more than decaf coffee I was pumped to try the healthy mama® protein and energy drink Boost it Up!

My caffeine issues isn't one I've discussed a bunch on the blog, but for a few years I thought I was having low blood sugar issues. After testing my blood sugar I came to realize it was a caffeine sensitivity, which isn't something you get excited about when you really love coffee.

So even on the days I could literally fall over, and at times have literally run into walls trying to get to the baby, I have to weigh the cost of what that little boost from coffee would give me over the drained low sugar feeling I had the rest of the day.

When I tell you I put the healthy mama® Boost it Up! to the test I honestly mean it, this wasn't so much about taste. It was about how my body would react to what the drink contained in it for energy.

This past Wednesday we loaded up early in the morning, before the heat set in something nasty, and headed to the zoo. I thought this would be a true test of how I could handle the energy drink, and honestly I liked it.

I picked up the Mango with Ginger flavor and it was something I could have added to my "doesn't make me puke" list of the first trimester. Which was a small list, mind you. It was refreshing and had a light enough taste that I would have enjoyed it even pregnancy.

The healthy mama® brand touts that Boost it Up! is a pick me up for when you are just having one of those need a nap days or an all day morning sickness kind of pregnancy gal like myself.

The drink gave my just enough energy to notice a difference without the side effects I get from caffeine, which is great! Boost it Up! also doesn't contain artificial sweeteners, colors, gluten, HFC's, caffeine, or preservatives.

Trust me when I say I gave healthy mama® Boost it Up! the true test, I wasn't at home to stuff my face when I misread my low sugar feeling for hungry instead of a caffeine issue. We managed to make it through a full day toting around the baby and having a blast, and I never hit that mid afternoon lull.

Like I said before, if you're looking for healthy products that are free of the extras you don't really want, look no further. While you're looking these will be very easy to find because healthy mama® had been working with retailers, like Target where I found mine, to create shelf space for mamas-to-be so we aren't going on a scavenger hunt.

In case you're wondering, Target is carrying healthy mama® products while supplies last in the hygiene isle in the Pre/Post Natal Care area (a totally new section). In my opinion, this makes shopping for those pregnancy ailments so much easier with everything being in one space and under one brand. One of the problems I had with finding medicine while pregnant was finding products then trying to figure out if Dr. Internet said I could have them.

I can see pregnancy #2 being a breeze in the "locate prego items" department thanks to healthy mama®.

Don't forget though that no medicine can be deemed 100% safe during pregnancy, and be sure to consult your doctor. healthy mama® uses only the safest ingredients & their active ingredients have not been shown to increase birth defects. If you want to find out more check out their fact sheet on