At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does It Work? The Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System

I was provided with a Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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I was skeptical at first but thought I would give it a try. Over the years I have spent lots of money on teeth whitening since I drink massive amounts of coffee with some wine thrown in and from years of smoking. Nothing really seemed to work as good as it advertised. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of money I have spent on those whitening strips (which really don’t work very well).

Does the system work – YES – absolutely. Are there cons to the system, yes. But none of the cons would stop me from using the system. They are minimal inconveniences more than cons.

Enter to win your own Smile Brilliant package at the end of the post!

After ordering, the SMILE BRILLIANT package arrives in a sturdy box and contains everything you will need from start to finish. Included in the kit are:

  • 2 impression trays
  • catalyst pastes
  • base pastes
  • measuring syringes
  • desensitizing gel
  • whitening gel
  • very clear instructions for creating your impressions and how to use the system
  • return card and postage paid envelope to return your trays to have impressions made

The company is extremely helpful and offers excellent guidance and FAQ sheets to help you through the process.

The first step of the process – take “before” photos so you will have a comparison photo at the end. 

Next, you must have your whitening trays created. You create molds for your impression tray using the catalyst and base pastes. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. The process is exactly the same process that many of us have had done in the dentist office. Fill the tray with putty ♦ Insert tray/putty onto teeth ♦ Wait 2 minutes ♦ Remove tray.

Each tray has a number that corresponds to a number on your return card so ensure there are no mix-ups when you return your molds in the postage paid envelope. Be sure to read all of the instructions carefully and to follow the time guidelines for creating your molds. Pop your molds into the postage paid padded envelope and send back to the Smile Brilliant labs for your custom molds to be created.

Once your trays are processed, you will receive clear whitening trays back in the mail in a plastic storage case. You are now all ready to start the whitening process.

If you have sensitive teeth, the kit comes with a desensitizing gel that can be used to help prevent any pain or tenderness that will come with the whitening process. Be sure to use it if you have to.

Because this was a product review, I tried to use the system nightly in order to complete my review. Using it so often did create some gum sensitivity. You can spread out your treatments to fit your own schedule.

Enter to win your own Smile Brilliant package at the end of the post.

The Whitening Process

Gently press ⅓ of a whitening gel syringe inside your custom tray. There should be approximately a bead of gel on each tooth tray impression. Once you insert your trays you may have some gel ooze out of the tops along the gum line. Try to wipe this away since I think this may be the cause of some sensitivity issues. Both top and bottom may be worn at the same time.

You can leave the trays in place from 20 minutes up to 3 hours depending on your sensitivity tolerance and your need for whitening. Once done, brush your teeth with water and rinse.

It’s actually a very simple process. It just takes time. There is a noticeable difference after 2 or 3 applications and a huge difference in the end. You can keep your custom trays and simply buy refill whitening (and desensitizing) gels going forward.

Pros of the Smile Brilliant System

  • Cost – With system packages starting at $139, much less expensive than going to your dentist
  • Custom tray creation which can cost several hundred dollars at your dentist
  • Everything is included
  • Done in the comfort of your own home
  • Done on your own time schedule
  • Customer Service is outstanding
  • Email notification when molds received. Email notification when custom trays are shipped
  • Tray creation is fairly easy with easy to use instructions
  • Use whitening trays while being able to do other things in your home
  • Results!

Cons of the Smile Brilliant System

  • Process is lengthy. Waiting for your system to arrive in the mail. Creating your molds and then waiting for custom trays to arrive back takes time.
  • Once you mail your molds, you hope you did a good job. You aren’t sure until notified by lab if you will have to recreate your molds.
  • Initially whitening seems uneven and streaked. This could, of course, be user error. It does even out as time goes on. Since I used my system nightly rather than spread over time(weekly) having that streaking may be bothersome to you in-between treatments until it evens out.
  • Ideally, process should be completed at night since you cannot eat or drink for some time afterwards. This can be inconvenient if you don’t always have the time needed before bed.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, process can be uncomfortable

Overall Thoughts

Would I recommend Smile Brilliant? Absolutely. I would highly recommend the product for the results. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, be sure to wipe the excess whitening product away and be sure to use the desensitizing gel. I would recommend using the product once a week.

Smile Brilliant System GIVEAWAY

Do you want to try the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system for yourself? I know you’ll love it! You can enter for your chance to win below. The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for one (1) week and will close on June 11, 2018 – The giveaway is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.


And . . . if you aren’t lucky enough to win your own system, you can purchase a system directly from Smile Brilliant at a 20% discount by using Coupon Code: opensuitcase20

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Everybody Loves Ducktales! DuckTales: Destination Adventure! Out on DVD 6/5

I was sent a review copy of “DuckTales: Destination Adventure!” ahead of it’s release and it’s already been playing non-stop! When my kids were young, they loved everything about DuckTales. Now, my grandchildren love them too! I have a confession to make. On the days I watch my grandson, I love watching DuckTales too! They are just as entertaining as ever and offer hours of entertainment (no matter how old you are!)

Ducktales Destination Adventure DVD Release

One episode is better than the next and will entertain even the most fidgety little one for hours! The innocent and naive adventure, so close to what it was years ago, is what I love most about DuckTales.

Join Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby on Their Global Adventures!


Bring Home Over 2 Hours of Humor on Disney DVD June 5th!

An ancient tomb in Toth-Ra, the mountain peak of Mt. Neverrest, a vacation island for Greek gods. . . global expeditions await! Thanks to Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby, trillionaire Scrooge McDuck is back in action, leading the way to death-defying exploits stretching all the way from Duckburg to legendary destinations around the world. Let the greatest family adventures begin!

The DVD is full of great episodes:

  • The Beagle Birthday Breakout! – After crashing Ma Beagle’s birthday party, Webby and new mysterious friend Lena must fight their way through Beagle Boy turf to get back home.
  • The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra! – In a lost pyramid, Louie interprets a pharaoh’s prophecy to his advantage, forcing Scrooge and Launchpad to convince a group of living mummies to rescue him.
  • The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest! – Scrooge and Huey are determined to be the first to set foot atop an impossible summit, but the snow-capped mountain holds a treacherous secret that tests both their willpower and survival skills.
  • The Spear of Selene! – Donald is dragged into a feud between Scrooge and Zeus, while Dewey and Webby search for an artifact that may provide the truth about Dewey’s mother.
  • The Missing Links of Moorshire! –  Dewey’s natural golf abilities challenge Scrooge’s ego, while a seemingly innocent, mystical golf course leads the group into trouble.
  • Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System! – The brilliant young scientist Fenton is recruited by Launchpad who is feeling menaced by tech genius Mark Beaks’ newest invention.

And as an added bonus:  2 Classic DuckTales Episodes:

  • New Gizmo-Kids on the Block – Fenton’s mother accidentally shrinks the GizmoDuck suit, and the child-size suit ends up in the hands of Scrooge’s nephews.
  • Ducky Mountain High – Scrooge meets up with Glittering Goldie again in order to acquire land filled with golden trees from her. However, Glomgold also wants that land.

The voice cast is outstanding! David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi as Huey Duck; Ben Schwartz as Dewey      Duck; Bobby Moynihan as Louie Duck;Kate Micucci as Webbigail (Webby) Vanderquack; Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack; Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley; and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck

AND . . . a special guest voice: Lin-Manuel Miranda as Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera aka Gizmoduck – WOOT!

Disney’s DuckTales: Destination Adventure! is available at retailers on DVD on Tuesday, June 5th

Is Your Family Connected? Of Course They Are! Then You Need DOJO

Our homes contain our most intimate data. More than 10 billion devices are connected to the Internet, most of them in people’s homes. However, the security of these devices and our privacy within our own homes is an afterthought. To have a truly smart home, we must secure our Wi-Fi network and its connected devices. Dojo by BullGuard is the world’s most comprehensive smart home cyber-security solution and was built from the ground up as an enterprise-grade, network security service for the smart home. There are billions of connected Internet of Things devices on the market today – from smart alarms, thermostats, baby monitors, smart appliances, lighting, locks and more – and Dojo by BullGuard is built to protect them all.

Dojo Security Device

Set-up couldn’t be easier. Simply connect the Dojo unit to your Wi-Fi router and download the Dojo APP. This old lady didn’t need any help from her kids – so you know it’s easy!

Everything you need comes right in the box ~

The directions are simple and easy to follow ~

If you are a “smart” connected family, chances are you won’t need help, but if you do, the Dojo team is available via phone, chat or email. Dojo is easy to use with real-time status information and notifications.

The Dojo APP keeps you informed of all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi  network, let’s you block unauthorized devices, keeps you informed of risk and privacy breach when Dojo detects and blocks. Dojo keeps in touch via its unique chat app and only gets in touch when there’s something wrong. Dojo makes sure you’re aware of any issues before they affect your privacy or security. A couple of taps later, you’ll have everything under control!

The App is easy to use too!

Dojo has a simple visual indicator to go along with the APP notifications, the pebble will light as well. Green means all is good – Yellow indicates that Dojo found something and took care of it – Red tells you there was a breach that was blocked and may require input from you.

Dojo brings Enterprise Grade Security to the home and all the smart devises connected to your home network. It constantly studies your home network to enhance protection at all times.

Dojo by BullGuard retails for $199 which includes the first 12-months of service, and is available for purchase online at, and on shelves at BestBuy stores nationwide. After your one year service that is included, continued service will be $9.99 per month. No contract or commitment required.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

TravelSmart Mobile App – Don’t Leave Home Without It!

TravelSmart Mobile App

Allianz Global Assistance, a leading provider of travel insurance and travel assistance, has launched an impressive and updated mobile app – TravelSmart™What’s so special about this travel app? As someone who travels often, I want to be confident that I have as much information as possible at my finger tips, especially if an emergency arises.

The cool thing is that this app is free and anyone can download it even if they don’t have a policy with Allianz. Be prepared for travel emergencies and get help fast with the TravelSmart app from Allianz Global Assistance.

So what makes TravelSmart better than other apps?

The TravelSmart app features a simpler and more intuitive user interface that gives you access to all the travel information you need like travel insurance details, claims status, flight status, and local emergency numbers – all from the app’s home screen.

In Case of Emergency

You can easily and quickly get help in case of a travel emergency. The TravelSmart Contact Us button on the home screen allows travelers to reach Allianz Global Assistance medical assistance or customer service from anywhere in the world with just the touch of a button. The app includes a global directory of medical facilities, police stations, and US Embassies, as well as expanded options to quickly get in touch with Allianz Global Assistance. If you happen to be an Allianz Travel Insurance policyholder, you can log in with your account information to get access to a full suite of policy management and claims filing capabilities.

For Policy Holders

Access to Allianz Travel Insurance policies including the ability to store policies in the app and access a policy from the app’s home screen so travelers can quickly access their travel insurance benefits.

File and Track Claims using the app to initiate a claim, update or add documents, select your preferred claim payment method or check the status of an existing claim. Customers can start their claims process on the go and select direct deposit or debit card payment to receive their payment faster than check by mail.

But you don’t have to be a policy holder to download and use the app because there is so much more the app can do for all travelers!

Flight Status Tracking

Real Time Flight Status Tracking allows app users to track their upcoming flight by adding a flight using the “My Trips” feature. Users can search upcoming flights from any itinerary on any airline, and add them to their trip with just a few taps. The app provides on-time status and gate information for flights departing within 3 days to help travelers prepare for the next leg of their trip. Easily add your upcoming flight(s) into TravelSmart using airport locations and dates, or by flight number and date.

Assistance Around Me

An Assistance Button on the home screen takes users to the “Assistance Around Me” database, which uses geolocation to direct travelers to local hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, police stations and U.S. Embassy locations and includes turn-by-turn directions. Allianz Global Assistance flags recommended hospitals within the app so travelers can identify vetted facilities quickly.

If you need to fill an emergency prescription overseas, TravelSmart gives you the universal name for more than 750 common medications so you can be confident you’re asking for the medication you need.

Emergency Numbers

Global Emergency Numbers from the Home Screen means travelers with enabled geolocation can dial the appropriate number for police, fire, rescue, and the US Embassy for over 200 countries in seconds.

Medication Information

A Medication Dictionary allows users to store a photo of their prescription label and find international names for more than 750 common drugs.  These features make refilling prescriptions faster and easier while traveling.

First Aid Help

A First Aid Terms Translation feature provides translations for 60+ illnesses, injuries and first aid needs into 18 common languages so that nothing gets lost in translation, especially in an emergency. Nothing gets lost in translation. Quick: How do you say “food poisoning” in Portuguese? Get 60+ first aid terms translated from English to 18 common foreign languages for easy reference if you need to communicate about your health while abroad.

The TravelSmart app is free and will be available in the App Store or on Google Play starting in mid-November. More information is available at

I know I won’t be leaving home without TravelSmart!

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.

Wine Delivered to Your Door from Winc Wine Club – #DrinkWinc

Winc Monthly Wine Club

Clink, Clink – Welcome to Winc!

Winc’s monthly wine club helps you discover new, high-quality wines that match your taste preferences.

Wine is one of the little simple pleasures in my life. Although I enjoy a glass every now and then, I don’t enjoy shopping for wine. Why? I’m not a wine expert. When I head to the store to buy a bottle, I stand there looking at hundreds of bottles of wine. Up and down the aisles. Not really sure what I’m looking at. Often times, I walk out with nothing or end up buying the same wine over and over again simply because I know what it tastes like. Winc believes that the experience of getting a great bottle of wine should be as simple as enjoying a glassful of good wine. Winc is not your traditional wine club.

Winc partners directly with vineyards and winemakers to bring you fantastic, small-batch wines from vineyards you may not have otherwise had the chance to explore. Each month they make recommendations for you that you can accept or change the selections.

Try Winc and you will get 3 fantastic bottles of wine delivered to your door each month for around $39 + $9 shipping. Order 4 or more bottles for free shipping. While it is a monthly wine club, you are in total control of shipments, so you can skip a shipment anytime and as often as you’d like. You can also send wine as a gift.

You can also see a short video on each bottle of wine you want that describes that wine’s tasting notes, where the grapes came from, and a little backstory about the wine maker. You can easily watch these videos on your smartphone by scanning the bar code on the bottle. Of course, there is no obligation to learn anything about the wine you’re drinking. You can just sit back, put your feet up and sip your wine!

The company has been perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via their Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep.

The website is super easy to navigate. What I like best is the fact that you can choose to have a selection sent monthly but you aren’t locked it. You can cancel or skip a month or two at any time. Plus, if you really don’t like a selection that was made for you – no problem – you won’t have to pay for it.

I filled out my Palate Profile and let Winc make the selections for me based on my profile. I was very happy with 3 of the 4 choices. My 4th choice didn’t thrill me only because I’m really not a huge fan of red wine, but my family enjoyed it so it was a win for me.

Your shipment arrives well packaged with each bottle secured well. I particularly like the sturdy handle on the box that makes taking your Winc with you to a get-together super easy! After each delivery, be sure to rate the wines that Winc sent to help them make better selections for your next order/shipment.

The Palate Profile quiz takes just a few minutes (6 questions). Based on the answers in your quiz, Winc recommends wines from their collection. You can change any of the recommendations to something you choose yourself or go with the choices that were made for you.

Winc Wine Club Member Benefits

  • Palate Profile – Answer 6 questions to help Winc assess your unique tastes.
  • Recommendations – Winc sends you wines specifically chosen to match your palate.
  • Rate your  wines to get better recommendations in the future.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed – Never pay for a bottle you don’t like.
  • Flexible – You can skip a month any time, free of charge.
  • No Commitment – Simply call or live chat to cancel your account.
  • For every 10 wines you rate, you’ll receive $10 in credits.
  • Invite a friend to be a member and earn up to $26 in credits.
  • Order 4 bottles or more in a membership order to enjoy free shipping.
  •  Be aware – Someone must be at home to sign for the delivery – The box will not be left at your door or on your porch.

Special Offer From Winc

$22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine – Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each. What are you waiting for? Join WINC today – HERE

I was provided the product discounted or for free for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.