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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening – Personal Review and Giveaway!

I have good, hardy teeth that just aren’t picture perfect.  But they rarely have issues and never hurt me.  They just have a few overlaps that I have to floss more than normal and have always been a tiny bit more yellow than I’d like even though I don’t drink coffee, smoke, etc.

That said, I took up an offer to review the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening trays when they sent an email my way (three times since I wasn’t really on top of product review emails that month).  :-)  In exchange for an honest review, they are also giving away a teeth whitening kit to the luckiest one of you!  I’ll go over that below.

My Smile Brilliant Review

Their teeth whitening kit is a two-parter.  You can check out their video if you’d like.  First you have to make dental impressions of your teeth so that they can make your plastic, fitted trays that you use for the whitening gel.  They supplied me with a very fancy-looking but easy-to-understand kit, the instructions for making the dental impressions, and the gels that will be used after you receive your custom mouth trays.

Smile Brilliant Kit

After procrastinating for a while thanks to a very busy summer, I sat down and made the dental impressions in less than an hour total (it would have taken me less time, but I ended up needing to do my upper one twice and I was multi-tasking).  I followed the instructions the best I could, mixed the two putties together, made casts of my upper and lower teeth, and mailed them off as requested.  My only issue is that I have a MAJOR gag reflex and keeping the dental impression mouth guard-like things in my mouth for 3 minutes each was very difficult for me.  I took deep breaths, spit out the saliva when I needed to, and made a mental note that my gag reflex was a pain in the butt.

A few days later, I received my custom trays (see below) and was ready to try out their gel.  There are two gels – a desensitizing one and the whitening gel itself.  My teeth aren’t super sensitive, so I didn’t use the first one.  I applied the gel to the inside front of each tray as instructed, placed the trays in my mouth, and waited out 20 minutes the first time and 30 minutes the second time.  Again, my gag reflex made things a little more difficult than they needed to be.  It wasn’t as bad as the dental impressions, but it was still an icky process of spitting out nasty saliva every 5-10 minutes while I tried to do other stuff to help wait it out.

My Custom Teeth Trays

Overall, it actually worked!  Here is the photo of my teeth before the first treatment followed by one after the 2nd treatment (the 1st treatment didn’t do much for me, but I also don’t think I used enough gel and I definitely didn’t give it very long).  I took each photo standing in the same spot in front of one of my windows at the same time on two different days with similar sunny weather.

Before Two Treatments

Not too bad, but could be better.

After Two Treatments

Here were my teeth after just two treatments!

Smile Brilliant Giveaway!!!

If you are interested in trying this system out for free, please comment below with anything teeth related!  Let us know a dental story, the funniest thing that ever happened with your mouth, etc.  I’d love a good laugh today while I travel!!!

To summarize – do this to enter (one entry per person per method):

1.  Leave a teeth-related comment below.
2.  Subscribe to BFS via e-mail or Feedburner.
3.  Sign up to follow BFS on Twitter.
4. Follow BFS on Facebook.
5. Like Smile Brilliant on Facebook.
6. Follow Smile Brilliant on Twitter.
7. Follow Smile Brilliant on Instagram.
8. +1 Smile Brilliant on Google Plus.
9. Subscribe to Smile Brilliant Promotions.

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate comments to get credit for each entry. If you already follow BFS, remember to comment below too so that it counts as an entry!

One comment per person please.  This is open to the residents of USA, UK, AU, & CA until 11:59pm CST on September 30, 2014.  We’ll use random.org to pick the lucky winner on October 1, 2014!

Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #138

Weekly Updates

  • It’s been a while!  I’ve been working online, pet sitting, fostering rescue dogs, blogging, raising funds for a blogger in need and animals in need, handling an entitled butt wipe, visiting family and friends, buying a new car, selling an old car, and generally just being crazy busy because I am a nut ball.  How about you?  :-)
  • If you ever experience any problems using BFS (reading or commenting), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail.com to let me know.
  • Remember to sign up for my posts via email or my weekly newsletter to be able to enter the separate giveaway that I host for subscribers only every month! Plus, I share things in the newsletter that I no longer share here (hint…what do you think happened to my monthly income reports?).

Weekly Favorites

Giveaways

Please let me know if you are running a giveaway so I can add you to the list each week! If you already emailed me and don’t see your giveaway, it isn’t on purpose. Please email me again as your first email must have died a horrid death in my inbox…

Top 10 Referring Sites to BFS from the Last Week:

  1. Rockstar Finance
  2. Enemy of Debt
  3. Len Penzo
  4. Surviving and Thriving
  5. Get Rich Slowly
  6. I Heart Budgets
  7. Monica on Money
  8. Funny About Money
  9. Life and My Finances
  10. My Life, I Guess

Thank you! Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions. I’d love to add a few more blogs to my regular reading list or at least give a shout-out for great posts or contests.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers that teach me something new every day. Thanks to all my commenters for making this blog the community I want it to be. Thanks to all my lurkers too. ;-)

I hope everybody is enjoying this as much as me!

Wicked Cool Wood Watch and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Have you heard of JORD wood watches?  I hadn’t until last week, but they got me.  Not only did I offer to write a review, but they let me snag one for a giveaway too!

Unique Look

JORD’s are watches with wood wrist bands and faces, so say goodbye to metal and plastic!  I generally don’t buy into new fads, but I really thought this new wood design just looked cool.  It also was delivered well packaged in a nice box.  This is definitely the fanciest watch in our house right now.

JORD Wood Watch in Box

There were several options with this style alone.  I chose the Fieldcrest Black since it can be feminine or masculine.  They were sponsoring the exact same watch for the giveaway, so I didn’t want to pick one that was obviously not meant for a certain gender.

JORD Wood Watch on Female Wrist

Here is how the Fieldcrest watch looks on a small female wrist…I balled up my fist to keep it from slipping for the picture. The links look like they can be removed with a jewelry screw driver. There weren’t any directions in the box though.

Comfort

The band is very comfortable, but came a few links too long for my very petite wrists.  It fits an average male wrist nearly perfectly as you can see below.  It’s smooth to the touch and isn’t too heavy or bulky, so I could wear it all day.  Mr. BFS and I haven’t actually figured out who will be keeping this one at the end of it all…

JORD Fieldcrest on Male Wrist

It fit my roommate’s wrist way better than mine right out of the box. In fact, he said he wouldn’t change a thing.

GIVEAWAY!!!

On to the fun part!  You too can own a JORD Fieldcrest Wooden Watch!!!  Please simply do 1, 2, or 3 of the things below by April 30, 2014 to be entered for a chance to win:

1.  Visit http://www.woodwatches.com/ and leave a comment below on your favorite design.
2.  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a separate comment below letting me know that you did.
3.  Share this giveaway on your Facebook page or other social media and leave yet another comment below.

To review, each person can have 3 entries (comments) in total by April 30, 2014.

On May 1, 2014, a commenter will be chosen via random.org, and JORD will send over a free coupon code for them to order their very own Fieldcrest (the watch pictured above)!!!

Please comment, Tweet, and FB share this giveaway as soon as you can!  Let’s see if we can make wooden watches the thing of the future…fad creation for the win with something that is really interesting!!!

Legal Stuff

1) Contest ends April 30, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. 
2) ONLY ONE COMMENT PER PERSON PER ENTRY TYPE – THREE COMMENTS MAX.
3) The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email by the third day of May 2014.

4) The prize will be held for 2 calendar days. If it isn’t claimed, a new winner will be randomly picked and contacted.
5) I reserve the right to reject comments that I consider spam or invalid entries.
6) An invalid or incorrect email address automatically disqualifies you from the drawing…it’s hard to contact a fake email…
7) Local laws, rules, and regulations apply.

Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #137

Weekly Updates

  • Another week gone in the blink of an eye.  This one was really full though – saw my sister, several friends, pet sat, and lined up some more pet sitting jobs for next week.  Overall, successful week here.  :-)
  • If you ever experience any problems using BFS (reading or commenting), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail.com to let me know.
  • Remember to sign up for my posts via email or my weekly newsletter to be able to enter the separate giveaway that I host for subscribers only every month! Plus, I share things in the newsletter that I no longer share here (hint…what do you think happened to my monthly income reports).

Weekly Favorites

Posts on My Co-Owned Sites

Blog Carnivals that Included BFS

Giveaways

Please let me know if you are running a giveaway so I can add you to the list each week! If you already emailed me and don’t see your giveaway, it isn’t on purpose. Please email me again as your first email must have died a horrid death in my inbox…

Top 10 Referring Sites to BFS from the Last Week:

  1. Monica on Money
  2. Get Rich Slowly
  3. Free Money Finance
  4. I Heart Budgets
  5. Beating Broke
  6. Making Sense of Cents
  7. Money Beagle
  8. Money Manifesto
  9. Newlyweds on a Budget
  10. Reach Financial Independence

Thank you! Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions. I’d love to add a few more blogs to my regular reading list or at least give a shout-out for great posts or contests.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers that teach me something new every day. Thanks to all my commenters for making this blog the community I want it to be. Thanks to all my lurkers too. ;-)

I hope everybody is enjoying this as much as me!

Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #136

Weekly Updates

  • This week was all about dog sitting and finishing up the month.  Busy, busy!  It’s been nice to catch up on sleep.  And based on the end of February, I’m looking forward to March.  Financially, February was a normal, short month, which is fine by me.  Every normal month is another month self-employed.  :-)
  • If you ever experience any problems using BFS (reading or commenting), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail.com to let me know.
  • Remember to sign up for my posts via email or my weekly newsletter to be able to enter the separate giveaway that I host for subscribers only every month! Plus, I share things in the newsletter that I no longer share here (hint…what do you think happened to my monthly income reports).

Weekly Favorites

  • Solving the Money Puzzle with Money Tensions At Work This Week  LOL, the reasoning behind the puppy photos is hilarious!
  • Money Talks Coaching with My 8 Year Old Started Investing  Woot!
  • Faithful with a Few with 7 Ways to Become a Saver – Even if You’ve Never Been One Before  It seems odd to say to ignore credit card debt, but while you build some padding, it does make sense to just pay the minimums and then hit it big time when you can stop using it as back up income.
  • Beating Broke with Stretching Your Produce Budget Further  I’m big on freezing stuff.  I never want to spend the time on canning…
  • Wealth Informatics with Five Reasons to Start Your Estate Planning Now  I started now so that it would be easier to handle stuff if we die at the same time.
  • Thingineering with 9 Food Habits of a Thingineering Family  I think a big one for me is just having one meal for everyone.  I think it seems a bit indulgent to make a separate kind of meal for the picky child.  I mean, picky is going to happen, but then they can pick to have rice instead of green beans or visa versa with their chicken.  Not hotdogs instead of the chicken we made already…
  • Practical Cents with There’s Nothing Wrong with Renting  True!  We own one home outright and are paying off a mortgage on our current home, but renting isn’t wrong.  In our area, it just doesn’t cost much more (or any more at all in some cases) to buy.
  • Cash Cow Couple with Money. Is that all there is to life?  Nope.  It just allows for more options.  :-)
  • Money Beagle with 5 Reasons You Should Not Lease A Car  The “not owning” but “being responsible for everything” part gets me.  If I was uber-wealthy and wanted a temporary car, I would just rent and make sure to use a credit card that gives me automatic insurance coverage for anything that happens.
  • Eyes on the Dollar with Do We Have to Have a Birthday Party?  Not a traditional one.  My family always makes me feel special, but I only had “traditional” parties a handful of times.  Overall, just celebrating the day through my favorite activity or meal has always been a winner.  I do think it’s important for every kid AND adult to have their special day once a year.  :-)

Posts on My Co-Owned Sites

Blog Carnivals that Included BFS

Giveaways

Please let me know if you are running a giveaway so I can add you to the list each week! If you already emailed me and don’t see your giveaway, it isn’t on purpose. Please email me again as your first email must have died a horrid death in my inbox…

Top 10 Referring Sites to BFS from the Last Week:

  1. Budgets Are Sexy
  2. Monica on Money
  3. Get Rich Slowly
  4. Free Money Finance
  5. Newlyweds on a Budget
  6. I Pick Up Pennies
  7. Reach Financial Independence
  8. I Heart Budgets
  9. Dinks Finance
  10. Funny About Money

Thank you! Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions. I’d love to add a few more blogs to my regular reading list or at least give a shout-out for great posts or contests.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers that teach me something new every day. Thanks to all my commenters for making this blog the community I want it to be. Thanks to all my lurkers too. ;-)

I hope everybody is enjoying this as much as me!

Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #135

Weekly Updates

  • I posted on our home owner’s association website months ago about pet sitting in my neighborhood, but I had put it out of my mind.  So I was super excited to get a call about it last Thursday!  I’ll be taking care of a pair of amazing dogs in my neighborhood once a day for about 2-3 months.  :-)
  • If you ever experience any problems using BFS (reading or commenting), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail.com to let me know.
  • Remember to sign up for my posts via email or my weekly newsletter to be able to enter the separate giveaway that I host for subscribers only every month! Plus, I share things in the newsletter that I no longer share here (hint…what do you think happened to my monthly income reports).

Weekly Favorites

Blog Carnivals that Included BFS

Giveaways

Please let me know if you are running a giveaway so I can add you to the list each week! If you already emailed me and don’t see your giveaway, it isn’t on purpose. Please email me again as your first email must have died a horrid death in my inbox…

Top 10 Referring Sites to BFS from the Last Week:

  1. Budgets Are Sexy
  2. Monica on Money
  3. Get Rich Slowly
  4. Free Money Finance
  5. Newlyweds on a Budget
  6. I Pick Up Pennies
  7. Reach Financial Independence
  8. I Heart Budgets
  9. Dinks Finance
  10. Funny About Money

Thank you! Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions. I’d love to add a few more blogs to my regular reading list or at least give a shout-out for great posts or contests.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers that teach me something new every day. Thanks to all my commenters for making this blog the community I want it to be. Thanks to all my lurkers too. ;-)

I hope everybody is enjoying this as much as me!

Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #134

Weekly Updates

  • We had to say goodbye to Miss Doxie this past Thursday, so my week was all about her.  But I am catching up now.
  • Parking at #FinCon14 is going to run $21-$35 a day, so I am looking for someone to carpool with Sept 16-21, 2014 to New Orleans. Going through Houston around then?  :-)
  • If you ever experience any problems using BFS (reading or commenting), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail.com to let me know.
  • Remember to sign up for my posts via email or my weekly newsletter to be able to enter the separate giveaway that I host for subscribers only every month! Plus, I share things in the newsletter that I no longer share here (hint…what do you think happened to my monthly income reports).

Weekly Favorites

Posts on my Co-Owned Sites

Blog Carnivals that Included BFS

Giveaways

Please let me know if you are running a giveaway so I can add you to the list each week! If you already emailed me and don’t see your giveaway, it isn’t on purpose. Please email me again as your first email must have died a horrid death in my inbox…

Top 10 Referring Sites to BFS from the Last Week:

  1. Monica on Money
  2. Newlyweds on a Budget
  3. Free Money Finance
  4. Get Rich Slowly
  5. I Heart Budgets
  6. Len Penzo
  7. Funny About Money
  8. Budgets Are Sexy
  9. Making Sense of Cents
  10. Money Manifesto

Thank you! Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions. I’d love to add a few more blogs to my regular reading list or at least give a shout-out for great posts or contests.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers that teach me something new every day. Thanks to all my commenters for making this blog the community I want it to be. Thanks to all my lurkers too. ;-)

I hope everybody is enjoying this as much as me!