Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

January 28, 2019 | Lifestyle | 11 Comments »

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Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

If there’s one thing I could change about my physical appearance it would be my smile. I’ve always been self conscious about it and would actually cover my mouth when I smiled for the longest time. My teeth are fairly straight. I don’t have any visible chips thanks to my crown. My problem is that I’ll never have that Hollywood pearly white smile. You see, much like my skin, my teeth are extremely sensitive. Any time I’ve gone to the dentist I’m reminded that whitening would only leave me feeling very uncomfortable. Pair this with a sweet tooth and a love for coffee and you have the recipe for disaster.

Just because I can’t have that perfect Hollywood smile, doesn’t mean I can’t give my teeth the star treatment. Because I do! My husband has invested in all of the fancy gadgets I need to keep my teeth and gums as healthy as possible. From flossers to electric toothbrushes. The problem is that once I get something I like I don’t bother to upgrade. I won’t even upgrade my iPhone. I insist I’m happy with what I have. My husband will take my electronics and upgrade them for me. He can’t really do that with my toothbrush though because something like that is really more of a personal preference. So I held onto what I had for years and never really knew what I was missing out on.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

My old electric toothbrush had just one button. That’s one setting. It would turn on and off. That’s it. I was ok with that. I mean it was much better than a manual toothbrush. I never knew that they had advanced so much since then. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush landed on my doorstep and I saw that it had not 1, but 5 different settings! I was missing out. Boy was I missing out!

Compared to some of the other electric toothbrushes I’ve tried, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush is longer and thinner. It’s a lot lighter and easier to handle too. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve dropped some of the other models because they’re so much bulkier. The charger/base matches the sleek grey colored toothbrush. It’s fairly small and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space. The toothbrush itself contains 5 settings.

Standard mode for superior daily cleaning.

This mode is pretty powerful, but I didn’t find it to be bothersome.

Most powerful cleaning mode for removing surface stains, polishing and vigorous deep cleaning.

I did find this one to be a tad more powerful than the Clean mode. I’m not sure how this will affect my sensitivity over time, but I just had to put it to the test. I swear it has made quite the difference in my teeth! I really wish I had taken before and after photos, but if I’m being honest I wasn’t expecting to see changes so soon. I thought maybe it was just me, but when my husband had commented that my smile was visibly brighter I couldn’t help but smile more. It also leaves my teeth looking/feeling nicely polished. Similar to the feeling I get after leaving the dentist’s office!

Gentle gum pulsation mode for gum stimulation. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.

The massage mode was a little intense. If your gums are super sensitive you might find the pulses to be a bit much.

Gum Care
Gum mode for gentle cleaning along the gumline. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.

This gum mode was much gentler. The pulses weren’t as intense. I really like using this along with the Sensitive mode for a thorough cleaning.

Ideal for users who find the default clean mode to be slightly too aggressive. This gentle cleaning mode is tuned well for those who have sensitive gums and teeth.

Obviously this was my favorite mode. It was extremely gentle while still leaving my teeth feeling sparkly clean. It’s really nice to have a Sensitive option especially since a lot of us do have sensitive teeth and gums.

Once you choose your setting using the arrow button, you press the power button and your toothbrush is ready to go. It powers on in 4 30 second intervals. They suggest breaking up your brush time into 4 sections. Upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. I can see this coming in handy for children. Especially my son who confuses 2 minutes with 2 seconds.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

Overall, I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with this toothbrush! I love that it has options including one for those of us with sensitive teeth. I love that it leaves my teeth feeling like I just left the dentist’s office. Minus the pain of course. I also love that they sell their brush heads in bundles that are very affordable! The smallest bundle contains 2 electric brush heads for just $13.00! And the brush head even has a tongue scraper on the back. Something that manual toothbrushes have, but surprisingly my other electric toothbrushes was lacking.

If I had to find one thing to pick apart it would just be the charger. I wish it had a compartment under the base to coil some of the cord so that it’s not left hanging around the counter. Aside from that I can’t think of a single negative thing to say. This is easily the best electric toothbrush I’ve ever tried. And right now everyone in my house is eyeballing my shiny new toothbrush. My son even jokingly told me he had used it. I think that was his subtle way of asking me if he could try it. I might have to get him one now.

I’m not one to tell people what they need in their life. And you’ll only ever hear me talk about the things I truly love around here. This toothbrush gave me something I thought I’d never have. A nicer smile. It’s still far from perfect, but I feel a whole lot more confident these days. And now I don’t have to give up coffee.

Just kidding. I can’t quit coffee.

Smile Brilliant was generous enough to allow me to host a giveaway. One lucky winner will be issued a $119.00 credit to purchase their very own Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush (Individual Package)! CLICK HERE TO ENTER! If you’re too excited and can’t wait (or if you don’t win) you can use the promo code midwestglam20 for 20% off! Good luck!

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


Product: Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush
Price: $119.00 – $199.00
Promo: Use Code midwestglam20 For 20% Off

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Influenster Pumpkin VoxBox

November 9, 2015 | Lifestyle, VoxBox | 17 Comments »

PR Sample


Influenster Pumpkin VoxBox


Influenster Pumpkin VoxBox


Influenster Pumpkin VoxBox

A few months ago I signed up for Influenster. From their FAQ page: ‘Infuenster is a product disovery platform that lets opinionated, social media savvy consumers like you discover and share knowledge on products through sampling, reviews, and more!’ I’m still trying to get the hang of it, but it’s a fun place to browse. Then one day I came home to this pretty pink package sitting on my doorstep. After I put away my tons of groceries I dug into this box with my son.


Werther’s Original Soft Caramels

First up is the Werther’s Original Soft Caramels. I try my best to stay away from sweets, but every once in a while they get the best of me. I’ve never tried the Werther’s Original Soft Caramels before getting this sample, but I have tried their hard candies. I definitely prefer the Soft Caramels. They were in fact nice and soft. Very rich caramel flavor too. I make a very tasty caramel filled cookie that these would probably compliment nicely. A lot of the other soft caramels aren’t nearly as soft as these.


goodnessknows snack squares (peach & cherry, almond, dark chocolate)


goodnessknows snack squares (peach & cherry, almond, dark chocolate)

The goodness knows snack squares was a nice little surprise. I was really hoping to be able to try the peach & cherry, almond, dark chocolate flavor and that’s exactly what I got. It was surprisingly very good. I hate dark chocolate so I was a little hesitant, but I don’t mind it in these snack squares. It really works with the almonds and fruit flavors. The squares are chewy and textured. I love the large chunks of almonds. I sort of feel like I’m eating something I’ll regret later on, but at only 150 calories and 12 grams of sugar that just isn’t the case. They’re right up there with my go-to bars.

I’ll definitely look for these the next time I’m out. Especially for my son. He loved them just as much as I did. His after school snacks are mostly limited to fruit and some sort of nut butter or healthy(ish) snack bars. I usually have to buy 2 different kinds of bars, but this is one snack we can share together.

I’ve been a fan of Popchips for a while. I don’t usually eat chips, but once in a while I find myself wanting some. Popchips are light and airy. They’re never greasy or overly salty. While the Sea Salt flavor isn’t overly exciting to me, there are so many different flavors to choose from. The problem? I can never find the flavors I want to try. I’m looking at you, Sweet Potato! I also want to try the Boardwalk Kettle Corn. I can see myself going crazy trying to track these down.

I don’t think I’ve ever used Downy products before. The Ultra Downy Fabric Softener I received is the April Fresh scent. It smells so nice! It was the first thing I smelled when I opened the box. I used it just this morning to wash my bedding. It really does smell nice and fresh. I’m used to using just dryer sheets, but aside from leaving a strong smell on my clothes and bedding I don’t notice anything different. The Ultra Downy did leave my bedding feeling softer without an overwhelming scent.

My son is enjoying the Mr. Sketch Scented Marker. Thank goodness it’s washable. Although he’s come a long way and no longer tries to color on the TV. Yes, he actually did that. All I could do was make my best Jim Halpert face and vowed to never use the restroom while he was awake ever again.

I’ll be doing reviews for the Yucatan Guacamole and Alexia products this week. I’ve been wanting to post a few food related posts for a while. There’s a nice sweet potato nacho recipe I’ve been wanting to try and the guys of the household want some fancy waffle fries and gravy. Tis the season for comfort food?

Overall this was a pretty interesting box. There were a few new to me items that I was excited to test out. And it was nice to be able to enjoy some old favorites.

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner Kit in Dark Pink

September 21, 2015 | Lifestyle | 16 Comments »

Purchased By Me


I’m a hardcore planner. I plan anything and everything. Sure, there are times where I say to heck with it and just go with the flow, but I’m an organized planner at heart. I take notes on my iPhone, MAC, random pieces of paper which are organized neatly on my desk. I’ve searched everywhere for a planner that will suit my needs. Because for once I’d like to have an all-in-one place for all of my notes, ideas, and plans.

I remember standing in Target several months ago staring at the small selection of planners on the shelf thinking ‘That’s it?’ A girl standing beside me said ‘It’s so hard to choose. None of them fit my needs, but I need something…’ I nodded because that’s exactly what I was thinking. So I grabbed the best of the worst and tried to make it work. But I never stopped searching for that perfect planner. Then it happened. I stumbled upon the planner hashtags on Instagram. I didn’t know that there were so many planner geeks out there! I also didn’t know that nicer, functional planners actually existed. Let me tell you… they do!

So after watching dozens of unboxing videos on YouTube for the Webster’s Pages Color Crush Planner Kit, I decided that it was the planner I was looking for all my life. I thought that obtaining this planner would be as simple as going to the website and ordering it. Nope. Apparently I’m not the only one who thought this planner was perfection. I found out that my best bet would be to pre-order one on Etsy. I pre-ordered one back in June. I was told that my order would most likely ship around the first week of July. Months went by and I eventually cancelled my pre-order. Long story short the seller got some in stock finally and reached out to me. Within 2 days of ordering (again) I had my dream planner in my hands! It was a long wait, but it was so worth it!

Here are some photos of my unboxing.


The first time around I ordered the teal which actually looks more turquoise to me. My favorite colors are turquoise and pink in case you couldn’t tell. Anyway, when I went to reorder one of the in-stock planners the teal was sold out so I opted for the pink. I’m so glad that I did. It’s so so so pretty! Even my husband said the pink was more my style. I have to agree.

As you can see from the photos the planner is packaged perfectly. Unboxing it really is exciting. On the inside cover there are pockets for you to store some stuff n thangs. There’s really nothing fancy about the dashboard, but it’s all good because I’m planning to order a pretty one on Etsy. The first section is labeled Write It Down (thoughts, ideas, dreams). The second section is labeled Memory Keeping. The third section is labeled Lists To Love (to do, goals, menu, shopping list). The fourth section is labeled Staying Inspired and it contains beautifully decorated inspirational quotes/sayings. The fifth and final section contains the calendar. The inside of the back cover contains a small note pad for note taking layered on top of another pocket. It’s pretty tight so I doubt you could fit much in there. On the side of the note pad is a holder for a pen or pencil. This planner also comes with a bookmark that is decorated with gold polka dots. There’s also an extra calendar pack and a sheet of stickers tucked inside. The Etsy seller added a free washi tape with my order. It’s not a design or color I would use for every day, but it looks like it would make for a nice decoration during Christmas time. You can see it below.


I’ve already started designing my own inserts and dividers. I’m making my own personalized menu sheets along with my own blog schedule sheets. That’s what really sold me on this planner. Being able to personalize it. We all have specific needs. One planner does not fit all. At least not in my freakishly organized world.

Now to figure out how to make my own stickers. Because it’s getting pretty costly. I’ve already spent about $50 on the accessories alone. It’s pretty addicting. That and there’s so many cute things! I just can’t help myself!

I don’t know what else there is to say. I love this planner! So much that I’m going to order another one for my business. It’ll be perfect for keeping track of orders, recipes, recipe ideas, shopping list, etc. The plain old notebook I’m using now just isn’t cutting it. I can already picture one of these beauties decorated with my company logo. And I may as well get the matching folio to hold all of my accessories. See? I might have a problem…


In case any of y’all are wanting one, I figured I’d help you out and list the only stores on Etsy that currently have these planners in stock. If you’re impatient like me and don’t want to wait a year and a day, make sure the listing says IN STOCK. Otherwise you will be paying for a pre-order that could take months to ship out.

I Luv Design (where I got mine)
My Rubber Stamp
Redd Robin Studios


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