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    Custom Whitening At Home!

    smile brilliantI am so excited to share my collaboration with Smile Brilliant; a company who sends you a kit for at home teeth whitening. Everyone wants whiter teeth, right? For the most part, there is always a reason to get those perhaps not so pearly whites to become pearly whites! At least this is the case for me. I am a coffee fanatic, tea drinker, and red wine lover. Sheesh! All three of these liquids are a real doozy for teeth; definitely grounds for starting a whitening routine!

    First off, Smile Brilliant is about three easy steps!

    1. Make your impressions at home.
    2. Their lab crafts the trays
    3. Relax and Whiten at HOME! This is huge for me. Ya’ll know I am a home body. Much easier to whiten at home, compared to being at the dentist office.

    Love how simple it is! Being a mom of two little boys, in the process of moving, and a husband who works a ton! I need something that is foolproof. Mom brain is alive and strong over here. Thankfully, Smile Brilliant has it covered in the foolproof department!

    I received a well-organized kit with simple directions for how to begin the process. I have always been terrible at reading and following directions. Loved, how everything came well marked, for easy use.

    What Smile Brilliant is all about:

    The teeth whitening process starts at Smile Brilliant’s dental lab and delivered straight to your door! Their process is used with custom fit trays, made in the U.S.! Their prices are 70% less than that of a dentists’ office and are known for creating much faster results!

    How it works *So easy!:

    1. Create molds of your teeth (top and bottom) with the materials provided. Let dry. Ship molds back to Smile Brilliant *packaging and postage included (LOVE THIS), where clear trays are made and shipped back to you.
    2. After receiving the trays, you are good to go! Start the whitening process!
    3. There are gel injectors used for dispersing the gel throughout the tray.
    4. Brush teeth without toothpaste to remove any residue.
    5. Leave whitening gel on 45min-3hrs *best if used at night
    6. Rinse off and apply the desensitizing gel *for those who have sensitivity
    7. Repeat every other day for initial whitening
    8. Once the desired color is achieved reduce use to a few times a week
    9. VOILA! Easy as pie.

     

    GIVEAWAY!!!! One lucky winner will receive a personalized coupon for $149–the value of a T3 Sensitive kit!!! How amazing is that?!?!

    I am excited to share that I am hosting a giveaway alongside Smile Brilliant! Click the link below, fill out the super easy form (name, email address, and Instagram account handle) and hit, submit-entry! While there is only one winner, no one goes away empty-handed! Everyone who enters will receive a discount code. So, be sure to enter!!*

    GIVEAWAY ENTRY: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/maccarose

    *giveaway is open for 2 weeks. Will close on March 5th.

    *Eligible countries: US, Canada, Australia

    Where I’m at in the process:

    I am currently using my starter kit. I cannot wait to share my results (stay tuned!). Feel free to leave any questions or concerns! I am happy to help!

    In the meantime stop by, Smile Brilliant and browse around their site.


    How Much Is Teeth Whitening

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    A tutorial on how to tie a blanket scarf! Blanket scarves are always a great addition to a fall or winter look! The perfect finishing touch and so very cozy! This tutorial shows a few simple ways to tie a blanket scarf! ASOS is a great place to find affordable blanket scarves. I linked several options, all under $30!

     

     


    my journey to fit

    fitness

    Hi friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!! If you’re like me you love a good before and after photo. I would find myself scrolling through fitness Instagram pages, hopping from one page to the next on people who had posted about their fitness journey! Always thinking, I’d like to see what my body can do! I want a challenge! Healthy living has always been important to me and just like with most things in life I’ve been on a journey where there are times I am fit and making good choices with my nutrition. Then, there are times where I’m a bit heavier and indulging when it comes to the food I consume and that is okay! Life is full of ebb and flow. I recently read an article that said our health journey isn’t about being rigid and finding the perfect weight, and staying there forever. This just isn’t practical. I think this is where I have felt failure. The failure is in thinking that I will stay 135lb for the rest of my life. Sure, this is the weight where I feel most comfortable in my skin. But, I know that it will fluctuate with life. This is really important to remember. Life happens and it’s messy. Being active and making good choices with your nutrition most of the time is important and best for living a long and healthy life. But, I’ve seen 145lb, I’ve seen 156lb, I was 198lb when I gave birth to Kashmir. Wherever you are at on your journey, you’re never too late to start making changes! Slowly but surely you can make small changes that lead to big ones. It just takes the desire for more. The desire to invest in yourself. This is my journey in deciding to challenge myself and push my body to new limits. It hasn’t been easy. But, it is so worth it! After all, nothing worth having is easy. Right?

     

    *****When I took my photo in July I did not intend on sharing my progress. This is why it looks like a mug shot and I’m in my undies. hehe!! Whoops.

    journery to fit

    HOW I DID IT:

    Until I was done nursing Kyrie I didn’t want to do anything drastic towards losing the weight I gained while pregnant. Keeping up my milk supply was important to me and I struggled to keep my milk supply with Kashmir. Kyrie weaned himself in July. This is when I decided to put in extra effort towards losing the last few pounds and building some muscle. I started in July at 145lb. At the end of October, I weighed 137.4lb. It took me three months to lose 7.6lb.

    How I lost the weight: I worked out anywhere from 2-4 times a week, depending on what the day allowed for. I worked out in my living room or went for a walk/run. I did not use weights. I did not go to the gym. I did not buy a workout program. I did not but a meal plan. I really want to stress this! It does not take purchasing a single thing to make a change. All it takes is a lot of determination and commitment.

    WORKOUTS: I used and still use Fitness Blender for free workouts on YouTube as well as on their website fitnessblender.com

    NUTRITION: I used and still use the app, My Fitness Pal. It’s free!!!

    Weight loss, maintaining weight, weight gain is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. This is CRUCIAL! I used to struggle with the thought, “But, I ate a salad! But, I didn’t eat that cookie! But, I ate chicken and broccoli!! I am making healthy choices. Why am I a not losing weight????” Healthy foods are great, but you won’t lose unless the body is in a caloric deficit. So, yes I ate a salad or chicken and broccoli. But, if the portions are too big nothing is going to change. I have a hard time with portion sizes. Eyeballing it is not a good way to start out. This is why I use My Fitness Pal. It helps me stay on track. I measure out every single thing I am putting in my mouth and I am entering it before I eat it. It is important to be accurate with your entries otherwise the time spent using the app will not be fruitful.

    FAILED ATTEMPT: My Fitness Pal asks for your age, height, weight, and amount of activity you partake in. These factors calculate how many calories you should be taking in, in order to lose or gain weight depending on your goals. I was 145lb and wanted to lose 10lb. I wanted to lose it as fast as possible; so, I entered I wanted to lose 2lb a week. The app told me I needed to be eating 1200 calories a day. I did this after having Kashmir and it worked! I lost all my baby weight. This time around I did not have the same success. My friend is really into healthy living and has a lot of knowledge on fitness/nutrition. I turned to her because after a month and a half of consuming 1,200 calories a day I had only lost 3lb. I was so frustrated and so hungry!!!! I was supposed to be at my goal weight by now and was feeling so defeated. She and I are about the same height and have a very similar body type. She told me of how her caloric intake was much higher than mine and she was losing weight. My body was in starvation mode! I wasn’t taking in enough calories. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Less isn’t always the answer. There is a balance that is needed and our bodies need calories to function. Food is the fuel that keeps us going. Never starve yourself for the sake of losing weight. I wasn’t starving myself. But, sure I was hungry. The body will feel hungry when we take calories away. That is normal. But, not eating enough to keep your body functioning in a healthy way is bad the same way eating too much is bad. With that said we recalculated my caloric intake and what I should be consumed by adding a little more information.

    We used my BMI (Body Mass Index), height, weight, age.

    This is what my current information looks like; just to give you an idea:

    Age: 27

    Height: 5’4″

    Weight: 135.4

    BMI: 23.2

    CALORIES TO MAINTAIN: 2,139

    SUBTRACT 500 (calories) from the above number

    CALORIES TO LOSE: 1,639

    SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT: I should be consuming 1,639 calories in order to lose weight. I had myself at 1,200. That’s 439 calories more each day!!!! Two small meals or one bigger meal. Those are important for sanity! Gosh, once I added these calories back in it was so nice!!! Both for my sanity and for the scale. Once, I added the calories I started losing consistently and got myself down to 135.4; which is where I currently am at.

    ENTER YOUR INFO:

    Calculate your BMI: BMI CALCULATOR

    Calculate how many calories you need to consume to maintain: EAT TO PERFORM CALCULATOR

    Calculate how many calories you should be consuming to lose: CALORIES TO MAINTAIN – 500= CALORIES TO LOSE

    *500 is the number of calories you need to take out of your daily intake to be at a caloric deficit.

     

    journey to fit

     

    REMEMBER: Being healthy isn’t all about the scale! It’s how you feel in your skin, how you fit in your clothes. Muscle weighs more than fat! You might weigh more than you’d think you “should” but look and feel better because you have more muscle than fat. There are just so many factors and I am by no means an expert. Just, sharing what worked for me and hoping to show that making a change doesn’t have to cost you a gym membership or an expensive supplement regimen. (None of those things are bad) Just not a necessity and good to know if it’s not in the budget to go to the gym or purchase special food for gaining a healthier lifestyle. 🙂

    Currently, I am doing a challenge which I did pay for; wanted to change things up and see what will come of an 8-week change of pace! It’s important to keep things interesting and keep your body guessing. I’ve hit an ebb again. But, that is okay. It’s a marathon, not a sprint right?! Ebb and flow, friends. Ebb and flow.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Leave a comment or ask a question. I’d love to hear from you.