How I Get A Good Night’s Sleep

 

I’m changing it up a little bit on the blog today! I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll how I get a good night’s rest.

 

When I was in my early 20’s, I often went to bed around 9:30 during the week.  As I approached my 30’s, I found myself staying up later and later (maybe it was just being used to getting up all hours of the night with babies that created the night owl in me!). And with my blogging, the only time I can really get much done with two very busy kids is at night. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But some nights, my mind wanders and I think about the million things I have to do the next day and eventually, 2 AM creeps up. So I teamed up with Som Sleep for Better Sleep Month to help achieve that great night’s sleep!

 

Everything about the Som Sleep drink can be found here on their website. The drink has a ton of benefits to it, including no sugar, gluten free, non gmo and non-habit forming! And it actually tastes really great! I thought for sure it would taste like a Red Bull or Monster drink (and I normally don’t drink any of those things but the few times I have the taste forever stuck in my mind!) The first time I drank the Som Sleep drink, I was asleep within 10 minutes and didn’t wake the ENTIRE night! In my experience, this stuff is the answer to your restless nights 😉

 

Here are some other things I like to do to get ready for bed:

  1. Power down everything and unplug from technology. This sounds easier said than done! And I admit most nights I’m on my iPhone or computer quite a long time. But I feel that it helps so much to get “unwired” from all the gadgets.
  2.  Take a bubble bath. I LOVE taking baths. I use a ton of bath bombs and bubbles and it helps me to just relax from the day’s stress. These bath bombs are my current fav!
  3.  Read a good book. I’m a super avid reader. I love mysteries, documentaries, etc. Reading definitely helps me to slow down and get ready for rest. I just bought this book.
  4.  Soothing Sounds. I almost always play a beach waves or rain sound from an app on my phone (I use Soundscapes).

Happy sleeping ya’ll! Xo, Brooke

 

*This post was created on my own from products gifted to me by Som Sleep. All opinions here are 100% mine.

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Orange Everything


Orange has always been a color that I’m drawn to. I love that you can wear it literally during any season (but I especially love it during fall and summer!). I’ve been buying a lot of orange lately because it reminds me of the sunset and that summer is finally creeping up! Here are all my top picks for you orange lovers!

 

#1  ONE SHOULDER DRESS

#2 ORANGE LENS SUNGLASSES

#3 MIETTA DROP EARRINGS

#4 SAM EDELMAN BAY SLIDES

#5 SLOUCHY KNOT FRONT BLOUSE

#6 BRINLEY POM POM VISOR 

#7 CROSS FRONT ONE PIECE

*8 POM POM STRAW BEACH TOTE

 

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At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

 

I have always been an avid teeth whitener. You name it, I’ve probably used it. From whitening strips to actual whitening procedures at the dentist office, I’ve done everything under the sun to get a pearly white smile. Throughout the years of my whitening journey, I was a morning coffee drinker, a big fan of pop products and a red wine lover. I never thought twice about drinking any of those acidic liquids. Over time, I noticed my teeth getting more dull and yellow. So what would I do? Run to the nearest drugstore to pick up another pack of whitening strips. I used them so often and so frequently, that my teeth began to hurt.  So much so that I had to stop using them all-together and my teeth again became more dull and discolored. So when I was asked to collaborate with Smile Brilliant, I jumped at the chance!

 

 

Smile Brilliant is unique to each person’s set of teeth because unlike most at-home whitening kits, you create your very own mold of your teeth. I think it definitely helps having a mold of your teeth because the whitening hits every crack and crevice in your mouth. (After all, who wants to have tiger striped teeth?!) This mold is sent into the Smile Brilliant lab where they then create an upper and lower tray that fit your teeth to a T! The mold is extremely easy to make by mixing the base and catalyst together to form a paste to be put into the mold.  I felt like a kid doing a super cool science experiment because as you mix the two together, the color changes! Pop the mold it in your mouth, wait for it to harden (about 3 minutes) and then send it directly into the lab in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided! Easy as 1, 2, 3. What you don’t see in this photo are my kids running around screaming for a snack lol. I can literally gel these and pop them in super quick and go about my day!

 

What you don’t see in this photo are my kids running around screaming for a snack lol. I can literally gel these and pop them in super quick and go about my day!

 

Once you get the custom fitted trays back from the lab, you can start whitening immediately, which of course I did! Inside the kit there are syringes of both whitening gel and desensitizing gel (which in my experience, was a teeth-saver!).  All that you need to do is place a thin strip of the whitening gel on the top of the teeth trays and put them in your mouth to begin whitening. Depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and how much they need whitened, you can whiten for 1 hour to 3 hours. And the best part of all is you can whiten while you literally do anything!  I whitened while doing laundry (most of the time), watching tv, playing with my kids, and even blogging! Because of my sensitivity, I would normally do an hour of the whitening gel and then right after use the desensitizing gel for 15-20 minutes. The desensitizing gel was almost like a cooling gel, I could tell it really helped my teeth from throbbing!

 

Drum roll please…….here are the before and after photos of my whitening process with Smile Brilliant! I didn’t notice a hugely dramatic difference because my teeth were pretty white to begin with. However, the spots that were dull and discolored definitely aren’t anymore and my teeth now look more “crisp” white, if that’s even a thing 😉

               BEFORE                                                      AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now here comes the fun part: The GIVEAWAY! Here’s your chance to enter to win a $149 Smile Brilliant Credit toward a kit of your very own! To enter, simply click this link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/withaside. Giveaway closes one week from today’s post and is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents. Make sure to enter your email to be entered! Good luck and keep smiling!

If you wanna immediately start working on those pearly whites, you can purchase a Smile Brilliant kit now at 15% off with coupon code withaside15.

 

 SHOP ALL SMILE BRILLIANT PRODUCTS HERE.

*THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY SMILE BRILLIANT. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

 

 


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I decided to dedicate this post to great gifts to give to the mamas in your life! You can click on any of the links below and they will send you directly to the item. These are all items that I would gift to others or even get for myself. Happy Shopping! Xo, Brooke

 

1. MAMA RING

2. TORY BURCH MILLER SANDALS

3. LIBRARY CARD PILLOW

4. COCO ROSE LUXE HYDRATION TRIO

5. PLUM PRETTY SUGAR KIMONO ROBE 

6. T3 WHIRL TRIO

7. TORY BURCH TOTE

8. TARTE COSMETICS BUSY GIRL SET

 

 

 

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A Casual Spring Cardigan Outfit

 

 

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Cardigan: Old Navy (sold out) Similar HERE // Tank: Older, Similar HERE // Jeans
Wedges // Sunglasses // Earrings // Bag: Buy used HERE // Watch // Bracelet

 

Confession time: I used to despise cardigans. In fact, I don’t think I ever owned one past age 5. For some reason, I always felt like they looked frumpy or boring. So I almost always passed them up whenever I was out shopping. But after time, they started to grow on me. Maybe it was because I was cold all the time lol. Either way, I’ve crossed over and wear them a lot now! They’re kind of a like wearing a hug 😉 And for spring, I love the off-the-shoulder look to them! Perfect for those cooler nights.

 

So in other news I’m heading out to Austin tomorrow morning for my future SIL’s bachelorette party! (If you’ve been watching my Insta stories then you know my struggles with packing lol). I am a huge Dallas fan but I’ve never been to Austin If you know of any must-go places or things to do there, leave a comment! Xo, Brooke

 

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