Teeth whitening has always been something I’ve contemplated in the past but was never sure which route to take. It seems like there are so many options available and it gets overwhelming on how to make the right choice. I’ve had little luck with different strips in the past and I feel like I’m always fighting an uphill battle trying to rid of my coffee-stained teeth. Luckily, I was introduced to Smile Brilliant, a teeth whitening company created by dental professionals that produces custom-fitted whitening trays here in the U.S. and delivers them to your door.

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About Smile Brilliant

The Smile Brilliant team is made up of dental professionals with more than 30 years of teeth whitening experience. Their experienced staff has created custom-fitted whitening trays for local dentists. They decided to develop a system that allows customers to make their own dental impressions from the comfort of their own home! By eliminating a trip to the dentist, it also eliminates time and cost.

How does it work?

Step 1: Order the complete package and make your dentaI impressions in less than 15 minutes. Send your impressions back to Smile Brilliant in prepaid envelope.

Step 2: The Smile Brilliant lab receives your dental impressions, crafts an exact model of your teeth, and hand finishes a truly custom-fitted tray.

Step 3: Simply add professional teeth whitening gel to your trays, wear them, and relax! Let Smile Brilliant do the work.


I was super excited about the opportunity to use their product because of how streamlined and simple the entire preparation process was. I knew that if it was made easy enough for me to not have to visit the dentist or have someone poke around inside my mouth that it was worth the try.

My Teeth Whitening Journey:

Upon receiving my Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit, I tore open the envelope, read the directions, and immediately prepped to create my teeth molds right in my very own kitchen. I woke up the next morning to check on them, and they were perfectly firm and ready to be shipped back to the lab. I placed them into their pre-paid envelope and dropped them into the outgoing mailbox.

Just 5 days later, I received my whitening trays and was ready to get started!

Here are my before photos:

(Excuse the no makeup, dry skin look)


Because of the decalcification on my front teeth (I also had braces ages ago), I was instructed to pre-treat my teeth with desensitizing gel, which replenished my teeth with minerals and hydration, which helped to re-calcify my teeth before beginning the regular whitening treatments. After day five of just using desensitizing gel, I began my regular whitening treatments. I started noticing a difference after just the third treatment! Every treatment after that continued to yield a whiter and brighter smile.

I’ve never been very confident when it comes to my smile. Between the decalcification, crooked bottom front teeth, and lack of brightness, I usually smile to conceal my teeth. I don’t feel like I have to do that anymore.

Here are my after photos:

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I’m still in disbelief at how successful this teeth whitening journey has been. Everything was made simple, comfortable, and fun. I also don’t suffer from any pain or teeth sensitivity after whitening because the treatments are complete with desensitizing gel that make the process pain-free. Now I can give myself a short whitening treatment any time I decide I want a touch-up!

Check out what others are saying about Smile Brilliant here.


Now I’m giving away a FREE Smile Brilliant kit to one lucky reader! Here are the rules:
One winner will receive a $139.95 credit to Smile Brilliant which will cover the cost of the tray creation and 6 syringes of whitening gel and/or desensitizing gel (your choice). Giveaway ends December 1st!

Enter the giveaway here. 

Or, for 5% off your order, enter promo code breezyandbrazen at checkout.
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I don’t know if I’ve ever been more relieved that it’s a start of a brand new week. Was last week rough for everyone or what? Whew. I’m glad that I had some photos to look at from when Katelyn was here last weekend so that I could reflect on the awesome times we had with our husbands adventuring around the city. Speaking of, here are some photos Katelyn snapped of me before we attended the Taste of Nashville event last Friday. It sure was nice to have my old blogging partner with me for a few days. It was my first time this season wearing a jacket because I needed to. That’s right, the temperature has finally dropped in Nashville and it feels like fall.
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Ribbed Top- H&M [similar] // High Rise Skinny Jeans- Abercrombie & Fitch [similar] // Hooded Moto Jacket– Forever 21 // Booties- Target // Choker- Forever 21 // Bag- H&M
November chill
I’m really into this November chill we’ve had. I’ve noticed that I’m sleeping better because I’m not sweating and throwing the blankets off myself in the middle of the night. Our house feels comfortable and I love it. Plus, it’s nice to snuggle up on the couch and wear layers and thick socks while I’m working from home.
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Here’s to a better week than last! Looking forward to a week of hard work, productivity, wine club, and then Michigan on Sunday!

Last Saturday, while my cousins Katelyn and Alex were in town, we took a day trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee to explore, taste wine, eat southern comfort food, and sample all of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey we could stomach. We loaded up the car, grabbed some iced coffee on our way out of Nashville, and headed to Lynchburg, located in Moore County (a dry county). Yeah, you read that right, a dry county.

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We arrived into town a little early and had some time to kill before our lunch reservation, so when we passed a sign for Lynchburg Winery, we knew we had to check it out. So we kicked off our day in Lynchburg with some wine.

Since Alex was in Nashville for a few weeks working at the Union Station Hotel, he was given a group VIP tour of Jack Daniel’s Distillery which included a delicious and darling lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House beforehand. This restaurant was incredible. We checked in with the hostess and waited on the front porch for our guide, Emily, to take us to one of the upstairs dining rooms to where she hosted our entire meal. The building holds several dining rooms where groups have communal dinners where you pass plates around and serve yourselves southern cuisine.

After our unforgettable experience at lunch, we took a short stroll over to Jack Daniel’s distillery to begin our tour. This is the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and we celebrated by having some for ourselves.

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One of the “secret ingredients” in Jack’s famous Tennessee whiskey is the natural limestone spring water that comes directly from his very own natural spring. Cave Spring Hollow is Lynchburg’s greatest natural resource. It stays at a crisp, cool, and a constant 56-degrees all year-round.
We had so much learning about the history of Jack Daniel, his family, and his legacy. We learned about the filtering process, the charcoal mellowing, the mash recipe, the oak barrels, and so much more. We especially enjoyed tasting 5 different types of whiskey. We even grabbed a bottle of Gentleman Jack and had it engraved to commemorate Steve’s single “Where There’s Smoke There’s Whiskey” this year, the 150th anniversary of Jack Daniel’s.
We had the most amazing day together. Special thanks to Alex for letting us tag along and enjoy your work perks. 😉


Last week I attended the 16th annual Taste of Nashville hosted by the Phoenix Club of Nashville at Rocketown. The celebration includes several of Nashville’s finest restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, dessert-makers, and more. I brought my cousin and photographer-for-the-evening, Katelyn, and it was so much fun!

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The event benefits Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee , Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, W.O. Smith Music School, Barefoot Republic Camp and other non-profit partners. 100% of proceeds from the evening went directly to local youth organizations that Phoenix Club supports. Some of the vendors in attendance were Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Little Donkey, Kitchen Notes, Yazoo Brewing Company, Funk Seoul Brother, Peninsula, The Yellow Porch, and my all-time favorite: Jeff Ruby’s. Every single thing I tasted that evening was delicious. There was also incredible live music during the event, which made the venue all the more lively.

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The Phoenix Club’s mission is to significantly impact the direction of local disadvantaged youth by raising funds in a social setting while challenging its members to be community leaders. I felt honored to be part of an event that was for such a great cause here in Nashville.

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By the end of the evening, Katelyn and I were utterly stuffed and felt like we needed to be rolled out of the venue. It was 100% worth every bite we took, though. I’m always so grateful for the amazing opportunities I get to be a part of here in town, especially when they help to promote a brighter future for our youth. Already looking forward to next year’s event.

To learn more about Phoenix Club of Nashville, click here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

I was invited to be a part of something really special Monday evening called Morton Salt: Next Door Chef. I joined some fellow Nashville bloggers for a delicious meal. This incredible, one-of-a-kind experience involved converting our gracious hosts, Travis and Claire’s home into an actual restaurant for a day.  Travis learned from a professional chef how to prepare and cook a delicious meal using different types of salt. The best part? All of the guests were served this mouth-watering meal in their very own beautiful backyard.indie20

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This was Morton Salt’s second Next Door Chef event and I couldn’t be happier that they chose Nashville, known for some of the nation’s most cutting-edge cuisine, for their second feature. First first event was held in Chicago, which focused mainly on holiday cooking. You should check out their tips and recipes at here to inspire you this holiday season.

At Next Door Chef, I got to learn about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt when cooking. While most traditional kitchens contain regular table salt for all cooking purpose, they’re missing a major opportunity to make a profound difference in their recipes. I’ve realized that Kosher and Sea Salt is where it’s at.

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Now, I can’t give away all of the details yet, but I promise to reveal all of the goods, recipes, and details of this delightful event as soon as I’m able to (in just a few months!). But I can give you a little taste of what the event looked like and some of the food we got to eat.


Now go play with some recipes of your own and experiment with salt to taste a difference. I will be sharing more about this event when the video and recipes get published on the Next Door Chef website, but I encourage you to go there to see what they did in Chicago and learn more about how you can improve your cooking technique for the holidays.

*I was compensated by Morton Salt for this post. All opinions are my own.