Thursday, December 8, 2016

Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant: A Smile Transformation + Giveaway!

    I have always thought a big, white smile made a huge difference in anyone's appearance.  It's kind of like the most basic beauty thing someone can do (male or female) that improves your overall look.  I have never professionally whitened by teeth and have only really tried Crest white strips a few years back.  With that said, my teeth really needed help!  I am an avid coffee and red wine drinker so needless to say, I had my fair share of coffee stains, however I never really knew much about professional teeth whitening and always assumed it was super expensive.
I was very excited when Smile Brilliant offered to send me an at-home whitening kit to try out their custom-fitting trays and whitening kit.  From the reviews I researched before trying, the quality was professional grade yet at the comfort of your own home so I was in!
    Smile Brilliant was very easy to use in my opinion.  The only real "work" involved is making the custom impressions to mold to your teeth so that the whitening experience is comfortable and effective.  The instructions are very easy to follow and I showcase the steps below where you simply make an impression of your teeth in the gum material they provide, let it dry and mail it out back to Smile Brilliant where they will make your custom impression.
    In just a few days, Smile Brilliant send back your custom-made impressions and this is where the fun begins.  Simply use the whitening gel provided in your custom trays and watch the magic happen!  The whitening kit also provides a sensitivity gel after whitening but I was lucky and did not experience any sensitivity at all and therefore didn't need to use it.  For a more detailed instruction on how to use Smile Brilliant, you can watch this video.
    I noticed surface stains removing after just one use especially since I had coffee stains which was easy to remove with one application.  The results below are after 5 sessions of whitening (trays were worn for approximately 40 minutes each time).
   I was very impressed with the results and also impressed with how fast it worked.  I noticed myself able to pull off a few more daring lip colors since my teeth were so white (added bonus) :)  I would definitely recommend Smile Brilliant to anyone looking to boost their smile!  I'll provide a link to the product below.  I think it also makes a great holiday gift for the person who has everything!
  I have also teamed up with Smile Brilliant to give away a whitening kit- just in time for the holidays!  Check out the link below to enter.



Here is where you can get your very own Smile Brilliant Whitening kit and save 5% with code: jamieeverafter in checkout!
 You can check out some more amazing smile transformations: Smile Brilliant Reviews
Jamie Ever After + Smile Brilliant will also be giving a away a whitening kit.  To enter- Follow @JamieEverAfter on Instagram and then simply provide your email here



Ever After,
Jamie
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Zucchini Lasagna: Low Carb Recipe







Ingredients:

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 12 oz Ricotta cheese (part skim)
  • 1lb ground beef/chicken/turkey (I used ground chicken)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, finely chopped 
  • fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 cup marinara sauce 
Directions: Preheat overn to 325 and grease a 9x13 baking ban.  Then slice zucchini lengthwise into very thin slices.  Season with sea salt and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and cook ground beef (or any ground meat you prefer) on high for 5 minues.  Add in green pepper, mushrroms, and onion and cook until meat is no longer pink.  Stir in tomato sauce, garlic, and basil and let simmer for 20 minutes.
While that is cooking, make the ricotta mixture by mixing all of the ricotta with the egg- set aside.

To assemle the lasagna, spread half of the meat sauce (with cooked veggies) into the bottom of the pan.  The next layer is half the zucchini slices and half the mozz and then half the ricotta mixture.  Repeat by layering the remaining meat sauce, zucchini slices, then rest of ricotta cheese and mozzarella. Spriinkle with parmesan cheese on top.  Bake for 45 minutes and let cool.

This was a hit in my house.. even my hubby loved it!  It's a little messier than regular lasagna but it's so delicious and saves so many calories.


Ever After,
Jamie

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Shell + Bones | New Haven Blogger Event









    There is no doubt that New Haven has some of the best food and  restaurant choices in CT.  From world-famous pizza to classic hamburgers, you can find your personal heaven. 
    I was lucky enough to attend a blogger's event hosted by fellow blogger and friend Kat, owner of A Little Birdie Told Me, a social media and content marketing agency.  So many amazing #boss ladies attended at Shell and Bones Oyster Bar and Grill , which undoubtedly has the most beautiful view in New Haven!  Overlooking the harbor and Lighthouse Point Park, the sunset was absolutely stunning.
   Upon our arrival, we were greeted with hot apple cider cocktails in beautiful copper mugs which was perfect for a cool, fall evening by the water.  The appetizers were incredible- my favorite being the  Clam Chowder Remoulade, and the mouth-watering Tuna Tatare.  Blogger events are always a great way to network, try new places in the area and put some great minds together for ideas and content.

{Sweater: Nordstrom similar here | Distressed jeans: Primark |  Booties: Trask | Blanket scarf: Hollister}

Ever After,
Jamie