MOMents in Motherhood: Loving Ourselves + A Giveaway with Smile Brilliant

Why is it that when I'm given a compliment, I instantly insist it's either untrue or I pass the praise on to someone/something else?  Are you guilty of this too?  Do you also feel like hiding other wonderful things about yourself just to fit in?  Perhaps you breastfed for a few years but deny yourself the joy of sharing it with others?  Or maybe you loved being pregnant and would do it again in a heartbeat but can't share for fear of being side-eyed.  

This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant but all thoughts and opinions are my own!
((Contest Details are below!))
 It's an ugly thing to be prideful but a wonderful thing to have pride.  We are constantly being bombarded by perfect feeds of Mom's who seemingly have it all.  But rest assured, they don't.  Collectively, we as Mother's have the ability to raise the bar and let the meek speak up.  That's exactly why I felt motivated to share this post with you.  It was hard for me to share my motherhood journey even in the beginning because being pregnant came with so many stigma's and negative opinions.  Even after the baby I got several comments about my shape & weight.  

I vividly remember a toddler pointing out the varicose veins on my legs and making a weird face.  I couldn't be mad though and I even laughed at his expression.  But bless his little heart for being concerned LOL!

Other than varicose veins, my post pregnancy body had a list of "battle scars" including deflated breasts, a herniated belly button and stretched out skin around my belly button area.  Since having two kids, my caffeine intake has increased drastically.  My coffee is only gone 5 minutes before I refill my glass with wine so I'd say my yellowing teeth were a direct result of having two kids.  It hurt not smiling because I was secretly ashamed of bearing, yet another, battle scar.  I also have a very obvious mole on my lip line (which is a whole nother story) drawing attention whether I wanted it or not.

That's when I learned about whitening from my dentist. Typically, this kind of procedure is not covered by insurance. FIGURES. Smile Brilliant, however, is a wonderful whitening company which provides everything you need right at home to brighten up your teeth even if they are sensitive like mine! Since we Mom's don't always have time for ourselves, I wanted to give one lucky reader a kit to try free! (More on that below!)

But first, a Little comparison...

I have whitened my teeth before with strips that didn't do the job. That's probably because it hurt so bad I ripped them off only to have a throbbing mouth and extreme tooth sensitivity after. I've heard about the charcoal method but I also heard that it can erode the enamel in your teeth so I skipped out on that. I even wanted to try the LED whitening but after reading that it doesn't penetrate deep enough I decided to keep looking. That's why I prefer trays at home. It's easily done before bed to keep new stains from occurring and they send everything to your door! They also send desensitizing gel to help with post-whitening sensitivity.

Sound good?

To enter in the giveaway for your complimentary teeth whitening kit, you must fill out this form here and for a bonus entry, comment below↓ what you love about yourself.  That's it!  The Giveaway is open for two weeks to all residents in US, UK, Australia, & Canada.  I want this place to be a place where you feel good.  I want to hear what you love even if it's something that might be misunderstood.  It might be your legs, your birthmark or something you do well.  Maybe you are an exceptional cook or you volunteer to make a difference.  Let me know!  I will be picking a winner at random.  If you aren't selected, no biggie. Once you fill out the form here, you will still receive a discount code just for participating!  As for my personal results?  They speak for themselves.  Just check out the pics below!

Need additional visuals on how the trays work?  No problem! This video review is actually really informative!  

As always, thanks for checking out the post!  It's my hope that we can raise children in a world where we can celebrate others while celebrating ourselves first.  I can't wait to hear all your self-professed compliments and I'm sure someone will be very happy to share their white smile too.  I will start things off first by saying that I love my mole and my long neck...  Did I mention that they might be misunderstood compliments?  😆 


Kristin Dawn Mejia
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