Whitening Sensitive Teeth At Home!

Gooood morning, pals! How's it going? I'm so excited to share this blog post with you today! I collaborated with Smile Brilliant for this post and I can't say enough good things about this company and their products. 

So, what is Smile Brilliant?

Smile Brilliant is an at home teeth whitening kit that literally brings the effectiveness of a whitening treatment you would get at your dentists' office to your HOME for a fraction of the price. It's pure magic.

base-catalyst-paste

Your kit will include everything you need to make impressions for your own custom-fitted teeth whitening trays (you make the impressions, send them back, and a week later Smile Brilliant has sent you your own custom whitening trays)! Pretty cool, right? You'll also have plenty of whitening gel and desensitizing gel to use!

smile-brilliant-case

Why did it work for me?

  1. Decalcifications: I've struggled with decalfications on my teeth for as long as I can remember - basically spots on my teeth are whiter than the other parts. So, I always really shied away from whitening kits because usually they'd just make those spots BRIGHT white and the rest of my teeth would stay the same color. Talk about embarrassing, right? No bueno. BUT this all changed with Smile Brilliant - this kit works for my teeth and now I'm more confident with my smile than ever! 
  2. Sensitivity: Along with the decalcifications, my teeth are pretty sensitive. With Smile Brilliant's desensitizing gel I had VERY little sensitivity. Before even starting the whitening process I used the desensitizing gel for a few nights, which really seemed to help. After that, I aimed to whiten my teeth for 30-45 minutes 3-4 times per week, and used the desensitizing gel for about 15 minutes after each whitening session. 
  3. Coffee stains: This kit couldn't have come at a better time - with starting my first real, big girl job, coffee has become a daily occurrence and I had the stains to prove it. I mean, just check out my before picture below!

My teeth have come a LONG way with Smile Brilliant's whitening system as they were pretty stained. I didn't even realize the stains I had until I took the picture of my teeth after using the whitening system - it's crazy! I'll definitely be continuing to use Smile Brilliant to whiten my smile even more with my sister's upcoming wedding, as well as one of my friends. 

Thanks to Smile Brilliant for helping me smile fearlessly :D

YOU can smile fearlessly with Smile Brilliant too! Check out the GIVEAWAY and coupon code below :D

Use the code joyfullyjenna for 10% off your whitening kit! AND it gets even better - make sure to enter into the giveaway to win a credit of $139 towards your OWN at-home whitening kit. *Giveaway open for 2 weeks. Participants must submit name and email on giveaway page in order to enter. Open to USA, Canada, UK, and Australia. The winner will be selected and contacted via email in 2 weeks.

Chat soon,

Zoetic Body Care Line + *GIVEAWAY*

Hi there, you lovely people! How's this week treating you? I hope it's been a good one so far! 

I'm SO excited to be writing this post. I collaborated with Ashley, the founder of Zoetic - a Body Care Line. She's the sweetest gal out there, and I'm so excited to be sharing a bit about her and her products with you all today. Oh, and did I mention one of you is going to be the lucky winner of a giveaway full of her products!? She was so generous in the products she gave me for the giveaway - together it's a giveaway worth $125! Before we get into what you can win and how you can win it, I asked Ashley, the founder of Zoetic, a few questions so you could get to know her and her body care line a bit better. 

zoetic-giveaway

1. What inspired you to start your own body care line?

Awhile back, I started out just making body products for friends & family, and I fell in love instantly. It made me feel amazing and alive, and it was that exact feeling that inspired me to take it to the next level. The moment I realized that I could turn my love for skincare into something bigger was ground breaking for me. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. I grabbed a piece of paper and began dreaming up what is now called, Zoetic.

2. Can you tell me about the meaning behind the name "Zoetic" name?

Zoetic means life and everything pertaining to it. Building off of that, we stand for creating a beautiful life and thriving in it. When creating each product, from the colors, to the names, to the packaging, we work to deliver products that make people feel happy and inspired. 

3. If you had to choose one product from your line as your favorite, which would it be?

This is such a toughie! I feel the strongest connection to my facial oil, Petal Drops, because I struggle with rosacea and have always had a hard time finding products that work. After creating a product that has helped calm the redness & itchiness on my face, it’s probably safe to say we have a special bond. :) ha!

4. What's your favorite scent that you've created so far?

Definitely the honey rose lip polish.  The funny part is, I used to think that I hated the smell of rose - until I discovered Moroccan Rose, which is a bit sweeter.  Now I am ADDICTED. Plus, who doesn’t love the natural smell of honey? 

5.  I LOVE the quote on your website, "It's more than a product, it's a feeling" can you elaborate on it?

I think there is something so beautiful about the correlation between our senses and our emotions.  When we use skin care, it’s an experience – a way to unwind and connect with our truest selves.  Think about it – when you are lathering your hair with your favorite shampoo, or soaking in a tub full of scented bath salts - have you ever noticed that your mind is instantly calmed and you float away to a place of happiness and creativity?  I think it’s so important to acknowledge how magical that connection is, and that is what I hope to bring to life with my products. 

Don't you guys just love her already? You're going to love her products even more - they're like magic in a bottle! You can truly tell that Ashley has a passion for creating quality body care products, and that makes all the difference in my opinion. All of her products are formulated with top quality, nontoxic ingredients, and are never tested on animals. I love using products that I know are good for my skin and body. As much as I try to fuel my body with healthy foods, I also try to be conscious about the products I use on my body. 

jenna-lip-polish

I was lucky enough to get to try out some of Ashley's products including the Petal Drops, Lip Polish, Sugar Body Polish, and Bath Salt Soaks. My favorite (as well as Ashley's) is definitely the Petal Drops. Honestly, they totally changed the game for me. My makeup is going on so much more evenly and my face just feels better the morning after I use it! It's the perfect product for dry winter skin. You guys are going to LOVE the Lip Polish and Sugar Body Polish too. After using both just once I noticed an immediate difference in my skin - less dryness and way more smoothness. #winning Also, who doesn't love a night of pampering yourself? Grab a cup of tea (or wine, no judgment here) and have a spa night at home! These products will make you feel like a queen.

lip-polish

So, you're probably wondering when I'm going to tell you what's in the giveaway and how you can win it. Fine, fine, I won't make you wait any longer! The winner of the giveaway will receive:

giveaway-zoetic-products

Whoever wins this giveaway is one lucky lady! Okay, so now to how you can enter to win these goodies. To enter the giveaway you need to:

  • Go to my Instagram page (@joyfullyjenna)
  • "Like" the giveaway photo
  • Follow me
  • Follow Ashley (@bezoetic)
  • Comment on the picture of the giveaway on my Instagram page telling me which product you're most excited to try
  • *Extra entry - tag a friend in a comment below the giveaway picture

This giveaway will be open until Monday, January 9th, until 9PM EST. Only individuals residing within the US are valid for entry.

Good luck, friends! While you're waiting to see if you're the lucky winner, head on over to the official Zoetic website to check out all of the products.

*All opinions in this post are my own. 

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: How to Achieve Your Goals

Hey there, friends! I hope that you all had wonderful holidays with your loved ones. My grandmother was here with us for the week, so I was trying to soak up as much time with her as possible before she went back home to Florida, (so jealous that she's headed to warm and sunny weather) so that's why I've been a bit MIA the past week or so! I'm back now though, and I'm SO excited to see what 2017 brings to my little blog. I want to thank each of my lovely followers for sticking with me since I started Joyfully Jenna back in July, and I hope you'll stick with me for many years to come!  Side note, my extremely generous parents bought me a Canon camera for Christmas, so get ready to see higher quality pictures in posts to come! I'm so, so excited :)

I'm stopping by today to chat about a topic that many of you are probably thinking about around this time of year:

New Year Resolutions.

new-year-resolutions

To be honest, I'm not a big New Year Resolutions kinda gal. Don't get me wrong, I do like the feeling of fresh start with the new year, but I've never been one to set specific resolutions for myself. BUT I do know that many people do like to make some goals this time of year, many that center around health. So, I thought I would chit chat with you all about some strategies that I've found effective when trying to stick with my personal health goals throughout the years. 

Be realistic.

I know, we all want things to happen FAST, especially if we're talking about weight loss. But lofty goals are often not sustainable goals. Be realistic with yourself. Be HONEST with yourself. For example, if you're not going to the gym at all right now, and your resolution is to go more, don't set a goal to go four times per week. Too much, too soon, guys. Start small! Start by going maybe one or two times per week, and work UP to four times. Baby steps are KEY.

Be specific. 

So, you want to go the gym more in the New Year? Or maybe you want to eat healthier? That's AWESOME and I'm totally rooting you on, but you've gotta get a bit more specific with me. What does going to the gym "more" and eating "healthier" really mean? Does that mean heading to the gym two times per week for thirty minutes? Eating 3 cups of fruits and veggies per day as opposed to your usual one cup? The more specific you are with your resolutions, or goals, the more likely you are to stick with them. Why, you ask? Because you'll actually know if you achieved your resolution or goal. If you tell yourself you just want to go to the gym more, that could mean really anything and you may be less likely to hold yourself accountable. By being specific you'll know when you have (or haven't) achieved your goal. Here's an example of a resolution/goal for ya (that I hope to stick to myself):

I will go to the gym four days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) for an hour each time.

See how specific I got there? Now at the end of each week I can check in with my resolution/goal and really know if I met it or not. Don't get freaked out by making your goals this specific either - if you find out after a week that your goal isn't realistic for you, that's ok! You can always go back and change it. 

Write your goals down. 

You know those specific resolutions and goals we just talked about? Write those bad boys down! I'm talking pen to paper, friends. AND put that paper somewhere you're going to see it each and every day. Maybe that means putting it on your bathroom mirror, your refrigerator, or maybe on your work desk. Put that piece of paper wherever you think will be your best "reminder place". For me, writing things down solidifies them. It's almost like my own little personal contract with myself, (does that make make me sound nutty?) and if I put that piece of paper somewhere I see it each day I'm going to feel pretty dang guilty if I don't work towards my goals. 

Tell someone all about your resolutions. 

Oh yes. You guys know that once you tell someone about your resolutions there's no turning back. Well, I guess technically there is turning back, but do you really want to tell your friend that you aren't sticking with your goal of going to the gym? Me neither! I want you to tell someone that you talk with regularly about the goals you've set for yourself. It may be a coworker you work closely with, your significant other, your mom or dad, a friend...whoever you're going to talk to on a regular basis!

Find a buddy.

When working towards a goal having a buddy is so helpful. If you have someone in your life that is also setting some resolutions for the New Year, buddy up with them! This tip and the one above is all about ACCOUNTABILITY. This buddy is going to give you someone that you'll check in with on a weekly basis, and you'll both be able to hold each other accountable for the goals/resolutions you've set. 

These five strategies are all ones that I use myself, and that I've also used with my health coaching clients. They really work, guys! So, if you're working towards some goals this year give one or two of these strategies a try, and let me know if they help you stick with your resolutions. 

Cheers to a New Year!

Life Lately 10.25.16

Hey there, friends! I hope Tuesday is treating you well so far. I'm stopping by today to give you a peak into what life has looked like lately around here. It's involved a lot of these two...

munch-bed
lola-sleeping

Can you tell them apart? Munchkin is in the top picture and Lola is in the bottom picture. It's been a lot the past few months with both of these gals. Munch is 13 years old so she's well into her senior years. She has trouble getting around and also is on some medications for her partially collapsed trachea so she's a bit of handful getting in and outside, but we love her. I mean, who wouldn't? Look at that face :) 

If you've been reading for awhile, you know that Lola was diagnosed with diabetes late in the summer. So, the past few months of trying to get her diabetes under control has been quite the ride. BUT as of her last glucose curve she's considered a controlled diabetic! Woohoo! We're now really putting serious thought into getting her cataract surgery to get her vision back towards the end of November. She's a happy little dog now, but she's only ten and the thought of her being blind for three or four more years doesn't seem too great to us. I'll keep you guys posted!

Over this past weekend, my good friend Taylor was home with her new puppy named Kona. I met up with her on Saturday night for some good old girl talk, puppy time, wine, and pizza. Pretty great Saturday night, right? I mean...puppies and pizza. Our good friend Lisa also was able to stop by for a bit, so it was really nice to get to see two of my good friends! Here's a picture of little Kona. She's such a well-behaved puppy and so darn cute!

kona

I can't get over her eyes!

jdrf-walk

On Sunday, my mom and I headed to the JDRF walk to support Marco. I had Marco write a guest post probably about a month ago on his journey with his Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. If you were able to donate, I really, really appreciate it! The walk had a great turnout and a lot of money was raised that will go towards research for Type 1 Diabetes.

Other than that, I've been working on some potential job opportunities, researching some wedding-related stuff for my sister, and trying to stay on track with workout routine. Anyone else have trouble sticking to their workout routine when the seasons change? It's the worst! I'm on my second round of Kayla Itsines' BBG workout, which you can read about hereI've been trying to sneak in some exercise with these tips too.

Alright, friends! I'm signing off of here before I lose the motivation to go do my workout for today :P 

 

 

Why You Need To Ditch The "All or Nothing" Diet

Gooood morning! I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. It's getting pretty chilly here and feeling more and more like Fall each day. Does anyone else have a lot of trouble getting up early when it's cold out? I swear I can wake up at 6:30/7AM like it's no big deal in the warmer months, but as soon as it's cold out it's so not fun to get out of bed so early! I just want to stay in my warm and cozy blankets. 

diet

I wanted to stop by today to chit-chat about a topic I think is important and probably affects a decent amount of people: the "all or nothing" diet. I'm completely guilty of practicing this "diet", not on purpose though. In high school I played volleyball competitively year-round, which meant practice 3x per week, and then I would work out at least two other days. I grew into the mindset that my diet had to be all or nothing - I had to go full on healthy and treating myself was a once per week type of thing. And guess what? It just wasn't sustainable. I eventually broke that "all or nothing" streak because sometimes a gal just wants a damn piece of cake instead of a tiny piece of dark chocolate after dinner, and sometimes said cake presents itself to you more than once per week...and who says no to cake? Not me. Okay, maybe sometimes, but you guys get the point. Like I've said from my very first blog post - I believe in following the "everything in moderation" rule, which I'll also refer to as the 90/10 rule sometimes (eat healthy 90% of the time).

I just think that you should ENJOY food. It shouldn't be stressful. You should feel totally fine treating yourself to a brownie or a piece of cake or french fries. I'm not saying you should treat yourself everyday, but you catch my drift, right? I'm talking about the type of scenario that you spontaneously go out after work with your friends on a weekday and you decide to get the nacho appetizer and a drink instead of eating your usual healthy food at home. You should feel okay about it, hey, you should feel good about it! Life is meant to be lived my friends, and living sometimes involves french fries. 

Choose to have a good relationship with food. Be healthy. Eat lots of greens, lean proteins, fruits and veggies, but don't, DO NOT, mark certain foods off limits. Do you really like oreos? Great! They don't need to be on your "no" list, they just can't appear in your diet everyday. Putting foods on your "no" list creates a negative and resentful feeling, which may ultimately end up in you binging one night on a whole lot of oreos (which may be delicious at the time, but not so good later). Just know that it's okay to treat yourself (treat yoself) here and there. It's not cheating, it's treating, because you wouldn't cheat in a relationship right? So why would you associate a negative word with your relationship with food and health? Treating yourself has a much more positive feeling surrounding it. 

I truly believe that you'll be able to sustain healthier eating habits this way. Why? Because you won't feel like you're on a diet. You can still eat your favorite treat here and there. That, my friends, is a lifestyle change, not a diet :) 

Thank you guys for reading today's blog post! I hope that you were able to relate to it or that it got you thinking a bit. If you want to discuss this topic further, feel free to email me at joyfullyjennablog@gmail.com. I would love to chat with you!

Treat yoself today!

Jenna