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#SmileFearlessly : cariPRO Electric Toothbrush + Major Discount Code

I think we can all agree, confidence comes from within... but a bright smile helps ;)

Over the years, I've revealed a few quirks here on the site, that's why when Smile Brilliant told me about their new cariPro Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush, I openly shared my obsession for oral hygiene. While I'm sure many of you dread the dentist's office, I actually get excited– the look of a bright smile and the feel of a smooth set of pearly whites is my bliss. Maybe it's the OCD, but it's right up there with freshly washed sheets & long hot showers– complete zen & a definite boost in confidence.

Full disclosure, I'm a Sonicare girl, I've been using Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes for years and currently own the Diamondclean Smart in Black. Over the years I've had a couple of their brushes break down or require replacement, but by then there's usually a new & improved model I've already been eyeing. All that to say, I've been a happy repeat customer for a long time, and was open about this when Smile Brilliant reached out. 

That being said, Smile Brilliant's new cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush presents some unique features that peaked my interest. For example...

  • 5 automated brush modes (clean, white, massage, gum care, sensitive)
  • 30 day battery life (on full charge) – amazing for travel!
  • Wireless charging dock - again, great for travel!
  • Waterproof design safe for shower or bath.
  • Full 2year warranty (Sonicare only offers limited warranty)
  • Best price on the market

Keep in mind that while the cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush just launched this summer, Smile Brilliant has been in the industry for years! In fact, they're best known for their professional grade at home teeth whitening system, so you can be confident they know how to bring out your brightest smile! With this in mind, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush was designed to...

  • remove 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • improve gum health in as little as 2 weeks.
  • remove more surface stains from everyday food and drink, giving you a noticeably brighter smile in as little as 1 week.

I've been using an ultrasonic toothbrush for as long as I can remember, however, while doing some research for this project, I was surprised to learn how many of you have never tried an electric toothbrush at all. Keep in mind, ultrasonic and electric toothbrushes are technically different. You can likely find an electric toothbrush at your local Target for under $15, whereas a good ultrasonic brush will be closer to $200/$300. Your $15 electric toothbrush will move the bristles in a circular motions to clean, which in theory sounds great, but ultrasonic technology is far more advanced using high speed vibration to breakdown plaque in a more efficient and gentle manner. The cariPRO works at 40,000 vibrations per minute. 

I could go on about further reasons why this brush is worth trying, but here's the deal: be it the CariPro or another, everyone should invest in an ultrasonic toothbrush to guarantee the best at home oral hygiene. I'm the perfect example of someone who cares deeply and still needs that extra assist – in my obsession with getting the best clean, I've been known to brush too hard & have been warned of receding gums. In my case, the sensitive feature of the cariPRO is both gentle and powerful, offering a deep clean within safe boundaries. Whether you don't brush well enough or, as in my case brush too aggressively, consider an electric brush your guide to staying on the straight and narrow. 

As for the cariPRO in comparison to other brands on the market, well, it's all that it claims to be and no gimmicks: quality engineering, high performance, and by far the best bang for your buck. That last part is key though... remember when I said most ultrasonic brushes ring in at $200-$300? Well, in an effort to make the best oral care accessible to all, Smile Brilliant bypasses the middle man with direct to home product, bringing this bad boy down to a mere $129 (including 4 replacement heads)– that's about half the price of it's competitors. Think Warby Parker business model.

Ready for the best part? This is one you're going to want to share with family & friends...  I'm beyond excited to announce Glitterary readers get a major discount– Smile Brilliant has agreed to 40% off with code GLITTERARY40! Literally no reason not to make the switch to ultrasonic! 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out either in the comments below or on Insta

#SmileFearlessly

 

Recipe for a Balanced Smoothie

If you've been reading Glitterary for some time, you're already well aware that smoothies are my drink of choice! It's no secret that our Vitamix is the most used appliance we own, and even baby is already well accustomed to it's sound.

That being said, life often takes place away from home, and while you can find a juice bar or smoothie shop on almost any city block, its often hard to find options that's aren't oversaturated in sugar or filled with empty carbs (even if derived from natural ingredients).

Fun fact, if you start your day in balance, you're far more likely to maintain that balance throughout your day. Blood sugar levels are critical to your nutrition, and hormonal balance is key to lasting energy and mental clarity.

Unfortunately, all too often while attempting "healthy" choices, many walk away deceived, still hungry, and headed straight towards a hormonal crash. Because of this, rarely are smoothies a full meal replacement in my regime, but when rushed and need a blend to check off all the boxes, I look for four key elements...

  • Protein 
  • Fiber
  • Fruits/Veggies 
  • Healthy Fats

Bottom line, if it doesn't have protein it's not a meal replacement– skip this element & you'll soon find yourself with an insatiable hunger. In fact, to keep you feeling fuller longer you won't only need protein, but fiber! Fiber is extremely underrated, and can serve as a major asset to your health/diet. Fiber rich ingredients include dark leafy greens, select fruits, oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds.

Enter healthy fats...  you'd be surprised how much fat is in 1 tbs of chia seeds. That being said, your body needs that fat! Balance is everything, and not only will these healthy fats keep your blood sugar levels at bay, but if you opt out of this category, you'll likely end up with excess carbs that your body will have no option, but to store away as fat reserve. When choosing a balanced smoothie consider nut butters, avocados, MCT oil, and dairy/alternatives. 

One of my favorite morning smoothies is Harvest Juicery's Nutty Oat. I still remember when Harvest Juicery opened it's doors years ago, it was just around the corner from our loft and therefore an easy stop on the way out. This recipe was a favorite then, and to this day remains their best seller!

Loaded with Almond Cashew Milk (fat), Cocoa, Oats (fiber), Protein Powder (duh!), Banana (fiber), Almond Butter (fat), Raw Local Honey, and Cocoa Nibs (antioxidants), it checks all the boxes for a balanced smoothie... even if it tastes like dessert ;)

 

This post has been brought to you by Harvest Juicery, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

 

Mermaid Smoothie

Over the last year, I've been testing new recipes and have developed a long journal of ideas. Nevertheless, the first go at preparing any recipe is always a wild card.

I promised you this one in Instagram stories, because while it was originally meant to be an elaborate fruit bowl, my failed attempt actually resulted in one of my favorite summer smoothie's to date. Like I said, 10x better than the smoothie I'd paid $12 for the day before.

Packed with antioxidants, protein, minerals, and a blue-green microalgea that's one of the most potent nutrient sources out there, this smoothie will leave you feeling refreshed, satiated, and just a dash more mermaid-like ;)


Recipe (Serves 2):

  • 1/2 Banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1.5c Raw Spinach
  • 1/2c Pineapple Chunks (frozen)
  • 1/2c Trader Joe's Organic Mango Chunks (frozen)
  • 4 Single Blackberries
  • 1 Packet Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides To-go
  • 2 Tsp Spirulina Powder
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1.5c Coconut Milk

Blend all ingredients together, adding ice to achieve desired consistency. Optional: garnish with unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, and one additional Blackberry. Enjoy!

190 Cal / 26g Carbs. / 6g Fat. / 10g Protein  -  1 Serving


Chocolate Lover's Power Bowl

You can bet my meal prepping includes chocolate, and this is one of my all time favorite breakfast/snack/dessert bowls & one of the recipes I'm most proud of! 

Packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, and loads of fiber, this dish is promises more glowing benefits than your best beauty cream. Designed to satisfy that sweet tooth and keep hormone levels balanced (no sugar spikes), if you're craving something rich in chocolate or a mid-day treat with no added sugars, you'll love this Chocolate lover's Power Bowl!

Recipe:

  • 1/4 c Blueberries
  • 1/2  Banana - Sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 medium Strawberries - Sliced
  • 1/3 c Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Organic Dark Chocolate Chips, 100% Cacao - TRY THESE
  • 1.5 Tbsp Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 c Cooked Quinoa 

For meal prep mix quinoa, chia seeds, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon in snack sized storage bags and freeze. When ready to enjoy, use microwave safe bowl, and cover with warm coconut milk. If still frozen of cold, microwave for 60-90seconds. Top with fruit, shaved coconut, sliced almonds. Enjoy!
 

403 Cal / 47g Carbs. / 19g Fat. / 12g Protein  / 16g Fiber  -  Serves 1



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Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Muffins

Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Paleo Friendly.

Recipe:

Mix cake mix, flaxseed, cocoa, and protein powder. In separate bowl mix eggs, water, oil, and vanilla according to instructions on package– add to dry ingredients. Follow with pumpkin puree and greek yogurt. Use coconut oil to lightly grease muffin pans. Scoop batter into pans filling each hole halfway as batter will rise in oven. Bake at 350, let cool, and store in fridge. Best served cold for moist fudge-like texture. 
 

198 Cal / 19g Carbs. / 9g Fat. / 7g Protein / Only 10g Sugar  (1 serving = 2 muffins)



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Simply Nourish Bowl

This is by far one of my favorite dishes for brunch... and I say brunch because you can enjoy it at either breakfast or lunch. As a new mom, this is also the dish that makes me feel most put-together– it's luxurious, balanced, and powerful start to your day! Best of all, it takes about 3min to prepare. I've remade this recipe at least 3x since having Winnie & will usually freeze 6-8 bowls at a time. 

Recipe (Serves 1):

  • 1 c Chopped Lacinato Kale
  • 1/2 c Diced Sweet Potato, Baked
  • 1/4 c Organic Black Beans
  • 1/4 c Quinoa, Cooked
  • 2 Pasture Raised Eggs

Prepare quinoa and sweet potato in advance. For quinoa cook plain, 1 to 1 ration of quinoa to water. For sweet potatoes wash and cut into 1inch wedges– bake plain. 

Dish up kale, quinoa, sweet potatoes (diced), and black beans. To store for later, use quart sized freezer Ziploc & leave some air in the bag– do not pack down. When ready to enjoy, microwave for approx 2min from frozen. In small nonstick pan, fry two whole eggs– I highly recommend pasture raised! Serve over easy for that runny yolk, top with salt, pepper, and hot sauce (optional). Enjoy! 
 

353 Cal / 43g Carbs. / 11g Fat. / 21g Protein  



 
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