December 23, 2019

Smile Brilliant CariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush Review and Discount Code!

Disclosure: Smile Brilliant sent me a complimentary CariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush to use. As always all thoughts & opinions are my own.

I previously reviewed and tested out Smile Brilliant's At-Home Whitening so when they asked if I was interested in trying out their CariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush I jumped at the chance. 

I may have also been influenced by the fact that I have my biannual dentist appointment at the end of the month.  Last time they told me to focus on brushing the backs of my teeth more to reduce plaque so I definitely had some homework to do. Anyone else get nervous about dentist appointments or is it just me? 

I am someone who has always seen the dentist regularly (thanks Mom!) and went through a lot of orthodontic work as a kid (palette expander, braces...) so I know the importance of taking care of my oral hygiene and will use anything that can help. I have been using an older electric toothbrush semi-regularly for a while after receiving one as a Christmas gift years ago, but it was definitely time for an upgrade. 

The CariPRO looks really sleek and has a small circular docking station that you plug in. The battery is said to last 30 days. It's super easy to use with only two buttons on the handle-the power button and the mode button. There are 5 different cleaning modes: clean, whitening, massage, gum care, and sensitive. I mostly use the clean or whitening modes and love that the brush takes all the guesswork out of brushing my teeth Each CariPRO mode lasts for 2 minutes and pause every 30 seconds to let you know when to move the brush to the next quadrant of your teeth. I find that the brush is really lightweight and has more of a vibrating motion rather than spinning so it feels gentle but is effective at cleaning your teeth.  

My mouth feels super clean after use and takes all of the work out of brushing my teeth besides moving the toothbrush around.  I am excited to see the verdict from the dentist when I have my appointment in a couple of weeks! 

The price of the individual package (1 toothbrush, 2 brush heads, and 1 charging dock) is $119 with additional toothbrush heads costing 2/$13, 4/$23, and 8/$43. You can find out more information on the Smile Brilliant website 

( ) or check out more details on the CariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush here . Each CariPRO comes with a 2 year limited warranty and 60 day trial period. Smile Brilliant also ships worldwide!

Treat yourself this holiday season (or find that last minute gift!) and save 20% off cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes with my coupon code: 20breathedeeplyandsmile

ALSO, since it is the season of giving, click HERE for the chance to win your OWN CariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush from SmileBrilliant! 

Do you use an electric toothbrush? What is your favorite practical holiday gift?

December 6, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide for Runners (Under $30)

Disclosure: This gift guide is not sponsored. Any ambassadorships or complimentary products are mentioned. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Hello, it's me....It's been about a year since I blogged, but I decided to return and start with a new holiday gift guide under $30 all for the runners on your holiday lists this year. I look forward to adding to my little corner of the internet again in the new year.

Tis the season for gift guides! I know there's a million gift guides floating around the interwebs right now, but I actually enjoy getting inspired by gift guides for presents for others and ideas for what others should gift me for the holidays. I have compiled again this year my favorite gift ideas for runners (which basically is a list of my favorite items). Whether it's a friend or family member just getting into running or a seasoned marathoner setting big goals for 2020, there is an idea for everyone.

1. ThisTastes Like Wine Glass, Sarah Marie Design Studio ($16)

This wine glass has actually been on my wish list for a while. The 'This Tastes Like' Wine Glass a quality, etched glass for the runner and the wine lover in your life. It's a gift that you know the recipient can use all year round to keep some balance in their life. I love the subtle yet sassy running theme of the glass. You could stuff this full of candy or some running fuel to make it a fun, simple gift.  

2. Believe Training Journal, Electric Blue Edition ($21.95)

I have been using the Believe Training Journals as a way to record my workouts and training for the past 3-4 years. I usually put the journal on my holiday wish list for my family, but was super excited this year to receive a complimentary Believe Training Journal in the new Boston Blue color! The journal comes in other colors too, but I love this special color edition so much. Pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas created this journal which is inspired by their own training and racing.

It has lots of space to record daily workout statistics and thoughts as well as worksheets, quizzes, and lists which offer opportunities for education, self-reflection, and goal setting. Basically it is the perfect gift for the start of a new year with new goals and training cycles. 


3. Koala clip, original ($28.99)  

At the end of the summer I took a chance on purchasing a Koala clip as yet another attempt on my journey to find the least annoying way to carry my phone and apartment key on the run with me. The original Koala clip is a sweat-resistant zippered pouch with a a magnetic clip that clips onto the back of your sports bra (or your waistband). It's machine washable and also insulates your phone from the cold. It is perfect for securing your phone, credit card, and keys when you are on the go whether you are running, biking, or at the gym. I have found it works on the design of most sports bras, and with the original Koala clip secured onto the middle of my back with the straps from my sports bra, I almost forget I have my phone and valuables with me on the run! It's a great gift for a fit lady on-the-go. 


4. S'mitten Holiday Lily Trotters compression socks, ($27.99, limited edition) 

I know I had the holiday Lily Trotters compression socks on last year's gift guide, but I'm just a big fan (and ambassador) of Lily Trotters compression socks plus I LOVE anything festive this time of year. My shipment of these holiday socks is arriving this week, and I can't wait to wear them! Compression socks are a great gift for the runners and fit friends in your life as well as anyone who travels frequently or spends most of the day on their feet such as fellow health care professionals. Lily Trotters compression socks provide support as well as keep your legs and toes warm all season. These limited edition S'mitten holiday socks are green, white, and red striped making them perfect for spreading some holiday cheer this season.

These holiday socks are discounted right now for only $27.99 (regularly $39.99) , but you can save 15% anytime at Lily Trotters with my code "BREATHEDEEPLY" 😄

5. Fall+ Winter collection "live your POWER", Momentum Jewelry ($18.99)

I always mention Momentum Jewelry as gift ideas because their items fit so many occasions. I love their unique and inspiring pieces, which is why I've been an ambassador for them for years. They are beautiful and unique wraps for the fit friend or the inspiring person in your life. I love the look of the Fall + Winter "live your POWER" collection which provide really motivating pieces that would be great to start the new year with including my personal favorite "rise up". You can choose from one of the options or always go with a different motivate wrap (maybe even with your own custom mantra or phrase). Motivate wraps make a great gift for so many of the people on your holiday list. 

6. Double Velour Fleece RunMitts, WhitePaw RunMitts ($27.99)

With lots of requests for recommendations on winter running gear, I always mention WhitePaw RunMitts because they are my favorite running gloves. As someone who has perpetually cold hands and feet, these double velour fleece RunMitts actually keep my hands super warm. I love that it's a convertible mitten with the ability to flip the top down if you need to cool off your hands a little bit or use your fingers. They also can be scrunched down to your wrist with no need to remove and potentially lose one of your mittens!

WhitePaw RunMitts is a small business in Baltimore which makes it more special to me. The mittens come in the double velour fleece or a water/wind resistant fabric. These are an item that can be used by runners, walkers, any outdoor sports enthusiast, or anyone spending time outside in colder weather this winter.

7. Gift card to your local run specialty store (your choice of amount)

I've shared some of my favorite gift ideas for runners, but maybe you still aren't sure what to get that special runner in your life. Maybe you are like my family who isn't sure what running gear I already own. When in doubt, a gift certificate to your local run specialty store is a great gift option so the recipient can choose what to spend it on or even put the gift certificate towards a new pair of running shoes. If you are Baltimore-based, you can purchase a gift certificate for Charm City Run in-store or online (how easy is that!)    

What are you getting the runner on your holiday lists? Do you have or have you gifted any of these items?