Teeth Whitening for a Smile Brilliant Birthday + Giveaway [CLOSED]

Disclaimer: The following post has been sponsored by Smile Brilliant which includes affiliate links. I have received a complimentary at-home teeth whitening kit in exchange for sharing my experience on the blog. All comments and opinions are my own. 

I never had pearly white teeth. I actually don’t think I really cared about it until I became an adult. But nowadays I have been spending a lot of time in front of the camera. This has cause me to be come self-conscious of my appearance including my no-so-white smile. Last year I gave an over-the-counter brand a try. Not much luck. The strips would slip and I experienced immediate sensitivity on my gums. But recently I was offered a chance to whiten my teeth at home again with Smile Brilliant. I was comfortable this time because I received desensitizing gel and customized teeth whitening trays. It definitely felt like a more professional experience.

Getting Started with Smile Brilliant:

My complimentary T6 Sensitive System which included 6 Whitening Gels, 6 De-sensitizing Gels, 3 Base Pastes and 3 Catalyst Pastes to create my smile mold. Here is a video what my kit looked like:

I was glad Smile Brilliant includes extra ingredients for your mold in case you make a mistake. Because I absolutely made the mistake of not moving fast enough before the mold hardened. When the base and are mixed, the material is kind of like  a fast-acting “Playdoh”. I would recommend rolling the “doh” narrow in the palm of your hands before placing in the tray. It fit perfectly in my tray the second time around and I created the perfect impression. Within a week of sending my mold to the lab, received my customized trays and was ready to roll.

The Teeth Whitening Process:

The application was super easy and cleaning the trays were as well. I am gonna lie, I saw results by the second day. The desensitizing gel helped a lot too. I didn’t have burns  immediately after like before but three days in a row was my limit. Therefore I had to take one to two-day breaks in between application. I played it safe and only left my trays in for the minimum time of 45 minutes. I would normally popped them in right before watching my favorite reality TV shows at night. It makes the time move by so fast.

So in total, I had 15 applications over the course of 3 1/2 weeks. And here are my results:

Teeth Whitening Before and After

I would be lying if said I wasn’t expecting paper-white teeth lol but it definitely worked! Even my husband agreed and he’s a harsh critic. As you can see, my color is more even and a few shades whiter than before. I am sure the breaks in the process affected more dramatic results but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my gums for white teeth. That would be crazy.

This process was strategically done in November so that I could #smilefearlessly before my 34th birthday. I had a chance to show of my smile in New York for dinner with my girlfriends and at The Great Xscape Tour with my husband the weekend after.

Do you want a give professional in-home teeth whitening a try? Smile Brilliant is giving one lucky Off The Potomac reader $139 Smile Brilliant credit towards their system of choice.  This giveaway is open for 7 days to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents only.


I will announce the winner on Facebook on December 8th, 2017. Can’t wait? Just use code offthepotomac10 to receive 10% off your purchase.

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A·MAZE·D Port Discovery

Your Kids Will Be A·MAZE·D at Port Discovery + Giveaway (CLOSED)

Last week, Port Discovery Children’s Museum opened A·MAZE·D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips. 

In this new exhibit, you and your kid will be challenged as you explore giant indoor mazes. Navigate your way through a life-sized cardboard box maze and jump from dot to dot in Hop Dots…

Run! Jump! Celebrate! There’s family fun time ahead! Join us to make festive art projects, dance off Thanksgiving…

Posted by Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Saturday, November 25, 2017

Using logic, math and problem-solving skills you should be a maze master once you’re done! You will even Learn about the history of mazes and labyrinths, see original maze art, and much more.

Admission to the exhibit is free with Museum entry. $15.95 per person for individuals two and older. Members and children under two are admitted for free.

So do you want to get lost for a day? Port discovery is giving away a set of 4 tickets to THREE lucky Off The Potomac readers. ENTER NOW!

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Winner will be announced on Facebook THIS FRIDAY – December, 1st 2017

For more information on the exhibit CLICK HERE!

Crab Egg Benedict

Is Brunch at Founding Farmers Worth the Hype?

The rumors are true. I have been living in D.C. for nine years and just went to Founding Farmers for the first time yesterday. Don’t judge me. That is why I started this blog. Because it is time for me to really get to know all of DMV’s treasures. Founding Farmers has become chain with locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The restaurant is both owned and supplied by American family farmers – serving food made from scratch.

Founding Farmers DC

I am so glad I went with someone who knew to make reservations a week in advance. If it were up to me, I would have showed up to the restaurant the day of and waited an hour for a table. Despite the heavy crowd, we were seated within five minutes of checking in and the service following was prompt.

Beignets Founding Farmers
Uncle Buck’s Beignets w/ chocolate, raspberry & caramel sauces

With 10,000 reviews on yelp, I had very high expectations of this place. For some reason, I expected (even their brunch) to have unique flavors but I didn’t get that exactly. However, I wasn’t disappointed because they have some classic GOOD FOOD here. It seems like one of those places where you bring out-of-towners because you know everything will be good. The funny thing is that I have recommended Founding Farmers several times before – simply because I see my friends going here all the time. LOL

We started off with the Beignets and it was PERFECTION. Crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. The three sauces were truly the “icing on the cake”. I ate three. 😛

Breakfast Chicken & Waffles

Chicken and Waffles
with scrambled eggs and white gravy

This is my go-to brunch dish so it comes to no surprise that this is also a Farmhouse Favorite. I never use the gravy though. The Waffles were perfect and the chicken (tenders) had a little kick to it. My only complaint was that my chicken wasn’t as hot as the rest of the dish but I let it side on account of everything else being so good. Plus I was hungry. 😛

Pimm’s Cup

Pimms Cup
Pimm’s no. 1, beefeater gin, curaçao, lime, house ginger beer

This was my drink because I loooove ginger beer. And it wasn’t watered down either. You can taste the liquor. Lol


13 puréed white peaches, cava, peach cordial

Crab Benedict

Crab Egg Benedict

Some serious food porn right? I secretly wish I would have gotten this dish instead. This was my friend’s plate.

Overall… Brunch at Founding Farmers was definitely worth the hype but not the wait for walk-ins in my opinion. I personally wouldn’t want to wait that long for breakfast. But people do. SO MAKE A RESERVATION and ENJOY! Next I will have to try dinner at one of their sister locations: Farmers and Distillers. I hear that place is even better! 😉

Have you been to any of the Founding Farmers locations in the DMV?