Whiten Coffee Stains + Celebrate the Mundane

This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own. 

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Y’all know my two favorite things in life are my husband and coffee. I especially love it when my husband makes me coffee, and I love it when we take the time to dream and take the time to hustle.

Mr. M and I travel a lot, and being on the road gives us so much time to dream together. I get to listen to Mr. M as he talks and dreams about the ministry opportunities and side hustles he wants to launch and pursue one day. In the same way, he not only listens to my dreaming, but encourages me to sit my butt down in the chair and do what it takes to accomplish my dream. We spend many an evening side by side each working on our own respective projects. I learn so much from Mr. M as he consistently pursues and works towards his dreams.

Lately I’ve learned that I’m not as disciplined as I would like to be. I’m a sprinter – I get excited, I dash off, but I slowly die off half the way through. At the beginning of each month, I make a to do list of things I need to do and I’m gungho on Day 1, but by Day 15 I find myself more tempted to binge on Netflix than get up and do the work.

Dreaming can only get you so far. After you dream, you have to hustle. I heard a pastor, Jabin Chavez, once say, “The Dream is free, the Hustle is sold separately.” AKA you’ve gotta do the mundane to accomplish your dreams.

Celebrate the Mundane

Mundane Seasons Build Character

The seasons of mundane build our character and integrity. If we huff and puff and choose laziness over the hustle, we will never accomplish our dreams. But if we find joy in sacrifice and smile while doing the mundane, we will find that when we reach newer heights, we will have a greater appreciation for it.

Take, for instance: the dishes. When I first graduated from college, I lived in an apartment with a tiny sink and no dishwasher. I washed my dishes by hand – sometimes for an hour after a dinner party – dreaming of the day I would own a dishwasher. Now that I have a dishwasher (and a husband) I find that I can celebrate the little things – like owning a dishwasher. . . and having a husband who helps out with the dishes. ūüėČ

So what does dishes have to do with accomplishing your dreams? Washing dirty dishes promote discipline, diligence, and sacrifice. And that’s what I will tell my future children one day when they complain. I get it, though, dishes and checklists are boring. But when we can find a way to smile through it, we have a better attitude about.

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In the same way, we’ve gotta do the dishes in order to accomplish our goals and dreams. The dream is exciting – it’s like the light at the end of the tunnel. But the bigger the dream, the bigger the hustle. And hustle isn’t always glamorous. Sure, we put life in a stark white, overexposed perspective on Instagram with the hashtag of #goaldigger and feel like the hustle is a joyride.

But the hustle is long nights, frustrating problems, saying NO to things like Netflix, or an extra night out. The hustle is doing the boring things so you can work towards the dream. When you’re doing the mundane, you have to smile. You have to choose joy, knowing that this will bring you to wear you want to be one day.

Mundane Seasons Require LOTS of Coffee

You also may or may not have to drink copious amounts of coffee – like me. I’ve been an avid coffee drinker since I started college six years ago. At first I enjoyed a Keurig cup little by little, and now it’s a full-blown addiction. I especially depend on coffee when I’m in crazy seasons where I am working full time and working on the side hustle. Sometimes when the nights are long and the sleep is minimal, I’m a 5 cup a day person. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know how much I love my coffee. I even brought my French Press to work the other day because #extra.

The stronger the coffee habit gets, though, the more yellow my teeth get. I’ve started to become self conscious about my teeth yellowing, so when Smile Brilliant reached out with their teeth whitening kit, I knew I had to give it a try.

Lately it’s been easier to smile knowing that I am checking things off my to-do list while knowing my teeth are getting whiter by the minute.

Smile Brilliant works fast and is a perfect way to whiten your teeth while washing the dishes, working on your side hustle, or snuggling down for the night with your favorite book or your boo and a Netflix binge – all very important parts of a perfect day.

I love that Smile Brilliant gives me the freedom to whiten my teeth WHILE doing what I need to check off my to do list for the day. With a cost 70% below the dentist and results 3x-5x faster, Smile Brilliant is an affordable, convenient, and FAST way to whiten your teeth. PLUS you don’t have to be strapped down to a dentist chair, so it’s a win-win situation.

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At first I was hesitant about using Smile Brilliant because I was wary of sensitive teeth; however, I only had one tooth that occasionally got sensitive. So when it was consistently sensitive, I took a few days off and then jumped right back into the treatment. Once I started using the treatment again, I didn’t have a problem at all.¬†Smile Brilliant has been a great way to whiten my teeth while working on my blog, or even just snuggling up on the couch with my boo and our latest Netflix binge.

The treatment was easy to use and easy to understand. They sent me a box with paste and a tray to make impressions. Although I had traumatic flashbacks to getting impressions at the dentist when I was 11 and preparing for braces, these impressions were WAY less traumatic + didn’t make me gag. After I sent the impressions to them, they made a custom tray for my teeth. For 7 – 10 days, you line the trays with whitening gel and use for 45 minutes – 3 hours depending on the severity of your stains. To complete the process, you line the trays with a desensitizing gel for 15-20 minutes afterwards.¬†While they encourage you to do the treatment before you go to bed, I found it was easier for me to do when I was up and moving around.

Since Smile Brilliant has given me the opportunity to brighten my smile and work on my side hustle (and still keep my coffee habit going strong,) I want to share this opportunity with you! I am teaming up with Smile Brilliant to give away the Sensitive T3 treatment kit OR $139 to go towards their more expensive kits. The Sensitive T3 kit includes 3 whitening gels and 3 desensitizing gels. You can enter the giveaway by clicking www.smilebrilliant.com/g/hugsandlattes. It is open until November 23rd and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents. You must enter their email to be entered!

If you’re ready to brush up on your teeth whitening skills, use my code¬†hugsandlattes10 to get 10% off your purchase.

Now tell me, have you ever whitened your teeth?


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