These days, barely a week passes without some sort of “national holiday” plastered all over social media, and whilst “National Candied Orange Peel Day” is all well and good (it’s a real thing, look it up!) it’s not really the kind of thing that I personally observe. National Smile Month, however, is right up my street. Running from May 15th to June 15th, National Smile Month is a celebration of all things oral health. My teeth are probably my favourite feature, as I’ve been blessed with nice straight teeth that have given me minimal fuss in the past, but like most people, I’ve always wished they were that little bit whiter. Years of tea-staining have taken their toll, and as a result, they’re not quite the pearly whites I’d like them to be.
Step in Janina Ultra White with their range of non-abrasive whitening products, using fruit enzymes to whiten the teeth without causing any damage to the protective enamel. I’ve been using the activated charcoal toothpaste twice a day and within just under two weeks of use, I’m already noticing a difference to my tea-stained teeth. I’d never used whitening trays before, as I found that I struggled to wear them comfortably, but the Janina pre-filled trays are designed to be soft and flexible with your comfort in mind. I like to pop these in when I’m in the shower and having used them three times now I’m excited to see how my teeth look after finishing the set. I will admit though, these make me drool like crazy, hence using them in the shower. Attractive, right?
To top off my whitening routine, I’ve been testing out the Instant White Teeth Whitening Spray, which is designed to be used on the go with no need for water or a toothbrush. I replaced the breath freshening spray that I usually carry in my handbag with this and I think it’s made a real difference in how my teeth look and feel throughout the day. It’s ideal for little top ups on the go, such as before important meetings or after a coffee. Between these three products, I think I’m pretty well equipped to keep my teeth looking healthy whilst I’m working towards a whiter glow. The best thing is that they’ve been brilliant for my sensitive teeth, and unlike other whitening products I’ve tried they don’t leave my teeth feeling stripped or sore in my quest for pearly whites.
It’s been a while since I shared one of my happy things posts, nearly a year in fact. I find that searching out the good in life really helps during tough times, and so, in celebration of my newly glowing grin, here are just a few reasons that I’ll be flashing a smile this month…
FIRST YEAR IS NEARLY OVER
Yup, I’ve just about made it through my first year of college relatively unscathed. Although it’s had its ups and downs, my first year of Advertising & Public Relations has been really, really good – a far cry from how I felt when I was at university. Finding this course has helped me find my “calling”, I’ve realised what I’m good at and what I’m passionate about. Studying a subject that made me miserable, in a city I was far from enamoured with, killed my confidence and left me feeling a bit lost, but now I feel like I’ve found my way again. The college environment works well for me, and I feel like I’m coming out of this year stronger and more equipped for my future. I’m really proud of my results for the year so far – I’m just waiting on my graded unit now – and I can’t wait to build on what I’ve learned next year before hopefully heading off to university once again. As much as I love the course, I can’t wait for a few weeks break from 9am classes and three-hour media law lectures!
I’M GOING BACK TO WORK
Now that is a sentence I didn’t think I’d be writing any time soon! I left my job at the start of the year to focus on college and my wellbeing for a while, but now that my workload has lessened I’ve been lucky enough to head back to my old job once more. I loved my job, although retail can be draining, and I love my colleagues, so I’m really excited to be going back again. Now I know that I can make it through my college work – even if the deadlines seem never-ending – I feel like I know my limits a bit better and can bring work back into my balance. I’m looking forward to having some routine in my life, particularly over summer, and the money can’t hurt either. I’ve been self-employed for the past 5 months and although I’ll be keeping it up to an extent, having a regular income to cover my bills will be a huge weight off my shoulders.
I’VE BOOKED A HOLIDAY
I wasn’t sure if I’d manage to fit in a holiday this year because I kind of went overboard last year with trips to Berlin
, New York
. The stars aligned, however, and I’ve now booked a trip back to Dubrovnik
, a city I fell in love with on my visit last year. Come the end of June I’ll be jetting off for 11 days in the sunshine, spending the first 4 staying with Paddy in an apartment in the Old Town itself, before my family come out too and we have a week just outside of the city. We’re kind of tagging along on what was originally my mum and dad’s holiday, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to head back to the Dubrovnik to explore some more.
I HAVE THE BEST SUPPORT NETWORK
Ever since I opened up about my current physical and mental health struggles
I’ve been overwhelmed with just how supportive the people around me have been. It was difficult for me to talk about, for many reasons, but more often than not I just didn’t want to burden those around me with how I was feeling. Luckily, I’ve now realised the power of a brilliant support network, and with the help of my family and friends both online and offline, I feel like I’m making progress. As cliche as it sounds, this time in my life has shown me who really
matters, and I’m so grateful to have such brilliantly supportive people in my life right now. It makes a world of difference.
MY FRIENDS ARE KILLING IT
Something that will always make me so happy is to see the people I love smashing their goals and just being generally wonderful people. My best friends mean the world to me, so seeing them finish their degrees and get amazing results fills my heart with so much happiness. They’re getting places on their dream masters courses, moving to new cities and achieving all these incredible things, which makes me so proud to call them my friends. There’s nothing like seeing those you love killing it to act as a dose of motivation for reaching your own goals.
So really, there’s a lot to smile about right now. I could go on and wax lyrical about how new stationery, a spot of sunshine and starting a new season of NCIS also makes me smile, but I think some small joys like those are better saved. Although to be fair, I think everyone should watch NCIS, so maybe I should share that? I think my friends are fed up of hearing me talk about it, though…
I’d love to hear what’s been making you smile recently and the happy moments that you’re looking forward to over the coming month in the comments!
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