2020 Goals and Why Blogging Has Taken a Backseat

It’s been a little more than a year since I started my blog.   I got into it after seeing the success of “influencers” on Instagram:  Young women who were posting about beauty, fashion and everyday life. It looked like fun. I have always considered myself to be fashionable despite not having deep pockets, and was… Continue reading 2020 Goals and Why Blogging Has Taken a Backseat

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Dreaming of a White Christmas with SmileBrilliant!

Holy cow guys…how is it NOVEMBER!? Has 2019 been the fastest year EVER for anyone else? I cannot believe it is already that crazy time of year with the holidays fast approaching.  I have always loved the lead up to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.  I love the hustle and bustle of shopping for… Continue reading Dreaming of a White Christmas with SmileBrilliant!


Getting Around Anxiety

*Disclaimer, this is not like my usual posts. I wanted to get a little deeper with you all. Stay tuned for more posts on our usual lighthearted content. For the longest time, for almost as long as I can remember--I have suffered from anxiety. The first time I remember it happening was in first grade.… Continue reading Getting Around Anxiety


Mother’s Day Gift Guide ’19

Mother's Day is officially a week away! Have you found the perfect gift for the mom in your life? If not, do not panic! I have compiled a list of gifts anyone would absolutely love. Rather they be a mom, sister, aunt, grandma, new mom, dog mom, I have got you covered! There are a… Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Guide ’19


Part I: Fitness Background

A couple weeks ago I started a fitness program. I plan to write a series of blogs about my fitness background and how I have felt going through the process. This is just the first blog of the series; stay tuned for more! Part I: Background Fitness has always been intimidating to me. I was… Continue reading Part I: Fitness Background


20 Questions

I lived in a tiny town in South Dakota for a year while completing my nursing degree. Upon acceptance into the accelerated nursing program at South Dakota State University, I was really not enthusiastic about the idea of moving to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  However, the program at SDSU was very highly rated and the cost… Continue reading 20 Questions


Facing Foundation

It seems as though I have been searching for a good foundation for years. I'll start using one then switch to another in the hope of finding something better.  It’s kind of a vicious cycle! If you have been keeping up with my blog and posts you already know that I have very dry and… Continue reading Facing Foundation


Snake Print

So Many 80’s and 90’s trends are coming back into style, and I cannot be happier! One of my favorite trends that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, is faux snake skin! So many brands are using this print and I am so in love! It is right up there with leopard… Continue reading Snake Print


‘You have a PIZZA my heart’

Is it just me or did January last for about a year? Finally, Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Jake and I generally keep things pretty low key on V-Day:  we typically exchange cards, I usually get some beautiful flowers, and we usually go out to dinner. Neither of us are very materialistic and… Continue reading ‘You have a PIZZA my heart’


Galentine’s Day 2019

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and so is Galentine's Day! For those of you who are out of the loop, Galentine's Day originated on Amy Poehler’s TV comedy Parks and Rec. It falls on February 13th and celebrates the platonic love that girlfriends share. As Amy’s character Leslie says on the… Continue reading Galentine’s Day 2019