A Teeth Whitener that Causes No Sensitivity!

A Teeth Whitener that Causes No Sensitivity! // Being Leanna

Yeah, you read that right. I found a teeth whitener, that actually works, that doesn’t cause any sensitivity. I’m in shock too. Which is why I had to share it with you guys. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t want to whiten their teeth, do you? I’ve been on the hunt for a good whitening product for years now. I’ve tried toothpastes, mouth washes, strips, gels, blue light thingies and all with very minimal success. 

You see, I’ve got sensitive teeth and anything that’s too hot or too cold hurts them. I can’t bite into ice cream or slurp too hot of tea without my teeth feeling kinda meh. I’m sure a lot of you have this problem. Or, at least have a problem with teeth whiteners causing your gums and teeth to throb. The reviews on any at home teeth whitener have complaints that are always the same “this made my teeth hurt”. 

Supersmile Teeth Whitener

Anyways, I discovered Supersmile at Ulta and figured for $30 I could be okay if it didn’t work, and ecstatic if it did. Well, it did. I purchased the Ultimate Whitening system that includes 2 toothpastes and 8 activating rods. 

One toothpaste is a regular ole minty toothpaste that’s actually really nice. The other “toothpaste” is a whitening accelerator gel. You use a pea sized amount of each twice a day instead of your normal toothpaste. They say to use this on a dry toothbrush and I can totally see why. A wet toothbrush just causes the paste to not stick as well to your teeth.

As for the activator rod, you use those twice a week, or every once in a while when you need a boost of whitening. Just rub this all over your teeth before brushing and be sure to brush for at least 2 minutes when using the activator rod. It seems like a long time but when you know you’re whitening your teeth it goes by much quicker. A Teeth Whitener that Causes No Sensitivity! // Being LeannaA Teeth Whitener that Causes No Sensitivity! // Being Leanna

Before is up top, after is below. So embarrassed of my bottom teeth, don’t judge!


// Well, it actually works. I apologize if the pictures aren’t proof enough but I had no intentions of writing a post about this. I just took the before picture as reference for myself. Believe it or not, I had braces for two years. Ugh.

// Does not cause any sensitivity. I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true. So incredibly thrilled. 

// I noticed a difference after one use. For realz.

// Not a lot of work to add to your daily brushing routine.

// Extra tooth paste and accelerator to keep using even when you’ve used up the rods.


// I wish it whitened a bit better, but obviously, unless you get whitening professionally done it won’t be dazzlingly white.

// Can’t find this at Ulta anymore so you’ve got to buy it on Amazon (not really a drawback but I like instant gratification).

// Adds an extra step to your brushing twice a week ( I would forget to use the rods every once in a while).

Bottom Line:

// I will buy this teeth whitener again for sure. I’ve used up all 8 of the activating rods but I still have the toothpaste and activating gel that I use twice a day. I’ll wait a few months before using this again but I really enjoy the results I got and the price can’t really be beat. Check out the Supersmile website to get more detailed product information but buy it from Amazon, it’s much cheaper and also on Prime if you’ve got that. 

Let me know if you guys have sensitive teeth! Please reassure me that i’m not alone. 

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Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup 24

Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup // Being Leanna

Tortellini Soup

Today i’m sharing one of my favorite crock pot meals, tortellini soup!

I originally shared this recipe over on Ashley’s blog back in the spring so I thought it was about time I showed you all my favorite soup recipe! It is so easy to make, like most crock pot recipes, you just toss it in there and let it cook while you’re at work!  Slow cookers are amazing all year round but they are especially great in the fall and winter months. When the days are getting shorter and it’s dark when you get home the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. You just wanna curl up and lounge on the couch. Luckily, with a crock pot, dinner is already done and you can curl up and eat dinner! I can’t think of anything more enjoyable than coming home from a long day of work and smelling dinner ready to go. yum.

Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup // Being Leanna


Gather all of your necessary ingredients: Vegetable broth, spinach, zucchini, tortellini, cream cheese, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper and basil. I’m a big fan of getting everything I need for a recipe all together before I start. I find it’s near impossible to forget an ingredient if it’s already right in front of you. 


The next step is to cut up your zucchinis into bite sized pieces and toss them right into the crock pot. toss in your spinach and diced tomatoes (remember to drain one of the cans before adding it) followed by your broth. After that’s all in there I like to give my ingredients a stir before breaking up and putting in the cream cheese. Add in some salt, pepper and basil to your tasting but this honestly tastes great without any of them. 

Turn the crock pot on low for about 6 hours or high for 3 and sit back and relax. This is going to smell amazing, I promise. About 15 minutes before you’re ready for dinner add in the tortellini (or pasta of your choice, I won’t judge!) and make sure you stir everything up nicely. 

 As soon as the pasta is soft you’re ready to dig in! Trust me when I say this could easily feed a family of 4, possibly with some leftovers. 

Printable Recipe:

Crock Pot Tortellini Soup
A quick, no fuss tortellini soup!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
  1. 20 oz. tortellini
  2. 2 8 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (1 drained)
  3. 8 oz. cream cheese
  4. 1 bag baby spinach
  5. 2 medium zucchinis
  6. 32 oz. vegetable broth
  7. salt to taste
  8. pepper to taste
  9. basil to taste
  1. Start off by dicing your zucchini. I like to slice the whole zucchini and then cut the discs into 4 pieces.
  2. Next add in one can of diced tomatoes and drain the second before adding it to the crock pot.
  3. Follow that up by adding the whole bag of spinach and the vegetable broth.
  4. Mix everything up and add in some salt, pepper and basil. Go ahead and add in some garlic powder if you're feeling fancy.
  5. Cut up the block of cream cheese and disperse it into the soup so it can melt evenly.
  6. Turn the crock pot on low for 6 hours and relax!
  7. 15 minutes before you're ready to eat give the soup a good stir and add in the tortellini.
  1. Great tip: You can easily try this with any pasta. I've tried tortellini and orzo and both were phenomenal.
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 Crockpot Tortellini: A Hearty Fall Soup // Being Leanna

Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later, or print it out and add it to your collection! If you’re interested in more quick and easy recipes, go ahead and check out my no bake granola bars and my simple cucumber sandwiches that are perfect appetizers and my easy, make ahead lunch sized pasta salad

Let me know what you’ll be making in your crock pot this fall, especially if it’s this recipe, in the comments below! I love seeing what you guys are making because it gives me so much inspiration! 

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Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with New York Zip Line 10

Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with NY Zip Line // Being Leanna

Learning To Fly

If you had to pick a superpower it would be flying, right? I know I would. Being able to fly must be the freest feeling in the world. This past weekend, I got to get a little taste of what it’s like to fly. 

I went on the tallest, fastest zip line in North America. nbd. Talk about a great way to start my 27th birthday. Already checked something off of my 30 before 30 list!

Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with NY Zip Line // Being Leanna

Let’s jump back to the flying thing. Ever since I was a kid I’ve had vivid, reoccurring dreams where I fly. Sitting way in the front of a boat as it speeds along and riding a roller coaster give what I assume are similar feelings. But, it’s still not the same as flying. Enter in zip lining. Two years ago I went to a place called Adirondack Extreme which is a ropes/adventure course with some zip lines mixed in. I fell in love. That first jump off the platform had me craving more. It was the closest I had ever come to feeling like I was flying. 

As a side note, I do want to go sky diving at some point in my life.

Ever since I heard about this zip lining place I knew I had to go. The draw only got bigger for me as I learned that it was the tallest, fastest zip lines in North America. Right in my own back yard! So, for my birthday, I gathered up a brave friend and we headed down into the beautiful Catskill mountains to gear up to zip line. 

Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with NY Zip Line // Being Leanna

Zip Lining

Ya’ll, words cannot describe how amazing this was. 

Being the fearless, adrenaline junkie I am, my friend and I were the first to zip across the 3,200 foot long line going over 50 mph. Talk about intense. I could have done that first zip again and again. The views were breathtaking and the leaves are just starting to change in the mountains and the air was nice and crisp. 

Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with NY Zip Line // Being Leanna

I was already having the best birthday and we had many more zip lines to go. The first zip line is pretty intense though so if you’re a bit faint of heart or, afraid of heights this is definitely not for you. There are no refunds. If you don’t go down the first line you’re stuck at the top of the mountain. At least until the next army van of passengers arrives. 2 guys from our group chickened out. If only they had been able to make that first leap, they get progressively easier as you get closer to the ground. 

If you stuck the landing on your first zip, congratulations! But, you probably won’t make the second one. In order to get all the way across on the second line you’ve got to follow the guides instructions to a t and hopefully weigh more than I do. I was dangling over the trees until my guide came and pulled me in. It was actually pretty cool to just be suspended over nothing. 

Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with NY Zip Line // Being Leanna

Canopy Tours

Speaking of the guides, they will make your adventure even better. Their number 1 concern is your safety but, they are still there to have fun and mess around. On the very last zip one of our guides let my friend and I go upside down (yes mom, upside down) and it was so much more fun that way. 

The well-trained guides do all of the hard work for you which, in my opinion, really makes the adventure all the more better. Never once did I have to worry about hooking myself up or stopping myself at the end of a line. The guides do it all. If you are concerned about the safety of the tour keep that bit in mind. The guides suit you up and strap you in and before every zip lining run your straps and helmet get checked. This ensures that everything is tight and good to go. At the top of the mountain a demonstration on how to properly zip line is given. The guides repeat the instructions at every perch before a zip. Unless you’re messing around and not listening to instructions there’s no way you’re going to get hurt. Don’t let the lengthy waiver you sign scare you. 

Learning to Fly- Zip Lining with NY Zip Line // Being Leanna

Final Thoughts

 If you want to experience the feeling of flying I highly recommend the Sky Rider tour that I went on but if you’re looking for a bit tamer of an adventure they have other options. The Mid Mountain tour is a mix of an adventure/ropes course and zip lines. They even have an Adventure Tour for the adrenaline junkie kiddos out there. 

If Hunter Mountain in NY is a bit far for you, Canopy Tours offers a bunch of other zip line adventures. Check out their website here for more locations. Also, none of this is sponsored, however, if someone from Canopy Tours or Zipline NY is reading this, i’d love some free tickets to go back 😀

Would you ever, or have you ever gone zip lining. Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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30 Before 30 11

30 Before 30 // Being LeannaWell, the time has come. I have been gathering this list together for some time and I figured what better time than my birthday to kick off my 30 before 30 list?

I’m turning 27 tomorrow (the 24th) and i’ll also be crossing off one of the items on my list! I’m hoping everything on here is pretty doable because i’m giving myself three years, and none of this is too crazy but we’ll see. Let me know if any of these are on your 30 before 30, or 40 before 40 or just your bucket list! I’d love to know.

30 before 30

Go to Iceland

Go to the west coast

Go on a vacation to just relax!

Go ziplining

Go parasailing

Get paid for a blog post

Buy a house

Go to a blogging conference or beauty con, can’t decide

Get a promotion at work 

Design my own blog template

Read 50 books


Say “yes” for a full day

Get a new car

Sell something i’ve made

Learn to let things go

Try a new workout routine

Run a 5k, 10k if i’m feeling good

Go to a concert at SPAC or Tanglewood

Splurge on a super fancy meal/hotel/night out

Host a dinner party once I own my own house

See the northern lights

Throw a big 30th birthday party

Splurge on a nice clothing item or accessory

See a NY Giants game

Pay down my student loans as much as possible

Ride in a hot air balloon

Work on getting better at Italian

Adopt a cat once I get my own house

Learn to get better at communicating my feelings


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The Best Travel Accessories- Items I Won’t Travel Without 14

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

The Best Travel Accessories:

If you love to travel you have your old standbys that you just won’t, or cannot travel without. Today, I wanted to share my must have travel accessories and why you need to add them to your list as well! 

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Cozy Apparel

No matter the mode of transportation you’re taking to get to your destination you have to be comfortable when traveling. A comfy t-shirt, some leggings and a sweatshirt or scarf you can throw over them are key when traveling. I always travel in a t-shirt with a sweater scarf or a cardigan. Snag this vacation appropriate shirt here!

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Comfortable Shoes

Keeping on the theme of comfy clothes, you need some comfortable walking shoes. I’m a huge fan of Toms. They are breathable, comfortable, easy to slip on and they go with everything. I’ve walked all over Europe in these, hiked, and sauntered around the local mall in these all with no issues.

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Sea Bands

Now, I can’t definitively say that these aren’t just placebo effect but they truly helped me out on my last trip. I get so incredibly motion sick on planes that I was willing to try anything. Dramamine works wonders but on a 10 hour plane ride it wears off. The little plastic nubs basically dig into your skin to hit a pressure point that’s supposed to ease nausea. They aren’t uncomfortable to wear but they do leave marks for a while once you take them off so there’s definitely no hiding them.

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Phone Camera Lenses

These little guys have been one of the coolest things i’ve bought for my phone. It clips onto my camera and has a macro, fish eye and a wide angle lens. They take a little bit of playing around with but once you get it down they’re great. Plus, they even come with teeny tiny lens caps to keep dust and fingerprints off.  

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Notebook

Okay, okay, this one is super simple. But I really will not travel without a notebook. I like to keep a travel journal when I go places, it really helps me to remember the little moments. And, when you go overseas and you don’t have data on your phone it’s really handy to write down directions to help you out when you can’t get wifi. 

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Microfiber travel towel

To save space in my bag on my most recent trip, I opted to buy a microfiber towel. This thing is awesome. It folds out into a full sized towel and it really soaks up every drop of water. This is the perfect option for when you’re staying at hostiles that don’t provide towels or just if you need to save some space in your bag. Plus, if you tuck this in your carry on it can double as a blanket or a pillow on for your trip. 

The Best Travel Accessories // Being Leanna

// Extra Phone Battery

Probably the most important of all the travel accessories mentioned. You need an extra battery for your phone when you’re going to be traveling around. My battery drains like it’s nobody’s business and this has came in handy multiple times. This snaps right onto your phone through the charger port and carries a full charge. The best part for me is that it adds some bulk, but it will still fit in my pocket or tiny wristlet. 

And that’s it! Those are my top must have travel accessories. I will not travel without any of them. I’ll be going to Texas on October 1st and i’ve already got all these items gathered so I know not to forget them. Let me know what your best travel accessories are so I know what else to grab for my upcoming trip! Be sure to check out my other travel posts like how to pack 8 days in a carry on

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