Thursday, April 27, 2017

The financial benefits of using microfiber for cleaning

I clean my house every day. I use so many cleaning supplies, and I used go through rolls and rolls of paper towels a week. THEN I discovered microfiber for cleaning. Let me tell you, this is life changing. I never realized that I can clean so much in my house with a microfiber cloth. I bought mine over at Microfiber Wholesale, a family-owned business working to produce and distribute quality microfiber cleaning products worldwide. There are so many financial benefits when it comes to using microfiber for cleaning. These cloths can be used for cleaning many areas in your home. They can be used for other projects too.
  • Clean your car
  • Clean glass. They can hold 7x their weight in liquid. So you can use one cloth instead of using an entire roll of paper towels to clean an area!
  • You can scrub bathrooms
  • Clean anywhere!
They have microfiber cloths for glass, mops, car care, dusters, lens/optical and more. What is a financial benefit? You save money using these cloths because you don't have to spend money on all kinds of supplies or paper products to clean. I used to have to clean with paper towels. These are one time use, so the money added up quick. 
With these microfiber cloths, you only need one cloth for each project. Why? They last a thousand washes. YES that is correct. How crazy is that?! These cloths will save you money because they last. When your towel is wet, it works great on smudged dirt, grease and stains. You don't have to waste money on paper towels because they work great for streak free cleaning on windows too! 

These towels are not only affordable, but will last you so long that you will be asking yourself "Why didn't I buy these long ago?!". Do you clean with microfiber? I would love to hear!

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My PIXAR Headquarters Tour! Where The MAGIC of Cars 3 Happens! #Cars3Event

 Disclaimer: Disney, Pixar and ABC invited me to San Francisco on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for my coverage of events.
When you think of Pixar, what comes to mind? For me, Toy Story used to come to mind first, but now, Cars 3 does! I had the opportunity of a lifetime to visit Pixar Headquarters in Emeryville, California. I told you awhile back that I was heading to San Fran! I have to tell you that I had such a rush of adrenaline going to a place that has been on my bucket list. I wanted to share with you some fun facts that I learned about it!
The excitement of pulling into this place was just amazing. The first thing that I seen when I got out was the Cars 3 logo on the parking lot.
I almost cried. Why? Think of all of the amazing minds that have walked these grounds. The amazing people, talent and more that came through those gates! It is the best feeling. I was there! ME! 
We got out and then did the long walk to the Steve Jobs Building. I was in awe of everything. This place is gorgeous!
Pixar originally started in 1979 as the Graphics Group, a part of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm. acquired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986. The studio pursued its dream of creating the first computer animated feature length film. In 1995, Pixar released Toy Story, to universal acclaim. The Walt Disney Company later acquired Pixar in 2006.
(Group photo on the grounds)
There it was, the iconic Luxo Jr. and ball. Did you know this hasn't always been here? It was gifted to them after being on display over sea!
How amazing is that? I was waiting on it to bounce over at me. 
 Holly and I Like It Frantic and I couldn't wait to take a photo with the ball.
All of the amazing #Cars3Event bloggers!
There it was, The Steve Jobs Building. Steve Jobs wanted everyone to come together and be able to talk. Bathrooms are here, and you get food here. He wanted everyone to make conversation and meet new friends. The "Atrium" is the main spot. Employees even go get their mail here. 
 Look who we were greeted by in the main building! I can't wait to see the new movie!
My favorite characters, made of LEGOS. How neat is that?!
 There is so much to see in this building, including the many, many awards!
 This was SURREAL seeing all of them!
Check out this Woody doll! This story is amazing and SO SWEET.
Woody doll was sent to Pixar from the Magic Kingdom Guest Relations. Apparently, a little six-year-old boy named Caleb loved this toy so much that it became so beat up, his parents bought him a new one. But Caleb didn’t want to throw out his very first Woody toy, so he left it with the Magic Kingdom staff to give it a good home and let Woody spend “infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear.”
Let's go back outside. We went to the Brooklyn Building and were able to tour the grounds as well. Did you know that Steve Jobs named all of the buildings on the grounds? It was his favorite place.
 We were greeted by Bing Bong from Inside Out when we went into this building! How cute is this!?
 I squealed when I see the shark and DORY. 
 I looked up and what did I see? It is from the Pixar short PIPER! HOW CUTE!
 There is Hank. He was hidden in several areas like this! 
On the grounds you will see the heated pool. Steve Jobs wanted everyone to have an active lifestyle. On their free time, they can come and swim!
 They also have a building to come and work out! How neat is that?
 They even have a basketball court to play basketball. See the ball on the court to the right? How neat is that?!
 They grow herbs and such that they use in the kitchen here. I think that is just awesome. 
 The grounds also have beautiful flowers around it! Look how gorgeous this is? It looks like a bird.
Overall, the tour was amazing. It was so neat seeing where all of the magic comes to life! The opportunity of a lifetime for me. I loved every single minute of it. SO SURREAL. I went to the giftshop there too! So cute and small, and they have a great variety of product! They are completely affordable!
Seeing where Cars 3 is being made! All of it! Speaking of Cars 3, I have a new trailer for you that you can't miss out on! 
We seen 40 minutes of this movie, and let me tell you, you will NOT be disappointed! 
Cars 3 is in theaters June 16th! Are you going? Because I am! Be sure to follow Cars on their social networks below! Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Give her KEEP Collective Personalized Keepsake Jewelry This Mother's Day

*The Small Things received complimentary product to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*
I am a jewelry girl. I LOVE jewelry. I love it, even more, when I can pick it out on my own or have it personalized to ME. I found an amazing brand that I just can't stop thinking about. They have Personalized Keepsake Jewelry and it is all GORGEOUS. Have you heard of KEEP Collective?  Keep Collective is an addition to the stella & dot family. 
We create MEANINGFUL jewelry to help you tell your UNIQUE STORY. Our community of KEEP Designers earn an income selling and personalizing KEEPSAKES just for you.
I received a few pieces to review here on the blog and I am in love with them! All of their products are custom-designed in the  Sausalito studio and crafted with the finest materials! They are gorgeous! I was able to pick out what I wanted and personalize it to ME. 
KEEP Collective offers so many different collections. They have charms, and they have what they call keepers. These are bracelets, bags, necklaces, and even key fobs. They are all able to accommodate your charms on them! This is just the coolest thing I have ever seen before! I chose the following charms for mine. They represent ME. 

The bracelet that you see is their inspiration beads. I received Howlite. This comes with a woven band to slide on charms. The bracelet has silver plating and a clasp to close it. It is also made with stretchy elastic. I LOVE this! It is so pretty! The item code for this gorgeous bracelet is KB048HS.  You can buy it for $24! The quality is WOW. Now, the charms are just beautiful. There are reasons behind picking each one and I will explain them to you! 
  • The Unicorn Charm -From the Love And Friendship Collection. This charm is not only cute, but it fits me! First of all, unicorns are magical, and I am a UNICORN MOM. If you don't know what that is, you are missing out. From Unicorn Moms "A mother who's not perfect, enjoys alcohol, has a sense of humor and couldn't are less what you think." This charm is $12 and product code is: KA193S.
  • The Gemini Astrology Sign Charm- From The Family Collection. This charm is just cute! I am a Gemini so I had to have it. I love the little accents on it! This charm is $12 and the product code is: KA182S.
  • The Mom Charm-This charm is me. I am a mom. I love the font that it has. I just had to have it. Being a mom is the greatest blessing that anyone can ever have.This is pretty much self-explanatory! This silver charm is only $9. The product code is: KA025SVR.
  • The Protective Eye Charm- This charm has meaning. "A burst of blue surrounded by pavĂ©, the protective eye works with good intentions to ward off negative energy and protect you from harm." I need this. I love products that have the evil eye on it, I own so many! Good vibes in The Brown house! You can score this charm for $12 and the product code is: KA113G.
These products are handset. They are also lead and nickel tested! I am in love with these charms and the bracelet. When you buy from KEEP Collective, keep in mind that they have free gift ready packaging with every Keeper, Fast and affordable shipping and easy returns If you don't love it, simply return it. 30 days for cash back and 90 days for store credit (sale items returnable for store credit only) They have $5.95 flat rate shipping! Did you know that you can also join to be a designer?! YES! That is right! 25-35% commission on personal sales & UNLIMITED REWARDS on team sales & Earn FREE PRODUCT, shop up to 50% OFF, and earn glamorous GETAWAYS. Learn more HERE

Visit the KEEP Collective website for other beautiful products! You won't be disappointed! You can also visit their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest!
Order by 5/6 for Mother's Day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mini Bathroom Makeover With RoomMates Decor- Easy Removable Decals!

As many of my friends know, I have shared my journey to a Mickey themed bathroom with everyone for a few months now. I have went as far as painting my own canvases. My love for Disney keeps growing more and more. I discovered RoomMates Decor, and I was stoked! RoomMates offers a variety of wall decals that are removable and reusable. They don't peel off the paint. They are easy to apply! Applying them is pretty easy. Scope out where you want it to go, make sure you apply on a clean and dry surface and place it. If you don't like where it is, or how you applied, you can peel and place again! I did this several times and I was stoked to see how sticky that it remained!
I seen that they had the cutest Mickey Mouse Decal! They had three pages to look through filled with Mickey themed items! I chose this cute Typographic Mickey Mouse Decal. It had 17 decals included in the pack.  As you can see, the before and after gives a small makeover and adds what was needed in the room. I needed that "last touch". Since we live in apartments, we cannot paint. This is just what I needed because they don't do any damage!
RoomMates Peel And Stick Decor is my recommended GO-TO for any room accessory. The decals came on 1 sheet of 18" x 40". The mickey came in pieces and they had numbers to tell which went where. It was so easy to assemble! I do plan to move it to the right just a tad, I am still debating on that now.
I was excited to see how that this came together, and I placed the mickey heads in the bathroom randomly. Some on the shelf above the toilet, on the mirror, wall and door. 
 I am happy with the end result and I can't wait to WOW my guests when they come over. 
 I even added some onto the bathroom mirror.
This inexpensive makeover can be yours for only $18.49! That is such an amazing price, compared to what you would pay to paint, and repaint over it if you choose to change the theme! Visit RoomMates Decor on their website to see the other products that they have to offer to get you started on your room makeover. You won't regret it! You can also visit their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below!
Do you plan to give a room in your home a mini makeover with RoomMates Decor now that you have seen my post? I would love to hear!
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700 SB from Disney Animal World

Swagbucks has a great deal for Disney lovers - get 700 SB ($7) when you sign up for Disney Animal World (an all new Disney collection of books and toys) and get the welcome package for free!. Get your welcome package today, an over $70 value, for free! You just pay shipping and handling.

Click here to take advantage of this offer - if you don't have a Swagbucks account, you can create one here. Swagbucks is a site where you earn points (called SB) for trying products and services (like Disney Animal World) in addition to shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, and searching the web. Then you can turn those points into free gift cards from places like Amazon, Target, PayPal, Walmart, and Starbucks.

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me this month and complete the offer before next month begins, you'll get a bonus 300 SB. 

So here's how the offer shakes out:

What you make: 700 SB ($7) for completing the offer + 300 SB ($3) bonus for new members = 1000 SB ($10) total
Shipping and Handling for offer: $4.95

That means you make over $5 on this offer!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Get a $20 Staples gift card by rebate when you buy $300 or more in Mastercard gift cards #StaplesEZr

This is a sponsored post on the behalf of Tatu Digital Media. 
I was in Staples the other day and we were looking for gift cards for a few birthdays coming up, I learned about an amazing deal that I could not pass up. Starting 4/23 until 4/29: Get a $20 Staples gift card by rebate when you buy $300 or more in Mastercard gift cards. This is amazing! I thought to myself, this could work for me! I can buy gift cards for all of the holidays and I can use the rebate for office supplies for myself! It is a win for us all! I thought to myself, what can we do with all of these giftcards? There are many reasons to buy!

Reasons to buy giftcards:
  • Mastercard Gift Cards can be used for anything! 
  • Mastercard Gift Cards usually don't expire, take a look at the terms on the back to see.
  • You can save them up for Christmas shopping, Birthday shopping, gifts for the teacher and more!
  •  Spring is here, so they can also be used for a new wardrobe! 
  • Mastercard Gift Cards are accepted at most all retailers.
  • Did you know that by using your favorite rewards credit card to purchase, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery!
I love saving giftcards to use on vacations too. These are great to use for outings and going out to dinner! Graduation time is almost here, these make the PERFECT grad gifts! This offer expires 4/29 so be sure visit a local Staples near you   to take advantage of it today! Be sure to enter this giveway below while you are here too! 
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Get $28 to try Hulu THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this weekend is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $28 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $20 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here's how you do it:

2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds) 
3. Click "Continue" and sign up for Hulu 
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes. 

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

This is a great time to join because when you sign up for Swagbucks through the link above and get your 2800 SB from the Hulu offer, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of May. So that's $28 (2800 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 3100 SB, which means you make a profit of $23 total just for watching TV!

Adorable Free Printable Happy Birthday "Pun" Cards!

I love nothing more than a cute card! I also love cards that you can't really find in your typical store. I was browsing the web and couldn't find anything that I really liked, and when I did find something- it was too plain. I like color, and lots of it. I was stoked to print these on my new HP DeskJet3755 All-in-One printer
My 9-year-old and I are always saying puns. If you read the cards that I made above, you can get the idea of what it is. What is a pun? A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings. There are so many out there so the possibilities are endless when it comes to the sayings or cards that you can make. I love these!
When I made these, I had in mind that I just wanted to use the typical 5x7 size, because it is a good size and I like it. I bought the cardstock (Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets) on Amazon  and the Darice Smooth A7 Envelopes, 5.25-Inch by 7.25-Inch, Kraft, 50-Pack of envelopes on Amazon. (affiliate links- purchasing via my link will allow me to earn a percentage of the purchase.) 
I made a tutorial on how to make a watercolor card, and making this goes about the same. It is just creating your layers and placing the images where you want them. I am thrilled that I can offer these to you all! They are so cute! These are obviously blank on the inside so that you can get creative and write your own little note or message.
When you print these images, save to your computer via Dropbox HERE. These are 5x7 cards and JPEG images. Flip the image upside down in the image viewer. Place a standard size piece of cardstock in your printer and print. You will need to fold and trim. Nothing that you can't use a Xacto knife or big pair of scissors for! These make the cutest gift too! If you don't want to download them all at once, you can score them via the links below!
Do you think you will use these cards in the near future? I would love to hear! Thanks for reading! 
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How to Create A Watercolor Printable Card With Steps! Printable Freebies Included.

I love creating new things on my Paint Shop Pro program! I am a fan and I have been since high school. They have a new version called Paint Shop Pro X9. You can download this or use the free 30 day trial. The full NEW version is $79.99, and if you have an older version and want to upgrade, it is $59.99. This tutorial is easy for a beginner. I am going to give you step by step instructions! Have you ever wanted to create a watercolor card for someone, but you did not want the mess of paint? Have no fear! I am here to save the day! I am going to show you how to make this:
How cute is that? AND you can place any saying that you want on the front of it. The inside is blank so that you can fill it out with your own handwriting. I feel that makes it more personal than typing a message too! If you don't want to make it yourself, I am providing the download link to print it yourself too via the bottom of this post.
Now, after you download your Paint Shop Pro program, and open it- you need to head here and get your free brushes. Brushes are what make the card for this project. I often use that website because people create the neatest add-ons for this program.Check out the screenshots below for reference.
Now, download these brushes and unzip to your desktop. LEAVE THEM there for now.
Go to the program and click file > import> then custom brush. This is where you will bring the brushes into the program so that they are always there when you need them. You will not have to redownload them.
A box will pop open like the one below.
Click OPEN and grab them from the desktop and they will all load like you see to the left. Click ADD ALL and they will move to the right! Click OK and you are set. 
I made this greeting card a 5x7. I like the size. So go to FILE at the top left again and then click NEW. This box will pop up. See where it says units? Click inches and to the left make width 5 and height 7. Unclick the transparent box and make that white. You can choose a color by clicking the box. Now I am going to show you how easy that it is to make your card.
Clic the brush tool and find the brushes you downloaded, click one and you can play with the size where it says size at the top too.
Use the pallet to the right and choose the colors you want the brushes to be. Get creative. Click around and make your design. You can turn it around via the buttons you see circled at the top so that you can get it even around each edge. When you get it to where you want it, you can add your font. Your computer already has font installed, but if you want anything fancy or cute, head on over to a free website such as Find the font you want, download it and unzip to your desktop. Right click and click INSTALL. The font that you see here is Bromello.
After you get your fonts downloaded, you can start adding the text onto the card.
If you want the watercolor effect that I did, go to file, then click new (like you did when we made the 5x7 card image to start with) and instead of clicking inches like last time, click pixels and do 500x500!
Use the brushes and make a watercolor effect one on another like you see I did! You can play with textures on the right as well, but I recommend taking it easy to start out on. 
After you click that box, this box that you see below will pop up!
Click pattern at the top and the one you made should pop up. Click and make it and scale like I have it. Click ok and you are started. Type the font that you want inside of the card! Play with it and place it where you want. 
You are done and ready to gift your card! Save to your desktop. Now click and open it. If you want to print from here do this:
Rotate the image upside down. There is a good reason for this! Load your paper or cardstock into the printer. I used standard size. 
The reason I had you flip the image is so that when you fold the card, it is facing the correct way! Click fit to picture and 5x7. Click print.
Fold over and trim your card with scissors or a xacto knife. You can find these at any craft store.
Enjoy and gift your beautiful new card! The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do! Get creative with it! You will become addicted! Don't want to make it yourself? Don't sweat it- download the card freebie pack for a pdf of them all, or download each here. Freebies include:
Happy Birthday To My Sister, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To My Aunt, Happy Birthday B*tch, Happy Birthday Daughter, Happy Birthday Mom, Happy You Came Out Of Your Mom's Vagina Day and Holy Sh*t You're Old! There are a variety to choose from! Please remember these are all 5x7! I hope that you enjoy them all! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Like this post? Please share via one of the buttons below, RT or Pin this last image! Thanks for reading!