Wednesday, October 1, 2014

www.apparelnbags.com- Wholesale Prices! {#Review}

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Lydia loves wearing hoodies and comfortable clothes. When I was hit with the opportunity to review one, I took it because Lydia needed a few more for the Fall! ApparelnBags.com carries wide variety of named brand apparel and takes pride in carrying merchandise of choice for more than 99% of United States residents. Chances are, if you need it- they have it. They offer Mens, Womens, Childrens, Sportswear and more. I received one of their hooded sweatshirts for Lydia and the color is adorable on her. 
The brand is Port & Company and it is available in 24 colors and several sizes. The wholesale price is completely affordable as well. It is only $10.44!  With Fall here and Winter creeping up before we know it, she's going to need a better winter coat. They offer those too! Check out Apparel In Bags via one of the links here in this post to see what other products they have to offer. I am thrilled with the product that I received for Lydia! Visit them via their social media below too! Thanks for reading!
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received complementary product to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own*
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Walmart's Holiday Toyland Event Near You! #ChosenByKids

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The Holiday's are near, I know that it is just October and we really do not want to think about Christmas- but I really can't stop because my daughter always gets so excited! She won't stop telling me all of the things she wants! It is adorable. We are starting a few new traditions this year. One of them including new pajamas and a book on Christmas Eve. She will also get to open a present of choice! We always do presents from Santa and then there are presents from us. It is super fun fun fun! Have you started  your shopping yet?

 If you don't start getting things now, you will be "that" last minute shopper like I was last year. It wasn't too pretty. Walmart prices are always great and affordable. You can go to a competitor and spend several dollars more than you would at Walmart. Check out some of my tips!
  •  Make a LIST. Don't just pick and throw in the buggy. If you have to, window shop online and see what you to get want first!
  • One way to get your shopping done and over with would be to shop at night. If you can, have someone sit with your kiddos while they sleep and get it done! 
  • Layaway- Walmart has layaway and if you are on a budget, this is a great way to pace yourself so that you are not spending out of pocket at once. 
  • Set a budget- I know that Christmas only comes once a year, but setting a budget for yourself is a great idea. 
  • Keep an eye on weekly circulars- YES! Keep an eye on them in the paper or store. Why? That toy that is $20 now, may be $10 later! I have been there myself!
  • You don't have to shop at once. Get a little here and a little there!
 Have you heard of the upcoming Walmart's Holiday Toyland Event? You are missing out if you haven't! Click the link posted here to learn more. Basically, on certain daters a Walmart near you will be holding an event to see the hottest toys near you! Buddy the elf cut outs and special helpers will be there to help you! Only the coolest toys chosen by kids will be shown at these events! Check out a few of the participating brands below!

Keep an eye out for my post! I will be attending an event on October 11th and will be posting a review shortly after! 
*This is a sponsored post via Sverve. All opinions are my own. Clicking on any link in this post is at no cost to you*
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{#DIY} Toilet Paper Bat Halloween Craft!

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Halloween is going to be here before we know it! There's nothing more fun than decorating for the Holidays! Halloween is my favorite one! Before I tried this craft with Lydia, I wanted to give it a run myself and see how simple that it was. See below what you need! Now, paint brushes and scissors are not pictured. You will need them.
You need a toilet paper roll, scissors,  paint brushes, glue sticks, black and white acrylic paint, construction paper, wiggly eyes. Paint your toilet paper roll black and set aside to dry.
I folded a piece of construction paper in half and made my wings. I did this so that both were identical.  You can use your child's hand prints and cut them out  instead to add a personal touch. 
 I used Crayola brand paper and wasn't too happy that it wasn't as black as I wanted it to be. I decided to paint my wings. I liked this better.
 While most of my toilet paper roll was dried, I took my white paint and made the fangs and mouth.
After my wings dried I glued them on the back of the toilet paper roll. Then added my wiggly eyes!
I used my gold pen and added a personal touch on the wings. I also cut out a bow for a girly effect. Super cute! We plan to put this on our TV stand when we decorate next week for Halloween! I can't wait to do this with Lydia! We have so much more in store too! If you don't want to use paint, another option would be to wrap the construction paper around the roll and staple. Then you can staple or glue the wings. This is more of a mess free option. I prefer the mess because it is more fun for the kiddo! 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Darby Smart- #DIY Critter Ring Holder {#Review} {#Giveaway} #GiftGuide2014

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I always find adorable items on Pinterest and occasionally in my Facebook Feed. I saw an ad recently called Darby Smart. It looked pretty interesting so I had to click. After browsing their website and learning more about them, I couldn't help but to notice it was all about "doing it yourself!".  Check it out about them:
From jewelry to purses and home goods to d├ęcor, Darby Smart features a range of DIY kits that  foster the creative side in everyone. Darby Smart Designers dream up the latest DIY projects   inspired by current fashion, design and home trends. Projects are then deconstructed into kits   that include a complete set of pre-tested materials in the right quantities, so you can create   the project at home. With a click of a button, Darby Smart delivers the curated supplies and   simple instructions directly to the customer. Darby Smart rotates a selection of more than 50   kits at a time, and new kits are unveiled every three days. Kits start around $20 (including Fast   & Free shipping) and are available up to 60 days or until supplies last.
Now, I don't know about you, but I like reaching out of the box and trying something different. I reached out to them and they were happy to work with me on featuring one of their items. I was stoked to receive my box because I didn't know what I was going to receive. I received their Critter Ring Dish Project. I would call it a ring holder, but you get the idea. Everything that I needed to make this project came in my box. Enough items to make two of them! One for myself and one for my daughter, Lydia. 
It came with the following- (1) Sakura Gold Paint Pen, (1) Aleene's Super Gel Adhesive, (2) Porcelain Dishes & (1) Aleene's Spray Sealant. Making my critter dishes was super easy and they included a card with a code to unlock to see instructions on their website!
 Firs thing first was I had to take the gold pen and paint any designs that I wanted on the dishes.
After getting my designs done, I set them aside to dry and painted my critters that I chose for these projects. 
After coloring the critters completely with the pen, I sat them aside to dry for about 40 minutes. I then took the sealant and sprayed them. ONLY spray the critters, not the dish. It took about another hour to dry after that.
Please spray in a ventilated area because this spray has a very strong odor. After allowing the critters to dry, I glued them to my dishes!
 I let the glue dry, and my masterpieces were done!
Overall, I think that these are completely adorable and will make a unique and awesome gift for Christmas. There isn't anything more special than a gift made with love! This project is available for purchase from Darby Smart for only $19! You can also choose your animal or choose to be surprised! If you want to gift the kit, or gift the item after you make it from the kit- it will make a great gift! I recommend Darby Smart for my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Did you know that you can submit a design of your own  to get voted on? Anyone can apply to become a   featured Darby Smart designer by submitting DIY designs, which are voted on by the Darby   Smart community. Selected designs are turned into DIY kits, and chosen designers receive a   percent of sales for their kits. Visit them via one of the links here in this post or visit them on their social media below!
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WIN IT: I am giving away one project of choice UP TO $20! Giveaway ends 10/20/14 at 11:59 PM CST. Giveaway is open to USA. No purchase necessary to enter. Enter with the giveaway tools below. Goodluck! 

*The Small Things received a project to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own* 
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My #ActiviaChallenge was a complete success!

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“Disclosure: I have partnered with Dannon to help promote Activia. I have been compensated for my time commitment to review Activia. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.” 
Have you been following my Activia Journey? I hope you have! I am glad to share with you that it has been a success! You can see week 1 and week 3 here for a refresher! No one likes to feel uncomfortable, bloated, gassy, or rumbling, including me. That’s why I took the Activia Challenge! I am so happy that I feel normal now! I am no longer uncomfortable! Eating Activia twice a day for four weeks, as part of a balance diet and healthy lifestyle, may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive issues like bloating, gas, discomfort and rumbling. I am proof of that! 
Just because the challenge is over doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying Activia’s variety of products! I know I will definitely keep Activia Greek Yogurt Vanilla in my fridge for a quick, healthy snack because I feel better when I eat Activia! Don’t worry if you didn’t try the challenge this past month – there is still time, the Challenge promotion officially ends 11/30/2014. Be sure to head to your local grocery store and pick up some Activia products and give it a try – if it doesn’t work, it’s free so you have nothing to lose! It only takes eating two a day! Be creative and make it a snack or eat with breakfast! I am a mother and a wife. Feeling my best is a need! Not just a want! Thank you Activia for changing my life! After keeping up with my journey, have you considered starting one yourself? Visit Activia on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest!
As part of this challenge- I was given the chance to do two giveaways! The last giveaway winner was Robert B! After those two giveaways were over, I chose my two winners and emailed them. I chose two winners from each form at random and put them in random.org so they can win the following prize pack:
  • $75 gift card
  • 10 full value product coupons
  • Insulated lunch bag so they can bring Activia with them on the go
The winner is: DAVID! He has been emailed and he's already claimed his prize!! Congrats!!!!!!

 Giveaway Terms
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

ProFlowers #TheBestOfMe Bouquet {#Review} {#Giveaway}

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I am sure by now, you have seen The Best Of Me promoted around and on TV. The trailer is beautiful. I can't wait to see this movie myself! Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. 
Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances. The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato. Check it out below if you haven't! The trailer features Lady Antebellum introducing  "I Did With You" - featured on The Best of Me soundtrack.
It looks like I am going to be dragging my husband to watch this awesome movie! I haven't read the book, but thanks to ProFlowers, I am going to! 
The Best of Me has partnered with ProFlowers to bring you "The Best of Me" bouquet, inspired by the film and brought to you by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks. "The Best of Me" bouquet draws from the film's picturesque garden scene, where the two main characters unite to give their love a second chance. Reaffirm your own love, just like the characters in the movie, and shop "The Best of Me" bouquet.
This vibrant combination of burgundy gerbera daisies, lavender spray stock and red roses is sure to make their day unlike any other. The bouquet features:
  • 8 red roses
  • 5 burgundy gerrondo gerber daisies
  • 5 lavender spray stock
  • 5 ruscus
This limited edition bouquet will be available to purchase until October 31. I received one myself and I am just in love with it! It is so beautiful!Check it out below!
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Courtesy of Relativity Media and ProFlowers, one of my readers are going to WIN:
ProFlowers gift code to purchase “The Best of Me” bouquet ($80) & A  Copy of The Best Of Me (paperback, movie tie-in edition) Prizing valued at $90 & Open to US Mailing addresses only! This giveaway will end on 10/19/14 at 11:59 PM CST. No purchase necessary to enter. Enter with the giveaway tools below. Goodluck!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Frozen: The Songs on CD {#Review} {#Giveaway} #GiftGuide2014

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If you have a little girl, chances are that you know what movie Frozen is! I know that I do! In fact, I catch my daughter, Lydia singing it all the time! On September 30th, Walt Disney Records is set to release Frozen: The Songs featuring all 10 songs from the Oscar ®-winning film, a vinyl edition and a Spanish language version Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada, plus the digital score album from composer Christophe Beck. The specially priced Songs CD also includes a fold-out poster and stickers.

The Frozen soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 consecutive weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units and over 8.4 million tracks. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed over 300 million times on YouTube.
I can't believe that it is that popular! Well, actually I can. The movie that I remember being popular when I was little was The Little Mermaid! HA! That has been quite sometime ago! This CD is perfect for carpools, car rides or just going around town. I am sure that parents, aunt, uncles and friends will go bonkers by time the CD is over, but it is always worth it for our little ones! Lydia's favorite song is "Let It Go". She has such a beautiful voice when it comes to singing! 
Did you know that the soundtrack peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Chart (and in 31 countries), plus Amazon’s Overall Music Category, Pop, and Overall MP3 charts?  At Spotify, the soundtrack was No. 1 in the U.S. for 14 consecutive weeks, with over one quarter billion streams worldwide. Both versions of “Let It Go” (Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato) have a combined 87 million streams. I am so happy that Walt Disney Records/Disney Music Group Publicity has given my family the chance to have this album as our own!
Check out the list of songs on the soundtrack below! 
1. Frozen Heart
Performed by Cast
2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez
3. For the First Time in Forever
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
4. Love Is an Open Door
Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
5. Let It Go
Performed by Idina Menzel
6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Performed by Jonathan Groff
7. In Summer
Performed by Josh Gad
8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
9. Fixer Upper
Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast
10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version) Performed by Demi Lovato
Buy it: You can pre-order on Amazon NOW! Frozen: The Songs on CD is only $9.99 and Frozen: The Songs Vinyl is $17.99. Please note that prices will vary daily on Amazon. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases visit them on their social media below! 
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*The Small Things received a complementary CD to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own*
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Roaming Reindeer- Start A New Christmas Tradition! {#Review} #GiftGuide2014

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Throw out last year's Elf tradition! Start a new one with Roaming Reindeer! These little guys are just too adorable! Author Angela Meju (A genius I might add)  is a nurse who currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two children.  She was inspired to write Roaming Reindeer to create her own Christmas Tradition with her family! What is Roaming Reindeer all about? Well, let me tell you a bit about it! 
Gus and Sam are two of Santa’s reindeer.  They decide to visit girls and boys to help Santa see who’s being naughty or nice.  Sam gets sad whenever he sees a child who is naughty and ends up telling Santa.  Gus sticks around to keep watch. 
 When the two realize that there isn’t enough time to visit all of the children before Christmas, they call on their friends for help.  They send their friends off in pairs of two, and assign each pair to a home. Reindeer 1 will disappear to tell Santa any time someone has been naughty. Reindeer 2 will always stick around to keep watch.
How cute are they? On Christmas Eve, the reindeer disappear to help Santa deliver gifts! They come in a keepsake box with a book about their story too! 
If you ask me, Roaming Reindeer is completely adorable! This is a tradition that we are going to keep in our family year after year! I can't wait to start this tradition with my daughter on the first of December! If you want to purchase this yourself, you can do so for only $34.95! Shipping and tax is included in the price too! I believe that this is a great price for an awesome tradition and plenty of fun! Visit Roaming Reindeer via one of the links in this post to get started and order today! Visit them on their social media to stay up to date with the latest too! 
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