Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A PR Firm That Screams Women's Empowerment!


I have been in the blogging industry for 9 years. It isn't easy! You work with many PR firms, you build many relationships!  I have "met" many PR firms but my favorite is one that I discovered recently. Nancy at Behrman screams women's empowerment. I am all for a PR firm that is full of nothing but women! You don't see that very often these days and when I seen it, I was thrilled! Let me tell you about them! The agency was founded in 1985 by industry pioneer Nancy Behrman, an innovator and trailblazer in the world of public relations, corporate positioning, and retail relations. 

You don't understand until you are in this industry what it takes to be in the PR industry. Behrman PR has a team of 30+ creative and strategic thinkers! They have two offices, one in New York, and one in Los Angeles. When you work in PR, you tell a brands story. You speak for that brand, you represent that brand. You tell a story for that brand. Behrman Communications offers a variety of services. 


They offer Traditional Media Relations & Integrated Communications. This includes media relations from television, print, radio/podcasts and digital outlets. It also includes grassroots communication campaign and activations, media influencer and celebrity sponsorship and seeding. It also includes traditional and digital press kit creation. Included is also Media and Consumer-Centric Event Execution, including Product Launches and Store Openings. Professional Outreach and Activations Targeting Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, Physicians and Aestheticians as well as Multicultural Programming.

They offer Social Media & Influencer Marketing. This includes Earned Digital Influencer Outreach for Authentic Social Media Engagement, Paid Digital Influencer Programming, including Sponsored Content, Creative Campaigns, Influencer Trips, Event Hosting, Brand Ambassadorships and Collaborations Social Media Strategy and Content Calendar Development, Paid Social Advertising Campaigns, Brand Channel Audits, Competitive Analysis, and Metrics Reporting.

They also have Brand Building & Strategic Planning. This includes Brand Positioning and Messaging, Website Copywriting, Packaging Copy and Content Advisory Services, Brand Architecture Development, Launch Strategy Development & Execution, Comprehensive Product Overview and Assortment Planning Guidance, Competitive Landscape Analysis Advisory & lastly, Services Relating to Distribution Strategy.

Their clients span from beauty, health, wellness and lifestyle. Their first client was Kiehl's in 1851! It remained a client until its sale to L’OrĂ©al in 2001 and since then, they have transformed companies into powerhouse names! Working with PR firm that has a passion for what they do is a must! Nancy at Behrman has an amazing team of women working for her firm and I believe that every brand that is represented by Behrman should be honored. When I saw the makeup brands that they represent, my mouth dropped. They represent some of the biggest, well-known names out there in the industry! Behrman Communications can mold your brand and make it the best of the best! Let them represent your brand, let them craft your story. Let one of the best PR firms in the industry represent you! What do you think?

Keep Your Customers Happy With This Business Software


Let's face it, you're a business owner and with that said comes organization. I don't know about you, but as a customer, it makes me happy when I go into a business to work with them, even on the blogger side of things and they have their stuff together. As a business owner, you should do everything in your power to be sure that organization is the key with things! I discovered a whole new software that takes your business to another level. This customer success platform is what you need to get started today! Let me tell you why! 

There are many features and benefits this software has to offer as a business owner, the first one is customer success. You can get all of the data you need with this software to know what your customer loves and to keep them coming back. You can also offer surveys and announcements for users via this software. Get the product usage analytics you need with the innovative segmented analytics. You’ll be able to understand which features are and aren’t being used by each account, segment, and user. You can monitor product usage so you can spot which features should be updated and promoted to improve the experience of your users. You can check out the customer health score to check out analytics as well as data when it comes to the health of users. 

Product management is another reason this software is great. This software gives you the chance to have your customers get the most from your product starting from the time they log on. You can provide at-risk customers with helpful content they need to keep them coming back. You can also increase subscription revenue by cross-selling and even upselling helpful features. You can identify each customer's unique usage data! Lastly, you can identify the promoters of your brand and drive new and qualified prospects. 

This software is great for Sales & Marketing too! This software gives sales and marketing teams the opportunity to engage with trial users and convert them to advocates through better onboarding. They offer personalized guides tours to make onboarding quick and seamless! The launcher makes it easy for users to quickly reference and review guided product tours on-demand for any feature, anytime. The product usage analytics take the guesswork out of engagement and help you identify areas of the onboarding process that need to be strengthened. There are in app campaigns that allow you to connect with users as they interact with your product.

Why should you use this customer success platform? Understanding your sales team and customers needs and what they do and don't want will lead to success. You don't just want that sale, you want the relationship to keep them coming back right? This program gives you that success. The possibilities are endless! Correlate behavior and integration data with this program. I love the fact that it has guided tours and integrate support & financial metrics. This program is a must and it is easy to visit the link above to see more as to why! Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in October



All throughout October you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 


2. Earn 300 SB total before November 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned so many giftcards to go out to eat, get gas and so much more!

Spooky Fun with the October Shop Swago Board!


Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shop Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.


Here’s what you need to know to get your 150 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 150 SB.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, October 12th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus. 

See it. Stream it. Check Out The @madebygoogle Chromecast Streaming Media Player #ad @BestBuy

Convenience is something that I love when it comes to watching movies and being able to take my devices from me. I recently learned about the Google Chromecast and I have to say, I am absolutely in love! This device is cool because you can watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your family's devices.

What is really neat about it is that you can stream from your phone to TV! It is simple! You just plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.

You can start streaming with just your voice. Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.

 Just simply say: “Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” 

This also works with the streaming apps you know and love Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at g.co/chromecast/

Don't want to spend a ton on new TV? You can upgrade your TV for less! Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It's so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house. High-speed wireless connectivity Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately). It is also compatible with your existing HDTV Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity. Please keep in mind that Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription. Learn more: http://bby.me/8mht4

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Beach Bound For Life!

Brandon and I are excited to announce that we are now living in Pensacola, Florida! This is such an amazing opportunity for us!
Check out this beach! We get to live this life every day! We live in paradise! =) With that said, we are looking to ramp up reviewing products on the blog! Feel free to send an email to bbrown@thesmallthings89.com if you want featured! We would LOVE to work with you!!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sony’s New Noise Canceling Headphones Will Be A HIT This Holiday! #ad, @SonyElectronics @BestBuy

Christmas will literally be here before you know it. Did you know that Best Buy has something for everyone when it comes to gifts this year? I recently found a product that my family is going to love! Sony has some pretty amazing headphones that they came out with this year! Sony’s New Industry Leading Noise Canceling WH-1000XM3 Headphones are going to be the new "must have" this year!

One thing that I love about them is the fact they have up to 30 hours of battery life! NO CORDS! NO MESS!  They are also able to be quick charged with five hours of playback in just 10 minutes. 

The specs for these headphones are just phenomenal! Check it out: 

  • Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation.
  • Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies.
  • All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time.
  • Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly.

Visit Best Buy HERE to purchase these headphones. You can also visit their store and look for the people in the blue shirts to help you find them! Visit Best Buy on their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2018 Toyota Camry XSE- Two Toned, Red Interior & More!

My husband and I are huge car enthusiasts, in fact, when we had the chance to feature the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE, we were thrilled! Thanks to DriveShop, we kept this pretty one for a week! This car is so sporty! The Camry XSE packs a powerful punch too! Let me tell you, I was scared of this car a few times! The color we received is CELESTIAL SILVER. Let's talk more about it!

Performance
This vehicle is equipped with a 3.5L V6 and it has 24V D-4S Dual Injection with a Dual VVT-i Engine. It also has an awesome 301hp @660 rpm/267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm. The Transmission is a direct shift 6 speed with sequential shift mode and it has a sport-tuned suspension. This engine packs a punch as mentioned previously and can go FASSSST!


Interior
The interior of this car is absolutely gorgeous! The interior was RED and I loved the silver with the red because it "popped" and was not something you see every day. The seats were sports leather trimmed and they were heated. The steering wheel was also leather trimmed and you were able to access audio, Bluetooth phone, and voice command. It also includes a Qi wireless charging system.


Let's not forget the smart key system. You can start the car with just a push of a button! It also has a 10-inch color heads-up display and 7-inch TFT multi-information display. It comes with a navigation system as well as app suite to download apps. Let's not forget about the Entune 3.0 Premium Audio. The car is equipped with JBL speakers too!   It has a tire pressure system and dual zoned climate control. This came in handy when he was hot and I was cold! Let's not forget about the backup camera! It also came with a birds eye view camera. You can literally see the entire car and your surroundings when you try to park! How cool is that? 


Exterior
The exterior of this car was pretty badass. I mentioned the color was Celestial Silver- It also had a two-tone body color as well as a two-tone black metallic roof. It has a rear spoiler and side mirror caps as well as illuminated door sill enhancements It has 19-inch black machined finish alloy wheels and LED headlights with smoke tine and integrated LED DRLs with auto on and off. The grill of this car is gloss black with a mesh insert. The roof of this car was a panoramic glass moonroof.   The exhaust is a dual exhaust with quad chrome tips. This car is just gorgeous!



Safety & Convenience
The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE has some amazing safety features. Let's start out with the fact that it has 10 airbags. It has a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert. There is, of course, an anti-theft system included. It has Toyota Safety Sense P; Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and dynamic radar cruise control. It has a lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beams.  For the kiddos, it comes with a LATCH- lower anchor tether for children. It also has a Star Safety System, enhanced VSC, traction control, ABS, EBD, and brake assist with smart stop technology. 


Mileage
The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE comes with 26 combined city/hwy MPG. 

Price
The MSRP is $34,950 and with all of the additional add-ons that this one came with, it is $39,253.

Overall, this vehicle would not only make a great family vehicle but is also a great road trip vehicle for anyone. The safety features alone make me want to keep one for myself. Visit your local Toyota dealership to learn more and purchase today! 


For licensing information on the photos you see in this post- please contact Brandon Johnson at brandonj.mobile@gmail.com

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Get confidence back with Microblading! Check out my eyebrows!

Last year I went and had my eyebrows microbladed! I went through a ton of changes with myself since, and my natural eyebrows even grew out more- not to mention I had lost a ton of weight and I changed my hair. I figured I needed to take advantage of the yearly touch up and get them a little fuller and darker this time! I went to Jeanette Wirz Permanent Cosmetic MakeUp again and she did an amazing job! If you are unfamiliar with the technique:

Microblading is a technique of making brow hair strokes by gently drawing a set of slightly curved needles through the epidermal and superficial dermal layer of the skin. Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.

One reason that I trusted Jeanette was that she has been in the industry for 32 years! I researched her work and I was THRILLED to have her do my brows! Jeanette not only offers microblading, but she also offers several other services as well. Those include 3-d Areola Pigmentation, Shaded Permanent Brows, Full Lip Color, Shaded Lip Liner, Lip Liner, Permanent Eye Liner, Lash Enhancements, Muscol Liner, and lastly, Paramedical Cosmetics for Alopecia.

When you arrive, know ahead of time that your appointment will be for two hours. This gives time to get paperwork done and Jeanette will take photos along the way! You will sit in a chair and Jeanette will take a look at your brows! 
You will also pick the color that you want your eyebrows to be!
Come as you usually are with your brows because Jeanette will reshape and pluck and do all of the work you don't have to do! It is free of charge with your service!

After you get plucked, Jeanette will shape your brows with a pencil so that you can both be on the same page with the shape you want your new eyebrows to be!
 This is a process as they have to be perfect to get the job done successfully!
I went from the table to the chair to get a better view of my eyebrows. 

After we were happy with the shape that I wanted, I went back to the table!  (I didn't go too dramatic because the last time I had it done, my natural eyebrows were plucked away and I had full brows this time)
She plucked at the skin to numb a bit and did strokes on each brow and numbed them again. 
  Here is the numbing cream being applied to the brows.
The microblading process seems to be a long one but you have to be patient because it will be worth it! 
After strokes are made, the pigment is applied to sit. 

I didn't feel a thing after being completely numbed! If you were wondering, no it isn't a blade! Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.
 And there you have it! My gorgeous new eyebrows are done!  
Here is a better look at before and after too! After your appointment, you keep the area dry for 24 hours. you gently cleanse the area with coconut oil and water pat dry and reapply your aftercare. You use the After Ink that she provides for two weeks. 
You are probably wondering how much it is, and her price menu can be found here. Microblading is $550 and a touchup every 12-18 months is $275. This is worth every penny for your confidence back! 

Now, some fun facts about microblading, because I am sure your brain is spinning as to how and what and why! Microblading gives you your confidence back!  This is not permanent! That is one thing that many in the permanent cosmetic industry get confused about is that it is permanent. This does fade over time and you do eventually have to get touch-ups. It is impossible to determine when you need one because everyone is different. 

Recovery time is amazing. Keep in mind when you are healing, your eyebrows will look WAY DARKER! This is normal. Over the next week, the brows will exfoliate and fade to a softer shade. This procedure is safe when you go to the right person. Jeanette is qualified to do what she does. She has strick sanitation guidelines that show follows and she has disposable needles that she uses with each application. 

I am so in love with my eyebrows! I am going to update you in 7 days with daily healing photos so that you can see the healing process! 

Visit  Jeanette Wirz Permanent Cosmetics on her social channels to stay up to date with the latest. You can also visit these, or her website to see amazing before and after photos!


Contact her to get your appointment set up now! You won't regret it! 
Jeanette Wirz Permanent Cosmetics 
8327 Sawyer Brown Rd. Nashville, Tn. 37221 
Cosmetics@JeanetteWirz.com 
615-400-2780


Photo Credit: Brandon Johnson- Please contact brandonj.mobile@gmail.com for photo usage rights.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Pumpkin Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes- The PERFECT Fall Treat!

I am working on new things for my blog. I would like to bring more food content and recipe posts! With that said, I came up with the idea to make Pumpkin Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes, and place them in Ball canning jars! These little jars are cute and hold one cupcake! This is the perfect Fall treat too! They were so easy to make. The frosting is to die for! I even gave one to my UPS guy! He was so thankful! 
I made the little heart out of melted almond bark! I cut the end of a ziplock bag and added a tip inside of it, poured the melted bark and piped the hearts on wax paper! The dried and turned out cute! Now, for the icing- This is my first attempt at a homemade buttercream icing. My family approves of it, and I LOVE IT. It is so sweet, but so good too! The vanilla cupcakes are made from scratch, which is also a first for me. 
 I played around with several tips until I found the one that I wanted. These would make great "placement cards" for Thanksgiving dinner this year too! You could write names on the little spoons (you can find these on Amazon). The jars can be found at Walmart of most grocery stores too. 
These cupcakes are SO moist and fluffy too! If I didn't make them, I would have thought that they were bakery bought! I cut them in half and added icing in the middle!
Pumpkin Buttercream Icing
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree 
  • 5 cups powdered sugar 
  • 4 TBSPs unsalted butter, softened
This literally took me 5 minutes to make! It is rich, but so delicious too! It only made about a dozen, so you may need to double. It is up to you! 

  1. I creamed the butter and pumpkin together first with the whisk attachment on the mixer until smooth. (just try your best) 
  2. Beat in the nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. One cup at a time, add your powdered sugar until you get it the way you want it!
  4. ENJOY! You can make up to 24 hours ahead! If the icing gets too firm, mix it and add a little milk to get it to the texture you want it.








  • Fluffy Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes
    • 1¾ cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup milk
    •  1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • Ball® 4oz Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars.
    Takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 30 to bake! Makes about 15 cupcakes or (2) 9 inch cakes. 
    1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
    2. Butter your pan or cupcake pan! I chose to use silicone cupcake liners and I pulled them off easily. I buttered those first too!
    3. Grab a large mixing bowl and add the following: In a large mixing bowl, stir together baking soda, salt, flour and baking powder. Stir until everything is blended!
    4. Grab your mixer bowl (or another bowl if you do not have one) and combine eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat with the paddle attachment in your mixer, until it gets fluffy. 
    5. While the mixer is running, alternate dry ingredients and milk until everything is smooth and there are no lumps.
    6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean! Cool for 10 minutes
    7. Cut the cupcakes in half and add your icing, place the other half on top, pipe icing and add your topper. Enjoy!
    These cupcakes are SO good! Please let me know how you liked them! I can't wait to make more! Now, I must make ALL THINGS pumpkin! Enjoy!