• Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres and Ed O'Neill Interviews
  • Finding Dory Red Carpet Experience & Movie Review!
  • Kaitlin Olson-The Voice Of Destiny Finding Dory Interview!
  • Baby Cereal Isn't Just For Babies Anymore!
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Q&A session with series Executive Producers Bill Motz & Bob Roth
  • Bounty hosted blogger breakfast and Bounty Finding Dory Printed products.

Monday, June 27, 2016

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS – IN THEATERS JULY 8 #TheSecretLifeOfPets A Giveaway To Celebrate!

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch. 
Every single time that the trailer comes on our TV I just laugh so hard. This movie looks like it is going to be hilarious! It makes you think- WHAT do your pets really do when you leave? 
My daughter loves Meet Max & Gidget. Check out the video and "meet" them for yourself. 
I also wanted to share with you this neat app that my 9 year old cannot stop playing on. It is called PetMOJI! 
Download the new PetMOJI app to create an emoji of your favorite furry friend! Currently available on iOS, the app features sticker packs and a custom keyboard. Customize your own PetMOJI avatar by selecting a dog or a cat, then choosing features for your pet: a body, a snout, eyes, ears, and a tail – plus patches, patterns, and colors. Available for iOS, Android coming soon.
Lydia created my Max. How cute his that? Haha! This app is pretty fun to play with! The Secret Life Of Pets Hits Theaters July 8th! You can save time and purchase your tickets for The Secret Life Of Pets on Fandango.  Be sure to visit the official Secret Life Of Pets website and check out their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below. 
Secret Life Of Pets on Facebook | Secret Life Of Pets on Twitter | Secret Life Of Pets on IG
Universal Pictures is sponsoring a giveaway for my readers! One reader will win a $25 PetSmart gift card, T-Shirt, Tennis Ball, Buttons, and Key Chain. Giveaway is Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures. Enter below. Giveaway ends July 8th. Goodluck.
*The Small Things received the same prize in return for posting. The Small Things is NOT responsible for prize shipment*

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Precious Moments' Collectors Club 35th Anniversary May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings Figurine Is Too Cute! #LifesPreciousMoments

The Small Things is a Precious Moments Blogger & received complimentary product  in return for a feature on this blog. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
It began more than three decades ago, when Precious Moments creator, Sam Butcher, began drawing the endearing teardrop-eyed children he called "Precious Moments," as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe. When you see "the eyes" you know it is a Precious Moments product. 
It is my belief there are angels all around us. They watch over us and are there ready to assist if we just ask for their help. I’ve felt their presence on several occasions and knowing they are there has brought me comfort. Have you felt your angels by your side? Have you had a feeling you should or should not do something and didn’t know why? It’s likely your angels guiding you along the way. I feel my sweet daughter, Aubrey around me often.  I’m delighted to share the news Precious Moments has a very special figurine each one of us should buy for ourselves and for the loved ones in our lives. 
May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings figurine is a new exclusive piece created specially to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Precious Moments Collectors’ Club. This ethereal porcelain figurine has written on its wings 35 blessings, such as Joy, Family &; Friends, Love, and Hope. If you’ve never purchased a Precious Moments figurine before, then this is one you will absolutely want. If you do have Precious Moments pieces, you must add it to your collection. Having this sweet angel sitting on a shelf or table will be a reminder of all of the blessings we have in our lives. It’s a lovely way to remember to always live in gratitude.
Currently the May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings is available exclusively online, and limited to 2,400 pieces worldwide. Beginning on Saturday, June 25th, if you purchase the figurine for a limited time you’ll also receive a matching ornament free. Check her out below, she is too cute! This is something you cannot pass up!

Precious Moments is also giving away to one of you lucky readers the beautiful May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings figurine and ornament! Double your chances by entering the Precious Moments Facebook page and entering to win one there too! The sponsor will be shipping the prize direct. Please allow several weeks for prize shipment to occur, as I am not the only blogger featuring this product. Giveaway is open to the USA and CANADA!! Giveaway ends two weeks from now on July 8, 2016 at 11:59PM CST. Enter below, good luck to all.  

This new figurine reminds me of those people on earth whom I also recognize as my angels. Our angels can be a best friend, a relative, or even someone we’ve never met but who suddenly has a positive impact on our lives. Be sure to visit the Precious Moments website to see the other beautiful products that they have to offer. There is something for everybody! You can also visit their social channels below. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Disney's Beauty And The Beast 25th Anniversary Edition on Digital HD Sept 6th & Blu-ray and DVD Sept 20th

Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. 
The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere. Relive the magic on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
I did not realize that this movie came out when I was TWO! Keep your eyes peeled for a full length review closer to the release date! This will include Blu-ray features and more! Visit the official website to learn more. There are also several games and activities for the kiddos (and the child in yourself of course!)
Disney's Beauty And The Beast on Facebook | Disney Animation on Twitter
Besides Belle, who is your favorite Beauty And The Beast Character?

Precious Moments' Mommy's Love Goes With You Figurine- A Great Sympathy Gift #LifesPreciousMoments

The Small Things is a Precious Moments Blogger & received complimentary product  in return for a feature on this blog. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
When you think of Precious Moments products, what is the first thought that comes to your mind?Mine is their cute eyes, but another is the gift of feelings. Why do I say that? Every Precious Moments product has a special meaning behind it to someone. The loss of a child is a heart wrenching feeling. Something that I would not wish on anyone. Precious Moments has so many products for every feeling and occasion. They have the most beautiful product for the loss of a child in their sympathy collection.
The Precious Moments' Mommy's Love Goes With You Figurine is perfect for me. On April 10, 2013, we lost our daughter, Aubrey at 20 weeks in the womb and I delivered her stillborn. I cannot describe the pain that I felt and this figurine explains it all. It is so comforting and just gorgeous. The Mommy's Love Goes With You Figurine has so much emotion. Words cannot describe.
I love how beautiful it is all around. So many perfect details too! 
This Mommy's Love Goes With You Figurine is 5 1/2" H and available for only $50.99. This IS the best gift that you could give to someone whom has lost a baby/child. It is perfect.  The figurine says it all. I am so thankful that I have this to remember my sweet baby girl by. When I look at this figurine, I feel peace, and I feel love. Help another person feel that by purchasing today. 
Be sure to visit the Precious Moments website to see the other beautiful products that they have to offer.  You can also visit their social channels below. 
Precious Moments on Facebook | Precious Moments on Twitter Precious Moments on Pinterest | Precious Moments on IG
Do you have any Precious Moments products? I would love to hear! 

Eugene Levy plays Charlie in Finding Dory! Come and Read This Amazing Interview! #FindingDoryEvent

"Disclosure: The Small Things received an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles with Disney to cover the premier of Finding Dory and a press junket. All opinions are 100% my own and were not swayed in any way."
If you would have told me when I started blogging that I would get to meet this "movie dad", I would have told you that you are crazy. Eugene Levy is best known for his role in a well known movie called American Pie. This time, he plays a different kind of dad! He is Dory's dad, Charlie. 
I was excited to see him and his humor filled the room. As soon as he starts talking, you don't want it to stop. He is so funny! Check out the interview below!
Question: How did you get to be a part of Finding Dory? His reply: I got a phone call and it was a lovely call,asking me if I wanted to be a part of it. Of course I said yes, kind of jumped at it. Didn’t take too much thinking to be involved in the sequel to Finding Nemo.

photo credit :Sara Lundberg / BudgetSavvyDiva.com
He was also asked if he recorded by himself! He said that he was able to record with Diane Keaton (she voices Dory's mom, Jenny) when they were in two different cities, He was in Toronto and she was in LA. They hooked up cameras so they could both see each other. He said that doesn't happen often, and usually you do it completely alone- and that was nice to do!
 photo credit :Sara Lundberg / BudgetSavvyDiva.com
Another question that was asked was 
"What’s been your favorite part about this whole experience?" His reply: It's a great story and animated features are a different way of working than doing a normal movie. The storyline here was a great storyline and it was kind of funny and had such an emotional impact to it. When I read the script it had that same emotional impact. You could feel it when you were reading.
photo credit :Sara Lundberg / BudgetSavvyDiva.com
Another question: "One of the things I loved about your character is how charming he was of Dory that never was a disability to him. How did that play out for you may be thinking back to parenting your own children or thinking of other parents that you’ve encountered of really having that spirit of affirmation?
" His reply: "It’s always great to play a parent who is that supportive and,  kind of life affirming. One of the great things again about how this was written is because this dad always tries to be funny, to lighten the load sort of speak and not make it quite so heavy and not make it quite so scary for Dory.

photo credit :Sara Lundberg / BudgetSavvyDiva.com
Another question came along asking who his favorite character was besides his own. He said: LITTLE DORY was his favorite! "when I first heard that voice I honestly I got so emotional" He also said "I’ve never heard anything so sweet in all my life."
I have to agree! Her voice is SO CUTE! Her little character is just adorable!

photo credit :Sara Lundberg / BudgetSavvyDiva.com
He was also asked when the first time he saw the film was and he said the Premier was the first! He had nothing but kind words! "Last night when I saw the movie, I think what impressed me the most was number one just the brilliance of the entire project and how beautifully the animation is."

photo credit :Sara Lundberg / BudgetSavvyDiva.com
I loved this interview because Eugene Levy is just an interesting person. I could talk to him all day. I loved his character and I love him as an actor in general. 
As you know, Finding Dory is now in theaters everywhere. I am thrilled to show you this baby Dory clip so that you can "Awe" for yourself!
Visit FINDING DORY on their official website and social media below to stay up to date with the latest! Check out this post for fun activities!
FINDING DORY on Facebook |  FINDING DORY on Twitter | Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram | Follow Disney Studios on Pinterest | Visit Disney/Pixar on Tumblr
Check out my Disney Tab to see all of my Disney Press Junket Coverage! You can also see my movie review HERE!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Vera Wang Marigold and Gardenia fragrance makes you feel confident, beautiful and desirable in your own skin! #IC #VWEmbrace #partner

“This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” 
I don't know about you- but I never have owned a Vera Wang Fragrance until recently.  Vera Wang introduced her first fragrance in 2002 and she won a FiFi Award for it. Her products are just amazing. Have you ever purchased a product that made you smell and feel beautiful? Confident in your own skin? The Vera Wang Marigold and Gardenia fragrance, the newest member of the Embrace Collection will empower you to feel beautiful everyday. Its soft peach color, reminiscent of the first vision of sunlight, enhances your day leaving you feeling fresh and embracing your womanhood. 
Being a mom, I am always worrying about everyone else and purchasing items for them. It is time that we purchase something for ourselves to make us feel great! I sometimes have mom guilt when I buy something for myself. When I smelled the scent of The Vera Wang Marigold and Gardenia fragrance, I had to go and get more for myself because not only does it smell amazing, it makes me feel amazing too. What does it smell like? Vera Wang Marigold and Gardenia fragrance has a dreamy fruity and floral smell to it. It is not too strong, it is just right. 
Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is completely affordable! You can find it for only ARV $29.99 in store or online at Kohl’s. Pamper yourself, pamper your wife or just pamper that special lady in your life. The Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia Fragrance is a perfect gift for anyone in your life, and it is the best gift for yourself! As a reminder purchase online or in stores at Kohl's HERE, you can also visit the Vera Wang Fragrances website and visit Vera Wang Fragrances on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest on things! 
Win it:
You can win one of ten fragrance kits (ARV $75). This includes all 4 of the following fragrances: Green Tea & Pear Blossom Rose & Vanilla Periwinkle & Iris Marigold & Gardenia. The giveaway form is ran by Influence Central and they will generate the winner. The Small Things is not responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway ends July 12, 2016. Enter below- GOOD LUCK!
Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Collections

Join an exclusive online community of Best Buy consumers! Earn PayPal Gift Codes! #Sponsored

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dog Messes, Kid Messes, Cooking Messes- OH MY! #AvoidTheOops

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SheSpeaks & Walmart. All of the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
I love being a work at home mom! Life can be hectic at times. My husband contributes, but since I am the one at home, I am in charge with cleaning and stocking up the house. I cannot tell you how many times I have ran out of an item and been so frustrated because I did not want to go to the store to get it, or he had the car and I just couldn't. There are plenty of times that I had been low on an item and my dog, Max and child Lydia decided to make a mess and I ran out cleaning it up. 
I can now avoid the Oops messes and shop at Walmart.com! By shopping www.avoidtheoops.com, I can be sure to stock up on every household item before I run out! 
www.avoidtheoops.com has all of your household needs! They have items for Kitchen, Laundry. Cleaning Supplies, Baby and even Bathroom & more. I chose a few items that we needed and use daily. We used so many of these P&G essential household products! It was nice to be able to navigate easily and shop from the comfort of my own home.
There were so many things to choose from, so I went with the basics for my household. It could not have came at a better time because we just moved and needed it all. 
Meet Max- He is a HUGE mess maker. When it comes to sneaking in the garbage, tipping over his water bowl, and even pooping on the floor, www.avoidtheoops.com can save the day! He can be worse than a toddler. No joke. We love Mr. Clean Gain Scent! 
I also try to show Lydia, my 9 year old that mom doesn't always have to clean her messes. She is old enough to clean them too. Her and Max together often results in my house looking like a tornado went through it. The Swiffer Wet Jet comes in handy for that! 
Bounty Basic Paper Towels are great for any mess, a mess in the kitchen more than anything else. I love to bake and cook! The Gain detergent and toilet paper can explain themselves! Gain will come in handy for my daughters softball uniforms and well.. the TP- you know that one already. Visit www.avoidtheoops.com for all of your P&G essential household needs. Be sure to visit Walmart on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest! Thanks for reading!
Do you have an "Oops" moment that you would like to share with me? I would love to hear!

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month! Are you aware? #HardWord #IC #ad

“This post was sponsored by Scleroderma as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”
I wanted to share with you a disease that you may not have heard about. It is called Scleroderma. Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease primarily affecting women between the ages of 30 and 50, has no known cause or cure. With symptoms ranging from hardening skin and joint pain, to digestive issues and lung scarring, Scleroderma often leaves sufferers feeling confused, scared, and isolated, in addition to the physical pain they endure every day. If you did not know, this disease can be fatal. Stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring, and kidney failure are just a few symptoms related to it. This is scary and it is time to make a difference and be aware. Scleroderma affects thousands of people, but majority of the world knows nothing about it. The disease is so rare; it only affects 1 in 906 people, with 80% of patients being female. Check out this infographic below to learn more!
As you can see 85% have a 5 year survival rate. This disease is scary because it has no known cure. Scleroderma affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. Everyday life can be difficult for people that suffer this disease. In June, Scleroderma Awareness Month, the Scleroderma Foundation, Scleroderma Research Foundation, and the Scleroderma Society of Canada are joining forces to help increase awareness for Scleroderma. Take the pledge to tell one person about the autoimmune disease that has no cause or cure. You can participate in the Thunderclap promotion to raise awareness on World Scleroderma Day, June 29. Take the pledge below!
From the Thunderclap website:
On June 29, World Scleroderma Day, let’s spread the word about scleroderma by sending a social media message across the world. Support this Thunderclap to help us raise awareness for scleroderma and raise scleroderma patients’ spirits. Support this Thunderclap to shout out loud with all of us—all at once. To help us spread the word about scleroderma to the world:
1. Support our message on your Facebook or Twitter page (or both). On June 29, if we’ve reached our supporter goal, the message will be shared on your social media accounts.
2. Encourage your friends and family members to support our Thunderclap so we can have an even bigger reach and an even louder voice.
3. Watch as your messages are simultaneously shared around the world. Keep your eyes on Facebook and Twitter, and follow along throughout Scleroderma Awareness Month by tracking #HardWord.

Will YOU make a difference and support this cause today?

Visiting The Set Of Bizaardvark- A New Disney Channel Show #BizaardvarkEvent

Disclosure: The Small Things received an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles with Disney to cover the premier of Finding Dory and a press junket. All opinions are 100% my own and were not swayed in any way. 
While in Los Angeles the beginning of June, we had the chance to head to the set of a new Disney Channel Show called Bizaardvark. We were also given the chance to screen the first episode! 
Photo Credit: (Disney Channel/Craig Sjodin)
This show is hilarious and it is something that I will be watching with my daughter. Starring are Olivia Rodrigo (American Girl's "Grace Stirs Up Success") as Paige Olvera, Madison Hu ("Best Friends Whenever") as Frankie Wong, Jake Paul (YouTube Red's "Dance Camp") as the lovable and wild Dirk Mann, DeVore Ledridge as Southern DIY diva Amelia Duckworth, and Ethan Wacker ("Miles from Tomorrowland," "K.C. Undercover") as the overly-confident Bernard "Bernie" Schotz.
What is it about?
The live-action comedy follows Paige and Frankie, quirky best friends who write funny songs and create music comedy videos for their online channel, "Bizaardvark." Now with 10,000 subscribers, the girls are invited to produce videos at the influential Vuuugle Studios. In this cool environment -- and with the help of their friend and aspiring agent Bernie and fellow Vuuugle stars Dirk (of "Dare Me Bro!") and Amelia (of "Perfect Perfection with Amelia") -- the duo embark on comedic adventures in their quest to take the video blogging world by storm.
 Visiting the set was pretty amazing. We also had a chance to interview the cast- and you will see that in a later post.
 Vuuugle Studios Set- Photo Credit:  Ruth Veltoro @www.vivaveltoro.com
Hot Chocolate Bar at Vuuugle Studios Set-  Photo Credit: Ruth Veltoro @www.vivaveltoro.com
It was neat seeing what they put together on screen. I will give you an example- the bedrooms are not full bedrooms. They are small portions and it is neat to see how they put that together for television! I was amazed!
 DeVore Ledridge (Amelia) & Ethan Wacker (Bernie) in Amelia's bedroom rehearsing. Photo Credit: Ruth Veltoro @www.vivaveltoro.com
DeVore Ledridge (Amelia) & Ethan Wacker (Bernie) in Amelia's bedroom rehearsing. Photo Credit: Ruth Veltoro @www.vivaveltoro.com
As you can see, this gives you an example of what I was talking about. Check out one of the reasons that I laughed so hard in the first episode! This is "The Comeback Song"! SO FUNNY!
I think this how is great because generations these days are on social media and YouTube. This certainly grabbed my attention. This is something that no one has really done before and I give it two thumbs up! 
I can't wait to tune in with my 9 year old! I will be tuning in via the Disney Channel on Friday, June 24th at 9:45PM, after the premier of Adventures In Babysitting! Check out this sneak peek below too! 
Be sure to visit Bizaardvark on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest!
 Bizaardvark on Twitter | Bizaardvark on IG
Of course- we had to get a photo with the cast!
Feel free to Pin the image to Pinterest below! Thanks for reading!