Friday, February 24, 2017

SB Local Birthday Promotion

You've probably heard me talk about Swagbucks before. It's the site where you get points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, discovering deals, watching videos, taking surveys, and searching the web. Then you turn those points in free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal cash.

Swagbucks is at its best when they're paying you to do something you'd already do online, and now they're taking that concept into thousands of restaurants around the country with the SB Local app for iOS and Android. Starting on 2/24 and running through Monday, 2/27, they have a killer deal running - here's how you can take advantage of it: 

1. Click here to download the Swagbucks Local app. You can create your Swagbucks account if you're new to it.
2. Sign in with your Swagbucks account information.
3. Link your first debit/credit cards to your Swagbucks Local app and get an instant 100 SB!
4. Use your linked card to pay at thousands of participating locations! If you spend $20 or more before Tuesday, February 28th, you'll get a 300 SB bonus! That bonus will be paid out by 5pm PST on February 28th.

As an EXTRA treat for their 9th Birthday, in addition to the 300 SB, you'll be entered in to a drawing for one of eleven prizes worth up to 9000 SB!

Finally, if you're also signing up for Swagbucks for the first time and use my link, that means you'll get another
300 SB bonus. We're talking about $7 plus for going out to eat, with a shot at up to $90 more!

Some more info about SB Local:
Soon after paying with your linked card, you will see the transaction show up in your Swagbucks Local Activity ledger. Your SB earned will be calculated on the transaction amount before taxes and tip. Swagbucks Local is currently supported in the following metropolitan areas: San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Ventura County, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago. New cities added on a regular basis, and you'll get the 100 SB bonus for linking your first card even if you don't live in one of the cities listed above!

Leprechaun Hat Treats! So Cute and Festive!

I wish my daughters school would let us bring in homemade treats! There are so many adorable and cute things that I can make for her class! Including these Leprechaun Hat Treats! 
These are hands down the easiest thing to make! See my inspiration HERE. You only need a few things to make these treats! Sprinkles are optional!
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Big Marshmallows
  • Green and Chocolate Candy Melts
  • Wax Paper

Melt your candy melts and dot a marshmallow and place it on the ritz cracker. This will act like a "glue" of sorts to hold the two together. After you finish all of them, melt the green candy melts in a bowl (45 second intervals) and dip the cracker/marshmallow combo and immediately sit it on wax paper. 
After each dried, I dipped them again and dipped in sprinkles. You can make it your own of course. I did not want to get to complicated with it. I do wish I had added a buckle on the hats, but they still look cute. 
 These are so festive and adorable! I just love them! They are delicious too!
 The sweet and salty combination is perfect! These are a hit for any party! Make them and let me know what you think!
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Birthday Swago

Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday all day on February 27th, but they want to give YOU presents. You can play Swago (their version of bingo) all day long, filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

For each square you fill in, you get a spin on their big birthday prize wheel, where you can earn up to 2500 points with each spin!

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your patterns to get even more spins and more chances to win big points!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Get $25 to try Hulu

If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $25 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $17 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 through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of March. So that's $25 (2500 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bonus, which gets you 2800 SB, which means you make $20 total just for watching TV!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bachelor Monday, Season 21, Week 8 Thoughts And Recap

Bachelor Monday Thoughts
This week is HOMETOWNS week. I am curious to see how this is going to go. 
The episode started with Nick giving ALL of the girls roses and moving on. Raven is the first to have her visit from Nick.  They are in Hoxie, Arkansas. She came in and swept him up on a 4wheeler. They went mudding, met her cop brother and then he met the family. Brought flowers and candy to them. An emotional moment when they found out that her dad is CANCER FREE. I cried, because I am an emotional person. The date went great, and Raven's dad told Nick that he was surprised that he liked him. HAHA. She wanted to tell him she loves him, but she is scared. 
The Bachelor 2017 Spoilers - Raven's Hometown Date
Next date, Dallas, Texas! This date started with Rachel taking Nick to church. She wanted to see how he would do in a predominately black church, because this is her life. It then goes to her bringing him home. Nick met her mom and others. Her dad was not able to be there. She has never brought a man home, let alone a white man. This episode makes me sad. Because I know that she doesn't make it. Her family obviously want what's best for her and doesn't want to see her hurt. Her family is grilling him about asking if he has ever dated a black girl. Makes me uncomfortable, poor guy shouldn't have to explain himself over and over again. 
Nick explains to Rachel's mom about everything he loves and feels about Rachel. Her mom is so sweet. Her mom tells Rachel that Nick reminds her of Rachel's dad. The night ends and Rachel says that she is falling in love with him.  
The Bachelor 2017 Spoilers - Rachel's Hometown Date
Nick goes to meet Corinne in Miami, Florida. She takes him shopping. I think this is a mistake on her end because he is not going to be able to keep up with her lavish lifestyle. She wants to show him what an ordinary day for Corinne looks like. She picks out a ton of clothes for Nick and he does a fashion show. She spoiled him and bought him everything. We met Raquel and the parents. Corinne tells her dad that she told Nick she loves him. He was shocked. Her dad is worried that Nick can't make enough money to take are of her. Corinne said she would be okay with being the breadwinner though. That was sweet, and a side I did not expect. 
The Bachelor 2017 Spoilers - Corinne's Hometown Date
We had to Montreal and the hometown starts with Nick meeting Vanessa's students. They greeted her wonderfully and it made me tear up. SO SWEET. They put a scrapbook together with her students. Nick gets their approval too! Vanessa's parents are divorced, so we meet mom first. It did not go that great to be honest. Her aunt is asking a ton of questions and her mom and sister have doubts and go in hard on Nick. Her brother too. They don't want to see her hurt like in the past. They head to her dads house and it is just her dad and Nick.  He asks what stands out among the other women and he is concerned about them. Nick asks for his blessing and got a big NOPE. AWKWARDDDDDDDDD. Vanessa talks with her father and finds out. She also finds out that Nick asked the other families and she is upset. She is questioning their relationship. Had she watched this show in the past, she would know they always ask EVERY parent. 
The Bachelor 2017 Spoilers - Vanessa's Hometown Date
It ends.. to be continued until NEXT WEEK.

I am addicted to LuLaRoe! See It For Yourself HERE!

*The Small Things received product to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*
When the craze of LuLaRoe started, I did not know what to think. How could anyone love leggings this much? I now know why. Thanks to Laura over at Wheel 'N Deal Mama, she sent me several pair to feature here on The Small Things and I have to say that I am in love. They have sizes for ALL shapes and sizes of women, and they even carry leggings for kids. I am in love with this concept. Not every big girl like myself can fit in a pair of leggings, and rock them. With LuLaRoe, I am confident in my own skin and I LOVE THEM. 
Every piece has it's own story. This brand was started by DeAnne Stidham a single mother to 7! Can you believe that?! SUPER MOM! If you join Laura's Group on Facebook HERE, you can see the styles and products that she has to offer! Leggings for Tween, One Size and Tall and Curvy. She also has Randy Shirts in sizes XXS-3XL!, Lindsay skirts, Azure, Irma shirts, Classix T's Nicole, and even Maxi Skirts. 
Featured here is a pair of Tall & Curvy Leggings and an Irma shirt. Both come in a variety of prints and colors. I like this combination because it fits great. My Irma IS a tad big, however, I like it that way. I don't like form fitting shirts because I am a big guy. The leggings, OH MY! These leggings feel SO SO SOFT. No joke. They are so comfortable and they fit so amazing. IRMA shirts are $35 and Tall & Curvy leggings are only $25! The quality of both are amazing!
Here are the same pair of leggings paired with a top that I already had, just to show you that you can pair them with anything. I prefer tops that cover my bottom, it feels more comfortable that way. 
Pictured here is the RANDY. I LOVE this top. I can wear it with leggings and I can wear them with jeans. I like it with jeans because it is more comfortable to me. The RANDY is only $35 in Laura's group.
Lastly, this bright pair of leggings! I ADORE them. These are SO CUTE. Tall & Curvy leggings can be paired with anything. I can wear flats, or I can dress it up by throwing on wedges, like pictured and some jewelry. As mentioned above, Tall & Curvy Leggings are only $25. 
Thinking about joining? Join the Movement HERE. Be sure to check out Wheel 'N Deal Mama and her social media outlets too! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

10 small things that might tell you to opt for a loan

Evolving needs of the millennial lifestyle has prompted a diversification of different types of loans. Earlier, the only popular loans we heard of included personal loans, education loans and business loans. At this moment, any standard bank gives out 12 to 13 kinds of loans that can be further classified as personal, business and/or equity loans. Trying to grasp the entire dynamics of loans can be extremely daunting and befuddling without the guidance of loan counsellors and financial advisors.
So we thought of painting a clearer picture that can help you decide what kind of loan you may need right now –
  1. Student loans: as the name states, it is offered to college students and their families to cover their cost of high education. This can be of two main types: federal student loans and private student loans.
  2. Personal loans: This broad term includes all loans sanctioned by a financial institution for personal expenses. The money can be used for a number of purposes including paying off credit card debts and other outstanding debts.
  3. Auto Loans: the name is quite self-explanatory. The money from this loan can be used for buying automobiles. If you miss your payments, you can lose your car. An auto loan can also be given by a car dealership, but often at higher rates.
  4. Small business loans: this is usually granted to entrepreneurs to help them start a SMB and/or expand a business.
  5. Payday loans: this is quite a misleading term as these are more like an advance on your paycheck that comes with  high interest rate and processing fee. This is also strongly condemned by the government.
  6. Retirement and life insurance loan: anyone with retirement funds can borrow from their accounts. That makes payments much relaxed. Nonetheless, you should know that you may face severe tax consequences if you fail to pay a retirement and/or life insurance loan.
  7. Consolidation loans: this can also be categorized under personal loans. They coalesce a number of small and large loans under one big loan and one, flat interest rate. They can also be taken out in the form of second mortgages.
  8. Cash Advances: this is a short-term loan that you can take out against your credit card. This is again not advisable as the interests are high and the window for payback is really small. You can also get cash advances by writing a check to payday lenders.
  9. Home equity loans: this is possibly the most famous of them all. They are good for home renovations and paying off student loans. You need to be careful as this involves your biggest asset and it must be repaid before you sell your home.
  10. Loans for veterans: this loan is usually made available by the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans and their families. The VA is also a co-signer and guarantor who measures that you get a bigger amount for lower rates.
These 10 loan types will help you understand the different purposes and requirements of different types of loans. Taking out the right kind of loan will always help you get the maximum possible amount for the least interest.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Having A Nintendo Network ID Has So Many Benefits! See What They Are! Enter To Win A GC Too!

*The Small Things is a part of the Nintendo Network. All opinions are my own*
If you were unaware, setting up a Nintendo Network ID is so simple! It also has some pretty amazing benefits that you need to know about too! Some of the benefits include being able to download and play free-to-start games like Pok√©mon Picross and Nintendo Badge Arcade! Creating an ID is easy to do. Since it requires the consent of a parent or guardian for anyone under 13 years old, it’s best to set up the ID on your child’s system for them. On Nintendo 3DS family systems, you’ll start by going to “System Settings.” Then follow the step-by-step instructions.
You can also download more than 125 free game demos! This is a great way to try before you buy! To find free demos, just tap the Nintendo eShop icon, then look for the category for “Games with demos.” Tap it to see a list of what’s available. You can follow those same steps for “Free to start.”
You also get access to video-on-demand services like Hulu and Netflix! YES! My 10 year old watches Netflix on her systems!  There’s also tons of free video content available from Nintendo, including game trailers, Nintendo Minute videos, Play Nintendo content, and more. Look for the “Newest videos” category on Nintendo eShop to see what’s available.
Receive exciting updates and more. Your child can also express themselves! There is a community called Miiverse and you can post screenshots, share messages and more. You can also make your own Mii! It is pretty neat, actually. If you link to a Nintendo account, you can receive digital awards and discounts. Lastly, you can receive exciting updates about new products, games and more! Having an ID means you and your kids can buy digital games on Nintendo eShop—sometimes for a discounted price that you won’t find in other stores. (Don’t worry—by restricting Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services via parental controls, they can’t purchase without your help.) GO HERE to see step by step instructions on how to set it up! It is detailed and easy.   No 3DS? Check out Wii instructions HERE.
Be sure to visit Nintendo on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest too!
Win it: Enter to win a $50 Nintendo eShop Giftcard here on The Small Things! Giveaway is open WW. All entries will be verified. Giveaway ends on 2/28/17. Enter below. Goodluck.

Nintendo carries more than just games. They have the best Nintendo Swag!

*The Small Things is a part of the Nintendo Blogger network and received items to facilitate this post, this post may contain affiliate links.*
I love Nintendo! We love Nintendo products and all things Mario! I have been a part of the Nintendo Blogger program for awhile now, we love their products! When you think of Nintendo, what is the first thing that pops in your head? For me, it is Mario! He is ICONIC. Fun fact: Did you know that Nintendo was founded on 23 September 1889, by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade hanafuda playing cards? SO NEAT. If you were unaware,  Nintendo carries more than just games. They have the best Nintendo Swag! We received several of the items to show YOU! 
All of these products can be found at Not only do they have these there, but you can find them on Amazon and various online retailer too! 
The first item that we noticed was this cool Spinning Fire Bar Display
It is officially licensed by Nintendo and it holds & displays 1 amiibo figure. It has a classic 8-bit Mario design and features a wind-up motorized spinning fire bar. You can find it on Amazon (Available on PRIME) for $14.99 HERE.
The NEW Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS. Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has another objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with more gold coins than before. Each level is littered with gold as coins rain down from overhead pipes, trails of coins are left behind special gold enemies and gold pipes transport Mario into coin-filled caverns. It's up to players to collect as many coins as possible throughout their adventure. This retails for $29.99! You can get it HERE
Nintendo Super Mario Bros 24oz Water Bottle with Refreezable Star Ice Cubes. Buy it for the retail price of $19.99 HERE.
Super Mario Maker™ #1 Puzzle This 550-piece puzzle features an original Mario from Super Mario Bros. built in Nintendo's new Super Mario Maker. 550 Pieces; 18" x 24" Finished Size Buy now $9.99 HERE.
 Be sure to visit Nintendo on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest too!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bachelor Monday Season 21, Week 7 Thoughts

Bachelor Monday Thoughts
It is that time again. Week 7 of The Bachelor. Last week, Nick had a meltdown. Several girls were sent packing. How will this week go? The episode starts with the girls discussing what happened and Nick discussing it with Chris. I am going to be honest and tell you all that I am totally #TEAMRAVEN. I am going to be upset if she goes packing. 
Nick comes back to the girls room to see them and chat. He basically says that the final 6 women give him hope and cancels the Rose Ceremony. He then tells them that they are headed to Bimini, Bahamas. A date card arrives and Corinne thinks that it is for her and she thinks she deserves it. Low and behold it was for Vanessa. (HA!). The one one one date starts with Nick and Vanessa going on a yacht and she tells him her feelings about being scared. Corinne is back at the hotel talking crap about Vanessa (jealous much?), and the camera goes back to Nick and Vanessa. She is in love with him and it is obvious. 

Back at the hotel a date card arrives and it is a group date for Corinne, Kristina and Raven! Corinne is pissed. Vanessa and Nicks date night was awkward for her because she spilled her heart telling Nick she is falling for him and she can't wait for him to meet her family. After she tells Nick she is falling for him, he doesn't say it back. It leaves her confused. These one on one dates do not get roses FYI. 

Group Date- The girls heat to meet Nick on a Yahgt (really? lol) and Corinne strips down to her bikini right away. Everyone else does too and Nick starts putting sunscreen on Kristina and it makes Corinne jealous. Corinne is jealous bc she thinks the date is about Kristina. Pathetic if you ask me. The evening portion comes and Nick starts talking to Kristina and starts crying AGAIN. She is ready to bring him home to her family. Raven gets some time with Nick too. She is so cute. She also talks about her dad being diagnosed with cancer. So sad. 

Back at the hotel, Danielle gets a date card for a one on one and it goes back to the group date. Corinne gets time with Nick and starts being a baby about not having one on one time with him yet. After they come back to the group, Nick gives a rose to Raven!!! They leave the other two behind and head to a concert by Adam Friedman. They start dancing a kissing. I love these two together. 

The next day, Danielle gets her date with Nick. Their date is cute, they ride bikes and go shopping. They play basketball with local kids too. They start discussing hometowns and Danielle is just weird. She seems like she is spacing out. Back at the hotel, Rachel gets her date card and she is exciting. It goes back to Danielle and Nicks date that night and she starts telling Nick she has feelings and it is scary. If you don't remember, she was engaged and her fiance passed away. Nick doesn't feel the same way with her and he thinks they are friends. He ended up sending her home. She is a mess. A BIG MESS. She goes to get her things and everyone comforts her. 

Corinne gets dolled up and tries to sneak over to see Nick. I am not sure how this is going to go. She is obviously wanting to get down and dirty. Corinne goes to his room and they start talking nasty. It is obvious what is going down in there. He tells her that he doesn't think it is a good idea, and it is very tempting but he needs to wait. Corinne is upset. He said he cares about her but he cares about the other girls too. He doesn't want to make the same mistake that he did in the past. I find it hilarious that her skank plan backfired on her. She is a mess about it. 

The next day starts with Nick and Rachel going on a date together. She is so pretty. They discuss hometowns and the discussion comes along that Rachel has never brought home a white man. Nick asks her if it is something to be concerned about. She knows what she wants. She comes back and tells Raven how great the date was! Corinne is freaking out because she "NEEDS" this hometown with Nick. GO HOME Corinne. 

Nick and Chris start talking and he knows who he needs to say goodbye to. This is a legit moment for Corinne. She thinks she is going home for sure. Nick wants to say goodbye but not during a rose ceremony. He comes in and asks for Kristina. This is bad. Corinne is flipping out because she thinks SHE is going home. I am pissed that he is sending Kristina packing. I will be so UPSET with ABC if he keeps Corinne. I did not expect her to make it this far. Nick tells Kristina that he feels like there are stronger relationships in the house. 

How do I predict Nicks season? I think he is going to be too scared. I think at the end of this he will be alone. Until next time...