Saturday, October 21, 2017

GrandeLIPS- Lip Plumping, Hydrating and GORGEOUS Nude Lip Collection

*The Small Things received product to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*
I love makeup products. I am a proud makeup junkie! I recently learned about GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper and I am in love with every color that I received. 
What is it? An instant lip formula with long-term benefits. Volulip™: Soothes irritated skin while enhancing collagen and plumping effect. Hyaluronic Acid: Moisturizes and improves firmness; helps stimulate plumping. Niacin: Skin conditioning agent with smoothing properties. Atelocollagen Polypeptide: Boosts natural collagen production.

GrandeLIPS is formulated without Parabens and is Cruelty-free as well as Gluten-free! Check out the colors that I received! (Pics taken with iPhone 6, no filter or editing, just added watermark)
 Infused with Volulip™ and hyaluronic acid, GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper instantly improves lip volume in three to five minutes, adding a pop of lip-boosting color while hydrating dry areas. Dusty Taro is my favorite color that I received. You can see why! So pretty! 

 GrandeLIPS offers an array of shades, including its original clear color, and its clinically proven formula increases overall lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in just 30 days of usage when applied twice daily.

 Its unique cushion applicator easily wipes clean, and it feels smooth on the lips and layers effortlessly with other lip products. Don’t be alarmed by the tingling sensation you feel after application—that’s how you know GrandeLIPS is working its magic
Each color gives you a whole new look. It doesn't feel heavy and it feels amazing! I like the tingle feeling that it gives. For best results, apply GrandeLIPS twice daily for 30 days. You can use GrandeLIPS in combination with other lip products. 

I am excited that this product is now a part of my beauty routine because I plan to wear it daily! GrandeLIPS is available to purchase for $26.95 at These are not the only colors that they have to offer. They have more on their website too! Check them out and let me know what you think. These will also make great stocking stuffers this coming holiday season too! Visit their socials below to stay up to date with the latest!

Have you tried GrandeLIPS? Do you want to?
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Nothing Bundt Cakes- Amazing, Delicious and SO GOOD!

*The Small Things received product for this post*

Bundt cakes are delicious. I live in the south and they are common here. When I heard of Nothing Bundt Cakes, I had to visit. Jeff and Lynne Warne own the location here in Murfreesboro, TN. They also own several other locations near us. When you walk into this place, you will feel welcome. It has a "home" feel, and the smell of deliciousness hits you right in the face. SO GOOD. Flavors are in a cooler in the front and prices displayed on a digital screen on the wall. You are also given the chance to try sample flavors.. and they don't judge you if you indulge and eat more than you should! (don't ask how I know). 

Looking around the bakery, you will browse a treasure trove of unique gifts, charming cards and inspired decorator items. Decor items that you can add onto your bundt cakes or gift to the family. Let's move on to the product. OH MY. I received several to feature here on The Small Things. Menu prices vary depending on the location that you visit. HERE is the one for Murfreesboro, TN.

Flavors that they have are: 

Velvet, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Lemon, Marble, Carrot, Pecan Praline, Classic Vanilla, Cinnamon Swirl, & White Chocolate Raspberry. Last month's flavor of the month was Confetti. This month and next month is PUMPKIN!

 You have so many options to choose from when you visit. What you see here is BUNDTINIS®! These are sold by the DOZEN! The Bundtini box is priced at $18.50. These are more than one bite for myself, and they are soooo moist and good! 
 Look how cute they are!!!
 This is their BUNDTLET TOWERS. Prices vary for these, a pack of two is $9.98. Pictured here is Confetti & Red Velvet!
 Their frosting is made with velvety cream cheese and real butter. The thick frosting petals are a signature look for their product.
 Lastly, I received an 8" BUNDT CAKE. This is frosted in a bakery box and serves 8-10. They are only $21! This is White Chocolate Raspberry! Made with scrumptious white chocolate cake swirled with the finest raspberry puree.

Their products may contain wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts and peanuts. This is just a warning to anyone with allergies! 

Thoughts: Overall, I loved every single bite of every single product that I had. These bundt cakes are amazing! I have never had a product like this before. They have a unique flavor and every bite is a punch of flavor and deliciousness. I could eat these every single day! I am in love with the product and they have a long term customer now! The icing is not too sweet, it is just right and doesn't hurt your teeth at all. I am stoked at all of the flavors they have to offer and can't wait to visit again!
Individual bundt cakes are $3.99 and make the perfect treat! Visit a location near you and if you are in Murfreesboro, be sure to visit here! You will thank me! I promise! Visit Nothing Bundt Cakes on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below:

1440 Medical Center Parkway
Suite E 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm Sun: 11am-4pm 

Top 3 worries that keep mothers awake at night

Being a mom is a full-time job. Fact. And despite what non-parents might smugly sniff, it definitely ain’t simple.
Sure, it’s about grocery shopping, and ironing, and baking cakes and school runs. But it’s also about watching/worrying about your kids constantly – even when they’re out of the house. And even more so when they’ve eventually flown the nest for good. 
Motherhood is a rewarding, wonderful experience. You can’t imagine love like it until it happens to you. But it also means that your life will change forever. Because your new job has no holidays, no sick days and no retirement plans in store.
You’ll be a mother for life. Which means that you’ll worry about your children, for life. Sheesh. 
Don’t worry – this is completely natural. Because mothers all over the world spend their nights lying awake with worry, just like you. And here are the top 3 worries that prevent them from getting to sleep:

1. “I have no idea what I’m doing”

This is a worry of epic proportions for pretty much all new parents out there. Wanna know a secret? None of us do! All those pristine-looking mums who somehow manage to keep a spotless house, bake their own bread and mind a set of newborn triplets are probably cracking up on the inside. And as great as their facade appears, they’re bound to have niggling fears and insecurities at some stage. Unless of course, they really aren’t human, after all…
My advice? Try not to let it get to you. Like anything, practice makes...well, if not perfect, at least an improvement. You’ll soon go from wild-eyed, terrified, flailing newbie to the kind of woman who can change a nappy with one hand and pick out her kiddies’ clothes with the other, all whilst singing a soothing song to her bemused bubs.
It may take weeks or months but trust me on this – you will start to get a grip on this whole ‘being a mum’ thing. And if you don’t, Google offers up some handy life hacks. ;)

2. “My child is too loud/quiet/solitary/sensitive/boisterous”

We can combine all of these worries into one common fear – “What if my child isn’t ‘normal’?”
Let me answer your question with another question: what is ‘normal’, anyway? Luckily, in a more liberal society, this word seems to have fallen by the wayside. After all, didn’t Gaga champion the ‘freaks’ out there, so that being different is finally seen as A Good Thing?!
Still, many mothers – naturally – fear ‘abnormality’ and its effect on the future wellbeing of their child. Will he or she be bullied at school for being smaller than everyone else? Or, heavens forbid, will he/she be the bully? Will he/she get a decent job even though he/she isn’t ‘academic’? And what if he/she is gay – will his/her life be more difficult as a result?
You probably know this already but it bears repeating – as long as your child is happy and safe, nothing else matters. And there’s really nothing you can do except let them live their life, offering support if they need it. Any late-night fretting won’t do a thing except make you sleep-deprived – which has all sorts of bad effects.
My advice? Take a leaf out of the Buddhists’ book and allow whatever will happen, to happen. John Lennon could let it be; so can you.

3. “What will happen if I get sick...or when I die?”

Again, a very common worry...and again, completely futile because we’ve no control over sickness or death.
It’s natural to worry about what will happen to your children when you’re gone. After all, you’ve spent all that time raising them – and then you’re powerless. Suddenly they need to look after themselves, to stand on their own two feet, all the while coping with your illness or absence.
My advice? Give them some credit. Trust them enough to be mature, responsible adults who can face the world without your aid, if and when they need to. After all, they must live their own lives at some point – just like you did – and those lives will include sadness as well as happiness, pain as well as joy. You can’t block out the things that will hurt them; but you can prepare them for what’s to come. 
When they’re old enough, talk to them frankly about death. So many of us fear losing a loved one because it appears to happen so suddenly, without any warning. One second they’re there and boom – they’re gone. How are we supposed to go on as normal after that? But if we are more prepared, even regarding funeral wishes, it can really help the grieving process.
It may seem morbid, but it really isn’t. It’s just practical.
And if your children happen to be very young if you do get sick, or pass away...again, there is no point in worrying about that now. They will be fine, eventually. So try not to lose sleep over it in the meantime.
Phew, sorry if that got a bit overwhelming! Just know that we all have these worries, so you’re not alone. The best tip I can give you is to enjoy the present, without worrying about the future or regretting the past.
Hopefully, once you start thinking this way, sleep will come easier to you at night. And for more practical tips on getting a decent night’s sleep, check out what these guys have to say. The good news is, as soon as you start feeling more rested, your mind will be less overactive and you’ll notice those fears melt away.
Giving you less time to be a worry-wart, and more time to enjoy being a mom.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Infield Chatter $1 Million “Sweep The Series Challenge.

With the World Series nearly set to get underway, registration is now open for the 2017 Infield Chatter $1 Million “Sweep The Series Challenge. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), its players and their mobile social community, Infield Chatter, have joined to offer fans a chance at a $1,000,000 for correctly predicting the winners and score of each World Series game, as well as the World Series MVP.

Beginning today, the first one million fans to download Infield Chatter – the mobile social community built by the MLBPA’s players for their fans – register for the “Sweep The Series Challenge” and make their picks, could win the $1,000,000. The MLBPA is encouraging fans to get involved in the contest early, by going to the Apple App Store, Google Play or to install the app and follow the prompts to register for the contest.  

“Sweep The Series Challenge” entrants can begin submitting their predictions following the conclusion of the League Championships Series round on October 22 (or earlier). Entrants can make their selections and predictions until 3pm EDT/Noon PDT on October 24, prior to Game 1 of the World Series. For those taking advantage of the pre-registration period, entrants will be notified by e-mail once the World Series matchup is set and selections and predictions can be made.

Additionally, as a part of the MLB players’ constant drive to give back and help their local communities, the players will donate for each install of the Infield Chatter app until the completion of the World Series to help disaster relief efforts in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico.

To be eligible for the 2017 Infield Chatter “Sweep The Series Challenge”, entrants must be 13 years of age or older, be a resident of the U.S. and Canada, excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec, Canada, and anywhere else it is prohibited, and one of the first one million entrants to register.

Infield Chatter was created at the request of the MLB players themselves. Debuting in April 2017, the mobile social community from the MLBPA brings fans closer than ever to their favorite players, providing a unique avenue to interact and connect with the stars of the game. The first-of-its-kind platform seeks to become the dedicated mobile destination for players and their passionate fans, with more than 1,100 players already on board as registered users. For complete contest rules please visit

90 Second Chocolate Mug Cake That ANYONE Can Make!

Have you ever wanted something sweet and just did not feel like making an entire cake? I have! I have the perfect recipe for you! All it requires is a few ingredients and a coffee mug!
This mug cake only takes 90 seconds to make and it is completely delicious! The best of it all is that you can make it in your microwave! Check out what you need below!
  • 12 oz coffee mug
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • dash of vanilla extract (recommended, but optional)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Optional ingredients to mix in, such as chocolate chips.
How to make your mug cake:
  1. In your mug, mix your flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  2. Add vanilla, milk, vegetable oil and stir with spoon until smooth.
  3. Add in your optional chocolate chips
  4. Place in the microwave for 90 seconds. Let sit two minutes and enjoy!
Up could also add marshmallows AFTER the cake is made. I found with trial and error that the marshmallows will overflow the mug and make it a nasty mess. Play around with it and see what you like! Do not put on for longer than 90 seconds or you will have a dry cake. This is SO delicious and anyone can make it! This is also a great recipe for kids! Be careful, because your mug is going to be VERY hot when you get it out of the microwave! ENJOY!
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Looking for teen girl gift ideas? Look no further! Check out my top 15 picks!

I recently put together a guide of gift picks for teen girls! All of these gifts are completely affordable too! They can all be purchased on Amazon!  
  • 1- 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School- This book is about the stuff they don’t teach you in high school, like how to host a film festival, plan your first road trip, make a podcast, or write a manifesto. Want to make a time capsule? Spend a day in silence? Learn how to make beats like a DJ? Or shut down your house party before the police do? Whatever your creative, social, or academic inclinations, you’ll find 97 ways on these pages to amuse, educate, and interest yourself, and your friends $10.79
  • 2- Emoji Poop Pillow- All teen girls love texting! This pillow is hilarious! $5.21
  • 6- Maxell 190220 AMP-PZ Amplified Heavy Bass Headphones, Hot Pink- he Maxell Amplified headphones focus on dynamic sound quality and power. The extra large 40mm drivers provide deep bass and superior sound. The padding around these on-ear headphones is so comfortable on your ears, you'll be able to keep them on for hours. The style is great ears of all sizes. The Maxell Amplified headphones are lightweight and ready to travel with a foldable design. The headphones are compatible with any MP3 player, DVD player, CD player or portable device. $16.99 
  • 14- SHANY Nail Art Set- 24 piece nail art set ,4 pearl shades,4 neon shades,11 matte shades,5 glitter shades $18.95 
  • 15- Furry tiger slippers- Furry Animal Slippers are whimsical warm - ups! Put these on your paws! They're fuzzy and fleecy to fight frigid freeze on floors, so your feet won't feel like frosty fudgesicles! $21.00 
    I hope you enjoyed my picks! Feel free to RT via the widget below and you can PIN via the Pinterest button at the top of this post below the title! Thanks for reading!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Reasons you should purchase @ENERGYSTAR at Best Buy @BestBuyCSR

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

I am all about saving energy. Washing and drying clothes doesn't have to break your electric bill anymore I am stoked to share more about ENERGY STAR® products at Best Buy! Not only does saving energy help protect the environment, but shopping at Best Buy guarantees you will get the best of the best! Why? They are committed to sustainability. If you didn't know, ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and dryers are 25% and 20% more efficient, respectively, than standard models. You can save $490 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair.

ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers incorporate the following advanced features:
  • Low Heat Setting– Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. When you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer, look for the cycle that uses the least amount of energy, sometimes known as the “energy-saving” selection.
  • Steam Cycles– Many ENERGY STAR dryers also include convenient features, such as a steam cycle that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.
Clothes dryers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use approximately 20% less energy than standard models. · If all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution would be prevented. This is equal to the emissions from 2 million vehicles.

ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers incorporate the following advanced features:
  • Multiple configurations– ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers are available in either front-load or redesigned top-load configurations which include technology innovations that help save energy and water.
  • Sophisticated wash systems– ENERGY STAR certified top-load machines clean your clothing just like standard models without wasting water to fill up the tub. Instead, these machines use sophisticated wash systems to cycle clothes through a mixture of water and detergent, allowing the clothes to be cleaned without using excess water or detergent.
  • No central agitator– Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Both designs dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.
  • High spin speeds– Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time in the dryer and less energy spent drying clothes.
  • Long live your clothes– Front-load and advanced top-load clothes washers’ sophisticated wash systems use a variety of methods to lift and tumble your laundry, lengthening the life of often-washed items. Additionally, because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables.
If all clothes washers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually. This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles. A new ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer will save you about $45 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model.

I don't know about you, but ENERGY STAR has SO many benefits and I LOVE IT! These products are better for the environment! Saving energy means that ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers help protect the climate, which means that your kids and the planet will benefit for years to come. Learn more on the Best Buy Blog. Be sure to check out this video too.

Visit Best Buy to find out more info! You don't want to miss out! Need help? Look for the guys or gals in the blue shirts! 
Visit Best Buy on their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Planning Your Wedding Ahead

Choose a Destination!

Destination weddings are romantic and exotic and create meaningful memories. Many destination weddings take place in beautiful tropical paradise that the rest of the world only dreams of.

The Cayman Islands is a much-coveted location for a destination wedding. With more than 1200 resorts and hotels, you are sure to find a venue that offers everything of your dreams. The Cayman Islands are famous for its 7-mile white sand beach, Stingray City, diving, and breathtakingly beautiful natural resources.  There is plenty to do for the honeymooners and wedding guests.

Another beautiful and tropical experience for your destination wedding is Hawaii. Hawaiian tours show you all the unique and fascinating sights of this paradise. From beaches to volcanoes, luaus to romantic dinners. A Hawaiian all inclusive package is a great honeymoon choice.

Tips to have in mind

  1. Having in mind the average price of a wedding, we recommend you set-up a wedding registry that is going to benefit both of you in your new life together! Blueprint Registry is a great site that allow your guests, family, and friends to gift your wedding and engagement online!  All you have to do is think about the things that you both really need! Anything for your honeymoon? For your house?

  1. If you are having a destination wedding - choose your destination carefully! If you are able to, visit the location first. If not, trust a qualified wedding planner or travel agent to guide you to the best venues and vendors for your wedding.

  1. Think of your guests. Guests are traveling to attend your wedding, and it is not an inexpensive endeavor. Choose a hotel within 10 minutes of the venue you choose that is inexpensive and make reservations for the guests that want to stay there.

  1. If you are planning to do group activities, make sure you publish an itinerary for the guests. If they do not know you expect them to attend, they may make other plans. This also allows you to take advantage of group rates.

  1. Hire a professional. Never has a wedding planner been more needed than in a destination wedding. Check out local pros who know the area and know how to save you money. Check references and speak with people who have used their services. Make sure you are clear on what you are hiring them to do.

  1. Do not check the wedding dress on the airplane. A lost wedding gown will ruin everything. Take your dress on the plane with you. Make sure you have someone lined up at your destination who will press and prepare the dress for the wedding.

  1. Sometimes the hotel will accept packages for you. You can UPS or Fedex packages to the hotel allowing you the option of taking the dress onboard the plane.

  1. Take advantage of items that are natural to the destination. In a winery, it is inexpensive to decorate the tables with grapevines. Look to the area you choose for your wedding and chose flowers and decorations that are unique to the area. You will have a beautiful wedding, without the expense of shipping plants in.

By planning early and paying attention to details, you can pull off a destination wedding without issue. You can have everything you dreamed of without blowing your budget. You just have to prepare for it.


Author Bio
Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with and who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Your photos in your living room – now see them on your Amazon Fire TV

Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post.

I don't know about you, but I love taking photos! I also love saving all of my photos so that I can store them for future use. Have you ever had company come over and wanted to show them pictures? Dragging out your laptop can be a hassle. 

Having cords everywhere, not to mention having to pass the thing around. Did you know that you can now view your Amazon Prime Photos from the comfort of your couch? You can view them on your Amazon Fire TV. You can see your photos and even play a slideshow of your albums! Just ask Alexa and it is done! Prime members can also search for people, places, and things, with phrases like, “show photos of dogs,” “show photos of Wyoming,” or “show photos of Jane.”

I love being a member of Prime Photos! Prime members can search for people, places and things. Prime members receive unlimited photo storage, free with Prime, and all customers (including Prime members) receive 5 GB free photo, file, and video storage. Like Amazon Fire TV, the Echo Show can showcase all the photos in your Prime Photos account, with voice commands like, “Alexa, show my photos.” In fact, all the same commands work with Echo Show – just add “Alexa” to the beginning of each one. It is EASY! Check out more ways to use the Prime Photos Fire TV app Check out this video to learn more!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Adventurers Guild- A Fantasy Action Book FULL of Fun! #Giveaway

Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!

My 11-year-old is my favorite bookworm. She would rather have books than toys! When I heard about this book, I could not pass it up! The book is called The Adventurers Guild. I am stoked because this seems so interesting! The Adventurers Guild By Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos is in stores October 3rd, 2017. This book is recommended for ages 9-12! Read more about it below, and win your own prize pack too!
Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild. . . . Their members often died young. In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half-elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild. 

But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild. Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all. This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart. 

About the Authors:
Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos are both editors based in New York. Best friends, they take a coffee break together every day and play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real; Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. The Adventurers Guild is their first novel.

Keep this book on your list for the Holiday too! Books make perfect Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers! 

Embark on an Adventure! One (1) winner will receive: 
  • Copy of The Adventurers Guild 
  • branded bookmark 
  • branded baseball cap and hoodie 
  • and a $50 Visa gift card to embark on your own adventure! 

Open to US Addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion. All entries will be verified. Giveaway ends on 10/16/17. Enter below. Goodluck!