Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Get paid 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 $20 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $12 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 February. So that's $20 (2000 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 2300 SB, which means you make $15 total just for watching TV!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bachelor Monday Season 21 Week 3 Thoughts

Bachelor Monday Thoughts
It is Bachelor Monday!! Wow! I am curious to see how this week will go down. Last week, LIZ left, Corinne was slutting it around and the girls found out about LIZ. This week opened up with the women completely overwhelmed and talking about it. All of the girls are blown away this week and can't believe it.  We opened up with a ROSE ceremony, and we all know there is always a cocktail party. He sat them all down and discussed the elephant in the room and told the girls that were not there what happened. You could see the heartbreak in the room, to be honest. The cocktail party went on and the girls had conversation with him about the situation. 

AND THEN... Corinne. LORDY this girl is trash. They always have that one crazy in the group and she is it. She is just DTF and that is that.  PLEASE tell me what the hell went through her head to get whipped cream and be pretty much naked under a coat. This girl had Nick lick it off her boob. This episode has made me lost respect for Nick. This was VERY upsetting to the girls in the house, especially after what happened last week. Of course, it backfired on her. HAHA! That is what she gets. Now she wants to go home and is crying. BYE FELICIA. I really hope that every episode is NOT all around her.

Now for the Rose Ceremony. Who is staying and who is going? Corinne is nowhere to be found and she went to bed. REALLY?! Who received a rose? 
In order:
Astrid, Taylor, Brittany, Kristina, Danielle L., Rachel, Vanessa, Raven, Jaimi, Dominique, Sarah Alexis, Courtney, Josephine, & Jasmine.
Who left?
Hailey and Lacey and Elizabeth.

The next day, Chris came in to see the girls and talk to them. He let them know who was in for the group date and it was:
Danielle L, Christine, Kristina, Whitney, Taylor, Jasmine, and Corinne.  
The girls were surprised by THE BACKSTREET BOYS!! OMG. That is an AMAZING group date! They were able to see them rehearsing for their live show. 
Photo Credit: ABC
Corinne thinks that the world is going to end bc she sucks as a dancer. GET over yourself.  Jasmine worked it and Danielle L was pulled on the stage to be serenaded. SO SWEET. It was awkward seeing the other girls watching bc they were kissing. Corinne won't shut up as usual though. Shes a MESS.
Photo Credit: ABC
The date ended great but they went back to Corinne again and she's so insecure. Which may be why she uses her sex appeal. He pulled Danielle aside for a little one on one and they seem to have a VERY strong connection. She's so pretty and you can see the sparkle in her eyes when she looks at him. They go in for a hot kiss, and yes it was very deserved. 

The date card- Vanessa. She received one-on-one date with Nick. It panned back to the group date night and the girls found out that Corinne has a NANNY. YES ladies and gents, you heard that right. A grown ass woman has a NANNY for herself. She does not have kids. It is FOR HER. Speechless.

Group Date ROSE goes to DANIELLE L.  Corinne has the nerve to say that Danielle is beautiful and that is all she sees. Well, at least she isn't whoring it on TV.

The one-on-one date was pretty cool. They went on a Zero G plane. They were both having a blast floating and kissing! It was so sweet. Then Vanessa gets sick and pukes, but Nick is by her side and it is so cute! They look so cute together too! I feel bad for her puking and I would be embarrassed too. Vaness and Nick had a sweet date and he gave her a rose. Their conversation was deep and he cried. This was honest and a side of him that I NEEDED to see.

Group Date 2 card came! Who is going?
Rachel, Alexis, Astrid, Jaimi, Sarah, Brittany, and Dominique.
They were all invited on a date and they went to be joined with three celebrated Olympians- Carl Lewis, Allyson Feliz and Michelle Carter. The theme of the date is the 'Nickathalon'.
 Photo Credit: ABC
 Photo Credit: ABC
This date seemed to be pretty good and these girls got along and had fun. 
 Photo Credit: ABC
Photo Credit ABC
Rachel, Alexis and Astrid all won the challenge to move on the next event. The winner gets extra time with Nick. Astrid won her time with Nick in the hot tub. Dominique is not too happy and feels like she is overshadowed. I don't think she needs to be here if she is going to keep feeling this way. Step it up girl. 
It went on to the date with everyone that night and Dominique is still devastated. I feel so bad for her. She finally had the balls to speak her mind to Nick but I feel that she was aggressive about it. How is he supposed to know how she felt? She's been closed up. Nick sent her on her way. The connection just was NOT there and I don't blame him. 

The second group date's rose went to Rachel. 

Nick decided no cocktail party. They are having a POOL party instead! This could go wrong... or it could be okay. We will see.  Corinne got a bounce house and she was getting sexual with Nick in it. The girls saw it all of course. She doesn't have a care in the world. What happened to a pool party? Is this now a Corinne party? The girls got fed up with it completely. Some of the girls voiced their concerns about the situation with Corinne and I don't blame them one bit. Vanessa voiced her concerns even more about the situation with Corinne and it put Nick in an awkward situation bc she isn't sure if Nick is looking for a wife or a girl DTF.

Next weeks preview- Corinne. It was all about Corinne. This may be juicy drama....! Did you enjoy this weeks episode? Get your Bachelor Monday wine glass from ME! Email me via bbrown@thesmallthings89.com to purchase! $23, includes shipping!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Dog's Purpose Film Release (#Giveaway) #ADogsPurpose

This is one of those movies that I know is going to make me CRY! Have you heard of A Dog's Purpose? Keep reading to learn more! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. 
The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). 
The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Starring Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, with Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.
While you are here, Recreate the #ADogsPurpose movie poster using your dog & share using #MyDogsPurpose. Your furry friend could even be featured in the film’s campaign! Get started now: http://unvrs.al/ADPPoster
The ones we rescue, rescue us. Watch the trailer for A Dog’s Purpose, in theaters January 27. 
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #ADogsPurpose
One reader is going to win a prize pack here on The Small Things.
  • $25 Fandango gift code to see A Dog’s Purpose in theaters January 27 
  • A Dog’s Purpose Calendar, Bandana, T-Shirt, Tennis Ball Launcher, and Frisbee 
Open to US mailing addresses only Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures. The Small Things received the same prize pack for my time. Giveaway ends Jan 27th. All entries will be verified. Enter below. goodluck.

Swago: Winter Wonderland

It's time for you to unwrap your SB bonus this holiday season courtesy of Swagbucks. This month's Winter-themed Swago board offers a possible 300 SB ($3) Bonus!
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. When you complete a task, watch that square change colors. You can then redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great way to learn how to use the site, and it's a lot of fun!
Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:
  • Swago will begin on Monday, January 16th at 9:01am PDT/12:01pm EDT, 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.
  • 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 Monday, January 23rd 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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get $20 for trying Gamefly

If you're looking to build up your budget post-holidays and you have a gamer in your life, Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2000 SB (which is the equivalent of $20 in gift cards) for signing up.

Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2000 SB by using this link!

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of February. So that's $10 for trying Gamefly, which gets you 2300 SB, which means you make $13 off the deal!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How to Recover from Holiday Spending Using Your Phone

Did you find yourself spending a little more than you had anticipated over the Holidays? It's easy to do, especially when you want to give all your friends and family the perfect gifts. Well, I have an easy way for you to recover from your holiday spending from the convenience of your cell phone.  Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores. Here is how:

  • With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos. 
  • While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB
  • During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB
  • While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB
  • When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos
  • Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB
  • Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB 
  • By downloading the Swagbucks mobile app, I can earn a free $10 gift card by the end of my week. Who knew playing on my phone could be so productive!
Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile app so they can start earning their way to free gift cards. It's 100% free to download and 100% easy to use. Its available for both iPhone and Android devices. SIGN UP HERE.

Swago Shopping Edition (US & CA)

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping 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. Now that the holidays are over and you bought presents for everyone else, why not treat yourself to some online shopping and earn cash back while you're at it?
Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB ($2) Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Shop Swago will begin on Monday, January 9th at 9am PDT/12pm EDT, 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.
  • 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 Thursday, January 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.

Pitch Letters 101 What you need to know!

I wrote this article in 2013, and I decided to move it back to the front of my blog, with a few tweeks to it! When I first started blogging, I was completely lost on how to pitch companies. I knew that I wanted to be a product reviewer and brand ambassador but I did not know how to get started. (If you have not started blogging, google it, there are a ton of articles on how to get started, Pinterest has many of them as well) 
I eventually caught on and taught myself how to blog.  If you are new to the blogging world or new to pitching companies this is the blog post for you to read. Since I have started blogging on The Small things, I have had the chance to work with hundreds of PR Reps and Companies. You can check out my reviews just to see what I am talking about. I am going to tell YOU the basics of a pitch letter. 
  • Don't be intimidated and be professional- Pitching can be intimidating. Breath and gain confidence. Be yourself, but act in a professional manner. DO NOT reply with sweetie, hun, babe- you would be surprised at the amounts of bloggers that do, and it does NOT make you look good.
  • Personality and Educating Yourself- When you write a pitch letter, you want to be sure that you add personality to it. Make it personal. You want to let them know that you are truly interested in working with them. You really need to find out more about the company and product before you pitch. Will the product even be for you or your kids. You want to have a positive review so make sure it is something you really want. Try to find a press release and get the direct media contact so that you can get a quicker response. These can often be found on Google with general searches. You can also find these on company websites at the bottom of the web page under Press. Sometimes it will be on the left too.
  • Introducing yourself. WHO are YOU?- Introducing yourself right away is a MUST! Who are you and what is the name and link of your blog? You should mention a few facts about yourself too. Introducing yourself in the beginning of a pitch letter will allow you to connect with the company or PR Rep that you are trying to pitch. Don't write a book about yourself. Keep it short but get to the point. They may get bored and delete if you are not simple.
  • Tell them what you want- What product are you interested in reviewing? Most companies and PR Reps want to know what you would be interested in. It really saves time on them having to email you back asking you what you want to review. If you are interested in all reviewing of their products, you can just tell them that you would love to review one of their products on your blog.  Most of the time, they will offer several products for you. You need to also include requirements in short. This means a product minimum, as well as whether or not you ship product back after a review. I however, do not ship product back after a review unless it is discussed upon before receiving, and that is rare.
  • Mention more about your blog- I know that I told you at the beginning of this post that you need to tell them who you are and your blog, at this point in your pitch letter you should explain your demographic and target audience. Explain how you think that this product would be of interest to your readers. If you have a Media Kit, attach that too. It is an option, not a requirement. Sometimes they will email you back asking for your stats anyways. Media kits have all of your info about your blog on it. They include everything a sponsor needs to know. Your rates, what you are about, social numbers and more! 
  • Don't act desperate- Don't add a sob story or beg for a product. YES, it has been done. I have been in the blogging world for 6 years and you will not believe the stories that I have seen. Begging and asking please will not only get you an eye roll, but you will probably have your email passed around the office and laughed at. I know you may REALLY want the product, but act professional about it.
  • Close your letter- Now that you have pitched the company/PR Rep, you should go ahead and  wrap it up. Telling them Thank You and how you are excited to hear back from them. I often include my address for shipping at the bottom of a pitch letter because it saves on going back and forth. I have been told they appreciate it on multiple occasions.
  • Following Up- Sometimes you will have to follow up with the person you emailed. If you are seeking them out to review something, think of how many other bloggers have done it too. Sometimes your email can also go to spam. If you haven't heard anything back within two weeks, send a follow-up email! Most of the time, they will reply. You can download STREAK, it is a free Chrome add-on. It allows you to see if someone read your email as well as how many times they opened it. It helps to see if they opened it too!
Be yourself when you write your pitch letter. You should really keep it short. You can include all of these elements into your pitch without it being too lengthy. Don't go and Google a random pitch letter. Chances are many of companies have already read that letter. 
Make it unique, be yourself and have fun! Welcome to the blogging world, buckle up, because it is a bumpy ride! If you have any tips that you would like to share, feel free to comment with them! Thanks for reading!

CARS 3 - New Extended Look! MUST SEE! #Cars3

It is here, and it is what we have all been waiting for. CARS 3 is coming out. I am so excited about this! I mentioned this in my 2017 Walt Disney Studios releases post, and I wanted to share with you an extended look at the release! Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! 
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.  Check out the extended look below!
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Will you be headed to see this June 16th? I would love to hear! Thanks for reading! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bachelor Monday Season 21 Week 2 Thoughts

Bachelor Monday Thoughts
It is Bachelor Monday!! Okay, let's recap Season 21, week 2. I will run down all of the moments from the beginning. Bare with me, because I am watching this and blogging it live and I am doing a play by play of everything as I watch.
The episode started with Chris coming in and came in to tell them what's going on for the week. They were told they won't all have time with Nick and to take advantage of the time when they do. The first date card:
Corinne, Vanessa, Sarah, Alexis, Hayley, Lacey. Brittany, Jasmine, Raven, Danielle L, Taylor and Elizabeth W.

The cams keep going to Corinne-I already do NOT like Corinne, she is too much. Something about her rubs me wrong. SHUT UP already. Anywho, the group date- I thought it was odd to put it nicely. Bridal gown photo shoot? Save that for the special day Nick!! I know it was supposed to be for fun, but gosh. The girls that did not get a dress were in bridesmaid dresses. LOL I did like the humor of it, they all had themes. It was HILARIOUS Alexis (dolphin girl) was a shotgun bride and they made her look pregnant. Corinne won't stop gushing about how she is going to kiss Nick again. She seems like "the girl that has been around". The photos shoots were hilarious. 
[Image by Rick Rowell/ABC Television Network]
All of the themes were:
 Las Vegas Wedding, Biker Wedding, 80's wedding complete with some of the girls in awful bridesmaid dresses. Traditional Wedding, Princess Wedding (MY FAV OMG), Once again Corinne, they keep going to her. STOP. GAH! She's the "Lacey" of Ben's season. Other themes were Adam & Eve wedding, and Corinne is jealous of Brittany. her theme was a Beach Wedding. She took off her top and threw herself on him. I know she done it on purpose in front of all of the other girls. YES they are all there for themselves, but there is a thing called CLASS and respect for yourself and she doesn't have it. She won the challenge, and I hate it. (can you tell I don't like her). LOL
[Image by Rick Rowell/ABC Television Network]
Nick went on  a little date night with all of the girls and they went back to Corinne again. She kept gushing AGAIN on how Nick held her boobs (bc she put him in that situation). She is making all of the girls uncomfortable. She needs to GO. It is LUST not falling in love. Just my opinion though. 

Date Card- The girls back at the mansion received a card and Danielle M was the recipient of the date card.  
Once again Corinne comes into the picture and crashes a one on one. She ALREADY had her one on one. HOW RUDE. WOW. Nick seems annoyed, in a way. It is creepy, stalker-like. She's crashed multiple one on one conversations. NO SHE'S pissed that Taylor interrupted her right back. Taylor is adorable as well and they seem like they have a connection, it is too soon to see. Corinne and Taylor had a spat back and forth. AWKWARD. 

The rose of the night went to Corinne. SERIOUSLY
The next day:
Danielle M. went on her one on one date with Nick. A helicopter ride and landing on a yacht? ROMANTIC YES. She is from his hometown too!! 

LIZ keeps talking about her and Nick hooking up. I do not know why in the hell she thought that it would be a good idea to reveal that she slept with him. EVERY single girl is going to hate her now. JUICY drama. YES. She told  Christen everything. DETAILS. And she thought it was the funniest thing that she told Nick no to having her phone number. Why brag about it? She's upset he is on a date with Danielle M- SORRY HUNNY, you blew him off and you had your chance.
[Image ABC Television Network]
 It goes back to the one on one and Danielle is super giddy. Adorable. She seems so sweet and genuine. I cried when she told her story about her fiance overdosing and passing away. It gave them a great conversation to talk about. How traumatic and sad. Thanks for making me cry. She received her rose, of course. =) The ferris wheel moment was adorable.

The doorbell rings and it is another DATE CARD! Who is going? Kristen, Josephine, Astrid, Jamie, Christin, and LIZ. I wonder how this is going to play out now. All of the girls hop into the limo to Hollywood! He took them to the Museum Of Broken Relationships (REALLY? LOL). He donated his engagement ring. (Nick is anxious about LIZ being on this date because his history with her. He wants the rest of the girls to know so that this secret isn't a secret anymore. LIZ and Nick seem totally awkward and it is funny to watch. There was an exercise on "The Art Of Breaking Up" and the girls had to act out with Nick on how they would break up with him. Again.. WEIRD. 
[Image by Rick Rowell/ABC Television Network]
LIZ had her turn and then... let it out there. OMG. Before Nick could tell everyone else. SO AWKWARD. This was NOT the time for everyone to know. Nick acted totally awkward and the girls are so confused with everything. She made him so uncomfortable. The night was ending and he pulled LIZ to the side for a chat about things. Christen told Nick that she knew everything. Nick isn't too happy about it. Nick and LIZ had a one on one convo and he told her his feeling about her being there.
[Image by Rick Rowell/ABC Television Network]
This was juicy. It was one of those "grab your popcorn now" to watch moments. He is questioning why she is there. Why now. He told her bye and sent her on her way. 
She had it coming. I am sorry LIZ, but everyone is gonna question why now? Did you just want to be on TV? You had SO many chances to contact him! Nick then goes to tell all of the other women everything and he was afraid that it will blow up in his face with the other women. 
He told the girls why he sent LIZ home and what happened. The reactions were WOW and they left us with reaction previews for next week. Who is going to leave? Who is staying? WHY did they leave us hanging for a week? NOOOOOOOOO. I need more. I hate when they leave us hanging. I am curious to see who is gonna leave now, and who is going to stay? Will anyone opt to leave after feeling betrayal? Thanks for leaving us hanging!!! I will hang on until next week.

What are your thoughts for week 2? Tune in on Mondays 8/7C on ABC! Tell me in the comments! Thanks for reading!