• Heart Shaped Mini Pies! SO CUTE!
  • Easy Sugar Cookie Bars!
  • Chocolate Covered Cake Cherries! Yummy Valentine's Day TREAT!
  • How To Make a Valentine's Day Candy Bouquet
  • DIY Kids Valentine's Day Basket!
  • I am an Official Nintendo Blogger!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Surprise your sweetie with GourmetGiftBaskets.Com this Valentine's Day!

Gourmet Gift Baskets are a huge way to show someone how much you care! They are the perfect gift for any occasion. They are also the perfect gift for Valentine's Day! If you haven't heard of GourmetGiftBaskets.Com, you are missing out.
In 2002, they began making beautiful gifts with the utmost care, artfully arranging each one by hand. To this day, the products they offer are created in the same fashion and are praised for their timeliness of arrival as well as for the exceptional quality of their ingredients.As they have grown to become one of the top three gifting companies in America, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has received a great deal of recognition. For 5 consecutive years, they have been featured on the INC 500/5000 list and were acknowledged as one of the top 10 businesses to watch by NH Magazine. Their success has also been mirrored in their expansion, as they have grown to encompass a family of companies, including Cheesecake.com, KingOfPOP.com, and, most recently, Strawberries.com. 
They have so many gift baskets and products for any occasion! Check out what I received! As you can see from the photo above, I received a basket of yummy goodies and a popcorn tin!
The His & Hers Popcorn Tin is a great gift! The love birds are so cute! It is filled with half spicy Buffalo popcorn, half Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Caramel popcorn.
If you eat both together it makes for the perfect yummy treat! It is only $24.99! 
 I also received the Be My Valentine - Valentine's Day Gift Basket! This gift basket is filled with goodies! Check out what is included below!
  • French Chocolate Truffles by Truffle Basket - 3.5 oz. - Traditional hand-rolled French truffles that are made from only the finest ingredients and dusted in cocoa powder.
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries by Annalie's Chocolates - 4 oz. - Sweet cherries wrapped in creamy milk chocolate. 
  • Almond Roca in Heart Tin by Brown & Haley - 3.2 oz. - This classic buttercrunch combines premium California almonds, pure vanilla, fresh local butter and cocoa beans, making for an irresistible treat!
  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar Kettlecorn by KingOfPOP.com - 4.2 oz. - Gourmet popcorn dusted with brown sugar and freshly ground cinnamon for a delightfully sweet snack.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies by Kimball Lake Bakery - 4 oz. - Delectable bite-sized cookies that are overflowing with rich milk chocolate chips. Perfect for sharing with your Valentine!
  • Chocolate Wafer Rolls by Dolcetto - 4.4 oz. - Delicate European-style wafers that are rolled into elegant cylinders and generously filled with smooth chocolate.

This awesome gift basket is only $59.99! It is a treat that is for sure!  Get your Valentine's Day Gift Basket with gourmetgiftbaskets.com today! You won't regret it! Be sure to visit them on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Teleflora & Love Notes Concierge!

The Small Thing is so thrilled to have received a bouquet for this post! For more than 80 years, Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, has delivered flowers to millions of Valentines across America. Every year, while ordering beautiful bouquets gets easier, consumers struggle to craft that personal, special and important accompanying note! Now, thanks to the talented, thoughtful team at Teleflora’s “Love Note Concierge,” writing the perfect sentiment is easier than ever with a personal coach to help you express everything you want to say to your loved one. And there’s no charge, no purchase, no strings, just words of love! 
All of Teleflora’s bouquets are hand-arranged and hand-delivered by a local florist so they arrive looking beautiful for that special someone to enjoy! As Teleflora’s Valentine’s Day gift to America, the all-new, FREE “Love Note Concierge” (1-844-IT-IS-LOVE) debuts on February 3rd – 12th just in time for Valentine’s Day. It can be a struggle to pen that very personal, special and important accompanying note with a bouquet. Check out just a few of these gorgeous bouquets that they have for Valentine's Day! 
Teleflora’s Pair of Hearts Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $69.95) For your soul mate, the symbolism of these two perfect connecting hearts wrapped around this glistening hand-glazed ceramic vase is the perfect match. Celebrate your Valentine with this gorgeous bouquet filled with red roses, red carnations and white alstroemeria that is ideal for expressing your heartfelt love and appreciation.
Teleflora’s Lovely Hearts Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $49.95) Playful and sweet for mother, daughter or friend, dazzle and delight with this cheerful 2-in-1 floral gift. Cheerful peach, pink and red spray roses bountifully flutter amongst hand-painted watercolor hearts that dance across this oversized food-safe mug that is sure to deliver long-lasting enjoyment.
Teleflora’s Best Friends Forever Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $54.95) Share memories, a hug and a smile with your bestie or budding romance with this thoughtful bouquet bursting with stunning red and white roses, miniature carnations, and cushion spray chrysanthemums that is hand-delivered in a glazed ceramic collectible vase with hand-applied heart detail.
Lastly, the bouquet that I received! Teleflora’s Wrapped with Passion Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $99.95) The ultimate in Valentine’s Day luxury, WOW your love with dramatic long-stemmed roses and fragrant pink stargazer lilies that is gorgeously arranged in a graceful hand blown Italian, art glass-inspired vase with a sparkling, hand-applied glass ribbon. Your thought and emotions are sure to win their heart!
 Pictures do not do justice for this gorgeous bouquet! That is for sure!
Check out Teleflora via one of the links here and see what other beautiful and unique bouquets they have to offer. You won't regret it. Their flowers are hand delivered to your door with no worries! Everything they have to offer is just beautiful!  Visit Telefora on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest!  
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Easy Mini Heart Shaped Pies! So Cute!

I have a cute and festive treat for you! This is the perfect Valentine's Day treat, but the best of all- you can make it any time of the year!
You only need a few things to make these cute and easy mini heart pies! The best thing of all- it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!
You need:
  • (1) 2 pack of pre-made refrigerated pie crust (two packs made 11 mini pies for me)
  • Cookie Cutter
  • Knife
  • 1 egg beaten and mixed with a tbsp of water
  • Sugar or Sugar sprinkles
  • 1 can of pie filling of choice. I chose strawberry and raspberry
  • parchment paper
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  1. Preheat oven to 425*, Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lay another sheet on counter and spread pie crust open.
  3. Cut into heart shapes. You need two per pie.
  4. Mix corn starch and pie filling and spoon on bottom pieces of pie shapes.
  5. You can cut shapes in the crust, but it is optional. Place top piece on the bottom piece.
  6. Pinch ends with fork
  7. Brush egg wash on each and sprinkle sugar.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Place on cooling rack to cool.
These are so yummy and not to mention they are CUTE!! Enjoy!!
 I cut little x shapes and cut out hearts to make "x's and o's" for Valentine's Day! I used the heart pieces I cut out to place on random pies and it turned out too cute.
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Pregnant? Join the Fisher Price Community and get a $5 Amazon GC and $10 a month after!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Mattel Fisher Price, a familiar brand in our homes and a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of toys and family products, has created a private online community of about 300 expecting Moms. Fisher Price is relying on these Moms to help them gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle and needs of their consumers as it relates back to the world of play, and is opening up this invitation to you.

As a member you’ll be part of an exclusive group that provides Fisher Price with feedback and perspective on toys, challenges you face as an expecting mom, and other topics of mutual interest of the group. To thank you for your impact on the brand, you’ll receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month for participating.
Are you expecting your first child and interested in joining? See if you qualify here*: http://bit.ly/20r2xF5
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE CHOICE Movie Swag and Book #Giveaway #ChooseLove #TheChoice

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I am so excited to see this movie. It looks like a great movie to see on Valentine's Day too! Have you seen the trailer for THE CHOICE? Lionsgate presents a Nicholas Sparks / Safran Company / POW! production Opening February 5, 2016 Rated PG13.
When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks's beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
It is a Nicholas Sparks movie, so yeah I will see it! I always love a good love story!
 Visit THE CHOICE on their website to learn more. You can also visit their social channels below!
In celebration of the movie, we are going to have a movie swag giveaway! Giveaway ends 2/16/16. One reader will win a $25 Visa eGift Card (sent to their email), The Choice Tie-In Movie Book, Sea-Shell Wind-chimes and The Choice Bookmark. Open to US only. Prizing provided by Lionsgate. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.
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Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Bars!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE sugar cookies! I just do not like the mess that comes with cutting them and cleaning up flour from the counters. I have the perfect solution! Sugar Cookie Bars! These are such a delicious treat! They are mess free!
This is so easy to make! They are chewy and sweet!  
The Bars:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • ½ tsp. baking powder 
  • ½ tsp. salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 375* and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper. 
  2. With a whisk attachment, cream butter and sugar in a bowl. 
  3. Add your egg and vanilla. 
  4. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder. With the mixer on, slowly mix flour mixture into the butter mix.
  5. Press dough into pan with a spoon and bake 18-22 minutes. You will see when it is done because the edges will be golden brown.
  6. Let cool and add frosting/sprinkles! ENJOY!

  • 5 cups powdered sugar 
  • 4 TBSPs unsalted butter, softened
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • Sprinkles
  1. I creamed the butter  with the whisk attachment on the mixer until smooth. 
  2. Beat in powdered sugar slowly starting with two cups. 
  3. Add the remaining sugar and if it is too stiff, add a tbsp of milk, if it is too runny, add MORE powdered sugar. Trust me, it will stiffen up. 
  4. Add food coloring to your liking and enjoy!
These bars are so yummy and they are so festive! I just love them for Valentine's Day! They will be the hit of any party too!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

We love our New Nintendo 3DS XL and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam! Read About It! #NintendoBlogger

"I have received product courtesy of Nintendo, but all thoughts and opinions are my own"
I mentioned this past week that I am officially a Nintendo Blogger! There are many perks and the most recent one is Lydia receiving a Nintendo 3DS XL and Marion & Luigi: Paper Jam!  for review. 
I am so happy to share these products with you! Let's start with the Nintendo 3DS XL first! This product is downright AWESOME! I am 26 years old and I am even giddy about it. The technology they have to come up with products like this blows my mind. The NEW version is improved! What's included? Stylus, 4 GB microSDHC card (installed), Battery (installed), Six AR Cards Plus, it comes with built-in software so you can play right away. Keep in mind that an AC adapter is not included with your New Nintendo 3DS XL system; you may use your Nintendo 3DS/2DS adapter, or purchase a new one separately on Amazon for $8.99! 
New Nintendo 3DS XL Face Tracking 3D- Games leap to life with super-stable 3D. The face-tracking feature uses the system’s inner cameras to adjust images based on your viewing angle, so you can enjoy total immersion in your games. Dramatization. Screen images simulated.
It has 3D Cameras! YES This is SO COOL! It comes with these interactive AR cards. We scanned one while it was on my bed and when you look at the screen, the characters come to life on the surface the card is on! The New Nintendo 3DS XL can play all Nintendo 3DS games, plus nearly all games from previous systems such as Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi. And, some titles will be exclusively playable on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Watch your favorite videos and shows on YouTube™, HuluPlus, or Netflix right on your system.
Find game tips, news, or funny cat pictures on the Internet whenever you like with the built-in browser. You can play Face Raiders because it is installed. Face Raiders combines 3D gameplay with the gyro sensor feature for some fast-paced fun. Using the camera, you can take a photo of yourself, a friend or family member, which is then placed onto a range of shooting targets. To play, you'll need to move with your system, physically leaning and turning to search all around and aim high and low, taking out your targets.
Also included is the Mii maker, Miiverse, StreetPass Mii Plaza, Theme Shop to make any color that you want, the Nintendo eShop, Activity Log and more! Now, about that activity log. This thing is pretty cool. The Activity Log tracks both your game play activity, noting which games you've played and how long you've played them, as well as your physical activity, counting every step you take while carrying your system. Track your data by day, week, month, or year—and walk more every day to earn Play Coins, which can be used with compatible games and applications to acquire special content and a variety of other benefits. 
How much is it? 
The Nintendo 3DS XL retails for $199.99. You can pretty much find it at major retail stores, GameStop and of course purchase on Amazon too. Colors and price are subject to change at any time, however I found a black one on Amazon on sale for $157.99!  
This game is SO CUTE! Paper Mario is jumping off the page and into the quirky adventures of Mario and Luigi! Become a superstar team of Mario Bros. to take on quests, take down enemies, and untangle these two classic universes in this playful new entry in the Mario and Luigi RPG series. The Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam game is the newest entry in the wild and popular Mario and Luigi RPG series. 
Photo Credit: Nintendo
Photo Credit: Nintendo
Phto Credit: Nintendo
Characters from the world of Paper Mario – including Paper Mario, Paper Princess Peach, Paper Bowser and stacks of Paper Toads – jump out of a book and into the world of Mario & Luigi. 

  • Take advantage of Paper Mario’s unique skills, like slipping through cracks, making copies of himself and folding himself up.
  • Take down Bowser and Paper Bowser’s army of dastardly villains (including both regular and paper enemies!), solve clever puzzles and embark on quests as a new trio of heroes. 
  • Battle many different enemies in turn-based battles using Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario. You can even combine the three for super powerful Trio Attacks that flatten enemies and transform Paper Mario into useful objects like Ninja Stars.
  • Collect Battle Cards in the game to help turn the tide of battle by powering up your characters. 
  • Tap a compatible amiibo to receive a Character Card based on the character that was tapped. Not only do these cards help in battle, but they’re also wonderfully illustrated, displaying character art from more than 30 years’ worth of Nintendo games. 
  • Battle inside massive papercraft tanks against other papercraft version of enemies like Goomba and Kamek. Attack using a variety of moves and even charge up your papercraft hero by dancing on special Toad platforms. 
Purchase on AMAZON for only $39.88 today! Overall, we are thrilled with both of these products! Be sure to visit the Nintendo website to see other amazing products they have to offer! You can also visit Nintendo on their social media links below!
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Valentine's Day Candy Bouquet- A unique gift! #HSYMessageOfLove #Sponsored

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Hershey via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey or Momtrends.
I LOVE Valentine's Day! I am a believer that you should show your significant lover how much you love them every day, however, Valentine's Day is an excuse to make pretty things and bake yummy treats! I wanted to make something out of the box and different! I made a Valentine's Day Candy Bouquet!
  The Hershey Company was generous enough to provide an assortment of candy to make this happen! Keep reading to see how I made this cute bouquet!
 I visited my local craft store and bought a vase, ribbon, and cute decorations to place in the vase. I also bought cellophane to stick inside of it. They also had wooden dowels that I cut myself to place the candy on.
I was provided with a variety of candy including Reese’s Conversation Cups and Hershey’s Kisses Conversation Candies. I used other candy they sent as well. Hershey’s Kisses Conversation Candies are exclusively available at Target and they are the CUTEST! 
They are perfect for Valentine's Day! See?! There are several messages on them!
I placed all of the dowels in the vase and cut in different lengths. In my opinion, it makes for a better presentation. I then started adding the tiny decorations. Remember, you can tweek it anytime to make it better and prettier. 
You simply start taking candy and tape is generously on the dowels. I ended up making 6 of them. Place them aside. 
Pour your Hershey’s Kisses Conversation Candies inside of the vase. See how pretty it is? Place the candy dowels inside and add  the tiny details! I made a bow and put it on the vase and cut shreds of cellophane and stuffed it at the top of the vase! It looks too cute! 
 The tiny details make the bouquet as well. 
 This was so fun to make and my daughter is excited to take it to her teacher for their Valentine's Day party. 
For more information, including recipes, visit CelebrateWithHersheys.com. There are so many ideas and tips you can use! 
Would you consider making one of these for Valentine's Day? It was so fun! 

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Celebrate Valentine's Day With Cost Plus World Market! {Chocolate Cherry Buttercream Cupcakes}

*This is a sponsored post on the behalf of World Market. All opinions are my own*
I love shopping at Cost Plus World Market! If you haven't been, you are missing out! One thing I love to do is shop there for Holidays! Specifically Valentine's Day! They offer so many products and the possibilities are endless when it comes to Valentine's Gift Ideas! They have so many gift ideas for her and gift ideas for him. I wanted to do something out of the box and make gourmet Valentine's Day cupcakes with products from Cost Plus World Market! 
These cupcakes turned out perfectly! Before I share how to make them, I wanted to share with you the products that I purchased to make this possible as well. The best thing is all of these products can pretty much be used more than once too!
How I made them:
First I melted a cup of chocolate in a jar on 30 second intervals. I poured it in a ziplock bag and cut the tip off. I piped little hearts on wax paper and put them in the fridge to set. this made for the cute toppers. I wanted white chocolate but I could not find any at my store. 
How to make the cupcakes:
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 jar of pre-made icing or you can make your own
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside. 
  3. Go ahead and place your cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. 
  5. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. 
  6. Pour in equal amounts in each cupcake liner. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. 
  7. Place in the freezer to cool faster if you want to decorate now. 
How to make the icing:
This literally took me 5 minutes to make! It is rich, but so delicious too! It only made about a dozen, so you may need to double. It is up to you! 

  1. I creamed the butter  with the whisk attachment on the mixer until smooth. 
  2. Beat in powdered sugar slowly starting with two cups.
  3. I beat in the cherries and syrup.
  4. Add the remaining sugar and if it is too stiff, add a tbsp of milk, if it is too runny, add MORE powdered sugar. Trust me, it will stiffen up. 
  5. I put in a piping bag and grabbed the cupcakes and piped. They don't have to look perfect but try your best. 
  6. For the topping, I sprinkled the ChocoMaker Dark Chocolate Curls and added my hearts that I made on top!

They turned out so perfect and cute! I am so thrilled with how they are! I laid out the tablecloth I bought and the chocolates made for a cute decor! 
Visit Cost Plus World  Market on their website to see other products they have to offer! You can visit a store near you too! Be sure to visit Cost Plus World Market on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below.
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