Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DIY Indoor Wall Water Fountain

An indoor wall water fountain is a charming addition to your room. Furthermore, the sounds of dribbling water are relieving and calming. If you resist the idea of buying a fountain, you can easily make one on your own. These water bodies are not costly, neither they are difficult to make. With patience and the possession of a few inexpensive supplies, homeowners can create an indoor wall water fountain all by their own. The plus in DIY method is that homeowners will be having complete control over the outlay and other details involved. They will have full authority over color, size, materials, and a lot more. However firstly, they will need to think of the target space to make an appealing design, collect the required materials and, set up the frame and pump.

Build up a Design for an Indoor Wall Water Fountain

First thing a homeowner must do while making an indoor wall water fountains is plan the design for the body. The water fountain should act as a focal point; yet it should not be too flashy or detailed. In addition, it should be both alluring and relaxing. The floor space is a primary concern for building up an indoor fountain. If the wall has a fireplace, then a design can be crated which will go on both sides of the hearth. For a lesser space, a small fountain can work in the middle of the walls without occupying too much of room area. However, a dramatic effect can be created in case of large ceiling to floor water fountains.

Materials Used for an Indoor Wall Water Fountain

Once you are done planning the design for the fountain, you will need to assemble the supplying to manufacture it. Luckily, the supply list is basic, and you would not require too specific hardware to construct it. Here is the list of supplies you require for building an indoor water fountain:
  • Sheet of Acrylic
  • Planter
  • Water Pump
  • Plastic Tubing
  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Treated Wood
Regarding appearance, the most critical selections are those of ceramic tiles. These are attached to the acrylic to make a fascinating and fun design. Crafters use the waterproof adhesive for attaching these tiles to the acrylic frame. They construct a wall prop out of treated wood to guarantee that it has the support and constancy it needs to hold tight the wall.

Hang the Water Fountain Frame

Once the acrylic frame and support base are put together, you would want to hang it on the wall. Considering its size and weight, make sure to fix it on the studs drilled into the wall. You should use a level to ascertain that the fountain is even as this will let the water stream uniformly over the whole fountain. Attach the planter beneath with the frame set up. The base of the frame must go inside the planter to avoid spattering.

Connect the Water Pump

The pump brings the water from the planter to the fountain top so that it can pour down. You must put the pump in the base of the planter and insure it utilizing a suction cup or an adhesive. The plug must be feeding behind the planter and to the outlet. Followed by that, join the tubing to the pump and run it along the fountain back to the top. Secure the tubing in place using waterproof adhesive. You will require more than one pump for water fountains going on both sides of a fireplace.

Fill the Water Fountain

Once you have installed water fountain and connected the water pump, you are now ready to fill it with water. While tap water is fine in many cases, you may want to settle on distilled water if you are living in a hard water area. This averts rust, build up and corrosion from the mineral deposits in the water. Make sure that you have filled the planter with sufficient amount of water to cover the pump. The water will dissipate after some time. So, you should keep checking the water levels and add more as required.
And you are done! You may want to look up for some tutorial videos to get yourself a more visual idea on how to DIY indoor wall water fountains.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Men's Health: Avoid Dad Bod with Health IQ

Dads, I have something to share with you! Post Father's Day blues? Did you binge on that cake you received for your special day? Health IQ has a great quiz that I know you will love and can take called: Avoiding "Dad Bod". This interactive quiz is great to get right back on track! You will have to log in with your email or Facebook to take it. 

About Health IQ: Health IQ's mission is to improve the health of the world. In pursuit of this mission, they've created over 1,000 health-related quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped over ten thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.

About Health IQ's Learn About Life Campaign: Health IQ's Learn About Life"educational campaign is meant to encourage more people to learn something new about their health. To this extend, Health IQ is working with a select group of nonprofits and bloggers to produce and promote more health-related quizzes. If you're a nonprofit or a blogger and want to learn more about this program, email cleo.kirkland@healthiq.com with subject line "Learn About Life...I'm In"

Must Have's While On The Road And What Keeps My Family Hydrated During The Summer! #Switch2BODYARMOR #BringIt #ad

This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer is one season that my child loves to play outside. We love to do outdoor activities and we also love to take road trips! There is one thing that plays a common role in our lives when it comes to staying hydrated. BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. We love to drink these and we always have them on us! They keep Lydia, my daughter, hydrated when she is outside playing softball, or when she is running the yard! My 10-year-old says they are super refreshing, and she is right. My husband is a USPS driver, and he keeps them in his cooler when he is on the road too! We always keep them in our cooler for road trips!
When we are on the road, we always have to have the following essentials with us to make it a success:
  • Games- Games are a must to have when you go on a road trip. We all know kids can get annoying when they start the "Are we there yet?" questions. Having games on hand can help with the boredom. Get the entire family involved and make it fun! 
  • Snacks- Snacks are a must. Pack little baggies of crackers or fruits. You don't want things that are high in sugar or even major junk foods such as chips or cookies. Packing little sandwich bags with fruits, raisins or even trail mix can help curb your appetite until you stop for a real meal!
  • DrinksBODYARMOR provides superior hydration and comes in 9-great tasting flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, blackout berry, mixed berry, grape, watermelon strawberry and lemonade. These are a must have when you are on the road! Not only do we love these when Lydia is playing softball, she loves them on the road. BODYARMOR water is a premium sport water designed by athletes, for athletes. BODYARMOR is the brand of choice for athletes and has assembled an impressive team of young, superstar athletes such as James Harden, Mike Trout, Dustin Johnson, Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Dez Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Buster Posey, Skylar Diggins and several others. These drinks are potassium-packed with electrolytes, vitamins and coconut water. We can find it at Kroger local to us!

  • Giftcards- Save those Visa giftcards that you get throughout the year for your road trip. You spend less money out of pocket this way and many retailers and gas stations accept them!
  • Baby wipes- YES baby wipes are PERFECT to clean up EVERY mess there is when kids make messes in the car while on the road. These are a must to have in the car!
  • Blankets- You need blankets for the kids that say "I am cold" while the rest of the car is enjoying that cold air conditioning. When everyone is happy, mom is happy. When the kids don't complain, we have a good road trip!
  • Change of clothes- If your road trip doesn't involve staying the night and you don't have clothes packed, I recommend you pack one extra pair for each person anyways. There have been so many incidents when the kiddo failed to tell us she HAD to go, and she held it and ended up having an accident. Running into Walmart with pee soaked clothes so that we can buy a change of clothes is NOT FUN. Trust me. You will thank me later. ANYTHING can happen.
A reminder for the drinks in the car or when the kids are playing- head to your local Kroger to purchase BODYARMOR. Be sure to keep the following deals in mind! Available at Kroger (or appropriate retailer) on promo the following dates: 
  • 4 for $5 on the following dates: 6/21 – 6/27 
  • 10 for $10 on the following dates: 6/14 – 6/20: 10/$10 | 6/28 – 7/4: 10/$10
Score your coupons HERE too! 

I am super excited that I found a healthy and great alternative for our family to replenish their bodies when on the go! Are you going to purchase BODYARMOR now that I have told you about it? 


WIN IT: I am giving away (2) $25 Kroger stores giftcards! Redeemable at:
Kroger, Bakers, City Market, Dillons, Food4Less, Foods Co, Fred, Meyer, Frys, Gerbes, JC, King Soopers, Owens, Pay-Less QFC, Ralphs & Smiths
Two winners are going to win! This giveaway runs until 7/2/17. All entries will be verified. This giveaway is open to the USA only. Entrants must be 18+. Enter below. Goodluck:

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Despicable Me 3 Thinkway Toys & iTunes GC Giveaway #DespicableMe3 #ThinkwayToys #AD

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures.
They are BACK! GRU, The Minions and more! They are back in Despicable Me 3! I am stoked to tell you about it! Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.
 After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis.  But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.
I am glad that they are back! I am also glad there is a new villain that we are going to learn about! This looks like it is going to be HILARIOUS!
The fact we are also going to meet the brother! I cannot wait! I am stoked to screen this movie with my 10 year old soon!
Be sure to watch the trailer below to get excited yourself! This is going to be a BLAST for sure!
DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | GruTube | #DespicableMe3

While you are here, check out the new line of toys from Thinkway for the movie! MINI MUSIC-MATES ASSORTMENT Ages 4+ Retail Price: $19.99 

They talk! They dance! They are Despicable Me 3 Mini Music-Mates! Each Minion comes with 3 different song clips with original voice and sound effects. Press the button on the base and watch it go! All Mini Music-Mates come with colorful backdrops. Connect multiple bases together and they dance in perfect unison! It’s a Minions dance party! The assortment includes Dave, Stuart, Tim, Carl and Mel! Even Gru and Agnes. Add to the fun with Jail Time versions of Tom, Tim and Carl. Each sold separately. For more information, visit: ThinkwayToys. #ThinkwayToys
DM3 is in theaters JUNE 30! Are you going to see it? I AM!! I CANNOT WAIT!!
WIN IT: ONE reader is going to win their own Mini Music Mate! Characters vary! AND a $15 iTunes GC to purchase the new Despicable Me 3 soundtrack! Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures and Thinkway Toys. Giveaway ends on June 30. All entries will be verified. Enter below. Goodluck!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cars 3 Is In Theaters TODAY! Don't Miss The LOU short too! #Cars3Event

WOW, what a journey this has been! I have been talking about Cars 3 for months now. From going on my press tour, to riding in a pace car around a speedway, this journey has been amazing. Cars 3 is in theaters today. You CANNOT MISS THIS. Before the movie, you will be seeing a Pixar short known as "LOU". This short is so cute and powerful. Check out the clip below!
We were able to screen and have a chat with two amazing people!
Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray present the animated short, LOU at Pixar Animation Studios on March 27, 2017. (Photo by Marc Flores)
Meet Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray.

One thing that I have to say about LOU is that it will give you the feels. YES, you will have that tug at your heartstrings because the storyline is just adorable. I had a few tears. We learned about the production pipeline in the presentation and it was really interesting to hear.
Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray present the animated short, LOU at Pixar Animation Studios on March 27, 2017. (Photo by Marc Flores)

We learned from Dave that Pixar films have very specific ingredients. Pixar films have heart, entertainment, setting and animation. Heart meaning the main characters flawed and experiences personal growth. Entertainment meaning the story has to be unpredictable and funny. Setting meaning the film needs to transport the viewer or audience to some place that is exciting and new and animation meaning the film must be called to be animated and must use animation’s full potential. 

We learned that in 2005 he started coming up with ideas for short films. After pitching various ones, he came up with this one! In 2012 he pitched one. It’s a story about a lost and found pile that loves to give toys back, but a bully starts to steal toys and Lou fights back. In the end, Lou gives the bully back the one thing he really wants, his long lost stuffed animal, changing the bully’s heart. In 2015 he  met Dana Murray as Lou’s producer!

When she was brought on, it was a go! She told us that "Besides the obvious things that a producer takes care of like building a schedule and a budget, and building a team, I would say most of my focus was on making sure we stayed true to the story that Dave wanted to tell." Features happened to come along and the meant that they were shut down and back at them in 6 months. When they started again, they designed LOU and then they designed their bully JJ. After they designed, they started working with the story department.

After coming up with the story comes edit. They began a rough assembly. They decided to hide LOU in the beginning of the film to give the moment of seeing him a much bigger impact. When at Pixar he learned that what he pitched did not necessarily play well on the screen. When at Pixar, you are never really done with story. That was neat to hear too! He has seen other director's story changes but never experienced it himself. 

They went back to the drawing board and reworked the entire story from scratch. They took notes notes notes and said that story is never done. By working on the story they found humor and entertainment that was missing from the original version. LOU was not a traditional character. He was all stuff. You will see what I mean when you watch the film. They had to animate by hand. A secret about the bully JJ- His initials stood for his mom Joyce Jean! HOW SWEET. He wanted to have someone immortalized in the film that he loved. 

They had LOU sculpted and the film changed again. They had to re-make once it want into the computer. After animation came lighting and so on. The film starts cool and drab and then it has a lot of contrast during the big action. It ends with warmth and color that fits the emotional ending. Now for sound- when you have a film you need sound.  They had percussionists. 14 of them to be exact. Each one woul dplay one note at a time and it went around in a circle. It was quirky and went with LOU. They headed to Skywalker Sound where you create effects and mix music. At the end of Summer 2016, it was READY! 

This short was SO CUTE and I can't wait for you to see it! You will not want to miss this for sure! Be sure to watch it before you watch CARS 3 in theaters today!!!
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I have a few clips for you that you will love! Check them all out below while you are here!
Meet Jackson Storm Clip
My Senior Project Clip
The Next Gen Clip
Get caught up on all of the Cars 3 Event posts from this press trip below! Happy reading!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Looking For Back To School Guide Sponsors!

Back To School season is almost here! I know that school JUST let out, however, you need to plan ahead and get ahead of the rush! I am looking for products that would be a great fit for back to school. This is a great opportunity for the both of us! Check out the details below!

What is a guide? 
It is all of my recommendations and must have's for the Back To School Season. The guide will look similar to my Holiday Guide. Please note I need a minimum of 10 submissions for the guide to be live. If I do not get 10, I will do social shout outs for your product.

What qualifies a product to be featured? 
Products of all categories are welcome to my gift guide. Products we welcome include:

  • Back To School Clothing for kids
  • Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Bookbags
  • School Supplies
  • Dorm Decor
  • and more! 
  • Stuff for mom- because moms need to be treated with the back to school rush too!

How does it work?
  1. You send me the product and I will share via my guide where to buy, how much the product retails for as well as a social media shout out.
  2. If you wish to have your own post separate from the guide as well as being placed in the guide, within 5 business days- I will do a post about it here on my blog, telling about the product along with a link where to buy it. I will also include your social media as well as shout outs on social media! The fee is $100 and can be paid via PayPal.
  3.  If you just want to be placed on the guide without sending the product, the fee is $50.
  4. If you want to be bumped to the top of the list, there is an additional $25 fee.
  5. The guide will be live August 8, 2017.

  • My readers love giveaways! They love winning things! If you want to host a giveaway, I am completely open to it! 

  • The Small Things will always disclose and follow FTC policies.
  • $50 minimum in the product, or products that add up to that $50 in total.
  • I require full-size product and I will not ship guide product(s) back to you unless we talk about it beforehand.
  • Products of all categories are welcome to my guide. 
  • do not pay for either product or shipping. That is up to the company or the person that is sending me the product to review.
  • I reserve the right to not post if the terms described above have not been met. What does this mean? It means I will request a return label so that I can ship your item back to you.
    I do request that if you would like your product featured- please email me with the subject "Back To School Guide 2017". If you wish to know more about my blog, please contact me at bbrown@thesmallthings89.com or click the contact me via the form below!  I look forward to hearing from you and making this guide collaboration a success!

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    JOIN the Church and Dwight Health & Beauty Lab Community!!

    This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
    Church and Dwight wants you to serve as a special advisor – earn Amazon Rewards each month for your participation: http://bit.ly/2tnDVi6
    This may be news to you, but Church and Dwight is the maker of a large variety of products you use on a daily or weekly basis (think Arm & Hammer, Nair, Oxiclean, First Response, etc). As some of these brands have such an impact on either your daily routine or important moments within your life, the brand wants to gain a better understanding of their consumers and how they use these products. In partnership with their research partner, C Space, they created The Health & Beauty Lab, a private online community of about 400 women to serve as advisors to their many brands.
    Whether you’re anxiously waiting for results of a pregnancy test, or just making sure you’re kicking off the day fresh each morning, your opinion on the products you use matters. These advisors will help the brand gain a greater understanding on the lifestyle and needs of their consumers as it plays a part in their daily routines, and is opening up this exclusive invitation to you.
    As a member you’ll be part of an exclusive group that provides feedback and perspective on beauty and feminine care products, the challenges you face as a woman, and other topics of mutual interest of the group. You’ll also get to interact with other like you to share stories, similarities and advice along the way.
    To thank you for your impact on the brand, you’ll receive amazon gift codes every month for participating
    Are you interested in helping evolve the products you love to use? Don’t miss out on your chance to advise the brand on products you care about. See if you qualify today - spots are filling up quickly:

    Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER - Teaser Trailer & Poster Now Available! #BlackPanther

    Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

    BLACK PANTHER stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. 

    Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018! Check out the trainer below!

    Like Marvel Studios on the social channels below to stay up to date with the latest! 
    Marvel Studios on Facebook | Marvel Studios on Twitter | Marvel Studios on IG

    Walt Disney Animation Studios Unwraps OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE! #OlafsFrozenAdventure #Coco

    I am stoked to announce this new featurette that will come to theaters in November with Pixar’s COCO. It is called OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE!
    Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22. Check out the trailer below!
    OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when FROZEN first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy®- and Oscar®-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    We drive the 2017 Toyota Prius Three! I LOVED IT!

    I received the 2017 Toyota Prius Three for a week from DriveShop in return for my honest opinions and I LOVED IT. I have to tell you that this car gets AMAZING gas mileage! When I mean AMAZING, I am telling you an estimated 52MPG. YES, you read that correctly. Check out this beauty below! This car is visually appealing. It is PRETTY. I love the style of the body and the hatchback.
     The 2017 Toyota Prius Three is available in 7 colors. The one you see here is the Blue Crush Metallic.
    As you can see it is very nice. The hybrid is so quiet, I had to double take weather or not it was even on! It is SO QUIET. It blew my mind.
     The Prius Three has 15-in 5 spoke alloy wheels with two-tone wheel covers. It also has a Smart Key System! This is also Push Button Statt! It has a Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charger on it too. It is longer and lower and wider than previous cars. It also features Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and an App Suite! This was very nice to use on the road. It also reads your text messages to you.
     As you can see, cargo space is GREAT! This was perfect for a road trip! How much does this baby retail for? The 2017 Toyota Prius Three has a MSRP of $26,735.
    We are all smiles in this car, and you can be too!!!! You can also visit them on their social media to stay up to date with the latest.