Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Birthday To My Firstborn Princess, Lydia!

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8 years ago today, I was a scared 17 year old. I had no clue how to take care of a child. No clue how to do anything. Having my daughter made me grow up fast. I didn't have the teen years like other girls my age did. But you know what? I wouldn't change it for the world! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy! 
 Lydia Rae- September 20, 2006 at 3:13 PM
 First carseat ride!
 2nd Christmas
 Stinker
 First time in snow!
 These baby blues!
 Preschool time!
 I love her!
 1st grader!
 2nd grader!!!!
 She is my life!
XOXOX Party pictures will come this week!

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Halloween Appetizer- Bacon Brown Sugar Wrapped Cocktail Sausages {DIY}

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I am going to call these "Dead Man's Toes" for a Halloween Appetizer! Lydia is having a Halloween Party today! I wanted to make these in advance and reheat them when we get there.

 Making this awesome appetizer is SIMPLE! What do you need?
  •  Preheat Oven to 350*
  • 1 Package of Cocktail Sausages
  • 2 Cups Of Brown Sugar (Won't use it all)
  • 1 Package Of Bacon
Open your bacon and cut the strips down the middle to make two long pieces per strip. Cut it again horizontally. Repeat until you are done and wrap each piece around the cocktail sausages. You may or may not have bacon left over. Smother them in brown sugar! Place on a FOIL covered pan. Place in the oven and bake 350* for 30 minutes. After mine were DONE I added the bamboo picks for effect! These are perfect for any occasion! Football Season is here! This is a great appetizer to take to a party! I wanted these for Lydia's and I have to say- They are AWESOME! ENJOY!!! 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Easy Candy Dipped Pretzel Treats! {#Diy}

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I was racking my brain trying to figure out a cute treat to add on to the list of foods for Lydias party tomorrow- well, I came across Pretzel Sticks and thought it was a wonderful idea! You only need THREE ingredients to do this too! Lydia is wanting a Halloween Birthday Party, so I found some sprinkles to go with the theme.
I found the candy coating at Kroger! I recommend theirs because you take the tray and place in the microwave to melt. No dirtying pans and making a huge mess! Simply melt as it says on the package, roll the pretzels and HURRY and sprinkle them and place on a pan with wax paper to dry! 
 It was SO simple- my (day shy of being 8) year old did it by herself!
 It took about 10 minutes for them to get hard. BUT if you want them hard quick- just put them in the freezer!
 She is SO proud!
 Don't these look DELICIOUS? The sweet and salty combo is just perfect! This is such an easy thing to do! 
This is perfect for any occasion! Just get the sprinkles to match the occasion that you need them for! You can add food coloring in the candy to make it colored too! What do you think? Are you going to give this a try yourself? 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Conceive Plus- Take Control Of Your Fertility TODAY! {#Review} {#Giveaway}

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*TMI ALERT. This post talks about trying to conceive and sexual intercourse. If you are offended- PLEASE do not read any further*
When couples plan to get pregnant, sometimes it happens right away, or like myself- it can take years. I have dealt with secondary infertility for almost 3 years. It took my husband and I two years to conceive our Aubrey. As you all know she was stillborn April 10, 2013. We started trying again that following June. We still haven't had any luck.  I recently was introduced to a product that may actually make things happen for us. This product is called Conceive Plus! 
What is Conceive Plus? Conceive plus is the only fertility-friendly personal lubricant with Calcium and Magnesium ions, Conceive Plus is clinically shown to be safe for sperm, helping trying-to-conceive couples increase their chances of getting pregnant. We are on our first month and I have a great feeling about it! The great thing about this product is that the lube feels like your "natural lube". If you experience dryness- it helps for that too! I received the Multi-Use Tube and 8 Pre-Filled Applicators to facilitate this post!
 How do you use it?  Remove applicator from box, do not use if tamper evident tab is broken. Hold applicator narrow end facing upwards, twist off the tab and discard. Gently insert the narrow end of the applicator deep into the vagina and squeeze the bulb end 2-3 times to deposit Conceive Plus® into the vaginal cavity.
Remove while continuing to squeeze the bulb end and discard. Each applicator is for single use only and cannot be stored after opening or reused. May be applied 10-15 minutes prior to sexual activity to allow moisture to disperse throughout the vagina. Each applicator contains 4 grams of Conceive Plus®. We suggest using Conceive Plus® multi-use tube if additional moisture is required or use another applicator. It really is easy!
How do you use the multi-use tube? Apply a small amount of Conceive Plus® to the genital area prior to or during intercourse. Re-apply as required. Suitable for daily use by both you and your partner. Conceive Plus® Multi-use Tube may be used in conjunction with Conceive Plus® Pre-filled Applicators for intra-vaginal application. Sounds easy right? Well, it is! Check out these awesome results when it comes to this product! Overall, I am happy with the products that I received. I am in my two week wait and I am hoping for positive results. Check out the where to buy page on their website to find it near you! Conceive Plus Multi-Use can be found for the retail price of $22.98 and the 8 Pre-Filled Applicators are $22.99!  Visit Conceive Plus on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest or click one of the links above to learn more via their website!
Win it: One lucky reader is going to win Conceive Plus® Pre-filled Applicators & Conceive Plus® Multi-use Tube to help with your trying to conceive journey! Giveaway is open to the Contential USA. Giveaway ends 10/9/14 at 11:59 PM CST. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. No purchase necessary. More than one person per household can enter. Enter Below. Entries are subject to verification before choosing a winner at random. Goodluck! 


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Child Passenger Safety week {Evenflo Symphony All-In-One car seats}

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86% of parents move children into booster seats too soon, according to a recent Safe Kids Worldwide report released yesterday. Even more risky, is one in five parents of young children admits to “bending the rules” when carpooling, letting children ride without car seats, booster seats and sometimes even seatbelts. These statistics and more were published Tuesday in USA Today, NBC News and other credible news outlets.                                                                           
Currently in the middle of Child Passenger Safety week (September 14-20), the study is very timely and reminds us of the importance of safety on the road. Evenflo Symphony All-In-One car seats grow with children, accommodating children from 5 - 100lbs and is adjustable to rear facing, forward facing harnessed and forward facing booster without harness modes.  The Symphony Seats keep car travel safe throughout childhood and may be the only car seat your child will ever need.
  
True safety starts even before you hit the road, especially since over 70% of car seats are incorrectly installed (NHTSA, 2006). Luckily, last month Evenflo introduced the Symphony™ All-in-One car seat with SureSafe Installation that increases proper installation by 2X. This new car seat system features revolutionary LATCH Guides and Quick Connectors to make the installation process easier. Visit Evenflo on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest! Thanks for reading!

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Sponsored wanted for #giftguide2014!

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Hello Everyone! Christmas will be here before you know it! The Small Things is looking to feature products that I think would be great gifts for the holidays! My 2014 Gift Guide will be great exposure for your brand! Check out the details below!

What qualifies a product to be featured? 
Any product that I think is a great fit for a stocking stuffer or holiday gift! I don't stick to a particular review niche- I love featuring a variety of products! Please keep it family friendly.
How does it work?
I will periodically feature products that I receive for review that I think would qualify as a gift. What do I ask? I would love a $25 minimum for products to be featured. Gift Guide product reviews will have a FAST turnaround! These are done quicker than a typical review. (Within 5-7 business days). Products that I think would be great stocking stuffers are an exception. Gift guide reviews will have a #giftguide2014 hashtag in the header of the review! They will also have the image you see at the top of this post! The week of DECEMBER 1, 2014- I will do a blog post 'round up' of all of the items that I reviewed. Please keep in mind, I only want to feature products that I feel would be great Christmas presents or stocking stuffers!
Requirements:
  • The Small Things will always disclose and follow FTC policies.
  • I require a full size product to review. This is simply because I cannot give an accurate review on an item that is only used once. A product reviewer has to try an item more than once to get an accurate review.
  • Products of all categories are welcome to my gift guide. Why? Because we love to try and find a gift for everyone! Men, Women, Children, Pets and more!
  • I 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.
  • My readers enjoy giveaways. With that said, it would be nice to include a giveaway for the item that I review. It will also get you more exposure. I include all of your social media on the giveaway tools form. I will tag you on social media and ALWAYS Pin to my Pinterest boards!
  • I reserve the right to not post a review 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 "Small Things Gift Guide 2014".

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Are you looking for more exposure for your blog, etsy shop, or business? I accept opportunities for sponsored posts. I also will consider adding you via my ad space on my blog. Please Contact me at bbrown@thesmallthings89.com ! Rates are also on my media kit, which can be seen here!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shop at @BestBuy to get the #holidayprep done this year!

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I am a bigger girl. I love my food. I love to cook. I love to bake. I may burn things, I may fail at making Pinterest recipes at time, but one thing I look forward to is Holiday baking and cooking! Fall is just about here, Thanksgiving will not be far behind and then we have Christmas! From Turkeys to Hams, Casseroles, Cakes & Pies- everyone is going to enjoy baking everywhere! We always go over to my mother in laws and enjoy her cooking. You never leave without a full tummy. So much food and so many options to choose from.
Holidays are a hectic time for everyone not only for buying gifts but also for cooking and entertaining in the days leading up to and including the holidays.  Make cooking easier with the latest appliance technology including induction cooking that enables you to boil water in less than two minutes like the Frigidaire FGIF3061NF plus induction reduces clean up time because spills don’t burn on.  This Frigidaire range also includes a convection oven which circulates the air in the oven for quicker baking time. 
There is an appliance on my wish list that will make life so much easier! As a matter of fact- not only my life  buy anyone that wishes to cook more than one meal at a time too!

 Another great innovation within cooking are double ovens that let you cook two dishes at two different temperatures at once like the Whirlpool WGG555S0BS but still fits within the space of a standard range.  All of this technology will allow you to get the food the way you want it prepared and saves you time so you can spend it with the ones you love.   Learn more over at the Holiday Prep page over at Best Buy!  Visit Best Buy on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest! As always- Thanks for reading! 
Have you shopped at Best Buy for an appliance? Are you stoked about the Holidays coming up soon? 
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Disclaimer: 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.
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Dyson DC59 Motorhead {#Review} The BEST Product I have had yet! #giftguide2014

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I cook, I clean and I keep the house in line. My husband and I are a team when it comes to doing things around here. Having a good vacuum is a must! I have never owned a Dyson- Until now! Recently, I received an awesome Dyson for a review. Everyone knows this brand. From what I have seen, Dyson has the most wanted products on the market! The product I received is the Dyson DC59 Motorhead! My favorite feature about it is that it is WIRELESS. NO WIRES! Admit it, we all have been there. Run over the cord, trip over the cord, stub your toe on the cord- nope! Not anymore!
See how pretty it is? It is also PINK! 
If you are wondering what all came with it- check it out below and I will tell you!
  • Mini motorized tool
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Battery charger
  • Removable wand
  • Docking station
  • Operating manual
  • Quick start guide
  • Product registration card
  • 2 year parts and labor warranty
I do have to say, I LOVE the docking station! You plug up the plug into your wall, and screw the mount to the wall and dock the base! 
 The docking station makes things more convenient because it keeps the Dyson out of the way and off of the floor!
 It was super easy to mount! As you can see below, it also holds a few of the tools!
The direct-drive motor in the brush bar, centralizes weight distribution of the brush bar driving stiff nylon bristles into the carpet to remove ground-in dirt. I love it because it picks up so much!
 The small tool is great for my car too!! No more wasting money at the car wash trying to clean! It is also great on the couch for pet hair. I do have a dog and this has picked up so much that I would not have seen otherwise!
See the trigger? Well, the DC59 Motorhead turns on when you need it, off when you don't. Many other cordless vacuum cleaners remain switched on from the moment cleaning starts. Battery power is wasted between cleaning tasks. Dyson Digital Slim™ vacuum cleaners have a run-time enhancing trigger. Trigger grip releases instantly, meaning battery power is only used for cleaning. It allows for a 24 minute cleaning session.
You can also hold it over the trash bin and release the contents with one touch of a button! How cool is that? Don't worry about getting your hands dirty! This baby weighs less that 5 lbs and it can clean from top to bottom. If you push the boost mode button on the back it goes faster. I like that option for myself personally. It also has a digital motor that spins at up to 110,000 times a minute, up to 3 times faster than conventional motors contributing towards the machine's powerful suction. 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, work in parallel to increase airflow and capture fine dust! Perfect for cleaning every inch of that room! 
Did I mention, try dumping FLOUR on the floor- YES flour- It will pick it RIGHT UP! I dumped some in the floor and see what it did: 
 Here is a short clip so that you can see for yourself too! YES I am aware, after over a month of every day use, that I need to clean the brush bar. =)
It did not leave ANY flour behind! I JUST LOVE THAT! Overall- I LOVE this product. I will never use another brand again. You can count on that! If you are wondering how much this is going to cost you- you can purchase it on the Dyson website for the retail price of $549.99. Now, I know that may seem steep but after my experience of using it every day, I recommend it. It is worth every single penny! Visit a local retailer near you to see if they carry it in stores too! Visit Dyson on their social media to stay up to date with the latest! Like this post? Hover over a photo to share or share via on the the share buttons below! Thanks for reading!
Do you own a Dyson? If so- Do you like it? If not- after this review, has your mind changed about buying one?
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received a complimentary Dyson DC59 Motorhead to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and may differ from others*
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