Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baymax, Star of Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” Named Most Huggable Character of 2015 on National Hugging Day™

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To celebrate the release of Disney’s Big Hero 6 nationwide on Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere Feb. 3 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Feb. 24, Baymax was named the Most Huggable Character of 2015 on National Hugging Day™!  National Hugging Day,™ also known as National Hug Day, is an annual holiday created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in Michigan, USA. It occurs on January 21 and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office. It was first celebrated in 1986 and has since spread to multiple countries. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage people to openly express themselves through hugging.  Offer a hug to anyone and everyone you want but remember it is wise to ask first. Whether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. For more information, visit www.nationalhuggingday.com.

 
THE MOST ORIGINAL, HUGGABLE HERO OF ALL
SHARES THE 10 BENEFITS OF HUGGING!

1)    Hugs make us feel “happy”! When we hug another person, our bodies release oxytocin, a hormone associated with “happiness,” according to scientific studies. [1]
2)    Hugs alleviate stress! Just as a good hug increases our oxytocin levels, it decreases our cortisol or “stress” levels. [2]
3)    Babies need hugs as much as water and food! According to researchers at Harvard University, hugs help promote normal levels of cortisol necessary for child development. [3]
4)    Hugs make us better students! Students who receive a supportive touch from a teacher are twice as likely to volunteer in class. [4]
5)    Hugs improve our game! Scientists at University of California, Berkley discovered that the more affectionate members of a team are with each other, the more likely they are to win. [4]
6)    A hug a day keeps the doctor away! A hug stimulates the thymus gland, which in turn regulates the production of white blood cells that keep us healthy and disease-free. [5]
7)    A hug stops the bug! Researchers at Carnegie Mellon proved that individuals who were sick and received hugs had less severe symptoms and were able to get better quicker. [6]
8)    A hugging heart is a healthy heart! Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug helps ease blood flow and lower cortisol levels, which in turn help lower our heart rates. [7]
9)    A hugging couple is a happy couple! Couples that experience their partners’ love through physical affection share higher oxytocin levels. [8]
10)    Hugs let someone know you care without having to say a word! According to Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, we can identify love from simple human touch – imagine how much love a big hug can communicate! [9]

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ringling Bros.® Presents LEGENDS! Coming to Bridgestone Arena – Jan. 23-25

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is proud to present LEGENDS! Drama, surprise and wonder build the excitement so BIG that it could only be The Greatest Show On Earth®. The show runs Jan. 23-25, 2015, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee! I am proud to announce that here on my blog! Check out the showtimes below!!


Show Times:
  • Friday, Jan. 23 – 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24 – 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 25 – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets start at $15 with limited VIP and Circus Celebrity tickets available while supplies last.

Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS! Check out these awesome clips below to get you excited! 

An hour before show time and free to all ticketholders, the All-Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting. How cool is that? My family and I will be going on Saturday, Jan 24th and we cannot wait! While you are here I wanted to share with you this awesome interview the ringmaster! I wanted to be sure you- my readers had an insight on what it is like in the circus life!
  • Why did you choose this job?
I didn't choose circus, circus choice me. I was offered the opportunity to be a part of history. Why would I not take that opportunity?
  • What's your favorite thing about what you do?
That I do it. That no one in the world does it but me. That everything from the costumes, to my script, to every note and rest in the music is made specifically for me. I've had numerous patrons say to me, "you've certainly found your calling!" There are few pleasures greater than finding your place in the world.
  • How long have you been involved in the circus?
Over 15 years.
  • Have you ever hurt yourself during a show?
The Ringmaster has the safest gig of all. I have an intimate relationship with gravity, so, no I've never hurt myself during a show.
  • What advice would you give somebody wanting to join the circus?  
 Circus chooses you. It's not a want, it's a compulsion. I've yet to meet anyone in circus who was not drawn to it somehow nor have I met those who have departed who did not want to return. If circus is for you, I assure you she will beckon you. You will be able to look back at your life and see how you were prepared for it all.
Oh this gets me so excited to go! I can't wait! Will you be going? Have you ever been to one of their shows? It is an experience out of this world! I loved last years!!! Be sure to visit Ringling on their social media and website while you are at it to stay up to date with the latest!
*The Small Things received complementary tickets to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*
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Considerate Coupons for Couples- Great Valentine's Day Gift Idea!

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 Valentine's Day is right around the corner! I came across the cutest Considerate Coupons for Couples! Good for One Mediocre Shoulder Rub is just adorable! Each coupon tears out  and is hand illustrated. There are twenty pages of cuteness. Check it out below!
 I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites!
A few of the funny ones would be "Redeem this card for thirty seconds of my undivided attention" and "Redeem this card for thirty seconds of my undivided attention" HA! These are inexpensive too! Score them for $7.95! These will make a great gift for HIM OR HER and it is one of those "out of the box" ideas! 
What do you think? Do you see yourself gifting these to the special person in your life? Be sure to visit Ulysses Press on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest from them! 
*The Small Things received complementary coupons to facilitate this post. All opinions are my  own*
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Being Kept On Your Toes

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Kids have a way of keeping you on your toes. Just when you think you’ve got them neatly pigeon-holed and you think you know who and what you’re dealing with and what’s coming next, they have a way of changing the game on you. Soccer has come as a bit of a surprise. I hadn’t expected ever to classify myself as a soccer mom, but, you know what - that’s just the way the ball rolls sometimes.
 by  lorenkerns 
For those of you who may not know, soccer is really big in girls’ sports in the US. So it was maybe not as dramatic a surprise for me as it might be for someone in the UK. I gather when you talk about soccer on that side of the pond you talk about ‘football’ and things like international matches, the Premier League and the latest FA Cup betting and stuff like that. Here in Tennessee it’s a bit more low key.
When my eight-year-old daughter Lydia came home from school and announced she wanted to play soccer that was cool. No serious international ambitions, no Premier League or FA cup stuff, just kids running around outside and plenty of fresh air and exercise in a way that’s healthy and fun. What I didn’t bank on was that I’d have to take it up, too. It turns out that just kicking a ball around in the back yard by yourself doesn’t count as practice. It seems there have to be at least two of you involved. As Lydia says, ‘How can you learn to tackle if there’s no-one to take the ball off?’ I wonder where she picked up that little gem of wisdom from. Thanks, coach!
She has a point, though, don’t you think? I mean, playing with our kids is one of the most important things we can do. All the parenting books in the world will tell you that getting down to their level and joining in with whatever it is that they’re into is vitally important. They say it’s important to play together because it’s when we’re playing that we relax together and that’s how we bond. And as any parent will know, that bond is everything.
Now I’m good for bonding, and I’m all about getting down and playing at the same level as Lydia and her friends. It’s fun! What I’m less keen on is the way that I get kicked and pushed, get my toes stood on, my shoes ruined and the garden turned into a dust bowl. Soccer is, I am fast realizing, not the game for a girl who likes things… well… girly.
Now I’m pleased that Lydia is getting some fresh air in her lungs and that she’s making some new friends. I’m delighted that she has an interest. But if I’m honest, I’d much rather she was into beads and bangles and pretty little dolls and things. I mean, she’ll put up with them for a while, but sometimes I get the sense she’s just doing it to humor me.  Do you think there’s a kids manual somewhere that tells them they have to play with the old folks on their terms every now and again just to keep them sweet? I wonder. Whatever it is, soccer or the next craze that comes along, Lydia has certainly got what it takes to keep me on my toes.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up In Stores Now!

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My daughter loves Tom and Jerry! I am glad she does because I used to watch it when I was little. I haven't met anyone who has not! As of 1/13/15, The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up is available in stores! Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focus on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet so Tom hardly ever manages to catch him. 
 Check out these 13 episodes included in the dvd!
  • Turn About/The Plight Before Christmas
  • Tuffy Love/Poof!
  • Top Cat/Mummy Dearest
  • Domestic Kingdom/Molecular Break Up
  • Just Plane Nuts/Pets Not Welcome
  • Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’/Road Trippin’
  • Magic Mirror/Bone Dry
  • My Bot-y Guard/Little Quacker and Mister Fuzzy Hide
  • Pipeline/No Brain, No Gain
  • Cat Napped/Black Cat
  • Hunger Strikes/Gravi-Tom
  • Ghost Party/Cat-Astrophe
  • Curse Case Scenario/Say Cheese
Wondering how much this is gonna cost you? The retail price is only $19.97! It is sure to bring lots of laughs and fun! My daughter loved it! She keeps playing it over and over again! Head over to a retailer near you to score this today! What are you waiting for?
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network; original animated DC Nation shorts for Cartoon Network; and Beware the Batman and the forthcoming Mike Tyson Mysteries series for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com
 
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Staying In Is The New Going Out

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Day 92 by SuperFantastic, on Flickr
When you have young kids at home, you’ll know that nights out with the girls have become a rarity – if they still happen at all. That young, free and single life may feel like it all ended years ago, but if you can, you should make the effort to arrange some nights with the girls now and then. Although your own family will always come first, it’s still great to be able to nurture and appreciate friendships. The good news is that you don’t have to always book babysitters (or willing spouses or grandparents) in order to go out with your friends. Staying in and having friends over for the evening can be just as much fun, and obviously, a fraction of the price. Here are just a few suggestions of what to do on a night in with the girls.
See if you can win at bingo
Bingo is a game that has always drawn friends together. It used to be that you’d have to go down to the local bingo hall to play, but there are plenty of online bingo sites nowadays, all offering a wide variety of games. Sites such as bgo, Vic’s Bingo and Tidy Bingo all have games that run on a 24/7 schedule so players can play bingo whenever they feel like it. For playing with friends in the evening, all they need to do is bring a mobile or tablet with them and then you can all login to the same site and play the same games together. The biggest jackpot games of bingo from bgo.com take place in the evenings, so take a look at what’s on offer and decide the best times for you all to play. This is a great choice if you’ve got a friend or two who actually can’t come over – they can still join you virtually, logging in at home to play the same games you all are. Add in a couple of bottle of wines and some snacks and you’ve got a great evening ahead of you.
Have a sing song with DIY karaoke
This idea will work best if you have dispatched the kids off to Granny’s for the night – so you and your friends don’t disturb them while they’re sleeping. There’s no need to rent a karaoke machine – all you need is access to YouTube or similar and you’ll find a whole heap of instrumental versions of your favourite songs with the lyrics printed on the screen. Unlike a public karaoke bar, if you’re just with friends at someone’s home, there’ll be less inhibition and you can each be as much of a diva as you dare. Add to the fun by dressing up as your favourite singer.
Have a retro movie night
Take a trip down memory lane and watch a couple of the movies that you all loved as teens. Will you watch a coming of age movie like Stand By Me, Dirty Dancing or Footloose? Or would a comedy such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Summer Rental better suit the mood? Get a choice of movies ready, prepare the popcorn and the nachos and get ready for a few hours of self-indulgence with your closest friends. Of course, these are just a few ideas and what you do doesn’t really matter. The most important thing is that you schedule in time to spend with each other every now and then.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

MonogramOnline- Personalized Mini Name Necklace #Review

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It isn't a secret that I love shiny and pretty things. I also love jewelry. My daughter, Lydia..not so much. I was able to surprise her with a cute necklace from MonogramOnline! This personalized necklace is too cute! If you have never heard of them, MonogramOnline provides a selection of unique personalized gifts for all ages. They have so many personalized products! I could look on there for hours! Check out this cute necklace that Lydia received! It is dainty and CUTE! 
She really doesn't like things like this but she LOVES this necklace! Needless to say, I was stoked! This unique name necklace is made of .925 fine Sterling Silver. You may personalize each name charm with up to 10 characters each. Attached with these pendants is a silver chain. If you are wondering how much this is going to cost you, it will only cost $79! Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! This will make a great gift! Head on over and purchase this Personalized Mini Name Necklace today! Be sure to visit them on their website via one of the links here in this post to see what other cute items they have! You can also visit MonogramOnline on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest! 
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*Disclaimer: The Small Things received a necklace to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*
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FabKids Heart Pop Outfit #Review

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As you all have seen, throughout 2014, I reviewed for Fab Kids on a regular basis! Now that a new month is here, it is time for another review! Check it out! If you live under a rock and haven't heard of them, Outfit selections start on the 1st of every month. You have until the 5th to skip or choose! On the 6th of the month you will be charged, which will then give you one credit to use on the website. One credit gets you an entire 2-piece outfit! This kids clothing subscription service is fun!  How does it work? It really is simple and easy. Every month they give you an adorable selection of clothes for your child. Take a super easy style quiz for your child. You will answer questions about the kind of clothes your child will like and they will ask you what their fashion style is. They are completely affordable! Check it out: Outfits are $29.95 and styles start at $14.95. Lydia received this adorable Heart Pop Outfit this month! 
 This outfit is so cute on her! She loves it with her pink shoes! I love how it looks on her! She said it is comfortable too! This outfit comes in XXS-XL and you can get the leggings in pretty much any color. I love the black though because to ME, it makes the outfit! Overall, I am still a happy customer! Check out past reviews that I have done for them!  Color Crush , Toucan Twirl Outfit , Funtime Outfit , Stripe Bright Outfit, Varsity Outfit, & Lead Singer Outfit Visit the Fab Kids website to see other products they have to offer. Did you know a FabKids subscription would make an awesome gift in a stocking this year? *Hint Hint* to those looking for gifts!  Be sure to stay in the loop via their social media! Thanks for reading!
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