Friday, July 21, 2017

July Swago US


Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Monday, July 24th at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.    

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in our Rewards Store. 

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

I love my Milano Collection Human Hair Wig! Read My Review!

*The Small Things received a wig to facilitate this review*

I am so stoked to share with you a brand that has changed my life. Milano Collection Premium Wigs. I have had thin hair most of my adult life. It is hereditary. I have also had a past of bleaching my hair, and coloring my hair odd colors. This has caused so much damage and it has caused me to be self-conscious. I am stoked to share with you that I was able to get a human hair wig and it is gorgeous! Milano Collection Wigs carries a wide variety of premium wigs and products.  

Each wig is designed and hand sewn with amazing detail. 
Their mission: Our mission at Milano Collection Wigs is to combine premium quality wigs, cutting edge fashion and common sense value. We strive to make you look and feel your absolute best; whether you wear a wig for medical, religious or fashion purposes, it should always enhance your appearance and confidence.
View my video below to see me tell you about it and getting emotional on camera about it.
 I received one of their wigs and I am in AWE. This wig is the Milano PT 22/24. It is custom rooted (custom colored). Their website has everything you need to know about wigs, however, I am going to tell you specifically about this one. 
There are many different cap options when it comes to getting a wig. My Milano wig has clips and two combs. It also has a closed wefted cap. The top has a part that resembles scalp. It the back has a stretch material and the wefts are sewn on. It has ear tabs too.  
I recommend that you wear a Wigrip Comfort Band with your wig. It comes in three colors. It holds your wig in place, prevents balding and it GREAT for hair-loss, alopecia, and chemo/cancer patients. If you don't have hair to grip your wig onto, this is ideal for you! They also have a new Milano GripCap that you can check out too. I am in love with my human hair wig.
Here is a picture of me dolled up in my wig. At Milano, you can get different styles and colors of wigs. You can get from their pre-cut gallery or you can get your wig and wear it as is, or have it styled. They even offer services for your wig. Services include: Wash, color services, highlights, rooting, and more! View a full list of their services on their website. It is recommended you wash your wig if you wear it daily every 3 weeks.

I recommend Milano for those suffering from hair loss. Why? Their products are a great fit for you.  I suffer from thinning hair and this wig has been life changing for me! This wig seems like I don't even have one on! It looks so real that it is mind blowing! I just can't believe it! 

They even offer wigs for kids! That is right! I am in awe of this. This is perfect for children suffering from medical conditions. Visit Milano Collection Wigs to learn more. They have a 14 Day Money Back Guarantee, Worldwide Shipping, and they even FINANCE! I feel confident in my new wig and I know that you will too! I can't wait to try out more looks and styles with my wig! Visit Milano on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest. Check out a showroom location near you too! 

What style wig will you choose? I would love to hear!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tough Mudder is coming to Nashville! Get ready!

For reference, Tough Mudder is the leader in obstacle racing/ mud run events and will travel throughout the United States in 2017 with its 10-12 mile Tough Mudder and the new Tough Mudder Half (a less intense 5 mile course challenge designed to test teamwork and grit). This is a great way to get in shape and have fun when doing it. I am stoked to announce that they will be in Nashville soon! Before I tell you the date, let's get more familiar with what Tough Mudder is!
Here is the course map for reference.

3 MILES, 10 AWESOME OBSTACLES
Tough Mudder 5K ain’t no ordinary fun run. You’ll conquer 10 best-in-class teamwork obstacles on your way to the finish line, and you’ll have the time of your life along the way. Reach for the sky as you conquer Everest 2.0, climb stacks of fellow Mudders to outsmart Pyramid Scheme, and swing your way to victory on Ape Shit. It’s a party on the pavement, and the whole team’s invited.

TEAM TOUGH
Tough Mudder 5K isn’t a race -- no timing chips or first-place medals here. Whether you arrive as a team or solo, you’ll experience the camaraderie and sportsmanship that make all Tough Mudder events so special. And you’ll be a member of the biggest, baddest team on planet: Mudder Nation.

DOWNTOWN VENUE, CHALLENGING COURSE
Get ready to tackle tough in Nashville's most iconic downtown venue. Tough Mudder 5K is setting up shop at Nissan Stadium in the heart of downtown Nashville, minutes from Broadway. Don’t miss your chance to lock in your best weekend of the season at Tough Mudder 5K.

Q&A to answer any questions you may have

What's the number one piece of training advice you'd give a newbie that's training for Tough Mudder virgins?

When training for a Tough Mudder, people often forget that you are not only training to conquer the obstacles that are out there, but also the 10-12 mile run that goes along with it. A lot of people focus on the obstacles and forget that there is a fair amount of running as well, so it’s important to incorporate a healthy dose of both endurance and strength training into your regime. Whenever you can, get outside and train, whether it is in your local park or you head out on the trails, it is beneficial to run on the terrain that you will be likely participating on. Tough Mudder events are about teamwork at the end of the day, so train with a friend or partner whenever you can to keep each other accountable and motivated. The motivation of having another person there will help guarantee you get to the gym or get outside to get the workout in.  

Do you think beginner runners could run TM? How many months before the event should I start training?

Yes, beginner runners can absolutely run in a Tough Mudder – you should start training ASAP. With the right training, preparation and mental grit, we believe nearly anyone can do a Tough Mudder. If you’re on the fence about doing the 10-12 mile Tough Mudder Full, or if obstacles with ice cold water or electricity aren’t your thing – we get it. We’ve recently introduced the Tough Mudder Half, which is a 5-mile version, designed to provide a more accessible challenge, without some of the more daunting obstacles you may have heard of. This is a great opportunity for those new to endurance sports or on the fence about the Tough Mudder Full.  

Trail running is a great way to prepare for Tough Mudder because the terrain at events is nothing like running on pavement or the treadmill.  

Keep in mind that you’re not training for a marathon, and it’s totally okay if you walk between obstacles; you’ll have plenty of time to rest between obstacles, so work on your sprints and interval running instead of focusing on grinding away on long distances. One of the great things about Tough Mudder is that it’s not a race, so take time in between obstacles to talk with your team, get to know and give a helping hand to fellow Mudders, and rest so you can conserve energy to enable you to finish the course and crush the obstacles.

Finally, don’t forget about that upper body strength as well. Not only will you need your legs to carry you, your grip strength is needed for many of our amazing obstacles. Find a pull up bar and get to work.

How many days a week should someone training for TM workout and what should be their focus?

The golden number I go by for training is 3x per week. You can do more than that if you’re comfortable, but don’t jump into a fitness routine that’s too extreme because it’s easy to overexert yourself. Giving your body time to recover is just as important as training. Take the time to rest, recover and rehydrate.

Make sure you create a training schedule (the Tough Mudder website is a great place to start) and stick to it. You’ll want your training to including a healthy dose of endurance and cardio training, and weight training. It’s easy to focus just on the running, but don’t forget that those obstacles are no joke. Make sure you’re physically prepared; factor in moves that strengthen your grip, upper body and core as well. Check out Tough Mudder’s training guides and online workout videos for weekly and daily tips, as well as obstacle-specific moves to help you prepare for the course.

Let's say someone doesn't have a gym to workout in...what type of exercises can they do at home? Bonus points if it utilizes children for additional weight. ;)

You don’t need a fancy gym membership or expensive workout machines to train for a Tough Mudder. Get outside, run, do sit ups, play with your kids, carry the groceries in from the car, do dips on a park bench… That’s the best part about training for a Tough Mudder. Whether it’s Tough Mudder or Tough Mudder Half, they’re so much fun on event day that you should make training for them fun too. Your basic body weight exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, dips, pull-ups, etc. are some of the best exercises you can do. Train creative, have fun and try something new.  

Strength and endurance seem key to rocking TM. What types of workouts are best to help boost both strength and endurance?

The best kind of training for Tough Mudder or similar events is to do movements that are obstacle-specific. There are a few Tough Mudder obstacles where grip strength is important, like Funky Monkey – The Revolution, so I recommend heading to a park or playground to practice on the monkey bars. You can do a variety of exercises to increase grip strength, like pull-ups, chin-ups, tricep dips, and even moving across the monkey bar laterally or backwards to mix up your routine. For an obstacle like Everest 2.0, where you’re running up a slicked quarter-pipe to reach the top, box jumps are a great way to train and build the momentum you’ll need.

There are tons of exercises you can practice at the park using basic playground equipment. Bring a few friends and get a good workout outside.  

What obstacle(s) do people struggle with the most? Tips?

The unique thing about Tough Mudder is that it’s impossible to say which obstacle is the toughest. For someone who’s afraid of heights, Everest 2.0 might seem really daunting, but for someone who has less upper-body strength, Funky Monkey 2.0 or Skidmarked could be really challenging. Sometimes it’s the mental grit that gets to you more than everything else. For obstacles that require grip or upper-body strength, do obstacle-specific movements that mimic those obstacles. Work on strengthening your back and ‘pulling muscles’ as many of the obstacles require good upper-body strength. Moves like pull-ups, dumbbell curls, Dumbbell Rows and push-ups will strengthen your arms, chest, lats and shoulders.

Let's talk about Electroshock Therapy. Is it as intimidating as it looks?

The Electroshock Therapy obstacle is one of our most popular and infamous obstacles. Electroshock Therapy is the final obstacle before the finish line, which requires less physical strength and a lot of  "Mental Grit", something that Tough Mudder is known for.  That being said, it is still incredibly safe and tends to be one of the obstacles people rave about the most after they complete a Tough Mudder. Nothing says ‘bragging rights’ like being able to say you’ve run through live wires charged with 10,000 volts of electricity. Obstacles like Electroshock Therapy are the epitome of Tough Mudder’s motto, “escaping the ordinary” which encourages people to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. Not into electricity? Check out Tough Mudder Half, which leaves out some of those more daunting obstacles yet still packs in plenty of Tough Mudder thrills. You’ll finish any of Tough Mudder’s events feeling a huge sense of accomplishment, and you’ll earn an ice cold beer, a coveted Tough Mudder headband and a performance finisher tee from our presenting partner, Merrell.   

Any diet recommendations for training?

Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial to finish a Tough Mudder. Make sure you are fueling your body with the right foods prior to event day. Eat clean proteins and fats, but don’t cut out important carbs. Get rid of white bread but be sure to fuel up on things like brown rice, sweet potatoes, plenty of water and electrolytes – you’re going to need it when you come up on challenging obstacles like Everest 2.0 or Pyramid Scheme, presented by Merrell. Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. It is easy to forget to hydrate when you’re jumping in and out of mud pools and your caked in mud, but to keep from cramping on the longer runs and tougher obstacles, it’s crucial to make sure your hydrated. Don’t be afraid to stop at the fueling stations on course for a quick rest and to recharge.

A note to the wise: Training harder is not an excuse to eat whatever you want. Nutrition is critical and you’ll need that energy on the course, so make sure you’re eating foods that nourish your body.

It can be either stifling hot or freezing cold in June when TM is in my state. How do I prepare for the possible temperatures, especially with a very wet and muddy course?

My favorite shoe to train in are the Merrell All Out Crush because they’re designed with a specific purpose – a purpose to crush it on the Tough Mudder course, while draining water quickly and shedding mud to maximize your grip. Merrell also has a great line of apparel for men and women that is ideal for your workouts, whether it’s trail running, hiking or a work out in the park, they’re my go-to brand. Once you do your first Tough Mudder or Tough Mudder Half, you'll get the coveted Merrell finisher tee, which is great for training or taking on your next event. The lightweight tee features Merrell's M Select™ WICK technology to combat sweat and dry quickly – perfect for forging through water, barbed wire, and rugged terrain.

It’s always a good idea to train in similar gear as what you plan to participate in. You don’t want to train in baggy or cotton based clothing as those are some of the worst things to wear during a Tough Mudder. The baggy clothes will weigh you down as soon as you get wet and muddy, and the cotton won’t dry keeping you cold and wet throughout the race.
The Details:
Touch Mudder is coming to Nashville August 12, 2017 for 5k, September 16 & 17 for Tough Mudder FULL (12 miles 20 obstacles) and Tough Mudder HALF (5 miles 13 obstacles)

Where:

Nissan Stadium 1 Titans Way Nashville , TN , 37213

Prices for 5K
Go HERE to get your tickets for the first event. Prices vary! You can also register to be a volunteer and run for as little as $20!

Location for Full and half: Neal Farms 1000 Murphy Lane Lebanon , TN , 37090
September 16 & 17 for Tough Mudder FULL (12 miles 20 obstacles)
Get Your Tickets HERE.

Tough Mudder HALF (5 miles 13 obstacles)

Get Your Tickets HERE.

All of the info you need is on their website. Be sure to visit their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest.


Are you going to register and participate? I would love to hear! Comment below and let me know!!

Get 25% Back when you spend $50 at Kohl's

Swagbucks has a deal where you can get 25% back when you spend $50 at Kohl’s, and that's before any deals you'll get through Kohl's Cash. 

Here's how you take advantage of this deal: 

1. Click here and sign up for Swagbucks if you haven't already. Make sure you create your "Swag Name" after you sign up. 
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That's all you need to do to secure your 1250 SB credit, which is equal to $12.50 - that's 25% back on your purchase. If you already have a Swagbucks account, you can get a $50 Kohl’s gift card for 4650 SB, a 7% discount of the usual price.  

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try. You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.


Tomato Superstar- Fun Clothes & Accessories To Allow Your Daughter To Be The Superstar She's Destined To Be!

*The Small Things received a complimentary dress to facilitate this post*


My daughter is 10 and she will be 11 in September. I have been showing her that it is okay to be yourself and express herself. She loves to express herself through her clothing. I came across a brand called Tomato Superstar and this brand has the cutest clothing and accessories. They allow girls to be the superstar that they are destined to be. "Our collection of fun clothes and accessories grow with them to bring out their originality and express their free spirit." 
I picked out a dress to feature here on The Small Things and I am so happy that I did. The quality is amazing! It is VERY well made and my kiddo LOVES IT. We picked out the Blooming Beauty Dress in Pink. They had so many dresses to choose from, however, this was what she loved the most! 
This dress has a long and flared skirt. She loved it and would not stop twirling around in it. The top half is embroidered and the back is stretchy. It also has adjustable straps. This dress is 100% cotton. As you can see above, the detail is gorgeous on this dress!
 Lydia told me that she feels like a princess in this dress and I agree, she looks like one!
This dress comes in a size 2-12!! Lydia is in a 14-16 and a 12 fit PERFECTLY! They do recommend to size down. Not only should you purchase from this brand because their products are just the cutest, but you should because of the cause they support! For every item purchased at Tomato Superstar, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Invisible Girl Project.

The Invisible Girl Project (IGP) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based out of the U.S. that seeks to END the atrocity of gendercide in India. 
Please learn more at: www.invisiblegirlproject.org
It is a WIN-WIN! You get a gorgeous product and you support a great cause! 

Overall, I am so thrilled with this dress and the quality! This can be worn at any event, or "just because"! She can't wear these straps to school, so I am going to get a short sleeve jean jacket to wear with it! It is versatile. Shop now! You won't regret it! Free shipping on orders over $100 too! Be sure to visit their social media below to stay up to date with the latest! Thanks for reading!



Friday, July 14, 2017

Sweet Treat Team Challenge - US


On your marks, get set, EARN! Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge called the "Swagathlon" to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, July 17th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, July 14th!

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting June 17th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 

Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before August 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, July 21st at 2pm PT and will expire on Friday, August 4th at 11:59pm PT.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Foodies! Join this amazing community!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

If you love food, a major manufacturer in the food industry wants to hear from you! Do not miss this opportunity to help create innovation and change to the FOOD industry!

This major manufacturer has partnered with C Space to create a private online community, for people like you, to give feedback and influence their product development decisions. The goal of the Foodie community is for this major manufacturer to gain a greater understanding of the primary grocery shopper’s needs and the challenges and to help them decide where improvements can be made to enhance the food purchasing experience for their consumers. 

Those who qualify for membership will be invited to join this exclusive virtual community. Members will be asked to give their opinions and impressions on a variety of interesting lifestyle and grocery related topics. Your feedback will be heard by major food industry manufacturer executives and will make a difference!

BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS:
• Fast and Easy – Share your opinions in just 5-10 minutes a week
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• Earn Rewards – Make your opinions worth something and earn rewards Amazon gift codes

Membership is by invitation only and spots are filling up fast for the Foodie community, so take this quick survey today to see if you qualify:http://bit.ly/2umkmv0

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Walmart's Scorching Summer Savings

Walmart is running huge deals all week long on everything from clothing and jewelry to home electronics, grills, and toys, and Swagbucks is offering 6% cash back (in the form of SB Points) for every dollar you spend through Sunday. Whatever you need this summer, now's the time to buy it and get rewarded for doing it.

Just click here to take advantage of these deals. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, you can also do that at this page and start earning points towards your first free gift card. As a bonus, if you sign up through me a spend at least $25 shopping online through Swagbucks before the first of the month and you'll get a 200 SB bonus - that's $2 in addition to the points you get for each dollar you spend.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Come and learn how Max, my Maltipoo stays calm with Therabis! #GrabTheLeash #Sponsored

This post is sponsored by Therabis™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Therabis - Hemp wellness products to help your dog with itching, anxiety and joint mobility. The Small Things only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Therabis is not responsible for the content of this article.
Anxiety. I have it. My life is taken over by it. I realized my Maltipoo, Max also has it. He shakes, he cries. Car trips are pure hell with him because of it. He also has TERRIBLE separation anxiety. This poor baby shakes like a leaf and makes himself sick. It is awful. I used to have to hold him and rock him like a baby. It makes me cry at times because I know how he feels. It is bad for me so I know it has to be bad for him. When it comes to our fur babies, anxiety can be caused by a ton of things!

I came across a new product that I am in love with, and I know he has to be in love with it because it WORKS. It is called Therabis™.


What is Therabis™? It is a miracle for my pet. Therabis™ keeps my Max calm. Therabis offers 3 different formulas to support different health needs safely, naturally and effectively: Calm and Quiet, Up And Moving and Stop The Itch. Max received Calm and Quiet for obvious reasons. This helped so much when it stormed and when the fireworks were going off this year too! Check out this short video:



About the product:

Therabis is a hemp-based CBD (cannabinoid) supplement. This product is backed by 25 years of veterinary expertise. This is NOT like THC. CBD and THC are two different things. Despite common misconceptions, hemp is not another euphemism for marijuana. In fact, hemp and marijuana are two very different plants. It does NOT cause your dog to be high. It does NOT create a psychoactive effect. In fact, Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp! How does it work? It interacts with your pet's endocannabinoid system. This is the central regulatory system known to affect bodily processes such as digestion, mood and even sleep. 


Hemp has been bred to fulfill industrial applications like fiber, paper and nutrition, and contains less than .3% THC by law, which is why neither people nor dogs experience a high when they consume hemp-derived products! This product gets sprinkled over his food! The formula combines whole-plant cannabinoids from hemp with L-Theanine (from green tea) to keep your dog at his or her social and emotional best for a happier, healthier pet

 Therabis is available in 3 different sizes and for subscription delivery. It comes in easy-to-use single-serving sachets. A 30 pack like I received is only $31.50! That is a DEAL. You don't need to go to the vet to get it! You can get it directly on their website!

They also have a treat formula for your pet on their website now too! Overall, I am SO excited that Therabis helps Max be himself again. My dog loves this and I love it because he is calm! You will notice a HUGE difference in your pet when they try Therabis. It made me cry seeing how calm it made him because I was not used to it. Therabis is going to be our go-to for now on. Learn more about Therabis on their website. You can find a store near you that sells it too! Visit Therabis on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below:



Now that you have heard about Therabis and the amazing benefits, would you consider trying this for your pet? Tell me in the comments below, I would love to hear! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Therabis™. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Show Teacher Appreciation With A Touch Of Dazzle!

It is back to school season where we live.  I thought that we would put a smile on Lydia's teachers face for the start of the year with a gift. When I came across A Touch of Dazzle, I was amazed at the selection of unique, beautiful, high-quality (and affordable!) fashion jewelry. If you haven't heard of them, you are missing out. 
A Touch of Dazzle offers makes fashion earrings, lockets, bracelets, and necklaces and more.They have a selection of products for all occasions! I was thrilled to see they had a selection of keychain lockets and a few necklace lockets for back to school. My daughter is in 4th grade this year, so trying to find something that was "just right" was really what I wanted to do. I saw this locket and fell in love.
This floating charm locket is the perfect gift. Floating lockets are trendy right now, and she can use the keychain wherever she pleases. I like that it came with the "4th Grade Rox!" plate as well as three colored stones and three floating charms. The globe, school bus and stack of books with an apple is just perfect.
The locket opens on the right to take out or add more charms if she wants to as well. 
The colors are perfect for that back to school vibe. It is a cute product and I can't wait to hear Lydia tell me how she liked it. 
I am pleased that it comes in a cute gift box and it is perfect! The quality of this locket is great and it is not cheaply made at all. I love the quality in the product. If you want to score this particular locket for yourself, you can do so HERE for $29.99! That is a steal! Other brands cost almost double, if not more than that. Visit the Back To School collection on their website and see the other cute lockets they have to offer. Be sure to check out A Touch of Dazzle overall, because there is something for every occasion! You can also visit A Touch of Dazzle on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest!