• Edible Christmas Ornaments! How fun and EASY! Click Me.
  • These Holiday heart suckers are too cute! Check out how to make them!
  • No-Bake Holiday Snack Bark! So delicious!
  • Holiday Candy! So easy you can DIY! Festive & Giftable too! Click to see!
  • These meringue kisses melt in your mouth! Click to see how-to!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November 2015 GeekFuel- Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Fallout & More!

It is that time again! I love receiving these Geek Fuel boxes every month! I love being an Ambassador and sharing my monthly features with all of you. If you haven't heard of Geek Fuel, they are an awesome geek monthly subscription box that contains PURE geeky awesomeness. When you get your box every month, you will get a guaranteed exclusive t-shirt and game code! Check out this month's box!
I received GHOSTBUSTERS playing cards! These are so cool, because the King, Queens, Jacks and such have characters from the movie on them!
Adorable! These are PAC-MAN salt & pepper shakers! How cute are they?! 
Fallout security card. On the back, there's an ID and # to see if you are an instant winner. SO COOL!
Every month you get a GeekFuel magazine! It has everything to do with that months box, and if you take a picture of yourself with the #GeekFuel, wearing your T-Shirt- you can be featured!
Every month, you get an exclusive tshirt! Mine was Star Wars themed.  I think it is too COOL!
We all know November is The Hunger Games month! I already put one of these on my laptop!
Every month, you get a game code too! This month is comes with a mini book. How neat!
Lastly, I received a War Never Changes Propaganda Poster. 
Want to buy? You can subscribe monthly, three months, 6 months or 1 year. 1 Month is $17.90 + $6 S&H / month. You can also cancel at any time. Check out Geek Fuel and join today! This will make the perfect gift for the "geek" in your family, or keep for yourself too! I know that I love it! Be sure to visit them on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest! 
WIN IT: One reader is going to win a DECEMBER GeekFuel Box! Giveaway is open to the USA! Giveaway ends 12/20! See footer for complete rules. Enter below. Goodluck! 
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received a complimentary box to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

'Tis The Season With Sephora! So many New & Exclusive Limited Edition Products! Check it out!

*The Small Things received products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own*
I love all things girly! With Christmas around the corner, I know that many of you are looking for THAT perfect gift! Consider shopping at Sephora this Holiday Season! If you are living under a rock, and haven't heard of Sephora, Sephora is not only the leading chain of perfume and cosmetics stores in France, but also a powerful beauty presence in countries around the world. I want to share with you several items that will "WOW" that special lady in your life this year!
The Exclusive & New Limited Edition First Aid Beauty Peace, Joy & FAB KitA five-piece set featuring FAB’s top-selling skincare solutions to hydrate, renew, and revive skin for an all over healthy-looking, happy complexion. ($54) $104 Value.
New & Exclusive- Limited Edition Tocca Beauty Eau de Parfum Wardrobe Gift SetDiscover the beauty, charm, and elegance of the Tocca collection with this set of six dabbers that embrace every aspect of femininity.  ($42) $52 Value.
Exclusive New Limited Edition Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin DuoA giftable duo featuring full-size Lipair Mint and travel-size Ceramidin Oil Balm for dry and chapped lips and skin. ($18) $23.75 Value. 
Exclusive New Limited Edition MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Gloss CollectionA set featuring 12 full-size Artist Plexi-Glosses in a variety of sheer and opaque shades. ($150) $228 Value.
Exclusive New Limited Edition Lancôme My French Noel PaletteA sleek, all-in-one holiday palette to create the ultimate holiday look. $65
New Exclusive Limited Edition Bite Beauty Bite Mix and Mingle. *Confection/Marmalade* ($14) $24 Value.
Exclusive New Limited Edition Formula X Bottle Service SetA limited-edition 10-piece mini nail polish set with bestselling bold and neutral shades featured in premium champagne bottle packaging. ($36.50)
Tarte Blush Set (Link not online yet) ($44) $100 Value
Excluive New Limited Edition SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Shine Holographic Lip GelA lip gel with a 3D shine that reflects light and a shimmer formula that was specially designed for the holiday season. $14
Exclusive New Limited Edition GLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Dazzling Hydration SetThe perfect gift set featuring three mud treatments with a sleek application brush for dazzling, hydrated, glowing skin. ($69) $127 Value.
Exclusive New Limited Edition Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x Essentials Kit. A Sephora-exclusive, limited-edition set that includes everything you need for effective at-home hair removal. ($449) $469 Value. Overall, I love everything that I received! Shop Sephora this Holiday Season! You won't regret it! You can also visit their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest! 
Will Sephora be a part of your Holiday Shopping this year?! I would love to hear about it! 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Tell Me YOUR Holiday Traditions and Enter To Win a Hickory Farms Gift Basket! #HickoryTradition #SPON

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.  
Hickory Farms is America’s most famous holiday food gift brand, enjoyed by holiday shoppers seeking the perfect gifts for family and friends for over 60 years. I remember my parents getting these all the time when I was growing up! My husband LOVES anything from them, too! Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories. 
One of my favorite traditions that we do with our daughter, Lydia is visiting ICE! at Gaylord every year. After we visit, we always go to Jellystone park and drive through a Christmas light show! It is always SO magical. My daughter has a BLAST. It is one of those traditions that we plan to do as long as they keep having it. I also love the tradition of getting a Hickory Farms Gift Basket every year! I received a gift basket that I LOVE!
 This basket from their Reserve Collection  is valued at $50. It is called the Hickory Farms Reserve Cheddar Flight Gift Basket. It comes with: 7 oz. Dry Salami, 5 oz. Smoked Garlic Cheddar(2), 5 oz. 3 Year Aged Cheddar, 5 oz. Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika. (WINE AND GLASS NOT INCLUDED)
(Disclaimer: Wine and glass not included in the basket)
It is also so delicious paired with a glass of wine! My husband loves their cheese products!
(Disclaimer: Wine and glass not included in the basket)
According to a national survey, nearly half of American adults agree that the holiday shopping season officially starts when they see Hickory Farms arrive at their local mall Hickory Farms helps people appreciate shared moments that are worth embracing and passing down through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones. Where can you purchase? Hickory Farms’ food gifts are available at Holiday Market locations nationwide, on hickoryfarms.com and at leading retailers. Visit their website to see what other products they have to offer! You can also visit their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below!
Hickory Farms on Facebook | Hickory Farms on Twitter | Hickory Farms on Pinterest
Win it: One lucky reader is going to win the same basket that I received! The Hickory Farms Reserve Cheddar Flight Gift Basket(Disclaimer: Wine and glass not included) Giveaway is open to the USA. Giveaway ends 12/19. If you have won this giveaway on another blog, you are not eligible. See footer for complete rules. (note - winner’s gift cannot be shipped to a PO Box address). Hickory Farms will ship the gift directly to the winner by January 31, 2015. Hickory Farms will make all attempts to send winner the advertised giveaway gift. If gift is unavailable at time of fulfillment, HickoryFarms will replace it with a gift of equal or greater value. Enter below. Goodluck! 

#DowntonAbbey Is Coming To #WorldMarket! #DoTheDownton #WorldMarketTribe #ad

*This is a sponsored post on the behalf of Cost Plus World Market. The Small Things is a part of the #WorldMarketTribe and received gift cards in return for this post*
I just want to say, it is almost time for Downton Abbey to come back on, for its final season! I will be glued to my TV screen every week, come January! I am so thrilled to share with you an AMAZING collaboration! Did you know that Cost Plus World Market and Downton Abbey are working together on a sweepstakes, Black Friday Giveaway AND Cost Plus World Market will be carrying Downton Abbey items! Not to mention, a virtual tea party! I am STOKED! Check out my top 10 Downton Abbey Cost Plus World Market product picks below! I will be purchasing these products to have my OWN tea party soon! (Be on the lookout in December for that post.)
There are so many more Downton Abbey Gifts that you can check out on their website, or in store too!

That's not it! Check out the image above! These Black Friday Deals are awesome! Beginning Friday, 11/27 through Sunday, 11/29 Cost Plus World Market will be giving away an Exclusive Downton Abbey Tea Cup in Gift Box to the first 100 in-store customers. (new design each day). No purchase necessary, must be 18 years old, one per person. From Friday, 11/27 – Sunday 11/29, Cost Plus World Market is offering Exclusive Downton Abbey Tote Bags as a gift with a $20 in-store purchase. New tote bag each day. While supplies last. I am going to look like a crazy lady waiting by the door when they open each day! 
I am crazy for Downton Abbey! Speaking of Tea Parties, as mentioned in the beginning of this post, JOIN US for a virtual tea party and #DoTheDownton!  On Sunday, December 6th, Cost Plus World Market will be hosting a virtual “Do The Downton” Tea Party. We’re asking our fans to participate in the event by posting photos of themselves “Do the Downton” to win prizes. This event is going on all day!  Get that pinky up, snap a selfie of you drinking from a tea cup, and caption it with the hashtag- #DoTheDownton! Check out the details on how to participate and RSVP! Mrs. Pattmore (Lesley Nicol) would also like to personally invite you! 
I hope to see you there! As mentioned above, stay on the lookout for my very own Downton Abbey tea party post! Thanks so much for reading! Be sure to visit Cost Plus World Market on their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below.
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Wow Your Guests With These #DIY Adorable & Edible Christmas Ornaments!

I am so excited that Christmas is almost here! It is super exciting! Before I had a family, I dreaded this time of the year. My husband's family always makes it amazing. I love being crafty and making new things. We also love ornaments. I have an amazing idea to share with you! Check it out for yourself!
These ornaments are simple to make! You only a few items to make these too! 
What all you need:
  • Parchment Paper (not pictured)
  • Metal Christmas Cookie cutters 
  • A bag of ROUND peppermints 
  • Ribbon 
  • Treat Bags
  • Toothpicks
If you want to decorate these, you also need:
  • Wilton Decorating Icing in Verde Kelly 
  • Wilton Decorating Icing in Red
  • Wilton Decorating Icing in Blanco
  • Wilton Tip Set #3 round and #16 open star 
  • Coulper Rings 
How to make these cute ornaments!
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350*. 
  2. GREASE your cookie cutters with no stick spray.
  3. Estimate how many peppermints you need by roughly placing enough to fill the cookie cutters. The peppermints will expand when they melt. You can see the first photo below to see what I am talking about.
  4. Place in the oven and bake 5-7 minutes- just enough to melt flat. Keep an eye on it and do not let it bubble. 
  5. IMMEDIATELY when they are done, place the cookie cutter in the middle of your melted yumminess!
  6. I let them sit about 2 minutes and took a toothpick and swirled it in a small circle to make a hole.
  7. After about 10 minutes of sitting, I broke away the peppermint around the cookie cutters and popped the candy out of the middle. If they are not completely hardened, you can place in the freezer.
  8. If you choose to decorate, Pipe your frosting and place back in the freezer. 
  9. Add your ribbon and place in the little gift bags! 
  10. If you choose to put these on your tree, and DO NOT plan to eat them,  I recommend a sealant.
These ornaments are completely adorable! You can make them your own!
 You can choose to leave them plain, or add any cute piping and names! Another idea would be to make them edible gift tags or even edible place cards on plates for your Holiday dinner this year! 
 I had such a blast making them! I let the kids eat these because I plan to make more closer to Christmas.
 They look so cute and festive! 
I hope you enjoyed checking these out! I had a blast making these to show all of you! Do you think this is something you would like to try? I would love to hear!
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

#DIY- #Holiday Heart Suckers In A Jar #Gift Idea!

My 9 year old and I LOVE to be crafty. I was browsing Pinterest last week and became inspired to try so many new things. I want to share those new things with you! As you have seen, I have been posting so many gift in a jar ideas! (They can all be found via the DIY/Recipes tab). I want to share with you how to make holiday heart suckers- with mini candy canes! Check out what all you need below!

How to make it:
One bag of melts will fill 17 hearts! One jar will hold 6.

  • Lay out your parchment paper on a cookie sheet and open 34 candy canes and form hearts with them. 
  • Place lollipop sticks in the middle of the hearts (see photo below)
  • Melt candy melts in a microwavable bowl at 30 second intervals until melted.
  • Pour carefully into a ziplock bag and cut the end with scissors.
  • Fill each heart and immediately add sprinkles in the middle.
  • Allow to harden for an hour or pop in the freezer for 10 minutes!
  • Place in treat bags and tie with ribbon
  • You can put foam in the bottom of a ball canning jar, and place 6 in a jar. Tie ribbon on the jar and go gift!
This is such an inexpensive gift idea and SUPER CUTE too! Check out the process below in photos for yourself!  
 Lydia took a picture of me filling the hearts. 
 This is right out of the freeze. They are so cute! 
 These little hearts are so festive and adorable. You can use different colors of candy melts too.
Lydia had so much fun helping me make these. The best part of it, IT IS SO EASY and takes 20 minutes TOPS!
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Gaylord Opryland {ICE! The Nutcracker} So Much Fun!

It has been a tradition for three years now to go to Opryland around the holidays. We are always excited to see what the theme of ICE! is going to be. For 2015, ICE! is a Nutcracker theme! ICE! The Nutcracker, is brought to life in TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including two-story tall ice slides. This awe-inspiring experience concludes with the wonder and majesty of a full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice. It is all part of A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland featuring:
  • Walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees
  • Two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures
  • Four ice slides
  • Six individual rooms depicting the story of The Nutcracker
  • The Frostbite Factory — a live carving zone
  • Full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice

Our family had the chance to go, and I am so excited to share my photos with you! There were SO many, I had to make several collages! It was SO fun seeing the story come to life in these sculptures! I am always so amazed at how they did it! Forty artisans from Harbin, China are hand-carving magnificent ice sculptures and two-story ice slides. ICE!, presented by Pepsi, also features The Frostbite Factory, where guests can see the ice artisans in action.

 We had so much fun and it was an experience like no other! There was even an Ice bar!  Guests age 21 and over can chill out at On The Blocks—the exclusive bar inside ICE! This upgrade includes a sampling of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream and Goose Island Beer, plus a Maker’s Mark or Absolut specialty drink, or Hidden Crush Cabernet or Chardonnay, in a souvenir glass. Ambient lighting, music and fun photo opportunities set the mood for this unique VIP experience.
Lydia loved the sugar plum fairies! I think everything is so beautiful! 
 As you can see above, you can go down ICE SLIDES! Lydia went down over and over again! SO FUN! 
Every year, they have the beautiful nativity scene too! So gorgeous! Did you know they have a Gingerbread Decorating Corner sponsored by PEEPS®?! We bought a decorating kit to take home, and met te gingerbread man! SO CUTE! You can have a VIP guided tour, and even POP THE QUESTION! Check out that package! Oh my that would have been SO romantic if it happened to me! Prices vary for tickets. You can see those below! Purchase HERE
You can see more about Combo Tickets, VIP prices and more via their website! For more chilly fun, guests can brave the hills of the Arctic Plunge Snow Tubing attraction — an extreme six- lane tubing hill covered in 1.5 million pounds of real snow — or visit Glacier Glide Ice Skating, a 6,000 square foot outdoor ice rink. New for 2015 is Santa’s Snowball Toss, a carnival-style game to test guests’ aim. Check out ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com for more amazing fun. Overall- we had a BLAST~ Be sure to bundle up if you go! They also have the blue parkas that you have to wear while you are inside. They supply, of course! You can also visit the website to see which Gaylord near you has the ICE! Event! Be sure to follow Gaylord Opryland Resort on their social media to stay up to date with the latest! 

Have you ever been to an ICE! experience? I would love to hear about it! 
Check out the last two years experience here- ICE! Frosty The Snowman, ICE! 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. Like this post? Share via one of the buttons below! Thanks for reading!