Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sony’s New Noise Canceling Headphones Will Be A HIT This Holiday! #ad, @SonyElectronics @BestBuy

Christmas will literally be here before you know it. Did you know that Best Buy has something for everyone when it comes to gifts this year? I recently found a product that my family is going to love! Sony has some pretty amazing headphones that they came out with this year! Sony’s New Industry Leading Noise Canceling WH-1000XM3 Headphones are going to be the new "must have" this year!

One thing that I love about them is the fact they have up to 30 hours of battery life! NO CORDS! NO MESS!  They are also able to be quick charged with five hours of playback in just 10 minutes. 

The specs for these headphones are just phenomenal! Check it out: 

  • Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation.
  • Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies.
  • All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time.
  • Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly.

Visit Best Buy HERE to purchase these headphones. You can also visit their store and look for the people in the blue shirts to help you find them! Visit Best Buy on their social channels below to stay up to date with the latest! 

Find out more about your feline friend with Basepaws!

Thank you to Basepaws for providing a DNA test for review! 
I have seen DNA tests for humans and DNA tests for dogs but when I seen there was one available for our kitty Won Ton, I was stoked! I had NO clue they had one out there. Brandon has always wondered why he looks like a baby panther and with Basepaws we can get an in depth look at his DNA to see what he is! When the sample arrives at their facility in LA, they take the DNA out of it with a chemical extraction process. Your cat’s DNA contains more than 20,000 genes, which are spelled out in a unique genetic code that is around 2,700,000,000 letters (nucleotide bases) long. Basepaws takes this DNA and uses sequencing machines to read and record these letters.

Won Ton was thrilled to get his kitty DNA test kit in the mail today! (Fun fact- Won Ton got his name for his love for fortune cookies!) We think he is a Bombay!!! 
How does it work?
It comes with a prepaid envelope, two strips that you get hair from and some cute swag!  When you get your kit, grab the numbers and register it immediately! Then you simply place the tape on your cat with the tag facing the tail. Give him a good rub and remove, repeat with the other.
Won Ton wasn't happy about it but we were able to get it done! After you are done- place them facing in toward each other in the envelope and drop it in the mail! Your results will be in within 2-6 months. They extract the DNA from the roots of the hair samples provides!! Pretty neat if you ask me! 
Basepaws uses your cat’s information to generate an easy-to-read report about their DNA. What is included in the report?
  • Ancestry: This includes maternal/paternal tracing, Breed determination, In-breeding.
  • Health: This includes genetic health risks, Genetic diseases, Carrier status (PKD, HCM)
  • Traits: This includes personality prediction, Catnip-addict likelihood, Physical traits, Fun facts.
  • Wellness: This includes tailored reports about diet recommendations, Wellness assessments.
I can't wait until his test comes so I can give you a detailed report as well as more about what Basepaws is all about! You can purchase a kit of your own from their website for only $95! Visit www.basepaws.com to learn more! Be sure to visit their social media below to stay up to date with the latest too!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2018 Toyota Camry XSE- Two Toned, Red Interior & More!

My husband and I are huge car enthusiasts, in fact, when we had the chance to feature the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE, we were thrilled! Thanks to DriveShop, we kept this pretty one for a week! This car is so sporty! The Camry XSE packs a powerful punch too! Let me tell you, I was scared of this car a few times! The color we received is CELESTIAL SILVER. Let's talk more about it!

This vehicle is equipped with a 3.5L V6 and it has 24V D-4S Dual Injection with a Dual VVT-i Engine. It also has an awesome 301hp @660 rpm/267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm. The Transmission is a direct shift 6 speed with sequential shift mode and it has a sport-tuned suspension. This engine packs a punch as mentioned previously and can go FASSSST!

The interior of this car is absolutely gorgeous! The interior was RED and I loved the silver with the red because it "popped" and was not something you see every day. The seats were sports leather trimmed and they were heated. The steering wheel was also leather trimmed and you were able to access audio, Bluetooth phone, and voice command. It also includes a Qi wireless charging system.

Let's not forget the smart key system. You can start the car with just a push of a button! It also has a 10-inch color heads-up display and 7-inch TFT multi-information display. It comes with a navigation system as well as app suite to download apps. Let's not forget about the Entune 3.0 Premium Audio. The car is equipped with JBL speakers too!   It has a tire pressure system and dual zoned climate control. This came in handy when he was hot and I was cold! Let's not forget about the backup camera! It also came with a birds eye view camera. You can literally see the entire car and your surroundings when you try to park! How cool is that? 

The exterior of this car was pretty badass. I mentioned the color was Celestial Silver- It also had a two-tone body color as well as a two-tone black metallic roof. It has a rear spoiler and side mirror caps as well as illuminated door sill enhancements It has 19-inch black machined finish alloy wheels and LED headlights with smoke tine and integrated LED DRLs with auto on and off. The grill of this car is gloss black with a mesh insert. The roof of this car was a panoramic glass moonroof.   The exhaust is a dual exhaust with quad chrome tips. This car is just gorgeous!

Safety & Convenience
The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE has some amazing safety features. Let's start out with the fact that it has 10 airbags. It has a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert. There is, of course, an anti-theft system included. It has Toyota Safety Sense P; Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and dynamic radar cruise control. It has a lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beams.  For the kiddos, it comes with a LATCH- lower anchor tether for children. It also has a Star Safety System, enhanced VSC, traction control, ABS, EBD, and brake assist with smart stop technology. 

The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE comes with 26 combined city/hwy MPG. 

The MSRP is $34,950 and with all of the additional add-ons that this one came with, it is $39,253.

Overall, this vehicle would not only make a great family vehicle but is also a great road trip vehicle for anyone. The safety features alone make me want to keep one for myself. Visit your local Toyota dealership to learn more and purchase today! 

For licensing information on the photos you see in this post- please contact Brandon Johnson at brandonj.mobile@gmail.com

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Get confidence back with Microblading! Check out my eyebrows!

Last year I went and had my eyebrows microbladed! I went through a ton of changes with myself since, and my natural eyebrows even grew out more- not to mention I had lost a ton of weight and I changed my hair. I figured I needed to take advantage of the yearly touch up and get them a little fuller and darker this time! I went to Jeanette Wirz Permanent Cosmetic MakeUp again and she did an amazing job! If you are unfamiliar with the technique:

Microblading is a technique of making brow hair strokes by gently drawing a set of slightly curved needles through the epidermal and superficial dermal layer of the skin. Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.

One reason that I trusted Jeanette was that she has been in the industry for 32 years! I researched her work and I was THRILLED to have her do my brows! Jeanette not only offers microblading, but she also offers several other services as well. Those include 3-d Areola Pigmentation, Shaded Permanent Brows, Full Lip Color, Shaded Lip Liner, Lip Liner, Permanent Eye Liner, Lash Enhancements, Muscol Liner, and lastly, Paramedical Cosmetics for Alopecia.

When you arrive, know ahead of time that your appointment will be for two hours. This gives time to get paperwork done and Jeanette will take photos along the way! You will sit in a chair and Jeanette will take a look at your brows! 
You will also pick the color that you want your eyebrows to be!
Come as you usually are with your brows because Jeanette will reshape and pluck and do all of the work you don't have to do! It is free of charge with your service!

After you get plucked, Jeanette will shape your brows with a pencil so that you can both be on the same page with the shape you want your new eyebrows to be!
 This is a process as they have to be perfect to get the job done successfully!
I went from the table to the chair to get a better view of my eyebrows. 

After we were happy with the shape that I wanted, I went back to the table!  (I didn't go too dramatic because the last time I had it done, my natural eyebrows were plucked away and I had full brows this time)
She plucked at the skin to numb a bit and did strokes on each brow and numbed them again. 
  Here is the numbing cream being applied to the brows.
The microblading process seems to be a long one but you have to be patient because it will be worth it! 
After strokes are made, the pigment is applied to sit. 

I didn't feel a thing after being completely numbed! If you were wondering, no it isn't a blade! Microblading is performed with a grouping or configuration of needles affixed to a handle to manually create lines that resemble eyebrow hairs.
 And there you have it! My gorgeous new eyebrows are done!  
Here is a better look at before and after too! After your appointment, you keep the area dry for 24 hours. you gently cleanse the area with coconut oil and water pat dry and reapply your aftercare. You use the After Ink that she provides for two weeks. 
You are probably wondering how much it is, and her price menu can be found here. Microblading is $550 and a touchup every 12-18 months is $275. This is worth every penny for your confidence back! 

Now, some fun facts about microblading, because I am sure your brain is spinning as to how and what and why! Microblading gives you your confidence back!  This is not permanent! That is one thing that many in the permanent cosmetic industry get confused about is that it is permanent. This does fade over time and you do eventually have to get touch-ups. It is impossible to determine when you need one because everyone is different. 

Recovery time is amazing. Keep in mind when you are healing, your eyebrows will look WAY DARKER! This is normal. Over the next week, the brows will exfoliate and fade to a softer shade. This procedure is safe when you go to the right person. Jeanette is qualified to do what she does. She has strick sanitation guidelines that show follows and she has disposable needles that she uses with each application. 

I am so in love with my eyebrows! I am going to update you in 7 days with daily healing photos so that you can see the healing process! 

Visit  Jeanette Wirz Permanent Cosmetics on her social channels to stay up to date with the latest. You can also visit these, or her website to see amazing before and after photos!

Contact her to get your appointment set up now! You won't regret it! 
Jeanette Wirz Permanent Cosmetics 
8327 Sawyer Brown Rd. Nashville, Tn. 37221 

Photo Credit: Brandon Johnson- Please contact brandonj.mobile@gmail.com for photo usage rights.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Pumpkin Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes- The PERFECT Fall Treat!

I am working on new things for my blog. I would like to bring more food content and recipe posts! With that said, I came up with the idea to make Pumpkin Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes, and place them in Ball canning jars! These little jars are cute and hold one cupcake! This is the perfect Fall treat too! They were so easy to make. The frosting is to die for! I even gave one to my UPS guy! He was so thankful! 
I made the little heart out of melted almond bark! I cut the end of a ziplock bag and added a tip inside of it, poured the melted bark and piped the hearts on wax paper! The dried and turned out cute! Now, for the icing- This is my first attempt at a homemade buttercream icing. My family approves of it, and I LOVE IT. It is so sweet, but so good too! The vanilla cupcakes are made from scratch, which is also a first for me. 
 I played around with several tips until I found the one that I wanted. These would make great "placement cards" for Thanksgiving dinner this year too! You could write names on the little spoons (you can find these on Amazon). The jars can be found at Walmart of most grocery stores too. 
These cupcakes are SO moist and fluffy too! If I didn't make them, I would have thought that they were bakery bought! I cut them in half and added icing in the middle!
Pumpkin Buttercream Icing
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree 
  • 5 cups powdered sugar 
  • 4 TBSPs unsalted butter, softened
This literally took me 5 minutes to make! It is rich, but so delicious too! It only made about a dozen, so you may need to double. It is up to you! 

  1. I creamed the butter and pumpkin together first with the whisk attachment on the mixer until smooth. (just try your best) 
  2. Beat in the nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. One cup at a time, add your powdered sugar until you get it the way you want it!
  4. ENJOY! You can make up to 24 hours ahead! If the icing gets too firm, mix it and add a little milk to get it to the texture you want it.

  • Fluffy Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes
    • 1¾ cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup milk
    •  1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • Ball® 4oz Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars.
    Takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 30 to bake! Makes about 15 cupcakes or (2) 9 inch cakes. 
    1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
    2. Butter your pan or cupcake pan! I chose to use silicone cupcake liners and I pulled them off easily. I buttered those first too!
    3. Grab a large mixing bowl and add the following: In a large mixing bowl, stir together baking soda, salt, flour and baking powder. Stir until everything is blended!
    4. Grab your mixer bowl (or another bowl if you do not have one) and combine eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat with the paddle attachment in your mixer, until it gets fluffy. 
    5. While the mixer is running, alternate dry ingredients and milk until everything is smooth and there are no lumps.
    6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean! Cool for 10 minutes
    7. Cut the cupcakes in half and add your icing, place the other half on top, pipe icing and add your topper. Enjoy!
    These cupcakes are SO good! Please let me know how you liked them! I can't wait to make more! Now, I must make ALL THINGS pumpkin! Enjoy!

    Now BOOKING for the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! #GiftGuide2018

    The Small Things is looking to feature products that I think would be great gifts for the holidays! I am getting my guide ready EARLY! This is a great time to book now and get in and ahead of the rush and get it over with!
    My 2018 Holiday Gift Guide will be great exposure for your brand! I am now seeking products to feature! This is a great opportunity for the both of us! The guide will be live OCTOBER 31,2017 and product will be added on the guide up until December 1st. Check out the details below! HERE is last year's  to give you an idea of the layout!
    What qualifies a product to be featured? 
    Any product OR SERVICE that I think is a great fit for a stocking stuffer or holiday gift! Products of all categories are welcome to my gift guide. Products we welcome include:
    • Women- Clothing, Beauty Product, Jewelry, Etc.
    • Men - Grooming, Clothing, Ect.
    • Children of all ages
    • Gaming
    • Tech
    • Household
    • Pets- Cats
    • Stocking Stuffers
    • Outdoors
    • and more! 
    Services will come with a link to your website. I just ask for the service in return. Services come with a separate blog post and I will link the blog post on the guide!
    How does it work?
    I will receive your product and add it in my guide. I will add a stock photo, or my own if you wish. As previously mentioned, the guide will be live 10/31/18. It will have your product linked, along with info about it and where you can buy it. I will also include applicable social media links.

    If you wish to have your own post as well as being placed in the gift guide, within 7 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! Gift guide features will have a #GiftGuide2018 hashtag in the header of the feature.   If you want to be in the gift guide, but do not want to send product, there is a $75 placement fee.  
    • The Small Things will always disclose and follow FTC policies.
    • I require a full size product and I will not ship gift guide product(s) back to you, unless we talk about it before hand.
    • Products of all categories are welcome to my gift 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.
    • If you choose to sponsor a giveaway, it is YOUR responsibility to ship the prize to the winner, not mine.
    • 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.
    • Please note that if your item is on Amazon, I reserve the right to use an affiliate link for that item.
    The VIP Gift Guide package gets your product at the top of the list. That means no one will have to scroll or move pages to find it! You pay a $75 fee via PayPal, and pick a product of choice to get featured. I will link to that product. You don't even have to send it to me! If you want a social media shout out, without sending product, my fee is $35. Payment must be made the day you book and you will be scheduled to have your link LIVE on the guide 10/31.

    My PayPal email is: thesmallthingsbybre@gmail.com
    I do request that if you would like your product featured- please email me with the subject "Small Things Gift Guide 2018". 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! You can also see my media kit and I can send stats upon request. I look forward to hearing from you and making this gift guide collaboration a success! 

    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    Aquarium- An Underwater Dining Adventure In Nashville

    Nashville, TN is an amazing place. The music, the scenery, the location and not to mention the food. I wanted to share with you a place that is for the whole family! Aquarium- An Underwater Dining Adventure In Nashville. Located in Opry Mills Mall, Aquarium takes you to another world basically. This place is absolutely gorgeous.
    You can see the menu before you go inside. As soon as you go in, it is so inviting!
     You walk through this gorgeous arch aquarium too!
    You dine around a 200,000-gallon tank with roughly 600 fish inside of it. 
    Walking through to get seated is an adventure in itself because this place is so beautiful. The decor is just gorgeous!
    You are in awe walking past the fish tanks too!
    They have a variety of seating for parties of all sizes, from tables to booths and more.
    The place is welcoming and themed entirely throughout. They even have a bar that you can sit at and order as well.
     They have drinks that come with a souvenir cup as well. One of the favorites at the restaurant is the Mermaid Punch! OH MY! This was delicious! 
    Mermaid Punch comes with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, Cruzan Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Peach Schnapps, Finest Call Grenadine, Tropical Juices.
    We were seated and were able to check out the menu and were quite thrilled to see the selection they had to offer. You will get lost in the menu! They have a separate kids menu too if you were wondering! We chose our appetizer, as you can see below.
    This is the CASTAWAY COMBO (Calamari, chicken quesadillas, shrimp & crab dip, fried cheese, tortilla chips).

    After we indulged our appetizer, we placed an order for our entrees and I have to say I was very pleased with what I ordered! Our waitress was sure to take care of us in every step of the way, making sure that we were okay and our drinks were topped off!
    Brandon ordered as seen above- BROILED FISHERMAN’S PLATTER ( Lobster tail, grilled shrimp, stuffed shrimp, sea scallops, tilapia, stuffed crab, avocado pico de gallo, rice, seasonal vegetables)
    I ordered as seen above- MARINER’S MIXED GRILL (Flat iron steak, lobster tail, grilled shrimp, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables)

    Our food came out timely and we were given plenty of opportunities to finish our appetizer. I was stoked when my food came out because when I said well done for my steak, it was well done (you usually have to send it back at other places!) The lobster tail was amazing dipped in butter but let me tell you the sauce that is over the grilled shrimp is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This dinner plate was hands down the best I have had in Nashville to date! After we finished our meals, our waitress was thrilled to show us their dessert menu!

    (Photo taken with her permission)
    More than 100 species of colorful, tropical fish from the Caribbean Sea, Hawaii, South Pacific and the Indian Ocean – reside in the tank.

    Overall, I am thrilled with our experience and I can say that I do plan on going back in the near future! They even have a gift shop that you can shop at on your way out!
    Not to mention the aquarium outside of the entrance too! Be sure to catch a peek!
    Aquarium offers Birthday Parties, Mermaid Shows, Fun and Learning, and even space for Banquets and Meetings! Be sure to visit one of their locations! Specifically Nashville! You won't regret it, that's for sure! You can also visit their social media below to stay up to date with the latest happenings!

    Photo Credit: Brandon Johnson- Please contact brandonj.mobile@gmail.com for photo usage rights.