Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

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Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don't enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Tiny Prints Sitewide Sale - 20% Off Everything

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Offer expires 4/15/14 at 11:59 pm (PT). Save 20% off using the code APR20SW at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, or toward the purchase of Erin Condren weekly planners, gift certificates, calendars or photo books. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is only valid on Tinyprints.com and is not applicable on third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order. Score your deal HERE

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Kinsights $500 Amazon GC Giveaway

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Welcome to the $500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway brought to you by Kinsights.com.
Kinsights is a social network made just for parents – and it’s designed to help you get and share great advice with parents who have actually been in your shoes. You can ask anything, and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance. Questions about potty training? They’ll reach into their community and find potty training pros to help you out. Kinsights Q&A page Struggling with a food allergy? They’ll connect you with other parents who are dealing with the same concerns. And they make finding the best answers easy – community members vote up answers, so great content rises to the top of the list. And they also provide an interface to create a health record for your child. There’s no need to lug around files and loose papers! You can organize your child’s milestones, medications, allergies, immunizations, and emergency contact information – all in one easy form. Health Record 
I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to remember what I had for lunch yesterday, let alone all of my child's medical information! The days of scrambling to remember when and if your child had his or her immunizations are coming to an end! And there's no need to worry, your child's personal information can only be seen by you.

And, best of all, everything is free!

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To celebrate this exciting platform for parents, Kinsights is giving one lucky person a $500 Amazon Gift Card!
This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on April 30th. It is open to US residents, 18+ only. Please use the Giveaway Tools widget below to enter. Good Luck!
Disclosure: Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and have received no compensation for sharing this giveaway with you. If you you have any questions about this giveaway or the opportunity to host one in the future, please contact the Blogging Mamas Network at bloggingmamas.blog@gmail.com.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Always A Girls Best Friend Blogger Giveaway Signups

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Prize: 
Diamond Nexus Round Cut Stud Earrings, Screw Back, Basket Set
ARV: $245
Hosted by:
Joans 5 Star Reviews
and 
Make Our Own Network
Sign-ups close 4/29
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M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.
**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this or a Blogger interested in working with M.O.O.N. please contact MakeOurOwnNetwork@gmail.com**
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Pamper Your Pet Giveaway Sign Ups

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Prizes: 
Interactive Feeder
Junior Interactive Feeder
Stimulo Cat Feeder 
Paw Plunger Petite
Paw Plunger Large
Vetericyn Pet Med Spray for Skin care and Hot Spots 
Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats Assortment 
and growing...
ARV: $200+
Hosted by:
Joans 5 Star Reviews
and 
Make Our Own Network
Sign-ups close 5/6
Click HERE to sign up and for more html info.
M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.
**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this or a Blogger interested in working with M.O.O.N. please contact MakeOurOwnNetwork@gmail.com**
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Pet Shopping With Petco!

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If you have never been to Petco, you are missing out! They have so many products to offer for animals of all kinds. I specifically love their dog products. With a wide selection of products ranging from fun toys and comfy pet beds, to cat litter, aquatic supplies and more, the Petco brand has something fit for every pet. Petco: it's the name you trust and the quality you demand, all for a great value. If you need it- they have it! Recently I was able to receive some new Spring Items for review! I was excited because Max loves being spoiled!
This first item that Max loved is this cute Petco Together Time Tug & Pull Hearts on a Rope! 
 It is bigger than he is but he doesn't let that intimidate him at all! He chews and drags it all over the apartment! Each heart has a squeaker inside of it for him to enjoy! We love a good game of tug! He also loved his Petco Nubby Sour Lemon Dog Toy
It is so soft and plush! You can find it for only $3.99 at Petco too! It also has a squeaker inside of it! He loves dragging and slinging this toy around. Another favorite that Max loves is the 3 peas in a pod toy!

 At first, Max was a bit weird about playing with it. Each pea can be popped out but stays attached to the pod. The pod has this crunchy bag sounding paper inside of it to make noise and each pea has a squeaker inside of it! They are COMPLETELY adorable with their little facial expressions! Want it? You can find it at Petco for only $5.99! Max also loved his Greenies treats!
 He received two of them, one in Petite and one in Teenie.
The Petite treat was gone before you knew it. He gobbled that right up in a jiffy! They have a chewy texture, Easy to digest & Cleans teeth, freshens breath! You can find Greenies at Petco near you in different varieties. Prices vary.
The last item that Max received was this adorable outfit! Max also received this Petco Wag-a-tude White Bunny Face Dog Hoodie. I have to say that it is ADORABLE!
 All though it is too big for him, I still caught a great picture. He was very cooperative at first.. I mean see how cute?
 And then.... He wasn't... MOM GET IT OFF!! If looks could kill..

You can find this adorable outfit for $19.99 at Petco! Overall, we love the items that we received from Petco! We have always been customers and will continue to be! Visit your local Petco to purchase these items, check them out to find other products they have to offer. You can also visit Petco  on their social media below! Thanks for reading!
Have you been to Petco? You will love it there!
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received these items from Petco to facilitate this review. All thoughts are my own and may differ from others*
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Keep your floors cleaner with the Neater Feeder! Review and Giveaway

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Max had a dog bowl that got his food and water everywhere. I hated it! That is- until I came across The Neater Feeder! The Neater Feeder is a revolutionary spill-proof pet feeder for dogs and cats. The Neater Feeder takes the mess out of meal time with its spill-proof, kick-proof design. Spilled water drains into the lower reservoir, while food is contained on top. It is a product that is just genius!
 I received a Small Neater Feeder with leg extensions!
 The Small is perfect for dogs under 18 lbs and comes with a 1.5 cup standard stainless steel food bowl and one 2.2 cup extra capacity stainless steel water bowl for your convenience.
 Without the extensions, the bowl is only 3 inches off of the floor and with them, it is 4.5 inches off of the floor. This reduces neck straining on Max. I have noticed a huge difference in his eating since we received it. His posture is better as well.
I love how the water or food falls through the holes to the bottom and you can just lift and dump. It is convenient and easy for sure! Overall, we are thrilled and we love the Neater Feeder! It comes in Bronze or Cranberry! You can purchase other products as well. 
They have the  Neater Feeder Deluxe For Cats , Medium Neater Feeder Deluxe, & Large Neater Feeder Deluxe! Check out other products on their website via one of the links here in this post! If you want the Small Neater Feeder Deluxe for your pet, you can purchase it for only $37.98! You can also visit them on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest! 
Win it: One lucky reader is going to win a Neater Feeder on their choice! Need one for your cat, a large, medium or small? Your choice of color and size is up to you! You win- you get it! Winner must live in the Continental USA and complete the mandatory entries to qualify. Giveaway will end on 5/2/14 at 11:59PM CST. No purchase necessary to enter. Enter with the giveaway tools below and goodluck! 
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received a Neater Feeder to facilitate this review. All thoughts are my own and may differ from others. The Small Things is not responsible for prize shipment*
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BeautyArmy Subscription Box Review

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I love subscription boxes and I love beauty products. There is nothing better than having both of them together. BeautyArmy is a personalized beauty and personal care service. They have a sample beauty box! After completing a quick profile, they match you to products that fit you and you get to pick 6 of those products for your box. I was happy to be able to easily answer some questions about myself and profile and pick out items for my box. This is what I received!
The BeautyArmy box is adorable with the pink camo for sure! Opening my box and checking out the products that I chose was fun.
What all came in my box? The first thing was the bhcosmetics California Collection of eye shadow. It is a 3 color sample pack but I don't use eyeshadow often so it will last.
If you want to shop their products on the BeautyArmy website, you can check those out here. Another product that I received was these Remington Braided Hair Wraps.
I also enjoyed this Noven Brazillian Keratin Hair Care Cream! It makes your hair super smooth! 
 This  Phyto 5Jojoba Shea Butter Face Cream sample made my face feel refreshed and amazing too! It is an intensive nourishing treatment cream for dehydrated skin. Protects, regenerates and minimizes fine lines. Ideal for mature skin.
Another product for my hair is the Nelson j Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Non-Foaming Shampoo sample that I received. It smells like Natural Citrus Mint! Nelson j Argan Oil Non-Foaming Shampoo is a revolutionary product in hair care. 
A 7-in-1 formula, this one product replaces your shampoo, conditioner, detangler, shine spray, smoothing serum, color protector, pre-styling lotion. It is the first non-foaming shampoo that cleanses hair thoroughly but without all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos - it is designed so it won't strip hair and scalp of their natural oils. Your hair is left with shine, moisture, manageability and better color retention. 
The last product in the box is this Vidal Sassoon Color Gloss Creme. It helps Protect From Styling Damage Which Can Cause Dull Color. It helps protect color treated hair!
 Overall, I am happy with my BeautyArmy Sample Box, if you want one for yourself, you can subscribe or buy a gift subscription for only $12 a month! Visit BeautyArmy and Subscribe today! You can also visit them on their social media below! Thanks for reading!
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received a complementary box for review. All thoughts are my own and may differ from others*

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Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Review & Giveaway

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Milk-Bone is one of the most well known dog snack brands around. They are a favorite in this household for several reasons! Max loves them and they are affordable! A little more about them:
The original Milk-Bone® dog snack was created in 1908, by the F.H Bennett Biscuit Company at a bakery in the Lower East Side of New York City. The first dog biscuit treat made in the United States, Milk-Bone gave pet parents a little something to show their dogs how much they care.
It was love at first bite. The bone shaped treat and the box with a dog quickly became icons. Over the next few decades, Milk-Bone continued to grow and reward good dogs by introducing new flavors, sizes, and treats. Today, Milk-Bone gives you more than 20 different varieties of treats so you can show your best friend how much you care.
All made with love
 Max, my Maltipoo loves treats. He has so many it is hilarious. He is quite spoiled on so many levels. Recently, I had the chance to work with Milk-Bone on reviewing their newest addition to their line of treats. We received the new Milk-Bone Brushing Chews
The Brushing Chews come in Mini and Small/Medium. They are also chicken flavored. These daily dental treats are clinically proven to reduce tartar and plaque build-up, as well as fight bad breath. The unique dental twist bone is designed to help clean even hard to reach back teeth and down to the gumline. 


The Small/Medium Milk-Bone Brushing Chews come in store with a pack of 18, our review pack has 7. Plenty for Max until Payday so I can buy some more!
 They are also in a resealable package.
 The Mini Milk-Bone Brushing Chews come in a pack of 36 and our review pack has 14. Just enough for Max!
 As you can see he was pretty happy to receive his new treats. These are a easy solution for daily oral care, clinically proven as effective as brushing. There is also 12 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium for strong bones and teeth! Some tips you should know- 
  • Feed one treat per day for dogs from 25-74 lb as part of a healthy diet. (Not suitable for dogs less than 25 lb, greater than 74 lb, or dogs less than 6 months of age.)
  • As with any edible product, ensure the treat is adequately chewed. Gulping any items can be harmful or cause serious injury to a dog.
  • Fresh drinking water should always be available.
  • For best results, feed daily and reseal package.


 Overall, we love the new Milk-Bone Brushing Chew! This is a new treat to add to my Max's daily routine! Visit the Milk-Bone website to learn about other products they have to offer! Milk-Bone products should be in every dog owners home! =) You can find them at your local big box store. Mini, for dogs 5-24 pounds; and Small/Medium, for dogs 25-74 pounds. They retail for $4- $5 a box. Did you know that you can also personalize your own Milk-Bone box? That is correct! You can add your dogs photo and phrase to a box! Check that out here. Visit Milk-Bone on their social media below to stay up to date with the latest too! Thanks for reading!
Tell me- What is your furry friends favorite Milk-Bone Product? 
Win it: One reader is going to win Milk-Bone Brushing Chews in Mini and Small/Medium as well as a $25 Visa Giftcard! Winner must live in the Continental USA and complete the mandatory entries to qualify. Giveaway will end on 5/1/14 at 11:59PM CST. No purchase necessary to enter. Enter with the giveaway tools below and goodluck! 
*Disclaimer: The Small Things received complementary products and a $25 giftcard for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and may differ from others, no additional compensation was provided*
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

It has been a year since we lost you.

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One year ago, I lost a piece of me that I will never get back. Our daughter was born still at 20 weeks. So perfect. So tiny. She had Anencephaly. You can read our story here. I can't believe that it has been a year. Her birthday is the day of her death. I miss her so much. I wish she was safe in my womb all over again. Why do good people have bad things happen to them? Why are we having trouble conceiving again? Don't tell me it is "Gods plan" or "It will happen when it happens". My daughter is dead. My daughter was ripped away from this world and didn't even have a fighting chance. I hope one day there can be a miracle cure. I hope one day, a mother shouldn't have to visit her baby in a cemetery or see their urn in their living room. I hate the world right now. I hate it all. 
I survived the first year of grief. I am still here and my husband- my supporter, my best friend has been with me every step of the way. Happy First Birthday/Angelversary in Heaven our sweet sweet baby girl. Mommy and Daddy Love you. 




 
Am I okay? No. I cry often. I let myself go and I can't stand to see a pregnant person that complains about their HEALTHY pregnancy. People that want to complain about their kids make me sick. I wish I could go back in time to the day I met our daughter. She was perfect. I need that day back. 
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