Friday, September 19, 2014


Disclosure:  I will be receiving the same prize pack shown below as a thank you for hosting this giveaway. No monetary compensation was received. 

Growing up, I loved to read.  One of the books that I loved to read was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” which was written by Judith Viorst.  I liked the book because it was about things going wrong, and it was funny.  I would read this book to my little brother before bed and we laughed so hard it took us forever to get to sleep.  I was thrilled to learn that the book was becoming a movie, and I cannot wait to see it.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be in theaters on October 10th.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander(Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

          NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!   

One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will receive the adorable prize pack shown above.  The prize pack includes:

- Coffee mug
- Alligator stress toy
- Mini poster
- Green highlighter
- Reusable grocery bag

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Train is back! Bulletproof Picasso Drops on September 16th!

Disclosure: I received this product, free of charge, from Train, via the One2One Network, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.  All opinions are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family!

Do you remember TRAIN?  I remember rocking out to “Hey Soul, Sister", falling in love with “Drops Of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels"!  If you loved them as much as I did, then you’re going love Bulletproof Picasso, the newest album from Train, because it is awesome!

 Finally, some music that adults can enjoy!  Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy listening to some of Kat's music, but Bulletproof Picasso has given me a new music life!  I can actually listen to something that is clean and is not being sung by a teen queen.

 Bulletproof Picasso is being released on September 16th (but is available for pre-order on Amazon and  iTunes)! Thanks to One2One, I was lucky enough to be able to check it out before it's release! WOOHOO!  Chefy and I have been listening to the CD since we received the download and we love it.  My favorite song is "Don't Grow Up So Fast."  It really made me think.  I look at my 16 year old and I think that she is growing up too fast...this song nails it!  I also love "Angel in Blue Jeans" and the title song "Bulletproof Picasso."  OK...I admit, I love this entire CD!  (I even caught Kat singing along!)  The songs on this CD are varied and cover a large variety of things.  They go from a wide open "Cadillac, Cadillac" to the very touching "Don't Grow Up So Fast."  Bulletproof Picasso has something for everyone!

 Here is the tracklisting for Bulletproof Picasso:
1. Cadillac, Cadillac
2. Bulletproof Picasso
3. Angel In Blue Jeans
4. Give It All
5. Wonder What You’re Doing For The Rest Of Your Life
6. Son Of A Prison Guard
7. Just A Memory
8. I’m Drinkin’ Tonight
9. I Will Remember
10. The Bridge
11. Baby, Happy Birthday
12. Don’t Grow Up So Fast

Check out the video for Angel in Blue Jeans!

You can find out more about Train by following them through these places:
 * Official Train Website –
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 * Facebook –

Set your DVRS on September 5th, Train will be LIVE on the QVC channel, at 5pm EST.

Disclosure: I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake - Giveaway

Disclosure:  This post is being sponsored by Orkin.  We will receive a Fact or Fake School pack for the post.  Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Orkin Fact or Fake School Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.” “Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.” “Ants can survive underwater.” You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake? Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.

•You’ve heard the myths about bugs before, now it’s time to debunk them. Take the Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Quiz to test your knowledge!
•Watch every episode of Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake and find out the answers to these age-old bug myths.

Thanks to the awesome people at Orkin, one lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will receive The Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK, which includes: 
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible) 
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler 
- Orkin Drawstring Bag 
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below to enter!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Posts coming this weekend!

Be on the look out for reviews and giveaways to be posted this weekend!  Our internet is not running at a very high speed, because we live too far out in the country!  We are stuck with the slow connection, but I will be visiting my mom this weekend and will use her high speed!  Things are coming!  I promise!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:   I received a bottle of this product to facilitate my honest review as part of the Purex Insiders! No monetary compensation was received!  All thoughts and opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces Family!

NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash brings hydration to your body washing experience in a tropical fun new scent.

Kat was thrilled when this body wash arrived.  The scent is out of this world.  I love the scent of coconut, and although I am allergic to it and cannot eat it, I can certainly use it in body wash.  We love that this body was did not leave our skin feeling tight like some body wash does.  We really did feel refreshed when we used it.  Out of all of the body washes we have tried, the Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango smells the best.  Nothing reminds me more of summer than coconut...toss in the mango and I am in the tropics!

Want to give it a try for yourself?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!  Two lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces readers will each win a coupon for a free bottle.

Nonni's Biscotti Bites Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  We received a sample to facilitate our honest review.  No monetary compensation was received! All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.  Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment!

Ever heard of Nonni's products?  Here is a little information about the company:

Nonni’s Foods LLC takes pride in the quality ingredients that go into making our products great. Our biscotti grew out of a true Italian tradition. In the little town of Lucca Italy our Nonni (grandma) made biscotti to share with family and friends. When Nonni came to America over a century ago, she brought that recipe with her. To this day we use that exact same recipe.
Our commitment to baking quality biscotti is not just talk. Nonni’s products are made in the manner of a traditional bakery, where no shortcuts are taken. Our biscotti contain a combination of real butter, whole egg, flour and a selection of other premium ingredients including superior quality chocolate and nuts. Our almond thins are loaded with premium nuts and made with real fruits including cranberries, raisins, mangos, bananas and blueberries. We use only the finest ingredients and we never use artificial flavors or preservatives. Each batch is made to the highest quality standards to ensure a consistent product every time.
Nonni’s takes great pride in producing top quality baked products. Some might call it obsession. We think it’s all in good taste!
Shelly's Bits and Pieces has been lucky enough to work with Nonni's in the past on some of their delicious products!  I have never been shy to tell you how delicious they are and how much we love them.  Recently, we were sent the new Nonni's Biscotti Bites to try and it was love at first bite.

We were sent a wonderful package which contained three flavors, Almond Dark Chocolate, Very Berry Almond and Double Chocolate Salted Caramel.  These bites are the perfect size to go with a quick cup of coffee or tea when you need a little pick me up.  The fact that they are under 40 calories each is just the icing on the cake.

Almond Dark Chocolate:  A mini version of the Classic Almond Biscotti, filled with almonds and dipped in rich, dark chocolate.

Very Berry Almond:  A fruity biscotti mini, filled with real berries and almonds, dipped in Greek Style Yogurt and topped with rolled oats.

Double Chocolate Salted Caramel:  A delicious little indulgence, filled with creamy caramel bits, dipped and drizzled in milk chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt!

All of these are delicious.  Kat came home just as these arrived and she grabbed a couple of the Almond Dark Chocolate.  She loved them!  Chefy came in and took the bag away from her.  By the end of the evening, he had wiped out the bag.  I thought I had hidden the Double Chocolate Salted Caramel bites, but Kat found them, gave me two, and disappeared with the bag.  I found the empty bag several days later in her bedroom trash can.  Since they devoured the chocolate ones, I figured I would at least get the Very Berry Almond ones.  These are delicious too.  Although they are not as crunchy as the others, they were wonderful with my tea.

We managed to keep a few of the Very Berry Almond biscotti bites around long enough for my mom to give them a try.  She is not a chocolate person, so it worked well.  She loved them!  We agreed that the Very Berry Almond have the perfect amount of "sweet" to them.  They are not overly sweet, and they are very addictive.

Want to give them a try?  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win a bag of each flavor!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!  Also, while you are out entering things, you might want to check out their facebook giveaway too.

Now that the kids are heading back to school, it’s time to get your morning back! Nonni’s is teaming up with Torani to make your morning extra special with a chance to win a box of our limited edition Pumpkin Spice Biscotti and a bottle of Torani’s Pumpkin Pie syrup! Enter now through August 31st.