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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gold 'n Plump Get Your Grill on Sweepstakes!

Disclosure:  By sharing this post, I am entered to win a prize!  HOWEVER, I only post things I feel positive about!  I am entering this sweepstakes myself!

 You can enter to win at this link:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

MelanSol Sunscreen - The Safest 100% Natural, Tear-Free Sunscreen for Kids & Adults

Disclosure:  I received a bottle of MelanSol Sunscreen for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Each year when summer rolls around, we all know it is time to cover ourselves and our kids in sunscreen. Sunscreen is touted as a lifesaver, but the toxic chemicals in most parent-trusted sunscreen brands can do just as much damage as the sun itself. Did you know that?  I sure did not!  Common sunscreen chemicals like octocrylene and oxybenzone are absorbed through the skin and accumulate in the body!  This is scary!  They create free radicals that can damage cells, cause sunburn, and even cause skin mutations. WHAT?  Skin mutations?

Thankfully, there's MelanSol Sunscreen.  MelanSol is a CERTIFIED 100% natural, toxin-free sunscreen!  It protects, conditions, and hydrates your skin. It is available in regular and baby formulas.  MelanSol is the ONLY natural sunscreen that uses a high concentration blend of bio-active antioxidants to boost you and your child's ability to neutralize free radical damage!  That damage is responsible for sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer later in life.

MelanSol offers a natural approach to protecting your skin against sunburn and casual daily sun damage. Antioxidants Bio-Melanin, combined with green tea extract, a mixed form of natural vitamin E, and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide provide complete UV protection that other sunscreens fail to provide.

One of the things Kat complains about is the eye irritation that regular sunscreen causes.  My biggest complaint is that regular sunscreen takes 20-30 minutes to absorb.  WOW!  By this time, I am often already burning!  MelanSol solves those two problems.  MelanSol is the only natural sunscreen that is truly tear-free!  It also absorbs and starts protecting the moment it's applied.  No more waiting indoors to avoid burning!  Talk about instant gratification!

We used our bottle of MelanSol sunscreen when we went to the lake a few weeks ago.  We followed the directions and reapplied it every 2 hours.  Kat, Chefy, Bae and I used it the entire time we were there. NONE of us got sunburned!  This is the first time we have gone to the lake and stayed in the sun without at least one of us getting burned!  When we came home, I gave my little sister, P, the remainder of the bottle to use on her vacation.  She loved it!  After being out in the sun everyday for over a week, no one who used MelanSol sunscreen was burned!  The lotion is creamy and does NOT have a greasy feel!  MelanSol managed to convert my whole family with one bottle!

MelanSol is dermatologist approved.   It is essentially the safest, best possible sunscreen you can use on your child and yourself!  MelanSol isn't just protection for a day in the sun, it's protection for life.

MelanSol can be purchased for $25 at

Disclosure:  I received a bottle of MelanSol Sunscreen for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Vitamin Bubbles GLOW - A new way to take your vitamins!

Disclosure:  I received a bottle of Vitamin Bubbles GLOW vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Back Off Biotin, There's a New Beauty Super-Supplement in Town

When I was pregnant, my nails, skin and hair were beautiful!  I constantly received compliments on how healthy I looked.  Lots of women today take vitamin supplements to get longer/stronger hair and nails, and brighter/clearer skin. Did you know that traditional pill vitamins are not the safest option?  Most traditional beauty vitamins contain harsh chemical binders that cause you to experience stomach upset and can reduce absorption rate. Here's the kicker...only 10-20% of those pills are actually absorbed by the body! That is a huge waste of our precious money and is a lot of needless pill-swallowing! NOW, there's a new beauty super-supplement on the market that will replace 9 traditional pills with just 1 chewable liquid vitamin. YES!  I did say 9!  Vitamin Bubbles GLOW vitamins are the FIRST-EVER chewable liquid beauty vitamin.  They promise immediate absorption at 80%-90%, renewing collagen formation, tighter/brighter skin, free radical protection, stronger/longer nails, and luscious hair.  What woman doesn't want that?

If the 80%-90% absorption rate doesn't make GLOW the superior choice, GLOW also includes 7 additional nutrients that improve hair, skin, and nails!  These include horsetail extract which helps provide youthful skin and it heals brittle nails, evening primrose oil will fight acne and eczema, Inositol to restore hair volume, Vitamin B9 Folic Acid that will repair DNA, Vitamin E to slow the aging process, and Vitamin C ascorbic acid which will promote nail/hair growth!

To top that off, Vitamin Bubbles' GLOW beauty vitamins taste delicious, contain no unnatural ingredients, binders or fillers, and are gentle on the stomach. Just pop them in your mouth and let the vitamin burst as you chew.  That is an easy way to take vitamins!

You can get a single tube for $3.89 or one month's supply (10-Pack) for $34.99.  They come in such flavors as acai blueberry, jasmine mandarin, mint, and ripen grapes.

When I first saw the Vitamin Bubbles, my first reaction was to think they looked a lot like bath oil beads.  They do!  In fact, they feel a little like them, but they are NOT greasy and they do not taste like a bath bead!  These are perfect for anyone who wants the benefits of vitamins without all the pills!  Much easier to take, and a better absorption rate make these vitamins a winner!

Disclosure:  I received a bottle of Vitamin Bubbles GLOW vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Coming soon Our Holiday Gift Guide!

        Now taking sponsors and products for review!
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and it is getting closer every day!  

We are gearing up at Shelly's Bits and Pieces for a fun Holiday gifting season and would love to include your product(s) in our upcoming 2014 gift guide.

If you are interested in learning more about our gift guide, please email me at!