Thursday, April 17, 2014

MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® Easter Candy Review

Disclosure:  Free product was received to facilitate our honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.

Easter is just around the corner and it is time to start getting Easter baskets together.  We love jelly beans and chewy snacks around here!  When we think about Easter goodies, jelly beans are always on the list.  Recently, we had the chance to review some Mike and Ike jelly beans, Easter treats, and Hot Tamales jelly beans.  We love Mike and Ike candies!  Chefy is addicted to the Hot Tamales and Kat and I love the fruit flavor Mike and Ikes.

The Mike and Ike Easter treats come in a 5 oz box and we have found them for about $1.00/box.  They have 5 delicious flavors such as Pineapple Banana, Strawberry, Grape, Cherry and Lemon Lime.  The Mike and Ike jelly beans are available in assorted fruits and Tangy Twister, and they also have Hot Tamales Cinnamon jelly beans.  They come in a 14 oz bag for between $2.50-$3.00.   

We filled plastic eggs with the jelly beans and we even baked some cookies with Mike and Ike Easter treats in them!  YUM!  Chefy ate the entire bag of Hot Tamales jelly beans within 2 days!  Kat has devoured most of the assorted fruit jelly beans, and the Tangy Twister jelly beans are in hiding because they are mine.  I love their tang!  One thing we have all noted about these jelly beans is that they are not as hard as some other brands we have tried.  Mike and Ike jelly beans are our new favorites!  

While you are out picking up goodies for your Easter baskets, look for Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Purex No Sort Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I am a Purex Insider.  I received free product to facilitate my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family!

Laundry has never been one of my favorite household chores.  It can be such a pain having to sort all the dirty laundry and wash multiple loads.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed and Chefy will do the laundry.  My problems occur when Chefy and Kat decide to do it quickly.  I have had an entire load of white clothes turned pink because they tossed a red wash cloth into the washer.  BUT, those times are far behind us now!

Purex has made doing laundry easier than ever with their new NO SORT detergent!!  No more sorting laundry and no more bleeding stains!   You can stop color bleeding accidents with Purex No Sort for Colors detergent!

NEW Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent is the latest laundry innovation from the Purex® brand designed to simplify your laundry routine. Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads leaving your clothes bright and clean.  

I gave the no sort a try when I received it and I was very excited that nothing was ruined!  No problems with my whites....even with my daughter's jeans in the laundry!  WOOHOO!!  I'm not telling you to throw your new black jeans in with your white blouses.  Purex No Sort is innovative, not a miracle detergent.  Colors should be washed 5 times before they are thrown in with other clothes!!

Right now, Purex has a giveaway going on where you can enter for your chance to WIN $1,000 & a year’s supply of this game-changing NEW detergent, so you can avoid extra laundry loads.  One hundred 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for a free bottle of new Purex No Sort for Colors detergent!  You can enter HERE

Two lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces readers will win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex No Sort!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below and that winner could be you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Nut Job on DVD and Blu-Ray April 15th! Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: Free products were received to facilitate an honest blog post. All opinions expressed are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces Family. No monetary compensation was received.

April 15th might be known as Tax Day, but this year something good is coming! The Nut Job is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray!!  In support of Universal Home Entertainment’s release of The Nut Job, here are some amazing nut facts that are sure to blow your mind.
It takes about 540 peanuts to make one 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
Peanuts aren’t actually nuts at all, they are a type of pea which grows underground.
In medieval times, walnuts were believed to cure headaches because of their brain-like appearance.
California is the world leader in almond production, with over 110,000 acres of almond trees.
Unshelled nuts stay fresh longer than shelled ones.
Cashew shells are poisonous, as they contain a deadly chemical known as urushiol – the same chemical found in poison ivy.
In ancient Rome, newlyweds were showered in almonds as a symbol of fertility.
October 22nd is National Nut Day in the U.S.

 Need more information about The Nut Job? Here we go...
Be prepared for one squirrelly adventure in the action-packed comedy, The Nut Job, starring Will Arnett (Despicable Me, Ratatouille) as Surly, a mischievous squirrel on a mission to prove himself. The Nut Job comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. 

Surly (Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel with a mission: to find the tastiest nuts for winter. When he discovers a whole store filled with his favorite food, he plans a heist of nutrageous proportions. But the place turns out to be owned by ruthless bank robbers so it’s up to Surly and his furry friends to stop the nearby bank heist and save the town.  

Showcasing an all-star cast including Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Whole Lotta Love), Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey), Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Turbo), Jeff Dunham (Arguing With Myself, Spark of Insanity) and Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike, Hot & Fluffy), The Nut Job will prove “Enormously Entertaining” for the whole family (Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru)!

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet.  
Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. 
DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away. 
DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.
DELETED SCENES - Check out Surly, Grayson and the gang in scenes removed from the final version of the movie.
STORYBOARDS - Watch key scenes from the film brought to life from the original sketches.
THE GREAT NUT HEIST - Will Arnett, the voice of Surly the squirrel, discusses the great caper story at the heart of the film.
DANCE-OFF END CREDITS - Surly joins his furry friends and a very special guest for this show-stopping number.
o SURELY SQUIRREL - Meet Surly for the very first time in the award-winning animated short that started it all.
o NUTS & ROBBERS - Surly and Grayson stumble upon a bank heist gone wrong in NUTS & ROBBERS – created by ToonBox Entertainment as a teaser for THE NUT JOB.

Our thoughts:
We thought the movie was really funny.  My hubby, daughter and I thought the entire premise of the movie was good, and it did hold our interest.  The characters are really fun and the movie is full of bright colors!  We have recommended it to lots of people already and we highly recommend it to our readers!

You can also print off an activity sheet or coloring page for your kids!


You can win your own copy of The Nut Job by simply entering on the rafflecopter form below!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Madison Reed Find My Color Pin It to Win It Contest

Disclosure: I will be compensated for posting about this contest, but I only post things I believe in and would enter myself!

You could win one of 5 $50 Amazon Gift cards by simply Pinning!  It is as simple as that!  Click on the link below to enter!!

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Disclosure: I will be compensated for sharing this contest, however, I only post contests that I would be entering myself! DESIGN DIRECT FROM THE MARKERS Pin It to Win It Contest. You could win the GRAND PRIZE of a Corkigami Chair OR $500 Milkster Gift Card, or one of the Amazon Gift Cards they are giving away! Entering is easy! Just Pin It to Win It!

TideBuy Pin it to Win it Sweepstakes

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Very simple Pin It to Win It Sweepstakes from TideBuy #womensdresses.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cast Celebrate Disney's The Pirate Fairy World Premiere!

Disclosure:  This is a non-compensated post.  Just wanted to share!

Burbank, Calif. - World Premiere of "The Pirate Fairy" with film talent (L to R) Angela Bartys, Pamela Adlon, Tinker Bell, Mae Whitman, Carlos Ponce and Christina Hendricks.

March 22, 2014  Burbank, CA -  Tinker Bell fluttered onto the red carpet at the World Premiere of Disney's "The Pirate Fairy" at the Walt Disney Studios Lot.  She was joined by film talent Christina Hendricks (Zarina), Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Carlos Ponce (Bonito), Angela Bartys (Fawn), Pamela Adlon (Vidia), Kari Wahlgren (Sweetpea), Natasha Bedingfield (sung original song "Who I Am"),  Peggy Holmes (Director) and Jenni Magee Cook (Producer).  Special guests included Samantha Harris (Dancing with the Stars), Ali Landry (Criminal Minds), Eva Bella (Frozen), Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Modern Family),  Maitland Ward (Rules of Engagement), TV personality Daphne Wayans, August Maturo (Girl Meets World) and Chloe Noelle (True Blood). The premiere of DisneyToon Studios animated adventure “The Pirate Fairy,” is executive produced by Academy Award® winner John Lasseter.

The all-new swashbuckling film from the latest Tinker Bell adventure comes,  The Pirate Fairy, which follows a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy named Zarina who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When her wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her caption of their ship. Tinker Bell and her friends embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James, who'll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, "The Pirate Fairy" sets sail April 1st on Blu-ray ™ and Digital HD.

Songwriter/Performer Natasha Bedingfield and guests attend the World Premiere of Disney's "The Pirate Fairy"     
TV personality Samantha Harris (L) and family attend the World Premiere of  Disney's "The Pirate Fairy"