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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pizza Ranch and the Living Hope CD Project Review & Giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.  

The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at through August 31.  

From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:  "This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album. Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope."

About Pizza Ranch:  Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie's mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch's vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

We love Christian music and were very happy to receive Living Hope to review.  The CD  is filled with songs of hope which are desperately needed in the trying times of today.  Living Hope is the perfect way to honor God while you are traveling. There are so many wonderful songs on the CD which makes choosing a favorite very difficult!  My favorites at the moment are "Day One" by Matthew West and "Hope of Heaven" by Michael W. Smith.

Since there are no Pizza Ranch restaurants around here, I'll have to dream about the pizza, but next time we are out West, I'll make sure to stop.  Do you have a Pizza Ranch in your neck of the woods?

You can learn more about Pizza Ranch and the Living Hope CD through these links:

Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes


Official Website:

YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song):

Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:

One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win a copy of LivingHope.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

Summer is Here! Enjoy a tropical treat from Nonni's THINaddictives

Disclosure:  A free box of Nonni's THINaddictives was received to facilitate our honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.

Nonni’s, creator of the number one selling biscotti recently introduced Mango Coconut THINaddictives.  They are a delicious tropical treat made with real ingredients, including sweet mango, grated coconut and California almonds.  Mango Coconut THINaddictives are a guilt-free snack and are now available at grocery stores nationwide.  They come in convenient portion-packs and average 100-calories or less.  It is easy to love these new light and crunchy treats. What's not to love?  They are low-fat, low-carb and contain 3g of protein/per serving!

Each THINaddictives box contains six individually wrapped pack which contains 3 THINS each. They are available in  six delicious flavors:

Banana Dark Chocolate
Blueberry Oat Almond
Cinnamon Raisin Almond
Cranberry Almond
Mango Coconut Almond
Pistachio Almond

Real ingredients make the difference.  The pieces of fruit and nut in each THINaddictive is perfect.   You really get a taste of each ingredient in every bite.  Nonni's THINaddictives are an ideal way to make eat a delicious snack without all the guilt!  We enjoy our THINaddictives all times of the day with coffee, tea, milk, water, and Kat loves to dunk her Nonni's THINadictives in hot cocoa!  YUM.

You can get a $1.00 coupon by simply entering your information HERE.   Be sure to check out all of Nonni’s social channels for special offers, including THINaddictives Facebook, THINaddictives Instagram, Nonni’s Foods Twitter and Nonni’s Foods Pinterest.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Giveaway #ScoobyDoo

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Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery is out On Blu-ray!
All the mad cap fun from the Scooby gang that you remember only in an all new mystery with rock band Kiss!

Everyone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Maya the Bee DVD Review

Disclaimer:  I received this DVD for free in exchange for my honest review.  I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe in.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Already a great box office success in much of the world, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE,” based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun.  A must-have for fans of all ages, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom and courage.

Directed by Alexs Stadermann (Bambi II) and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark Productions, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” features the acclaimed voice talent of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook),  Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Babe), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and  Justine Clarke (Home and Away).

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.
While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!
One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.
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Our Thoughts:
The movie is adorable!  It was a wonderful way to keep my kids happy during a very HOT North Carolina summer afternoon.  We love Maya because she is so curious.  She reminds me of my daughter!  Willie is another favorite because he is a true friend!  The movie does a great job in teaching important values. I'd recommend this for families with younger kids, but even my teenage daughter enjoyed it!

Recommended Family Entertainment by The Dove Foundation

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson DVD Review & Giveaway #PIRATESCODE #FLYBY

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Summer is here and it is that time of year when we start hearing those words..."Mom, I'm Bored!"  When we have those ultra hot NC summer days, I always like to have movies on hand for the kids to watch.  I love movies that take the viewer to another time and place, something different from the every day.  We found one such movie!  That movie is Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson.

Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson
Released:  June 2, 2015

Running Time:  91 minutes
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They're new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. 

We really enjoyed this movie!  We were already fans of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Spy Kids and Sky High, and this movie fit in with them perfectly.  There was no vulgar language and although the movie had some violence, there was nothing gory.  This movie had us cheering for Mickey the entire time.  We also have purchased the first movie, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure and enjoyed it as well!  This movie will get you and your kids thinking outside the box.  It is a wonderful way to spend a hot summer afternoon, a rainy day, or any day you want a good, clean movie!

You can follow them via these resources:

Twitter:  @MickeyMatson
Official Website:
Official Website to Purchase:

Would you like to win a copy for your family?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GoMacro MacroBars - Review and Giveaway #GoMacro #nosacrifices

Disclosure:  We received free product to facilitate our honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  Sponsor responsible for prize fulfillment!

Our family has been trying to eat healthier for a while now and we are always on the look out for something that peaks our interest. We want to eat things that are good for us, but we do not want to sacrifice taste.  Is that too much to ask?  I think NOT!   Our newest find is MacroBars by GoMacro.   They offer sustained energy for a balanced lifestyle and are made with infant-safe brown rice syrup.  These delicious bars are jam packed with nutrition!  Have you tried them?

These yummy bars are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher
  • Macrobiotic
  • Non-GMO Project Verfied
  • Soy-free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Vegan

We were sent a GoMacro MacroBar Mini box in assorted flavors.  The bars do not taste like cardboard, are not gritty or chalky, and they are easy to eat!  They are available in the following flavors: (and they actually taste like these flavors too!)

  • Almond Butter + Carob
  • Apples + Walnuts
  • Banana + Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Cashew Caramel
  • Cherries + Berries
  • Granola + Coconut
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Sesame Butter + Dates
  • Sunflower Butter + Chocolate
The Banana + Almond Butter is missing because Chefy ate them all!
Everyone in our family sampled and enjoyed these bars.  Kat took one with her every day to snack on between her exams.  She got the energy boost she needed without the crash from junk food.  She loves them all and she ate all of the peanut butter chocolate chip before I could get even a bite!  I love the Apples + Walnuts, and Chefy, like our daughter, loves them all!  

You can learn more about GoMacro MacroBars by following them via twitter, facebook, pinterest and instagram!  Want to try them now?  Go to and enter code “BLOGGER” at checkout and you’ll get 40% off your first order!

Would you like to try these bars for yourself?  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win a GoMacro MacroBar Mini assorted box!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.