Shelly's Bits and Pieces: October 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Starving Games Slide Show and Clips

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The Starving Games will be available in select theaters, VOD and Digital Download November 8, 2013.

 The 75th Annual Starving Games Sponsor Catalog Excerpts:
 The Starving Games – Teaming Up (featuring Maiara Walsh):
The Starving Games – Chicken Pin (featuring Maiara Walsh):

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - New Trailer!

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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Here is the new trailer for you to enjoy!

Cars 3D Ultimate Collector's Edition Out NOW! View 3 clips!

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post! I love the movie CARS and just wanted to share!
Get Cars 3D Ultimate Collector's Edition available on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, Digital HD, DVD and Digital Copy (U.S. Only)! Tractor Tipping The Race Last Lap

Monsters University: Like Mike Clip and Images

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Fun Pasta Fundraising - The Pasta Shoppe - Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received free product to facilitate an honest review. Receiving the product did not influence my review! All opinions are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family. No monetary compensation was received. Prize fulfillment is responsibility of the sponsor.

One of my favorite things to eat is pasta!  I love pasta with Italian sauces, pasta salads, soup and much more.  Recently, we received a review box full of goodies from The Pasta Shoppe!  They offer a huge variety of products and we really fell in love with some of the awesome shapes they have.

Kat was thrilled that they sold Collegiate shaped pasta.  She is a Clemson fan, and although we did not get that to review, she liked the UNC and Cal pasta we were sent.  Kat went to a UNC game with a friend and I sent along the UNC pasta salad.  Everyone loved it, and I received several calls asking where I got it!  The fact that the pasta held it's color astounded everyone.   They have a large variety of Collegiate Pasta Salads to choose from!

We received wintertime chili and chicken noodle soup pasta and seasonings.  The shapes are adorable.  Who can resist snowflakes and snowmen or chickens.  Along with the chicken noodle soups and chilis that they offer, they also have pasta with vinaigrette mixes, easy cheesy pasta, and pasta with chicken salad mix.

With over 250 shapes to choose from, the shaped pastas are broken down into spring/summer, fall, winter, everyday, trendy &  fun, animal lovers, sports, summer fun and celebration shapes!  There are so many Pastabilities!  We also received some Spinach Basil Garlic Angel Hair pasta nests!  They are 1 oz nests and are about 100 calories per nest!

We also received some Divine Meringues.  We got the vanilla bean, and they did not even last long enough for me to take a photo.  At only 7 calories each, these delicious, melt in your mouth treats, were a huge hit!

They also have a fantastic fundraising program where you can have fun, eat pasta, and raise money for your group or organization.  EVERYONE loves pasta!  Pasta is healthy and affordable. (& easier to distribute than frozen foods, too!)  Profits are 40-50% of your sales!  Fun Pasta is easy to sell!  To request more fundraising information, click HERE! You can follow on facebook too! https://www.facebook.com/pastashoppeusa
http://www.facebook.com/funpastafundraising

So what do you think?  We loved everything from The Pasta Shoppe and I will be recommending the fundraising program to our athletic association.  Santa is shopping there for some stocking stuffers too!

Want to win some pasta to try yourself?  Two Lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces readers will win a $30 box of Pasta to try at home.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

Dreaming of a Dodge Durango at Sport Durst Chrysler Dodge Jeep


When my daddy was alive, there was no truck he loved better than a Dodge.  He never had any problems with the ones he owned over the years and when he sold used cars, the Dodge trucks would fly off the lot! Since Chefy and I have been thinking about getting a new vehicle, I've been thinking about getting a Dodge.  A truck will not do us any good, but I have fallen in love with a 2013 Dodge Durango at Sport Durst Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram.

It is a 2013 in a Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl color and has black interior!  The Durango is beautiful and Kat, our 15 yr old daughter, loves it!  It has front and rear air conditioning, a rear defroster, and side air bags, which are a must for us.  The only draw back for me is the gas mileage estimates of 16 city and 23 highway MPG.

What do you think?  Do you have any experience with a Dodge Durango?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next time, our search continues!

Friday, October 25, 2013

That Awkward Moment Red and Green Band Trailers--Embedded




Here is the green band trailer:
Here is the red band trailer:

Room on the Broom Games App






The new app is based on Penguin Group’s #1 best-selling Room on the Broom children’s picture book written by much-loved author Julia Donaldson, UK Children’s Laureate (2011-2013), and illustrator Axel Scheffler—the same author and illustrator team that created the critically-acclaimed book series, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. Room on the Broom is filled with humor and adventure, and teaches the importance of family, friends and teamwork!  
 
There’s room on the broom for everyone in this high quality game app for 3–7-year-olds, featuring beautiful design based on Alex Scheffler’s original illustrations.  Offering children a safe, entertaining and interactive experience they can enjoy time and time again, Room on the Broom Games provides eight imaginative activities that players can interact and explore within, while practicing early learning skills such as counting, creativity and literacy.   Collectively, the games explore the world of Room on the Broom, complementing the experience of reading the book and watching the film. Key characters are featured and players get to help them fly, eat and explore their world. Designed to ensure players and parents feel comfortable and safe in the digital space, there are no in-app purchases.



The new Room on the Broom Games interactive app is available through the iTunes store for iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iPod Touch; and on GooglePlay and Amazon for Android devices, priced at $4.99.



Julia Donaldson comments, “‘When Magic Light first mentioned to me the idea of producing a game offering children a different way to engage with the Room on the Broom characters, I was confident that they would produce another beautiful high-quality product to sit alongside their films and merchandise. The games have been especially designed to echo traditional children’s games of observation and memory and are a lovely addition to the world of Room on the Broom.” She adds, “ My own favourites are feeding fries to the dragon and creating constellations of stars!”



Axel Scheffler added,  “I’m delighted to see how my original artwork has been used to create such beautifully produced games that give children the opportunity to explore the world of Room on the Broom in a whole new way.”

Fans can play with their favorite characters—Witch, Cat, Dog, Bird, Frog and Dragon in these magical games:

·       Join the stars – Fly through the air and connect all the sparkly stars to find the right image!
·       Find the hat – The Witch has lost her hat! Is it behind the tree? Help Dog find the hat in the woods.
·       Windy day collecting game – It’s a windy day and Cat needs help collecting a few things, will you help? Be careful not to miss them!
·       Find the bow – The Witch has lost her bow! Is it in the hay? Help Bird find the bow in the field.
·       Find the wand – The Witch has lost her wand! Is it under the lily pad? Help Frog find the wand in the pond. 
·       Drawing with stars – Light up your imagination by creating pictures in the night sky. Place the numbered stars where you wish and watch the witch transform it into a dot-to-dot picture.
·       Dragon loves fries – The Dragon is hungry and is planning to have fries for his dinner! Feed the dragon fries and avoid the other falling objects from the sky! 
·       Fly the magnificent broom – Whoosh! Join the gang on the magnificent broom and fly through the starry night sky. Take control and steer the broom to collect letters, which spell out a word! 
Plush Witch $12.95

Boardbook $6.99

 PLUS – watch out for a special Halloween broadcast of this multiple award-winning animated movie in its first U.S. broadcast slots on 24-hour preschool network Sprout, airing on Oct 30, 31, Nov 29 and Dec 7.



Plush Dragon $12.95












AND check out The Room on the Broom website for some fun FREE activities including how to make your own wand, a “can you find” challenge, help Witch through the maze to find her bow, and a fun word search puzzle.



There is a lot to do on the App and even more when you check out the website! Check it out with your little one. I bet they will enjoy it all!

That Awkward Moment / Official Red Band Trailer



Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been– at that confusing "moment" in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So…where is this going?"

View the Official Red Band Trailer HERE  (You must be 17 or older)


Written and Directed by Tom Gormican, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT co-stars Imogen Poots and Jessica Lucas. Scott Aversano is producing via his Aversano Pictures banner along with Andrew O'Connor, and Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen via the Treehouse Pictures Banner.  The film is executive produced by Manu Gargi, Zac Efron, Jason Barrett, Michael Simkin, John Friedberg, and Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman. The film is scheduled for release January 31, 2014.

Looking at the Cars Online at Sport Durst Mazda

Disclosure: I will receive compensation for writing this post, however all opinions stated are honest and my own. I do not post a positive review about things I do not believe in!

We are still looking at cars online trying to get an idea of what we are wanting to purchase. Today, I was looking at Durham Mazda dealer Sport Durst.  The first thing I noticed on their website was that they had an app you could download to remind you about appointments and other things.  They have a 30 second credit app and also an Auto Trader Instant Trade In Offer.  I like that you can send them a message from the home page to ask questions too. 

I was able to check out new and used cars and I really like that each car has a photo, a value, and the price Sport Durst is asking for it.  You get lots of information on each vehicle, color, mileage, interior, etc!  This way you can get a better idea of what you want before you actually go shopping.  If you go in person by October 30, make sure you fill out the pop up form thait appears on the website and you can get a $25 VISA gift card!  That is added incentive! 

We are still checking out vehicles online!  If you are interested in a new Mazda, give Sport Durst Mazda a look!

Trying New Products from Manischewitz Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  Product and information was provided to me to facilitate a review. No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions stated are honest and are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.   Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor.

Being married to a chef has been a blessing, because he always knows how to season foods to make them flavorful.  I do my best, but I will never be considered a chef!  My grandma taught me how to cook Southern style, but that is not always the healthiest way.  (But it does taste good)

When I am left to prepare dinner, I usually fall back on my usual sides like rice or mashed potatoes.  Chefy knows how to kick the flavor up, but I don't.  I have always been interested in trying new side dishes, but had no idea where to start.  Recently, I had the opportunity to review some new products from Manischewitz, and I was thrilled that the box included Couscous!  I had heard of it before, but had never tried it.  What was I waiting for?  


My review box included 2 different flavors of Couscous Mixes, and they were a huge hit with my family.  Both boxes were eaten within three days!




I cooked baked chicken and made the Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil Couscous as a side.  WOW!  Kat and I were shocked at how much we liked it!  It was not heavy at all and had a tasty and delicate texture.  We made grilled chicken two nights later and made the Mushroom and Olive Oil Couscous as a side, and it was as delicious as the other.  These have now been added to our grocery list. 












I also received Rye Tam Tam Crackers and the Wide Egg Noodles to review.  I am not a huge rye lover, but Chefy loved the Manischewitz® Rye Tam Tam Crackers .  He did share them with Kat, and they both are covering the crackers with cheese every chance they get! 
The Manischewitz® Wide Egg Noodles were delicious in my homemade chicken noodle soup.  I love the texture and overall taste of the noodle.  They are keepers for sure! 

Manischewitz has also just released the beta version of The Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide. 
Download links for the new Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide:

Would you like to try the same products I was sent?  The wonderful people at Manischewitz are offering one lucky Shelly's Bits & Pieces reader a box of goodies to try themselves.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY!


What is the best part about Halloween?
The pumpkin carving? The costumes? The free candy? All are amazing, but whether you are the bunch that loves dressing up and scaring the neighbors or you plan to stay-in, Warner Bros. has a line-up of Spook-Tacular Movies to get you in the holiday spirit. From classics like It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Scooby-Doo The Goblin King to Adventure Time – Jake the Dad, you can count on a spook-tacular selection that the entire family can enjoy! 
Before you and the kids take the neighborhood by storm, get in the mood by sharing some spooky stories! Download copies of the Spook-Tacular Story Time PDF, fire up the flashlights, and gather in a circle..... this Halloween it's STORY TIME! Perfect for kids ages 7 to 73!
Check out the app to check out:
 • Which Spooky Family Are You? QUIZ - Is your family all about the candy and costumes? Or are you pumpkin-carving crazy? Take the quiz to find out which spooky family YOU are!
 • Spook-Tacular Story Time PDF - It's simple... Halloween is not Halloween without spooky story time! Print out a copy for everyone, sit in a circle, and have everyone craft their own spooky story!
Would you like to win a family friendly Halloween movie?  One lucky Shelly's Bits & Pieces reader will win one of these movies:    (Prize will be chosen randomly from one of these titles)
• Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for your Rife!
• Regular Show – Fright Pack (V4)
• It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
• Tom and Jerry: Tricks and Treats
• Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween
• Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
• Tom and Jerry: Halloween Hijinks
• Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo!
• Adventure Time – Jake the Dad (V5)

THE STARVING GAMES ~ Movie Parody coming 11/08/2013


BEFORE YOU CATCH FIRE, CATCH-UP WITH KETCHUP’S
THE STARVING GAMES*
Written and Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Opens in Select Cities, VOD and Digital Download
November 8, 2013
(*you knew this was coming)




Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister’s place in the 75th annual “Starving Games.” In doing so, she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Brant Daugherty) and team up with the geeky baker’s son Peter Malarkey (Cody Allen Christian) in a fight for her life.  But wait, there’s more!  She could also win an old ham, a coupon for a footlong sub at a six-inch price, and a partially-eaten pickle!

In The Starving Games, Friedberg and Seltzer’s sixth cinematic spoof of popular box-office hits, the prolific parody duo has its sights trained on the adventure blockbuster The Hunger Games!  It’s all the laughs and half the calories as they sling dozens of cock-eyed, barbed arrows at sci-fi, action and fantasy films from The Avengers and Oz the Great and Powerful to pop culture characters and celebrities like Harry Potter and Taylor Swift.

The Starving Games stars Maiara Walsh (“Switched at Birth”) as Kantmiss Evershot, the eagle-eyed archer whose bravery and skills inspire the masses along with trending topics on Twitter®; Cody Allen Christian (“Surrogates,” “Pretty Little Liars,”) as Peter Malarkey, the geeky young man who volunteers alongside Kantmiss; Brant Daugherty (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Days of Our Lives”) as Dale, Kantmiss’s beau who’s left behind to watch – and simmer; Ross Wyngaarden (“Bonnie & Clyde: Justified”) as Marco, a ruthless player handy with a blade; Dean West (“Monster Hunters”) as Seleca, the game’s controller and Diedrich Bader (Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans) as President Snowballs, the malevolent, but ratings-conscious ruler.  The comedy is directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Meet the Spartans, Vampires Suck) and is produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Vampires Suck).

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity.

Total Runtime: 83 minutes

Play along with The Starving Games on:


About Ketchup Entertainment
Ketchup Entertainment is focused on working with established filmmakers and emerging talents, actively acquiring and distributing films across various platforms including VOD, Netflix, DVD, Digital, television and theatrical.  Recent acquisitions and releases have included actioner VEHICLE 19 starring Paul Walker, the Jeremy Lin documentary LINSANITY and the drama SAVANNAH starring Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

MARVEL'S THOR: THE DARK WORLD - Three New Clips Now Available!!!


Check out three newly released clips from MARVEL'S THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.


Thor: The Dark World - Film Clip "Where Were You?"
 Thor: The Dark World - Film Clip "I've Got This Under Control"
 Thor: The Dark World - Film Clip "Malekith Wakes Up"

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been very busy these last few days.  Our church is having a harvest sale on Saturday (later today), and I have been doing some things for that.  We had a peeling and chopping party at church on Friday morning to prep the potatoes and onions to go into the Brunswick stew that the men are cooking.  Chefy will be going to the church at 5am to help them.  My daughter and I are going over about 9-10am to help set up for the sale and for lunch.  We start serving lunch at 11am, and I know it will be busy!  Lunch consists of BBQ and Brunswick Stew...YUM!  We also have some crafts and preserves that will be sold.  All the money we raise goes to our WOM (Women on a Mission) fund.  We adopt families at Christmas, send money to our missionaries, pay for Vacation Bible School, and much more.  I am very excited to be helping because this is my first year being involved!

Next Friday night we have our Fall Carnival at church, and I will be BUSY again.  Our carnival is completely free, food and all, and I will be frying Oreos that night!  There will be games, hotdogs, funnel cakes, cake walks, hayrides and more!  So exciting!!  We have a great community outreach!

At some point later today or tomorrow afternoon, I will be posting 2 or 3 new giveaways as well as some other posts!  Stick around!  There will be a lot going on for the next few months here at Shelly's Bits & Pieces!

Have a blessed weekend!

~Shelly~


Monday, October 14, 2013

Jodi Benson Lends Her Voice To Save Music Program!

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Have you and your children ever dreamed of seeing Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel, sing live? 

That dream came true for the lucky students of Mosaic Preparatory Academy, a PreK-6 public elementary school located in the heart of East Harlem in New York City. Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) recently helped save Mosaic's music department and Jodi Benson lent her voice to the cause. 

Jodi and BIV are both supporters of music in school and recognize the importance of the arts in a well rounded curriculum. Please take a look at the featurette below. The students sign “Part of Your World” as Jodi sings to celebrate music in school and the recent Blu-ray release of The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition


About BIV
BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES:
Founded in December of 1999, Broadway Inspirational Voices is a gospel ensemble comprised of actors performing on and off Broadway. Some of the shows represented are Annie, Avenue Q, Book of Mormon, Cinderella, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Motown The Musical, Pippin, and Wicked.
Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) has been seen on the Smash, America’s Got Talent, 2009 Tony Awards, Today Show, Vanessa Williams Total Request Live, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The 2000 Tony Awards, and in concerts on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, City Center, Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C. and the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim, California. This versatile choir has performed with such musical greats as: Elton John, Patti Labelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vanessa Williams, Stephanie Mills and Oleta Adams.
The mission of Broadway Inspirational Voices is to raise awareness, provide spiritual support, and to help raise funds for people in need. We lift our voices as a multi-ethnic choir of singers, actors, and dancers from some of the top performers on Broadway, national tours, and regional theatre.

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE FIFTH ESTATE Film Clip & Featurette

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About the movie:

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?"


A dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

 
The Fifth Estate refers to citizen journalism. “Fifth Estate” is used to describe media outlets (including the blogosphere) that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media (the official press) any class or group in society other than the clergy (First Estate), the nobility (Second Estate), the commoners (Third Estate) and the press (Fourth Estate). It has been used to describe civil society, the poor or the proletariat.

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist on Blu-ray October 29th!

Disclosure:  This is a non compensated post.  All thoughts and opinions are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family! Just wanted to pass on the information!

Ever since I watched Kevin McCallister ride his sled down the stairs of his house and out into the snow, I have been a Home Alone fan.  I bought the movie when it first was released to VHS tape and watched it so much the tape broke.  My wonderful hubby replaced the VHS with a DVD copy and I still watch it often.  It is one of my favorite Christmas movies!  I have passed the love of those movies on to my daughter and to my extended family too! 


Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
In the latest installment of the Home Alone franchise, Finn Baxter and his family move from California to Maine to their new house. Finn is terrified and believes the house is haunted. While he sets up traps to catch the "ghost," his parents get stranded across town and Finn is home alone with his sister. Their house is targeted by three thieves. 
 
This movie looks cute and I intend to check it out when it is released October 29th.  What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Home Alone movies?

Betty Crocker’s First Birthday Smash Cake Recipes


When we were getting ready to celebrate Kat's first birthday, we bought two cakes!  One cake was for us to eat and the other, smaller cake was for Kat to smash her little fists and face into!  There is nothing cuter to me than a child covered in food, and a first birthday cake is the perfect photo opp! 

My only regret is that I did not make her special cake myself.  If I had known about these Betty Crocker First Birthday Smash Cake recipes back then, I would have been all over it!  You can find out more about these cakes and recipes  HERE!  I was shocked to find out how simple the recipes and ideas were! 

The idea is so very cool!  Here are a few of my favorite SMASH cakes. 
First Birthday Smash Cake (Healthy)

Number 1 Cutout cake

Watercolor Cake
You can click on the name of the cakes and go to their recipe page!  What are your ideas for your babies' first birthdays?  Would you consider a smash cake?  Comment below and give me your thoughts!

Checking out Special Occasion Dresses at DressFirst


My daughter, Kat, has one of the busiest personal lives I have ever seen.  She is very busy with her high school extra curricular activities, church and friends and family.  She is constantly being asked to go to parties, or to be in someone's wedding.  Finding reasonably priced formal dresses can be a huge pain!  On her upcoming schedule, is a Homecoming dance and a winter formal at school.  She wants to go in something new, in which I cannot blame her!  Our problem is finding the right dress.  Since we only have one car right now, we do most shopping on-line.  We want to see different styles and we want to have a lot of color choices too.  How hard can that be?  Harder than you can imagine!
We checked out the dresses at DressFirst and were thrilled!  We were literally on-line looking for about an hour!  Kat found so many dresses that she loved and we actually agreed on most of them!  DressFirst.com is the leading supplier of wedding gowns, special event dresses, wedding party dresses, and accessories.  They have a huge selection of high quality dresses.  The costs are lower than most I've seen, and they offer FREE shipping on ALL dresses!!  You cannot beat free!  We were thrilled to find out that the dresses she liked were available in over 20 colors!  WOW!

Here are the choices Kat is considering...


This is her favorite dress! Available in 28 colors!
She loved a lot more, but since her high school has a NO STRAPLESS rule, we had to leave those out!  The prices were reasonable and the mere fact that the shipping is free is the icing on the cake!  One thing I was really pleased about was the size ranges they offer.  They carry dresses from size 2 through size 26W! 

Next time you are looking for dress for a special occasion, give DressFirst a look!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.   I was!