Shelly's Bits and Pieces: July 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pirate's Booty Mac and Cheese is here!! ARG!! Cheesiest Joke Contest

Disclosure:  I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy's Bloggers for Pirate's Booty. I received Pirate's Booty products to facilitate my review.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family
We have snacked on Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Puffs for quite a while now.  They are delicious and they are a snack that I feel good about giving my family.  We were thrilled to find out that Pirate's Booty has revealed a new treasure, Mac and Cheese!  It is made with organic wheat pasta, real cheese and has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  There are currently 4 varieties of Pirate’s Booty mac and cheese. They offer Shells and Cheese Aged White Cheddar, Anchors and Cheese Aged White Cheddar, Mac and Cheese Aged White Cheddar, and Mac and Cheese Mild Cheddar.


As a way to introduce their new mac and cheese products, Pirate’s Booty has a contest for the Mac and Cheesiest Cheesy Joke.  The submission period started June 4, 2014 and ends tonight, July 14, 2014.   You can submit your entries through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine using hashtag: #MacAndCheesyJoke and if using Instagram, Vine, or Twitter tag @PiratesBooty.  Get your entries in!!

Kat decided to give her own joke a try.  Here it is:  Where do Pirates come from?  ARRRgentina of course!

We really loved the mac and cheese.  I was not sure how Kat would respond to the color since she was used to the yellow orange cheese color, but she LOVED the aged white cheddar.  She made 2 boxes the first night because a couple friends were over, and it did not last long enough for me to get a photo. The next night, she made two more boxes.   They were gone just as fast!

Get those jokes over!  I'm sorry for the delay in posting, but I have been ill.  HOWEVER, I could not let the contest end without posting!   GO GO GO!  No purchase is necessary to enter the Pirate's Booty Mac & Cheese Cheesiest Joke contest.  First prize is a family vacation for four to Wisconsin Dells (includes round-trip coach flights, ground transport, hotel (4 days, 3 nights), and four amusement park tickets.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway

Disclosure:  This is a non compensated post.  Orkin, LLC is responsible for the information provided and for prize fulfillment.  Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit 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.


When life hands you dung, just roll with it.
At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.

Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!

Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses
You can follow Orkin at the following links:
@AskTheOrkinMan 
https://www.facebook.com/OrkinPestControl 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOGjPywXEjUitvXi22CXJTZNd4VVcP9LQ http://www.orkin.com/

GIVEAWAY!  Enter to win the Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit by entering on the Rafflecopter form below!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nonni's THINaddictives New Flavors Review and Giveaway

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

A few years ago, my family had the opportunity to try Nonni's Biscotti.  We fell in love with it immediately.  The taste is wonderful and the selection is awesome!  We became a Nonni's family after that trial.  We keep Nonni's in our house!  In July of last year, we were offered the chance to review Nonni's new THINaddictives.  They were delicious too!  Fast forward to 2014, and Nonni's has added some new flavors to their THINaddictives line.

We received a box of Banana Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Oat Nonni's THINaddictives to try out and all I can say is YUM.  I am a big banana lover, but not so much a dark chocolate eater, so I was worried at first.  I should have known better, because they are light, crunchy, and delicious.  I actually had to hide the last couple packs from my family so I could get to eat them.  Kat and Chefy devoured the box of Blueberry Oat without even offering me a bite.  I will have to buy more at the store to even taste them, but according to Kat, they are, "Da Bomb."  They are the ideal guilt free snack!

About the new flavors:
Banana Dark Chocolate Almond Thins – Crunchy banana chips layered with semi-sweet chocolate chips baked into an almond thin makes for a chocolate lover’s delight.
Blueberry Oat Almond Thins – Luscious, whole blueberries and hearty oats rolled into an almond thin for a satisfying sweet.

The new flavors maintain the product’s tradition of being made with real, wholesome ingredients, like California almonds and fruit baked into every bite. Created for those seeking a healthy indulgence, THINaddictives are:
·         Low in sugar (5 grams or less per serving)
·         Low in carbohydrates (14 grams or less per serving)
·         Low calorie (100 calories per serving)
·         Available in five delicious flavors, including Cranberry, Cinnamon Raisin, Pistachio, NEW Banana Dark Chocolate and NEW Blueberry Oat

Find and follow THINaddictives on Facebook,TwitterPinterestInstagram for healthy living tips and for chances to win!!

                               ~~~GIVEAWAY~~~
Want to try these for yourself?  Two lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces readers will win 2 boxes of the new flavors of Nonni's THINaddictives!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below and you could win!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Keep Momming

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.


Check out Holly’s message about how she keeps momming http://goo.gl/MR8HL2, and don’t forget to visit KeepMomming.com.

Monday, July 7, 2014

We have moved...finally!

We have finally moved into our new home!  My home office is almost complete, so I can get back to normal with my posts and giveaways.  I posted last month about our air conditioning system being out and that we were looking for somewhere to move.  We actually ended up with 2 places to choose from, and I am excited that we chose the bigger house.  We now have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick house.  One thing I love about the house is that we have a huge bonus room that was added a few years ago and it is ideal for our scrapbooking/crafting/party area!

We finally managed to get all our utilities installed and I am back to normal with my internet!  Chefy is pleased because when we transferred our directv, we opted for a new contract and updated to the genie and we get the NFL Ticket package totally free this year!!  WOOHOO!  We decided to only have the satellite available in the family room and in our daughter's "Chill room," so our bill is going to be cheaper too!

Thank you all for bearing with me during this move!  I owe some reviews and giveaways, and they will be posted ASAP!  Looking forward to living better and getting more accomplished in our new home!

God Bless~
Shelly