Shelly's Bits and Pieces: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks DVD Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  We received a free copy of this DVD to facilitate our honest review.  Receipt of the free DVD did in NO way alter our opinion.  Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Ever since I was a child, I loved trains!  I have passed this love of trains down to my kids who love them as much as I do.  We take rides when we can, we play with trains and watch Chuggington.  Now, there is a new Chuggington DVD we can watch!

A special delivery of traintastic fun is coming down the tracks for young trainees all across the country this season with “Delivery Dash at the Docks,” the newest release in the much-loved “Chuggington™” DVD collection. The brand-new title from Anchor Bay Entertainment contains six standout episodes from the fifth season of the top-rated Disney Junior series as well as trainloads of exciting bonus features. The DVD features two new characters, Daley and Skipper Stu, and is available with a very special Daley collectible toy train from TOMY™ to give preschool fans and their families even more to honk their horns about! “Delivery Dash at the Docks” moved full steam ahead to retail nationwide on February 23, 2016.

In “Delivery Dash at the Docks,” Koko is thrilled to be spending the day training with Chuggington's new express delivery engine, Daley. Together they pick up and deliver important packages all around Chuggington, frequenting the bustling docks where Skipper Stu, Chuggington’s new Dock Master, is loading and unloading the ship. Through their engaging adventures, Koko, Skipper Stu and all the Chuggers learn the importance of patience, paying careful attention to detail and teamwork!

Episodes:
·         Delivery Dash at the Docks Special
·         Sinkhole Rescue
·         Cormac Patrol
·         Trainee Camp
·         Tour Guide Harrison
·         Delivery Challenge


DVD Bonus Features:
·         Badge Quest Episodes: Buddy Badge and Follow the Leader
·         Character Montages: Olwin
·         Coloring Pages

Dove.org, the long-trusted source for family-friendly media reviews, reports: “Now this is what good children’s entertainment is about! The stories are terrific, the characters are delightful, and the animation is awesome!”

For additional “Chuggington”-themed adventure, fans can visit the Amtrak Exhibit Train Tour as it travels across the country. For more information visit: www.amtrak.com/exhibit-train.

About “Chuggington™”
“Chuggington” is a contemporary, action-based, energetic and vibrant CGI series for children ages 2-5. The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills that empower them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information is available at www.chuggington.com.

Our thoughts:
Little man loved this DVD.  The episodes are really cute and they teach good lessons.  Chuggington is one TV show I know little man can watch and I don't have to worry about what he is learning.   When not watching his Chuggington DVDs, little man watches it on Disney Junior!  Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks came with a limited edition toy train and that was a huge hit.  That train has traveled with use ever since the DVD arrived.

Would you like to win a copy of Chuggington: Delivery Dash at the Docks for your little Chugger?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Perfect Valentine's Meal Thanks to a Kabob Skewer Set from Cave Tools

Disclosure:  We received the kabob skewer set from Cave Tools to facilitate our honest review.  The free item did in no way alter our review.


Chefy always prepares a special meal for me on Valentine's Day.  Every year it is something different and I never have any idea what it will be.  It has been everything from sushi to lasagna or maybe even a steak and lobster.  With all those tasty ideas running through my head, I anxiously awaited the meal.

Recently we received a wonderful kabob skewer set from Cave Tools and had been waiting for the right moment to use them.  The crazy winter we have been having has caused us to alter our plans several times.  The weather for our Valentine's meal was COLD, but Chefy was determined.

Let me tell you a little about this kabob set.  It contains five stainless steel kabob skewers and a kabob rack.  The skewers are FLAT and can rotate into 8 different skewer positions!  It has a universal design which enables it to work on any size grill and another huge plus is that it is dishwasher safe!

If you have ever used skewers before, you know that the round skewers allow the food to slide to the side and slip off.  Nothing stays put!  These flat skewers are prefect!  Everything stayed in place and thanks to the little built in food slider, the food is very easy to remove!

The food came out delicious and easily slid off the skewers.  I apologize for the lack of photos of the finished product, but it smelled so yummy, I forgot!

If you are interested in purchasing this kabob skewer set, you can order them from Amazon or from the Cave Tools website.  You can save 15% off your purchase right now by using the following code: LHWJZQMZ5 when shopping at Amazon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray Giveaway #GIRLZ4LIFE Ends 2/10

Disclosure: Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.  No monetary compensation was received!


There are few things as important in life as your friends. No matter how old you are, your friends are there to help you when you’re down, support you when you make mistakes, and be your rock when the going gets tough.

The new movie, LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE, is all about friendship, trusting yourself and standing up for what’s right no matter what the cost. All set to an awesome rock soundtrack you’re going to love! Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea as they learn that fame isn’t important, it’s your friends that count!

LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE brings to life (in animated form) the LEGO construction based toy LEGO® Friends. LEGO ® Friends invites girls into a universe, Heartlake city, and inspires them to use their imagination to build and role play their own stories with fun-loving relatable characters.

Check out the App!
• Grab your pop star microphone because it’s sing-along night! Click the play button to watch the special sing-along music video for Girlz by L2M.
• Listen to the song High Tops by L2M and click to watch the “Meet L2M” video that introduces the next girl-pop power sensation.
• Download the “Girlz 4 Life” Activity Pack and to unlock your inner pop star! Kit includes Selfie props, a “Spot the Difference” game, making the Band DIY pop star instruments, Friendship Card and more!
• Click on LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack for a link where the film can be purchased!


True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!

Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.

The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.

As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.

Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2

Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!
www.L2MOfficial.com

Would you like to win a copy for the special child in your life?  Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below: