Shelly's Bits and Pieces: November 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Swago Shopping Edition (US)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I receive SB for sharing.



It's time for another round of SWAGO, and this board is all about shopping! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site. Plus, if you have to buy holiday gifts, might as well get an extra SB bonus for yourself, right?

Here’s what you need to know to get your 400 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

Shop Swago will begin on Tuesday, November 29th 9am PDT/12pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
The game ends Friday, December 2nd at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Start earning today by joining Swagbucks.  Simply click HERE to join us! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

More Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) NEW DEALS

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  I will receive SB for sharing!



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great "shopportunities" for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards.

Some of today's deals include:
8 SB/$ Cash Back at Groupon & Macy's
6 SB/$ Cash Back at Old Navy & Gap
 And lots more!

If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals - sign up now.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NEW Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) Day 3

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I receive SB for sharing!



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great "shopportunities" for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards.

If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals - sign up now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) Day 2

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I receive SB for sharing.



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great "shopportunities" for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards.

If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals - sign up now.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I will receive SB for sharing.



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great "shopportunities" for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards.

If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals - sign up now.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Team Challenge: Swag Day Parade

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Who doesn't love a good challenge? Especially when you can get points to redeem towards free gift cards!

Join the Swag Day Parade team challenge hosted by Swagbucks, a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. It starts on Monday, November 21st at 8am PST and goes through Friday so you have a whole week to contribute points to your assigned team. It's so much fun to see which team you are placed on, and discover all the ways you can earn SB while you contribute to your team's goal! How will you contribute? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.

The challenge lasts until November 25th so log in or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

Where Jesus Slept Review & Giveaway #HGG #WhereJesusSlept #FlyBy

Disclosure:  We received a copy of this book to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.

One of the things I most look forward to is reading with my little ones.  This time of year, I try to find as many books about Christmas as I can.  While I don't mind reading stories about snowmen and Santa Claus to my kids, I feel it is important for me to make sure they understand the true meaning of Christmas.  When we were awarded the chance to review Where Jesus Slept, I was thrilled.   Here is a little about the book:
“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.

About the author:
Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.  Illustrated by Katy Hudson.

This book is adorable!  The illustrations are beautiful and the color is amazing.  My family enjoyed reading it together and it has been read several times.  The book is designed for children ages 4-7 and it is a fairly simple read.  The phrases repeat themselves and it will become repetitious for older kids.  Kat enjoys reading to the younger kids and they enjoy their snuggle time.  One of the reasons the younger ones liked the book was because they could "help" read.  They would repeat the parts they knew and allow Kat to read the new parts!  It was adorable to watch!

This hardback book earned a spot in our Holiday Gift Guide for children 4-7.  Books about Jesus can be enjoyed year round!  Would you like to win a copy to share with your little one?

GIVEAWAY

Enter on the Rafflecopter form below and you could win!

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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. 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.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Swag Code Extravaganza: Fantastic Bucks and Where to Find Them

Disclosure:  I receive SB for sharing!



Welcome to the Swagbucking World of Swagbucks!

I love when Swagbucks has Swag Code Extravaganzas, they are one of the easiest ways to earn SB!

What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've gotten over $300 in gift cards with Swagbucks! What are you waiting for?

The magic happens on Wednesday, November 16th from 7am PDT/10am EDT to 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 30 SB.

Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!

Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree Giveaway #HGG

Disclosure:  We received a copy of this DVD to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.  Please note that sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment!

Our Holiday Gift Guide chugs along with another very cute movie for your kids. My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree is today's recommendation!   This DVD is rated Y7 which means it is recommended for youth ages 7 and up!  Four year old Princess Pistol and 6 year old Princess Pickle enjoyed the DVD and I didn't see anything inappropriate in it.  This DVD would be a great Christmas gift!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree:  Fresh air - check. Starlit nights - check. Scary stories - freaky deaky! The Equestria Girls are leaving the halls of Canterlot High School for a field trip to Camp Everfree. However, they get more than canoeing and camp fires when magic begins to wreak havoc on the camp. They’re surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen, and the girls seem to be developing new powers. The Equestria Girls will have to work together to control the magic or it will destroy their beloved camp!


  •         Copies of the film for sale in Walmart will include a pair of Twilight Sparkle barrettes! 
  •         Copies at all other retailers come with an adorable “Camp Everfree” sew-on camp patch. This can be used for a fun activity – making your own camp uniform!



You can check out the clips from the DVD by clicking below!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend Of Everfree (2016) Arriving At Camp (HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTySvy7h1fk
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend Of Everfree (2016) Baking & Birds (HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-q-dmdw0w
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend Of Everfree (2016) Camp Everfree Activities (HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi3G0JqXVo0
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend Of Everfree (2016) Discovering Powers (HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FydkuYvjRgE
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend Of Everfree (2016) Filthy Rich (HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqEl4rBpijA

Would you like to win this for your My Little Pony Equestria Girls fan?  Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Get great deals when doing your holiday travel shopping! (US)

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I will receive SB for sharing!



Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of you likely have travel on the horizon. If you're in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here's how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you're not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you've joined through my link this month), you'll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year. I have earned enough through Swagbucks to cover 90% of my Christmas shopping!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Hybrids Family Review & Giveaway #HGG

Disclosure: We received a copy of this DVD to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.  Please note that sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment!

Our Holiday Gift Guide continues with a DVD for your family.  If you enjoy fantasy movies, this family movie about witches and vampires and their "hybrid" kids is perfect for you.  Want to know more about the movie?  Read on!


“The Hybrids Family” is a witty and unique comedy about a dysfunctional family of vampires and witches, suitable for children and teens, and fun for adults too!

Teenage siblings Blaz and Velana have a secret—they’re the world’s first vampire/witch hybrids! Their vampire father and witch mother have kept them hidden away for years, but when they fly the coup to start a new normal life, a supernatural family-filled adventure ensues.

“The Hybrids Family” stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, Revenge), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Leanne Agmon (Blue Bloods) and Anne Leighton (Grimm) and was directed by Tony Randel (Beyond Belief, Hellbound: Hellraiser II). It was written by Tony Schweikle and produced by Peter HAS III Inc. and Anthony Entertainment

Blaz and Velana use their power of teleportation to move to Palm Beach, Florida to pursue their dreams. Young romance is on the cards for Blaz, who dreams of a filmmaking career, while Velana seeks the courage to sing in public.  Their irate parents are determined to put the kabbash on their plans—and to make matters worse, a scheming warlock and his henchmen are hot on the teens’ trail.  But with the ages-old Vampire vs. Witch battle still going strong, it looks like their paternal grandfather, The Count, and matriarch witch grandmother will have to make peace in order to help these spunky hybrids out of their otherworldly conundrum!


Recipient of the Dove Foundation seal of approval, “The Hybrids Family” is a fun and comedic story for the whole family this Halloween that offers a positive message about the importance of family connection and cross-cultural acceptance.

Director Tony Randel says: “The script for The Hybrids Family came to me at the exact time I was learning to say goodbye to my children's childhood and send them off to college and their futures.  It's a melancholy, bittersweet moment for any parent but one that needs to be met gracefully as children leave their youth and embrace their hopeful futures.  This is the story I wanted to tell."

Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “Vampire, witches and warlocks—oh my!  Perfect for young viewers who want to experience a fantasy world that speaks to their own real-life challenges in a meaningful, entertaining way.  And perfect for parents looking for upbeat appropriate films to watch with the whole family.”

Our Thoughts:  
This movie is very cute!  We watched this as a family and everyone really liked it from 8 yr old Bugman to 18 yr old Kat, Chefy and myself!  We received this movie to review back before Halloween and it never really felt like a Halloween movie to me.  We like witches and vampire stories and movies, so this was ideal any time.  The storyline is really fun.  It was simple enough for younger kids to follow along without being too babiesh for the adults.  This is a very nice, family film which introduced Bugman to a fantasy world filled with witches and vampires...without all the blood, gore and scary stuff.  My mom really loved Paul Sorvino's character, "The Count", but I'm not sure if it was because of his character or because she thinks Paul Sorvino is nice looking.  LOL!
This movie is Dove Family Approved for ages 12 and up, but I saw no problems whatsoever with our 8 yr old watching it.  Kids growing up and wanting to do their own thing is a natural part of life and that is pretty much what this movie is about!  The Shelly's Bits and Pieces family recommends this for other families to enjoy!

~~ Giveaway~~
Would you like to win a copy to share with your family?  Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below and you could be that winner!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Swago Thanksgiving

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I will receive SB for sharing.



It's time for you to stuff yourself with your next SB Bonus with Swago: Thanksgiving! This month's Thanksgiving themed board offers a possible 400 SB ($4) Bonus!

What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. When you complete a task, watch that square change colors like the leaves of Fall. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great way to learn how to use the site, and it's a lot of fun!

Here’s what you need to know to get your 400 SB Bonus:

Swago  will begin on Monday, November 14th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
The game ends Monday, November 21st at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

You can sign up for Swagbucks here!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get The Children In Your Life A Free Book and get $8

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post!  I receive SB for sharing with you!


World Book and Swagbucks have the perfect gift for the little reader in your life - a free book that makes history come alive! World book has a great assortment of vibrant, fun, and informative books about a variety of different historical events, people, and legends that are perfect for grades 6-8. This offer gets you a free book (you pay $1 in shipping) AND you get $5 (paid in Swagbucks' SB Points) for doing it, plus a bonus $3 (300SB) for signing up for Swagbucks through me first. Here's how you can get your free book and $8:

1. Click here to get to the offer. When you get there, if you're not already a member you'll be prompted to create your Swagbucks account - it takes less than 30 seconds.
2. Click the blue "Continue" button
3. Order your free book - that's it! The 500 SB will credit immediately, and if you're a new member signing up for Swagbucks through the above link, you'll get another 300 SB in the first week of December.

So, what's this Swagbucks I'm talking about? It's the site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're already doing online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals (like this one!), taking surveys, or even searching the web! Then you take your points and redeem them for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more! In fact, for signing up through me, you can actually get ANOTHER bonus $2 if you spend $25 or more on holiday shopping through Swagbucks this month!  You can cash in your SB as you go along or you can wait to turn them in and get larger gift cards!  Swagbucks has helped eliminate my Christmas cash problems!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Domino's Bonus Days- 15% Cash Back on Domino's Gift Cards

Disclosure:  I will earn SB for sharing this information!



This one's for all the pizza lovers out there. MyGiftCardsPlus is offering their highest Cash Back amount on Domino's Gift Cards yet: 15% Cash Back!

MyGiftCardsPlus allows you to buy gift cards to over 100 of your favorite merchants, and receive valuable points called SB with every gift card you purchase. You can then redeem your points at their partner site Swagbucks.com for FREE gift cards and even PayPal Cash!

Click here to get started and quickly create a Swagbucks account. Afterwards, you’ll be prompted to go to MyGiftCardsPlus where you can buy your Domino's Gift Card. Once you make a purchase, you’ll link your accounts and your SB points will be available on Swagbucks.


In the future, whenever you buy Gift Cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, you’ll earn more SB points for more free gift cards! This is a limited time offer so act fast!

The Wild Life Arrives on Blu-ray and more November 29

Disclosure:  This post was not compensated!  I just wanted to share!


Fun-Filled Island Adventure Arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD, and On Demand November 29 from Lionsgate and Available on Digital HD on November 22!

From the producers that brought audiences Shaun the Sheep Movie, Paddington and A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, The Wild Life arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and On Demand November 29 from nWave Pictures, Studiocanal and Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. The Wild Life will also be available on Digital HD on November 22. The perfect film for families to watch together over the holidays, this wildly adventurous animated comedy begins as Mak the parrot and his friends discover a mysterious visitor washed up on their island’s shore.
Embark on a tropical misadventure with a group of quirky animals and their human castaway, Robinson Crusoe. When savage cats invade their paradise, Robinson and the island’s animals team up to defend themselves and their home in this fun-filled movie.

The Wild Life home entertainment special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette looking at the making of the film, an introduction to the characters, a Wild Life music video, and a short “Tips for Your Trip” featurette for viewers to successfully prepare for  their next trip to the islands. The Wild Life will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for the suggested retail price of $34.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD/ DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
·     “A Wild World: Making The Wild Life” Featurette

·     “Meet the Characters” Featurette

·     “Tips for Your Trip” Featurette

·     The Wild Life Musical Adventure

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DOC McSTUFFINS: TOY HOSPITAL DVD #HGG

Disclosure:  We received a copy of this DVD to facilitate an honest and unbiased review!  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.


Get ready for cuddly Disney Magic with Doc McStuffins and her pet friends in DOC MCSTUFFINS: TOY HOSPITAL on DVD Filled with over 2 hours of new episodes & songs, and a FREE exclusive toysponder bracelet packed inside! Join Doc as she expands her practice from the backyard clinic to the magical new world of McStuffinsville, where she will carry on a family tradition by becoming Chief Resident of McStuffins Toy Hospital!


Synopsis:    Join Doc as she expands her practice from the backyard clinic to the magical new world of McStuffinsville, where she will carry on a family tradition by becoming Chief Resident of McStuffins Toy Hospital. After Grandma McStuffins shares the news that she too has the ability to bring toys to life, she transports Doc and her friends to McStuffinsville, a magical world made up entirely of toys.  There, Doc appoints Lambie in charge of the toy nursery, Stuffy on vet duty, Chilly as receptionist and Hallie as head nurse. 

Also featured are four episodes highlighting the McStuffins' family experience as they encounter the joys of adoption after Mom and Dad McStuffins announce that they are adopting a baby. Storylines focus on a variety of emotions and situations young children can encounter when a new baby arrives in the family.

Our thoughts:  This DVD is absolutely adorable,  We love to follow Doc on her adventures with the toys.  Chefy and I really like the fact that she is so caring and that she shows a true desire to want to help and wonderful problem solving abilities!  I must admit that I enjoyed the adoption episodes more than the main one.  Adoption is very important to my family and I love how it was handled by the McStuffins' family.  This is perfect for any blended family or adoptive family!


This DOC McSTUFFINS: TOY HOSPITAL is the first item on our Holiday Gift guide this year!  It is perfect for the preschoolers in your life!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mt. Swagmore Collector's Bills

Disclosure:  I will receive SB for sharing this information with my readers!



One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have "Collector's Bills" that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus!

Here's all the information for this week's Mt. Swagmore Collector's Bills

How Do I Get Collector’s Bills?

It’s simple. Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, November 7th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm PT/Monday, November 14th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

5 SB
10 SB
13 SB
22 SB

What happens when I get a Collector’s Bill?

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 4 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Is it possible to collect the same Collector’s Bills multiple times?

Yes, you could collect any of the Collector’s Bills multiple times.

Holiday Gift Guide Time!




Anyone who knows me accepts the fact that I am a Christmasaholic!  Christmas is my favorite time of year and I am very excited to share that with my readers!  This year, I will be posting different products into my Holiday Gift Guide for everyone!  There will be ideas for boys and girls, as well as men and women.  I hope you will check back with me every day to see what we will be discussing next!

I thought I would post some festive facts to get everyone in the holiday mood.  Here are 3 interesting facts to get you started.


  • In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
  •  The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.
  • The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
Stay tuned!  The first items on my gift guide will be posted later today!






Saturday, November 5, 2016

Head's Up Teachers! Save Time & Money This Holiday Season! #InstantInkTeachers

Disclosure:  By sharing this post, I have the chance to win a printer for myself and a teacher!


Ready or not, it is officially the holiday season! We all know that while the holidays are a time for family and friends, it can also equate to lots of spending. Teachers especially feel the burden of extra spending this time of year while they strive to spread holiday cheer to their students. And as moms, we want to support our kid’s teachers both inside and outside the classroom, right? So with a little knowledge on our side and some helpful tips and tricks, here are a few great ways to combat the excessive seasonal spending and support the teachers in our lives.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Get great deals when shopping for home decor! (US only)

Disclosure:  I will receive SB for sharing this information with you.



Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of people are already getting started on decorating their homes for the season. If you're in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here's how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you're not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you've joined through my link this month), you'll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year.  I am almost at the $300 mark and have been at it for less than a year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Get $5 When You Sign Up For Swagbucks

Disclosure:  I will receive SB for sharing this information!


We've reached the Holiday season - can you believe it? People are already preparing for Thanksgiving and getting ready to start shopping for the Holidays (if they haven't already begun)! Since this time of year in particular is a good one for having some extra money, Swagbucks is offering a $5 bonus to people who sign up through me this month!

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for all sorts of things you're probably already doing online, like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, and more! Then you can turn your gift cards in to PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, and more!

Here's how you get your bonus:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 12/1. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. When you do your holiday shopping, spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* and you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cashback you'll get from shopping.

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over $300 which I use on Amazon gift cards for my Christmas shopping!

*You must receive your shopping SB before January 1st

Brooklyn Bean Roastery Pink Pumpkin Coffee Review

Disclosure:  This delicious coffee was sent to me to facilitate my honest and unbiased review.  No monetary compensation was received.



Fall is my favorite time of year and one of the things I enjoy most is the return of pumpkin!  I love being able to find pumpkin scented air fresheners and candles, and of course pumpkin flavored coffee!  This month, I received Brooklyn Bean Roastery Pink Pumpkin Coffee to review.  I am very happy to say that I really liked it!!


There are several things I need to point our about this description!   It does remind me of pumpkin pie and when I made my cup, I added some fresh whipped cream to top off my "pumpkin pie."  I really like the overall flavor and it smells heavenly.  It is 100% Arabica coffee and the amount of pumpkin is just right so it does not overpower the delicious coffee.  This coffee is prefect any time of day and pairs well with dessert too.  One of my favorite things about this Pink Pumpkin is that a portion of the proceeds goes to Breast Cancer Awareness!  You have to love a company that gives back!

You can buy Brooklyn Bean Roastery Pink Pumpkin Coffee kcups at Amazon right now for $22.80 for a 40 count box.  Keep up with Brooklyn Bean Roastery by following them on social media through the following links:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and  Instagram.

Check them out and let me know what your thoughts are!