Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - One Awesome Family TV Show!

Disclosure:  I received this preview, free of charge, from Hallmark, via Flyby Propeller, for review purposes on my blog.  No compensation has been received for this post.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.

With all of the channels we have nowadays, we should always be able to find something that is good for the whole family.  Unfortunately, that does not happen.  There are far too few quality, family TV shows.  Signed, Sealed, Delivered changes all that.  It was created and Executive Produced by Martha Williamson, who also created Touched By An Angel.

The new original series "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group's leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people's lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.

We really enjoyed watching the episode, "The Future Me."  This episode is about a special couple with Down Syndrome who discover the Scriptural meaning of marriage through the challenges of their journey, which inspires their parents.  We were so touched by this episode.  I have a cousin who has Down Syndrome and his parents were overprotective and overbearing his entire life.  He never had the chance to go to school or really learn about life.  He's 56 now and has never experienced any life outside of his home. I have a friend who has a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome who just graduated high school.  She was always mainstreamed and she is working now and has a boyfriend.  I can picture these issues arising for her down the road.

The characters in Signed, Sealed, Delivered are an interesting group.  They each have their own little quirky traits which make them stand out.  When I first started watching "The Future Me, " I was not sure if I really liked Oliver O'Toole.  He didn't seem like the most friendly and caring person and it turned me off a little, but as the show went own, my feelings toward him changed.  Shane McInerney is probably my favorite character, because she reminds me more of myself.  You could really feel that she cared for Ellie and Bobby.  Rita Haywith is a very unassuming person who connects extremely well with the character of Norman.  Without giving away too much about the plot, I will tell you that I laughed and cried during this episode! There is also a bonus!!!  The American Bible Society has built a Bible study to go with the series.  You can sign up for that here: http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered.  You get a seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

You can join me and my family watching Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Sunday nights at 8pm /7pm CST on the Hallmark channel!  You can learn more about the show by clicking the links below.
Website: www.hallmarkchannel.com/signedsealeddelivered
Facebook: www.facebook.com/signedsealeddeliveredtv
Facebook for creator Martha Williamson:

You can download the accompanying Bible Reading Experience HERE.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Cowgirls and Angels 2 Review

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

We are always on the look out for a good quality family movie.  We love movies that our entire family can watch and enjoy, and it is a huge plus when Dove.org awards a movie their "Family Approved" seal.  All those things come together in Cowgirls and Angels 2.

Here is the movie synopsis:  Oscar Winner Keith Carradine (Cowboys & Aliens) stars alongside a young, popular cast that includes Haley Ramm (X-Men: The Last Stand), Jade Pettyjohn (American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars), and Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow) in this inspiring second chapter of the beloved Cowgirls ’N Angels story! After she receives unexpected news about herself, a 17-year-old girl (Ramm) experiences an exciting, yet challenging life in and out of the rodeo circuit in this wonderful coming- of-age story. Filled with heart, horses and high-reaching adventure, Cowgirls ’N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer is an uplifting reminder that with courage, friendship and passion, anything is possible.

Our thoughts:  The movie was really good.  The story itself revolves around Dakota and what occurs after she finds out she is adopted.  She is initially angry and decides that she needs to find out about her biological parents.  Dakota meets her biological mother and eventually realizes that everything happens for a reason. She finally understands what her grandma meant by, "It's not about the blood..." Cowgirls and Angels 2 flows easily.  You truly start feeling for the characters and the situations that surround them.

The movie has a lot of wonderful lessons about forgiveness and about love.  Family does not have to be related by blood as long as the heart has the connection!    We wholeheartedly recommend the movie!

Black Nativity Review

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

When I received an email about a new movie being released on Blu-Ray and DVD, titled Black Nativity, I was intrigued.  I have no idea how I missed that movie when it went into theaters.  My interest was peaked and I am very excited to say I got to review it!

About the movie:  Struggling to pay the bills, single mom Naima (Jennifer Hudson) sends her teenage son Langston (Jacob Latimore) to live with his estranged grandparents, Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) in New York City. At first Langston resents their strict household, but with the help of new friends — and a little divine intervention — he embarks on an inspirational journey of self-discovery that brings the whole family together.

Black Nativity is based on the gospel play written by world famous poet/novelist/playwright Langston Hughes. This movie has a dynamic cast which includes Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett.  Black Nativity also includes an angelic Mary J Blige.  The soundtrack to the movie is great and the songs flow smoothly throughout the movie.  Chefy and I loved that the movie was inspiring.  It had a wonderful storyline and left you feeling good.  Although it is a holiday based movie, Black Nativity can be watched and enjoyed year round.

47 Ronin Review

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

We love watching all kinds of movies.  We recently had the chance to watch Ronin 47 and want to share our thoughts with you.

About the movie:  Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. Transformed into a thrilling, visually stunning 3D film by director Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin tells the story of a small group of warriors, or ronin, on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected – in their ultimate fight for redemption.

Keanu Reeves leads an international cast that includes Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine, The Last Samurai) as Oishi, the leader of the ronin; Tadanobu Asano (The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World) as Lord Kira, the treacherous villain who will stop at nothing to destroy his enemies; Academy Award®-nominated actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) as the Witch, a siren who executes Kira’s deadly plans; and Ko Shibasaki (The Lady Shogun and Her Men, One Missed Call) as Mika, the forbidden love of Kai’s life.

Our thoughts:  Chefy and I really enjoyed this movie.  It was action packed, and it even has a love story too.  This movie is ideal for anyone who enjoys movies about samurai warriors, fighting and good overcoming evil.  I was worried initially that I would not be able to sit through the whole movie, because I am not that in to the samurai stuff, but there was enough of an interesting plot line to the movie to keep non-action buffs watching.

Father's Day is just around the corner.  Why not give Dad a movie for his big day?

Here are some movie GIFs to spur your interest.  Enjoy

"LIVE HEALTHIER" with With Superior Source Vitamins Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a free Super Source Vitamin Pack to facilitate my honest review.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.  Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Growing up, my parents were not vitamin takers.  My brother and I took our chewable kids vitamins when we were in elementary school, but after that, we were too "big" for the cartoon characters.  During my twenties, I developed some health issues and my doctor suggested that I start on some vitamins.  I was shocked to discover that I was anemic and that my vitamin B and vitamin D levels were low.  I have taken vitamins since then!  Recently, I was offered the chance to try out a Superior Source Vitamin pack and it has changed my vitamin intake for good.

Superior Source vitamins are UNIQUE because Superior Source Vitamins are MicroLingual.  They have an "Under the Tongue Technology" that works fast.  They are quickly absorbed into the body, dissolving in seconds under your tongue!  My favorite part?  There are NO pills to swallow!   Did you know that by swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach?  I had no idea until now!

 I am very happy with these vitamins.  I have even managed to get my hubby to start taking the B-12! Simply placing one of these vitamins under my tongue has to be the easiest way to go!  I love my Superior Source Vitamins!

The Superior Source Vitamins: "LIVE HEALTHIER" Family 6-Pack - $86 Value! “SPRING 4 HEALTH” Family 6-Pack includes the following vitamins:

B-12 1000 mcg: This 60-tablet bottle is brand new and is a combination of activated B-12, activated Folate and B-6, which are three critical B vitamins required for control of elevated homocystein levels. Why control homocystein levels?: because high levels of homocystein have been linked to cardiovascular disease. No sugar added in this vitamin either.

Vitamin D 1000 IU:  Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to promote the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Superior Source Vitamin D products are D3, the finest source of Vitamin D available.

Biotin 5000 mcg: Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth, metabolism of fats, amino acids and the production of fatty acids. Sugar FREE!

Vitamin C Sour Cherry Melts: Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced by the body, therefore it must be replenished daily. Vitamin C also provides support to the body’s immune system, very helpful in a season where people catch colds and flu. No sugar is added, these products are only sweetened by stevia; this is preferable to most ‘chewable’ vitamin C products that are typically loaded with lots of sugar.

Children’s B Complex with Vitamin C: Children’s B-Complex with folic acid, calcium pantothenate and biotin is formulated to provide the nutrients that support optimal health for the production and maintenance of new cells and supports nervous system health, energy metabolism, and healthy heart function.

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You can purchase all Superior Source Vitamins at major retailers nationwide like Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe and major online retailers like, Vitacost, iHerb, Walgreens, Swansons and Lucky Vitamins.

Want to try them for yourself?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below and you could win a Super Source  Vitamins: "LIVE HEALTHIER" Family 6-Pack - $86 Value!

Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I am a Purex Insider.  I received free product to facilitate my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family!

Freshly laundered clothes need to smell fresh.  I always make sure that I add dryer sheets to my dryer to cut down on the static cling and to make my laundry smell nice.  Some dryer sheets are better than others in both scent and static reduction.  Thanks to my ongoing work as a Purex Insider, I was recently afforded the chance to try out the Purex Crystals dryer sheets. They are available in two scents, Fresh Spring Water and Lavender Blossom, and they contain 120 dryer sheets per box.  I was sent the Lavender Blossom scent to try!

These dryer sheets are very fragrant!  Some people with sensitive noses might have a problem, but we love them!  When they came out of the dryer, the sheets no longer had the "stuff" on, but they still had a nice scent.  Kat puts the used dryer sheets in her shoes to keep them smelling fresher.  We also placed some of the unused dryer sheets in the trunk of the car, under the seats of the car, and inside our empty luggage.  I am happy to report that all of those places smell much fresher!

Want to give them a try yourself?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below and you could win a coupon for a free box.  There will be two winners!  The coupons expire on June 30th, so my giveaway will only run for a week. Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed day.

End of school year crazies

Things have been so crazy around my house during the last month, and I do not anticipate it slowing down until June 12th!  Kat is finishing up a very busy Sophomore year in high school, and between school choir and JROTC, we are constantly on the go!  I am very proud of her accomplishments this year!  She is making straight A's while taking honors classes.  I could not ask for more!

When the school madness ends, I will finally be able to post daily and get a lot of giveaways posted!  Until then, bear with me!  I will be posting as frequently as possible.  There are great things yet to come.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing everyone a blessed day and a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MALEFICENT New Featurette and Clip

Disclosure:  This is a non-compensated post!  Just wanted to share!

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

Check out the new featurette and clip from this movie which will hit theaters on May 30th!
 Here is the Light & Dark Featurette!
 Here is the Finger Prick Clip! I think you will enjoy it!

MILLION DOLLAR ARM - In Theatres Everywhere

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Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

My hubby and I plan to go see it this weekend!  I love a true underdog story!!

Strawberry Shortcake: Fun Under the Sun DVD giveaway

Disclosure:  This is a non-compensated post.  20th Century Fox is providing the DVD for giveaway!
Join Strawberry Shortcake and her berry best pals on some sweet sunshine adventures! Blueberry makes a berry big blunder when she overhears Strawberry and thinks her friend is taking all the pals on a tropical vacation. After Blueberry makes some very funny attempts to make things right, Orange Blossom tries to build the girls their own fabulous resort. When they all work together to make it Berry Bitty City-style, it’s perfect...so perfect, in fact, that TV host Mavis Maraschino decides to do a segment on Cherry Jam right then and there! Will the girls ever get the Fun Under the Sun they’ve been dreaming of?

Do you have a Strawberry Shortcake lover in your house?  Maybe you grew up watching Strawberry Shortcake and want to introduce it to your little one.  Wait no longer!  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win their very own copy of Strawberry Shortcake:  Fun Under the Sun on DVD.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-Ray and DVD August 12th!

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Bring Home the Fun on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th
Also Available on Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD & On-Demand!

“Unnecessarily Extended Edition” Features Hilarious Bonus Content, More Music, More Mayhem, and More Muppets!

BURBANK, Calif. May 16, 2014— The Muppets are back in the globe-trotting, star-studded musical comedy adventure Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand August 12th, 2014, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, this must-own family film makes its in-home debut with THREE versions of the film: The Original Theatrical Cut, the Statler and Waldorf Cut,  and The Unnecessarily Extended Cut, featuring hilarious bonus content, plus more music, more mayhem, and more Muppets!

The #1 comedy in America three weeks in a row, “Muppets Most Wanted” picks up immediately following the events of the smash hit “The Muppets,” as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppet gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows, as the Muppets find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine - the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog!

Now Muppet fans can experience this laugh and song-filled caper like never before on Blu-ray Combo Pack in an all-new “Unnecessarily Extended Edition,” featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters! Also included on Blu-ray and Digital HD are additional hilarious bonus features, including Statler and Waldorf’s version of the movie, and the laugh-out-loud gag reel, “The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History.”

This most sensational, inspirational, celebrational home entertainment release also includes the featurette “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan” and music video “I Can Give You What You Want,” performed by Bret McKenzie.

Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) as Dominic Badguy, Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) as Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) as Nadya the Prison Guard, “Muppets Most Wanted” also features very special guest appearances by                     Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz, and more!

“Muppets Most Wanted” was directed by James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Flight of the Conchords”), written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Muppets,” “Get Him To The Greek”), and produced by David Hoberman (“The Muppets,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”) and Todd Lieberman (“The Muppets,” “The Fighter”).

Dare to be Square and Build Your Own Boxtroll

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In anticipation of Focus Features and LAIKA's new family-friendly stop-motion animated film THE BOXTROLLS, get creative and build your very own Boxtroll at http://www.theboxtrolls.com/. One grand prize winner's Boxtroll will be brought to life as a real puppet by LAIKA artists, and other Box-tastic prizes are available!  
THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26! 
Check out the instructional video here:

 So go ahead, dare to be square and build your own Boxtroll at TheBoxtrolls.com now! 


Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBoxtrolls
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBoxtrolls

Need for Speed Heads Up! Coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on August 5th

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Based on the best-selling video games series, drive home with NEED FOR SPEED, the ultimate thrill ride on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5th from Buena Vista Home Entertainment! The combo pack comes with never-before-seen bonus features including: deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and more!

This summer, own the year’s ultimate thrill ride when Need for Speed races home on  Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5th, 2014, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling video game series, this action-packed movie drives non-stop excitement into your home in various home entertainment models, each tricked out with never-before-seen bonus features you won’t want to miss!

Buckle up with star Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton in this high-speed tale about an underground driver (Paul) who sets off on a race for revenge against the wealthy ex-NASCAR driver (Cooper) who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit.  Delivering real speed, real danger and real action, this turbo-charged thriller explodes on screen on Blu-ray and Digital HD with spectacular high definition picture and sound!

Then, experience first-hand what it took to make this breakthrough action hit with a series of revealing featurettes. First, go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it took to capture the movie’s intense car stunts on camera with “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie”; next, meet the Gilbert family, four generations of professional stuntmen, who turned the Mustang hero car’s astonishing “grasshopper” jump over four lanes of traffic into a family affair in “Ties that Bind”; then, experience the Need For Speed traveling road show as the movie films from one end of the country to the other in “The Circus is in Town”; finally, discover how the movie’s stunning soundscape helps put the audience in the driver’s seat by recording “car bys,” accelerations, donuts, skids—and the "gnarly" signature sound of the hero Mustang - in “The Sound Of Need For Speed.”

Additional must-own bonus features on Blu-ray include an audio commentary with director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul; Monarch & Maverick outtakes featuring stars Michael Keaton and Scott Mescudi cutting loose; 4 deleted scenes with introductions by director Scott Waugh; trailers, and more!

Need for Speed was directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” Mission Impossible 3), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Devil’s Double), Imogen Poots (Fright Night, That Awkward Moment), Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi (upcoming Entourage: The Movie, “How to Make it in America”) Dakota Johnson (upcoming 50 Shades of Grey, The Social Network) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Toy Story 3).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Disclosure:  I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts are my own.

This year has flown by so fast, and I can hardly believe that Mother's Day is Sunday!  Trying to find the ideal gift for my mom or grandma can make you want to pull your hair out!  My ideal gift is one that allows me to relax and not have to do anything.  A dinner out, a movie, breakfast in bed, all these options make great gifts, but why not go for something more!  Restaurant.com has come up with some wonderful ideas that might help you make up your mind.

Simply pair any Restaurant.com Gift Card with one of these gift ideas for the ultimate dining
experience and Mother’s Day treat:

1. The Blooming Role Model: “Mom always taught us that beauty is all around us, and she is our
favorite example.”

  • Vibrant blooms are the perfect way to say "Happy Mother's Day" to your very special mom. Surprise mom with a whimsical bouquet of flowers and a Restaurant.com Gift Card. 

2. The Spa Lover: “For the one who always pampers others, now is the time for mom to pamper

  •  Help mom discover the serenity and relaxation she needs with a spa treatment, followed by lunch at a tasty new restaurant using her Restaurant.com Gift Card. 

3. The Wine Enthusiast: “For the mom who deserves her own time out!”

  •  Pair her favorite bottle of wine with a Restaurant.com Gift Card! Treat mom to the ultimate Mom’s Night Out. 

Make sure to check out Specials by Restaurant.com for more Mother’s Day gift ideas or to create your
own memorable gift for mom!
ONLY DAYS REMAINING ON THIS SPECIAL DEAL:   Restaurant.com will be running Specials by Restaurant.com Dinner & A Movie starting Wednesday, May 7 – http://rst.cm/w8rOo – You’ll have to hurry though as this show stopping deal is only available for a limited amount of time!

                             WHAT DOES YOUR MOM MEAN TO YOU?

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Restaurant.com launched the” What Does Mom Mean To You?”
Pinterest Sweepstakes being held Monday, April 28 – Sunday, May 11.   Five (5) winners will be randomly selected to win a $500 Mom’s Night Out Package.  The Pinterest sweepstakes is really easy to enter.  You can get sweepstakes giveaway details at http://rst.cm/w8w64.

The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal. Restaurant.com has been
filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal
on the fly. The deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print
out a copy and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill. Bon Appétit!

Disclosure:  I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Check out Grush - The Gaming Toothbrush for Kids


What’s worse than getting kids to brush their teeth on Monday?

Having to do it all over again on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Just about every parent goes through the daily brushing battle, but very soon – and perhaps with your help – getting kids to brush their teeth – twice a day – everyday – is going to be fun and easy thanks to the two young dads who invented the Grush.

What is the Grush?!?

Grush is short for Gaming Toothbrush.  

The Grush is a high-quality toothbrush that doubles as a motion-sensing gaming wand. It comes with two replacement brushing heads, a device holder, and two interactive, age-appropriate and instructional brushing games.

Grush transforms the brushing chore into a fun and interactive game!
Click to watch the Grush Video

When kids use the Grush to brush their teeth, it wirelessly transmits information to any of your Android or iOS devices.

The motion-sensing brush allows kids to play a Grush mobile game, which guides their brushing and lets you track the results. You can even share this information with your child’s dentist!

See How the Grush Works!

Watch the video by the two smart dads – Dr. Yong-Jing Wang and Ethan Daniel Schur, who co-founded Grush, Inc., the award-winning San Francisco-based start-up dedicated to improving the oral health of children through innovative technology.

In addition to seeing how the Grush works, if you order the Grush by May 17th, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of Grush, Inc. and be among the first to own the Grush by November 2014!

What are the benefits?

Your kids will not only be first on your block who’ll want to brush their teeth; they’ll think you’re super cool!

This sponsored post is brought to you by Grush and coordinated by Wendy’s Bloggers

Friday, May 2, 2014


Disclosure:  No compensation has been received for this post!  Just wanted to share!

Not too much longer until the MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE WORLD will be out on Disney DVD!  It releases on May 20th!  

Here is a synopsis of the DVD:

Pack your bags and grab your passport. Join Mickey, Minnie and pals on a whirlwind trip Around The Clubhouse World! Climb the Eiffel Tower in France and say “bonjour” to Mademoiselle Daisy and Monsieur Donald Duck. Then, rescue Gondolier Goofy when he goes adrift in Italy’s Grand Canal; solve the mysterious riddle of Pharaoh Pete’s pyramid in Egypt, and meet a dancing dragon at the Great Wall of China. With your help – and the right Mouseketools – your Clubhouse friends can get their special passport stamped at each wonderful location. Featuring over two hours of song-filled fun, including four additional episodes, this global adventure proves it’s a small world after all!