Saturday, February 28, 2015

Check out the #UrbiniDreamNursery Instagram Contest

Disclosure:  I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

One of the things I most looked forward to when I was pregnant was preparing a beautiful nursery.  There is nothing more beautiful than a classic, wooden crib that just caps off your new nursery.  If you are awaiting the arrival of your new bundle of joy and are setting up a nursery, I have some information for you!  Urbini has added a new line of nursery furniture that is sure to make you say WOW!  My favorite has to be the beautiful cherry crib pictured below!

To make people aware of their new line, Urbini has created the Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram Contest!  One lucky winner will have the designer of the new Urbini nursery furniture, Rachel Dacks, come to their home and provide them an Urbini Dream Nursery, which includes Urbini furniture and décor!  If you are a first time mom, or maybe you want to update your nursery, the Urbini Dream Nursery could be just what you are looking for!  Even if you have passed this time in your life, you can still try to win a Walmart Gift card every day by promoting the contest!

The Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram Contest features the following prizes:

Grand Prize
One Urbini Crib
One Urbini Changing Table
One Urbini 6 Drawer Dresser
One Urbini Cubi Play Yard
Home visit by Urbini designer Rachel Dacks to personally outfit a newly designed nursery

Second Prize
Choice of one Urbini Crib

Third Prize
One Urbini Cubi Play Yard

Sweepstakes Winners
Each day, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card

To enter the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest to win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, contestants must post an Instagram photo of the room they want to redesign to their personal Instagram account tagging #UrbiniDreamNursery and #Contest. For all other entry information, including entering to win the daily $50 Walmart Gift Cards, please visit  You can also use the widget below to submit your photograph to enter to win!

Urbini Dream Nursery
The Urbini Dream Nursery Contest will begin Wednesday, February 25 and end Wednesday, March 18.


Disclosure:  Non-Compensated post!!  Just wanted to share!

From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Academy Award®-Winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The Iron Lady), leads an all-star cast in this enchanted adventure about daring to venture Into The Woods.

SYNOPSIS:                          Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

CAST:                                    Meryl Streep as the Witch (The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County), Johnny Depp as the Wolf (The Lone Ranger, Sweeney Todd), Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada), James Corden as the Baker (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The Three Musketeers, Gavin & Stacey), Anna Kendrick as Cinderella (Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air), Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince (Star Trek Into Darkness, Jack Ryan), Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood (Broadway’sAnnie), Daniel Huttlestone as Jack (Les Misérables), MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel (Brother’s Keeper, Broadway’s Next to Normal)

PRODUCER:                        Marc Platt (Wicked), Rob Marshall (Academy Award®-winning musical Chicago), John DeLuca (Nine), Callum McDougall (Wicked)

DIRECTOR:                          Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

COMPOSER:                       Stephen Sondheim (Sunday it the Park with George)

SCREENPLAY & James Lapine (Passion)

RELEASE DATES:                March 24th, 2015

PRODUCTS:                        Digital HD/SD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
and On-Demand

Friday, February 27, 2015

Laundry Done Simply with Purex #PowerShot! Review & #Giveaway

Disclosure:  Free product was received to facilitate our honest review.  We only recommend products or services that we personally use and believe in.  No monetary compensation was received!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Doing laundry is not my favorite chore, but it is a very necessary one!  Purex has made doing laundry even easier with their new product, Purex PowerShot!  NEW Purex® PowerShot™ is a super-concentrated liquid detergent with auto-dosing technology that provides a no-mess, no-guesswork solution to laundry care. It is very simple to use.  Simply Flip, Dose and you're Done!!  This new bottle measures for you!!  One flip takes care of a normal load of laundry, and with two flips, you can clean a larger or dirtier load!  What is even better is when you flip your bottle, the next dose is held for you!  You know when you have the correct amount in your washer because the detergent will no longer be coming out of the bottle!!

We were sent the Mountain Breeze scent and it is wonderful!  They also make the Purex PowerShot in a Linen & Lilies scent!  We cannot wait to try that scent!!  Right now there is a Sweepstakes going on at Purex!  You can enter by clicking HERE!

How about a giveaway?  Two lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces readers will win a coupon for a FREE bottle of Purex PowerShot!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The 5 Love Languages for Men by Dr. Gary Chapman Book Review & Giveaway #5LL4MEN

Disclaimer: We received this book for free from Fly By Promotions/Propeller Consulting in exchange for our honest review. We only recommend products or services we use personally and believe in. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Even the strongest marriages can use some help every now and then.  We received a copy of The 5 Love Languages for Men by Dr. Gary Chapman to review and Chefy immediately started reading.

About the Book:

Falling in love is easy. Keeping the sizzle in your marriage? That's more like grilling the perfect steak-it takes time, attention, and some secret spices. Mastering your wife's heart doesn't have to be complicated, but it will take a little effort. Good intentions alone will not get the job done.

Gary Chapman gears this edition of his #1 New York Times multi-million best seller to your needs, challenges, and interests as a husband. What really fills your wife's love tank? (It may not be what you think.) How can you let her know what you're thinking and feeling? What can you do to make sex more meaningful and pleasurable for you both? This book offers a straightforward approach that will equip you for relational success.

Discover the secret that has already transformed millions of relationships worldwide. As you learn this simple, yet profound, concept for communicating love, you'll be more confident and courageous in the ways that matter most. Really!

"When you express your love for your wife using her primary love language, it's like hitting the sweet spot on a baseball bat or golf club. It just feels right-and the results are impressive." -Gary Chapman

Chefy's thoughts:

Initially, I was a little unsure of what to expect.  After the first few pages though, I knew this was something that I needed to read.  Every person has their own love language, and when you determine what that language is for your spouse, things just seem easier.  I'll let you in on the secret, the 5 Love Languages that Gary Chapman talks about in this book are:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Receiving Gifts
Quality Time
Physical Touch

As I read through the book, I began to understand more about which of these languages "spoke" to Shelly.  We have been married for 13 years and have a wonderful marriage, but every marriage can use some help with communicating.  I honestly wish this book had been available before we got married.  It would have helped me a lot in the early years.  Shelly was a lot different than the other girls I had dated, and her love language was different.  I have learned that now, and I encourage other men to read this book and learn which love language "speaks" to their spouse.

Would you like to win a copy of this book for you and your spouse/significant other?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray Giveaway

Disclosure:  I will receive a copy of this DVD as a thank you for posting this giveaway, by Partnershub.  No monetary compensation has been or will be received for this post.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

 Available NOW on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack+Batzarro LEGO minifigure

Check out the LEGO Bizarro Name Generator App.  Type in your name to reveal your Bizarro alter-ego - If you don’t like your name, press the refresh button or try again!  You can also watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the Bizarro League home today!


You can win a copy of the LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray for your family.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

Becoming Myself DVD Bible Study Review

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the DVD Becoming Myself to facilitate my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions stated are mine and were in no way influenced by receiving this Bible Study at no charge.

Many times in my life I have wondered exactly who I am.  There have been times when I felt as though I had little value and wondered if anyone would every love me or want to be with me.  Although I always knew my parents loved me, there were times when I felt all alone.  Often, I wondered if anyone else ever felt the same way.

Recently, I was blessed to be chosen to review Becoming Myself, which is a DVD Bible Study.  I have been a part of several different Bible studies in the past, and they have all taught me different things.  This Bible study actually made me realize that by "Becoming Myself," I am becoming more like Jesus.  I have always known that Jesus loves me, but this Bible study reminded me that he loves me now, with all my flaws, even when I do not love myself.  Jesus loved me and died for me long before I was ever born.  He knew all about me and He knew the life I would live and the struggles I would have.  He knew I would want to change things, and myself.  The only problem with me changing and becoming myself is that I was trying to do it all by myself, without consulting the Master Creator.  This Bible study reminded me that there were a lot of people and things that molded me into who I am now, and with the help of Jesus, I can become the me that God dreamed of!

There are 8 sessions in the Becoming Myself Bible study series, and they each are around 15 minutes long.  The sessions are thought provoking and are ideal for a small group discussion.  I plan to share this Bible study with my women's group at church.  This is a powerful study that could benefit every one.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Frosty Vox Box Review #FrostyVoxBox

Disclosure: I received samples from All opinions expressed are based on my own personal experience. Your opinion may differ.

I love nothing better than trying new products and sharing my experiences with others.  Recently, I received the #FrostyVoxBox from Influenster and I was thrilled with the products!

The items included in my box were:

McCormick Gourmet Thyme-  Chefy loved it!  It is a high quality spice and added an awesome flavor to my meatloaf!  We love the glass bottle.  It opens and closes easily too.

Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry Flavor-  Yummy!  My family really enjoyed the Cherry flavor. It was juicy and delicious.  Lowfat/Kosher/Vegan.

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Decaf Green Tea-  My favorite!  I generally prefer decaffeinated beverages, so this was a huge treat for me!  It was a smooth, minty tea that was a perfect way to end my day!

EcoTools Hair Brush-  Kat and I loved this brush.  It is lightweight and the bristles glide smoothly through my hair, minimizing breakage.  The eco-friendly packaging and the bamboo handle are huge pluses too.

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover-  I usually have skin issues with other eye makeup removers.  This worked great on all my makeup, waterproof as well as the other products.  It was very gently on my skin and it did not leave an oily residue.  Dermatologist tested.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner- I really like the pigment.  It glided on smoothly and it didn't smudge or come off when I started sweating!  Dermatologist tested.

Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum -  This hypo-allergenic product works on deep lines and wrinkles!  I liked the way it felt on my face, but it was scented.  I would have preferred non scented!

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum-  The color was perfect for me!  It went on smoothly and lasted throughout the day!  It did not feather, and it left my lips feeling nice and smooth!

This was a great box!  I cannot wait to see what the next VoxBox from Influenster holds!

Friday, February 6, 2015

23 Blast DVD Review and Giveaway #23BLAST

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of this DVD in exchange for my honest review and post.

Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property)  / 1h 42m

Chefy and I love to watch inspirational movies, and we especially enjoy the ones that are based on true stories.  Recently, we were given the opportunity to review 23 BLAST.  I would call it a football movie, but it is so much more.

About the movie:  As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.

The above synopsis does not even begin to cover this movie.  The movie begins with some kids starting to play peewee football.  That is where Travis meets Jerry and they become best friends.  The movie moves forward to the boys playing high school football.  I loved that it gave us a back story before jumping right in to things.  The movie kept my interest from beginning to end and there were several times when I wanted to cry for Travis and for the pain his parents were feeling.  Travis' mom reminded me of myself.  After Travis went blind, she was trying to do everything for him and she babied him.  I understood her need to be MOM, even when her son needed her to be strong.  I was so happy when she backed him up toward the end of the movie.  

I do not want to give away too much about this movie, because I really think you need to see it for yourself!  23 BLAST teaches some great lessons about never giving up, bravery and faith.  It is a wonderful family movie and I would encourage you to watch it with your kids!  It is rated PG-13 because there is some underage drinking.  The drinking is noted as a negative thing, so it is not glorified.  Also...make sure you pay special attention to the preacher while they are at church.  Watch until the end and you will understand why!

Learn more about his movie by following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by checking out the 23 BLAST website.

One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win a copy to enjoy with their family.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below: