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Celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookies with Entenmann’s Little Bites “Chip, Chip, Hooray Giveaway” (giveaway ends 8/20/20)

*Sponsored Post – the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Mmm…cookies. Who doesn’t love cookies? Most especially cookies hot and fresh from the oven.

I wish I was good at baking. I can cook. I’m a great cook, but when it comes to baking, I simply can’t do it. My baked goods tend to get burned, even when I use a timer. They just never turn out right. Even when I use pre-made cookies (the kind you open up the package and place them on a cookie sheet, then into the oven), I tend to ruin. Thank goodness for bakeries.

My sister is a great baker (I guess I’m lacking the “baking gene”). She’s also great at decorating cakes.

One of my most favorite things that my sister bakes are chocolate chips cookies. I don’t know what she puts into them (it’s her “secret”), but they taste out of this work AMAZING!

I love chocolate chip cookies. They are my most favorite cookie (my husband’s too). I love chocolate in general, so it’s of no surprise that chocolate chip cookies would be my favorite cookie.

All chocolate chip cookies are yummy if you ask me, but my favorite are soft chocolate chip cookies. They remind me of the ones fresh from the oven.

Are you familiar with Entenmann’s Little Bites? Many people know them by their delicious mini-muffins, but did you know that they also make cookies? That’s right! Entenmann’s Little Bites now makes Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft baked and filled with real chocolate chips (yum!). They also contain NO high fructose corn syrup.

Each Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies is perfectly portioned with six yummy chocolate chip mini cookie pouches per box.

Just like with all Entenmann’s Little Bites products, the Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies are a great choice for an on-the-go snack. They are ideal for putting in lunch boxes, taking with you when you travel, as a late night snack or any time of the day. Best of all they are delicious and always soft and moist.

To celebrate the release of the new Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, Entenmann’s Little Bites is hosting a “Chip, Chip, Hooray Giveaway!” The brand is giving away 10,000 lucky winners a coupon for a free box of Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. Awesome!

Their giveaway ends on August 27, 2020.

If you are interested in entering, visit www.LittleBites.com/Chocolate-Chip-Cookies. All you need to do is simply enter your name and email address, that’s it.

I’m also hosting a giveaway. I’ll share more about that shortly.

Entenmann’s Little Bites send me some free coupons to pick up the new Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies for myself. Sadly, I could not find them locally (yet). Where I live we’re always the last place to get in new products. Thankfully I was able to find them on Boxed.com. I ordered a box right away because I really wanted to try these.

This package is from Boxed.com. This is not found in regular grocery stores. This would be a warehouse purchase size.

My husband LOVES Entenmann’s Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (the kind you buy in a box in the Entenmann’s section). He always says that they are like “water” to him. He can LITERALLY eat an entire box all by himself in one sitting (that’s not a joke either – I’ve seen him do it). When he learned about the Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, I think he was more excited to try them and I was. He loves them (as do I). He also likes that they are portioned, so he’s not tempted to eat an entire box. He’s been taking a pouch to work with him almost every day.

I really like these cookies too. They are the perfect size for me as well. Admittedly, I would probably over indulge in a box of chocolate chip cookies too.

As you can see from my photos, these cookies are stuffed with chocolate chip cookies. If you love chocolate, you will love these cookies. Mmm… just thinking about them and seeing the photos I uploaded, I am tempted to get a pouch right now (luck for me I’ll be cooking dinner soon, so I know to hold off for now).

Look for the new Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies at a store near you.

For additional information about these and other mouth watering Entenmann’s Little Bites products, check them out online as well as on social media.

You can also check out what others are saying about these new Little Bites products by checking out the hashtags #LoveLittleBites and #ChipChipHooray.

Entenmann’s Little Bites would love to give a lucky She Scribes reader a special Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie prize package. The winner will receive;

  • $25 Visa Gift Digital Gift Card
  • (3) $5.00 off Entenmann’s Little Bites coupons

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 20, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three (3) days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. 

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize packag and/or your favorite Entenmann’s Little Bites product.

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Kimberly

*I received free product coupons as well as a gift card in order to do this review, as well as for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Entenmann’s Little Bites will be providing the prize package. 

A “Fin-Tastic” Giveaway from NG Kids Books (giveaway ends 8/20/20)

 

I have always been a nature lover, ever since I was a young girl. When I grew up I wanted to be anything from a farmer to a veterinarian, or a zoo keeper to an Oceanographer. I wanted to do every thing and any thing that had to deal with nature.

It’s true that at one time I wanted to become an Oceanographer. I think the ocean is a massive mystery. There are so many areas on this planet that have yet to be discovered, most especially in the ocean. I can’t help but wonder about what species of creatures are lurking under the surface of the ocean that no one has ever laid eyes on.

One of my favorite things I have done in regards to the ocean is go whale watching. We saw a lot of whales up closet that day. It was amazing!

That day we also saw a Basking Shark. WOW! It was HUGE! The Basking Shark is the second largest shark species (the first is a Whale Shark).

Sharks are awesome creatures. I know that they have a bad reputation, but statistically speaking, the likelihood of being attacked by a shark are slim. According to information I found on the internet, there were only 64 shark attacks worldwide last year. Considering the number of people who go into the ocean each year around the world (millions!), that is a very low number of attacks.

I’m not the only one who thinks sharks are amazing creatures. Many people do, that is why they created Shark Week. Shark Week is one of the most popular events to happen on television each year.

Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block created by Tom Golden at the Discovery Channel, which features shark-based programming. Shark Week originally premiered on July 17, 1988. Featured annually, in July or early August, it was originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks. Over time, it grew in popularity and became a hit on the Discovery Channel. Since 2010, it has been the longest-running cable television programming event in history. Broadcast in over 72 countries, Shark Week is promoted heavily via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. – Wikipedia.

If you and your family enjoy Shark Week (or Sharks in general), you might find these incredible books by Nat Geo Kids that are all about sharks. I was sent these books to review.

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (ages 9-12, hardcover, $19.99)

By internationally acclaimed marine photographer and National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry is an underwater adventure like no other.  With exclusive photographs and personal insight from Skerry, this book takes the reader below the surface and into the minds of these spectacular predators.  Beyond the feared fins and terrifying teeth, readers will learn what its like to swim with these amazing fish, how they live, what they eat, their superhero-like senses and better understand why these graceful, confident, perfectly sculpted predators are also vulnerable animals that we need to protect.  

National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (ages 5-8, paperback, $4.99)

He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This leveled reader is for kids who are starting to read independenelly, are ready for more complex vocabulary and who love sharks!  Like all books in NatIonal Geographic Kids reader series, this title was developed in consultation with early education experts and are written to maximize interest and achieve reading success.

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (ages 4-8, hardcover, $14.95 )

An adorable animal reference that includes the sea’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures’ sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

Extreme Ocean: Amazing Animals, High-Tech Gear, Record-Breaking Depths and Much More by National Geographic Explorer Sylvia A. Earle (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99)

An action-packed combination of science and adventure, famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and — above all –the importance of our ocean.

So Cool! Sharks (ages 3-7, hardcover, $6.99 )

Sharks are among the world’s top predators, but that’s just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn’t want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during their downtime.

These books are overflowing with fascinating information about not only sharks, but also sea dwelling creatures. This information will appeal to young and old alike. I am an adult and I found these books really interesting to read. I learned a lot more about sharks, dolphins, fish and other creatures of the sea.

The photographs in these books are breathtaking! I was in awe of them. Here are just a few examples;

       

These are wonderful books to add to your family’s library collection. These books would also be great to donate to a teacher’s classroom library.

To learn more about National Geographic Kids books, visit the National Geographic store. These books are also solda at other retail locations such as Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. You can also check out Nat Geo Kids on Facebook and on Twitter.

Nat Geo Kids would love to give a lucky reader a copy of all the books mentioned in this post. Thank you Nat Geo Kids!

This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and will end on August 20, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three (3) days to reply, or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win these National Geographic Kids books?

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Nat Geo Kids will be providing the prize package. 

Movie Review: Uncle Peckerhead

 

Available now on VOD (Video on Demand), is the horror/comedy film Uncle Peckerhead. The film will be available on Blu-ray August 25, 2020.

The film stars Chet Siegel, Jeff Riddle, David Littleton and Ruby McCollister.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I enjoy horror movies. I consider myself a horror movie “snob” because it takes a lot to impress me.

I am also a fan of the comedy genre. Combining two of my favorite types of movies – horror and comedy – is a great idea.

Uncle Peckerhead is a film about a a punk rock band called Duh. The band consists of Judy (Siegel) who is the leader of the band and really dedicated to trying to get her band to score a record deal. Rounding out the band includes the drummer Mel (McCollister) and Max (Riddle). Mel is just “there” and Max is a bit of a “space cadet.”

The band is all set to go on tour. They are excited about the possibility of getting a record deal, most especially Judy. However, finances (or lack there of) are an issue, and Judy’s van is repossessed. Now the band has no way of going on tour.

The band puts out an ad for a roadie/driver for the band (someone with a vehicle willing to drive them around). That is when they meet Uncle Peckerhead (yes, that is his real name in the film). Uncle Peckerhead is a middle aged man, but mentality wise, he’s right there with them (he’s sort of “out there” too). Uncle Peckerhead lives in his van.

Uncle Peckerhead seems to be a nice person, and Judy is desperate so they hire him to be their driver and the band’s roadie.

At their first stop, Judy learns that Uncle Peckerhead is not what he seems. This sweet, likable, helpful character has a very dark secret – at night he turns into a ravenous zombie-like person who eats people.

By day, Uncle Peckerhead is a normal human being. At night he turns into a monster who enjoys the taste of fresh (human) meat.

Uncle Peckerhead can control his transformation (for the most part) with a special injection.

Despite Uncle Peckerhead’s “odd personality quirk,” the band proceeds to use him as their driver and roadie. Yes, they are THAT desperate to get a record deal.

How long can the band go on with Uncle Peckerhead literally eating their competition? Will one of the band mates become his next meal? To find out you need to purchase or rent Uncle Peckerhead. Look for it wherever movies are sold and/or rented.

I know this is “technically” a horror movie (to some degree), but it’s not scary. At least for me it wasn’t. Maybe for someone who jumps out of their seat with every little sudden movement, but not for die hard horror fans.

As a comedy, the film is funny. I didn’t find it laugh out loud funny, but I did giggle in several parts. The film’s comedy reminds me of the old Cheech & Chong movies are far as it being a silly kind of funny.

This movie is gross… I mean REALLY gross. I’m OK with zombies taking a bit out of people, but seeing someone’s head AND spin being pulled off a body really pushed the envelope, that is for sure. On a scale of 1-10 as far as the gross factor goes, this film is a 15! Just be forewarned that there is A LOT of blood and guts in this film – literally.

The characters of Uncle Peckerhead, despite his zombie “issue,” is the most likeable character in the film. When he’s normal he’s a really nice guy, like someone you’d honestly want to hang out with.

Judy (Siegel) is the spitting image of actress Linda Cardellini (Netflix’s Dead to Me). I honestly thought it was her in the beginning.

Overall it was a fun and entertaining movie. I liked it more than I thought I would. Grossness aside, that movie kept me entertainment from start to finish. I could have done without some of the blood and guts, but that is just me.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

Movie Review: Black Water Abyss

 

Available now on streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video, Fandango Now and YouTube movie rentals, is the action/horror film, Black Water Abyss.

The film stars Jessica McNamee (The Meg), Luke Mitchell (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Amali Golden (Bloom), Benjamin Hoetjes (The Code), and Anthony J. Sharpe (Robert the Bruce).

The film is the follow up to the film Black Water. Unfortunately I have never heard of that film before, but I plan on checking it out one day.

I’m all for fun and adventure, but some people are true adventure “junkies” that seem to be fearless when it comes to do things, such as cave exploration. I wouldn’t mind exploring a cave (I’ve been to Howe Caverns in N.Y.), but I draw the line when I have to slide down a rope into a dark abyss, then crawl around on my hands and knees through narrow openings barely wide enough for the average sized human. I also wouldn’t want to do any of that with only a flashlight to light my way.

No way! That is a great big “nope” for me.

In Black Water Abyss a group of friends decide to explore a remote cave system buried deep in the forest of Northern Australia. Prior to their adventure a pair of hikers went missing in the same area. For many people that would be pause for concern, but not these friends. They are excited to explore the caves deep under the Earth’s surface.

Everything seems to be going smoothly, that is, until they realize they are not alone in the caves. Unbeknownst to them, large killer crocodiles call those caves their home. The crocodiles do not take kindly to their presence, and they make a great meal for the crocs.

To make matters even worse, a massive tropical storm has hit the area, and the caves are filling up with water.

It’s a race against time, and hungry crocodiles, to find a way out of the caves before the flood waters trap them and drown them far below the surface.

Will any of them survive? To find out rent or purchase Black Water Abyss. Look for it where ever movies are rented/sold.

First of all, watching this film is not good for people who might get claustrophobic. I am not necessarily catastrophic, but watching them crawl through tight spaces in the dark certainly got my anxiety going (ha ha).

Most of the film is shot in the dark (since they are in caves), which lends it’s self to the creepiness factor. You can’t see what is going on, therefore you don’t know when the crocodiles are going to attack. To add to this, the water in the caves is dark and murky – certainly NOT a good combination when you are on the look out for giant crocodiles.

The film can be predicable at times, which is fine. You expect that some of the people are going to be attacked and killed. It’s just a matter of which ones, and who will survive?

I must say that the ending was really good. I did NOT see that happening. I won’t tell you what happens (no spoilers) but I must say it was the one part of the film that really had me on the edge of my seat. Kudos to the film maker for coming up with a great ending.

I also like the images of the storm. I don’t know if it’s from a real store, or something that was computer generated, but I was impressed by it (it looked very scary).

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

7 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Apron

 

Aprons are an underrated garment. After all, they’re great for everything from cooking in the kitchen to protecting your clothes while painting. Probably the only thing that they can’t fully protect you from is glitter! But we all know that isn’t the apron’s fault—no one is safe from the never-ending spread of those sparkles. If you aren’t using aprons in your home, especially with your kids, there is no time like the present to get started. Try these 7 creative ideas to make plain aprons fun and personalized.

1. Snip and Stitch

If you don’t want to sew an apron from scratch, you can still add pattern with your sewing skills. Don’t have any sewing skills? No worries! This personalization is also suitable for beginners, including children.

  • Start with a high-quality apron and remove a small element like the pockets or straps with scissors or a stitch ripper.
  • Use the removed piece as a template to cut the same shape from patterned or colored fabric.
  • Sew on the new piece of fabric either by hand or with a machine

Voila! You have a one-of-a-kind apron now. Just be sure when replacing pockets to use a thicker material if you still want them to be usable. This personalization method also provides an ideal opportunity to re-purpose worn out or outgrown clothing.

2. Make It Princess Worthy

Cinderella may not have worn her apron to a ball, but once you jazz up yours, it will be fit for a princess. Try adding lace around the hem of the apron, glue on a few fake flowers, or add a tulle skirt over the bottom portion. Adding a few sparkly iron-on gems can also add some extra sparkle and shine.

3. Inspire Imagination

Aprons are great to protect clothes, but they are also a fabulous addition to dress-up boxes. Try adding a police badge to the front of an apron, adding a few buttons and envelopes to look like a mail man’s outfit, or even a few felt scales to look like dinosaur skin. Kids will love helping to create these outfits as much as they love wearing them. This also works well if you need a DIY Halloween costume on short notice.

Don’t want to be tying aprons for costume changes? Cut the straps shorter and add Velcro. No tying required!

4. Paint It Up

All you need for this activity is some acrylic paint, fabric medium, brushes, and your imagination. Simply mix the paint with the fabric medium according to the instructions on the bottle and paint away. You can do a freehand design, or if you want to be more precise, try using a stencil. It is advisable to use thinner coats of paint to avoid your apron from feeling stiff, but even if the kids load on the color, the apron will still do its job. It will also feel less rigid once you give it a whirl in the washing machine.

Want to create a design like found on T-shirts? Opt for screen printing. Some apron companies will do this for you if you want professional results, but DIY screen printing is a lot more fun.

5. Add a Name tag

If you don’t want to alter an apron permanently, a name tag is a fantastic way to add flair. If you want it to stay on for only a day, a sticker tag is a great option. Kids can decorate it with everything from crayons to markers before slapping it on their apron.

Want a longer-lasting name tag? Pick up a few clip-on laminate tags, like the ones you find at business conventions, from Staples or a similar retailer. Or, try making a name tag lanyard with a large metal washer and thick thread or ribbon. Add even more pizzazz by stringing beads along the thread.

6. Sun Dye the Fabric

Use the power of the sun to make a leaf, flower, and other plant silhouettes on your apron. You will need photo-sensitive dye, your nature trimmings, and of course, a fair dose of sunlight. Once the design is processed by the sun, you just dip your fabric in soapy water and scrub it around to set it. You can do everything from a few flowers on the apron pocket to a jungle motif covering the majority of your apron. The whole process takes around 15 minutes, so even kids with shorter attention spans will enjoy dying fabric with the sun.

Want even more color? There is always the option of tie-dying your apron! This retro process has come back in a big way, so not only will your apron be colorful, but it will be super trendy as well. Just be sure to start with a white, 100% cotton apron for the best results.

7. Embellish with Embroidery

Break out the needle and thread and test out a few designs using thread. This idea also won’t cost you a lot as needles and thread can be found for relatively cheap, often at the dollar store even. Ideas for your apron include stitching a rainbow button tree on your pocket, a few flowers flowing down the front on the apron, or even creating your favorite cartoon character in thread. Adding beads on the thread while you embroider can also create a neat effect.

If you’ve been looking for a way to get your kids interesting in learning sewing, this could be a great introduction. While embroidery does differ from sewing, it teaches how to handle a needle and thread. Plus, the results produced from embroidery can be more visually satisfying and help kids get excited about the idea of sewing.

These personalized aprons may not save you from finding glitter months after using it, but they will look great. And more importantly, they’re a whole lot of fun to make! Whether you choose to sew on a patterned pocket or paint of your own design, both you and your kids will have a blast making these unique aprons.

Gifts for Men – What’s a great, last-minute buy?

Whether you’re pressed for time, slammed with work, or just plain forgot – grabbing a quality last-minute gift for a man can be a true challenge. Thankfully, there are a wealth of options that make picking out a speedy purchase quick, easy, and stress free.

So, what choices do you have when it comes to grabbing a great last-minute present and what should you think about before pulling the trigger on your purchase?

What options do I have?

Googling “gifts for men” can instantly send you spiraling in a blind panic as you struggle to find the option that’s right for your man. As a rule, the three classic options include;

Quality Drinks

Picking out a great bottle of whiskey or solid wine is a fantastic way to provide a great gift that goes down easy. Splashing out within your budget can be a great choice as, while we may all enjoy a drink, we’re often reluctant or intimidated to expand our range or try a bottle that’s really fancy. Grabbing an option that’s in their wheelhouse but something new is a great, reliable option.

Artisanal Extras

Picking out a few additional treats is a great way to add value to a fantastic pack. These can be as simple as cheeses, tapenades, jams, or more. A reliable choice would be sourcing out locally made foods from quality brands. If your local stores are still open and not experiencing disruption, asking for a steer can get you some great gifts.

Go for a laugh

While it’s fantastic to get a brand-new coat or fancy tie, picking out the odd joke present can help tie a great gift together. These can range from joke cuff links, some anti-Trump toilet paper and more. If you know it’ll make him laugh and not break the bank, there’s no harm in picking it up as a nice extra.

What should I factor in?

Unfortunately, one of the major things to consider for a gift because of the disruption caused by Covid.
This can make shopping around to pick up the elements a practical challenge and even add an element of physical risk for yourself and others. This can be especially difficult for older individuals who may be cocooning or avoiding the risk of infection due to poor health and/or being immunocompromised.

Thankfully, more and more companies are providing gift baskets (sometimes referred to as Father’s Day Gift Hampers) that allow for the safe delivery of a range of items with ease. These gift baskets are available in a wide range of prices and combine elements of the above – allowing you to pick out a great delivery with ease and make sure it is hand-delivered with care.

What if I want a little extra ‘oomph’?

Still not sure you’ve done your special man right?

Adding a few small extras can help tie a gift together and prove to be a truly thoughtful addition. If you’re ordering a hamper online or over the phone, taking some time to review their online catalog can allow you to pick out a few choice extras. This can range from a classy, minimalist watch, some quality utensils, or a few quality books or bits and pieces to match his interests.

Choosing a personalized message and quality gift wrapping can help tie the piece together. And no matter whether you’re there in person or enjoying the delivery over Zoom, you’ve got a great package that any man will love.