Shelly's Bits and Pieces

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chick-fil-A One App #CFAone

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All my friends know that Chick-fil-A is my favorite place to grab a quick sandwich or salad!  They have a new app that I think everyone needs to check out! The Chick-fil-A One app will make your smart phone even smarter!  Go ahead and download the Chick-fil-A One app and you can tap into the ultimate Chick-fil-A experience!  Download it today and receive a free sandwich!  One app = endless awesome!
Click here to download the app!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Wise Guys by Kent Evans Review and Giveaway #Flyby #WiseGuys

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. 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.

Father's Day is just around the corner so it is the perfect time to hold a giveaway for a book titled, Wise Guys!  In this book, Kent Evans pays homage to the men who guided and inspired him in positive ways.  That is important not only for men, but for women as well.  We all need Godly influences in our lives!


About Wise Guys:
For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions anyway?
But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys. Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?
Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the guys in your own circle.

KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.


Chefy was very excited to read this book.  His birth father walked out on the family when he was only 3 years old.  Chefy was abused at the hands of that evil man.  If it had not been for his mother's boyfriend of 20+ years, the man Chefy calls his Dad, there is no telling how Chefy would have turned out.  Fathers and father figures are very important in the lives of all of us. Chefy's Dad raised a wonderful, loving man and he taught him how to be a father.  He also surrounded himself with other men who were good influences in other areas of his life.  I'm very proud of the Wise Guy that Chefy has become and thankful for the Wise Guys who helped him along the way.

This book is great for anyone to read, because Wise Guys do not have to only be male!  Would you like to win a copy of this book?  Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below! Please note:  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.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship Book Review

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. 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.


My faith is a very important part of my everyday life.  I am truly blessed to be living in a country where I am free to believe in God without having my life put in danger.  It is important to remember that not everyone is as blessed as I am.  There are Christians all over this world who are being persecuted for their beliefs.  This is not a new thing.  Christians have been persecuted from the very start.  

About Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship
From the stoning of Stephen in the first-century Jerusalem to Nigerian Christians persecuted by Boko Haram in 2015, these stirring accounts will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding believers what costly discipleship looks like in any age.  Bearing Witness brings together dozens of accounts from around the world of Christians who gave witness to their faith in the face of intense persecution, even if it costs them their lives.

Many of these stories are hard for me to read because these people truly had the guts to stand up for their beliefs.  I'm honestly not sure how many of us would be willing to be put to death for what we believe.  This book is important for Christians to read because they need to understand how costly it can be to be a true disciple! 

 In selecting stories for this book, the editors focused on Anabaptist martyrs and others who suffered for their commitment to believer’s baptism and nonviolence.
            Publisher: Plough Publishing House  
Category: Christianity/History
            Binding: Softcover
            240 pages        


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Purex Plus Clorox 2 Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  Free product was received to facilitate our honest review.  All opinions stated are honest and are based solely on our personal experiences!

My family is notorious for creating some of the worst stains I have ever encountered.  I honestly believe that sometimes they try to get dirty to see if I can actually get the clothes clean.  As a Purex user, I have always been happy with the way our clothes get clean, but I usually had to add extra stain fighters to each load to ensure the cleanliness.  Thankfully, Purex has now removed that extra job from my laundry duty.

Purex has added Clorox 2 to their detergent!  Purex plus Clorox 2 does some serious stain fighting. Chefy always brings home some kind of stain on his white chef coats.  Usually it is some kind of mystery stain, grease or even blood.  To ensure the stain came out, I simply pretreated the grease and food stains with Purex plus Clorox 2.  I rubbed some of the detergent on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before I washed the load.  The coat came out white!  Nothing looks better than the bright clean chef coat!

Would you like to win a coupon to try Purex plus Clorox 2 for yourself?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.  Two lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces readers will win a coupon good for one free bottle (up to $7).

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ESV FAMILY DEVOTIONAL BIBLE Review and Giveaway #FlyBy #ESVFamilyDevotionalBible

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

We enjoy spending time together as a family doing our devotions.  I always try to make it even more interesting by showing my family maps that depict where things are taking place.  Everyone is fascinated with the history and learning about the geographic regions in the Bible.  Finding a Bible that contains illustrations and maps is a huge plus for my family.  One such Bible is the ESV Family Devotional Bible that we were sent to review.


The ESV FAMILY DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is a hardbound colorful Bible.  It retells 130 key stories from the Bible with full color illustrations for each story, as well as placed within the Bible text where it is found.  The stories are simplified and easy for children of all ages to understand.  

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life.

The devotions in this Bible are relatively short and my family has been able to follow along and answer questions with ease.  At the end of each devotion is a key verse and I challenge the kids to commit this verse to memory.

One lucky Shelly's Bits & Pieces reader will win a copy of the ESV Family Devotional Bible to share with the ones they love.  Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below!

Monday, May 16, 2016

The League and the Lantern by Brian Wells Review & Giveaway #TheLeagueAndTheLantern #FlyBy

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. 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.

Being a parent is never an easy job.  We all want the best for our children and we want to protect them from the ways of the world whenever we can.  One such parent is Brian Wells.  He is a father who couldn't find quality entertainment for his children, so he decided to write a book.  The League and the Lantern is his first book and he plans to make it the first of a series of adventure books for middle-school readers.

In The League and the Lantern, everything gets kicked into gear when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon’s seventh-grade sleepover. He and his two new classmates, Lucy and TJ, escape, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. They unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War, as well as incredible secret about Jake’s family. Along the way they learn unexpected lessons about courage, family and friendship.

Kat and I both read the book and we enjoyed it.  We loved the fact that the friends are not only different sexes, but also different races.  The US is truly a melting pot and the fact that this is embraced in The League and the Lantern, really makes me happy.   I was pleased that it was a clean book, free of sexual innuendo. There are so many books on the market today that can give kids the wrong idea, and I can happily say that this is not one of those.  We are excited to read the next book in this series.

When you buy a copy of this book at https://leagueandlantern.com/, a book is donated to a child in need!  Make sure you check out the website and follow them on social media too.

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/leagueandlantern/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/league_lantern

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LeagueAndLantern/

~~Giveaway~~
One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win a copy for their favorite middle-schooler!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!  Please note:  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.