Friday, May 18, 2018

Bonus Word Issue Fixed!

If you were having issues being able to find the bonus words to enter in the giveaway, try it again!  I have fixed the link!  Sorry for any problems!  You will get credit if you let me know you had a problem! 

Have a wonderful weekend!
Shelly

Daphne & Velma Blu-ray Giveaway! #DaphneVelma

Disclosure:  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.


Jinkies! Your favorite mystery-solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature-length movie!

State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the nex victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo.


Daphne & Velma Mystery Video Decryptor & Soundboard Blog App:
• Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge.
• Trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in this fun soundboard

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Daphne & Velma on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018.

The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”), and is produced by Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions. Daphne & Velma will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98 for the DVD and $24.98 for the Blu-ray.




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

God Bless You and Good Night - Children's Bed Time Book Review

Disclosure:  We received a copy of this book at no charge to facilitate our honest review.  All thoughts stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.


One of my favorite things to do is to read bedtime stories before I put children to bed!  I have been doing that ever since I first started babysitting when I was 15.  My favorite types of bedtime books have always been ones related to God and His love.  We were recently given the opportunity to review God Bless You and Good Night, by Hannah C Hall,  and we think it is too cute!  The illustrations are adorable, picturing animal parents getting their baby animals ready for bed.  The rhyming story and bright, colorful pictures capture the attention of kids and parents too!  It reminds us all that God loves us and always blesses us!

 The bestselling God Bless You and Good Night has sold more than a quarter of a million copies as a board book, and this beautiful expanded picture book will make a perfect gift for families.

  

God Bless You and Good Night sparked a series that is as beloved as it is adorable. The original board book has sold more than 280,000 copies and continues to grow. This expanded picture book offers a classic, collectible item that readers will love for their own home library and is a beautiful gift option for baby showers and birthdays or as an announcement gift for soon-to-be grandparents.
With its deluxe formatting, larger art spreads, and expanded content, this picture book will be the family favorite for bedtime.

 

The A God Bless Book series has sold more than 600,000 units and has appeared on
numerous bestseller lists.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in May #ad

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



All throughout May, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before June 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over $2000 in gift cards to Amazon, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Living Life Like The Money Pros

Using your money in the right way can mean something different for everyone. For some it’s not touching a penny unless you absolutely need to, for others, it’s donating to charity and making sure there’s a good tax deduction on the amounts each year, and for someone else, it’s spending whenever they want to. So whether you’ve stocked up on coupons to make sure you’re scoring the deals you need, or you’re the kind of person who socks away at least 20% of your income each month into a savings account, now’s the time for you to live life like a money pro. You’ve earned it after all! Here’s a couple of tips to get you started.

Always Pay the Rent First

Something quick to start off with. If it becomes a habit, you’re going to be less and less worried over whether or not you remembered to pay for the roof over your head this week. And because of that, you can afford to relax a little! You can easily budget in a meal plan around this, and even the odd takeout every now and then to make sure you’re living the best life you can.
                                                 
Present a United Front

If you have a partner, make sure you’re always communicating with them over your plans for the money you earn. And it’s likely that the both of you are funneling funds into the same savings account; most couples do it to increase their chance of a comfortable and successful life. Which means you both need to be on the same page when it comes to the way you use money, as their plans and motivations may be completely different to yours.

When you can tackle any money troubles together, agreeing on the biggest decisions (you can still argue whether off-brand or name brand cereal is better!), you’re going to be a lot happier in your financial situation. You can even better treat each other this way: agree to allow a few dollars at the end of the week to buy something nice or go out for a quick bite to eat together.

Try Your Chances with Investing

Investing is something people find scary, and when you don’t know anything about the nuances or methods of it, it can be! But you can easily learn, and there’s a lot of money pros out there willing to hand out advice on where your money should go to get you the best dividends at the end of the month.

If you have some savings you know are more disposable than they are essential, you can easily use these to test out the waters. You can even try using the predictions of Larry Edelson if you’re really into the idea of making sure any money you put into the stock market comes out again with at least a double return investment. Getting serious with your money saving efforts requires it!

Living life like the money pros will very soon become second nature!






Monday, April 16, 2018

Stress-Busting Tips When Travelling For Business




Let’s face it; traveling can be stressful. Airport lines, missed connections, getting lost in new places… it would be easier to stay at home than face some of these inconveniences. Still, there are times when we have to pack our bags and travel, be that for the annual family vacation or to further our career with business meetings. Hence this article. With business travel in mind, we have some ideas to alleviate your stress. Check out our tips below.

1. Don’t travel

Okay, so this is an unusual choice for an article about business travel, but if you can conduct your meetings over Skype or any other kind of video conference center, do that instead. It will save you on travel costs, and you won’t have to run the risk of the stresses we mentioned at the beginning. Still, if you do need to leave the comfort of home, consider the rest of the tips below.

2. Carry light

If you aren’t going away for an extended period, don’t stuff your bags with anything you don’t need. You will only end up struggling and tiring yourself out when you are heavily laden with baggage. Instead, focus on carrying the essentials, such as your business outfits, phone (with travel apps), and your passport, and leave everything else behind, including the proverbial kitchen sink.

3. Pick the right hotel

When it comes to picking the right hotel for a business trip, we recommend a hotel that doubles as a conference center. This way, you can meet your client at the hotel, instead of running the risk of being late when you have to travel halfway across a strange town to meet them. The Delta Hotels Edmonton South Conference Centre is an example of what you should be looking for, with boardrooms and meeting spaces. Of course, while you are traveling for business, you should also make some time for yourself, so look for a hotel with leisure time amenities - swimming pool, spa, gym, etc. - where you can enjoy your downtime when you’re away from work.

4. Get plenty of rest

Travelling can be exhausting, which isn’t great when you need to be fresh and alert for your business meetings. You don’t want to doze off in front of your clients, after all. So when you can find an opportunity for some shut-eye, do it. We also recommend you arrive at your chosen destination early (or even the night before your meetings) as you will be able to relax and enjoy the benefits of rest and sleep before the serious business of work begins.

5. Stay in touch with your family

Being away from your family for any length of time can suck, big time! While you will probably enjoy the opportunity for some ‘me-time’ away from family stresses, you are still going to miss them. And of course, they will miss you too. So schedule some time for a phone call or video chat, and you will all feel a little better. A familiar face or voice can make all the difference when you’re situated in an unfamiliar place, and you won’t feel as lonely when you talk to them. Still, when you’re done chatting, enjoy the opportunity to watch you want on the hotel tv, and catch up on that book you have always been meaning to read but couldn’t because of family interruptions.

Finally


Follow our tips and you will make your business travel less stressful and miserable. You might even get the chance to enjoy yourself, too. Thanks for reading, and if you are traveling for work purposes anytime soon, bon voyage!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Career Boosters You Can Work On Close To Home

When you love your career, you’ll always want to make sure that you’re doing a good job, seeing success, and generally enjoying what you do. Because you spend a lot of time working and crafting out the perfect career, it’s often good to know that you’re progressing as much as you can be. However, when you’re putting in the hours and doing as much as you can do in the office, you may feel frustrated at not progressing in the way that you want to be. So, instead, you’re going to want to think about the things you can do to boost your career outside of the office. Here are five ideas a little closer to home that can help you.

Studying Online

First of all, one of the best ways that you can boost your career and open new doors, is to study. If you’re currently limited by your career prospects, going back to school could help. But when you’re busy and you have a family, you aren’t always going to be able to go to school full-time. So instead, studying online with somewhere such as St. Bonaventure University is going to be a better option. You can boost your education in your own time and get the qualifications you need to progress in your career right from home.

Volunteering

Next, you might also find that any volunteering that you do is going to really help you to advance your career. Whether you volunteer at school or with a local cause, you will find that you learn a load of skills similar to those you would in the working world, such as management, money skills, and communication skills. So adding this to your CV can also demonstrate and show the additional skills you have that could help you to progress on in your career.



Networking

You know that contacts are always going to be important in your career. It’s the reason why they say it’s who you know not what you know. So definitely think about the way that you can network in your local neighborhood and even online to get greater opportunities to boost your career.

Blogging

Thanks to the internet, there are now so many more ways that we can all really boost our careers in the evenings and at weekends. Blogging is one of them. When you start a blog in a niche that you’re passionate about, specifically if it’s related to your job, you’ll offer experience lots of different opportunities to progress. You can also make connections or learn things that will help you to bag your next promotion.

Side Hustling

Finally, you may also find that starting a side-hustle can help you to learn new skills and progress on your career path. When it comes to advancing your career with side hustling, it’s always a good idea to pick something that you love or that will teach you new skills. From photography to cooking, this is a great way to add another string to your bow.

Different Ways to Make Some Extra Cash





We would all like some extra money, wouldn’t we? Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, there are many different ways you can make some extra income. It is always a good idea to diversify your income, as this minimizes risk should you be made redundant or experience any other sort of issues. Or, perhaps you are just looking to gather a bit of extra money for a holiday you want to take or something you want to buy? No matter what applies, let’s take a look at some different ways to make extra cash…
  1. Sell some of your stuff – One of the easiest ways to make a bit of extra cash is to sell some of your belongings that you don’t need anymore. You can easily do this online via eBay and other auction websites. Do you have any old mobile phones that you don’t use? Even if they are broken, there are companies that will give you cash for them.
  2. Freelance – If you have a skill that can be provided over the Internet, for example, writing, admin work, or design work, you should consider freelancing. This is something you can do in your spare time, as and when suits you, and it is a great way to make some extra money.
  3. Rent out your driveway – If you live in a popular area – somewhere that is popular with either tourists or businesspeople – you can rent out your driveway over the Internet. Payment will be arranged in advance, so all you need to do is leave your driveway empty.
  4. Take surveys online – There are lots of paid survey websites online today, which prevent you with an easy way of making a bit of extra cash. Some of these websites can be frustrating to use so make sure you read reviews beforehand.
  5. Provide online tutoring – Why not tutor in an area you are trained in? This could be anything from providing personal financial advice to teaching someone English.
  6. Invest – There are many different investment options for people today, from property investment to investing in Facebook stock. Assess your options to find something that is right for your financial situation and your attitude to risk, and this will help you to grow your wealth.
  7. Start a blog – Do you have something you are passionate about? If so, you already have the basis for a good blog. While you probably won’t make much money, to begin with, after time, you will be able to make an income through sponsored ads, affiliate marketing, donations, guest blogging, and much more.

As you can see, there are many different ways you can make some extra cash today. Hopefully, you have found something that appeals to you from the suggestions above.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in April #ad

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



All throughout April, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned in excess of $1000 in gift cards.  I have redeemed for Amazon and Delta Airlines gift cards!