Shelly's Bits and Pieces

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Have Your Spirit Refreshed by Exhale, the new CD from Plumb - Review & Giveaway

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.

Chefy and I are huge Christian Music fans.  Nothing stirs my soul quite like heartfelt Christian music.  I like songs that actually tell stories and mean something.  They can be hard to find nowadays!   When received Plumb's newest CD, Exhale, I was excited to listen.  Chefy knew exactly who Plumb was, but I did not.  We really enjoyed the CD from beginning to end.  The title track, Exhale, is my favorite, with Lord, I'm ready now, coming in a very close second.  The songs speak to my soul and soothe my spirit.  They mean something to me, because I have been in those situations and felt the same way.

Want to know more about Plumb?  Tiffany Arbuckle Lee is better-known by her stage name Plumb.  She is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide.  She co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant.  Plumb has had music placed in many films and television shows too.  Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television as well.

EXHALE is the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB.  It expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.  The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community. “That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in every way I can.”

Track List:
1. Exhale
2. Lord I'm Ready Now
3. Smoke
4. Resurrection
5. Great Is Our God
6. My True Love
7. Broken Places
8. Faithful
9. Champion
10. Sleep Will Be Sweet
11. When You Walk Into The Room
12. Restored

You can learn more about Plumb and this CD by following her!

Official Website     http://plumbmusic.net/
Official Facebook     https://www.facebook.com/plumbmusic
Official Twitter      https://twitter.com/plumbmusic
Official Instagram      https://instagram.com/plumbmusic/
ORDER on iTUNES      http://smarturl.it/Plumb

If you are a Christian music fan, you will LOVE this CD.  The songs provide hope and offer strength.  Each song reminds us that God is our protector, strength, healer and so much more.  Every single one of us can say to Him, You are my God!  We are truly blessed!

One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will receive their own copy of Exhale!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below, and that person could be you.  Remember, 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.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Keeping Kids Squeaky Clean with #Dial Kids and Dial Baby - Giveaway #PurexInsiders

Disclosure:  The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap and Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash to facilitate my honest review as part of the Purex Insiders blogger program. Free product did in no way influence my opinion.  No monetary compensation was received for my post!


We have used Dial products for quite a while and have always had great experiences with them!  I was very pleased when we received the Dial Baby Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap to review.  My kids enjoy using hand soap, but I am somewhat weary of the chemicals on their delicate skin.  The Watery Melon scent was a huge hit in my house!  Daddy has threatened to take this foaming hand soap because he likes the smell too!!  Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap is hypoallergenic, contains no artificial dyes or parabens, is pH balanced and is gentle on kids’ skin!

Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash was developed by Pediatric Dermatologists.  The tear-free formula is pH balanced and hypoallergenic.  It contains no parabens or artificial dyes and is perfect for babies’ skin. This wash gently removes environmental dirt for a head to toe clean! I am thrilled that it is unscented because my kids have always had problems with scented items.  When we used the Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash, JC had no skin irritation at all and he was still baby soft!  The fact that it is hair and body wash is a plus too, because some other body washes left his hair dry feeling, this one didn't!

What do you think?  What are the things you look for when purchasing body wash or hand soap for your kids?  Would you like to try this on your child?  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader is going to win a FREE product coupon which can be redeemed for a bottle of either the Dial baby wash or Dial Kids foaming hand soap.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

Love Inspired Series Review & Giveaway #LoveInspiredInspirationalRomance

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.

Mom and I have spent the last couple weeks reading these wonderful Love Inspired series of books from Harlequin.  The Love Inspired product line is a series of 6 books that are released every month and only have a shelf-life of one month. The books shown above are on sale April 21 - May 28. They would be PERFECT gifts for Mother’s Day (May 10).  These are the books that I was sent to review.

Since I had 6 books, I decided that I would get my mom to join me this time with the reviews.  After we each read a book, we came together and discussed what we liked about the books.  We agreed on the thing we liked most...the books are "clean reads."   The stories were inspiring, romantic, heartwarming and Christian based.  These books are great to share with all your friends.  You do not have to worry about graphic sex and situations.


I chose The Rancher Takes a Bride by Brenda Minton to read first!  I have this thing about ranchers and cowboys, and after reading the back of the book, I was hooked!   The book is about a lady named Oregon, her daughter Lily, and Duke, a rancher and diner owner.  I do NOT want to give away any of this book, but I can tell you that when Lily had an accident, as a mom, my heart skipped a beat!  I read this entire book in one evening!  YES, I did like it that much!  Another character that I really felt for was Joe, a formerly homeless man who works for Duke.  He was so caring, and really fit in well with the story!

If you want to find out more about the Love Inspired Books, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  You can click HERE for a coupon to save $1 on your book!   You can order any/all of the books online by clicking HERE.

All of the books have our seal of approval, and we look forward to purchasing more of the Love Inspired books in the future!  Want a chance to win a set of these awesome books for yourself?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below and you could win your own set!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe Book Review and $10 Family Christian Giveaway

Disclosure: I am a proud Family Christian Blogger.  I was provided with a free copy of Miracle At The Higher Grounds Cafe to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Max Lucado is one of my favorite non-fiction Christian authors.  I love reading his encouraging words to help maneuver all the ups and downs of daily life.  He constantly reminds us that we need to trust God.  When offered the chance to review a book of fiction by Max Lucado, I anxiously accepted!

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is a fictional story about Chelsea Chambers.  After a very public break up with her NFL star husband, Chelsea starts serving up coffee and sweets at the Higher Grounds Cafe.  Although her plans are good and her cup cakes are great, things are not going her way.  Chelsea needs a miracle!  Just when things look like they are getting worse, a mysterious stranger shows up and things really get interesting at the Higher Grounds cafe!

This book has a LOT going on.  I could feel for Chelsea and her children as she tries to help them deal with the changes brought on by the break up.  She wants to make everything work, the business and her new life, but as hard as she tries, she cannot do it alone! It can be hard when you feel like you only have yourself to count on.  Maybe this stranger will be of some help?  What?  You thought I was going to tell you everything?  NOPE!

If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?  I have done a lot of thinking about that and I still am not sure.  The customers at the Higher Grounds Cafe got the opportunity to ask via the "God Blog."   One Question!

Does it leave you wanting more?  Good.  Check out the book and you'll see that Max Lucado can not only write non-fiction, he can also move our thinking heaven bound with his fiction!

A huge thank you to Family Christian for this book, and for the $10 appreciation certificate they have offered as a giveaway.  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces will win, and they can buy anything they would like at Family Christian!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!

Enter the Garden Lites “Surprisingly Delicious” Contest

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Getting your family to eat their vegetables just got easier and best of all, it does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor. Garden Lites Muffins, the delicious vegetable company encourages people to see what happens when delicious meets vegetables! They come in great tasting flavors like Chocolate, Banana Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Oat, and a line of kids Nickelodeon character muffins like Ninja Power Muffins and SpongeBob Square Pants Chocolate Krabby Patty.



It’s easy to enter the Garden Lites “Surprisingly Delicious” contest.  Simply share your photos capturing the surprise moment when they see how delicious vegetables can be. Send two photos showing before they try the muffins and then their surprise reaction when they learn that the first ingredient in these delicious muffins is vegetables.  You can enter HERE!

Fifty finalists, chosen by Garden Lites, will receive “surprise” packages of Garden Lites and free product coupons and Two Grand prize winners will win a $500 gift card plus an assorted supply of Garden Lites products for one year. (Approximate retail value of $250).

The fifty finalists will be selected by Garden Lites and posted on the Garden Lites website and Facebook page by May 20th, 2015. Fans can then vote for any one of the fifty finalists in the Garden Lites People’s Choice vote from May 20th to June 10th.  Winners announced June 30, 2015
The entrant with the most votes will be selected as the “People’s Choice” winner, and will be one of the two grand prize winners.  The second grand prize winner will be selected from the remaining fifty by the Garden Lites Judging Panel.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls the Heart Season 2 Premiering April 25 - Review and Season 1 Giveaway

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 daughter and I watch a LOT of movies on the Hallmark Channel.  I will admit that we are both huge suckers for love stories, heartwarming movies, and movies and TV shows that are "period" pieces.  One of our favorite shows to watch together is When Calls the Heart!  We loved season 1 and were thrilled when we were offered the chance to preview season 2.  Kat and I are proud #Hearties and we think you'd love it too!

Never heard of When Calls the Heart?  Have you been under a rock?  LOL  Just kidding!


About the series:
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. 

The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

If you are like us and you enjoy the old west (US or Canadian), you'll enjoy this series!  There is something for everyone in When Calls the Heart.  There was nothing that I would be ashamed to watch with my grandma or with small kids!  I can say this this is my pleasure...nothing Guilty about it!  I will not reveal anything about season two, because I do not want to ruin a single minute!  All you need to know is that it takes up where season one ended!  Well worth checking out!

Would you like to win Season 1 of When Calls the Heart?  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

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Adventures of Pajama Girl Book Review & Giveaway #PajamaGirl

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 copy of The Adventures of Pajama Girl in exchange for my honest review.  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.

Ever since I was a small child I loved to read!  I learned to read when I was about 4 and have been a voracious reader ever since.  I am thrilled that I passed down the love of reading to my family.  No matter how old they get, I love reading to my kids all the time.  I've even been known to read to Chefy!  Recently, we were sent The Adventures of Pajama Girl to review and my girls loved it! (Even my 16 yr old enjoyed the story!!)  
Book Details:
Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Worthy Kids (March 3, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1617954721
ISBN-13: 978-1617954726

About The Book
A cute, illustrated story about a girl's imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie's cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

The life lessons that are learned in this story are very important.  You learn about greed, stealing, and about how being jealous are very bad things.  Everyone is jealous every now and then, but when it is acted upon, things go bad!  No girl I know turns down the chance to read a book about a queen, and a cupcake queen is just the icing on the cake.  (LOL)  The illustrations in this book are adorable and my girls have asked for this book to be read every night in the last 2 weeks!  I have found that they are using their imaginations and are creating their own stories about the things on their pajamas!  

Click HERE to download some very cute activity sheets for your Pajama Girls!  Would you like to win a copy of this book for your child?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!