Shelly's Bits and Pieces

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.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist Giveaway #LearnWithOrkin

Disclosure:  We will receive a Summer Scientist kit from Orkin in exchange for posting this information and giveaway.  No monetary compensation will be/has been received.

Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.


• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.

• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.

• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!


~~~GIVEAWAY~~~

The wonderful people from Orkin are going to give one lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader a Summer Scientist Kit!

The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:
  • 2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
  • 2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
  • 2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
  • 2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.
To enter this giveaway, simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Say a Prayer for Chefy Please!

Hello everyone!

Sorry that I have been MIA!  My hubby, aka Chefy, has been in the hospital and I am not sure when he will be released!  He has an infection in his blood stream and they are giving him IV antibiotics to bring his white cell count down.  He also has cellulitis in his right lower leg and it is now very painful to the touch, and also for him to be able to walk.

If I owe you a review, it is coming!  We live in a small town and Chefy is in the hospital about 45 minutes away.  I am running back and forth between home and family to the hospital and my hubby.  As I am posting this, it is almost 1:30 AM and I am just settling down for the night.

Please pray for my healing for my hubby and pray for strength and traveling mercies for me.  God Bless You All!

Shelly

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Under the Sea Bible Review & Giveaway #FlyBy #UnderTheSea

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 feel that every child should have his/her own Bible.  There are numerous copies on the market, but one that really caught my eye is the Under The Sea Bible by Zondervan.  It is beautiful!

The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV (New International Readers Version) is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.

If you have a child that loves sea life, this is the ideal Bible for them.  The colorful cover and illustrations remind us of the movie Finding Nemo.  This Bible has a beautiful page where you can document the presentation of the Bible to your child, it has a dictionary, and also a page which tells you where to go for certain Bible stories!  All of our kids loved this Bible and I am sure yours will too!

You can buy this beautiful Bible at http://www.zondervan.com/under-the-sea-holy-bible-nirv
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-the-sea-holy-bible-nirv-zondervan/1122293380?ean=9780310754046
Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sea-Holy-Bible-Nirv/48452341
Family Christian Stores: http://www.familychristian.com/catalog/product/view/id/361924/

~~Giveaway~~
One Lucky Shelly;s Bits & Pieces reader will win their own copy of the Under The Sea Bible.  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.