Shelly's Bits and Pieces

Friday, July 15, 2016

Use Groupon Coupons to Save Money!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are honest and my own!


Ever since I became unable to work, my main job became saving money for my family.  Couponing is a huge way that I do it.  I mix the coupons with sales and take advantage whenever possible.  One of the problems I have is that I live in a small rural community and our local newspaper does not have coupons in the Sunday paper.  With this being said, finding coupons to use can become expensive when you have to buy them from outside sources.  Thankfully, I have discovered Groupon Coupons and I can save money where ever I shop!

In the past, I used Groupon coupons to save us money when we went out to dinner, stayed at a hotel, and even on going to special events.  Now I use them to find deals and coupons for my favorite stores!  We take a lot of photographs and I can always find coupons to save money at Walgreens.  It is not only the photo department where I can save money.  There is also a section of paperless coupons that you can use either online or in the store.  Simply click on them to add to your Balance Rewards card and you can use them right away.

Since Back to School time is quickly approaching, another store I shop is Kohl's.   I simply looked on Groupon and I find out about sales and I find discount codes that I can use while shopping online to save even more money.

Thanks to the Groupon Coupons, I have been saving money with almost everything I buy.  What stores would you use choose?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Un-Ashamed Book Review #un-ashamed #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.

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About the book:
Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame offers hope to those struggling under the burden of shame. This book shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing our attention to the God who promises to forgive and restore us—no matter what.

I must be honest with you and tell you that I have not finished reading this book. It arrived while we were on vacation and things have been crazy since our return. I have read the first 4 chapters, and I am impressed.

Everyone has something in their life that they feel ashamed about, we are human and we don't forget what we have done in our past. It has taken me a long time to realize that when I turned over my sin and shame to God that he took it away and has washed my slate clean! This book reinforces that! God forgives us of our sins and he wants us to feel unashamed! Chapter 3 of this book really touched me. It deals with body shame and it is something that I have dealt with for years. As a child I was told I was too skinny and that I needed to eat more, I was called names by other kids and I was ashamed of how I looked. When I got older, I gained weight and have felt the shame and humiliation of being the fat girl! We need to remember that we are God's creations, and are beautiful in His sight!

There are many things that stand out about Un-Ashamed. I really like the fact that each chapter begins with a quote or a scripture. I laughed when I saw that the body shame chapter had a quote by Lady Gaga, but the quote fit perfectly.
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This book was written by Heather Davis Nelson (MA,Westminster Theological Seminary.) She is a writer, counselor, and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in southeastern Virginia.

 

I will finish reading this book over the next week, and I am sure I will continue to learn from it.  You can buy the book by clicking this Link.  Until next time...God Bless You!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Back to Blogging

Hello everyone!  It feels like I have been away from this blog for a long time, and in a way, I have.  My mind has not been on blogging since October of last year when Kat went into the hospital.  That seems like such a long time ago, because so many things have happened since then.

Kat was able to go back to school the 2nd semester and she maintained her A average even after completing the first semester online.  She was named a Person County Scholar and graduated with honors.  We could not be more proud!!  She plans to join the US Navy and will be going in August to get things underway.  She decided to take the summer off, just like her college bound friends.  She has been keeping busy going to the gym and working out 6 days a week, and spending time with her family and closest friends.  She will turn 18 at the end of the month, and we just wanted her to enjoy her last summer at home.

Chefy is doing much better since his sepsis scare.  He is now taking insulin to keep his blood sugars under control.  I've been dealing with a bit of depression.  Kat and I are very close and the thought of her leaving is very hard on me, but I know it needs to happen.  I have to let her spread her wings.  I'm just going to miss her...A LOT!  Grandma has been having a series of mini strokes.  We're all concerned about it, and since they began, her alzheimer's is worse.  Mama lives with Grandma and cares for her, and it has been very hard on Mama.

We did manage to take a cruise for Kat's graduation!  We took the Carnival Ecstasy from Charleston, SC to the Bahamas.  I'll be filling you in on that with some very cool review posts.

Better be ready....I'm revved up and ready to blog!  Until next time...God Bless You all!

Shelly

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chick-fil-A One App #CFAone

Disclosure:  I will receive free coupons for posting.



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.