Shelly's Bits and Pieces: November 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

MercyMe It's Christmas CD and Pizza Ranch Review & Giveaway #Flyby

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Christmas is my favorite holiday!  One of the main reasons I love it so much is because of the MUSIC!  I love being able to worship Jesus Christ in song and there is no better time than Christmas!  One of my favorite Christian groups is MercyMe and they have a new Christmas CD, It's Christmas!

Mercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD is available in Pizza Ranch locations through December 31, 2015.  It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch.  Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax.  Pizza Ranch will give away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states.  "We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It's the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.” 

Songs:
1. Newborn
2. Christmastime Again
3. Sleigh Ride
4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5. Hold On Christmas
6. A Holly Jolly Christmas
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain
8. Do You Hear What I Hear
9. Our Lullaby
10. Joy
11. O Come, O Come 
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
13. O Holy Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
14. Silent Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
15. Joseph’s Lullaby (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch) 

We have been playing this CD from the moment we received it for review!  My favorite song is Silent Night, but I love the whole CD!  Chefy has now claimed it and has it in his car.  He plays it to and from work and says it relaxes him.  Kat loved the CD too, and she says she likes that it has hymns as well as other Christmas songs.  It's Christmas will be enjoyed for many years to come!

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Faith of Our Fathers DVD Review & Giveaway #FAITHOFOURFATHERS #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.

Chefy and I are big fans of Pure Flix Entertainment.  This is the production company that brought us God's Not Dead and Do You Believe?.  We love Christian movies because we do not have to worry about the language, adult situations and nudity, and the whole family can watch!  Pure Flix has recently released Faith of Our Fathers on DVD and Chefy and I were given the opportunity to review it.

About the movie:
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is...their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons...whom they've never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers' names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories - 25 years apart - the fathers and sons are bound together forever.  
Runtime: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence)

Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, Si Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure, Scott Whyte, and Sean McGowan.

Special Features of the DVD:
-The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers
-Honoring Father's Day
-Commemorating Memorial Day
-Si Robertson Interview
-Stephen Baldwin Interview

For the most part, Chefy and I enjoyed the movie.  There happened to be a couple times when I felt the movie dragged a little, or lost the plot line, but that happens with a lot of movies.  We enjoyed the switching of the times from 1969 Vietnam to the present and the parallels between the sons and fathers.  We will watch this movie again and share it with others!

 My granddaddy was a veteran and this movie just gave me greater insight into the struggles of war.  Want to win a copy for yourself?  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. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing In Faith.Hope.Love Review & Giveaway #NIVBibleforTeenGirls #FLYBY

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review and post.

Being a preacher's daughter, I have had several different Bibles over the years.  My dad would read different translations of the Bible when he needed more inspiration or when he needed to break things down in a more understandable language.  I still have my white KJV Bible that Daddy gave me when I was 13.  When he passed away in 2013, I inherited a large portion of his Bible collection.  Kat received several of them, but she calls them G-Dad's Bibles and they are treated more like a collectible than a reference book.

We received Zondervan's NIV Bible for Teen Girls:  Growing in Faith. Hope. Love, to review and Kat immediately took it to her room.  I am proud to say that this Bible has not only been opened, it is being read!  I'm going to give you a little information on this Bible and Kat will then post her review.
The great people at Zondervan have designed a Bible for real teen girls with real lives.  Today's teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God.  The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that.  This Bible is packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussions about the realities of life.  This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.  It is as sincere about a teen girl's walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.  

Features:
DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie Downs, Christine Caine, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Crystal Kirgiss, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Denise Van Eck, and more
CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
A CONCORDANCE for help in finding verses
The bestselling NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) of the Bible

Kat's Thoughts:
I was excited to receive this new Bible that is specifically designed for girls!  Zondervan's NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing In Faith.Hope.Love is wonderful!  It has so many features that I love.  I get daily readings by some awesome Christian ladies, profiles of the women of the Bible, and each chapter has an intro which offers the Who? What? When? and Where? information of that chapter!  I love the highlighted verses, because these verses pop out and I know these are very important to remember.  I highly recommend this Bible for your teenage daughter.  This will be a Bible she will be happy to own and use for years to come.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How to Get the Freshest Seafood Possible without Getting Wet

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for posting it.  I only post about things I believe in and the compensation did not influence that!

Fresh seafood should not smell fishy, it should smell like the ocean. A slight hint of salt water is all that should be smelled. Finding fresh fish is difficult in inland states. Frozen fish tends to also have that fishy smell. A lot of what is shown as fresh fish in local markets, is actually previously frozen. You do not have to go out into the water to catch it yourself, there are reputable services that can deliver fresh seafood right to your home.
Find a Local Fish Monger
Even in areas where big lakes and oceans are not available, some farmers do raise fish for local fish mongers, restaurants and grocers. Farm raised fish is often grown safely, without chemicals. It is important to inquire with the fish monger where the fish was raised and if it is in a natural, chemical-free growing environment.
Overnight Shipping
There are reputable online fisheries that harvest, clean and pack fresh seafood within hours of it being caught. The seafood is packed in plenty of dry ice and is shipped overnight to your home. Without being seaside, this is the freshest seafood you can get, without getting wet.
It is important to have the delivery sent to a location where you will be available to receive it and refrigerate it immediately. Some consumers opt to have overnight seafood deliveries sent to their places of business since they are not home during regular delivery hours. If you click here, you can see how this process is a safe and effective option for obtaining freshly caught seafood.
Standing Order with a Fisherman
If you are lucky enough to live near water or a large lake, build a relationship with a local fisherman or fishing vessel. Some will work with private clients that have frequent or standing orders. Planning a seafood meal once or twice a week is healthy and obtaining it right from the fisherman is ideal when you are unable to fish for your own.
Having fresh, healthy seafood anytime that you want it is important in many diets. Fish is brain food and helps adults keep their minds active. It also helps children through growth spurts and many types of seafood do have health benefits. Seafood doesn't have to be something you order at a restaurant on a special occasion, it's easier to obtain fresh seafood than you think.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

STRONG and KIND by Korie Robertson Giveaway #STRONGANDKIND #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.


About the book:
Hardcover; 240 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing (October 27, 2015)

In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries.





About Korie Robertson:
Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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