Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Day By Day Chronological Bible Review and Giveaway #csbBibleL3

Disclosure:  A Bible and information were provided by LEV3L to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.

Bible study is one important thing I learned from my Daddy.  I can remember watching my Papa, Daddy, and Mama reading and studying the Bible and discussing passages they have read.  This is something I want to pass down to my kids and to do that, we need to find the version of the Bible that speaks to every person.

Since I want to make sure the kids are better able to understand the Bible, choosing the Christian Standard Bible was a good place to start.  If you have never heard of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), let me tell you about it.  The CSB translation is an optimal blend of accuracy and readability translated straight from the Biblical languages.  Developed by 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible faithfully and accurately captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising readability. The ultimate purpose of the Christian Standard Bible is to draw readers into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God. By translating ancient Scripture texts into the clearest possible modern English, the CSB allows readers to experience the Bible at its fullest. 

The Day by Day Chronological Bible is the ideal tool for learning about the Bible.  The books, chapters, and verses of the Bible are arranged so you can track the story of Scripture, day-by-day, from beginning to end.  You can understand the flow of events and how the grand narrative of Scripture applies to everyday life.   This Bible differs from other chronological Bibles because it does not have you reading the selected passages on a certain day.  You can start your reading anytime you like and will be able to keep your place with no problem.  This Bible is broken into 52 weeks of reading, with six passages per week!

We have been very pleased with how easy The Day by Day Chronological Bible has been to use.  Since the CSB version is easier to understand, we are able to read more and discuss it, without constantly having to look up what certain words mean.  It is a huge plus when reading with younger people.

Would you like to win a copy of your own?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter below.  Giveaway starts NOW and ends at midnight on 1/25.  You can buy your own copy at Lifeway by clicking here!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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

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

Start your new year off right by earning free gift cards through Swagbucks! All throughout January, 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 the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Swag IQ Referral Promotion #ad

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

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Wishes for 2019

It is so hard to believe that 2018 is over.  I am not sad to see it go, but I truly understand what my mom always told me about time flying by as you age.  It seems like only yesterday when we were welcoming 2018.  We had hopes and dreams for the year, and unfortunately, none of those materialized for us.  2018 was not a good year for my family.

Mama, Grandma, and I all had health struggles throughout the year, and that caused me to be away from home much more than I would have liked.  My health is pretty much at a stable place right now, but Mama is having a lot of trouble with her back and knees and Grandma is becoming more of a handful for her.  I am spending every weekend with them and any time they have a doctor's appointment, I am there for that.  I am not complaining.  I am more than blessed to still have them both in my life.

Kat still lives at home, but I am expecting her to move out before Spring.  I cannot say that I blame her, but I will certainly miss my baby girl.

We lost our beloved Shih Tzu, GingerBelle, in October and it has been very hard on me.  She was my constant companion and she would let me know when I was going to have a seizure.  I miss her so much, but I think I am ready to share that love with a new fur baby.  Maybe soon!

To all of my readers, thanks for sticking with me this past year.  God Bless You All!  I wish you the best year ever in 2019!  Praying you all are happy, healthy and loved!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Make Mama Happy with Mama's Jewelry

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 What is the Mama's Jewelry Advantage?

We are a family operated business born out of a passion for creating jewelry from gold, Sterling Silver, platinum, and diamonds. We care about your comfort and satisfaction and how secure your diamonds and gems are set.

We are so proud of our jewelry in our store we give our customers a lifetime warranty on any piece of jewelry they buy. With that culture in mind, we developed Mama's Jewelry.

A great deal of thought goes into the process of designing these rings, pendants, and bracelets. When the customer receives their jewelry there is a "wow" factor. We hear it time and time again. We always deliver 110%.

The thickness of the shank, the prongs, the quality of the stones, the way they are set; no one gives the customer so much attention to detail like we do. We have over 2100 positive reviews on eBay and thousands of reviews on Amazon and have sold tens of thousands of pieces without any complaint.

We love jewelry and we want our passion for it to be evident in any piece we offer.

What is the Mama's Jewelry Advantage? Simple. We care.
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GrandBox: The Perfect Gift for all the Grands in Your Life

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GrandBox is the subscription box curated specifically for Seniors and Grandparents. Each box can be personalized with family photos and a note. It's the perfect gift to bring a smile to your loved ones. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Artsy Olive Review and Giveaway #ad

Disclosure:  We received a framed art print to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.

Christmas is less than a week away, and if you are like me, you have spent a lot of time searching for just the right present for your loved ones.  We have found a shop that won't let you down!   Artsy Olive offers so many wonderful framed art prints that you can personalize and make your own.

Artsy Olive offers so many unique pieces of art that you can find something for anyone.  They have prints in categories that cover bereavement, children + baby, friend + encourage, home + family, inspiring words, love + wedding, occasion + seasonal, occupation, sports + hobby, and travel.  Personalizing the art prints is super easy, and I can tell you, they are extra special.  It is so simple to make the prints your own by choosing the frame and then personalizing the print.  Some of my favorites are pictured below.

Worth the wait is for an adopted child.  I love this one so much.  It lets a child know that you really feel that they were WORTH THE WAIT!


This adorable flamingo brightens a room and reminds your child that reading opens the world to them!


CHRIST is the reason for CHRISTmas, and this beautiful print reminds us where true love was born!

This is actually the print I personalized to give to my mama.  She is my best friend and she taught me everything I know about being a mom.  I wanted to do something special for her so I could let her know how much she means to me! 

We are so very pleased with our print, although my photo of it needs help!  I will purchase other prints from them.  The production of the print was speedy, and so was the delivery!  You can visit Artsy Olive until the 30th and you can use the promo code "blog15" and get a 15% discount on your order.

Would you like to have your own beautiful art print from Artsy Olive? Simply enter below for your chance to be one of the 5 lucky winners.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas is Coming! Get a Package From Santa

Disclosure:  We received the Silver Package to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.

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 My daughter was thrilled with her package from Santa!  The letter, certificate, photo, and video were great!  I recommend this for kids of all ages!

Christmas is just a week away, so give this a try!  Surprise your kids with a phone call!  Being able to personalize it so much was great!  GO!  Only a few days left!

Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  We received a free copy of this book to facilitate our honest and unbiased review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions stated are those of the Shelly's Bits and Pieces family.

Christmas is my favorite holiday and every year I look for new books to read with my children.  While books about Santa and elves can be cute, the books that I really prefer revolve around the birth of Jesus.  My family received Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas and we have loved the book!

About the book:
Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas uniquely teaches the Christmas story to your children by starting at creation and sharing that Jesus has always been present and that God has always had a plan for Christmas. Bible verses and Jesus Calling devotions are on every spread of this beautifully illustrated book with foil and glitter on the cover.

Teach your children the story of Christmas . . . starting from creation! In Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas, children will discover that God always had a plan for Christmas.

Christ was chosen before the world was made.

—1 Peter 1:20

The Christmas story began long, long ago. Before the angel Gabriel told Mary she would have God's Son. Before the shepherds saw the angels and before the wise men saw the star.

Even before the sun and the moon shone for the first time before the first cows ever mooed and the first monkeys ever climbed! Before Adam and Even took their first walk in the Garden of Eden, God had a plan for Christmas.

From the beginning of time, God had a plan to save his children. That plan was Jesus!

Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas is a beautifully embellished jacketed hardcover with foil and glitter. Curl up with your little ones around the Christmas tree with Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas.

I have always been involved in church.  It is hard not to be when your grandfather is a lay-minister, your mama plays the piano, sings and teaches, and your daddy is a minister.  Explaining the entire Nativity story is something I enjoy doing with my children.  The birth of Jesus is the foundation of my Christian belief.  This wonderful book, Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas, starts at the beginning, way back at the beginning of time.

My family wholeheartedly recommends this book.  It is a wonderful way to celebrate the story of Christmas, every day of the year.

Would you like to win a copy of your own?  Simply enter in the form!  Good Luck.  God Bless, and Merry CHRISTmas!

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