Shelly's Bits and Pieces

Monday, November 24, 2014

What's In The Bible: Why Do We Call It Christmas Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  This review and giveaway is sponsored by Propeller Consulting, LLC.  I received a copy of the DVD to facilitate my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received!  Sponsor responsible for prize fulfillment!  *Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

CHRISTmas always been my favorite holiday.  I loved all the church activities, the CHRISTmas plays, live Nativity Scenes, candle lighting ceremonies and more.  The one thing that always stood out to me was that CHRISTmas meant love!  I have always been able to sit back and FEEL all the LOVE around me.  It just seems to radiate from everyone.  The Nativity story has always been a favorite of my entire family and we read it every year on CHRISTmas Eve to remind everyone about the true meaning of the holiday.

Have you ever wondered why we do all the other things?
Cutting down trees? Hanging stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus' birthday?  More than you'd think!

We were given a copy of the DVD,  Buck Denver asks... Why Do We Call It Christmas to review.

About the DVD:  Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world's most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don't miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks … Why Do We Call It Christmas?   This DVD answers a lot of questions and covers these areas:
-Where do we get the word Christmas?
-When was Jesus born?
-What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?
-Who is St. Nicholas?
-What is Hanukkah?
-Who is Emmanuel?
-Luke 2 Story

We sat down as a family and watched the DVD.  As huge Veggie Tales fans, we were already familiar with Phil Vischer, so we knew this was going to be a great DVD.  We loved the awesome newsman, Buck Denver.  The entire journey we went on with him and his friends was fun and informative.  Chefy and I were taught just as much as the kids.  I never knew what Christmas trees had to do with Jesus, but I do now!  NO!  I am not going to tell you.  You will have to watch the DVD yourself to find out!

You can learn more by following via these links:

Would you like to win a copy of  Buck Denver asks... Why Do We Call It Christmas?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below!  You will not be disappointed!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Molecule Cargo Pants - Built For Living

Disclosure:  We will be receiving a pair of these pants to review.  No monetary compensation has been received.  All opinions stated are honest and are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family.

Molecule Clothing - Men's and Women's Cargo Clothes - Built For Living

Kat loves to wear cargo pants.  She loves having all those pockets so she can carry everything she needs without carrying a purse!  We will soon be receiving a pair of Molecule Clothing cargo pants for her to try out.  They are made with high quality materials, durable waist ties, bellow pockets, pop-flaps, solid stitching and double-strong belt loops!  Molecules have been designed for fashion and are functional for every occasion!  Molecule's Cargo pants combine the double stitching with double stitching to make a super durable, comfy pair of pants!

We cannot wait to give you our review once the pants arrive!  Stay tuned for our thoughts.  Want to check them out for yourself?   You can get a $10 discount by clicking HERE!

Keep your eyes peeled for the review!  These pants would make a great Christmas gift.....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Check out the New Album Release by Neil Diamond #MelodyRoad #O2O

Disclosure: I participated in the Neil Diamond Melody Road album review program as a member of One2One Network.  I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Growing up a Daddy's Girl meant if my daddy liked something, I had to check it out.  My daddy loved to hear Neil Diamond sing.  His favorite movie was the Jazz Singer, and I guess over the years we saw it more than 50 times.   The more I watched the movie and the more I listened to Daddy's Neil Diamond albums, the more I fell in love with his music.  "Love on the Rocks" and "America" were some of my favorite songs, along with "I am, I said" and "Play Me."  Choosing my absolute favorite is impossible.  Neil has a way of pulling you into everything he sings.  We never got to see him in person, but Daddy bought all of his albums and Neil Diamond became a part of our family.

Neil's new album, Melody Road wonderful.  The songs on this album are:  Melody Road, First Time, Seongah and Jimmy, Something Blue, Nothing But a Heartache, In Better Days, Ooo Do I Wanna Be Yours, Alone at the Ball, Sunny Disposition, Marry Me Now, and The Art of Love.  The title song is one of my favorites.  It takes me back to simpler days with my Daddy!

Melody Road is true Neil Diamond.  Although he is in his 70s now, Neil Diamond's voice is a smooth and soothing as ever.  He continues to tell stories with his songs, which is why I never get tired of listening to him.  You can purchase this album NOW!

For more information about Neil Diamond, you can follow him at the places listed below.   Enjoy!

* Official Neil Diamond Website –
* Twitter – @NeilDiamond
* Facebook –
* YouTube –

I participated in the Neil Diamond Melody Road album review program as a member of One2One Network.  I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Celebrate with Pump It Up and Classic Christmas Favorites on DVD - Giveaway

Disclosure: I will be receiving the same prize package I am giving away in exchange for this post.  Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment!  No monetary compensation was received!

It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas!  You just have to step into any store to see that the holiday season is in full gear!  Pump It Up wants to make your Christmas even brighter.  They are currently running a sweepstakes that would make Christmas even brighter for your entire family!  They are giving away a 50" LED Smart HDTV and Classic Christmas Favorites DVD sets in their Classic Christmas Favorites Sweepstakes!  This sweepstakes runs through November 30th!  Get your entries in!!

Want to know more about Pump It Up?  Pump It Up is where your imagination comes to play – Our play areas and giant inflatables help spark a child’s imagination. With more than 140 Pump It Up locations across the United States, we’re proud to be Kids’ Favorite Place.
We offer a wide variety of activities for kids – from our always private Birthday Parties, daily Open Jump sessions and Special Events to Fundraisers, Camps, Field Trips and much, much more.  Our play areas are filled with massive inflatables and other games and attractions that offer endless opportunities for kids of all ages to explore and imagine.

Now that you more about Pump It Up, go enter that sweepstakes!   Although there is only one Grand Prize TV, 15 other entrants will win Classic Christmas Favorites DVD sets!  The set includes 10 family-friendly  Christmas movies, such as:
·         Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
·         The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold
·         Pinocchio’s Christmas
·         The Stingiest Man In Town
·         The Year Without a Santa Claus Deluxe Edition
·         Rudolph’s Shiny New Year
·         Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
·         Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
·         ’Twas The Night Before Christmas
·         Rudolph And Frosty’s Christmas In July

The drawing will be done by December 2nd, so winners can receive their prizes before Christmas!  I'll be the first to admit that I entered the giveaway!  I would love to celebrate with a NEW 50" LED Smart HDTV!!  

What are you waiting for? giveaway!  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will receive their own prize package which includes the Classic Christmas Favorites DVD set and four free Open Jump passes!  Enter on the Rafflecopter form below then head on over and enter!  Click HERE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve Review

Disclosure:  I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

To be perfectly honest, I had never heard of Mary Lambert until I participated in this One2One review.  With that being said, I asked my daughter if she knew her and she did.  She then explained to me that Mary sings on the song Same Love with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  She wrote the chorus, and then used her "She Keeps Me Warm" lyrics in a new song!  Now that I have been schooled on who Mary Lambert is, it was time to review her music.

The album has a lot of different songs, and I must admit, I admire her for doing a cover of the Rick Springfield hit, "Jessie's Girl."  I like Mary's take on the song.  I like the spoken word selection, "Dear One" as well.   All of her songs have a lot of meaning to them and as you listen, you can feel what she has gone through and where her mind was when she wrote the songs.  My personal favorite is "Secrets" which I can relate to in many ways.  Kat, my 16 year old, really liked the album and she introduced her friends to Mary Lambert's music.  

A big thank you is due to One2One for providing this album for me to review.  It opened my eyes and ears to music that I normally would not have heard.  "Secrets" is now one of my favorite songs, and although I could do without some of the explicit lyrics in the song, I still enjoy listening to it.  Check it out!  You might find out that you'd like it too! 

You can purchase this album at itunes by clicking HERE or at Amazon by clicking HERE

Disclosure:  I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.