Thursday, August 17, 2017

4 Road Trip Necessities {PLUS a Winner-Takes-All Giveaway}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by LunchSkins, HarperCollins Publishing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, & Berkshire Blanket. All opinions are my own. 

Our family has become seasoned road warriors over the past couple of years. My husband and I met and lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 8 years. With his family living in Michigan and mine in West Virginia, we often made the 17 hour total trip without stopping (except for of course to fill up and take quick potty breaks). Fast forward to the kids; there was a 3 1/2 year period where my husband had to travel back and forth from Michigan to West Virginia (sometimes with a kid or two in tow) twice a month. Aside from putting a lot of miles on our vehicles, we also learned that when traveling with kids, there are 4 Road Trip Necessities we never left home without! The kids and I just got back from a 4-day trip to Michigan and I'm excited to share the products we used to cover our road trip must-haves!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Make Learning Fun With New Games From Winning Moves Games

For some parents, getting kids to participate in educational activities, much less enjoy them and want to participate, is no small task. In our home, Eva (age 9) is always ready to learn, but the other three can take some poking and prodding. Our family made the big leap into homeschooling this year (more about that in a post coming up later), and I wanted to find some educational games that I could incorporate into our weekly activities. I check out one of my favorite places for board games, Winning Moves Games, and found two in particular that I just had to have! (Games pictured above provided at no cost to facilitate this review) Our entire family is getting in on the board-game-learning; and having fun while we do it! I know you're kids will love these games just as much as mine do!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fill Your Home Library With Dinosaur Books!

Our Southern Style loves books! We also love learning and I have one particular kid, Eva, who loves all things Dinosaurs! I'm always looking for educational books to add to our home library and found fun and exciting books not only for my 9-year-old, but also for all my kids at Quarto Knows.They provided me the books pictured above (plus a few more that you'll find below), at no cost to facilitate this post, and I'm excited to share so many new dinosaur books coming soon to places wherever books are sold!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Perfect Getaway {With The Perfect Giveaway!}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hot Ash Stoves, iZZi Foods, Thermacell, Goosefeet Gear, IceMule Coolers. All opinions are my own. 

 Just a couple weeks ago, Ben and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. For some of you that's baby years and for some it seems miles away. We've been through a lot in those 11 years but one thing is for sure; life has brought us closer together, shown us how fast the years go by, and that some days (unlike how Captain and Tennille would have us believe) it's taken more than love to keep us together (lots of our faith, family, and determination go a long way!). A couple weeks ago, my husband said the most romantic thing I've ever heard, "Babe, if you wanna go down the river...I guess I'll go down the river too". This is a pretty big step coming from a guy that grew up near Detroit. But he's grown to love everything the country life has to offer and this year we decided we'd truly get away. Get away from technology. Get away from the hustle and bustle of town and people. Get away from everyone and everything but each other. Our perfect getaway included an overnight kayaking trip down the Shenandoah River, and some great new outdoor gear that helped to make our adventure perfect!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Grab Your Favorite Couple And Find Adventure In West Virginia

Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by VisitWV, Country Road Cabins, and Ace Adventure Resort. All opinions are my own.

 "Wild and Wonderful". "Almost Heaven". There's so many things that come to mind when I think of my home state, West Virginia. It's where I got my sense of adventure, my love of the mountains and the river, and my inspiration for all that southern cooking. Though the rest of the world runs at a break neck pace, time slows down in West Virginia. I"m a wife and a mom now, but I haven't lost my love for adventure and I give a lot of credit to growing up surrounded by it. There's so much beauty and fun to be found in West Virginia and because adventure is always better with friends, my husband and I grabbed one of our favorite couples (you might recognize Chris, my Gone Girls counterpart!) and headed to the southern part of the state for a mountain getaway filled with rock climbing, repelling, and ending with a climactic white water rafting trip down the Lower Gauley River! Looking for a memory-making trip this Summer? Grab some friends and find the adventure of a lifetime in West Virginia!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MAX is Back! Max 2: White House Hero - Own It May 23! {& Enter For Your Chance To Win!}


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

 My kids loved the first chapter in the story of MAX and when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment contacted me about sharing the second installment of this heroic tale, I knew it was something my family and yours would love! Not only do a I have a sneak peak into who MAX is saving next, but keep reading 'cause I've got your chance to win a copy of your own!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Make The Most Of Your Television Experience With Mantel Mount

Mantel Final Cover
Okay, I admit it, as much as I love being outdoors, I'm also a sucker for movies. I'm not sure if it comes from acting on stage in dramas and plays throughout my high school years, or due to the fact that growing up, movies were a special treat, but I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons I love a good flick is simply that I work hard. I work hard, my husband works hard, and our plate is often pretty full. My mind is usually thinking about, "Did I accomplish what I needed to today?" "What did I forget to do?" "What do I need to do tomorrow?" "Do the kids have any activities this weekend?" Everything from household chores, to the kids, to work, to my husbands small business runs through my brain on an almost continual basis but I have found two ways to tune it out. One is being outside, and the other is getting lost in a really good movie!