Monday, June 4, 2018
Disclosure: I received the hiking boots featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
If you've followed my posts or Our Southern Style for any length of time, it's probably no surprise that you're finding me on yet, another adventure. I love pushing myself and finding out just what I'm capable of. It's part of what has helped me become the determined person that I am today. For me, it's easy to apply each and every one of those adventures to every day life. Life has a way of showing just how strong we really are and hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, (insert your favorite adventure here) is a reminder that I can conquer anything if I put my mind to it. Some friends and I set out to take on the "Old Rag", a rigorous 10 mile hike in the Shenandoah Mountains, and the only thing on my mind was making sure I had a good set of hiking shoes. Lately, I've been discovering the greatness of barefoot shoes and wondered how I'd do in a pair on such a long hike. Ben, myself, and two of our friends had the pleasure of trying out two styles of Xero Shoes hiking boots in both men and women's styles and I'm giving you the scoop on why these are one of the greatest hiking shoes I have put on my feet!
Monday, April 30, 2018
Disclosure: I received the wetsuits worn above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Ya'll have no idea how much I have been longing for this day; the day that I finally get to take my kayak out on the water! After months of passing by my yak every time I went down to the basement, to say I was excited about finally taking her out would be an understatement. Even though the air is warmer, the water is still bitter cold in our part of West Virginia. To travel safely and keep from a potential bone-chilling moment should we capsize our boats, we turned to our friends at Wetsuit Wearhouse to outfit Ben and I with their best spring Shorties. If you enjoy water sports, you won't want to miss this review!
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Disclosure: I received the shoes featured in the picture above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
I hate socks and shoes. I always have and I probably always will. Probably one of the reasons I love Summer so much is because I truly get to set my feet free! One of the best sensations in the world is feeling the ground beneath my feet and the air on my toes. I'm sure many of you have heard about the "barefoot" shoe craze. Apparently it's been around for a while but somehow I'm just now discovering it. I began to research all of the benefits of going barefoot and decided this was definitely something I had to try Our family loves being outdoors and when I searched for a company that made barefoot shoes for the whole family, Vivo was at the top of the list. Vivo sent shoes made for our littlest (Levi, age 5) all the way up to my and my hubby (age 36 for the both of us) and we set off to our favorite mountain retreat to test them out. Think going barefoot might be for you? Keep reading!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Disclosure: I received items featured to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Maybe it's because I really ramped up my outdoor excursions and adventures last year. Maybe it's because we got a big snow storm (in APRIL!). Maybe it's just because cabin fever has reached it's height. Whatever the reason, Spring is here and I'm ready to get outside and get on my bike! If there's one activity that is almost as exciting as the event itself, it's the getting ready part. Remember how excited you are to be packing your bags before you go on vacation? It's makes me almost as happy as the vacation itself! Getting my bike Spring ready is part of the fun. It gets my blood pumping and fuels the anticipation of all my upcoming rides. There's one company I always go to when I'm looking to upgrade my bike: Topeak! Topeak has everything I need to get my wheels ready to ride!
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Disclosure: I received a copy of Paddington 2 to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
I will always have a love for Paddington because it was the first movie where my son Elijah truly enjoyed what we all love about films. Paddington was the first movie where Elijah laughed so hard he could barely breath, smiled from ear to ear, and became totally wrapped up in the story of this sweet bear. When we heard Paddington 2 was coming to theaters the whole family knew it was one we had to see. The new installment of Paddington didn't disappoint but reminded us of all the reasons why we love this adorable, lovable bear.
Friday, March 23, 2018
This week I was so excited that the first day of Spring was almost here! And then it came...with 14 inches of snow! Public schools were closed and there was no going anywhere for a good two days here in West Virginia. Try as I might I just couldn't stop myself from baking. It happens every time it snows. I knew I couldn't run out to the store for ingredients so I decided to go on an expedition into my cabinets and fridge to see what I could use for inspiration. I came away with something the whole family agrees were some of my best cupcakes yet!
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Disclosure: I received the items above at no cost to facilitate this post.
Seems like Christmas was just yesterday and here we are with another holiday right in front of our eyes! Easter is almost here and Ben and I love putting together fun baskets for all of our kids. Of course I include a few sweet treats, (because what's Easter with out chocolate eggs, bunnies, and marshmallow chicks?) but I also prefer to fill our children's baskets with fun surprises they can enjoy long after the candy is gone. There's nothing more exciting to kids theses days than slime and squishy things! ORB has some great products to add to your Easter baskets this year, all under $15 making celebrating this Easter season easily affordable!
Find the Dinosaur in your OrbSlimy. Each Dino egg contains one of 10 mystery dinos to reveal. Collect them all. OrbSlimy is the best slime available on the market. It feels amazing and is completely non-sticky. Squeeze it, stretch it, ooze it, and more! OrbSlimy is the tactile toy trend kids can't get enough of.
OrbSlimy Original is the classic slime in an easy to store container.
If there's one creative play toy my kids all agree is fantastically fun, hands down, it's slime! My daughter Eva constantly scours the internet looking for new slime recipes but she's not found any that come close to the feel and quality of ORB Slimy! The kids can't stop playing with it and I love that it's easy to clean and put away. The Dino Slime will be an extra special surprise in her Easter basket because in addition to loving slime, she's also a dino-lover! For Eva, there will be nothing better than digging her way through an egg full of slime to uncover a dinosaur treasure!
Soft'n Slo Squishies are slow rising and ultra soft. Touch it, squeeze it, and watch your Soft'n Slo Squishies transform as it slowly rises.
Elijah is my "softie" of all my kids and he simply can't keep his hands off of anything cute and cuddly. There are so many varieties of the Soft'n Slow Squishies that you simply have to go check them all out. Squishy food. Squishy animals. Squishy monsters. There's even squishy poo! My kids are going to get a kick out of playing with these fun sensory toys and I know they will make a cute addition to their Easter baskets this year.
ORB Toys was just what I needed to add some hands-on-fun to our Easter baskets this year. I love that their products are fun, adorable, and fit our budget. Sensory toys can be so much fun and I know my kids will be excited to discover these in their baskets on Easter morning.
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