Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pamper You and Your Baby With Shoosha!


Nothing makes Mommy and Baby happier than a little pampering! Wanna hear some even better news? You and your little one can enjoy your own spa-like treatments right in your own home, with Shoosha and their collection of all natural, organic products!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Enter To Win A Blu-Ray DVD Copy Of The Good Lie Starring Reese Witherspoon

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Go Paperless With A Boogie Board

Boogie Board Final 1   I'm a note taker. I never used to be a note taker, but something happened somewhere along the way of becoming a Mom of 4 beautiful, energetic children that caused me to relish in writing things down. Grocery lists, To-Do lists, Honey-Do lists (along with a few Honey-Don't lists), schedules, reminders, and on and on it goes. If you are a busy Mom like me, or just looking for something different this Christmas to give to that "hard to shop for" person on your list. The original Boogie Board 8.5 eWriter is the perfect present!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Get The Holidays Hopping With A Jewel Ecoaquarium All-in-One Kit

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In our home, with four kids, we are never short on pets. At one time or another we've had dogs, a cat, two hermit crabs, and a whole host of fish mixed in with the bunch. Now, the Crayne family has welcomed two African Dwarf Frogs into our home and everyone couldn't be more excited to have another pet to love. Overall, my kids do really well with taking care of all their animals on their own, which says a lot about how much all of these creatures are loved. What I enjoy most is seeing the joy on my kids faces as they take care of their pets, and knowing, that along with all of the fun they are having, they are also learning a little bit of responsibility and the value of life, no matter how small.
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Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

 Before I had my Wild Creations Jewel Ecoaquarium shipped to me, I wanted to make sure that my new amphibious friends would be well taken care of during shipment. The folks at Wild Creations assured me that the care during shipment of their frogs is of the utmost importance and priority.  

As for shipping procedures, you can note that we are one of the few live animal shippers for FedEx and UPS. We have shipped well over two million frogs over the past eight years. We take great efforts to assure that our frogs are comfortable when shipped, by shipping them with an anti-fungal and antibiotic mix, which is why you will see a slight blue tint to your water. Our frogs are always shipped overnight and in insulated packaging. In the winter, we ship with a heat pack and in the summer, a cool pack. Again, the well being of our frogs is a priority for us, and we have worked closely with several organizations and professionals, including a local veterinarian who has a masters degree in herpetology (literally a frog expert), to make certain our shipping protocol is the best in the industry. - Wild Creations
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When my Jewel Ecoaquarium arrived, my frogs came just as Wild Creations said they would and I was eager to get it put their new tank together and introduce my new froggy friends to their new home. Wild Creations has a number of African Dwarf Ecoaquariums, one to suit every wish and budget. Currently, Wild Creations sells two distinct types of Ecoaquariums, the Jewel Ecoaquarium and the Classic Ecoaquarium (both available for an upgrade to All-in-One Kits). To take a closer look at the ecoaquariums click HERE.

  The top of the line Jewel Ecoaquariums All-in-One Kit includes:
  •        1 4"x6" Jewel EcoAquarium tank with Lid 
  •      2 African Dwarf Frogs
  •      1 Lucky Bamboo plant
  •      1 pack Living Gravel
  •      1 pack Colored Gravel (Your choice of colors)
  •      1 Decorative Rock
  •      1 Black Plastic Base
  •      1 Care Kit (Water Removal Device, Dip Net, 1 year of Frog Food)
The Ecoaquariums are super easy to set up and even more easy to upkeep! For set up, I simply rinsed out the tank, the gravel (in a strainer) and my bamboo. I also purchased a gallon of water from the grocery store instead of using the tap water out of my sink (we currently have city water, and well, you just never know what might be in there). I first put down the living gravel, tucked in my bamboo, and then topped it with the colored gravel. I placed in my decorative rocks. Between the swirling colors of the deco. rocks and the bright colored gravel, my Jewel Ecoaquarium was really standing out! Finally, I added the water (room temperature) and finally my frogs. They immediately swam around checking out their new digs and I gotta say, they seem pretty pleased! Check out Wild Creations set up video below!


As a Mom I greatly appreciate the lengths that Wild Creations has taken to provide an educational pet experience for my family, from beginning to end. The living gravel breaks down frog waste and uneaten food, the bamboo provides oxygen for the tank, and the frogs are not only fun to watch, but very easy to keep. We still have yet to pick out the perfect name for our new froggy friends! Comment below with your ideas for the perfect Frog names!
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The Ecoaquariums are the perfect edition to any home or office. A great idea for families in apartments, townhouses, or smaller homes! If you have kids asking for a pet this year, but you aren't ready to make a commitment to something furry, consider allowing two new froggy friends, and their easy to care for Ecoaquarium hop right into your heart this Christmas!

 Want to know where you can PURCHASE an Ecoaquarium of your own? Click HERE. There's still time to order one before Christmas!

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One lucky reader will win their own Jewel Ecoaquarium All-in-One Kit, which includes two African Dwarf Frogs! The giveaway will end December 30, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Wild Creations and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Make Life HUGGABLE With BlueBee Pals


This year I've had the privilege of taking a much closer look at my kids Christmas toys than I ever have before. One of the things I have noticed is that so many of todays toys resemble a lot of the toys I grew up with and loved. How many of you remember the Teddy Ruxpin? As a child, I remember dreaming about having this teddy someday to read me stories. When I was first introduced to the Bluebee Pals I immediately thought about my old friend. As I began to read more about the Bluebee Pals, and then got to use one in person, I understood. A Bluebee pal isn't just a talking stuffed animal, it is a huggable buddy who makes learning, entertainment, and even conversation exciting and personal on a whole new level.

Make The Holidays Sparkle With A Mooshka Goodnight Starlight Doll

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Growing up I remember very well, one of my favorite dolls, PJ Sparkles. She was pretty sweet for a doll back in the 80's. All of the commercials showed a sweet little girl pressing PJ's tummy, watching her light up, and then drifting off to sleep. There will always be a special place in my heart for my PJ Sparkles, but in reality, she was not very fun to sleep with. She was made of a pretty hefty plastic, which made the snuggling part pretty difficult, and i'm quite sure she poked me in the eye on more than one occasion. Still, I loved that little doll . I loved the warm glow of the lights in the darkness and just the comfort I felt from her shining next to me at night. Now that I have my own daughter, who thanks to a new brother being welcomed in the family, recently graduated to her very own room. She loves it! But bedtimes can still be a little unnerving for her and she still makes the nightly request for her door to be open and the hall light to be on. I wanted to find a doll for her that would bring her the same comfort PJ Sparkles brought to me, but maybe this time, something a little more snuggle. And of course, my search led me right to Mooshka!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bring On The Snow! With Julius Jr.: Snow Monkey Adventure

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 Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

Like all preschoolers, my son Levi loves finding adventure! He loves finding new hiding places at home, discovering new ways to play, and uses his imagination to bring all of his toys to life. There are few movies or TV shows that will keep his attention for very long, but Julius Jr. is one of them! How could you not fall in love with this fun-loving monkey and all of his pals? The bright colors of each of the characters make each episode eye catching and playful while each story shares an important lesson about friendship and imagination. This DVD truly makes the perfect Christmas gift for any Julius Jr. fan and even comes with a Julius Jr. figurine! The perfect friend to tuck into any kids pocket as they create their own Julius Jr. adventures!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Growing Up Can Be Fun - With The Lalaloopsy Girls!

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 Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

  The Lalaloopsy girls are all grow up - and headed for the Lalaloopsy Academy for Learning Arts! The friends soon discover their new school is super cool - and sew much fun! It's a semester full of laughs and excitement as the girls take creative classes such as Glitter 101 and Cloud Sculpting, join silly clubs, make new friends and cheer on Jewel Sparkles as she runs for student body president! - DVD Synopsis

Direct Your Own Movies With Goldie Blox & The Movie Machine

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I've said it before, but my daughter, Eva is not your ordinary little girl. Of course (like any girl) at times she loves to play dress up or put on a tutu and dance around the living room, but more often than not, she would rather be outside with a shovel digging in the dirt to find hidden treasures, or up in her room building, creating, and inventing. One of the greatest joys as a Mom has been to watch her creative mind go to work as she invents a "no drip Popsicle" or to hear the excitement in her voice when she uncovers ancient bones, aka something the dog buried weeks ago in the yard. In all my years of shopping for presents and gifts for my daughter, I never could seem to find any "girl" related "toys" that encouraged her in the areas of science and engineering, those always seemed to be located in the "boy" isle.  Thanks to Goldie Blox,  girls have a fun hero, in this lovable character, as she shows them, through all of her play sets, that engineering, math and science aren't just for the boys, girls and boys can both share in the fun, creativity, and achievement.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Brighten Up The Holidays With a Crystal Nightlight

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Need something to inspire the little scientist in your home this year? My six year old daughter, Eva, has decided that when she grows up, she wants to become an archaeologist. I'm constantly finding her outside digging up "treasures" with her little shovel and handy brush. She recently got a new rock collection from her uncle, which she loves to take out and show to everyone who happens to visit our house. If you have a child who loves to discover and create, like my Eva, no doubt the Crystal Nightlight from Geek & Co. is a definite must for Christmas this year!

Girls Of All Ages - Last Minute Gift Guide

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  Disclosure: I was sent the items above, at no cost,  to facilitate this review.

 We'e been doing lots of shopping in our house - Christmas shopping! I'm not one of those gals who just loves to shop till I drop but when it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts for my kids, I love walking away from the  checkout counter (or my online cart) picturing the smiles on their faces as they unwrap some pretty awesome gifts on Christmas morning. I have two girls in my household - one that is 11 (just starting middle school) and one that is 6 (1st grader). Just two  years ago they were pretty much on the same page with the types of toys they liked - but I've finally accepted the fact that I now have a preteen girl in my house - and her idea of a fun Christmas present, is a lot different than the younger one.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanks Rudolph, For 50 Years of Christmas Memories

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 As a child, I remember scouring the paper every December for the arrival of TV Christmas Specials. It just wasn't Christmas until I got to meet up again with all of my favorite Christmas characters. There is no doubt, that Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was, and still is, one of my favorites. The story of Rudolph is still cherished in my heart, and now has become a part of my own children's Christmas traditions. As we sit down together to share in this enchanting story, it takes me back to all of the times as a child that my own family all sat together, drinking our hot cocoa and eating popcorn, giggling with excitement as we waiting for Rudolph's arrival on the screen. This wonderful Christmas story has become a Christmas tradition in my own home, with my own kids, and because I have experienced it for myself, I smile watching them share in its joy. I  know that one day, they will watch it with their own children and Rudolph will take them back to their childhood and they to will remember the magic of Christmas and the happiness every child should experience growing up, especially at Christmas.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Refresh & Renew Dry Skin From The Cold With Vitabath

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 We have officially entered the cold weather season and with the cold comes the struggle to keep our skin subtle and moisturized. With the cold wind blasting your skin every time you step outside, it's so important to find a daily moisturizing routine to keep your skin protected and healthy. For me, I hate to be cold, and sometimes after a long chilly day, all I want to do is slide into a warm tub or stand in a hot shower. Unfortunately, hot showers, are probably one of the worst things for your skin, especially if you already struggle with dry skin like I do. Since there's no way I can say no to my hot bath at the end of the day, I decided to say "Yes" to keeping my skin nourished every day in and out of the shower with Vitabath!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Keep House Cleaning Chemical Free With Buggy Love

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 Batten down the hatches - the family is coming for Christmas! For me and my family (4 kids, 1 husband, 1 dog and a fish) living in a town house can get really messy, really fast. It's easy for my house to become a complete disaster area, especially now that the busy holiday season is upon us. The kids have extra holiday school activities. I have extra church activities. And my husband, who works in the construction industry, is inundated with customers wanting to do last minute tile upgrades before the holidays. I can't tell you how many times the phrase "Quick! Everybody help cleanup quick, so and so is coming over!" With Christmas and New Years quickly arriving, a lot of homes will be filled with family and friends. I love welcoming my family in to a warm, clean, holiday home and thanks to the amazing products from Buggy Love, my home, and laundry, are not only bright and spotless, but are left with a clean fresh scent, all without the use of harsh chemicals.

Defeat Pet Hair With Simple Solutions



If there is one thing I can't stand it's pet hair! It always seems to stick to every part of my house and no matter how hard I fight it, the battle is never totally won - the pet hair always seems to overtake me in the end.  I'm so put off by pet hair that should I happen to find a single strand of doggie hair on me, a change of clothes must ensue. Dog hair on my couch? If I can't get it all up with the vacuum cleaner, I will literally put a blanket down to sit on (a blanket which I then have to throw in the washing machine because, of course, it has pet hair on it). Since I would never dream of getting rid of my dog - who truly is a member of my family - I had to look for a different way to defeat the annoying pet hair.  If you suffer from the day to day struggle of unsightly pet hair as well, your hero has arrived - Simple Solution's Pet Hair Cleanup System!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Begin A New Holiday Tradition With Hickory Farms

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For the next month, our days will be filled with lots of delicious meals, sugary cookies, and other tasty treats as we enjoy holiday meals, and parties with family and friends. There is probably no other holiday cuisine company more synonymous with Christmas celebrations than Hickory Farms. With so many delicious possibilities, it's easy to see why so many people count on Hickory Farms to supply meats and cheeses, decadent chocolates, savory mustards, sauces, and more as part of their holiday party tradition. Hickory Farms even provides a large selection of gift boxes, perfect for that hard to buy for person, because let's face it, who doesn't delight in opening up a savory box of Hickory Farms products.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make Christmas Meaningful with a Papillion Ornament Set from The GO Exchange

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There are few things in life that make you feel as good as you do when you give someone a gift. The joy you see in their eyes, the delight they experience in knowing that someone thought enough of them to give them a present. Even as a child, I always loved giving gifts to others. I loved making someone else feel special. One of my favorite Bible verses is "it is more blessed to give than to receive" - Acts 20:35, and in the case of  the products from Go Exchange, this sentiment couldn't be more true. Normally when I begin a review, I start with talking about the product itself, but in this case, to truly appreciate this beautiful Papillion Ornament, that comes in a set of 4, you first have to hear about the organization it came from.

Helping to Provide Jobs in Impoverished Countries

The process begins with local makers among the poor:  local parents (mainly single moms) and young men and women (ages 18-24) who have aged out of orphan care programs.  With careful training and support from the designers who employ them, they make beautiful products, earning a local living wage to help them support themselves and their families.  The GO Exchange buys the Wonderfully Made products, imports the products into the United States, and sells the products to keep the process going and growing.  The idea is to put growth of this Global Boutique – the creation of more jobs – into YOUR hands, the hands of sellers and buyers who are passionate about family. 
* Taken from GO Exchange Website

Focused on Orphan Prevention

The GO Exchange is a Global Boutique dedicated to Orphan Prevention. 80% of the world’s orphaned children fill orphanages and alleyways not because of parental death, but because of outright abandonment.  Parents – most often, single moms – among the extreme poor cannot hold up under the weight.  And they make the desperate decision that their children may have a better chance without them. Through GOEX, you help stop this tragedy through opportunity.  World-class designers help local makers among the poor craft beautiful products that embody their own uplifting beauty.  We focus on fun, excellent everyday products that you truly enjoy.  And we turn to you.  You buy.  You sell.  You spread the word.  In this life-giving circuit, you look great and help local makers keep their families together.  Through the dignified work of their own hands, not through more aid lines.  The GO Exchange has no individual shareholders who stand to personally gain as this Global Boutique grows.  The Global Orphan Project, a global Orphan Care and Orphan Prevention ministry with a Charity Navigator rating of 4 out of 4 stars, started and wholly owns GOEX.  That means that any and all net profits go to help orphaned and abandoned children. *Taken from Go Exchange Website 

 To read more about the story behind GO Exchange, click HERE

 Watch the video below to see what inspires the artists of GO Exchange:



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The wonderful people at Go Exchange sent me this beautiful 4-piece box of Papillion Ornaments, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I must say, as beautiful as they are in pictures, they are even more beautiful in person! I knew as soon as I took these ornaments out of the box, there was something special about them. I'm not the type of person to get all sappy and weird about these kind of things, but it truly was as if you could feel the love and the heart that went into making these ornaments. There was something much more meaningful about these ornaments than any I have ever bought in the store, much less held in my hands, and as I began to read more about their story, I began to understand why.

  Handmade from recycled 55-gallon drums at the Papillon artisan center in Port-au-Prince Haiti, this pack of four ornaments makes the perfect Christmas gift. Purchasing these ornaments provides living-wage jobs to local workers and educational opportunities for kids in City Soli, Haiti, as well as vocational pathways for young adults as they age out of orphan care. But the good doesn’t end there! 100% of profits from the purchase of these ornaments will go toward the care of orphaned and abandoned children.

  Product Details: All ornaments 3 inches long*Taken from Go Exchange Website

 Here I was, literally holding something in my own hands, in my warm home in the United States, that had been hand made by someone in Haiti, more than likely a poor, young, single mother, who when she was making it, was probably thinking about where this beautiful ornament would end up. Somehow, I felt connected to something bigger than myself.

The joy of supporting Go Exchange, by purchasing their products, is that not only do you get to experience the happiness of sharing this gift with others, but that you are forever linked with someone thousands of miles away, as your purchase not only helps provide them with a full-time job, and provides finances needed to assist give orphans hope.

 GO Exchange offers more than ornaments! They have so many gorgeous, hand-made products, with everything from jewelry and apparel, to other holiday and home items, and even footwear!

Click HERE to see all the GO Exchange Shop has to offer!

You won't be disappointed with their products! I have personally held their woven purses, comfy pajama pants, hand made scarves, and jewelry, and they all left me no less than awe inspired by their beauty and artistry.

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These ornaments are more than just something beautiful to hang on your Christmas tree, or a gift to wrap up for a friend. As each of my children held these ornaments in their hand and as I told them where they came from, they were each touched, from my 2 year old to my 11 year old, by their story, and more importantly by the people behind these ornaments. It was a chance for them to remember the true spirit of Christmas, to be thankful for all of the blessings we have in our lives and family, and to remember there is opportunity every day, to do someone for someone who might not have as much as we do. This year, don't just give a gift, give someone the joy and passion that goes into each GO Exchange products, and in doing so, give the gift of hope to someone an ocean away, who you may never meet, but will forever be connected with through the love they once held in their hand, which you now hold in yours.

 Want to purchase your own set of Papillion Ornaments? You can BUY THEM from GO Exchange for $28.00 for a set of 4

 You can also support GO Exchange through social media:

 Like them on Facebook
 Follow them on Twitter
 Follow them on Pinterest

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 One lucky reader will win this beautiful, set of 4, Papillion Ornament set. The giveaway will end December 11, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

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Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of  The GO Exchange and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Win a Hiku!


Welcome to the Hiku Prize Package giveaway, sponsored by Hiku and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro.
The hiku is a new scanning device that makes creating a shopping list a breeze. It's magnetic and attaches right to your fridge so it's always handy and ready when you are. Simply scan an item or speak the name of a product that you need into the hiku and it's automatically added to the hiku app shopping list. Each item is separated by the product type so you don't have to deal with the frustration of returning to a previous aisle because you forgot an item.

Scan it. Or say it.

hiku recognizes both barcodes and voice, instantly adding items to your shopping list. No scribbling. No typing. No forgetting.

It's simple and it's fun.

hiku is designed to be so easy a five-year-old can use it. Press one simple button and hiku takes care of the rest.

Your list is always with you.

hiku creates a shopping list that appears on your smart phone or tablet. You can share your list with family or anyone else. When you add an item or cross one off, your list is updated everywhere.

It even shops for you.

Coming soon, hiku will find items available for purchase online, show you the price (including whether it’s eligible for free shipping), and let you buy right from your phone.

hiku remembers, so you don’t have to.

We’ve all been there. You get home from the store and realize you left something important off your list. (Hey, you’re human.) Hiku was created to make shopping simple, fast, and fun. So you never forget a thing. To find out more, read Thrifty Nifty Mommy's review of the hiku.

hiku wants to give one lucky reader a hiku scanner prize package that contains: 1 hiku scanner and a $50 Visa gift card!
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 12/08/14 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by hiku. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited.

Become a Curry Master in Your Own Kitchen!

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Every week, I am on the search to make something new and different for dinner. I like the challenge of cooking something I have never made before, and I also like the benefit that serving different foods brings to my family. In our small town of Martinsburg, West Virginia, we don't have a large variety of restaurants where we live, pretty much just your typical run-of-the-mill popular chain and fast food restaurants. I enjoy bringing different flavors and textures, especially for my kids, who are learning to love and appreciate the different types of food that come from different cultures.  With the Kitchen Curry Master, I can bring the authentic, robust flavors of Indian food, right to my own dining room table - and be confident that what I'm cooking is truly authentic!

  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.


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The creator of the Kitchen Curry Master, Neena, was inspired to bring this inventive and masterful cooking set through the love of her own mother's cooking, and her desire to make good Indian cuisine available to every home.

Growing up I was always around amazing food. By 1980 my parents had opened their own family restaurant called ‘Friends Corner’ in Wembley, London. It was a small place but with a fabulous family feel and incredible home-style food. Each day of the week mom would prepare a special dish. Many customers would come back on the same day to enjoy their favorite meal. As a kid I pretty much grew up in that restaurant. I’d do my homework in the kitchen after school while mom cooked for the customers. I remember learning basic math using mom’s fresh Chapatti breads for addition and subtraction! As I got older, I worked in the restaurant after school or helped with catering for events and weddings, often serving hundreds of people at a time. In my family, like many Indian families, life revolved around food... ...

Quite simply, what I found is that great Indian cuisine can be extremely hard to find. If you’re lucky you might find a decent restaurant but if you want to eat healthy and cook for yourself, it can be challenging to find the key ingredients. Even if you can find them, you’ll probably need to visit multiple stores and pay extravagant prices...

  I pulled together some of our favorite dishes, many of which have been passed down the generations, and put the recipes together with the necessary spices to cook all of these great dishes. I’m sharing the food that has been at the heart of our family’s kitchen for generations so that it can be discovered and enjoyed by everybody. - Neena **Taken from the Kitchen Curry Master website

Click on the video below to view a special welcome from Neena herself!




Once out of the box, the Kitchen Curry Master comes with it's own easy to follow cook book, canister with bagged spices and spice containers, and an instructional card with directions on how to fully set up your Kitchen Curry Spice set. This fantastic cook book, which comes complete  with full color photos and an explanation and definition of each spice, provides simple, easy-to-follow instructions , on how to make the perfect Indian dishes (over 25 complete recipes in all)!  The recipes feature, vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes and are all gluten free! If you love cooking Indian food, the Kitchen Curry Master set really is the way to go. There is an abundant amount of spices and when you run out, they are easy to restock by simply ordering refills on the Kitchen Curry Master website. The spice canister keeps all of your spices fresh and vibrant while making it easy to store and keep all of the spices you need to make delicious Indian dishes, in one place.

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Before you can begin mastering your own curry recipes, you have to first set up your spice canister. Each Kitchen Curry Master comes with 12, authentic, fresh different spices, which contain no preservatives or added dyes. You can really smell the curry in the air! Once your spices are in place, you are ready to grab the Kitchen Curry Master cookbook, select your dish, and get cooking! I love all different types of Curry, but I have always loved Indian Korma! If you have never tried it - you are missing out on of of the most bold and flavorful Indian dishes! Lucky for me, the cookbook included in this set had a great recipe for Chicken Korma and I set to work gathering all my ingredients to prepare this meal for my family.

Visit the Kitchen Curry Master website to find recipes and instructional videos to help you create the perfect Indian dish!

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My Chicken Korma turned out wonderfully! I even invited some friends over to enjoy in the meal and they raved about how flavorful this meal really was! The recipe itself was very easy to follow, with step by step instructions that gave me confidence, throughout the whole cooking process. I love that with the Kitchen Curry Master, I can become my own Indian chef and cook up some of my favorite Indian cuisine right in the comfort of my own home. With so many recipes and all of the spices I need, I'm already making plans for my next Indian meal! And my family is looking forward to eating it! Word of my homemade Indian meal has made it's way among my friends and family and I've already gotten requests for invitations to my next curry meal!

 Want to become your own Kitchen Curry Master? You can BUY IT, HERE,  currently on sale for $59.99 with free shipping! The Kitchen Curry Master would make the perfect Christmas gift for the chef in your own home!
You can use the coupon code: 6KJLLE4II4MI to get %10 off! - Good through the end of 2014.

 Want to know more about making Indian cuisine in your own home? Stay up to date on new recipes and promotions on their social media sites!



 One lucky reader will win their own complete Kitchen Curry Master. The giveaway will end December 8, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of  Light Years Ahead and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Save On This Year's Hottest Toys with ToysRUs & Duracell!

My kids think of the UPS driver like a second Santa Clause. This time of the year, the package deliveries are picking up and they know that sometimes those packages contain surprises for them. Last week a big box arrived that I knew had special items my kids were going to LOVE! As a mom, I've learned to use these deliveries to my advantage - "hey kids, you wanna see what's in this box, then you have to clean up ALL of the toys you got out today." It's amazing how quickly they can clean a room when there is an incentive offered! Well the kids got their toys cleaned up and I let them open the box to see what was inside...........

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They were so excited over the new FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo, My Walkin’ Pup and the Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock Figure that they started playing with them before they were even out of the box (and of course begging my husband and I to open the boxes). So, we grabbed the scissors and started freeing their new toys. Jacob was excited that the Transformers toy came with batteries already installed, so he immediately started stomping Grimlock through the house. Maggie's FurReal on the other hand, did not come with any batteries and she was rather sad that when she found the on/off switch, it still had no effect on making her toy work. Here her brother had this great toy that made noises and would light up and her puppy just sat there.

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Luckily for Maggie we had Duracell Batteries! Daddy came to her rescue; he grabbed his screwdriver and had the Duracell batteries installed in minutes. We went ahead and put fresh Duracell batteries into the transformer too, as recommended.

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My kids have had a BLAST playing with these toys. Grimlock is recommended for kids ages 5+, but both of my kids (2 & 4) have really been enjoying him. Jacob loves to walk around the house, crashing him into things saying, "DESTROY!" The FurReal Friends Go Go puppy is also adorable and my kids have enjoyed walking her through our house with her leash. She barks and sits just like a real dog!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and although it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be quite crazy. Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up with Toys“R”Us to help you get ready for the holidays and save money on this season’s hottest toys! From Fur Real Friends to Grimlock Transformers, Toys“R”Us is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up all the toys on your holiday shopping list… but don’t forget the batteries!


 On November 23, look for an $8 off coupon when you buy any Duracell batteries (4 pack or larger) along with FurReal Friends GO GO. This coupon will be available in the Sunday paper and online at HasbroRewards.com.
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 Then, on November 30, look for a $10 off coupon when you buy any Duracell batteries (4 pack or larger) along with Grimlock Transformers. This coupon will be available in the Sunday paper.
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Toys"R"Us , Hasbro, & Duracell want to kick off the holiday season with an opportunity for my readers to win a great prize! One lucky person will win a $100 Toys"R"Us gift card and a package of Duracell batteries!

  ToysRus Win


This giveaway will end on December 6th 2014 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!


Disclosure: I received the items mentioned at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Deck The Halls with a Brylane Home 7' Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

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There is no doubt, my favorite thing about Christmas is the tree! Ever since I was little, I couldn't wait to get out our tattered old box, where we kept all of our treasured ornaments ,and unpack them with almost as much excitement as Christmas morning.  Our whole family always made an event out of stringing the lights, eating popcorn, watching Christmas movies, and of course decorating our tree.  As I got older, I would wait till everyone else in the house had fallen asleep and then head downstairs, make myself a cup of hot chocolate or hot tea, and with light off in the house, turn on the lights of my Christmas tree, and just sit beneath it, in the quiet, taking in all the magic and joy of Christmas. Even as an adult, my love of the Christmas tree hasn't wavered and our family will head out into the cold next week to cut down our own. If you aren't a fan of a live tree (or the pine needles they leave behind), Brylane Home has some incredible options for decking your halls with a beautiful Christmas tree this year!

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This 7' tree,  arrives in three separate pieces, plus the attachments for the stand. I love that the base of the stand is actually attached to the lower portion of the tree. No messing with putting together an extra stand, just slide the four legs onto the bottom of the first tree piece and check "putting the stand together" off your list. I like to start by placing the lowest piece in place and then take time to fluff that portion. Put the second piece in place, and fluff that as well. Finally, finish with the third. I got to say, as much as I LOVE my real tree, I equally HATE putting on the lights! They always seem to be tangled when I pull them out of the box, even though I made sure to wrap them carefully the year before. It takes quite a bit of time to wind strand after strand around the tree, making sure to hide cords and attempt to make it look as if the lights were placed in some sort of organized manner. The Brylane Home 7' tree is "Pre-Lit" which means, no fussing with lights because Brylane Home has already done the hard work for you! If you have never owned or set up an artificial tree, one the biggest tips to remember is to give it a good "fluffing". This tree comes tightly packed in a box, so taking a little bit of extra time to properly stretch and extend each piece of the branch will ultimately effect how full and lush your tree appears.

   



Here are some of the great things you can expect with this beautiful tree:

• a Brylane Home® Exclusive!
 • dimensions: 7'H X 29"Diam.
 • pre-lit with 200 warm lights
• lush with 400 tips
• includes tree stand
 • assembly
• cord UL approved

 In the world of artificial Christmas trees, there are all different, size's, colors, varieties, and styles. To be happy with your tree, you should first understand what type of tree you are looking for and where you want to place it in your home.  This 7' Pre-lit tree is not for the person who is looking to fill up their living room with a broad, triangular shaped tree. If you like the look and feel of a tall, skinny tree, this is the perfect tree for you! Or, if you live in a smaller home, apartment, or loft with limited space, you might want a tree that still has a majestic presence, without taking up all of the empty space in your house.

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Even though this wasn't our "real" family Christmas tree, Levi couldn't help but be drawn in by the beauty and soft glow of this Brylane Home Christmas tree. With some added ornaments and decorations, this tree will make a wonderful trendy statement piece for any home this Christmas. Its space-saving size, set-up simplicity, and amazing price, will make this tree one of your favorite things about the holidays this year. If the 7' Pre-lit Christmas tree is not the particular style you are looking for - don't fear! Brylane Home has a great selection of not only beautiful trees, but trees that will take the hassle and headache out of set up and leave you with more time to just enjoy the wonder of the holidays - starting with your perfect, memorable, Christmas tree! 

Want to purchase the 7' Pre-Lit Christmas Tree? Buy it from Brylane Home, now on sale (%55 off) for $79.99!

 Looking for more holiday decorations? With everything from holiday place settings, to indoor and outdoor holiday decorations - Brylane Home has everything you need!

 Stay up to date on all of their holiday products and sales by visiting their social media sites! Facebook/ Twitter/ PinterestYouTube Channel

  Disclosure: I received the item above, at no cost, to facilitate this review

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake

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What happens when you combine Chocolate, Coffee, Raspberries, and Cheesecake all together into one delectable dessert? Magic! The Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake is a simple vanilla cheesecake, topped and covered in raspberries and sauce, and wrapped in a chocolate, coffee infused, cake. The smooth cream cheese frosting takes this cake over the top!
Want to make something special this holiday season? There's no better way to "Wow" your guests than with a little bit of "Magic"!

Cheese Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz pack of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 10oz package of raspberries washed and dried - reserve half of the raspberries for the middle and top of the cake
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup freshly brewed black hot coffee (I use Coffee Beanery's Chocolate Raspberry Coffee )
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 80z package cream cheese softenend
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1  & 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake

Begin by preheating your oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit


For this recipe I used a special round cake pan that allows me bake a cake that essentially leaves a hollow opening to fill with fruits, pudding, etc. I love my Mrs. Fields Fill-N-Flip pan, from Love Cooking Company, or you could search around for a similar type of round pan.


Baking Option: I LOVE cooking as much as I can from scratch! But if you need to save yourself some time, you can always substitute my chocolate cake with a boxed cake.


**Baking Tip** EVERY time I make baked goods, whether cakes, or cookies, cheesecakes, etc. I always set my ingredients out an hour or more until they reach room temperature. Using ingredients straight from the refrigerator are not only harder to work with, but they don't blend the ingredients together correctly. Ingredients set out at room temperature allow all the components to come together seamlessly.

 

Step 1: Make The Cheesecake

1. Grease the part of your cake pan that is normally used as the place to put your filling - this is where you will bake your small cheesecake. 2. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Next add the sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth and free of lumps. Finally add the egg and mix until incorporated. 3. Pour cream cheese mixture into the cake pan and bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edge just starts to turn golden and the middle is almost set.
  • To read more tips on how to make the perfect cheesecake, check out my cheesecake recipe complete with tips on baking the perfect one!
4. Allow the cheese cake to cool for 5 minutes and then run a knife around the edge to loosen. Place the cheesecake on a small plate, wrap in plastic, and place in the fridge.

  **Turn  your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit to preheat it for the chocolate cake 

Step 2: Make the Raspberry Sauce

1. While your cheesecake is baking, place half of the raspberries and the rest of the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly. Once mixture boils, turn the heat down to medium low and stir constantly until sauce thickets, about 5 minutes. 2. Press the raspberry sauce through a sifter, separating the seeds. Reserve the sauce and discard the seeds. 3. Cover the sauce with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Make The Chocolate Cake

1. Wipe out your can pans, then grease and flour them very liberally 2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 3. Blend the oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla 4. Add half the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient, mix in the freshly brewed hot coffee, and then the remainder of the dry ingredients. Scrape down the sides and mix till free of lumps. 5. Pour batter into the cake pans, leaving a little room at the top for the batter to rise. (You might have a little bit of batter left, depending on the size of your pan) 6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes - or until a toothpick comes out clean. 7. Allow the cakes to cool completely until removing them from the pan.

Step 4: Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Beat the cream cheese and butter till smooth. 2. Add the powdered sugar and then the vanilla extract. 3. Beat until very smooth

Putting The Cake Together

1. Place the cheesecake  onto the middle of the chocolate cake, where you would normally place the fruit filling, pudding etc. 2. Cut some off your reserved raspberries in half and place on top of the cheesecake, then top with your raspberry sauce. 3. Place the top half of the chocolate cake on top. 4. Frost the cake and decorate with remaining fresh raspberries. Enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve it.

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Mrs Fields Fill N Flip Cake Pans

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  Disclosure: I received the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip at no cost to facilitate this review

 The holidays are quickly approaching which means holiday baking is in full swing! I love to bake and I'm always looking for that next "Wow" dessert to present to family and friends. For busy Mom's, desserts that look and taste spectacular sometimes take a lot of extra time and effort and we sometimes need an excuse to go that extra mile to make something spectacular. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of those occasions that give me the justification so spend a little bit of extra time around my mixer - and now with the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Cake Set, I can bake something spectacular that makes my loved ones say, "How did she do that?" My response? "It's the magic of the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip.

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The Mrs. Fields and Love Cooking Company teamed up to bring bakers everywhere the Fill N Flip. This cake pan is simply two specifically shaped pans that allow your cakes to fit together like two puzzle pieces after you bake them. They leave a hollow opening that you can use to fill your cakes with fruit, pudding, or in the case of Our Southern Style's recipe for the Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake, you can even fill it with cheesecake! That's not all the Fill N Flip is about, the 9" by 9" x 2.25" pan is made with carbon steel and has a non-stick coating.

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I love baking with this pan! I would have never dreamed of being able to come up with a recipe like the Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake without the use of the "Magic" of the Fill N Flip Cake pans. They are so easy to use, just like ordinary round cake pans, with the exception that you will need to remember to grease and flour the pans very well to avoid sticking. Also, making sure your cakes are cooled completely before removing from the pans is important to remember. I'm so excited about these pans, and love the creativity they unleash in the kitchen! I'm already thinking about the next creation I can put together with this amazing, innovative product!

Check out more of their great products LIVE - on the Love Cooking Company YouTube Channel!
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Want to know where you can PURCHASE your own Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip?  You can buy it online at Amazon.com for $14.11 (price subject to change) or you can shop around at Target.com, Kohls.com, and Sears.com for a better price, or to add it to an additional order.

 WIN IT!
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One lucky reader will win their own set of Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip cake pans from Love Cooking Company. The giveaway will end December 4, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

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Thank you for joining us on this 3-Day Holiday Baking Adventure! I hope you loved finding some new dessert recipes and learning about some great innovative baking tools from Mrs. Fields and Love Cooking Company!! If you missed out on our first two days. Check out the Mrs. Fields Cool Bake & Baker's Sto-N-Go to find more recipes and some great baking equipment that will make you look like a pro!

Disclosure: I was sent the items listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of  Love Cooking Company and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.   

Mrs. Fields Baker's Sto-N-Go

baker-sto-go 1 Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

Our Southern Style & Thrifty Nifty Mommy Welcome You Back to a 3-Day Holiday Baking Event

Sponsored by: Mrs. Fields & Love Cooking Company

It's the time of year that's full of family get together's and holiday parties. I love helping out with meals or snacks, but when I do, I'm always trying to figure out how I'm going to get my baked goods to the party, without damaging them, and without having to carry them every so gingerly in my lap, praying all the way that the mini cupcakes I spent hours making and decorating don't slide off the plate and onto the floor of the car! I was so excited when the folks at Love Cooking Company sent me the Mrs. Fields Baker's Sto-N-Go, a product they promote and distribute! Not only is it a great way to safely and easily transport my baked goods - but it can even be  used serve them once I arrive.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Coffee Beanery Deluxe Holiday Coffee Suitcase

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Call me a snob, call me a connoisseur, just don't call me "out of coffee". I think it's pretty safe to say that my husband and I both LOVE coffee! I love everything about coffee! The taste, the smell,  and the warm cozy feeling I get when I sit down and wrap my hands around my warm mug. In fact, we love our coffee so much that even when we make our coffee, we make it as fresh as possible. I haven't gone as far as roasting my own beans, or potting my own coffee bean plant in my back yard, but we do grind our own beans every morning before we sit down to make that perfect cup. Not only do I love coffee, but I also love sleep - which means, getting out of bed in the morning is not always my favorite part of the day - but when I do, the first place that I run to is my coffee maker. As a working Mom with 4 children, I don't get many moments of the day that are totally mine. But for that moment, when I put the coffee to my lips and I that that first sip (ahhh), it's just a moment I get to enjoy for myself. Me and coffee, we have a great relationship! You can guess the level of my excitement when I was contacted by Coffee Beanery  (who sent me the Deluxe Holiday Coffee Suitcase, at no cost, to facilitate this review) and they asked me if I would like to try out this awesome sampling of their coffee varieties. Having heard rumors of how great their coffee was, they didn't have to twist my arm to hard to say yes.