Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Still Christmas Shopping? Don't Forget The Tire Twister From Little Tikes!

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

There's no denying it - I love Christmas! In our house we make it a habit not to run out and buy our kids things all year 'round or give it to "I want that's!" when we are at the store. But at Christmastime, nothing thrills my heart more than giving my kids special gifts and watching their eyes light up and hearing their excited screams of joy. As my Christmas shopping comes to a close, I won't say that I don't still keep my eyes open for that one last perfect gift and this year, the RC Tire Twister from Little Tikes is the toy you won't want to miss!

Friday, December 11, 2015

On The 12th Day Of Christmas My Parent's Gave To Me - A Trike That's Just Perfect For Me!

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

It's hard to believe Our Southern's Style's 12 Days Of Christmas is coming to a close! As should always be the case, I've "saved the best for last" with a detailed peek {AND a GIVEAWAY!} at one of Little Tikes hottest toys for both Mom & Dad and your child this Christmas! Keep reading to learn about the Little Tikes Perfect Fit 4-in-1 Trike and how you'll be just as excited as your little one to find it under your tree this year!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

On the 11th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me - Gifts For Our Little Baby

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

There's probably nothing more exciting for new parents than "Baby's First Christmas"! Growing up as a child, I never thought Christmas could ever be more exciting than waking up and running down to find presents under the tree with my name on them - but truly, I have never looked forward to Christmas more than I do now, being a parent, and getting to see the joy of Christmas on my own children's faces. If you have a new little one in your house this Christmas, you won't want to miss out on these great gift ideas all from Little Tikes new toy line, Lil' Ocean Explorers, for your new baby this Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

On The 10th Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me - Emerald Cuff Accessories

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A Christmas promotion just wouldn't be complete without bringing all of my readers the latest from Emerald Cuff (and a GIVEAWAY too)! Over the past year I've had the incredible opportunity to welcome a lot of products and companies in our home. One of my favorites has been and continues to be Emerald Cuff, both for the quality of their products, their impeccable service and loyalty to their customers, and for the way their business uniquely solves every hard-working woman's desire to both look and feel beautiful. Emerald Cuff has expanded their accessories, now, not only providing jewelry, but also handbags and scarves! Emerald Cuff sent me my own scarf and accessory, at no cost to facilitate this feature. You won't want to miss checking out their always changing inventory as they will have something for every special lady on your Christmas list!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On The 9th Day Of Christmas My Grandma Gave To Me - A Soft & Snuggly Cuddly Buddy!

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It's probably no secret anymore that I'm a huge fan of Berkshire Blanket! When it comes to wrapping myself and my family in the softest comfort possible - I have found there's just nothing that can compete with Berkshire Blanket. With my kids always trying to steal my own Berkshire Blanket, I was excited to see that they make products designed especially for children, and one of the cutest has to be their Cuddly Buddies (I was sent one at no cost to facilitate this post)! You will definitely want to snatch one of these up for your own kids - they would make the perfect practical gift for under the tree this year!

Monday, December 7, 2015

On The 8th Day Of Christmas My Parents Gave To Me - Cra-Z-Art Dough For Me To Shape

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If there is one toy my 3-year-old son Levi gravitates to, it's always a toy that he can create with. He especially loves squishing, molding, and playing with soft colorful dough! As a Mom, I think I have even more fun than Levi does, just watching him use his creativity and playfulness. The folks at Cra-Z-Art sent us the Magic Dough Machine (MRSP $29.99) at no cost to facilitate this post, and I"m so excited for Levi to unwrap this on Christmas morning! If you have a child on your list that loves to draw, paint, build, or use their hands to make their own creations, Cra-Z-Art has this Magic Dough Machine that is sure to delight!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

On The 7th Day Of Christmas My Parents Gave To Me - PAN on Blu-Ray DVD

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Our Southern Style's family is always on the lookout for new releases of movies that we can watch together! This month, PAN finally arrives on DVD and our family can't wait to grab a bowl of popcorn and hot cocoa and sit down to enjoy this film together! With the classic and timeless story of Peter Pan, awe-inspiring visual effects, and the talents of A-list actors like Hugh Jackman (as Blackbeard - the "original" Peter Pan villian) this movie has something for everyone! PAN will make the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas! Warner Bros. has provided a copy to me at no cost to facilitate this feature.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

On The 6th Day Of Christmas My Daddy Gave To Me - A Dance With Me Doll From Lalaloopsy!

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Let your favorite little girl rock the holidays this year with the Lalaloopsy Dance With Me Doll! My kids ask me every year what I want for Christmas and each year I tell them the same thing - to watch their happiness as they open up their gifts on Christmas morning. If your daughter, granddaughter, or special little niece is a fan of Lalaloopsy, no doubt she's heard about the Dance With Me Doll and for sure, she's put it at the top of her Christmas list and this one is sure to light her face up as she uncovers it on Christmas morning! MGA Entertainment sent me a Dance With Me Doll, at no cost to facilitate this feature. Not only do I have all the details about this top Christmas toy, but I'm also giving one away!

Friday, December 4, 2015

On The 5th Day Of Christmas My Mother Gave To Me - A Cookbook Filled With Recipes

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 I love cooking and baking for my family, especially during the holiday season! I love creating my own recipes but it's also fun (and easier) to follow some great recipes already created by other chefs. If i'm in a pinch to come up with a delicious meal, I know I can count on Taste of Home to give me endless recipes to choose from and I can start by selecting from the over 450 recipes in their new cookbook, Taste of Home Holidays & Celebrations, which I received at no cost to facilitate this feature. Read on a little further to find two adorably sweet recipes, perfect for entertaining guests at your upcoming holiday party! PLUS find a GIVEAWAY for your chance to win this cookbook for yourself!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On The 4th Day Of Christmas My Best Friend Gave To Me - Coffee From Coffee Beanery

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If there was one thing my day never goes without it's hugs and kisses for my kids and COFFEE!! It's probably my favorite part of waking up in the morning and sometimes, it's the knowing that a delicious warm "Cup of Joe" is only a few moments away, that gets me out of bed. I also have friends and family on my Christmas list that I have no idea what to get - they seem to have everything they need. But one thing you can never have enough of is coffee! Coffee Beanery is helping to make your Christmas shopping just a little easier this holiday season with a whole selection of gift baskets filled with gourmet flavored coffees and perfect for the coffee lover on your list!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

On The 3rd Day Of Christmas My Mommy Gave To Me - Christmas Books For Me To Read

12 Days of Christmas Books Disclosure: The books listed above were provided at no cost to me to facilitate this feature.

 One of our favorite pastimes at Christmas is when all the kids climb up on the couch with their favorite Christmas books for some time spent reading together. Though I love all of the magic and story of Frosty and the Grinch, it's also important to our family that we celebrate what Christmas is all about and that's the birth of Jesus Christ. I can always count on Zondervan Publishing to provide wonderful books that will engage and remind my family of the true meaning of Christmas. Now I've got your chance to see some of the selections for yourself (perfect stocking stuffers!) and an awesome giveaway too!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On The 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me - A Holiday Makeover From Younique!

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Younique Consultant, Chris Ashby. All opinions are my own.

Work Christmas parties, family celebrations, ringing in the New Year, no doubt you will be dressing up and heading out to your fair share of holiday parties this time of year! If you're like me, lots of hard-working women and Moms don't always have the time everyday to spend hours on makeup, but attending a special Christmas party or heading out with the love of your life for a romantic Christmas dinner is just the excuse to splurge on looking extra "fabulash" this Christmas. And Younique has all you need to look and feel beautiful this holiday season!

Monday, November 30, 2015

On The First Day Of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me - Jewelry From Chloe + Isabel

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December 1st is officially here and I'm so excited to bring you the first post of the 12 Days of Christmas! Victoria from Chloe & Isabel has been an outstanding consultant and I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her again to bring you a glimpse of some of their new jewelry (provided to me at no cost for the purpose of this feature) perfect for any special lady on your Christmas list. I'm even more excited to bring you a $100 Chloe & Isabel Giveaway to help you make your Christmas wish list come true!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The 12 Days of Christmas With Our Southern Style & Thrifty Nifty Mommy

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Christmas is on its way! I love this time of year and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to share, with all of my readers, my first ever Christmas Promotion - The 12 Days of Christmas! I've teamed up with Thrifty Nifty Mommy to bring you 12 days of Christmas gift ideas and awesome giveaways (everything from $100 gift cards to jewelry, books, toys, and more) for everyone on your list! From December 1st through the 12th you will find a different Christmas products, giveaways, recipes and more all to make your holidays a little bit brighter and your Christmas shopping just a little easier.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Reading Fun This Holiday Season With Sky Pony Press

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It's almost time in "Our Southern House" to pull out all of our Christmas decorations and special Christmas things to begin the Christmas celebration. Each year I always put away our Christmas DVD's and books, and bringing them back out again each year is one of the things that makes them so special. Sky Pony Press has three new publications hot of the press this holiday season, which were sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review, and each one would make a delightful gift for any child on your list! I love having new stories to read with my children and these are going to make our reading time around the Christmas tree this year extra special!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Top 3 Winter Jewelry Must Haves

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This time of year, the leaves are falling from the trees, the air is crisp and cool, and it's time for comfy sweaters and boots. Though there are so many things to love about the changing of seasons, one of my favorites is that it means the changing of fashion! This winter's fashion trends are all about the sparkle and Touchstone Crystal has everything you need this year to take all of your winter fashions to the next level of sophistication! Touchstone Crystal provided me the jewelry pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review and I can't tell you how much I love each and every piece! Whether you are heading out during the week in your everyday attire, going out to a holiday party with friends, or spending a romantic evening with that special someone, I've got the top three winter jewelry "must-haves" that you need to turn any outfit into a showstopper!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Make Mother Daughter Memories With Caboodles

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Caboodles. All opinions are my own.

When I was a little girl I can remember countless times growing up that I would peek into my own mother's jewelry boxes. I remember marveling in wonder at her collection, which even though it was small, carried such meaning in every piece. My Mom was never one to spend large amounts of time putting her make up on every morning (she was too busy as a single Mom taking care of four children and running a daycare in her home), but when we went to see family or spent any length of time away from home, my Mom would pull out this large, orange carrying case from the 70's and pack up her makeup, lotion, and necessities.

A few weeks ago, I was helping my Mom go through some of her things in storage and happened to find this orange makeup case that I remembered so well. Instantly I was taken back to the days were I was my Mom's little girl instead of now having daughters of my own. It's amazing how something so simple as a makeup bag can carry so many memories! When I think of makeup and accessory bags, my mind instantly goes to Caboodles. My daughter Eva and I each received our very own bag from Caboodles, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I'm so excited to start making my own Mother-Daughter memories with my own sweet girl and our Caboodles!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Cleaning Done In A Flash With The Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum

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 The holidays are upon us, which means we're not only welcoming the joys of the season, but for most of us, we'll be welcoming friends and family into our homes over the next several weeks. With four kids, a husband, and a dog, getting my house ready for hoards of guests tends to bring a little bit of stress to an already busy time of the year. But now, thanks to Shark, who sent me their new Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum at no cost to facilitate this review, every floor, in every level of my house, will be clean in no time! With powerful suction that never fades, weighing 9 pounds overall and less than 1 pound vacuum weight in hand,  this vacuum packs a powerful punch and is truly the cleaning machine every home has been waiting for! Check out all of the reasons why you will want to make sure you add this powerful vacuum to your cleaning arsenal!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Blueberry Muffins

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I've never been a huge fan of cake - but every now and then I get a hankering for a blueberry muffin! If you can't find fresh blueberries on sale in your local grocery store - feel free to use frozen ones - they work just as well! Topped with a dusting of sugar, these muffins have a light crisp on the outside and loaded with super moist cake and juicy blueberries on the inside! One bite and you'll remember what makes blueberry muffins a timeless classic!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

All Aboard For The Polar Express 30th Anniversary!

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Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love the falling snowflakes, the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree, the anticipation of presents being opened, the smell of pine in the air and all of the memories that come with Christmas. More than that, I love the magic of the season and the overwhelming feeling that anything is possible and that miracles can happen if we believe. The Polar Express has become part of Our Southern Style's family tradition. We have always shared the movie together and now thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who provided the book pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review, our family can read and enjoy this wonderful classic, in a new and memorable way this Holiday season.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Max - A Hero Comes Home

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I'm definitely a sucker for military movies. I'm equally as emotional when it comes to dog movies. Combine both of these themes together and you have a heart-tugging, family friendly movie of heroic proportions! Warner Bros Home Entertainment is thrilled to touch audiences with this unforgettable story about man's best friend, who just also happens to be a hero and a Marine. I received the movie title pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I can tell you this is one film you and your family won't want to miss!
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A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the front lines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle's teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle's family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father's expectations, and he isn't interested in taking responsibility for his brother's troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin's only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of Carmen, a tough-talking young teen who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. Justin's growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement - and danger- than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend...in each other. - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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 Our Southern Style's favorite six-year-old couldn't wait to watch this movie for one of our family movie nights. He, along with our whole family, also happen to love our sweet dog, Buster, who is just as much a part of our family as the rest of us. He's getting up there in years (12) and we cherish him so very much. I think it's safe to say that anyone who welcomes a dog into their home understands the special bond these animals have with their families, and having a sweet pup of our own made the movie, Max, hit a little closer to home.

 Our entire family, Buster included, loved this film! Plenty of moments of laughter, suspense, and a few tears here and there to keep everyone hooked on the story, from the youngest to the oldest. With it's PG-rating, I didn't have to worry about content (I love that!) The Co-writer/director of this film, Boaz Yakin ("Remember the Titans", "Fresh") brings to life a story about a small part of the military that many of us never think about, military dogs and their handlers. I can't giveaway the most moving part of the story, but I can assure you that after watching this movie, you will grow to have a deeper appreciation for these dogs and their love and unwavering loyalty to their military handlers. Our family often prays for and writes letters to military personnel overseas and after watching "Max", there's no doubt our men and women are just a little bit safer and provided just a little more comfort by the presence of military dogs all over the world keeping watch over their masters. With Veterans Day just around the corner, "Max" is the perfect movie to watch with your family, as we take that day to celebrate and honor all of our veterans, both human and canine for their heroic service to our country.

  "Max" is available NOW in a Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 (ARV). Click HERE to order your copy from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment - or pick up your copy wherever DVD's are sold!
  • Includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • Digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet
The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes the following special features:
  • Working with Max: Meet the dogs that play "Max" and see inside tricks of the trade!
  • Hero Dogs: A Journey - Get a behind-the-scenes look at amazing military trained K9's
"Max" Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
  • Working with Max: Meet the dogs that play "Max" and see inside the tricks of the trade!
Fans can also own "Max" via purchase form digital retailers.  Follow "Max" HERE on Facebook to hear more about this incredible movie and hear stories of other canine military heroes! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You'll Flip Over Toy States' Flipping Fury!

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

It's hard to believe that November is almost here and that the Christmas rush will soon begin. It seems more and more popular toys these days are only sought after if they have touch pads and are connected to Wifi. I'm so thankful that Toy State has been making Hot Wheels, toy cars popular for longer than I've been alive, is here to deliver another engaging toy for boys and girls alike with the Flipping Fury! I loved watching my boys get excited about the lights, the sounds, and all of the flipping fun! And with this toy, kids can create their own fun and interaction, with no internet connection required! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Find Everything You Want In A Coffee Maker With The Ninja Coffee Bar

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I did something today I thought I'd never do. I got rid of my Keurig. Being an avid coffee drinker, I love having the ability to brew an absolute fresh and perfect cup of coffee and I truly thought that nothing would ever compare to my Keruig machine. When the folks at Ninja contacted me about trying out their new Ninja Coffee Bar, (which I was sent at no cost to facilitate this review) I will admit, I was a definite skeptic. But I figured if nothing else, I could use it later as a Christmas gift for some of my other coffee loving family members. I quickly found out that the Ninja Coffee Bar gave me everything my Keurig did -- and much more! If you are a coffee drinker (and odds are if you are reading a review of a coffee machine, you or someone in your family most likely is), you won't want to miss hearing about all this coffee goodness!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

My Friend Teddy {And A GIVEAWAY TOO!!}

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Don't let this adorable bear face fool you, My Friend Teddy is much more than just a stuffed animal for your kids to cuddle. Genesis Toys has created a toy that combines simple, easy to use technology with the softness of this snugly bear that is sure to bring hours of fun and laughter to your children. My Friend Teddy is geared towards Pre-School age children, and Our Southern Style's favorite 3-year-old, Levi, was excited to invite this special little bear into his heart and our home. Genesis Toys provided the item pictured, at no cost, to facilitate this review.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fill Your Closet With Fall Fashion From Emerald Cuff

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 Though I'm never too excited about the coming of the cold weather, one thing that makes me excited about the changing of the seasons is the changing of fashion. Every Fall I look forward to pulling comfy sweaters over my head and pulling on my boots to head out into the crisp cool air. As a working Mom, I never seem to have the time to shop for complete outfits and I was so thrilled when I discovered my new favorite fashion friend Emerald Cuff, an online clothing and accessory store, created by working Mom's like myself who share a passion to make it easy for busy mom's to look their best! It's out with the old and in with the new in my closet as I'm packing away my summer dresses and tops and making room for a closet full of Emerald Cuff collections! Today I'm adding the ultra chic Queen Anne Collection, pictured above, and sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review. You are going to love what you see with this collection as well as countless other pieces of fashion forward clothing, jewelry, bags, and more!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Day At The Zoo With The Step2 Easygoing Wagon

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

In the life of every toddler, there comes a time when they "aren't a baby anymore" and insist they no longer need a stroller anymore; or at least that's how my kids are. As a Mom, I love that to see my children beginning to exercise their independence  but I also realizes that when it's time to take a walk, visit the local pumpkin patch, or take a trip to the zoo, my "not a baby anymore" usually becomes tired (most of the time sooner than later) from all of the walking and begs to be carried. How do I encourage my little one to explore but will have the convenience and storage of a stroller? Step2 has provided a simple solution with their adorable Easygoing Wagon! With only a limited amount of time to enjoy the nice weather, our family likes to get out and take advantage of the sunshine while we still can.  Step2 helped make our day at the zoo even better with the Easygoing Wagon, which, without a doubt, will be riding along with us for all our zoo trips in the future!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Skillet Green Beans

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Looking for a way to get your kids to eat their green veggies? Give them some extra flavor and brighten up their color with this simple, delicious, and minimal ingredient recipe! Take these ordinary vegetables to the next level with this recipe for Skillet Green Beans! Ingredients:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's A Giveaway Charlie Brown!

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October is anti-bullying month and to help bring awareness to the pain that bullying can cause and to highlight an issue we should all be aware of, I am teaming up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring you this heartwarming DVD review (The item pictured above was sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review) and giveaway featuring a cartoon friend who has been at times all too familiar with the subject of bullying, our favorite Peanut, Charlie Brown. Check out this wonderful collection of Peanuts specials that will make you smile while reminding you to stand up for friends when they need you.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Chewy M&M Cookies

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Our family loves chocolate chip cookies! Sometimes though I like to mix it up with some colorful M&M's (or Reese's Pieces - perfect for Fall!) Here's my recipe for Chewy M&M Cookies that have proved time and time again not to last very long in the cookie jar!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Berkshire Blankets Make Fall The Perfect Time To Cuddle

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 Fall is officially here, and though I am a year-round cuddler, the cool night air coming through my living room windows provides the perfect atmosphere for a night with a good book, a cup of hot tea, and a soft and comfy Berkshire Blanket! I hate being cold, which is probably the reason why, in just my living room alone, I have four different afghans and throws within arms reach.  One of my most favorite throws to-date is my newest blanket, the PrimaLush Down-Alternative Throw, recently sent to me from Berkshire Blanket, at no cost to facilitate this review. If you are looking for the perfect way to make your home a little more cozy this Fall, look no further than the softness of the PrimaLush Down-Alternative Throw from Berkshire Blanket!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sky Pony Press Books Perfect For Halloween

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This selection of Sky Pony Press books came just in time for the Halloween season. Though our family doesn't get to caught up in the Halloween tradition, we love the Fall season and my kids always look forward to dressing up as their favorite super hero, cute little animal, or in the case of my daughter Eva, a sparkling angel (for three years running) and visiting the neighbors in our development to fill their bags with candy. We try to shy away from the super scary in our house and that goes with books too. Sky Pony Press has two perfect selections this year to fit the Halloween season. Disclosure: I was provided the items pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Celebrating 60 Years of Jim Henson With A Super Jim Henson GIVEAWAY!!!

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Muppet Babies we make are dreams come true. Muppet Babies we'll do the same for you. How many of you are still singing along to the Muppet Babies theme song? If you grew up in the 80's there's no doubt you were a Muppet Babies fan and welcomed these lovable Jim Henson characters into your home every Saturday morning. It's hard to believe that kids and families have been smiling and laughing, thanks to the creative genius of Jim Henson for 60 years! As an artist he paved the way for so many wonderful, innovative changes in children and family viewing and thanks to Three.Sixty Marketing & Communications (who sent me the books and dvd's featured in this post at no cost to facilitate this review) I'm privileged to honor Jim Henson and his work in this post! To help our readers celebrate with us, Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Our Southern Style are hosting a fantastic Jim Henson giveaway filled with over $50 worth of children's books and DVD's inspired by Jim Henson characters!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Big Bang Theory: Complete Eighth Season

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

 There has probably not been any show since Friends that has brought so much fun and laughter to prime time television like the gang of The Big Bang Theory! It's hard to believe this show has been airing for eight seasons and if you are one of their die-hard fans and collector of the series, you will be excited to know you can now add the complete eight season to your compilation! So grab a comfy blanket, your favorite chair, and this DVD for some good old The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season  binge watching!

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With Leonard finally engaged to girl-across-the-hall Penny after countless proposals, the possibilities for happiness seem endless...while the probability for laughs is a foregone conclusion. What's unknown is how this might impact the ironclad "Roommate Agreement" he's entered into with Sheldon. Add to this, Sheldon's uncomfortably close relationship with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, Raj's new found ability to talk and date women; and Howard and Bernadette's solution to an in-house caretaker (their friend Stuart) for the always outspoken Mrs. Wolowitz, and the worlds of science and sitcom are about to hilariously collide!  - Warner Bros. Synopsis
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3-Disk DVD Special Features:

  • 2014 Comic-Con Panel: Series writers and Wil Weaton preview Series 8 for fans.
  • Shooting Stars: BBT on BBT: Hollywood heavy weight Billy Bob Thorton guest stars (Episode 7) and you are there!
  • Constellation Prize: Jim Parsons, Kelli Cuoco-Sweeting and co-creator Chuck Lorre on getting stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Here's To You, Carol Ann Susi: Paying tribute to the actress who vocally incarnated Mrs. Wolowitz. 
  • It's a Quark...It's an Atom...It's the #BBTSuperfans!: Reaching out with a global social-engagement campaign to find three series superfans! 
  • Gag Reel 
With my busy life I don't tend to have a lot of free time to watch much TV, and thought I would not consider myself to be a"BBT Superfan" I have been able to catch a few of the episodes. There's no mistaking how easy it is to fall in love with such lovable and laughable characters! Each time I caught an episode I found myself wishing I could be in the circle of friends getting a front row seat to all of the fun! I did however, find my own "BBT Superfan", my little sister Janice, who has the first seven seasons on DVD. I asked her what she loves so much about The Big Bang Theory and here's what she had to say, "It's a good, clean show that invokes the nerd in all of us! From Sheldon and Amy's awkward relationship to Howard's Mom passing away, we can all relate to a character at one point or another." Are you a Big Bang Theory Superfan? What do you love about this fun and laughable sitcom?

If you're a Big Bang Theory Superfan, here's your chance to add this 24-episode DVD to your own library! 

Click HERE to visit the Warner Bro. Entertainment Online store to order your copy for $44.69
Follow The Big Bang Theory on social media to hear about upcoming seasons, episodes, and all of the Big Bang Theory Fun!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection DVD!

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

 Growing up, I remember how excited I always was when a Peanuts Special was coming on TV. Our whole family gathered in the living room to share in the wholesome fun of Charlie Brown and all of his friends! Now, as a parent myself, I love that I can bring all of the fun and the giggles that I experienced with this classic show to my own children and that with the help of Peanuts and the gang, we can share in family movie nights where I don't have to worry about the content and just have to worry about making enough popcorn!

Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection DVD - Released September 15, 2015!

It's Snoopy and Charlie Brown at their very best with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's release of Peanuts: Emmy honored Collection, available in stores September 15, 2015. This must-own collection brings together 11 beloved Peanuts specials that have been brilliantly remastered in an all-new 4K Ultra HD transfers to DVD. Each of the featured specials has earned an Emmy Award nomination or won an Emmy Award. Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection will retail for $26.99 - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Take A Peek At Some Of The Featured Specials!

  • You're The Greatest Charlie Brown- Hard work and team spirit is what Charlie Brown needs to win the decathlon and the school Junior Olympics event. His competitors are Marcie, defending Decathlon champ Freddie Fabulous and the Masked Marvel (aka, Snoopy). On the first day, Charlie Brown places third. On day two however, he begins to feel the pressure. He's faced with having to tackle the high hurdles, pole vault, discus/javelin throw, and other events. Will he emerge victorious and win the Olympics for his school? This special was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award (Outstanding Animated Program) - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
  • Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown - This special finds Snoopy joining the circus when he falls for one of its performers, a white poodle named Fifi. Snoopy soon becomes a star performer, doing tricks on the unicycle, high wire and trapeze, and he's renamed "Hugo the Great." In the meantime, Charlie Brown is distraught by Snoopy's decision. What he doesn't know however, is that for Snoopy, show business isn't all it's cracked up to be. Will Snoopy ever return home or will the lure of stardom and his love for Fifi keep him from Charlie Brown? This special earned a Primetime Emmy Award (Outstanding Animated Program) - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
  • You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown - Start your engines! Its Motocross season and competing against the likes of Peppermint Patty and the Masked Marvel - aka a certain daredevil Beagle named Snoopy - can intimidate anyone. But if Charlie Brown - tagged with unlucky number 13 - can keep the pace slow and steady (as well as hold on to his helmet), he might just in the race! It's fast and furious fun right up through the finish line with this wonderful Emmy Award Winner (Outstanding Children's Special.) - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
But these are just three of my kids favorite episodes! The Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection DVD also features:
  • She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
  • It's Magic, Charlie Brown
  • Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown
  • Is this Goodbye, Charlie Brown?
  • What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?
  • It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown
  • Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown
  • Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
When it comes to the classics, it doesn't get any better than the time-honored Peanut Specials! The HD quality found in this set was simply amazing! Being able to watch such quality shows remastered to be clear in picture and brighter in color brings an updated and welcomed twist to the same shows I used to love growing up. Because of the HD quality, this DVD collection is easy to view and has become a fast favorite for my kids to bring along in the car and play from our vehicles DVD player. There's not an episode our family doesn't absolutely love and now on DVD, we don't have to wait for Peanuts's specials to come on TV, we can enjoy them anytime and for years to come!

 Want to snag your own copy of Peanuts Emmy Honored Collection? 

 Visit the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment shop to purchase your own copy and have it shipped right to your home!

  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Keep The Color On Your Lips With Younique's Stiff Upper Lip Stain {Plus GIVEAWAY!}

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When it comes to lips, I'm the queen of "chapstick". My lips have never been one of my favorite features, I definitely inherited my family's thin German lips, and thanks to my older brother, who very much enjoyed picking on his younger sister, I also gained a battle scar running down where my lower lip meets my chin. For years I just gave up the fight of even attempting to fall in love with my puckers, until one of my long-time friends encouraged me to check out Younique's Stiff Upper Lip Stain. Though I don't use a ton of Younique products, I have used their Moonstruck Fiberlashes and became a huge fan (you can check out that review HERE)! I figured with these lips, what have I got to lose? My awesome Younique rep, Jacki O. sent me my own tube of Younique's Stiff Upper Lip Stain, at no cost to facilitate this review, and my lips quickly rose from a scale of "No Stars" to "ROCK STARS!"
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 Who knew something so small could pack so much power - lip power that is! Younique's Stiff Upper Lip lip stain is designed to keep full color on your lips, all day long, through kisses, applications of "chapstick", and sip after sip of coffee. Most lipsticks and glosses have to be applied as the day goes on, but Younique proves once again, with the lasting color power of their lip stain, why their brand is one of the most used and talked about in the world of makeup!
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Younique's Stiff Upper Lip lip stain comes in seven different colors to fit all types of skin tones, personalities, and looks. Each bottle is filled with 4oz of liquid lip power, complete with easy to use wand and soft applicator tip.  Check out all of the color options you will find in this lip stain collection:
  • Sappy
  • Saucy
  • Shy
  • Skittish
  • Sleek
  • Sultry
  • Savy
I had a hard time deciding on which lip stain to try, so I took the advice of my amazing Younique Rep, Jacki O. who dared me to step out of my usual lip comfort zone and live on the edge! I finally decided to go for it, took the plunge, and got my hands on the "Sultry" Stiff Upper Lip lip stain!
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When my bottle arrived I was totally surprised by the watery consistency of the lip stain. I found myself thinking, "This couldn't possibly live up to all it promises to be?" After a quick email to my rep, who assured me, this is exactly what the consistency looks like", I took my time to apply my first coat of lip stain to my lips. Jacki O. was also a great help with tips in how to help my lips looking their best when using this product. At her advice, I applied a simple sugar rub (literally just sugar crystals and water) over my lips to exfoliate them and remove any dead skin before I applied the stain.

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 Behold my lips! The first picture is my lips in all their natural glory, followed by a picture with one application of the Sultry lip stain and the last, a 2nd coat of lip stain. As with most Younique products, I love that this lip stain even allows me to choose how bold I want to go. One application for light coverage, two or more for a stronger lip statement. It's important to allow the stain to dry for a minute or two between applications. After the final coat, allow a minute or two of dry time for the stain to perfectly set. What's my favorite thing about the Stiff Upper Lip? I can still use my "chapstick" time and time again, all day long, and still maintain the awesome color of my lips! What's my husband's favorite thing about the Stiff Upper Lip? I don't leave any color behind in my kisses (and I love that I can sneak sips of his coffee and no longer get caught)!

 Eat your heart out Taylor Swift! I'm not afraid to show off my lips anymore! Younique's Stiff Upper Lip gives me boldness from the inside out and I'm thrilled to have a great personal rep. like Jacki O. who isn't just about selling products, but about helping her clients look and feel great!

 To purchase your own Younique Stiff Upper Lip lip stain ($22 + shipping), visit Jacki's page HERE!
Jacki is great about posting upcoming promotions, products, and sales on her social media! Make sure you follow her so you don't miss out on great Younique opportunities! She also loves to hear from her clients and help in any way that she can by answer questions about products, and helping you find the perfect Youniqe fit!

  Younique Giveaway

 One lucky reader will win their choice of any one color of Younique's Stiff Upper Lip lip stain! The giveaway will end September 21st, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Correct Dark Spots With Solutions 24 Clinical

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 If you are one of the lucky individuals with perfect skin, I envy you! If you have a less than perfect complexion you've probably been searching for products to help you find answers to solving your most annoying skin problems. Solutions 24 Clinical, now available exclusively at your local Walmart, is on the shelf to correct some of the most pressing issues and they sent me a stick of their Solutions 24 Clinical Dark Spot Corrector Stick, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I'm excited to share this review (PLUS a fantastic Solutions 24 Clinical GIVEAWAY) with all my readers!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sink Your Teeth into The Vampire Diaries Blu-Ray Season 6 GIVEAWAY!!

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 Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review. For years and years, people have been intrigued by the character of the vampire. I've never been one of those individuals who absolutely needs to experience all things vampire, but I think most people identify with the struggle the typical vampire creature has and that is the battle we face to keep our own darkness under control. If you are a fan of The CW TV series, The Vampire Diaries, you won't want to miss out on your chance to win your own copy of the complete sixth season on Blu-Ray DVD!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fried Chicken and Waffles

If you have never had Fried Chicken and Waffles, you just have never lived. This is one of my favorite weeknight meals because it's fairly simple to put together, tastes delicious, and everyone loves it. It's pretty much a one meal dinner. If you like cooking "breakfast for dinner" every now and then, you will love Fried Chicken & Waffles!

**Our Southern Style is a 6-person family so most of my recipes are designed with our family size in mind. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your families needs.


- Badder for your favorite waffles (or if you are in a time crunch you can use frozen - but fresh just taste so much better and really aren't that hard to make. I like to use the recipe on the back of the Bisquick box)

-2 lbs chicken tenderloin (or you can cut chicken breasts into strips)

-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup hot sauce
-1 1/2 cup flour
-1 3/4 teaspoons salt
-3/4 teaspoons pepper
-2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
-6 TBLS Butter
1/4 cup minced onion
-3 cups chicken broth
-peanut oil for frying

- Maple syrup for topping

Let's Get Cookin' 

1. Mix together the milk and hot sauce. Add the chicken and set aside.

2. In a shallow dish, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

3. Dredge each chicken strip in the flour mixture, making sure it's evenly coated. Set the pieces aside and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. This gives the flour mixture time to fully stick to the meat - keeping more of it on the chicken and less falling off during the frying process. Keep the left over flour mixture, you'll need it for the gravy.

I like to sit my floured chicken on a rack over my sink - it makes for easy clean up!

4. While the the strips are resting, in a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Next add 1/2 cup of the left over flour mixture and wisk for 2 minutes until smooth. Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring until the gravy thickens. Turn the gravy to low until ready to serve. 

5. In a large frying pan, add enough peanut oil to fill approximately 2 inches full, heating it on medium temperature. Fry each strip of chicken until it is golden and crispy. Set aside and keep warm while preparing the waffles. I like to put my fried strips in a 225 degree preheated oven just to keep them warm while I make my waffles.

Drop a clump of the flour mixture into the oil - if it bubbles immediately when you drop it in, you know the oil is ready to fry the chicken.

6. To put your Fried Chicken & Waffles together, simply take a hot waffle, drizzle it with a light layer of maple syrup, top with several strips of fried chicken, and then top with the hot gravy. Food doesn't get more comforting than this!

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