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!

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season

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
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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.