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 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!