Thursday, December 29, 2016

Look Ahead to 2017 With Eyes of Adventure and Shwood Sunglasses

I love the beautiful simplicity of life! I also love finding new adventures to experience whether it be with my family, friends, or setting off on a solo trip. For years I let the everyday busyness of work, kids, keeping up with the house, and the everyday stresses dictate when I was going to enjoy the wonders of life but I'm determined, now more than ever,  to be more spontaneous, to take deep breaths, and to look for new ways to experience the goodness of life in the coming year. There's just something refreshingly beautiful about making life more simple. I'm not the only one who sees what is naturally gorgeous about the simple things. Shwood sunglasses have taken one of the most basic every day products and brought them back to a natural state of simple elegance  Shwood sent me the glasses pictured above at no cost in exchange for this review, and I know you're gonna love what you see!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This Year Put Science Under The Christmas Tree {With National Geographic From Discover With Dr. Cool}!

It's time for another post about putting Science under your Christmas tree! I went searching this year to find some amazing companies with some amazing products for all of my readers and boy did I find something great in Discover With Dr. Cool! Discover With Dr. Cool makes it easy for parents to find educational gifts for their kids by categorizing all of their products on their home page. So whether your son or daughter is into dinosaurs, space, earth science, chemistry, and more, you can find the perfect gift that targets their specific interest, making your last minute gift shopping a cinch! Discover With Dr. Cool just came out with a brand new line of kits and products from National Geographic, which were sent to me at no cost to facilitate this feature, and there's no doubt you'll find at least one of them you'll need to put under your tree this year!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This Year, Put Science Under The Christmas Tree {With The Squishy Human Body}!

If you've followed Our Southern Style for any length of time you've probably heard me talk about my 3rd grade daughter, Eva. Every kid is unique and special and Eva is no different. Of all my kids she's the one that is most interested in learning. Science, History, Math, she doesn't care as long as she's learning. As a Mom it makes me super excited that I don't have to harp on her to get her homework done and I feel so proud watching her be enthusiastic about following her dreams of using Science in a career one day. For some kids, excitement doesn't always come easy when you're talking about learning but I've found that if you can find educational toys that make learning fun and interactive, kids will welcome the opportunity to grow. Video games and "real life" animals are super cool, but why not use Christmas as an opportunity to unlock a hidden interest in your child? This year, I'm putting SCIENCE under the Christmas tree for all of my kids and Smart Lab, who sent me the item pictured above at no cost to facilitate this feature, has one of the most unique and educationally fun toys that any kid would love, the Squishy Human Body!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Make Christmas Even More Magical With My Fairy Garden


 Disclosure: I received the item above, at no cost, in exchange for this feature.

 Sometimes I feel like our kids miss out on some of the coolest toys simply because they don't have commercials on the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. I love finding toys that are interactive (not requiring batteries is also a plus!) and with the My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage from Play Monster, I found the perfect gift for my daughter, Eva that is not only interactive and powered by the sun, it also brings a little bit of extra magic to Christmas morning!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas From Chloe + Isabel {& a GIVEAWAY TOO!!}

This is the third year that I've had the pleasure of sharing some of my favorite products from Chloe + Isabel. Each time I go online to look at their products, I always find new pieces that I just have to have! Lucky for me, I have the best consultant Victoria Mast who does an amazing job at helping me pick out just the right items that fit my personality, fashion style, and budget! Victoria sent me the items featured in this post, at no cost to facilitate this feature, and I think you will find these are all great ideas for any special lady on your list!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Win Big This Christmas With Classic Games For The Whole Family

Disclosure: The items pictured above were sent to me at no cost to facilitate this feature. 

Not sure if this is the case with everyone's kids but each year when I ask my children to make up their Christmas lists, more and more they seem to be filled with video game systems and games, and high priced robotic toys. There's something to be said for giving your child that advanced tech game or toy; I'm all about Christmas being the time of year to make magical moments happen (as long as you're not breaking the bank trying to do it)! But I also remember (in a more simple time) the joy my little sisters and older brother had unwrapping our favorite board game and the endless hours of fun we had playing those games together. If you're hoping to share some of the favorite board games that you used to enjoy with your kids this year, check out all of the classic games found at Winning Moves Games! They are sure to have something for everyone on your list!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

3 New Books from Sky Pony Press!

In our house we're always looking for new books to read. Story time before bed has become one of the most treasured times I'm able to spend with my children. Books from Sky Pony Press help us to keep the fun alive! Whether you're looking for books to add to your current children's library, or hoping to wrap up some new favorites under the Christmas tree, Sky Pony Press has three new titles you won't want to miss! Sky Pony Press provided me the titles pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I'm thrilled to share them with you!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kyberlight Sabers Are Out Of This World!


Que your favorite Star Wars tune! We are a family of Star Wars fans and like most die-hard fans, there's no other piece of Star Wars gear that is more coveted than the light saber. Both of my boys are especially into Star Wars and both have had various light sabers from time to time. When Kyberlight Sabers came across my screen on one fine day of perusing the internet, I could not believe what I was looking at! I had never seen anything look as realistic as these sabers and I knew I had to try one out! Kyberlight sent me a Kyberlight Saber and additional accessories (pictured in the post below) at no cost to facilitate this review. I'm confident that if you or any one else in  your family are Star Wars fans, this is one piece of the Empire you are going to have to have!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Gone Camping With Tribe Provisions


Disclosure: The Tribe Provisions products pictured in this post were provided at no cost to facilitate the review.

 There is one constant lesson that I continue to learn the older I get - and that is life is full of endless adventures! My friend Chris and I have always had a sense of adventure and a love of anything outdoors, two things that seem to go hand in hand. As I shared my experience of writing my blog Our Southern Style with Chris and as we've gone hiking, fishing, camping, and kayaking together, the idea that maybe there was an even bigger adventure out there came to us both. Within a moment of talking over coffee, Gone Girls Adventures was born! The thing about Chris and I is, we're not what you would call "experienced" outdoors-men (err - I guess that would make us "outdoors-women") but we've never let that stop us from trying to encounter everything this wonderful world has to offer. We are Moms, (Chris is also a "MiMi!), wives, we work outside of our homes, our families are small business owners. We're just like you! We want to inspire other women, couples, and families to get out there, take a risk, through caution and experience to the wind and grab adventure by the horns! Climb a mountain, camp out under the stars, go white water rafting! Chris and I want to invite you to come along with us on our adventures as we set out to prove, you don't need to have experience - you just need to be willing to go!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Take Your Health To The Next Level With Nature Made

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are my own. 

As a working Mom of four adventurous children, I don't always have as much time for myself as I would like. There's not time to hit the gym every day, and sometimes, as much as I don't want to, I have to eat a quick meal on the go. I want to be the very best version of me possible, not just for myself, but for my family. My children count on me to be there for them each and every day. I don't want a lack of energy or wellness to be the reason why I miss out on activities with my kids - it's one of the biggest reasons why I've made Nature Made a part of my daily lifestyle routine. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

If Your Favorite Sweatshirt Were A Robe, It Would Be From Berkshire Blanket


Remember that favorite sweatshirt you had in college? I remember mine very clearly! It was a red hoodie that had "Minnesota" in big white letters across the front. It was so comfortable and so warm that I tried hard not to wear it in a daily basis. I loved it so much that when I was in a sledding accident and taken by ambulance during my Junior year, I forbid the ER doctors to cut it off my body (they probably shouldn't have listened - I had a really bad concussion)! All I know is, nothing compared to the level of comfort that sweatshirt brought me, nothing that is, until I slipped into the French Terry Short Robe from Berkshire Blanket, who sent me the item pictured above,at no cost, to facilitate this review. I lost my old sweatshirt sometime ago, but lucky for me, I found the perfect replacement!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cutting Edge Meets Performance With The Mia Melon Commuter Jacket


Get ready to be introduced to the last jacket you'll ever need! My eyes were first captured by how striking and contemporary these coats where. As soon as I put my commuter jacket on however, I quickly fell in love with the overwhelming level of comfort, functionality, and the way this jacket out-performs all of the other coats I own. Mia Melon, who sent me the commuter jacket pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, is on the cutting edge of waterproof outerwear apparel, and I'd say, along with keeping me dry, this coat also propels me forward in the fashion world. There's no doubt about it - I'm a Mia Melon fan!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time For Bed Sleepyhead!


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"Time for bed kids!" These four magical words signal the beginning of the quiet calm that will soon overtake my house. But before I can put my feet up and reach for that delicious cup of hot tea, while enjoying the daily miracle of bedtime, I know I have to tackle the battle of wills between four children (determined to keep their feet from their beds for as long as they can) and my will, (determined to see them snuggled in their beds and still have an hour left of the day to myself). Time For Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book, which was sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review, is written not just for the purpose of being a wonderful bedtime story, but to actually facilitate your child feeling relaxed and ready to fall asleep. I couldn't wait to open up the cover and check out this book's bedtime magic!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

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With Summer parties in full swing there are times where I need a quick "go to" recipe for dessert. There's no better time of the year to incorporate tasty blueberries in your baking than the Summer months and my Blueberry Cheesecake Bars do just that! Whether you are a wiz at making cheesecakes, or just seem to make a mess of it every time you try, this fool-proof recipe will make all your guests stand up and cheer after they take one bite of this bright, delicious Summer treat!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Light Up The Night With Luminoodle

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 Every now and then I come across a product and I wonder, "How did I ever survive without this!?" Such is just the case with the Luminoodle. You might be thinking something that looks like a glorified rope light could never be anything useful right? Yes, you might think that just, as I did, and You'd be horribly WRONG! The amazing folks at Power Practical sent me my very own Luminoodle (pictured above), at no cost, to facilitate this review.  My family and I took this Luminoodle on our last camping trip, and without a doubt, we'll be taking this very cool, multi-functional gadgets with us on every outdoor adventure in the future! I can't wait to show you the power of the Luminoodle!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Keeping Life "Ouch Less" With Goody and Melissa Rycroft!

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It's not every day that I get to meet somebody famous, so when I found out that Goody was teaming up with The Bachelor's and Dancing With The Star's very own Melissa Rycroft and that I had the opportunity to interview her one-on-one, I couldn't say no! Melissa shared with me how she juggles her work in the spotlight with her family at home, some simple and quick Summer beauty tips tips for busy Moms, and how she and her daughter, Ava have found some awesome, new Goody products that make everyone's life a little bit easier!

Friday, June 3, 2016

VSSL - Don't Leave Your Home Without It!

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By now it should come as no surprise that my family and I love the outdoors! Though we spend a lot of time in the mountains of PA on our family's land and are very familiar with the woods, as a Mom, I can't help but worry just a little bit when my kids set off on an outdoor adventure. There have been times myself where I've gone off the beaten path and found that all of the sudden I'm not totally sure which way would take me back to civilization. The VSSL, pictured above and sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review, has become my families new "must have" anytime one of us sets off any outdoor adventure. Odds are, we'll never have to use all of these components in a survival situation, but when it comes to enjoying the outdoors, I'd rather be prepared. Now, thanks to all of the supplies found in a single VSSL unit, I can carry all I'll ever need in one hand.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fireside Fork - The Most Convenient Way To Cook Over The Campfire!

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Tired of your hand cramping after holding those thin metal roasting sticks over the campfire? Ever had to reach closer to the flame that you really wanted just to get the perfect toasted marshmallow? If you're like me, you also struggle to get those coat-hanger roasting sticks cleaned up from all the hot dog and marshmallow goodness. I can't wait to introduce you to the last roasting stick you will ever want! Fireside Fork, who sent me the item pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review, has changed my mind about how easy and fun it is to cook over the open flames of our campfire and has taken our outdoor camping meals to a whole new level of comfort, convenience, and safety!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Accessorize Your Camping Style With Gear From Cascade Designs

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If you've ever spent any time camping, or if you are planning to in the future, you know that one of the most important things to plan for is the unexpected. Sometimes the weather can go from sunshine to downpour, and a quick walk down a trail turns into a much loner expedition. Planning for all the outdoor possibilities has never been easier thanks to the products at Cascade Designs, who sent me the items pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review, and I"m thrilled to share with you the accessories you won't want to leave behind on your next outdoor adventure!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cover All The Camping Basics With Tribe Provisions {PLUS The Ultimate Camping GIVEAWAY!!!}

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The weather and the rain is finally starting to let up here in West Virginia! My son, Elijah, has been begging to go camping again since Christmas time, and this year I wanted to take our camping experience to the next level. I found an amazing outdoor company, Tribe Provisions (who provided the items pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review) and quickly discovered, when it comes to camping, they've got me more than covered on all the basics! I grew up running around my Grandparents home in the mountains of Pennsylvania (we lovingly call it "The Farm") and this same place has become an oasis in the busyness of life for my own family and children. I'm always looking for opportunities to break away from the week and take the kids to enjoy these wonderful mountains. They have quickly grown to love it just as much as I do and The Farm has now become our go-to camping site. On our first camping adventure of the season, we took some friends along to enjoy the fun - and they also enjoyed everything Tribe Provisions had to offer!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Teen Titans Go!: Eat! Dance! Punch! Season 3 Part 1 DVD GIVEAWAY!!!

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

 Boy were my kids excited when this new DVD from Teen Titans Go! arrived in the mail! I couldn't even get it out of the package before they were all shouting excitedly for me to put it in our DVD player so the hilarity and fun could begin! One's thing for certain, the adults in our house are just as excited as the kids when this gang comes to town! From the oldest to the youngest, these characters keep us laughing with every episode, from start to finish!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Reward Your Spring Cleaning With A New Bedding Set From Berkshire Blanket

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Every year Spring arrives and with it comes one of my favorite parts of the season - Spring cleaning! There's truly nothing that makes me feel better than filling up garbage bag after garbage bag of clothes to donate, items to yard sale, and things that just simply belong in the trash. If you've worked hard this Spring, dusting the baseboards, shampooing the carpets, and cleaning the blinds, it's time to reward yourself and brighten up your bedroom for Spring with a new bedding set from Berkshire Blanket! Berkshire Blanket sent me the Shelburne Flowers Quilt Set, at no cost, to facilitate this review. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mystery Awaits In The All NEW LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood Original Movie

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  **Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**

 There are few cartoons that I loved growing up but Scooby-Doo was definitely one of them!  So many of the shows I grew up watching are gaining popularity again and I'm always excited to watch my kids enjoy some of the same characters and I had a blast watching when I was growing up.  Just like their Mama, my kids love getting in on all the mysterious excitement of Scooby-Doo! Just when you thought Scooby-Doo couldn't get more fun, it has officially joined the LEGO ranks for an original movie of spooky and silly Scooby-Doo proportions!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Let's Get Gardening With RopedOnCedar!

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 For years I longed for the ability to grow my own fruits and vegetables and experience the joy of watching the excitement on my kids faces as they watch the food they helped to plant and water grow and mature. I'm always looking for ways to encourage my kids to put down the electronics and enjoy creation but there are days where living in a townhouse and HOA development makes that a little more difficult than I would like. I know some day, God's going to give me that big, beautiful back yard, but until then, I'm content and thankful for the home He's given us. Townhouse and close-quarter living has never been my favorite. I long for room to run and a front porch swing that I can sit on and see nothing but the sun going down. This dream is really where Our Southern Style grew out of. Even if you can't enjoy the "living out in the country" way of life, you can still enjoy the inspiration of Southern living, even in the smallest of spaces. Finally, another country-living wish of mine was fulfilled when RopedOnCedar, who sent me the item pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review, made my garden dream a reality with their New 24" Vertical Garden Tower Planter!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sparkle This Spring With Totally Jewel

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 If you are looking to add some sparkle to your accessories and some shine to your ensembles this Spring, look no further than jewelry from Totally Jewel! Statement pieces continue to be a popular trend but I've always been hesitant to spring for any for myself because I just wasn't sure how I would make them work with my wardrobe. Totally Jewel sent me the two necklaces pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I've got to tell you, I've officially hopped aboard this fashion trend.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

This Easter - Fill Your Baskets With Books From Zonderkidz!

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 Every year I'm always trying to think of something different to fill my children's Easter baskets with (besides chocolate, candy, and Peeps). In our house, we love to celebrate reading and with the help of Zonderkidz, who sent me the books listed in this post, at no cost to facilitate this review, they've made it easy to pick the perfect titles with a little Easter Book Gift Guide to help you fill your Easter baskets with stories to help teach your children about the real reason we celebrate Easter!

Easter Books For Toddlers (ages 2-5)

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  Adventure Bible For Little Ones (ARV $9.99)- The Adventure Bible for Toddlers starts children ages 2-5 on the journey of a lifetime, teaching them about the Bible’s great stories and themes. It helps young children grow in their relationship with God using stories and art from the wildly popular Adventure Bible Storybook. With ten beautifully illustrated and beloved Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, this sturdy padded board book will stimulate toddlers’ minds and fill their hearts with love for their heavenly Father. - Zondervan 

  All Aboard The Ark (ARV $6.99) - All Aboard the Ark pairs simple rhyming text with charming watercolor illustrations in this delightful board book. Perfect for bedtime or any time, this sweet story is told from the point of view of the animals who board the ark. - Zondervan

Snuggle Time Prayers (ARV $9.99) - Snuggle Time Prayers, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is a perfect bedtime collection of fifteen prayers. This padded cover board book will help children settle down at bedtime and remind them of their blessings as they draw closer to God. - Zondervan

  Little One, God Loves You (ARV $6.99) - Little One, God Loves You, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made them solely for the purpose of loving them. - Zondervan

  Little Love Letters From God (ARV $9.99) - What child does not love to receive mail? What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God? The Little Love Letters from God board book will invite them to do just that! Accompanying each of the eight stories in this unique children’s Bible is a very special and encouraging letter tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope. With a padded cover for little hands, Little Love Letters from God introduces children to God’s Word with eight of the most popular Bible stories—including creation, Noah’s ark, the birth of Jesus and more. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words To You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope. - Zondervan

 My little 3-year old son Levi loves to read books! I'm thrilled that all of these titles from Zondervan have a message that is simple enough for him to understand God's very special love and plan for his life. Faith plays a very important part in my family's life and these books allow Levi to start building a foundation for his own relationship with God, and what a better place to start than understanding how much God loves him!

Easter Books For Pre-K Through Grade 4 (ages 4-10)

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  Faith Builders Bible (ARV $24.99)- The Faith Builders Bible, NIrV uses the popularity of brick-building pieces to engage children with the Word of God. Includes 24 full-color pages of illustrations plus the complete New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible in a very readable font size. - Zondervan

  Angels In The Bible Storybook (ARV $16.99) - The Angels in the Bible Storybook, written by bestselling author Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alida Massari, is filled with vibrant illustrations and engaging text that brings beloved Bible stories to life. - Zondervan

  Think, Act, Be Like Jesus (ARV $12.99) - This 90-Day devotional, written by Oak Hills Church pastor Randy Frazee, is part of the church-wide Believe campaign and encourages children to follow the footsteps of Jesus. Think, Act, Be Like Jesus; A Believe Devotional for Kids shares the message that the more you believe, the more Jesus can change you from the inside out to become the best person you can be. - Zondervan

  7 Days of Awesome (ARV $16.99) - With a Dr. Seuss feel, 7 Days of Awesome rhymes its way through each day of creation and encourages children to ponder God’s wisdom in creating this wonderful world. Accompanied by charming, animated illustrations by Colin Jack, this whimsical read-aloud book will be sure to delight both children and their parents. - Zondervan

Easter Books For Tweens And Middle Schoolers (Grades 5-8, and ages 10-13)

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  The Looney Experiment (ARV $15.99)- Atticus Hobart couldn’t feel lower. He’s in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists, he is the class bully’s personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there’s more to Mr. Looney’s methods than he’d first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe—just maybe—discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along. - Zondervan

  Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible For Kids (ARV $29.99) - The Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible for Kids, NIV includes the complete New International Version (NIV) of the Bible along with devotions, prayers, and highlighted verses to help kids pray and listen for God’s answers to their prayers. Features include:

  • Presentation page for personalization and gift giving.
  • Devotions about people who prayed and listened to God such as Abraham, Hannah, and Job.
  • The Lord's Prayer explained for kids.
  • The "hand" prayer model to help kids remember to pray for others and themselves.
  • Highlighted verses great for memorization and meditation.
  • Book introductions explain what each book of the Bible is about.
  • Prayer journaling pages with space to record personal prayers and answers to prayer.
  • Reading plans.
  • Complete text of the New International Version (NIV). - Zondervan 

Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes For Kids (ARV $3.99) - Here’s a collection of knock-knock jokes that is both hilarious and wholesome. It’s sure to send every kid you know to his knees in a breath-stealing, side-splitting, uncontrollable fit of giggles. With more than 350 jokes, the laughs are sure to never quit. It’s fun for the whole family and includes bonus Q& A jokes and riddles too! - Zondervan

  The Purpose Driven Life Devotional For Kids- (ARV $15.99) - The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids includes 365 devotions that tie to the themes and ideas found in the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life. Written at a third to fourth grade level, each devo includes a Scripture, short message, and prayer or thought for the day to help kids discover who they are in God’s eyes. Capturing the hearts of the new generation means ensuring they know their purpose and grow up confident of their value in God and their relationship to Christ. God created each of his children with a purpose in mind … the time is now to, thoughtfully and prayerfully, start the incredible journey to finding that reason. - Zondervan

  London Art Chase (ARV $8.99) - In London Art Chase, the first title in the new Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, readers meet 10-year-old twins Mia and Maddie and their adorable little sister, LuLu. All the girls are smart, sassy, and unique in their own way, each with a special little something that adds to great family adventures. There is pure excitement in the family as the group heads to London for the first time to watch mom, famous singer Gloria Glimmer, perform. But on a day trip to the National Gallery, Maddie witnesses what she believes to be an art theft and takes her sisters and their beloved and wacky nanny Miss Julia, on a wild and crazy adventure as they follow the supposed thief to his lair. Will the Glimmer Girls save the day? And will Maddie find what makes her shine? - Zondervan

  The Plans I Have For You Devotional And Journal (ARV $14.99 & $12.99) - Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love and joy and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us. -The Plans I Have for You journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place. - Zondervan

 There are so many books in this group that I can't wait for my kids to dive into! I have a very "mature" pre-teen who would probably pass on anything labeled "kids", but I know the "Looney Experiment" will be right up her alley. She's a fan of all of the Diary Of A Whimpy Kids books and the Looney Experiment seems like it will be a perfect fit!Without a doubt there are several of these selections I know my 8-year old daughter, Eva, would definitely enjoy as well. Depending on your child's level of reading you might find that even though they don't fit into the age category suggested by Zondervan, there still might be a selection they would love to find in their Easter basket this year!

Easter Books For Teens (Ages 13 and up)

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  Curio (ARV $17.99) - Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need. By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make. But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever. - Zondervan

  Inspirational Words (ARV $9.99) -Take time to relax, sit back, and meditate on God’s Word. Inside these pages, you’ll find thirty unique and creative illustrations focusing on key verses from the Bible, each offering an opportunity to connect with Scripture while exploring your creativity. Throughout, NIV verses are paired with detailed line art, and each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, pens, watercolors, or colored pencils, the completed page can be removed, allowing you to display your work for even more daily inspiration. - Zondervan

  The Story Of God's Love For You (ARV $14.99) -It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life! You see, the best thing about this Story is—it’s true. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. The Child upon whom everything would depend. All the stars and mountains and the oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them. And so it was that the wonderful love story began … —from The Story of God’s Love for You (originally published as The Jesus Storybook Bible) - Zondervan

  The NIV Bible For Teen Girls (ARV $29.99) - The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage girls with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love. The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is as sincere about your walk with God as you are, helping you discover his will for all areas of your life, including relating to your family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more. Features include:

  • Daily readings for teen girls by popular Christian female authors (Annie Downs, Bekah Hamrick Martin, Christine Caine, Crystal Kirgiss, Bethany Hamilton, Nicole Weider, Elsa Kok Colopy, Denise Van Eck and more)
  • Character profiles of women in the Bible
  • Book introductions for each book of the Bible
  • Highlighted promises of God: verses worth remembering
  • A concordance for help in finding verses
  • The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) of the Bible - Zondervan

So many great things to say about the titles in this category. Not long after my books arrived, I packed up the ones I knew my kids would love in their baskets and then set some aside to be donated to ministries in my church as well as certain books that I knew students in my youth ministry would like. My daughter's best friend recently started coming to our church and youth ministry and because her parents don't share her faith, she doesn't often get the opportunity to get a Bible or other faith-based books. She has been loving the Curio book and said it's the best book she has ever read! She was so very grateful to have the opportunity to have a Bible just for teen girls and I was blessed just by watching her smile at her new treasures. Even if you don't have a teenager in your own home, no doubt you know of one that could use some encouragement and the very special message these books have to offer.

Easter Themed Picture Books

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  The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday (ARV $3.99) -The Bear Family, all of their friends and family, and even the nature all around them get dressed in their Easter best for an Easter Sunday celebration at the Chapel in the Woods. Join Mama, Papa, Brother, sisters and Honey as they go to services, have an Easter treasure hunt, and learn what Easter is all about. - Zondervan

  A Royal Easter Story - (ARV $14.99) - It is the most spectacular spring in history. The princesses—Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity, and Hope are busy with preparations for the annual Easter celebration and the castle is alive with activity. Into the kingdom ride five new friends, young knights, who are as spirited as the princesses. In the new Princess Parables title, A Royal Easter Story, a challenge is presented and the boys and girls decide to race to the neighboring village where the annual Easter celebration and feast will be held. Along the way, the princesses must weather a scary storm and rescue another new friend. But in the end the lesson is clear … trust in the Lord and his love and you can overcome any obstacle. - Zondervan

  The Legend Of The Easter Robin (ARV $16.99) -This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Easter Robintells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This Easter tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us. - Zondervan

No matter what age you children are, everyone loves a bright and colorful picture book. The Berenstain Bears are a long time favorite and my daughter, Eva, has begun collecting as many in this series as she can get her hands on. Understanding the love and sacrifice of what Jesus did for us is truly is a message that we all need to be reminded of, and Easter is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves and help our children learn just how much He truly loves us.

 Among st Easter baskets filled with candy, jellybeans, and stuffed chicks and bunnys, this year choose a book or two from Zonderkidz to complete your Sunday morning surprise! If you want Easter to be a reminder to your children of just what Easter is all about, Zondervan Publishing has the perfect books for every child in your home! The candy might last for a couple days, but a book and the message it teaches will be with your kids for a lifetime.

 Click HERE to check out all of the children's books that Zonderkidz has to offer!

 Don't forget to follow Zonderkidz on social media to hear about the latest children's publications!


  Easter Book Giveaway

 One lucky reader will win their own Zondervan Easter Book selection perfect for Toddlers (Including Adventure Bible For Little Ones, All Aboard The Ark, Snuggle Time Prayers, Little One God Loves You, & Little Love Letter's From God) The giveaway will end March 23rd 2016 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 Zondevan Publishing and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Savannah Bee Company - Taking Honey To A Level Of Luxary

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Just when I thought life couldn't get any sweeter I fell in love with products from Savannah Bee Company! Since these products arrived in my home, sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review, I have been talking nonstop to every honey lover that will listen about how overwhelmed I am by the top notch quality and excellence of Savannah Bee Company products! If you love using honey in a variety of dishes and drinks, you are going to be thrilled to find all that is available at Savannah Bee Company. If you've never explored all of the possibilities with honey there's no better place to start than with Savannah Bee Company, who not only provide the best in a variety of honeys (from artisan to every day), but offer their customers a chance to pamper themselves with honey products created just for health and beauty! You won't want to miss this review - packed with Savannah Bee Company products, a special Our Southern Style recipe, and our sweetest giveaway yet!

Amish White Bread

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I got this recipe years ago from a friend and adapted it a bit here and there. This recipe continues to be my go to for years and with just a few ingredients you're almost guaranteed to always have in your kitchen, you'll be wanting to bake this bread weekly! Helpful Tip: I use the dough hook on my KitchenAid Mixer for this bread which means sames me so much time kneading and makes this recipe even easier! This recipe makes two regular loaves of white bread - feel free to cut the recipe in half if you just want one loaf (or make two - and share one with a friend!). This bread tastes great when making sandwiches, or my favorite, warm with some Savannah Bee Company honey!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Comfort Meets Style With Sweat Pants From 65MCMLXV

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After a long day of work there's nothing that feels better than throwing on your favorite pair of comfortable sweats pants! And while "sweats" may not be the most appropriate of attire for all public activities (ie: first date, meeting your future in-laws, job interview, etc.) some days just call for sweat pants! I recently discovered a new company, "65 MCMLXV", who sent my husband, Ben, a pair of their black/gray sweatpants, at no cost to facilitate this review, and not only am I sharing all the things he loves about them - but I've got a giveaway for you too!

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! {And A Giveaway With THREE WINNERS Too!}

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

 My kids love getting the opportunity to check out some of entertainments upcoming movies and DVD's but I have got to say, when I heard they were getting the opportunity to check out the new season of Scooby Doo, I was probably more excited than they were! I grew up with Scooby Doo and loved trying to figure out each and every "who done it?" episode! I was thrilled my kids were getting the opportunity to check out this new and updated Scooby Doo and they seemed to have just as much fun with all of Shaggy and Scooby's antics as I used to! Pick up your own copy of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Season One Part 1 - available on DVD tomorrow, February 23rd! 

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Be Cool, Scooby Do!, the newest adaptation of the classic, animated mystery series will be released on DVD for the first time by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) February 23 2016. Get those Scooby snacks ready! That loveable Great Dane is back to entertain viewers with new mysteries, more cool adventures and non-stop fun in this updated version of the legendary cartoon. It's a new look and feel for the Scooby-Doo! gang as they hit the road in a state-of-the-art Mystery Machine and get wrapped up in a set of intriguing new mysteries. Titled Be Coo, Scooby Doo! Season 1 Part 1, this release will retain for $19.97 SRP.  - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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  With 13 frighteningly fun episodes on this DVD, viewers get to enjoy over FOUR HOURS of Scooby Doo fun!  Episodes:

  • Mystery 101
  • Game of Chicken
  • All Paws on Deck
  • Poodle Justice
  • Grand Scam
  • Trading Chases
  • Be Quiet Scooby-Doo!
  • Party Like It's 1899
  • Screama Donna
  • Kitchen Frightmare
  • Me, Myself, and Al
  • Area 51 Adjacent
  • Where There's A Will, There's A Wrath

Though Be Cool, Scooby Doo! doesn't look exactly like the Scooby Doo that I grew up with, the fun and the mystery is still the same. Sometimes it's hard to get used to change.  My oldest still remembers watching original episodes of Scooby Doo and said she missed how the old characters looked and how their voices used to sound but she, along with my other kids, have still enjoyed every episode and this DVD has become a frequent request during TV time at our house!

 Click HERE to visit Scooby Doo online where kids can enjoy games, vidoes, downloads and more!

 Follow Scooby Doo on Facebook and Pinterest to catch up on all of the latest Scooby Doo news, episodes, and more!


  scooby giveaway
THREE lucky readers will win a DVD copy of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo Season 1 Part 1!   The giveaway will end March 7th 2016 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 Warner Bros. and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Twice Baked Potatoes

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Most people groan at the thought of making twice baked potatoes, simply because it just seems like extra work. My family loves their potatoes though and I"m always looking for ways to create new potato recipes and figured it was time to come up with my own Twice Baked Potato recipe - it is after all, the best of both worlds - baked and mashed all in one bite! A lot of the prep work for this recipe (frying and chopping the bacon, chopping green onions, shredding cheese) you can do while your potatoes are baking.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bring Home Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Season Five February 16th!

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

We have several self-proclaimed "ninja warriors" in our house - the youngest being age 3 and the oldest in his 30's - and naturally, were all very excited to sit down with some popcorn and the new DVD of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Season Five! Lego has been a huge hit for years, both for kids and parents, with their creative and endless indestructible building blocks and sets and now with Lego roaring onto the entertainment scene with movies, video games, TV shows, and more, there's even more ways and reasons to love everything Lego! The high energy characters of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Season Five draw kids right into the action and my boys especially loved every episode! Read on to hear more about all the new Lego Ninjego fun and to enter to WIN a DVD copy of Lego Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu Season Five of your very own!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Toy State Road Rippers Warp Riders

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

Nothing puts a smile on my boys' faces like getting to help Mom with reviews! When they heard a new review from Toy State was on its way, Elijah and Levi waited anxiously every day for the mail man to arrive with their new car. Having had the privilege of checking out several cars for Toy State, I knew that not only would my boys have a lot of fun playing with their new car, but I've come to experience great quality in everything that comes my way from Toy State. If you are looking for the perfect toy to take your boy's Easter basket to the next level, or need a gift for an upcoming birthday or special occasion, the Road Rippers Wrap Riders car is just what you're looking for!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Get Her Something Different This Valentine's Day - Give Her An 88 Handbag!

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 For about 6 years while I was in college, I had one of the best jobs in the world - I worked at a flower shop in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though it wasn't necessarily what you might call a "rewarding job", though it did have its moments, most of my work days were spent looking at beautiful flowers and generally, making people smile. Valentine's Day was always an absolute madhouse and I remember one holiday very clearly. We weren't too far away from closing up the store when a lady arrived with a vase of long-stemmed red roses, from her husband, that we had delivered to her earlier that day at her office. She walked to the counter, slammed the vase down on and said, "I don't want these!" (Not the normal reaction you would except from a woman whose husband not only remembered Valentine's Day - but also send her roses). As we tried to calm her down, thinking there must have been something wrong with the flowers, she quickly informed us that "Any idiot can order flowers, how hard is it to pick up a phone and order roses". Long story short, after I picked my jaw up off of the floor, told her we would refund her husband's credit card, and calmly assured the next guy in line that buying flowers for his wife was a good thing, I realized this poor woman maybe had a point. It is pretty easy to order flowers. And not that it's the amount of work or money that goes into a gift that decides its value, as the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts", and what she wanted was a thought that took longer than it takes to dial a telephone.  This year, don't just stop at buying flowers for your special Valentine! Give her a gift that she will adore long after the flowers die! 88 Handbags sent me the gorgeous Natalie Taupe Color Block Tote, at no cost to facilitate this review, and not only do I have a great review to share, I've also got a giveaway!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lego Friends Girlz 4 Life Coming February 2nd!

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Our family recently upgraded to a Honda Odyssey minivan, complete with a DVD player! All of my kids have since been excited for new DVD's to watch on the road and my daughter, Eva was thrilled when a new DVD from Warner Bros., Lego Friends Girlz 4 Life, which was sent to me at no cost to facilitate this review, arrived in the mail. She couldn't wait to pop this movie in and enjoy not only the story written just for girls, but sing along with the lively and contagious music and songs that came along with it!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Easy Apple Empanadas

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Having a husband with Mexican heritage, I'm always trying to surprise him with dishes that have a little bit of Mexican flair. I'm also a hardworking Mom with four kids, and though I like to cook and bake from scratch as much as possible, sometimes, the easy way is just as tasty! I hope you enjoy these Easy Apple Empanadas as much as my family and I did! They are the perfect after-dinner-dessert to top off a perfect meal, or a great after-school-snack surprise for the kids!

Bring The World To Your Door With Novica

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 Having been out of the United States a few times in my life, I can tell you I never truly understood all of the world's beauty until I saw it with my own eyes. I often miss the mountains of Honduras and the beauty of the people in Mexico and I was thrilled when I discovered Novica, who sent me the item pictured below at no cost to facilitate this review.  Now I can bring products, created by artists all over the world, into my own home and enjoy just a touch of the artistry and breathtaking charm so many countries in our world have to offer.