I have a lot of ground beef in my freezer and I was racking my brain to try to think of some different ways to use it all up (I can only eat so much spaghetti). I wanted to prepare something light, fresh, and easy for dinner tonight and voila, my stuffed avocados were born! If you have avocado fans in your house they will enjoy these as much as my family did! We have a family of 6 so I made enough for each person to have two halves.
Monday, July 16, 2018
My kids have a new found excitement for a little snack we call Power Balls. This no-bake treat is a great choice if you want a healthier option for baked cookies. They are easy to prepare and any home chef can change them up to their personal preference. In our house, one Power Ball silences those claims of starvation and satisfies the cravings for sweets. They've really become a staple around our house!
Monday, July 9, 2018
Disclosure: I received Groove Life rings at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
If you are married and you enjoy doing anything outdoors, or support your family by working with your own two hands, you are going to want to pay attention to this post! It's been a couple years now since Ben and I transitioned from a couple who weren't able to get out much, to a kayaking, bike riding, hiking, "let's get on the river" kind of couple. We've made time for ourselves and choose activities that alleviate distractions from our life which has brought us even closer together. I can't remember how many times we were out in our kayaks (and especially the time when we were white water rafting on the Gauley River) that I went, "Oh my gosh my wedding rings!". I just never take them off. I always, always forgot until it was too late to put them in a place of safety. Thankfully, my wedding bands have made it through all my adventures but a couple weeks ago, we decided it was time to try out some rings that were a little more fitting for adventures and work. We found Groove Life and they changed everything I ever thought about silicone wedding rings.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
It has been raining for what seems like an entire month straight. Our farmers are thrilled but all of the rainy gloominess made me hungry for some comfort food. Years ago our family attended a Christian Summer camp that, aside from it's life-changing experiences with God, was also known for its delicious southern cooking. One of my absolute favorite dishes was meatballs and gravy that they served over a bed of white rice. I decided this week to develop my own recipe which I served over mashed potatoes. The kids raved and each gave their blessing to pass the goodness on to you.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Yesterday our home was snackless. The kids are out of school for the summer and their attempts to clean out my fridge and pantry since day one had on not gone unnoticed. My fruit bowl had dwindled down to two lonely bananas that were well past their prime. I had spent the better part of my day trying to get our home office in order and my will to whip up anything home had gotten lost somewhere between the 3-foot stack of papers I had organized and relabeling all of our manila folders for upcoming jobs. By mid-day the natives had finally grown restless and I needed a brain break. Turns out it was the perfect scenario to create one of our favorite summer snacks yet; banana muffins, which I whipped up in a snap!
Monday, June 4, 2018
Disclosure: I received the hiking boots featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
If you've followed my posts or Our Southern Style for any length of time, it's probably no surprise that you're finding me on yet, another adventure. I love pushing myself and finding out just what I'm capable of. It's part of what has helped me become the determined person that I am today. For me, it's easy to apply each and every one of those adventures to every day life. Life has a way of showing just how strong we really are and hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, (insert your favorite adventure here) is a reminder that I can conquer anything if I put my mind to it. Some friends and I set out to take on the "Old Rag", a rigorous 10 mile hike in the Shenandoah Mountains, and the only thing on my mind was making sure I had a good set of hiking shoes. Lately, I've been discovering the greatness of barefoot shoes and wondered how I'd do in a pair on such a long hike. Ben, myself, and two of our friends had the pleasure of trying out two styles of Xero Shoes hiking boots in both men and women's styles and I'm giving you the scoop on why these are one of the greatest hiking shoes I have put on my feet!
Monday, April 30, 2018
Disclosure: I received the wetsuits worn above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Ya'll have no idea how much I have been longing for this day; the day that I finally get to take my kayak out on the water! After months of passing by my yak every time I went down to the basement, to say I was excited about finally taking her out would be an understatement. Even though the air is warmer, the water is still bitter cold in our part of West Virginia. To travel safely and keep from a potential bone-chilling moment should we capsize our boats, we turned to our friends at Wetsuit Wearhouse to outfit Ben and I with their best spring Shorties. If you enjoy water sports, you won't want to miss this review!
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Disclosure: I received the shoes featured in the picture above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
I hate socks and shoes. I always have and I probably always will. Probably one of the reasons I love Summer so much is because I truly get to set my feet free! One of the best sensations in the world is feeling the ground beneath my feet and the air on my toes. I'm sure many of you have heard about the "barefoot" shoe craze. Apparently it's been around for a while but somehow I'm just now discovering it. I began to research all of the benefits of going barefoot and decided this was definitely something I had to try Our family loves being outdoors and when I searched for a company that made barefoot shoes for the whole family, Vivo was at the top of the list. Vivo sent shoes made for our littlest (Levi, age 5) all the way up to my and my hubby (age 36 for the both of us) and we set off to our favorite mountain retreat to test them out. Think going barefoot might be for you? Keep reading!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Disclosure: I received items featured to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Maybe it's because I really ramped up my outdoor excursions and adventures last year. Maybe it's because we got a big snow storm (in APRIL!). Maybe it's just because cabin fever has reached it's height. Whatever the reason, Spring is here and I'm ready to get outside and get on my bike! If there's one activity that is almost as exciting as the event itself, it's the getting ready part. Remember how excited you are to be packing your bags before you go on vacation? It's makes me almost as happy as the vacation itself! Getting my bike Spring ready is part of the fun. It gets my blood pumping and fuels the anticipation of all my upcoming rides. There's one company I always go to when I'm looking to upgrade my bike: Topeak! Topeak has everything I need to get my wheels ready to ride!
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Disclosure: I received a copy of Paddington 2 to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
I will always have a love for Paddington because it was the first movie where my son Elijah truly enjoyed what we all love about films. Paddington was the first movie where Elijah laughed so hard he could barely breath, smiled from ear to ear, and became totally wrapped up in the story of this sweet bear. When we heard Paddington 2 was coming to theaters the whole family knew it was one we had to see. The new installment of Paddington didn't disappoint but reminded us of all the reasons why we love this adorable, lovable bear.
Friday, March 23, 2018
This week I was so excited that the first day of Spring was almost here! And then it came...with 14 inches of snow! Public schools were closed and there was no going anywhere for a good two days here in West Virginia. Try as I might I just couldn't stop myself from baking. It happens every time it snows. I knew I couldn't run out to the store for ingredients so I decided to go on an expedition into my cabinets and fridge to see what I could use for inspiration. I came away with something the whole family agrees were some of my best cupcakes yet!
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Disclosure: I received the items above at no cost to facilitate this post.
Seems like Christmas was just yesterday and here we are with another holiday right in front of our eyes! Easter is almost here and Ben and I love putting together fun baskets for all of our kids. Of course I include a few sweet treats, (because what's Easter with out chocolate eggs, bunnies, and marshmallow chicks?) but I also prefer to fill our children's baskets with fun surprises they can enjoy long after the candy is gone. There's nothing more exciting to kids theses days than slime and squishy things! ORB has some great products to add to your Easter baskets this year, all under $15 making celebrating this Easter season easily affordable!
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OrbSlimy Original is the classic slime in an easy to store container.
If there's one creative play toy my kids all agree is fantastically fun, hands down, it's slime! My daughter Eva constantly scours the internet looking for new slime recipes but she's not found any that come close to the feel and quality of ORB Slimy! The kids can't stop playing with it and I love that it's easy to clean and put away. The Dino Slime will be an extra special surprise in her Easter basket because in addition to loving slime, she's also a dino-lover! For Eva, there will be nothing better than digging her way through an egg full of slime to uncover a dinosaur treasure!
Soft'n Slo Squishies are slow rising and ultra soft. Touch it, squeeze it, and watch your Soft'n Slo Squishies transform as it slowly rises.
Elijah is my "softie" of all my kids and he simply can't keep his hands off of anything cute and cuddly. There are so many varieties of the Soft'n Slow Squishies that you simply have to go check them all out. Squishy food. Squishy animals. Squishy monsters. There's even squishy poo! My kids are going to get a kick out of playing with these fun sensory toys and I know they will make a cute addition to their Easter baskets this year.
ORB Toys was just what I needed to add some hands-on-fun to our Easter baskets this year. I love that their products are fun, adorable, and fit our budget. Sensory toys can be so much fun and I know my kids will be excited to discover these in their baskets on Easter morning.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018
My kids are always asking for those comfort baked goods and usually I'm pretty happy to oblige. Lately though, my husband and I have been trying to eat healthier so when the kids came calling this week I wanted to see if I could come up with a healthier alternative. I noticed that I had some zucchini in the fridge that I needed to use up so I decided to turn my Classic Zucchini Bread recipe into a hearty portion-sized snack! With the added whole wheat flour, honey, and healthy seeds for extra fiber, iron, and calcium, there's less guilt when you want to treat yourself to something fresh out of the oven.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Disclosure: I'm just a regular gal in her 30's. Clearly, I'm not a doctor. I am not giving out medical advice. If you have questions regarding your health, exercise, vitamins, etc. please consult with your physician.
Well, it's almost March and chances are, all of that New Year's resolution motivation has lost it's magic. Last Summer I started expanding my horizons with overnight kayak and bike trips. I had an absolute blast but found that my endurance and strength, not to mention my over all health, could really use a tune up. Getting healthy doesn't mean resigning yourself to a state of suffering. It does, however, require a daily choice and simple commitment. If you're looking to be a better version of you this year, here's 10 simple ways I found (that I actually do on a daily basis) to get healthy.
Monday, February 19, 2018
My oldest was home from school today (the younger three are homeschooled so their story was a bit different). Typically I try to make bigger breakfasts on our Saturday mornings but I also love treating my kids to their favorite breakfast meals on the days they get to be off school. It's coming to the end of February now and our winter blues are at their peak! We've had a couple good Spring-like days here in West Virginia (two more coming up this week - Whoo hoo!) and I thought a new Summery recipe would do us all some good. Pineapple Upside Down Cake has always been one of my favorites, so why not turn it into a pancake and enjoy it for breakfast! My high schooler said these were "divine" and I promise ya'll will feel the same!
Saturday, February 17, 2018
|My own sweet Mama, Me, little sisters, Janice and Janessa, my precious niece Maggie, and my beautiful Grandma, Thelma.|
I've been wanting to write this post for a long time. My Grandma will always be one of the most precious people in my life and I'm pretty sure it was my fear that my writing just wouldn't do justice to how wonderful she is that kept me from sharing about her for so long. Even now, I know that there is no way that my words on a page and a picture on the screen will do justice but I hope that as you read, memories of your own Grandmother will fill your heart. I know she would love that. Over the years my Grandma has given me so much, but I had no idea that her last gift would be one I'd never "open" till she was gone.