Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry christmas from Southern Mom of 4






I hope this finds each of you in warm and safe Spirits.  Here at Southern Mom of 4, I just want to wish each and every reader a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  In this time I will be taking time off to spend with my Family and Friends and preparing some really great things for the New Year.



In the past 2 weeks I have had a sick baby with the FLU and it seems it just made things much harder for me to stay up to date here, so I want to apologize to Y'all and let each of know why I haven't been here as much.

Hoping everyone gets what they ask for, for Christmas and you have a safe and wonderful Holiday!




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jesus Daily Review


I am a person that can use a little inspiration each day but I don't always know where to get it or what I need.  I was given The Jesus Daily to do a review on and let me tell you.  Though I started almost at the end of the book and only got to read a couple of weeks, I found a good way to start my day.  There is a daily inspiration for all 365 days of the year.  This is a book that once you have read it, you can just go back and get a little extra inspiration that day.
This past week has been one of the hardest weeks of my life because my 6 year old got the FLU.  It has taken a toll on not only her with 104+ temperatures but it has taken a toll on me, her Mama.  I have sat up about every night making sure she can breathe, and checking her temp to make sure she was OK.   Through all the troubles I have had this week I would find just one minute to read the daily devotion and trust me when I say that it helped, it helped. 
On December 14th 2003, I lost my 7 month old nephew.  It makes it hard this time of year, because you tend to think of the loved ones we lost and find it hard to remember the good times you had with them  Well, because of losing him around this time of year when one of my little ladies gets sick, I worry that it may be worse than I think and I can't seem to rest until they feel better.
While I have sat up these many nights, making sure my baby was OK I have not only just read my Jesus Daily devotion but I have skipped through and read a few others.  It helped guide me in my Bible studies and gave me hope when it appeared there was no Hope left in this world.  Everywhere we turn we see negativity in the world, and it doesn't appear that there is anyway to escape it.  It is on social media, the news, radio, and and even talked about in our schools making it almost impossible to avoid.  But with this book, if not but for a moment gave me a sense a of relief that I'm not alone and he is always with me guiding me in the path that I am on.

Now that I have told you my thoughts on the book, I have one that I would like to share with my readers.  All you have to do is follow Via GFC, and leave me a comment telling me the name you followed under.  Also Tell me what you do for a daily inspiration in this world of demise.  What gives you daily Hope, and understanding? That's it, and I will draw a Random winner on 12/22/14.
You may want to follow Southern Mom of 4 on Facebook so that you can see the winner when released!

Monday, December 8, 2014

What's for Dinner?


 
A little about McCall:
McCall Farms is a family-owned, 170 year-old company based in Effingham, SC. They gather their crops from all over South Carolina, North Carolina and other southern states.  McCall Farms produces more than 40 different products under the Margaret Holmes®, Glory Foods®, Bruce Yams® and Peanut Patch® brands, as well as private-label and foodservice products, which are sold nationwide.
 
Do you use canned goods when you are cooking your Thanksgiving or yet to come Christmas dinner?  I have to admit that I do, you can find some really great ideas using canned goods and it saves time, money, and sanity when you have a big family like I do.
McCall Farms offers some awesome food in a can, and I not only use them at big events such as Christmas but I also use them daily.  The food is fresh and can be used right out of the can or you can add a little something to it to make it semi-homemade.  I have to admit I love fresh out of the garden foods but I can take a can of collards, cook me some ham, add the can collards and they are just as good if not better than homemade.  A little salt,a dash of pepper, and it's a meal in less the time and you savage your sanity with more time to spend with your family and friends.
Now for the fun part, they are hosting a cooking contest.  You can get all the information here, go enter for your chance to win big.  There are 25 days left to enter so hurry and get your recipes ready and get entered! Because the winner will be selected by the number of votes your recipe gets, you need to get it out there ASAP so people can vote. 
Good Luck to each of you.
 
 
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tubeless Scott Toilet Tissue Review

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): I received a free sample of Scott Natural tubeless Toilet tissue to sample and share my thoughts.  It in no way affects my opinions expressed here.  These are my true feelings and have nothing to do with me receiving a product from +Crowdtap nor @ScottProducts




 Have you tried the new Scott Natural #TubeFree toilet tissue yet? I was given a chance to try them tubeless tissue and I have to say that it is the same quality tissue just without the extra trash. My husband is famous for not using the last of the toilet paper so that he doesn't have to discard the roll.  With the Scott Tubeless rolls there is no tube and nothing to throw away.


With that being said I have an entire board on @Pinterest dedicated to recycling the toilet paper tissue rolls with some really cute ideas.  Then I discovered sitting here wrapping gifts that there are so many other things that we use that to has tubes in them to make these same great little ideas.   IF you would like to see what you can make with tubes click here.


I would like each of you to take the pledge to go tubless at the same time.  But if you are like me you have a stash of grocery bags, and toilet paper tubes because you can use them for something, though your really just not sure of what just yet!  Take the pledge and you can still use wrapping paper tube and paper towel tubes until they take the pledge and go tubeless also!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SmallTalkReview & Giveaway

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


About the book: Softcover / 230 pages


Every day, one of Amy Julie Becker’s children says something that prompts her to think about life in a new way. “Mom, does Santa love me?” William asks, after his mother explains the meaning of Christmas…In a chat with her dad about the children who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, Penny asks, “Did they go to heaven?” …”You was a jerk, Mommy?” asks Marilee one morning in the car.
These conversations deepen Amy Julia’s relationships with her children, but they also refine her understanding of what she believes and what God is doing in her own life.
In Small Talk, Amy Julia draws from the wisdom and curiosity of those young voices to reflect on beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles. As she moves through the basic questions her kids posed when they were very young to the more intellectual questions of later childhood, she invites us to learn from our own day-to-day conversations with the children in our lives.
This eloquent parenting memoir is about the big questions little hearts ask, the thoughts their words provoke, and the laughter and soul-searching their honesty brings—to adult and child alike.

About the author:
Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.


Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFiRKM19JZY (<— please share!)

Amy’s Website: http://amyjuliabecker.com

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Check out her Facebook page here!

My Thoughts:

This was a great book , and when you read it you can learn a lot.  It kind of made me realize what my kids are saying to me.  They pick up on so much from you as a parent, society, the TV, and the school system.  From the birth of our Children to when they finally just stop believing we tell them about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but at what age and why do really really tell them about Jesus Christ's birth and  being crucified on the cross for our sins to only rise from the dead 3 days later?
These are things that Amy's children ask her about and get her thinking about the true meanings in life and she breaks things down to how she explained it to them.   This was a really great guide on helping me explain things to my girls that are 6 and 10 and my son that is 16.  Not just Santa Claus but also everyday life and happenings. 

How do you explain to your child about ISIS and the Ferguson protests?  I asked my niece what she thought of these things and I was astounded by her response, to say the least.  She repeated what she heard on the TV even though I know she was raised differently.  Now don't get me wrong, I believe that we have to have our opinion on things and that we MUST stand for what we believe in.  Otherwise we too will do just as she has done and just repeat verbatim what we have heard rather it is right or wrong. 

In this book these are things that Amy's kids have said to her to make her think on a much deeper level and how to explain it to them not only so that they understand but I think so that me, you, and herself also understand better.   It is a really great book and I have one to share with one of my readers.  If you would like to win all you have to do is leave a comment telling me one thing one of your Children, nieces, nephews, Grandchildren, etc has said to you to make you think on a deeper level? 
This contest will end on 12/ 9 at 12 midnight EST.  Share with your friends, the more we have involved the more interesting it will be!

Cyber week at Wal-Mart

 If you want to avoid the crowds but you are still looking for a great deal check this out.  You can shop from home in your PJ's and get great deals!
 This is the continuation from Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

New Specials added daily at Walmart.com!


Check it out and come back to let us know what kind of great deals you found!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Frozen Pj's for Christmas


Do you have a little girl that is just head over hills for FROZEN?
Checj out this deal on Frozen 4 piece pajama set!

They are only $15.00 and you get all 4 pieces that you see here. You can also get Ariel (the little mermaid), Minnie Mouse, and princess, so even if they are not all about Frozen there are others available!

This is part of the Cyber Monday sale so hurry and get yours NOW! You can get them here.










Frozen pj's