Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mosquito Squad and Homeowners

 A homeowner benefits in many ways by getting professional mosquito control services. For one, a family who has a backyard area treated can spend more time outside without worrying about being bitten by one or more of these pests. Consequently, a family who has a swimming pool in the backyard will likely make more use of it during hot weather months. Also, families who enjoy barbequing, playing outdoor sports and generally enjoying the fresh air will be more at ease without the presence of mosquitoes in the area. Consider some of the other benefits that a homeowner enjoys by getting professional mosquito control services.

Mosquitoes carry disease that they can transfer to a human through a bite. Unfortunately, a person doesn't usually know he or she is being bitten until the damage has been done. Professional mosquito control services are a great idea for parents worried about their children spending time outside in the yard during the warm weather months. They want their children to enjoy the company of their friends and family without having to be concerned about mosquito bites and illness. Professional mosquito control services can give parents peace of mind about the safety of their children. Mosquito Squad is one example of a business that can be of help to parents and other homeowners in their fight against insect bites.

Sometimes a homeowner wants to host a special occasion in his or her backyard. For example, the child of the homeowner may be getting married and wants to hold her wedding reception in the backyard of her childhood home. The owner can help to protect guests from mosquito bites by calling in experts in the field of mosquito control services. The guests and the wedding party will enjoy the occasion all the more when they don't have to fight off the mosquitoes throughout the evening!

Finally, some homeowners are worried about the well-being of their pets. They understand that disease can be passed from mosquitoes to dogs, cats and other pets. Oftentimes, they seek the assistance of a professional mosquito control service to protect their pets while they are out exploring the backyard during the summer months. A dog is especially at risk for getting heart-worm via a mosquito bite. Heart-worm is a parasitic disease that can be dangerous to the health of a dog's lungs, heart and arteries. Protecting their pets is a high priority for many homeowners.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fly Fishing at it's best

     Fly fishing is almost an art form; you really need to know how to do it well if you are going to have success. At first, it is going to be hard, even if you go to this commercial fishing store and get all of the right gear. However, the following tips will help you get better at your craft so that you can start bringing in some true monsters. With dedication and enough hours on the river, you can become one of the best fishermen around. 1. Cast with a flick of your wrist, not by using your entire arm.2. Wear polarized sunglasses so that you can see the fish below the surface. 3. Cast upstream from the fish and let the line drift over them; you do not have to cast right on top of them. 4. Do not give up, even if you can see the fish and they are not taking your bait. You usually have to cast a few dozen times before anything will bite. 5. Let the fish run after you set the hook. If you try to fight it without giving ground, it is going to break the line. You have to let it run so that it gets tired, and then you can slowly start to bring it back in again. If you do all of these things, you should not have any problem fishing for trout, steelhead, salmon, or whatever other fish are in the river that is nearest to you

Monday, November 18, 2013

Church Rescue


When you read the title "Church Rescue", you are probably wandering just what is this crazy girl talking about? I'm not I promise, The National Geographic Channel has came out with a new show called Church Rescue.  It involves 3 people who are considered Church Hoppers!

So you are probably wandering what the show is about, right?  I was the first time I heard the title I was like What?  So here goes...
Church Rescue is basically a show about different churches that are in need such as bankruptcy.  The church hoppers come in, look over and see what they can do to help.  They review books, talk to staff members, and get an idea of where the problem lies. The Freedom Biker Church is located in Hickory, NC.  It is a church that targets the biker community.  With that being said not everyone would be into the biker church so the church hoppers will come in and see what more the church can do to gain more members, raise funds, and how to target the right community.  

I hope that each and everyone of my readers will try and watch at least one episode of the Church Rescue and come back here and let me know what you thought of it.  It is a new show, that plays on Monday nights through December 16 on the National Geographic Channel.

Friday, November 15, 2013

How do you store and share Memories

As a Mother I am always thinking of ways to preserve the good memories for my Children.  I have scrapbooks full of photos that I have taken, and I have boxes and boxes more that I haven't been able to do anything yet! Well, I have been looking for great ways to save my digital photos that I can later share with my babies and hopefully one day share with my grand-babies!

If you would be interested in finding a storage then check out  Right now it is in the testing phase.  My readers have an opportunity to try it out and get a complimentary subscription.  You have nothing to lose, just go to the link above and enter your email address.  Once they have the site up and running in full gear, they will notify via email letting you know that it is up.

Give a try, register and let me know what you think.  If they ask who sent you, just tell them Southern Mom of 4.  I hope you enjoy the convenience of the program and that it works great for you and your family!

Noah Movie Preview


Synopsis: After visions of an apocalyptic deluge, Noah, the world’s only righteous man, is chosen to undertake a divine mission to build a massive ark to save his family and all of creation before the impending rains fall and the flood waters rise.

: Russell Crowe, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson

: Darren Aronofsky

This is just a short trailer to let you know what is yet to come.
However what do you think?  Does it look like a film you and your Family would enjoy watching together? Or even maybe the Church for a Family and Film night?  Leave a comment and let us know! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Caring for a Healthy and Happy Horse

 As a child I would wish and dream of owning my own horse one day!  I had never had the opportunity to ride one, but just how hard could it really be, Right?  Well, the first horse I was the given the chance to ride, was in the Mountains of North Carolina, after a rain storm, and I chose the prettiest horse they had.  However, this pretty horse was completely broken in, in my opinion or maybe it was just the first time rider (myself).  I had a few scares going up and down the mountain, and so glad to see that we were back at the stables.  It is definitely a memory I have never forgotten!

Horses can be a fun family activity to enjoy on a hike, or just out sight seeing on the country side.  With the right teaching to both horse and rider I believe it can be very therapeutic and relaxing.  Horses not as much now and back in the day, were used as working tools.  They are very strong animals and move heavy objects, and carry heavy loads. The bond between an owner and his horse sometimes can be as close a parent and a child.

Caring for the horse requires many different chores from feeding, washing, veterinary visits, and shoeing.Though these are not the only things that are required for taking care of a horse, these are among the most common and are usually required more often than other horse needs.

A horse must have a dry and comfortable stable to spend its nights. These structures have to be kept clean and well stocked with plenty of water and feed. Veterinary visits are an integral part of caring for your horse, though this type of care should only be done by a professional. Shoeing your horse helps keep your horse's hooves in good shape and promotes bone and ankle health. While shoeing basically requires only horseshoe nails and shoes, there are many different methods and practices to ensuring this is done properly.

When it comes to shoeing your horse, it is important to use the right equipment. The shoes and nails you use should be made for the type of work your horse is doing. Well established companies that supply these items should be used, such as the shoeing supplies sold by Anvil Brand.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

One Way Love Book Review and Giveaway


About One Way Love
Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.
Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our world needs a fresh encounter with grace.
One Way Love
Written by: Tullian Tchividjian
Publisher: David C Cook
Paperback:  240 pages 
Release Date: October 1, 2013

About the Author
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. A Florida native, Tullian is the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham. He is a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership JournalHe is an ordained minister in Presbyterian Church of America. He is the author of six books; including the best seller, Jesus + Nothing = Everything  that won Christianity Today’s 2011 book of the year. He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S. (Photo Credit Mike Meyer).

"Tullian captures the wonder of grace and offers it to us all.  I urge you to read this book" - Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author

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My Thoughts:
     This was a great inspiration to read.  I found that no matter what problems I was having or how low I felt, there was a chapter that not only helped explain the feelings but gave me scripture and reassurance and HOPE!  Some of the Chapter titles are Chapter 2: How I almost killed my Mother and Chapter 6: The unexpected gift of hugging a cactus.  Sounds just crazy right?    These are really heartfelt stories that touch the heart.  As in chapter 2 we were all teens and at some point in our life we were a  rebellious child.  Our parents have done everything in their power to guide us and give us the best they could but still we are always smarter than they are.  I think chapter 6 is one of the favorite chapters I read because I know when I was out partying and doing wrong, I always had that one friend that was there to give you at hug and say "It will all be OK", and give you the much needed support.  

Although I couldn't completely relate to every story in the same context as it was written, I found every story relating if not to me, a friend, or a family member.  I remember a little girl we had 4 boys that lived next door.  Their last name was Pigg.  Now, with a name like Pigg what would you think would happen to you?  Yep, every time I would see them I would OINK, OINK, OINK.  Ronald, one of the twins, would run and tell my Daddy on me.  Then my dad would do the expected and wear my butt out.  I still never disrespected my parents, and today at 37 if I see Ronald, I still Oink.  And yes, before you ask I would willingly let my Father punish me the way he saw fit. 

If you are looking a good inspirational book for you, a friend, or a family member, then this is a great book for you.  I have since I received this book, used it for a reference book.  
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Monday, October 14, 2013

BISSELL and the Holidays

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     Are the one person in the family that around the holidays that come to your house?  I make holidays around here just to have the family and friends over.  I enjoy having friends and family over and we have some sort of gathering at least once a month.  During the spring and summer months it is usually nice enough that we can grill out and everyone spends the majority of their time outdoors.  During the fall and especially the winter months it is just too cold for me, so we tend to gather inside. 

     While I enjoy family and friends gathering at my house, I have the dreaded housework that comes with it.  We have the typical daily housework that we do but when we know someone is coming over I know I tend to try and make sure my house is in double duty clean condition.  Here are a few cleaning tips that will help any host.  It doesn't matter if you just have the guys coming over for football or the family is coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, you want to house to look and smell nice.  First we clean the obvious, we dust, sweep, mop, and vacuum.  You also remove any extra clutter, throw out the trash, and organize your magazines so that they don't clutter and make the room look busy.  Do you ever think though to move your furniture to vacuum or even vacuum your steps? 

What about dusting the corners of your ceilings?  These are just a few areas most people don't think about on a normal routine cleaning that should really be done because your guests believe it or not, they notice when it is not done.  If it is like at my house, after dinner someone is going to recline in the recliner, and there it is, the dust ball you didn't get.  With the BISSELL PowerGlide with Lift-off Technology, you can easily clean your ceilings, corners, stairs, and those hard to reach areas with ease.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

City Life VS. Country Life

 I have lived in the same yard from birth until now.  Notice I didn't tell you how long but just my entire life.  While it is not as country as I would like for it to be, it is still NOT the city life.  I have family and friends alike who are always telling me that they had rather live in the city for different reasons and then I have to share my reasons of why I had much rather live here in the country.
So now I am going to share a few things with you, my readers of my perspective on the country life.

In the city you have all kinds of ordinances from noise to cutting your grass.  I know here in NC they will fine you if you don't cut your grass, so even of you are on vacation you must keep your grass cut or have someone to cut it for you.  In the city there is public transportation that helps for a lot of people and in some cases depending on where you live in the city, some places are within walking distance.When you rake your yards or have excessive yard waste, no problem, you just put it all on the curb and eventually the city will come by and pick it up. 
These are all great reasons to live in the city, however I can't help but believe that there are just so many more reasons to live in the country.

In the country life on the weekend if I want to have a party, I just have it.  There is no one around to hear the noise and complain.  If someone gets a little excited and fires a shot gun, no problem, you just put it away for safe keeping, but you don't have to worry about the law showing up.  If I go on vacation and miss a week of cutting my grass, no problem it is still there to be cut when I get home.  I rake my leaves, and then I burn them.  The fire acts as heat when we are all sitting around, and the smoke deters the bugs away.  No we don't have any public transportation, and you can't walk to the Doctor's office, but we tend to enjoy the company of friends riding with us when we go into to town.   Here are 2 videos that shows how I truly feel about the country life. 

In the city you must keep your dogs chained, in the house, on a leash, or have a fenced in yard or animal control will fine you, and possible take your pets to doggy jail (AKA the pound).  In the country I can let my puppies run free, have ducks, and enjoy the sound of a rooster in the early am.
To some this doesn't sound enjoyable but I would not have it any other way.
Do you prefer the city or the country life?  Why?
Share a story, picture, or even a video of what makes where you stay the best.
I always enjoy reading my readers comments, what they think about my posts.

Can't forget about in the country going to find that local pond and fishing, even if it is just a little fish.  It is much more about the time spent with your family, and friends than anything!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Grace Unplugged and Own It Review & Giveaway

About Grace Unplugged the Novel
Grace Trey is an 18 year old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one hit wonder Johnny Trey who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago. 

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it? 

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka (Super 8) and Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) with performances by award-winning artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace.

My thoughts:
I received a copy of Grace unplugged and Own it for the purpose of this review, all opinions are mine and are not of anyone other than myself.

Grace Trey is the 18 year old daughter of the one hit wonder Johnny Trey.  Johnny Trey had the musical career of a lifetime but gave it all up because he found he couldn't live that lifestyle and be part of Jesus' life.  Now, Mr Trey is the Music Pastor at his church and his daughter Grace is one of the lucky few that is given the opportunity to be part of the group.  Johnny, already having lived the rocker lifestyle, enjoyed things a little slower with much more meaning now.  Grace however, enjoyed playing her music fast and loud.  She just couldn't understand why her father always wanted to play the worship songs so slow?  Why not speed things up a little?

That is the into to the book Grace Unplugged, and only the first few chapters.  As I was reading I would find myself thinking about things that my parents would tell me to do or to not do, and asking myself why?  Why, did they say we shouldn't do certain things?  As an adult I now know the reasons behind my parents answers.  It isn't that they don't want you to have a good time, and enjoy life.  It is that they want you, their child to be safe, happy, secure, and living for God.  I don't want to ruin the book by telling you too much about it, so I will leave here for now.

That is the background to these 2 books, Grace Unplugged and Own It.  You tell your children that they can be anything that they want to be, but in reality we do have stipulations in it.  We obviously want the living for God and doing what is right, but at the same time we want them to be happy, and enjoying life.  My Daddy always told me that if I was going to sing, to sing for the Lord.  No matter what decision I made, to always put God first.  If we put God first in our life and base our decisions around putting God first, then the outcome will be positive.  

In Grace's life  would be a rock star yield her more happiness, or even more money?  Possibly more money, but even I am not sure if she would be any happier.  I know as a young adult I lived for me and I did not put God first, I was happy for the moment but I was not really Happy.  Since I put God first, I have seen changes in my life.  If I told you that everyday of my renewed life was the best its ever been and that I have not had any bad days, that would not be truthful.  The truth is that I have had some awesome days, and I have had some trying days.  

This is a great book and soon to be released (Oct. 4) in theaters.  It is a great story not only for us as parents, but also a great story for your young adult and teenagers to read.   The best news is that I have a copy of Grace Unplugged and Own it for one of my readers.  All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter instructions,

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Bear Grylls app and giveaway

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Would YOU Get Out Alive?
Renowned British explorer and survivalist Bear Grylls is back with the ultimate survival competition, Get Out Alive! SEASON FINALE on Monday, August 26 9/8c on NBC!
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Now for your chance to win one of these great survival bracelets.  Just follow the rafflecopter, and keep a check on your email.  The winner will be emailed after the drawing, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or another entrant will be drawn.  Good luck to each of you and share this post with your friends so they have a chance to win too

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Saturday, August 17, 2013 Review


As you may or may not know, I was married to a man that thought beating his wife was the way to keep her in line.  Even if she done nothing wrong, there was no need in waiting for her to do so.  You start the day off with a beating or tongue lashing and other abuse came as needed, or not.  I don't tell you this for a sob story or as I like to call a pity party,, but just to tell you about an amazing website that caters to such stories as I have shared of myself.  For myself and I can only imagine that it is the same for many people that have gone through some of the same struggles that I have, that it is not something that you want to open up and tell the world.  At you can hear stories from everyday people such as myself, or from the big hip hop singers such as Lacrae.  Lacrae fell victim to abuse but he never allowed it to take over his life.  Him like so many others don't want to be a victim they want to be a survivor.

     I am sure you are thinking this has nothing to do with you or things you have gone through in life.  Here are just a few things in life that we all as humans have struggled with or will have a struggle with, that we too need someone there to help us. Some of the ones we may encounter are death, grief, anger, divorce, disabilities, purpose in life, war, and work.  I am not saying that we will all encounter every struggle listed on the site but there are some that we all will in some point in our life.  I would like to say that Success was one I had to deal with but I am not there yet.

     Will you commit to be second, and put God first in your life?  Be the First of your peers to show what God can do for you and your family in great times and in bad times.  I often think of the song God on the Mountain.  It says that the God on the mountains is still God in the valley, he is God in the good and the bad.  How true that is, and how we should be putting him first in everything along with our family and letting ourselves come second.  Then let's see how much fulfilling our life will be.


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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Enjoy free books and literature

     Do you enjoy reading the Bible, or even biblical books and daily devotions?  I am a member of Tyndale Rewards and I earn points for doing such things as signing up for the birthday club, just signing up, etc.  In return I can get FREE books or Bibles to keep for myself, give as gifts to friends and family, or even share with my readers. The more you interact with the program the more points you can earn and the more gifts you can earn for FREE!  Everybody loves free things, I do anyway.

     One of my favorite perks is that as a member, signed up under the birthday club you will receive a free gift for your birthday.  My birthday is a special day for me no matter how old I get and I enjoy getting gifts from my children.  My favorite gifts that I have received so far as always the cards and gifts that they took the time to make themselves.  It not only tells me that they love me enough to make something, but that they put thought into what to make me.

     Would you like to be part of this awesome program?  All you have to do is go here, and sign up.  It is free to sign up and you automatically receive 25 points just for signing up.  It is that easy.  Once you sign up, you can start earning more points by sharing the program on facebook, twitter, etc.  Before you know it you will have enough points to get your first book at no charge. 

     If you are working towards a certain book, you have plenty of time because your points never expire.  This makes it great for someone who has limited funds, or has a family member that just really likes a certain title.  Maybe  your Bible has been ruined in a fire or flood, now you can just use your points to get a new one.  This is a great program for everyone and I have really enjoyed being a member.  I hope each of my readers takes up on this opportunity.  If you have any questions or problems, please leave a comment, and I will respond with the best help I can or refer you to the right place if I haven't got the answer.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Back to School Bash and Giveaway

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Welcome to the Back to School Blast!

Getting your family prepared to head back to school, can be difficult especially after a long, fun-filled summer. Here are a few of our favorite Back to School Tips to help you along the way.
1. Back-to-School Supplies Checklist - Backpack? Check. Pencils? Check. Safety scissors? Not Yet. Use the same checklist each time you head out to grab supplies, to keep track of what you have already purchased and the things you still need to. These are also handy if you have more than one child. Simply print 2, 3, 4 list and add their name to the top.
2.  Orientation is a great way to get the supply list needed, meet your teachers, learn where to go on the first day, and meet up with your friends from school the year before.
3.  This year my son will be starting high school this year, and they are having a 2 day, day camp.  In this camp they will meet all the new Freshmen coming into the school, do a dry run of their classes, and get to know the school without so many other students there.
4.  School clothes depending on the age of the child can be a big deal.  They want all the latest fashions but here at our schools our students are required to wear  uniforms.  So you want to make sure that the clothes that you are purchasing for school are within guidelines of the dress code, not just stylish.
5.  Decide prior to the start of school if your child be a car rider, ride the bus, or will they be driving themselves to school.  Some schools require certain passes for car riders and drivers, so this needs to be done early on to be sure your student doesn't get into any trouble.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cascade Platinum Review

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

     When we go to cook dinner or serve dinner, we want to make sure our dishes are as clean as they can be.  I personally do not enjoy washing dishes the first time but having to rewash after they have already been washed is really bad.  It really can be embarrassing also to have a dinner party and set out your dinnerware that it is spotty, streaky, or just not very clean looking.  With the new technology we have the option of now of loading up our dish washer and letting it do the work for us.  Unfortunately I am not a huge fan of having to rinse and clean my dishes before the dish washer does it's thing, so I tend to avoid the dish washer when I have a big occasion or dinner party planned.

     With the other brands of dishwasher tabs that I have used in the past I have to almost wash my dishes prior to loading in the washer and then they still don't always come out looking clean.  Since I was given the chance to sample the new Cascade Platinum with Dawn, I thought worse case scenario is that it doesn't work either, right?  Let me help you out.  I loved it and have recommended it to everyone I have seen, rather at home, or in the grocery store.  I gave this the full scale test by not pre-washing the dishes prior to loading in the dish washer and seeing just how well it works.  I was amazed to see that when the cycle had run through that the dishes not only looked clean, but they felt clean also. They also had that clean lemon fresh scent that just makes you sit back and go ah. 

     Not only has cascade made my dishes look better, but it has also helped me have a better dinner presentation!  If you haven't already check out the video with Gail Simmons and she can show you how she uses Cascade to make a better dinner presentation!

Also check out Cascade on Facebook, and visit the Cascade website. There is also a contest going on for all of my instagram readers.  You can check it out at #MyPlatinum and you could enter to win some really great prizes.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nursing in Style

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

  Comfort & Harmony mombo in Hoppi Haze Nursing Pillow & Infant Positioner - Comfort & Harmony  - Babies"R"Us

      When I was pregnant with my 3 babies the Doctors and Nurses were constantly telling the pros and cons of breastfeeding.  One of the best pros were that the Mothers milk not only provides a healthier milk but it also is easier for the baby to digest.  Besides the medical pros my favorite is the connection or bond that is between a Mother and her baby.  Most Mothers have the same question and that is what if I work?  They will give you alternatives for working Mothers that are still a great plus, it was for me.

     The Mombo nursing pillow can be bought from Toys R Us or Babies R Us, at a really great price and you can purchase different pillow cover themes.  Depending on your style or nursery theme they have everything from cartoon characters to the most sophisticated. To can also Like Comfort & Harmony on Facebook or Follow Comfort & Harmony on Twitter and get more information and deals.

     The Mombo pillows are ergonomlc and make the perfect baby shower gift.  Especially to a new Mommy.  They are comfortable for both baby and Mom rather in the comfort of their home or in a public setting. The mombo nursing pillow allows for the closeness of the baby giving him or her the needed support and comfort needed to nurse.  It is also great for toddlers in travel because of the way it wraps around the baby and keeps them from rolling over on to their stomachs.  My daughter loved hers so much that she still uses hers today and she is almost 5, but she says it is like laying in the arms of Mommy.  The Mombo pillows go from soft2firm and have a vibration mode, both of whicj assist in the relaxtion of the baby and made for comfort!

     Maybe you are not wanting to breastfeed, I can't tell anyone what to do but I can say that the mombo nursing pillow is also goof just for helping you give the baby the support needed for holding, bonding, and spending quality time with.  Because I was only able to nurse for a very short period, I used my pillow for playtime with my infants.  I would lay the baby inside and she could lay there and look at her Mommy, however it is NOT recommended that you place the baby on any pillow and leave unattended or that you prop a bottle. 

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Garden Inspirations

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     When you look around while walking through a neighborhood or driving down the road, do you ever notice the landscape and garden layouts of the other peoples yard?  I do, and find so many things I would love to do in my yard.  I also find lots of inspiration from magazines and photos.  With the resources we have to day, you can find all kinds of inspirations from silly, to celebrity styles.  I must say that I enjoy the country homey look much more than I do a complete clean look.  Don't get me wrong, I like for it to be clean but I also enjoy the look of not being afraid I am going to mess something up and I like for it to be fun to look at.  If I had the garden of my dreams I would have an interactive garden, with walk ways, benches, and fun things to look at.  When I think of a perfect garden I am reminded of the Secret Garden, and think how awesome would that be.  A place to go and get away from everything, to read a book, or just relax.

     To get started with your great fun garden projects you first need the right materials to get started.  I am a huge Hen and Bitty plant fan so that is the first step for m is to decide what flower or plant I want to use.  Once you decide what plant you want to use then you can visit the Miracle-Gro Facebook  page or Pinterest page and get some really great ideas on different projects that you and your family will enjoy doing together.  The Gro Project offers many but my favorite for the hen and bittys is the toyrarium.  For this project you will need to gather up your plants (cactus), Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix, small figurines, rocks (color or white) spoon, and a fish bowl or another glass bowl.

     Once you have your material together you need to wash your container and allow it to dry, place your rocks and potting soil in the bottom, only fill about half way up, then mix your soil and rocks together.  This will allow the water to drain and keep your cacti happy and healthy.  Then you will arrange your plants and place your toys around the plants, And now you have a toyrarium that looks great in any room, especially in a child's room!

     Check out this video and see what you come up with.  It is the perfect time to get your hands dirty with Miracle-Gro and make not only your home but your yard beautiful!


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Can't Wait Willow book Review & Giveaway Ends 5/26

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About Shine Bright Kids:
The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
About the Author:  (Recognize the last name Ziglar?!?)
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series. 
Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!
The first book in the series:  Can't-Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she can’t say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can’t turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!

About the Illustrator: Thanks to her first grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten has been drawing, painting and sketching ever since.  She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach to bring her characters to life.
Website: The author's website has great resources to support the book, including a printable poster with 'Ways to Shine Bright,' as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children. 

The publisher site is:
Pictures of you and your family enjoying Can't-Wait Willow! are encouraged on Facebook and Twitter! :) 

My Thoughts:
This was one of the greatest books I have read in a while.  It reminded me of Pinochio, and the way our childeren are today!  You know with Pinochio he wanted to be a little boy, and his biggest downfall was that he told lies.  This wasn't so much a story about lieing but things that he did instead of waiting like he should seem to get him in more trouble.  The most prominent part of the book was about a little girl that wanted to go to the Circus but instead fo waiting until she got there had already spent her money that she had to get in and spend there.  Once she arrived she was not only late but had no money.  Think about it like this, If you give your child a chance to have one candy bar now or wait until tomorrow and they have five, most will choose to have the one today.  That is where Willow was.  She wanted the fun now rather than wait a few more minutes and in the end, did not get to do the one thing she wanted to do.

I was given the opportunity to not only receive a copy of this book for myself but also one for a lucky reader of Southern Mom of 4.  All you have to do to win your free copy is follow the rafflecopter, and I will be drawing the winner on 5/26.  Once I have the readers name, I will email them and they will have 48 hours to respond!

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Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Salad Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was not compensated in anyway to do this giveaway.  I was just given the honor to work with Chic Fil a in promoting their their new salads.  The opinions here on in are mine 100%.

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I am a huge fan of Chic Fil a.  I personally what they are known for and that is the sandwiches, but since we are all into the health craze, I am eager to try the new salads.  One of my lucky readers will have the chance to win not only one but two salads.  All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter rules

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

FYSIKO Review part I

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     I have started on the FYSIKO program!  It is a program of using this mascara like formula to help with eyelash growth.  I will be using this product for 16 weeks and then I will come back for a follow up and show you just how well the FYSIKO works.  As you can see I have no eyelashes or they are very thin.  

     As a child I had the thick eyelashes and it just seems that since I have gotten older they have thinned out.  So I will start on the 16 week program and come back to tell you and show you the great results I got from using it.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day, How do you honor your Mother

     Every year on the weekend of Mother's day we have a huge cook out.  Since my birthday is May 17th and my baby sisters birthday is May 24 we kind of just roll the 3 into one.  We all get together and spend Saturday with Mama, usually grilling chickens, with the fixins.  I try to buy enough extra chicken and throw it on the grill so that on Sunday Mother's day we don't have to do any cooking.  We just warm the left over chicken up after church and enjoy yet another meal for Mother's day.

     My Mother means more to me now than she ever has in my life.  Not just because I am 37 with kids of my own, but because I know what it is like to lose your Mother and not be able to call her when I need something, or just call her to tell her I love you!  Let me explain, When I married the first time my husband Ex now, did everything he could to keep away from my family.  It was really bad but got even worse once I got pregnant and had my son.  My parents were not allowed to call or come see me and visa versa.  For 3 years my Mother and my Father were basically dead to me or there was a possiablity that I would be dead, so I opted to not have anything to do with them.  Thank God I realized what was going on before it was too late and got out of that situation.  After I left my Ex-husband he kidnapped me, both my Mother and Father thought that they had lost their daughter.  I was only 22 at the time with a 2 month old baby.

     Most people lose their parents it is because of an argument, an abusive spouse, or death.  I thank God everyday that mine was ab abusive spouse and that I have been given that second chance to have my parents back in my life.  So to me Mother's day is not just in May but it is everyday of the year.  I live next door to my Mother and I go see her at least once a day and call her many times.  We have Family meals together often, usually on Sunday but sometimes any day of the week works for us.  This way no one person has to cook the whole meal and we all work together to clean up afterwards.  Plus I get to spend another day with my Mama.  I dread the day we have to lay her to rest and I can not pick up the phone to call her and tell her that I just won something on the computer, or that I am sad and just need someone to talk to.

This is my Mother at a house in the Mountains of NC on Old Beach Mtn.  She is trying to walk down the steep slope.  Isn't she a beauty?
       How do you honor your Mother?  Do you buy her a fancy gift or make her something from the heart?  I usually try to get my Mother a rose bush rather than buy her a dozen of roses.  This way she can enjoy the roses much longer each season and they come back every year.  However, this year I got my Mother the craziest thing in the world for most people.  I beleive that what ever I give someone it should be something that they can use, especially once you get to be a certain age and have everything you need and some.  My Mother dont care  for anymore knick knacks so I got her 2 bars of deoderant.  She can use it and when done toss it in the trash.  There is no waste and I know what I got her was not on needed but used and not boxed up somehwere.

     I would love for my readers to share a story about your Mother, how do you celebrate Mother's  day and honor her, or how does your Family make Mother's day special for you!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Blog Workshop Cronference II #TBW

I as a blogger love getting involved in with different companies and learning what they are about!  I wish I could each of you that this is one thing that you learn at a blog conference but I myself have never been, until now.  I am going to the Blog Workshop Conference on May 17 thru May 19.  I am so excited to actually get to speak with different people from different companies and be able to ask them questions about company, any charities that they support, and learn more about their products and services.

Would you like to go to the conference?  Don't feel like you can afford it or stay away from your family?  Well, this will be great news for you!  The blog workshop conference is held online and they offer a payment plan. So if you can't afford the air travel, or want to be away from your family, then maybe this is the one for you!  I also have a code that will get you 15% off the total and you can use this on the payment plan.

Here is an agenda of what will be going on:

Now for the code, right?  Just go to The Blog Workshop and enter code TBWLM15OFF.  This entitles you to the 15% off and you too will get to enjoy the company of other bloggers, and business CEO's.  Also check out this video to better help and understand what to expect:

If you want more info then check out the first post in regard to the Blog Workshop conference here!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ring The Bell DVD Review and Giveaway

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About Ring the Bell:
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.
This family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns’ producer. Miller, who is also the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production. 

Ring the Bell is available on DVD for only $19.99 

DVD Special Features:
The Heart of "Ring the Bell"
Casting Crowns “The Well” Music Video

On Set with Casting Crowns
Famous Faces

A Very Special Movie

Ringing the Bell

The Artists and Music of "Ring The Bell"

Watch the Trailer:

My Thoughts:

Without giving away the movie, I will tell you this.  Every month our church (Rosewood Church Of God) picks a Friday night and we have a Family Movie Night.  For the month of April our church chose to watch Ring The Bell.  This was the PERFECT film to watch for both the young and the Young at Heart (that is what we like to call our elders in the church).  The movie carried a lot of twists and turns so you may think you know what is about to happen and then Wham you are fooled again.  It is the perfect movie for watching as a group, family, or the two of you!

Here is the cast from the film:
Ryan Scharoun - Rob Decker
Ashley Anderson McCarthy - Daisy
Casey Bond - Scooter
Trenell Mooring - Claire
Craig Stewart - Shawn 
Chase Tramont - Coach Walker
Bob Caso - Peter


One of my lucky readers is going to win a copy of Ring The Bell DVD, just follow the rafflecopter rules and you are entered!  I wish each and everyone of you good luck, and hope you enjoy the movie as much as me and my family did.  In fact it was such a great movie we are watching it again for Family movie night at home.

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