5 Tips to Help You Get Game Day Ready

I received free product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Everybody’s working for the weekend, as we all know from the classic 80’s song. This week, we are all working on containing our excitement for the big SEC College game this weekend! As a UGA family, we take our games pretty seriously and this one will be no exception! There are the friendly rivalries to engage in, the party with our friends and family, of course, the food! It is easy to see why we are really excited about the game!

This year I have a strategy to score a touchdown on game day with an awesome spread of food, cute decorations and a welcoming environment for our guests! Making the festivities stress free ensures that the atmosphere will be relaxed and ready for fun when everyone arrives. I know you are going to want to use these tips for your next football party!

1) Less is More

Keep decorations simple. The game and the food are going to steal the show, so adding a few balloons, or foam footballs to the area is usually more than adequate. If the kids want to help, have them cut football shapes from cardboard and paint them, for a handmade addition to the scene, or purchase game day ready decor.

2) Games On

Having a few game options planned can keep your guests entertained, even if they aren’t glued to the game. Some of our favorites include Commercial Bingo, Football Hot Potato, and the end zone dance contest. When planning games look for printable free options that require no setup and no special parts for a stress-free entertainment option.

3) Keep it Clean

When it comes to the food, take the easy option and stock up on paper plates & napkins. Line your crock pot with a slow cooker bag for easy cleanup. You don’t need to spend all night cleaning up after the party with a few easy preparations. Keeping trash receptacles handy makes for an easier after party clean up too!

4) Assistance is Appreciated

If you have a sweet guest that offers to help, by all means, let them help! Many hands make light work, and you will have more time to spend with your guests if you have someone to help serve and clean up during the festivities!

Hormel Party Platter

5) Focus on Finger Foods

The Hard Salami, Pepperoni and Cheese Tray from Hormel is a great option for feeding a crowd without making a mess. These trays are great for gatherings. They are easy to find at Walmart, contain a generous amount of food and are made with high-quality meats and cheeses. These are perfect for football gatherings or holiday parties.

Hormel Gatherings Party Platter

This year as you are planning your parties and gatherings for football season or the holidays, Hormel Gatherings Party Trays are a convenient option that your guests will love to munch on. These trays take some of the work out of hosting without sacrificing great taste or quality of the snacks you offer.

If you have a great tip to make the game day gathering stress-free, please leave a comment and share it with me!

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A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD

Bring Home the Music & MagicOctober 15 on Digital, October 29 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD

The enchanting all-new original movie stars Laura Marano (Disney’s Austin and Ally) as Kat Decker, Gregg Sulkin (Marvel’s RunawaysFaking ItWizards of Waverly Place) as Dominic Wintergarden, Barclay Hope (Riverdale) as Terrence Wintergarden, three-time Leo® Award winner and Hallmark Channel favorite Johannah Newmarch (When Calls The HeartGarage Sale Mystery franchise) as the cruel stepmother Deirdra Decker, Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time) as Kat’s best friend Isla, and evil-stepsisters Joy and Grace are played, respectively, by Lillian Doucet-Roche (The Miracle Season) and Chanelle Peloso (Syfy’s Deadly Class).

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish will be available on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP ($34.97 in Canada) and DVD for $19.98 SRP ($24.99 in Canada) as well as on Digital for $19.99 SRP. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (and Blu-ray in Canada) include a digital version of the film.

Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas.


  • The Look and Costumes of ‘A Christmas Wish’ (New Featurette)
  • The Mic and The Stage (New Featurette)

PreOrder Your Copy on Amazon now!!

This title will be released on October 29, 2019.

Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family did not receive a sample or any form of compensation for this publication. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fun Halloween Bingo Game with Printable

Are you ready for some Halloween fun this year? I get tired of the same old boring Halloween games, so I decided to create a fun game for my readers. Halloween Bingo is super easy and fun for the whole family to play. I think I love this game the most because my entire family can join in, adults and kids alike.


You can print out this Halloween Bingo Printable HERE and enjoy it just as much as we have. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, so we spend hours doing activities and playing games. Let me know if you print this out and how much you enjoy it. Halloween is just a few short weeks away, so you better start enjoying all of the spooky festivities soon!

Please feel free to use for personal use by printing. If you would like to share this on social media or any other platforms please link back to Life of a Southern Mom. 


Keep Your Family Safe Online with the CUJO Smart Firewall #CUJO

CUJO Smart Firewall

We live an internet driven life. We depend on it for so many things; We find the music we want to hear online. We do our banking online. We communicate with friends, work and learn from the internet. We even play games online, find recipes and do some of our shopping. While it sure makes life easier to be online, as a parent, the digital age presents a new set of challenges.

We can’t ban our kids from going online, and we can’t be there for every second of their online experience. Instead of stressing over the things that a child might run across online, now parents can relax and rest assured that the internet doesn’t have to be such a scary place or a concern when it comes to their kids.

We have been using the CUJO Smart Firewall from Best Buy, this is a complete security solution for the whole family. It brings business level protection to our home. Worries about spam, hackers, and iffy websites are a thing of the past with CUJO. I love that not only can this firewall keep our computers safe, but other devices too!

Features of the CUJO:

  • Business level Internet Security
  • Parental Controls
  • Connect to Router, Control with App
  • Protects all devices
  • Blazing Fast (built with 1GB Ethernet) 

CUJO Smart Firewall

Setting up the CUJO Smart Firewall was as simple as could be and only took a few minutes. It is super fast with 1 G ethernet built in. The included cable is a generous 3 feet long, to make connecting it your router simple.

In addition to protecting our devices from malicious sites and hackers, it also allows us to block certain sites, set limits of usage and even pause the internet if needed. You can monitor social media usage and get a report to know who is doing what online.

CUJO Parental Control Features:

  • Parental controls for all devices
  • Internet Filter
  • Time Limits
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Pause Internet
  • Alerts and Reporting
  • Remote Administration
  • User Profiles and Settings


The Cujo Firewall is a great system to have for anyone online. I love that it is app controlled, easy to use, and it gives parents peace of mind when it comes to keeping our kids safe online. You can download the app from the Apple Store or Android Play Store.

Retailing at under $250, this is an investment to make in keeping your devices safe and a careful eye on your kids. I love that there is no monthly fee to use the CUJO Firewall system.  I would highly recommend this product to other families. It is easy to use, takes a lot of worries away from parents and is a great way to keep an eye on the kids online.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Dog’s Way Home Blu-Ray & DVD Release #ADogsWayHome


Starring Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp with Wes Studi and Bryce Dallas Howard

Arrives on Digital March 26 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 9

The film chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, the brave and adventurous dog that embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human, Lucas. A DOG’S WAY HOMEhighlights the power of unconditional love between man’s best friend and its human companion.

Includes DIY Doggy Treat Recipes, Deleted Scenes and more!

Bonus Materials Include:

  • DIY Doggie Treats With Shelby What animal doesn’t like a special treat? With adult supervision and some help from our furry friends, we’ll make a couple of tasty homemade dog treats!
  • Unforgettable Journey Join novelist W. Bruce Cameron, director Charles Martin Smith and the extraordinary cast and crew as they discuss their journey to bring Bella’s heartwarming tale to the big screen.  
  • Dog Days:  Shelby’s Production Diary Meet Shelby, the canine star of A Dog’s Way Home and track her journey from being adopted from a shelter to being cast as “Bella”.  Follow Shelby and her trainers as she prepares for the film and join her on set as she makes her big screen debut.  
  • Deleted Scenes

10 Ways To Make Your Backyard More Fun!

There are a zillion great ways to make your backyard more fun for children and their friends, but here are some of the best and easiest methods to turn your valuable outdoor space into a fun zone for children that will encourage outdoor play, teamwork, fresh air and hopefully lots of laughs. There are a range of simple ideas here or ones that may need a little more DIY creativity depending on your space and budget but for more visit Star Walk Kids now >>> for more of the latest ideas too. 

1. Chalkboards

These can be free-standing or you can fix a large one onto the fence. Not only will it be great for scribbling messages and pictures it will stop kids chalking on the drive or patio and provide a special space that they can retreat to when they are tired of running around. 

2. Summer Tents

Summer tents or wigwams are great fun for kids and easy to put up. Choose from fun, cheap options with big cushions placed inside so that children can lounge about or shelter from the shade if it’s a very hot day. If you put a few tents next to each other they will love having their own little den along with friends and siblings. 

3. Swing

Always a favourite, and there are loads of variations on this theme nowadays. You could be creative and make one from an old wooden chair painted in bright colours, or hoist up a tyre swing if you are handy at DIY and wanting to do this on a budget. 

4. Beach Party!

This is a fun and easy idea as kids love to play in the sand. With a little imagination you can install a sandpit, add a paddling pool to one area, a canopy for shade and some colourful bunting, beach balls and buckets and spades. 

5. Musical Fence

Assuming you have tolerant neighbours you might want to create a music fence which means setting up special fence panel which can affix to your normal fence or wall You then fasten on a range of objects such as pans, pots, spoons and any other ideas for things that kids can bash out a tune on. 

backyard fun

6. Treehouse

If you have a bigger yard or garden with a tree or two you could fix up a treehouse as this is a perennial favourite and provides a great den for kids. It can be as basic as a low hanging shelf with wooden steps to something much more intricate! 

7. Water Circuit

Water is ideal for any number of fun games. Using 6 to 8 old plastic bottles, make holes in the sides and then affix them to the wall or fence to make a downwards water circuit, so that kids can pour in water and watch it make it’s way downwards into a cup or jug. 

8. Gardening Project

Try a fun gardening project using their old wellies or other unusual containers to plant flowers in objects such as their old wellies or unusual pots. If they look really good you can stick the wellies or other objects to a fence or wall as a colourful decoration. 

9. Climbing Wall

If you have enough room you could install a mini climbing wall so that kids can keep fit, get exercise and learn coordination skills all at the same time. 

10. Mini Clothes Line

Kids love copying parents – try rigging up a miniature clothesline and get some colourful pegs. Add a small plastic bowl with soapy water and let them wash and hang up their dolls clothes or other small items.

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