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. 


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

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap & Bait

St. Patrick’s Day is rounding the corner. Whether you get decked out in green every year or never really celebrate, this craft is sure to get you and your family in the spirit! Make some leprechaun bait and a trap to try and catch one of those silly little fellas!

Leprechaun bait is a crowd-pleasing snack with a festive look and delightful taste. There is even a delicious healthy version! The salty and sweet mix is great for movie night while the veggies are perfect for an afterschool snack.

What’s more, Personal Creations created a tag for your leprechaun bait that makes for adorable goodie bags. Download the printable, cut and fold along the respective lines, and staple to your treat bag. Your little ones will love the cute rhyme!

Now that you have your bait, it’s time to lay the trap. Help your children cut, fold, and glue to build a tiny little leprechaun house. Add St. Patrick’s themed decor, such as a pot of gold, and your tasty bait to complete the trap.

Leave it overnight and check for a leprechaun in the morning. If you caught a leprechaun, he has to grant you three wishes in order to be released. It’s also possible that the pesky guy got away with some of your gold and treats.

Just like the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa, the whole family can enjoy the thrill of receiving a visit from a St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun!

Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family did not receive any compensation for this publication.

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The Frugal Guide to a Great Day Out With The Kids

Frugal Guide to a day out with kids

A day out with the family is always a great way for everyone to be together. Planning the day can be quite stressful if you are on a budget, but there are a few things to consider to make it a bit easier. This guide will help you plan a fun day out which will be remembered for a long time. #

Set a Budget

The first thing you should do is decide on a budget. A budget is the best place to start with an outing because it allows you to have control over your spending and get the best out of your money and the day. It’s no good if you go to the beach and don’t have money for ice cream. Figure out how much you can afford to spend before you start making any plans, then you can work from there. 

Plan Where to Go & Check for Discounts

The second thing you should do is decide on what you are going to do. Having a plan in place will allow you to think of what you might need in terms of spending money when you get there. Of course, kids love activities such as visiting the zoo, going to the cinema or playing mini golf. However, some of these activities can cost a lot. So, check ahead of time and see if there are any discounts for booking online. You might also find special offers to make the day even better value. 

Free Days Out Can be Fun

There are plenty of fun days out which don’t cost any money too. Visiting the beach or going for a long walk can be fun for kids too. If going for a walk, try and choose a route with fun sights for them to see, or find a playground on the way. You could make a checklist of things for your child to spot, such as wildlife, plants or even types of vehicle. You could even give your child a clipboard and a pen for them to cross off their list as they find everything. 

Pack Snacks and Drinks 

If you are going out for the day, it’s a wise idea to take snacks, drinks and perhaps a packed lunch if you will be out over lunchtime. It’s amazing how much it can cost to buy a snack and drink each for everyone in the family. Whilst kids love going out for meals, you can make a picnic lunch really fun by packing their favorite foods and a blanket to sit on. 

Take Everything You Need

We know how important it is to prepare for all events when you have kids. Doing so will not only save stress on a day out, but it can also help save money. If you are going to the beach it is likely that you will need to pack some bottled water and sun cream. Take these items from home to avoid having to pay over-inflated prices when you arrive at your destination. 

Make a checklist before heading out, and don’t be afraid to prepare for all eventualities. Take items such as spare clothes, blankets and a first aid kit in case of emergencies. 

Before you leave the house you should go back over the checklist and make sure you haven’t missed anything. If heading out with babies, ensure you have enough supplies for diaper changes and feeding, if required. Not only will you save money by being prepared, but the day will also be more enjoyable if you don’t have to worry about where to buy supplies if you run out. You can visit https://whooopsadaisy.com to find more information about the essentials to pack in your diaper bag on a day out. 

There are many ways to have a fantastic day out with the kids, even if you are on a tight budget. The most important thing is to spend time together as a family. Be sure to take your camera to capture the precious memories you are making so they can be treasured for years to come!

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