4 Holiday Must Haves + Master of Mixes Giveaway!

The holidays are near and that means it is time to gather together, to celebrate, to eat, drink and indulge! It is all fun, but for a mom with a pretty busy schedule to coordinate, it can be a lot of things to manage!

 

There are always a few parts of the holidays that I just aim to survive! This year I have a holiday survival kit ready that will get me through the busiest days and most challenging parts of making the holidays magical! I am going to share my must-have survival supplies with you so that you can grab these items for yourself for smoother sailing through the season!

Chocolate with Peppermint

This is the necessity, to fuel me through gift wrapping sessions and movie marathons!

 

Extra Tape

Stashing an extra roll of tape as holiday survival material has saved my family from many late night supply runs! Who knows… you may need to use it on a relatives mouth at the last minute! Ha!

Drink Mixers

Masters of the Mixers has so many great varieties of drink mixes! My favorites include Bloody Mary, Strawberry Daiquiri Mix, Margarita Mix and lime juice! Keeping these on hand means I can relax with a cocktail, or make a fun mocktail to make the kids feel all grown up!

I love that Master of Mixes non-alcoholic cocktail mixers are sourced from only the freshest fruit from around the world picked at peak ripeness (the mangoes are from India and the strawberries are from California, for example), and the company employs a full-time food scientist who has decades of experience in the cocktail industry creating only the most delicious and high-quality mixers.

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Gift Cards

Now, these are great for a last minute gift fill in for someone you forgot and feel bad about, but also having a few gift cards in my holiday survival stash means that even if I go over budget, we can grab a quick dinner on an especially crazy and stressful day of festivities!

What is in your holiday survival kit? I would love to hear so I can add to mine!

It’s Giveaway Time!

I am excited to announce that I am offering one lucky winner $25 in Master of Mixes non-alcoholic cocktail mixers of your choice. This is perfect for the upcoming holiday gatherings, office parties and more. To enter read the information below.

Date: November 28th – December 6th at 11:59 PM EST

Prize: One lucky reader will receive $25 in Master of Mixes product of choice. 

How to enter:

By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed below and on the Entry Form. The winner(s) drawn randomly using Random.org, and all winning entries will be verified. The winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Limit one entry per household and is open to residents of the US, 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. Life of a Southern Mom is responsible for prize fulfillment. The odds of winning are based on a number of entries received and completed correctly.

 

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How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook

Cooking with an instant pot can save so much time for a busy family. Dinner is done in moments with this innovative kitchen must have, and the possibilities are endless once you learn how to use your instant pot.

 

There is virtually nothing that an instant pot can’t make if you know how to do it! Homemade yogurt, falling off the bone BBQ ribs and perfectly fluffy rice are just a few of the possibilities!

How to Instant Pot:

If you are new to your instant pot, or even someone looking to expand your collection of recipes, I have the scoop on a great resource for you. The book, How to Instant Pot Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot that Will Change the Way You Cook by Daniel Shumski is a great way to learn all the tips, tricks and ins, and outs of cooking amazing meals at home.

 

Asides from learning recipes and all about cooking functions this book can help you learn to clean the instant pot, which is so important for reducing the transfer of flavors and leftover aromas, and all about the LCD display.

 

How to Instant Pot Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot that Will Change the Way You Cook by Daniel Shumski makes a great gift for the holidays. If your friends and family are new to instant pot cooking, you will definitely want to gift this resource. It also makes a nice accompaniment to the gift of an instant pot!

 

I have been blown away by all I learned from How to Instant Pot Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot that Will Change the Way You Cook. We are eating healthier and more diverse meals in record-breaking time which is great for our health, and my wallet for all of the takeout we are skipping these days!

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Light Up Your Home With the Star Shower Slideshow

Star Shower Slide Show

There is nothing like the look of a decorated and lighted house at the holidays! The sight of a festive display pleases the eye and makes you feel welcome to share tidings of seasonal joy. But putting up lights can be tricky. It never fails that stringing hundreds of lights means someone will be testing bulbs to find out where one has gone bad, then you have to take them down again…

 

It sounds exhausting before you even begin! It would be easy to skip the festivities on the outside and risk seeming less inviting, or pleasing to the eye. But luckily for busy people like me, the days of spending an afternoon hanging lights to get ready for Christmas are the days of the past!

 

This year we are decorating with ease and a very modern touch with the Star Shower Slide Show available on Bulb.com. Adding lights and decorative touches have never been easier! Setting it up is a breeze, all you need to do is set it out, point it at the house and insert a slide of your choice, and there you have a festive house!

I love that this easy way to add holiday lights comes with 12-holiday slides and has 3 settings of speed to show your slide of festive lights! Plus there is no need to devote an entire day to take the lights down!

 

Retailing at under $40 the Star Shower Slideshow is the perfect holiday gift for busy friends, aging relatives or someone that LOVES holiday lights! I have been very pleased with my Star Shower Slideshow lights and I know you will like it too! I love that you can change your decorations every day with the ease of changing a slide! Visit Bulb.com to get your very own Star Shower Slideshow and check out their other products.

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 


A Better Night Sleep with My Green Mattress

My Green Mattress
Not long ago we realized it was time for my youngest, Eli, to get a new mattress and we began shopping around for something that was durable, economical and most importantly, comfortable. It can be a challenge to find the perfect mattress, but with My Green Mattress, we were able to find something that met all of our requirements easily.
Let me tell you a little more about the Twin Pure Echo Mattress and why we thought this was the best option for our growing boy!
Developed especially for a child suffering from eczema and allergies, the Twin Pure Echo is all natural materials to be gentle on sensitive skin
These mattresses are guaranteed for 100 nights of comfort which takes a lot of the worry about this investment off of my shoulders. Knowing that if it isn’t the mattress for Eli, it can be sent back is fantastic. But even better is the 10-year warranty, which speaks volumes about the quality of craftsmanship behind this brand.
My Green Mattress
I loved that we could pick a one or two-sided mattress to meet our flipping needs and that The wool in the quilted cover acts as a natural flame barrier so that the mattresses pass flame testing required by law without the use of dangerous flame retardant chemicals. Less chemical exposure is important to me as a mother!
This medium-firm mattress is conforming and pressure relieving making it perfect for children, teens, and adults. It is perfectly firm for comfort without being hard and it offers my growing boy a great place to rest his head and drift off to dreamland with a natural bed that seems to be made with him in mind!
my green mattress
Eli has been sleeping like a baby and waking up refreshed and ready to tackle his busy days of learning and playing. I have been very impressed with the quality of the mattress and his comfort at bedtime. I would highly recommend the Twin Pure Echo Mattress to anyone.


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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Must Have Kitchen Accessory: T-Fal Ingenio 5-pc Storage Set & Hand-Powered Rapid Food Chopper

When it comes to holiday shopping, I want to give gifts that make people happy and/or simplify their lives. Novelty gifts, boxes of candy and socks just don’t cut it for the most important people in our lives; we want to gift things that are useful, durable and of course, affordable!

 
The T Fal Ingenio 5 piece storage set makes a fantastic gift idea for just about anyone! We all have to eat, and buy groceries, so giving a gift for the kitchen is one way to know you are giving a gift that will be put to good use.
I love that this generously sized food storage set is airtight to keep food fresher, longer! There are so many ways you could use this set, from storing dry foods like cereal, pasta or beans, or maybe keeping your snacks fresh for when you have a craving hit!
This is a stackable set that is designed with your counters and pantry in mind. I love the sleek look of these food storage containers and how much money they can help you save on your grocery bill by keeping things airtight for less waste.
The T-fal Ingenio Hand-Powered Rapid Food Chopper is another ideal gift idea for a home cook! This makes chopping veggies, fruits, and nuts a breeze! I love that it retails for under $20 and is an item that requires no electrical power to use. With minimal efforts, you can have fresh foods chopped in\ 5 seconds flat!
If you are shopping for someone that loves to cook, or is maybe just starting out in their first home, either of these items will make a great gift option without breaking the bank!

‌Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link at no additional cost to you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Personalized Address Marker On Old Milk Can

This past week I had some time and I went into the office and did a little crafting I had been wanting to do. I grabbed our old milk can and added a personalized address marker on it with some paint from DecoArt!

Personalized Address Marker

I absolutely love to craft, and I am always on the hunt for fun and new crafts to do. I have had this milk can for years, my dad either gave it to me or I found it at a yard sale. It has been so long ago I can’t remember. I have wanted to do something with it for awhile but I didn’t want to get rid of that rust, I love the rusty look. We live in the country so it fits perfectly with our style.

decoArt

I got a bunch of paint from DecoArt, it was like winning the lottery! Look at all these gorgeous colors and even check out their metallic colors! I also got some stencils as well, and one set was numbers. I thought to create this fun personalized address marker using the stencil and the paint I was sent. I have a few more Christmas crafts I want to do as well! The one thing I learned early on is you want to have quality paint when you craft. 

High-Quality Paint When You Craft Is A Must 

Personalized Address Marker

What I did was cleaned the milk jug really well, and then cut the stencil out and then used painters tape to stick the stencil on to the milk can. Then grabbed a sponge brush and some paint, I chose to use white. Then dabbed it on and wrote out the numbers to our address. It was so easy to do, I had made this within 30 minutes of starting! It really helps the milk can stand out and matches the trim of our home. 

DecoArt

I went ahead and cut out my numbers so I could easily stick them on to the milk can. They are nice and sturdy and it worked perfectly. I let the paint dry just a little and then very easily untaped the stencil.

DecoArt

I have to say I am very happy with how it turned out. I need to get some mums and put out to add some color! Those pumpkins are what my son painted for Halloween! I am excited to use the Stencils and DecoArt paint for more holiday inspired crafts for decorating my home. If you love to craft you will find they sell high-quality products that are great for any crafter!  

 

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may also contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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