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

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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.

Back to School with Capri Sun Sport Pouches

Capri Sun Sport

As we get into our back to school routines for the year, I find myself already tired of one all-important task. Lunch duty! With 3 always hungry boys in the house, packing lunches and adequate snacks to hold them over after school can become quite a task!

This year, I am saying no to the loaded with sugar options on the shelves in favor of a flavorful alternative that all three of my boys love, Capri Sun Sport Drink Pouches. I love that these are super convenient for my kids, contain no preservatives and are a special blend of water and electrolytes for active kids on the go.

My kids have no idea that these are a great option to keep them going, they just know they satisfy their craving for a sweet and fruity drink! I love that I can say yes to their cravings with less guilt and absolutely no fussing with Capri Sun Sport Pouches.

Let me tell you a little more about why I love these drink pouches for my family.

They have 20 percent less sugar and 25 percent fewer calories than the leading regular sports drinks formulated for adults. They are made with no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They come in three delicious flavors: Citrus Rush, Fruit Frenzy, and Grape Blast

This year, packing a great lunch or offering a great afterschool snack is easier than ever with the great assortment of flavors in the Capri Sun Sports line. These are also great options for when it is your turn to provide the snack after practice or the big game. I love that they have all of the flavor kids crave with so much less sugar! Have you tried these yet and which is your family’s favorite flavor? If not, what are you waiting for? You can find Capri Sun Sport Pouches at retailers nationwide.

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Splash Tunes Pro Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Love listening to music in the shower? The Splash Tunes Pro, which is a Bluetooth shower speaker might be the perfect fit for you! You can listen to music, answer phone calls, listen to a podcast and more with ease while in the shower!

Bluetooth Shower Speaker

I had the liberty of receiving a Splash Tunes Pro to try out, and I can’t tell you how much I love this. Every since I was a teen I have loved to listen to music in the shower. The only downfall is, you have your radio on, and with the curtain closed and the water running, it would make the music muffled, and you couldn’t hear it as good. The Splash Tunes Pro from FRESHeTECH has come in super handy for me!

Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker 

You can use this Bluetooth shower speaker, inside your shower. This is a durable design, that has a rubber texture around it, and can withstand 6-foot drops! What is awesome about this, you can have water run directly on the speaker, and it is waterproof! You can answer phone calls with a touch of a button, listen to music and more. You can even control the volume!

Splash Pro Tunes

The Splash Pro Tunes comes with a suction cup on the back, as you can see above. This is great for sticking it to your shower wall, or you can place it on a shelf in your shower. This is a one-touch Bluetooth sync. So just make sure your Bluetooth is on your phone, and use it with one touch on the speaker. I love streaming music, it is a great way to decompress after a long day! I am a stay at home mom, and sometimes I just turn on some Christian music or even Country for a little motivation to help rejuvenate me!

Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Makes a Great Gift For Loved Ones 

I placed my speaker right by my shampoo and conditioner. It worked great as I could reach it easily when I wanted to skip a song! The buttons have images on them, so you can easily know which is the fast forward button, volume and such. The volume on this goes really loud. I have yet to turn it on full blast, little ways on is pretty loud! It has pretty good quality to the sound, and I have truly no complaints about this speaker. I would recommend it to friends and family, as it is a great price, the quality is amazing, and it is very easy to use! 

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.”

FresheTech Air Lock Vacuum Sealer and Air Lock Bag Resealer

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If you struggle with keeping your food fresh and getting your bags of cookies and chips resealed so they don’t go stale, you might be interested in Freshetech products!

I received the Air Lock VacuAir lock bag resealer and the Air Lock vacuum sealer to try out! Both of these items are to be a great asset in your kitchen at keeping your food fresher longer, so you won’t have to toss as much out when it goes stale or bad! I am going to share my thoughts on both of these products, so you can see if maybe they will be a good fit for you and your home!

air lock vacuum sealerAir Lock Vacuum Sealer – Compact and Portable 

This Air Lock vacuum sealer preserves food which allows you to keep your food fresher for a longer period of time! This vacuum sealer is one of the easiest ever. It is lightweight and portable, so it takes minimal space in a drawer or on the counter. It comes with special bags that have an air vent hole, where you place the vacuum sealer, to suck out all the extra air in the bag. Leaving your food sealed air tight!

Freshetech AL Air Lock Bag Resealer

The bags it comes with are gallon size, and you can reuse them! They are leak-proof which is so nice. You can seal up any foods you want. Today I did cheese because I have a little boy who loves cheese. But, after a little bit of it being cut up in the fridge, it can begin to take on the odors that are from last nights leftovers. With this vacuum sealer, it really has helped tremendously at keeping our foods fresher longer. You can even use the bags and sealer for raw meats to toss in the freezer. It will help them to prevent freezer burn and stay fresh longer!   It recharges using a USB, so it is quick and easy to charge up if the battery gets low.

Freshetech Air Lock Bag Resealer – Reseal Bags In Seconds

The Freshetech Air Lock bag resealer works great for resealing bags like chips, crackers, cereal, and more. This is as well very light and portable, it even has a magnet so you can stick it on the fridge for easy grab and use access. It recharges using a USB, so it is quick and easy to charge up if the battery gets low. We eat chips often, and one thing I find if we don’t eat it fast enough they always go stale. This heat resealer has come to the rescue, and we don’t have to try and find our chip clips that seem to always come up missing when you need it.

FRESHeTECH Bag Sealer You simply place the sealer on the bag, and hold it together and slide it across the bag. It will create a seal, and your food will be nice and sealed. You can easily open the bag up after you have sealed it. It isn’t where you have to cut the bag, you simply pull both sides of the bag, and it opens easily!

I highly recommend both of these products for anyone who struggles with keeping their food fresh! We spend so much money on groceries, let’s maximize the life of our foods and make the most out of our groceries.

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.”

The Perfect Valentine’s with Brach’s Candy Conversation Hearts #shareyourlove

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without the classics! Every year that I can remember has been sweeter with Brach’s Conversation Hearts. As a child, I would analyze the messages and decide who should get what phrase. As I grew up, I loved to try to spot new messages on my Brach’s hearts. 

Now I am a mom and a wife, but Valentine’s Day still has the same sweet traditions with Brach’s. Every year I give my boys a box and sit back with my own classic snack. The boys love to analyze the messages and snicker at them while I reminisce over the conversation heart messages of my past.
Brach’s are for more than just sharing in a box! Over the years I have found so many cute and creative ways to incorporate Brach’s Conversation Hearts in my sweet treats for the holiday.

 Brach’s® Valentine's Candy

We received a box full of Brach’s candies including Tiny Conversation Hearts, Large Conversation Hearts, Sweet & Sour Conversation Hearts, Very Berry Conversation Hearts, Tiny Conversation Hearts Boxes 5 Pack, Jube Jel Cinnamon Lips, and Jube Jel Cherry Hearts.

If you are a busy mom like me, you might like a few of my ideas that make use of Conversation Hearts! With Valentine’s Day parties coming up and the kids being older I am searching for the perfect treats to send to school with them this year. That’s when I know I can rely on Brach’s® candy to help me prepare treat bags for the boys’ classmates.

A cup of pudding can become a declaration of love. On busy days in February, I like to sprinkle a few select hearts onto a cup of vanilla pudding for a love note the boys can eat. You know that they say the way to the heart is thru the tummy; this easy snack idea sends the love to the tummy in a sweet way!

Baked goods are pretty sweet as is; but adding a classic like Brach’s conversation hearts adds flavor, color, and sweet sentiments. Baked from scratch, or straight out of a box, adding Brach’s Conversation Hearts adds a sweet sentiment to any baked good!

Try Brach’s Easy Peasy Valentine’s Cupcakes

If you don’t have time to decorate, adding a few conversation hearts to cupcake icing, or even just sprinkling them around your tablescape takes the decorating to a sweet level. 

Classic candies like Brach’s Conversation Hearts makes the holiday sweeter, with tradition and a mix of pop culture from the messages printed on them, you can’t go wrong at Valentine’s Day with America’s classic heart candy!

Do you have a tradition of gifting Brach’s Conversation Hearts? I would love to hear more about how they make your Valentine’s Day sweeter.


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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Voortman’s Bakery Wafers for Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I naturally start thinking about treats, roses, cards and all things sweet. They really make it hard to resist getting in the spirit of things! Everything I see in stores or online is cuter than the last!

With three school aged kids, I have to prepare myself for the classroom parties; there are cards to address, awesome Valentine boxes to construct and of course, goodies to share! In years past I made printable treat bag toppers, and whipped up one of a kind snacks to send to school. But this year is a little different.

This year, instead of losing sleep, or feeling like I have let the boys down, I am going to turn to a trusted favorite brand and let Voortman‘s treats do the sweet talking for me.

Voortman’s cookies are a pantry staple at my house. My boys love them as an afternoon snack and you can’t go wrong with a cookie for dessert. On busy nights, I thank my lucky stars for a brand we can all agree on, and feel satisfied with.

Chocolate Chip

My favorite flavors for Valentine’s Day include Chocolate Chip cookies, Fudge Coated Caramel Wafers, Chocolate Salted Caramel Wafers, and Chocolate Raspberry Wafers.

Fudge Coated Salted Caramel Wafers

To make the process simple this year the boys and I decided to send a few packages of Chocolate Chip Cookies to the class for a treat during the party. Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie and going with a classic flavor from a trusted brand means everyone can indulge.

But, what about the treat to send home with classmates? Sure I could go with a bag of suckers or even a trinket like a pencil, but kids don’t really want pencils and we all know that the boys will bring home a handful of suckers and other candies from their parties. We thought it over and decided to make a snack bags.

voortman's bakery cookies and wafers perfect for valentine's day.

Each snack bag has Voortman’s Treats including the Strawberry Wafers, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Raspberry Wafers.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ziploc bags
  • heart shaped foam pieces
  • marker
  • glue or tape
  • printable tags
  • Voortman’s Cookies and Wafers

These unique and tasty flavors are perfect for sharing. They are also a lot more gratifying to snack on than a lollipop!

This year, if you are short on time, or maybe not into baking so much, follow my lead. Head to the nearest grocery store and stock up on Voortmans cookies. They are the perfect way to share a smile this Valentine’s Day.

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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received samples from Voortman’s Bakery in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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