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.

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.”

Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox DVD REVIEW

We are a family that loves to gather together for movie night and snacks! Now that winter is here to stay for a while, there is no better time to chill out with the boys and take in a flick. My middle child had heard about Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox DVD and he really wanted to check this film out.

red vs blue the shisno paradox

Let me tell you a little more about this film and what we thought of it.
The Red vs Blue is one of the longest running web series, so to get a new release is super exciting for fans. The series is based on the well known and loved game, Halo, and my boys have been hooked for a while now. Red vs Blue offers viewers comedy and sci-fi, which go together like a hand and a glove.

In the Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox DVD there are two groups of soldiers in the distant future who are battling for control of the least desirable piece of real estate in the known universe: a box canyon in the middle of nowhere. 

A group of soldiers has a simple desire, after all, they have been through over the seasons of this series, for pizza. After a take out run, they find themselves in the middle of a time travel mess. The soldiers must try to repair the past while avoiding a group of super powerful Gods. Hilarity ensues!

This installment in the RvB saga seems a lot more lighthearted, like a throwback to the earlier days before everything got so serious with the Red vs Blue soldiers. I love that the humor is less of a physical attempt and plays more on the animation, making this installment lighter and more enjoyable than a few of the others I have checked out with the boys.

If you have a Red vs Blue fan in the house, I would recommend checking out Red vs. Blue: The Shisno Paradox DVD. It is to be released this January and will give your fans something they will want to watch a few times. If you are new to the Red vs Blue saga, this is a good way to get your feet wet before going all the way back to the first episodes to decide if this is a web series you want to invest in watching.

Overall this is a great DVD. It is entertaining, and if you have been watching for a while, you can’t miss this addition to the story. I would recommend it to other families as a great way to entertain everyone on a snowy weekend.

Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received a sample of the above for this publication. All thoughts and opinions are my own and may differ from those of yours.

THE CREW® 2 Gold Edition Review #TheCrew2

The Crew2

We are the kind of family that likes a thrill a minute! We love sports, and try to take in as much adventure as possible, whenever possible. With winter here in full force, our afterschool activities are few and far between and the boys are not getting as much outdoor time. So how are we getting our thrill a minute and keeping they boys happy right now?

We have been playing THE CREW® 2 Gold Edition FROM UBISOFT. This is a great game for the family, and it especially engages growing boys, like mine, who find fast cars and all kinds of motorsport especially enticing. Let me tell you a little more about this game and why our family loves it.

The Crew 2 Gold Edition features: 

– SteelBook 
– Season Pass 
– The Crew 2 Motorsports Deluxe Pack, which includes: 
– Three outfits to customize your avatar 

We love that you get a lot of variety in this game. You are not limited to racing in a car; you can pick a super fast hot rod, a dune buggy, a stunt plane, a boat, a truck or even a motorcycle as your racing vessel. My boys love that they can race in so many awesome vehicles. As if that isn’t exciting enough they are also special monthly vehicles to choose from, which makes the game always changing an exciting!

While the cars, trucks, planes and dune buggies are thrilling, we haven’t even talked about the maps! This game will send you racing full speed ahead from sea to shining sea. The graphics are impressive and I love that from a friendly competition, my boys can discover America and the unique things each region has to offer.

Racing isn’t just a pedal to the medal kinda thing with THE CREW® 2 FROM UBISOFT GAME. It becomes a family affair with Racing Families. Each group concentrates on a special way of driving; off-roading, street racing and more. Each family or discipline has new rivals, new challenges, and offers players ways to make the game intensely unique!

THE CREW® 2 FROM UBISOFT GAME is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC so you can play in the way that best suits your family. The game gets updates to offer the latest content to players, so that the game is always changing and always fun for the entire family!

We have had a ton of fun getting our thrill a minute this winter with The Crew 2, this is a great game for family play. I would highly recommend this game to other players who love to race, drive and compete! The family that plays together, stays together, so the next time you are looking for something to do with the kids, check out The Crew 2 from Ubisoft.

Connect with The Crew 2

Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received a sample for the above publication. All thoughts and opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

The OS by Google: Fossil – Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch

OS by Google: Fossil - Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch

The new year is near, so my thoughts have turned towards my health and making changes on how I eat, sleep and move to make life better. As a mom of 3, sometimes it is easy to wear myself out and veg on the sofa for a little too long or make bad food choices. Life is busy and old habits can be hard to break.

This new year, I have the ultimate tool for keeping me on track for my health and fitness goals while looking pretty good in the process too. The OS by Google: Fossil – Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch in Rose Gold is nothing short of stunning to look at and it is so functional! This smartwatch is definitely making my resolutions and fitness goals easier to achieve.

The OS by Google: Fossil – Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch records exercise session info while recording heart rate, location and more. It is compatible with both iPhone and Android devices to help make every minute matter with health coaching and proactive help from the Google Assistant. With reminders to stay active and real metrics to show my progress, it is hard not to feel more motivated with my OS by Google: Fossil on my wrist!

The OS by Google: Fossil – Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch makes it easier than ever to stay active and live a healthier life. I love that with this watch you can let fashion meet function and customize your watch face. I also love that with the OS by Google: Fossil – Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch you have easy access to Google Pay, which makes paying on the go a breeze. 


  • NOTIFICATIONS: Our smartwatches use Bluetooth® technology to connect to your phone. When a text, email, social media or app notification or alert arrives, a gentle buzz lets you know right away.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE DIALS: Match your watch to your mood or personal style and swap your dial whenever you want. The choices are endless.
  • HEART RATE TRACKING: From running to yoga (and more), this smartwatch measures heart rate automatically during a workout.
  • NFC PAYMENTS: Never get caught without your wallet again. Use your watch to make payments almost anyplace you can use a credit card.
  • UNTETHERED GPS: Leave your phone behind. Use untethered GPS to track your run’s distance (and play your stored music) on your watch.
  • SWIMPROOF: Wash your hands, jump into the shower or hit the pool without fear. Your smartwatch will be safe and sound.
  • SOCIAL WATCH FACES: Make your own dial by personalizing select watch faces with your favorite Facebook or Instagram photos.
  • CONNECTIVITY: Your wearable is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones, specifically with Android OS 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3+. All devices have Bluetooth® 4.1 Low Energy and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
  • POWERED WITH WEAR OS BY GOOGLE™Wear OS by Google™ connects your watch to your smartphone, so you can stay on top of what’s happening in your world without losing track of what’s in front of you.

For about $275 you can find this watch in several styles at Best Buy. This is a great gift to give your new year resolutions a jump start with style. I am crazy about the functionality of the watch as well as the appearance and would recommend this smartwatch to anyone.

Do you have an OS by Google: Fossil – Gen 4 Venture HR Smartwatch or another smartwatch? I want to hear more about your smartwatch experiences and what one you would recommend.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product.

Get Ready for Battle with The RECOIL Starter System + Giveaway!

With busy and active boys in the house, it feels like any area can become a battlefield in record time! As soon as I heard about the RECOIL Starter System, I knew this was a must-have gift to place under our tree this year!

This is a really fun system that turns any location into a GPS enabled battlefield. The global positioning satellites track up to 16 players as they dash from location to location. When you download the free app to your mobile, you can join elite players in squad-based combat. For hours of active play for kids of all ages! My boys and husband are going to have so much fun playing with the RECOIL Starter Kit.
I love that the game has 3 D positional audio to make the game so realistic! You can hear the virtual gunfire and explosions like they are really happening on the battlefield for a super realistic experience! The game also offers virtual chat to make communications with your team possible!
As if this doesn’t all sound fun enough for your boys who want to battle it out, just wait till they get their hands on the weapons! You will feel the force and recoil with each shot fired from the advanced weaponry!

The RECOIL Starter Kit is a great gift option for older kids and adults. It encourages physical activity, gives them something to work on as a team, or a battle to fight out all in the name of fun!
I would highly recommend this system to anyone looking for a fun and unique option for the holiday season! If you think this is a gift that needs to be under your tree this season, you are going to want to enter to win a RECOIL Starter Kit!

Life of a Southern Mom is super excited to give one reader a chance to win their very own RECOIL Starter Kit! To enter read the details below!!


Date: November 1st – November 14th at 11:59 PM EST

Prize: One lucky reader will receive the RECOIL Starter Kit.

How to enter:

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

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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