Relax With Art – With These Scratch and Create Books – Great Gifts

Adult coloring books are so popular, but guess what I am moving on to a new way to relaxing with art! I want to share the Scratch and Create books from Quatro! These are such a fun way to pass time, get artistic and just enjoy creating beautiful art!


The Quatro Knows has a variety of books available for you to enjoy. What makes these so neat is, the pictures have a metallic coating, that you use a special stylus (comes with it) that you scratch away, to reveal the colorful design.

It is a wonderful way to pass some time and relax and enjoy scratching off the coating, to reveal the delightful designs. What I love about these books is they are great for older kids, teens and even adults.

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I received the Wild Garden and the I love Hand Lettering books. The Wild Gardens are postcards, which are really neat. On the back there is an area to write a little message, put the address and stamp, and you can mail them off. I love this because I have a friend who was diagnosed with cancer recently, so I am sending her get-well cards, and now postcards. This has been so neat, because I love scratching off the cards to see what beautiful designs will be displayed, and I can use them after to send as a thinking of you card to a friend.

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As you can see the grey on the right side is the before, and you can see where I have begun to scratch away the metallic coating. It then begins to reveal a stunning picture. The card on the left is fully finished, bright and bold and full of color!

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The I Love Handwriting book has fun artwork as well to scratch away. In the back, you will find blank pages and stencils where you can create custom artwork. Say you want to create a special message to a loved one, you can. It is really neat, and I love how you can let your creative juices flow, and create any masterpiece you want. With your special stylus it comes with and stencils, you can truly scratch, draw and design custom artwork. These are fun for kids, and then they have artwork they can display in their room!

I love the passionate sayings they display with the vibrant colors. It really is a fun way to spend the day, and these make amazing gifts.


Consider buying these for holiday gifts, birthday gifts, and a treat for yourself! Shop at Quatro Knows today.

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Aleve Direct Therapy TENS Device to Relieve Lower Back Pain Review


Since having children, I suffer from lower back pain. That is a tricky pain to deal with, as I am constantly on the go, moving, bending, carrying and dashing between my errands, children, and responsibilities. As I mentioned, I am a mom, so treating my pain with drugs isn’t a good option for me as I need to be alert and focused all the time! With 3 boys to chase, I know that I can’t let my guard down.

I tried a chiropractor, but that wasn’t the best solution for my pain either. I knew there had to be a better option and luckily I found it from Aleve Direct Therapy with their drug-free wireless TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) device that can relieve lower back pain from sore and aching muscles due to strain from exercise and normal household and work activities. There are two theories behind how TENS works and the first is electrical nerve stimulation to block the body’s pain sign signals and the other is by releasing endorphins in the areas of pain as a result of its patented waveform technology.
With this amazing product, pain relief is literally in my hands. Weighing less than 5 ounces, it is about the same weight as your average smartphone, but The Aleve Direct Therapy device packs a powerful punch in such a lightweight package! With a remote and 15 power settings, relief is possible and is at your fingertips when and where you need it! No need to worry about wires, straps or bags to tote around. It runs on 3 AAA batteries and can last for 120 30 minute sessions. It also comes with 2 reusable latex-free gel pads that will need to be replaced after 3-5 uses.

You are probably wondering what it feels like and it is described as a gentle tapping sensation or tingling depending on what setting you have.
I am a skeptic of many things related to my health. From medications to drug-free options, I am a hard sell on pain relief. Maybe it is because I have suffered for too long and I know that taking drugs isn’t going to really make anything feel better permanently. So, when I say that this Aleve Direct Therapy Device is amazing, know that is not a statement I make lightly.
This device is available from a variety of retailers and is an investment in pain relief, pain management and the overall quality of life if you suffer from lower back pain. It will soothe sore muscles, and tightness in the lower back in just a few moments making you feel better than you have in a long time!
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ABEO Footwear Halifax Moccasins

*Life of a Southern Mom receive a sample in exchange for an honest review. I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.*ABEO

Comfort when it comes to shoes is extremely important. ABEO Footwear has great comfort with their plush cozy feel and their 3D fit comfort for women. The ABEO B.I.O.system® Halifax moccasin has built-in orthotics that are custom fit to your foot contours. Slipping into a great pair of comfortable shoes is one of the best feelings, and the Halifax is one that can be used as an indoor or outdoor slipper.


The soft suede upper and sheepskin lining make the Halifax feel and look amazing. The ABEO B.I.O.system footwear that the Halifax has is meant to fit your arch so that you have increased stability, even weight distribution, reduced foot fatigue and your joints feel better from less shock and stress being on them.


A little back story about the brand of ABEO is that Andrew Feshbach was on vacation in Turkey and was exploring the ancient Greek and Roman ruins. He absolutely hated how uncomfortable his feet were while he was trying to explore. The sandals that he had with him were just not cutting it. The did not have the support that he needed for a full day of being out and about. Andrew has over 25 years in the footwear and apparel industry and was set on finding the answer for all day support like activewear gives with orthotics, but something that was not as hot and constrictive as tennis shoes.

BIO system's built-in orthotics

Andrew came up with a shoe to solve his problems on his way back home to California. In 2010, ABEO B.I.O.system sandals were launched with instant success. B.I.O.system technology, or footwear with built-in orthotics was born. Each of the shoes would match an arch type so that they would fit the customer perfectly. Over the years the 3-dimensional approach to making a comfortable shoe has grown and today ABEO biomechanical footwear has multiple collections: B.I.O.system sandals and shoes, AEROsystem athletic performance shoes, SMARTsystem walking shoes, LiTe lightweight athletic shoes, and 3D orthotics.


There are tons of great features with the ABEO Halifax which include that the leather upper is actually breathable. A lot of leather uppers aren’t and this one is definitely different in that way that your foot doesn’t feel suffocated. The shearling lining wicks away moisture which helps keep your feet from sweating inside of the shoes like they can in others that have similar linings. We have talked about the B.I.O. system to give tons of support everywhere that you may possibly need. Probably the two features that are my favorite are that they slip on and off with ease and since they are hard soled can be used indoors and outdoors. There is nothing quite like being able to wear your favorite slipper style anywhere and everywhere you go!

There is a new style introduced each season but the feeling of ultimate comfort, improved mobility and better health and wellness through support of the feet remain the same.


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Wrangler Women’s Denim Jacket & Wrangler Sherpa Lined Denim Jacket


Life of a Southern Mom was recently given the opportunity to work with Wrangler to review their products. Wrangler considers itself to be the epitome of the American Freedom that lives in the spirit of the people who work hard and have fun. Wrangler recognizes courageous individuality and believes firmly in solid commitment which they’ve shown through the test of time since their start in 1947. Their rich history runs parallel to the to the rise of the country and their jeans were worn proudly by the same people who built it.

I was sent the Wrangler Western Styled Sherpa Lined Demin Jacket Rustic and the Women’s Wrangler Premium Shirt Denim Jacket with Button Flap Pockets and “W” Logo Shank Buttons for my review.

The Wrangler Western Styled Sherpa Lined Demim Jacket puts a new spin on Wranglers traditional Western Jacket by giving you the added warmth of the Sherpa lining. It features front pockets with “W” stitching, Sherpa collar to help keep the wind from your neck and face, easy to close buttons, and is made of 100% cotton heavyweight broken twill for long lasting durability.

The Women’s Wrangler Premium Denim Jacket With Button Flap Pockets is a must have for your fall/winter wardrobe. From the Wrangler Premium Patch Collection, this jacket is perfect for colder temperatures and features the W logo with Shank Buttons. It’s also made out of 100% cotton so you can enjoy it’s softness for years to come and never worry about the itch of average denim. Better still, it comes in sizes XS-XXL so you can find a size for everyone on your list this year!

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GuruNanda™ 100% Pure Essential Oils with Diffuser


Essential oils are all the rage right now and just recently I discovered them and can not get enough. They are natural products that will make anyone that loves aromatherapy happy. When I received the GuruNanda 100% Pure Essential Oils with Diffuser Set, I was excited. The set comes with two different oils, calming lavender and uplifting peppermint. These are two things as a mom that you need to be, calm or uplifted. The diffuser is ultrasonic and has color-changing LED light. Your experience is complete.


If you were thinking about someone on your gift list to give a diffuser to this year, the GuruNanda Set retails for $19.99, so it is the perfect gift without breaking the budget. Women can be hard to shop for when you have no idea what they would like or prefer. Secret Santa is big in the office. Why not get a thoughtful gift like this that would stimulate their senses and be used all year long?

All women are hardworking whether it be from the home, outside the home, if they are a mom or not, they need some sort of escape. Lavender and peppermint scents are released from the diffuser with a natural fragrance that can transform any space to a DIY spa in mere seconds. Even better is that this gift is now available at Walmart starting this month!oil

Just breathe and pick up the perfect gift for anyone and everyone on your list this holiday season. This starter kit is perfect for those that may have never used essential oils before. Aromatherapy is a practice for health and wellness that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Lavender essential oil has a calming effect that is great for those that suffer from insomnia or even anxiety. Your muscles will be relaxed. Peppermint essential oil is invigorating and has lots of different ways that it can help. It is thought to help out with respiratory issues, headaches and even nausea.


I absolutely loved that the LED lights were three different colors that changed to allow an amazing experience. The ultrasonic technology is what breaks the oils down into millions of microparticles and will release them into the air. This activates the therapeutic properties of the botanical ingredients. The air will also be freshened and the environment is up to you. Relaxing or invigorating is up to you with what oil that you choose to use. Everyone has a life that can use a little more relaxation or a little but of invigoration. This makes the perfect addition to your gift list. While you’re at it, why don’t you pick one up for yourself, too? Available at Walmart and, getting one is easy.

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Shop with the all new Wocket® Smart Wallet

*This blog did receive a product mentioned below in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

In today’s world, it seems technology is being taken to the next level and that means more hackers are taking advantage. I monitor our bank accounts very closely and I know what’s supposed to be going in and out. A year or so ago I noticed that a couple of hundred dollars had been taken out of our bank account. When I looked closer at the charges I noticed they were from Walmart. Someone had hacked my debit card number and started to slowly steal money from me. I did some research to find out what I could do to prevent this from happening again. I came across the Wocket Wallet.Wocket Front

The Wocket is a smart wallet designed to help people like you and I keep our money safe. Think of it as mobile security for the mobile world. It actually replaces your entire wallet, so you don’t have to try and juggle two wallets. You can still carry cash with you and other essentials. Your WocketCard automatically transmits any card you choose including debit, credit and store loyalty cards, basically anything with a magnetic strip.

Here is how it works:

When you receive your Wocket Wallet package it will contain the Wocket, card with your name on it, Wocket Accessory, Card Reader and USB charging cord. It has a nice leather case that is removable for charging purposes. Connect the charging cord into a USB Port and charge. After the charge is complete, you shouldn’t need to charge it for over 6 months.Wocket Back

Now you are ready to set up your Wocket. Place the card reader into the leather wallet and power up. Next, you will be asked to create a PIN using 4 letters or numbers on the touch screen. The first card you swipe must be a payment card and will be used to identify you. To prevent fraud, either swipe another card or wait 5 minutes to swipe again. Swipe any additional cards by selecting a category from the menu in the top left corner. When adding payment cards you’ll enter the 3 or 4 number code on the back of the card. When you have all your cards loaded you are now ready to shop. If your card has no expiration date included, use 00/00.Wocket Quarter Shot

Visit your favorite store and shop away. When ready to check out simply type in your PIN on your Wocket Wallet and select your method of payment. The first time I used my Wocket Wallet was at the grocery store. I was nervous that I would run into problems like it wouldn’t work. At the checkout I put in my PIN and went to my loyalty cards. The cashier scanned my UPC code from the touch screen of my Wocket. Then I choose which card I wanted to use, took my Wocket Card and swiped my card using their machine like I would my credit card. I signed my name and took my receipt. It was that easy. No more digging through my wallet for my loyalty store cards or in the bottom of my purse to find my credit card. This Wocket Wallet is the perfect gadget to have so that you can making shopping easier and without the hassle of someone swiping your information.

With the technology behind the Wocket Wallet, Wocket protects my assets. With Wocket Wallet, you can—

  • Securely store all of your passwords.
  • Unlock the Wocket with your pin or voicematch.
  • Keeps your cards and data secure.
  • There’s even an app you can use to help manage your wallet and provides ongoing software updates.

In review, the Wocket is a smart wallet that turns all of your cards into just one electronic card that is protected by bio metric voice security. All your information is safe – no more fear about losing a card and becoming a victim of identity theft!

The Wocket Wallet is perfect for men and women alike. I encourage you to check out the Wocket Wallet for yourself to see what it has to offer you! Grab your $30 off coupon and save.

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