Blue Paradise Quick Get-away Tote Review and Giveaway 5/1-5/14


Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom & Sweet Southern Lovin

Co-hosted By: Knitty Gritty Savings

Sponsored By: Initial Outfitters

Initial Outfitters is a home party direct sales company that specializes in personalization, monogramming and embroidery. They offer boutique style shopping in the comfort of your home with a wide array of products including a beautiful line of jewelry, hand bags, children’s items, home decor and unique gifts for women, children and men.

Quick Getaway Tote

About the Blue Paradise Quick Get-away Tote:

With Summer coming up, every mom needs a great bag big enough to haul stuff to the pool and/or the beach. The Quick Get-away Tote is a fully lined canvas bag that features two inside pockets and has plenty of room to pack everything you need. This tote bag measures 19″ W x 13″ H x 6″ D with straps measuring 9″ from the middle of the bag.

View Initial Outfitters Spring Catalog here.

This tote is perfect for moms who need to carry tantrum preventing snacks plus all the other necessities we moms need to carry! Thanks to Life of a Southern Mom & Sweet Southern Lovin for allowing me and my readers to have a shot at this great tote!

**Giveaway Details**

May 1st – May 14th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One lucky reader will receive the Blue Paradise Quick Get-away Monogrammed Tote from Initial Outfitters. (Arv $53)

**How to Enter**

Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!!

Disclosure: Mom 2 54321 did not receive any compensation for promoting this event. Initial Outfitters is responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform. If you have any questions or would like to see your product featured on Life of a Southern Mom please contact Jennifer at

Wordless Wednesday




We had so much FUN in Vegas! Special BIG THANKS to our wonderful babysitters! 🙂

Last Weeks:

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love


Family Fun

Ezzie’s First


My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

Peaceable Kingdom’s Say the Word Game Review

Peaceable Kingdom Say the Word Game1

  Have you heard of Peaceable Kingdom? They are a great company that makes fun games, awesome Birthday cards, stickers, and dairies! You can find them at I recently won a board game called Say the Word via a contest on Peaceable Kingdom’s Facebook Page and the kids were so happy when it arrived! We played it that night and loved it!

Peaceable Kingdom Say the Word Game

The game goes like this: One person is the story master and writes down all the words used to make up the story. The other people playing are the ones who choose a word card, and either repeat what has been said previously in the story and add another sentence using the word on the word card or start the story using the word on the word card! Needless to say the kiddos will come up with crazy sentences make a super silly story that they will laugh at all day!

Peaceable Kingdom Say the Word Game 1     Great Game they have created here because every one works together to create the story and you can give one clue if someone needs it. Peaceable Kingdom also has this amazing program and if you loose a piece they will replace it! How great is that!?! Kids are bound to lose something and now when they do the whole game isn’t ruined because you can just call and they will replace it to insure years of fun to come!



One last GREAT THING about Peaceable Kingdom they send your child mail on their birthday! A cute HAND WRITTEN-super special birthday card and their is usually surprise stickers inside! Click here to sign your child up for the birthday program so they too can receive a special card in the mail!


Meatless Monday

Here are a few ideas for a Meatless Monday!


Coen and Potato Chowder 3

Click the picture to get the recipe!

Some days I just want a warm filling, creamy soup and this one sounds great! Corn and Potato Chowder from Will Cook for Smiles.

mediterranean quinoa salad

Click the picture to get the recipe!

This recipe is also from Will Cook for Smiles and is a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad! I know I would just love! I would add some feta cheese….actually lots of feta cheese!

Happy Monday! 🙂

Hallmark Giveaway Winners Announced! Did you win!?!?

Hallmark Mother’s Day Cards & I love you because Frame Kit Review & Giveaway



Congrats to the winners who will receive a 10-card pack of greeting cards as well as a special gift from Hallmark
Leila B. (entry #98)
Kelly D. (entry #62)
helen f. (entry #113)

You will be contacting you today 4/26 so please check your email.

Have a great day and congrats!!


You can also click here to view the giveaway form.

Click here to read the review post for this product! 

New Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets Review & Giveaway 4/25-5/9


As a Purex Insider I had the wonderful opportunity to try out the Purex® Crystals Dryer Sheets for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.  See my PR & Disclosure page for more details.

I am happy to introduce you to the New Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets!

Purex has done it again! First the no sort laundry detergent-which has made my sorting time a thing of the past and now these amazing dryer sheets which are so fragrant and last 30 days! As you know if you have been following my Truthful Thursdays posts our washer is not working so I took all my laundry-ALL the bedding, towels, and curtains to the laundry mat for a little spring cleaning and freshening! These dryer sheets were the talk of the laundry mat! Everyone said they smelled so nice and wanted some! One thing that I LOVED about the laundry mat was a washer that can wash 6 loads at once!


You can find these dryer sheets at all major retailers. The come in two scents Fresh Spring Water and Lavender Blossom. You can also read more about them on Purex’s Site and Purex’s Facebook.


I am happy to say I get to send three of my reader a coupon for a free box! Click the picture or link below to enter to win!


Click this link to take you to the entry form.

Please fill out your name, email, & like my blog on Facebook to enter to win!
All other entries are optional, but will increase your odds of winning! 🙂
Good Luck to ALL!

Thanks to Purex you have another opportunity to win not only a free box but $500 and a Year’s Supply of Purex Dryer Sheets! 


Now through 5/9/14, head over and enter Purex’s Try Your Luck Sweepstakes for a chance to win $500 cash plus a year’s supply of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets! In addition to that Grand Prize, another 50 people will win a FREE box of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets!

Open to US & DC, ages 18+. Ends at 3:00 PM PT on May 9, 2014. Limit one (1) entry per person, per e-mail address, per day, during the promotion period.

Truthful Thursdays

Truthful Thursdays

Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.

My truths for today & a question!

  1. I am working on a lot right now! I am so happy with the way the blog is growing and would like to THANK EACH AND EVERYONE YOU-MY WONDERFUL READERS! Because without you this wouldn’t be possible! My hubby at first was not happy about me sharing so much, but it has grown on him and he is starting to see it pay off! The kids just love seeing themselves on the computer and love all the packages in the mail!
  2. Things at home are really exciting right now because Rey and I are getting ready for a trip to Vegas this weekend, and the kids are excited that they will get to spend a weekend with their grandparents and cousins! 🙂
  3. To top off all the chaos tomorrow night I will be making two cakes for the school carnival, our washer and dryer are now retired…and well I am not too happy about the washer and dryer I know we will find a way. It’s so funny how things workout and then just magically fall in to place. Together I know we will work it out! 🙂 I am really wanting a clothes line outside instead of a  dryer!
  4. I would love to hear your tips on how you keep your relationship-HOT! It is so easy to fall into the MOM/DAD roles and forget about who you fell in love with! What do you do?

These are my truths and a question, I hope you will weigh in on BOTH!

Happy Late Thursday!