BrandBacker Member

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Ten on Tuesday [No.65]

Some of the links below are affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Southern & Style at no additional cost to you, by using these links!
Y'all, we are finally into March & I honestly just feel like this year is going to snowball from this point forward and we'll be into Summertime and then Fall and Christmastime will be here before we even know what happens-time just flies as you get older!
There are so many good things I want to share with you in this roundup, so let's jump right on in.
ONE
A moment I've waited a long, long time for finally arrived last month. . .
Charlie's first ride!
The video is only 21 seconds long and it's so sweet, I recommend listening with the volume on.
Charlie has technically been on a horse before, but never really by himself like this and never ridden around. He was just thrilled and since then, every time we're at my parents (where I currently keep my horses) he wants to go see the horses and pet them and really, really wants to ride again.
Living. The. Dream. Y'all!
TWO
Our little family got to have a mini getaway a few weekends ago to Mobile for the Alabama Young Farmers Conference and it was just so much fun!
This was the second year we were able to have Charlie there & taking him along and making those memories is just so special to us-we love raising him around the Farmer's Federation events.
 Of course we stopped at Priester's along the way!

 Former Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville is the Farmer's Federation FARMPAC endorsed candidate, so we snapped a quick picture alongside him at the conference. He's a really cool guy that we're glad we have gotten the opportunity to know better and to support for AL senate.
 Riverfront rooms are just the BEST!
Also peep his cute propped up foot-I just could cuddle him forever, y'all!
We loved the family time, of course, but we also were so thankful to get together with some of our friends that we only see at Federation events, meet new friends, tour some really interesting agricultural operations, and network with other people in our field that have the same heartbreaks and successes that we have!
THREE
I love to watch Jenna & Hoda on tv in the mornings when I can, they just have such a cute dynamic and I love so many of the stories they share on their show.
One of my most recent favorites is when they shared the Instagram account Accidental Icon.
She is a beautiful, older woman who used to be a college professor & was once accidentally mistaken as a model and the paparazzi began photographing her.
After that happened she started her website/instagram and became a true Icon!
She is beautiful and such an inspiration!
FOUR
Alabama's weather has been so strange lately, with cold snaps & then super warm temps, plus all the rain that we have had to contend with. I'm not complaining about the warmer weather though because we have gotten to enjoy some time outside playing without having to be bundled up.
We've even had some flowers blooming & lots of growth in the hayfields so we are loving it!
P.S. Doesn't Charlie look like such a big boy in the pic above?!
FIVE
Another fun thing we got to take Charlie to do last month was the trade show at the Alabama Cattlemen's Convention!
There we were able to network and visit with our friends from all over the state, but Charlie also just had a complete ball playing on the John Deere equipment and horsing around with the chutes and panels.
SIX
We took Charlie to the zoo a few weekends ago (& also to the state capital which was so fun!) and y'all, he enjoyed it SO much.
The tiger was his (& my) favorite, and since we went on a Sunday there was no one there. We were able to sit and just watch the tiger for the longest time, Charlie didn't want to leave him!
SEVEN
This was technically Charlie's second time to the polls to vote with us, but this time he was big enough to get a sticker. We love sharing the democratic process with him and teaching him how important it is to have a voice in politics!
EIGHT
There has been lots of horse activity going on around here because the weather is getting a little bit better & Charlie is getting old enough now to really enjoy them, so I've been able to get back to it a little bit more.
I even jumped on Willow the other day after Charlie's ride. I was so sore for the next few days 😂 but it was worth it!
NINE


TEN
Just had to do a quick photo-dump of some of the cutest pics of Charlie since my last Ten on Tuesday post!
Sitting on the toolbox like a teenage guy.
Waiting on a bale of hay while Daddy changes a tire...also War Eagle!
And then sitting in the cotton seed while all of his friends eat it 🐮


Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Saturday, March 7, 2020

March Goals

Y'all, can we just discuss how January was the longest month ever & then February rolled over me like a freight train?! It went by SO fast!
Let's see how I did with February's goals. . .
Read Two Books
Well...I read one, so I guess I halfway accomplished this.
I also started a second book, but just didn't put a ton of effort into finishing it.
Clear All Donation Boxes out of the Garage
I was able to get two of the boxes out of the garage, but I still have three more that need to leave ASAP.
My husband was going to have someone come & get them, but we just decided to drop them off at our local thrift store so next time I'm in town doing grocery pickup I will run them by there.
We also cleared an older recliner out of our basement & it will be out of the garage as soon as Chris' brother comes to pick it up. Yay for freeing up space!
Get Caught Up on Office Work
I was able to finish alllll of our invoicing thus-far and all of our bills are paid up...until I check the mail this afternoon 😉
Categorize All of January & February for our Banking
Yes to getting this done! In fact, I'm caught up as of yesterday because I worked on March yesterday morning. No one tell my husband he was right, but it really is a lot easier when you do it weekly or bi-weekly 😂
Enjoy Ourselves at the Alabama Cattlemen's Convention, National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, & Alabama Young Farmer's Conference
We had a super busy month with lots of fun stuff to do, but we truly enjoyed each thing.
Charlie went with us to Cattlemen's & Young Farmer's and we just made so many sweet memories with him that I hope I'll never forget. I'll definitely recap those the next time I publish a Ten on Tuesday!
Chris & I also turned the NWTF banquet into a mini date night and that's always really nice, just to have a few hours for just us.

In March, I want to. . .
Finish Shopping for Most of Charlie's Spring/Summer Clothes
I have already gone to one consignment sale & my friend & I are planning on hitting another one up (& going to a children's consignment store) so hopefully that will knock out most of his wardrobe. I know I will still pick up a few things here and there from pre-order and resale grounds on FB but I would love the majority of it to come from these consignment places.
Read Two Books
I feel a lot more comfortable putting the number two down for this month because I started a book two days ago & haven't been able to put it down and I also have started another already (from the end of February). Maybe I'll even get three in, but I'm not going to get crazy 😹
Organize my Digital Files
My poor MacBook & iPhone are just overloaded with pictures and files and have been for some time.
I finally broke down and bought an external hard drive and will be probably also upgrading iCloud storage so I can double-store everything.
I have so, so many pictures and just don't want to lose any of them but it also doesn't seem reasonable to print every single picture I have.
Try Two New Recipes
We just loaded up our fridge with a half of a pig that we bought, so I'm excited to infuse some pork recipes into our meals. But I'm also always researching new ways to use the beef from our freezer too. If you have any good beef recipes, please leave them below-especially for ground beef!
Wash Makeup Brushes
I am the worst about washing my brushes, but I will say I don't wear makeup every single day so that maybe makes it a little bit better?
Anywho, I want to at least wash them once this month. It honestly doesn't take too long since I bought this. It's only $5 on Amazon and has completely changed the game with brush washing.
I think I can definitely make this one happen!

Let me know down below what one of your monthly goals are-we can inspire each other!
Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February Goals

Happy February, friends!
I am proud to say that I was able to make a big dent in my goals for the month of January...let's recap:
Finish Tax Prep
I have finished my part of tax prep (itemizing everything and making sure Chris has everything he needs to get it all organized for our accountant). We should be able to finish up really soon!
Organize some of the boxes in our garage
My sister came over one day in January and helped me tackle part of the boxes in our garage and I have made a huge dent in this project!
I have two boxes (plus a box upstairs) that need to go out as donations, and then two or three boxes of teaching supplies that I'm giving to a sweet friend who is in school to be a teacher so those will all be gone really soon. Then I just need to organize everything that is left into plastic tubs and give them a place against the wall in our garage and we'll have a lot more room in there!
Research & make a list of what I'd like to plant for Spring
I'm going to call this one partially done, because I didn't make a paper list of what I want to plant this Spring, but Chris & I had a conversation about what we're planning on planting in a vegetable garden and I have been planning what I'll be doing for our house too. I'm definitely doing zinnias and maybe some knockout roses, some more herbs, and of course just my pretty planters filled with florals and some hanging baskets.
I'm adding four more planters this year on our patio, so we'll be up to 12 planters, plus hanging baskets, and anything I plant in the yard. I'm excited!

So since I'm on such a roll for the year, I hope to keep that going in February and tackle three more goals:
Read Two Books
I know this isn't a lot for some people, but I don't have much time to sit down and get into books lately. I've started one that is a little slow, but I think I'll like it when I get into it. Overall, I'd like to finish two books this month.
Clear All Donation Boxes out of the Garage
Since I made such headway on my garage goal last month, I'd like to get those 6 boxes cleaned out and to their new homes this month. That will really help me snowball the rest of the garage clean out!
Get Caught Up on Office Work
My husband & I have our farm & a small trucking business, I have let myself get a bit behind on invoicing and such, so I would love to get all of those things caught up before the end of the month.
Categorize All of January & February for our Banking
Last month, to complete my portion of our tax prep I had to go through and categorize all of our debits and credits to our bank accounts to make sure everything was categorized for taxes. In hopes of not having to do that all in one week next year, I'm trying to stay on top of it month by month this year, so I would love to make sure I'm caught up on that.
Enjoy Ourselves at the Alabama Cattlemen's Convention, National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet, & Alabama Young Farmers Conference
We have lots of fun things coming up in the last three weekends of the month & I'm stoked to spend some time with friends that we don't get to see regularly!
My goal is to finish up all of the things on this list during the weeks so that our weekends can be fun-filled and relaxing!

Well, those are my goals for the remainder of February...what are yours?
Here's to making the best of each day and reaching our goals!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Some of the links below are affiliate links. Thank you for using these in support of Southern & Style at no additional cost to you!
Happy February, y'all!
Did anyone else feel like January lasted 409 days, or was that just me?
Anyway, we're here into a fresh month and I couldn't be more excited because we have so many fun things coming up this month AND it's the month of love, too!

Who am I kidding, I love my husband, my kid, my life, and myself every single day 😉
But anything is a good excuse to treat yourself or those around you, or if your significant other could use some help in the gifting department you can just send the link to this post right on over to him, easy peasy!
I just wanted to take a few minutes to round up some cute Valentine's Day feeling things that would be fun to receive or to gift, so please check them out and let me know what you love, love, love! 💖

I am a big lover of Fiestaware and I honestly have pretty much started to collect it ever since Christopher & I got married. If I had more room, I would totally request these cute bowls for my collection! I think they would be adorable serving in or just having a fun soup or stew for dinner.
These earrings are so precious & I think they would be fun for Valentine's Day but also for all Spring & Summer long...plus they are currently marked down to under $20!
Nail polishes are such a fun and inexpensive way to treat your friends-this one is a bright, poppy pink that would be perfect for nails or toes going into the warmer months.
I'm a huge fan of Lilly and especially their new Valentine's Day print!
This would be the perfect gift for someone who just wants to have a cozy and low-key Valentine's Day-or a new mom, that would be so sweet!
This is such a trendy brand right now & I have heard such good things about this product.
If you are buying for someone who loves pampering themselves and good skincare, this would definitely be a winning product!
This is the cutest insulated champagne flute I have ever seen!
I love the glittery pink (but it comes in tons of colors!) and I haven't even told you the best part-it holds up to a half bottle of champagne, so you don't have to worry about your bubbly going flat and getting warm.
I am honestly wearing this as I put this post together, that's how much I really love and use this product! It's only $8 from Ulta, so it's an awesome buy for those on a budget.
I love how thick and hydrating it is, perfect for February since we still have lots of cold weather left before Spring.
I love these zip around jewelry cases, so handy for trips or just storing your everyday jewelry in.
The initials on top are the icing on the cake, everyone will know who's is who's!
This has been on my Amazon wishlist for forever, maybe I should just spoil myself for Valentine's Day and pick it up for me?
In all seriousness though, I have heard nothing but good things from this book & I love Reese so much-I think this would be a great buy for any reader or any Southern gal!
I think these are just precious & are under $8, making them the perfect ones to grab for yourself and all of your girlfriends to take cute pictures with on Galentine's Day!
I love a good personalized gift & I love a good cheeseboard, coincidence? I think not.
This is the cutest gift and would be perfect for newlyweds, too!
Talk about perfection!
I love the initials, the fringe, and the color of this heart keychain...but even better? I love the under $20 price tag!
This would look awesome on a bag, too.

All of these are wonderful gift ideas, but also I just wanted to remind you that it's important to show the ones you love that you love them all year long. It doesn't have to be with expensive (or even inexpensive) gifts, but maybe just time spent with them, a nice note, or a surprise chore or errand that you took care of!
Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Empties [No.8]

Some of the links below are affiliate links. Thank you for using these in support of Southern & Style at no additional cost to you!
It feels like it has been so long since I've shared an Empties post over here on the blog, but I'm so glad to finally give y'all my mini-reviews on these products & get them out of my sight!
If you've never read a post like this before, basically I collected all the products I've used up over the past few months (beauty products and also soaps/candles) and then before I toss them all I share whether they were good or bad, etc. so that if you were planning on picking them up you can make an informed decision about them!
This soap is so, so good y'all! It smells bright and citrus but also has notes of almost a bergamot scent too. It's almost a little masculine which I really like. Definitely one of my favorite soaps & I also really like the blue bottle-it's really pretty on a counter!
I have to admit, I only bought this soap from B&BW because it was on major sale & I needed some hand soaps for the end of Summer. It doesn't smell that great, too much strawberry for my tastes and I hated the label. It did the job of getting our hands clean though.
This is one of my favorite Summer scents; it's a fresh and clean scent that reminds me of a warm towel down on the boat dock. I don't love the label on this one, but the scent made it worth the buy.
I absolutely loved this scent of hand soap & more than that, I absolutely loved the label on this hand soap! I think the black pumps look a little nicer & the label itself was very clean and just fits in with my style. I will definitely repurchase this scent in the future.
I really enjoy almond scented things so this hand soap was no different. It's an excellent in-between season soap and the label is another really beautiful one that fits with the aesthetic of my home.
I picked this up on a whim from Sephora & honestly I really, really enjoyed it.
It has the best scent/taste, just like lemon bars! I have to say, it's probably good for my lips during any time of year other than Winter. It just wasn't hydrating enough to keep them from getting chapped in this dry and cold weather we've been having.
Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel
This was my first foray into Fresh lip products, from a Sephora Play! box. It smells/tastes so, so yummy. I loved it so much. It isn't quite as moisturizing as I need right now, but I definitely will repurchase when my lips aren't so desperate.
Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair
I have had some severely chapped lips lately with the cooler, dry Winter weather and my EOS balms just weren't cutting it. I went through an entire container of this Aquaphor and it really worked miracles on my lips. Now I keep one of these by my chair in the living room, in my truck, etc. because I really need them on hand always.
This is just one of my all-time favorite B&BW candles, it's slightly sweet and a little smokey-just like toasting a marshmallow over a campfire! 
I've had this candle for a long time & just needed to finish burning it.
It honestly burned really well, all the way to the bottom. However you can see that from the top of the candle it was really sooty and the scent wasn't that strong. They do come packaged really beautifully though!
I love the smell of this body wash for Charlie, but he couldn't use it for a long time because he was sensitive. When he was finally able to use it, I just wanted to drink it in! It has the most soothing lavender scent that I just love. I try to stick to more natural things for him, but he does have a couple more bottles from his baby shower I'll be using for sure.
Heck, I'd buy this to use for myself it smells so good!
When Charlie was born he had very sensitive skin & we stuck to fragrance free products for all of his bathing needs. Aveeno Baby is really one of the only brands that makes most of their items fragrance free and I absolutely love that!
This wash has colloidal oatmeal in it, so it's soothing to the baby's skin in case they get irritated.
I'm a big fan of gifting Aveeno Baby products to new moms, too because they are perfect for newborn babies.
Charlie has to have a true baby shampoo because of his long and thick hair. I like that this one is soap & fragrance free, hypoallergenic, as well as tear-free.
He's currently using another brand, but I would definitely buy this one for him again. I've also purchased it for baby shower gifts because it's so gentle!
I picked up this shampoo because I wanted something volumizing without leaving buildup on my hair. I wouldn't say it added much volume, but I also wouldn't say that it left buildup, so I guess that's good. It does smell good, so that's a plus.
I absolutely love B&BW shower gels. They smell amazing, they last forever, and you can typically find them on super sale during their semi-annual sales.
I've had this one for the longest time because you just have to use the smallest amount.
I love this scent & wish they would bring back this entire "southern" line. It was my favorite!
I really, really enjoyed this deodorant and the fact that it went on clear and didn't leave behind any residue. I changed a few years ago to only spray deodorants and don't want to ever go back because they are so much easier to apply!
After I used up the Radha Retinol, I was looking forward to pulling this out of the cabinet and trying it out too. Unfortunately, you have to be careful with retinol products (& any skincare products, really) because they will turn bad and you have to watch the expiration date. This one unfortunately expired before I got a chance to use it.
I really, really enjoyed this retinol moisturizer. I used it morning & night and really felt helped keep my skin bright & hydrated. I love using a retinol and will probably repurchase this one because it's an awesome price! Note, the packaging has changed since I bought this one-but I like the new packaging even more!
I loved this scent as a soap & I loved it as a wallflower, too. It's just a warm, yet fresh scent that smells great any time of year.
This was the wallflower I used during the end of October in November. It's a warm, cinnamon-y apple scent that wasn't too overpowering. I enjoyed this one a lot!
This is a good in-between seasons wallflower because it just smells clean, truly like fresh laundry.
I need to pick up more of this scent!
I want to preface this review by telling you that this lotion smells amazing, so if that's what you're going after then this could be for you!
However, since purchasing a lot of moisturizers that I need to go through, I've learned what is the best for my skin & after I use these up I'm going to focus on better quality moisturizers instead of just ones that smell really nice.
In the Winter, my skin is just too dry to only count on this kind of lotion to work.
This is probably a slightly better lotion than the Hempz because at least it doesn't contain any fragrance, however it still is mostly water and doesn't fully hydrate my skin.
I did enjoy having this on hand during the Summer for days after I had gotten bug bites because it was soothing for those, however.
I've got so, so many perfume samples that I'm trying to use the ones that are cluttering my drawer up before I purchase or use up another full size spray or perfume.
This particular one smells so good. 
It's very warm & feminine at the same time and honestly is perfect for this time of year going into Spring.
This perfume/cologne/whatever it is smells so heavenly. This is my all-time favorite out of these four that I used up. It smells so citrus-y, but warm and cozy at the same time. I wish I could buy this right now!
Okay, so I was pretty excited to have a sample of Twilly after hearing one of my favorite YouTubers talk about loving it so much. However, I don't think for me that it lived up to the Hermes hype.
It's a warm, floral scent that I think for me smells good, but is a little more mature than I'm ready to lean at the moment. This would be a good pick for the 40 and up crowd, which makes sense because Hermes is a high-end brand that is mostly catered to the ladies who can afford that!
This wasn't my all-time favorite perfume I've used lately. It smells very floral & fruity, but in a way that just wasn't pleasing to my nose. In as much as Twilly was mature, this one felt very young to me. I'm definitely somewhere in the middle!
After we came back from vacation I had some travel sized products to use up and this was one of them that didn't have enough left for a full trip.
This shampoo smells amazing, I would buy it for that fact alone.
This is definitely a shampoo I would purchase after I run out of my current one!
I had this as a gift-with-purchase and stuck it in the shower to test it out. But y'all, I don't like this product at all. That's hard for me to say because I love Clinique products, but not this one.
I've heard that foaming cleansers aren't good for your skin because they dry them out and this one lived up to that. It also made my skin feel "squeaky" clean which I don't like.
This was a very strong & sweet scent from B&BW. It was a gift from someone, so I didn't pick it out-but it wasn't bad. I had a little bit of a cold a month ago and so I kept this on hand to use after blowing my nose or whatever, in hopes of keeping the other people in my house healthy-guess it worked because no on else got sick!
When I say this is the best smelling hand sanitizer that I've ever used, I'm not kidding!
This was a gift from one of my students & I kept it in Charlie's bag. I was so sad to see it go because I haven't been able to find it in store lately. If you see this, grab it! 
I LOVE this product so much!
If you want to buy a product that will 100% make a difference in your skin, this is the one I recommend.
Every time I feel like I have dark spots, acne scarring, texture, etc. pop up this is the product I pull out of the closet and use.
It only takes a few times for me to see a major difference.
I will say, you need to be careful & test it out to see how your skin will react (as you should do with all new skincare), but since this is an acid peel this is very important.
It works so well for me though with 0 irritation.
Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes
If you've been around here for very long, you know it's not an empties post if there isn't at least one of these packs in it. However, I'm really trying to do better about using up the cleansers that I have and until I use up my current micellar water I'm not going to purchase anymore of these. I do miss them from time to time though, when I just want something easy and fast to take my makeup off with!
I am such a sucker for the sheet mask aisle at Ulta!
But I do really like the Tony Moly masks, they usually have a good amount of serum on them and they fit well. This one was supposed to be soothing so I wore it after having a bout with dry skin and I really felt like it did hydrate and soothe my skin. It was also really relaxing!
This was the birthday gift from Ulta last year & y'all-I'm obsessed and wish it wasn't so darn expensive! I tend to save my nicest face masks for when I have an event or such and this was used the day of our family pictures that we put on our Christmas card.
I really think it plumped my skin & really hydrated it. I would highly recommend this if you want to treat yourself or someone you love!
So I really wanted to love this lip mask because I love the under eye masks below.
However, I think I tried it at the wrong time (when my lips were really, really chapped) because it burned my lips. I would give it one more chance to see how my lips reacted when they were not chapped.
Sometimes Bath & Body Works sends out the free product coupon and if I'm by the store when I have one, I typically try to go cash it in. These little masks are some of my favorites to pick up because I love a good under eye mask, I felt like this one was really soothing and just hydrated my under eye area a little bit. Did it do anything Earth shattering? No, but it did feel really relaxing and nice!
I was so stoked to receive this in a Sephora Play! box, but honestly it fell a little flat for me.
I didn't see the hype and have other foundations that I like better, even some from the drugstore seem to work better or just as good as this one.
I was sent this from Influenster to try & I'm glad they sent it to me because otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked it up. I loved the packaging-very different & eye catching.
The wand itself was pretty good as well as the formula of the mascara.
It was a good basic, everyday mascara although nothing I couldn't live without.
If you're just wanting something to darken lashes & separate them, this could be a good match for you.
This is one of my all-time favorite concealers and I've actually heard that it's a dupe for the Tarte ShapeTape that everyone raves about!
It only costs $7 at Ulta (& you can use coupons on it!) and it only takes a little bit so it lasts forever. Totally will repurchase!
Wander Glowtion Lotion Illuminator
This was a Sephora Play! box find that I was impressed with, for what it was.
This is a lotion you can wear on your own or under makeup, it's supposed to give a nice subtle glow & highlight. It worked really beautifully, especially for days when I didn't want to wear any other makeup. There are a few other products I'm testing out now that I think I like more, but this one is really nice, too!
Benefit The Pore-Fessional Primer
I found this in a Sephora Play! box, too and fell in love with it. I only use this primer on my t-zone (just the areas where I have very pronounced pores) and it does it's job there. I love how it just blurs my pores so that makeup doesn't sink in and I feel like I get less oily on days when I wear this primer, too. I purchased it in the full-size!
This was a sample in one of my Sephora Play! boxes that I really truly enjoyed. It felt so nice and hydrating on my skin and smelled so clean and fresh. I would definitely purchase this full-size after I clear out my moisturizer stash.
I was really excited to try out a sample of this Drunk Elephant product in one of my Sephora Play! boxes, however I wasn't blown away. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I didn't love it enough to justify the price. I think the Belif cream is even better for a slightly better price.
This was another Sephora Play! find & I was so excited to test out another Algenist product because I love their Liquid Collagen, however this just didn't live up to the hype for me.
When I tried Liquid Collagen, it only took a small sample for me to see a huge difference. I used this whole little tub and really saw no difference at all.
L'Oreal Ever Fresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub
I picked this up at Ulta over a year ago now & finally used it up.
I've had some issues with buildup from shampoos & hair products and wanted something to really detox and scrub my scalp when I was having that feeling.
However, I don't think this product helped all that much. It smells amazing, but maybe my hair is just too thick or something, but it just doesn't scrub my scalp well enough for me to repurchase.

Whew, that was a marathon of reviews!
I hope y'all enjoyed this and found something useful from it...if you've tried any of these products, let me know what your thoughts are below.

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Toddler Amazon Finds

Some of the links below are affiliate links.
Thank you for using these in support of Southern & Style at no additional cost to you!
Since becoming a mom, I have also become a huge Amazon advocate-it's the best for finding things you never even knew you needed!
I thought I would round up some of my latest Amazon purchases for Charlie that I've made over the last few months.

Some might think it's a bit too early for Charlie to have a pillow, but he's been sleeping with a blanket & a tiger stuffed animal for quite some time and he had gotten to the point where he was making a pillow with his tiger, so I felt bad and purchased him a little pillow for his crib.
He's been getting better about learning to use it and although this particular pillow came with two white cases, I also picked up two navy cases to have more to switch out & to match his bedding.
I bought this for Charlie a few months ago at Target & recently found it even cheaper on Amazon-only $5! This has been & still is one of his favorite toys, he plays with it every single day without fail. It's great for hand-eye-coordination, plus you can use it to teach colors, etc.
If you spend any time outside at all with your little kiddos, you need to snag these mittens.
Mittens are so much easier to get on toddlers because you don't have to worry about individual fingers going into glove fingers. It's also great to have multiple pairs on hand in case you lose one or need to wash them.
I learned that I needed these clips the hard way, by losing Charlie's first pair of mittens.
When I went back, I ordered the three pack of mittens & this two pack of clips. They attach to the mitten on one end and I just clip the other end somewhere on his sleeve.
That way, even if he takes the mitten off it still stays attached to him and we can easily find it to put it back on.
These will save you so much money in lost mittens!
Right before I sat down to work on this post, Charlie and I were actually in the floor playing with these! There are SO many opportunities for learning with these cups plus they are super inexpensive at only $4-they were a no brainer for his stocking this year!
First of all, there's the obvious-he can learn to stack all of the cups together or on top of each other.
There are also numbers on the bottom of each cup, tiny shapes cut out of the bottom of each cup, and all the different colors. We've been working on orange & yellow today!
These are the first sippy cup we ever used with Charlie because I didn't want to start the bad habits of the traditional sippy cups.
I will say, these do leak some but after a few months of having him I've learned lots of tricks to help with leaking!
They're inexpensive, easy to wash, and both I and Charlie love that he can get every last drop out of his cup with the weighted straw.
This was one of the Christmas gifts we got Charlie this year. I love buying him Melissa & Doug toys because they're wooden & really durable. This one has different shaped holes for the different blocks and you can also dump all the blocks out of the back after you've put them all in.
He plays with the blocks, truck, and the toy people in the front so overall it's a great toy that makes for many different avenues of play.
I wanted to include a couple of my Amazon book buys for Charlie on this list. He has tons of books from many different places, but Amazon is always a quick go-to to find any book you want.
This book is one of his favorite night-time books and we've probably read it over 1,000 times at this point, but it's just a really cute book!
We are definitely Auburn fans (that is Chris' alma mater and we both love visiting there since we live so close by!) and so any time I get a chance, I grab a new Auburn book for Charlie.
This one is another Christmas gift & it is just the sweetest book. I think it would be the perfect gift for a baby shower of an Auburn loving couple as well.
It has a place in the back to write down Auburn memories so I need to write down Charlie's first trip to the Plains, his first Aubie Claus visit, his first Homecoming, his first Tiger Walk, etc. before I forget!
Ah, this is the classic book that started the "Goodnight" book obsession.
We picked our first copy of this book up at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention last year as a souvenir for Charlie from our trip.
We wrote a special message in that book & wanted it to be more of a keepsake, but when we saw how much he loved it and wanted it read to him every night we ended up picking up another copy.
It costs less than $7 so it was worth it to have a second one on hand for him to read every night!

These are the most recent toddler finds from Amazon that I have to share with y'all, although I'm sure there are tons more I could think of if I had the time. I might even come back & share another one of these posts if y'all enjoy this one!
If you have any Amazon suggestions or favorites from your toddler, please leave them in a comment below-I am always looking for new things on there.

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 2020 Goals

I haven't shared a goals post in a lonnnnng time, y'all.
In fact, the last time I shared a goals post was the September back in 2018 right before Charlie was born!
It's still hard to accomplish tasks that are too lofty, since I do have a 16-month old running around destroying something while I'm putting something else together, but I'm going to see if I can make a go with the last few weeks we have left in January!

Finish Tax Prep
Chris & I are really trying to be ahead of the ballgame with our taxes this year & we've already made a big dent in tax prep, I just want to finish up my part so we can take them to our accountant hopefully in February.

Organize some of the boxes in our garage
I'm not going to lie-one side of our garage is a complete mess of boxes.
And in the current state, I can't use anything in any of those boxes because they're so cluttered!
I want to get the things out of cardboard boxes and into storage tubs and move what can be moved into a closet inside the house and neatly store everything else in the garage.

Research & make a list of what I'd like to plant for Spring
Chris & I have talked a bit about having a vegetable garden this Spring, something that we haven't done in about 5 years. The way his family used to do it, it's a big job, but I'm hoping since it'll be mostly me doing the work that Chris will make sure it's really downsized to my level.
I also want to think about the plants I'm going to do around our house this year, because I'd love to add some more edible plants & some flowering bushes to the yard.
I'm also dying to do a big patch of Zinnas because I think they're beautiful and I love them as cut flowers in the house as well.

Let me know below what one of your big goals for the month of January would be, I would love to know!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ten on Tuesday [No.64]

Some of the links below are affiliate links. Thank you for using these in support of Southern & Style at no additional cost to you!
Okay, the holiday season officially kicked my butt!
I haven't posted a Ten on Tuesday since November and I've just been off of my game with both Instagram and the blog.
I did manage to share a Year in Review last week and have been feeling the itch to write and share in this corner of the internet. I fight the comparison game so much, I want to share I just feel like nothing I have to say is as worthy as what others have to say-but I'm going to fight that feeling, y'all!

ONE
 This holiday season was one of the sweetest, mostly because it was Charlie's first year to actually be able to participate in the festivities-and everything sure was festive!
 From the moment we first put up the tree to Charlie toddling in on Christmas morning to check out his tractor and other gifts, this Christmas season is one that I will never forget.
TWO
Every year, Garden & Gun has their Annual Made in the South Awards and y'all know I'm all about locally made products and supporting small businesses.
I think gifting items like these is such a win too because a lot of these smaller companies really put so much thought into the details of their items...and what a better gift for a Southerner than a Southern made product, right?
I think my two personal favorites are the beautifully hand crafted duck call (do I hunt? nope, but I would display the heck out of that call!) and the stunning custom-made camp knives with map details inlaid in the handles-they are completely beautiful!
THREE
One big change around these parts? Charlie's big boy haircut!
He had gotten a little trim a while back, but this was his first salon visit where he was really trimmed up and it totally changed the way he looked-he looks so grown up and handsome now!
FOUR
I'm a massive sweet potato fan, even more so when those sweet potatoes are in pie form.
I ran across this sweet potato pie recipe from James Beard Foundation medal and Birmingham pastry chef, Dolester Miles and I want to make it ASAP because it sounds so, so yummy and pretty simple too.
FIVE
 This has been the season for charcuterie at our home and I'm not mad about it at all!
We made Christmas cookies & candies one afternoon with my sisters and mom and then of course we had our families Christmas on a separate occasion and so they both called for the finest of spreads.
Some of my personal favorites are homemade pickled okra, boursin herbed cheese, and not pictured-it was on a separate plate-room temp cream cheese with blueberry jalapeño jelly spread on top...the best!
SIX
I've been pouring over house plans and different articles on architecture and trends because I'm getting so excited about potentially starting our journey to building a house soon.
Southern Living is basically my home-bible and I had to check out what they think the top 8 home trends will be this year.
Personally, out of these I'm all-in for leaving the all-white kitchens behind (I can't keep that clean!), I love the look of a wooden range hood, and I definitely want a formal dining area in our future home for entertaining!
SEVEN
 We have been truly blessed with a rather mild Winter so far & I'm crossing my fingers that this holds true throughout the rest of January and into February & March, too!
Charlie has loved spending time outside and checking the cows is at the top of his list.
Also, I just realized he's wearing the same shirt in both of these pictures 😂 He has a closet full of clothes and ends up wearing the exact same thing whenever I take his picture🙈
But to be fair, these simple tees come in a lot of fun colors and prints and are very inexpensive!
We have a great little park close to the shopping center we go to pretty frequently and the weather was so nice that my sister & I took Charlie for the first time the other day. He had so much fun swinging and playing on the slides. I just adore watching this sweet boy have a good time!
EIGHT
I'm not super crazy about the Royals but I have been interested in hearing about Meghan and Harry leaving the fold. Something I didn't consider? Them potentially losing their titles! This article shares more info.
NINE
Last Friday I got a wild hair and decided to do a date-night meal at home for Chris & I to enjoy after Charlie went to bed.
Most nights, we try to eat as a family but I wanted to really get to just sit back and enjoy this meal with Chris so we fed Charlie, bathed him, got him in the bed and finally got to chow down!
I made homemade cheese grits (so, so good y'all!), sautéed mushrooms, red peppers, and onions, diced and cooked Conecuh hickory sausage, and I homemade turnip greens. We topped the greens with some of my homemade pepper sauce and it was amazing!
I'm not going to lie, turnip greens at home have always intimidated me but these were so easy to prepare and I ended up only having to cook them for around an hour for them to be delicious-but I bet they'd be even better if they had simmered all day.
I will definitely be doing this again soon!
TEN
I don't always share who I'm following, but I probably should because if you like me-you might like them too!
In 2019, I started an Instagram account for our farm @RockinUFarm and have had so much fun having a dedicated spot to share our farm photos (because there are SO many taken on a daily basis!) and I've also really enjoyed finding new farm wives and moms (and FarmHers!) to follow along with.
One of my favorites, who's account is pictured above is Taylor from @BarnOfBlooms. She's actually pretty local to me, which I didn't know 🙈 but she's got beautifully curated, but real photos. She has a real farm story and I absolutely have loved watching her journey.

I am so grateful to be able to start another year of blogging and sharing with you all, friends!
Until next time. . .
xoxo, 
09 10