Friday, February 6, 2015

HP’s EcoFFICIENT™ Paper: A Shoplet Review

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Disclosure: Periodically Stylish Southern Mama reviews new and established office supplies and accessories through the Shoplet Product Review Program. All reviews are honest.

Stylish Southern Mama received two identical trial packs of HP’s new EcoFFICIENT™ Paper from the HP Everyday Papers line, with 50 sheets in each package.

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Like standard copy paper, the HP EcoFFICIENT™ paper is 8 1/2″ x 11″ and white. The weight is 16 pounds, whereas most copy/printer paper is about 20 pounds. So 4 pounds lighter is actually quite a lot in comparison.

HP’s packaging blurb touts that the EcoFFICIENT™ paper prints more efficiently. The support for these claims? They can fit up to 125 more sheets in a printer tray for less refilling, takes up less space to store, and weighs less. So it’s easier to carry with you if the need arises. EcoFFICIENT™ is definitely lighter.

There are 50 sheets to each pack, yet it only feels as if there is half of that. The EcoFFICIENT paper is significantly lighter than standard copy paper, yet it’s just as strong. That’s was one of my worries- that the paper would be thinner, therefore easier to tear. It isn’t though, it’s just as durable and strong as the thicker typical paper.


The ink didn’t smudge or bleed through the other side, which I liked. The text is just as sharp as with standard copy/print paper. The brightness is the same as well. The only thing that doesn’t quite add up is printing on double sides. The thin based paper is not good for printing on both sides, other than that it’s 10/10! I love it! Lower impact and I can fit more in my printer at a time. LESS refilling!! YAY!



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas From Baggallini


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Valentine’s-themed colorways from baggallini’s Spring 2015 Collection. Valentine’s Day is known around the globe as an opportunity to celebrate love.Why not celebrate the love of the most awesome person in YOUR world: you!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for buying that “significant other” something, it’s a day to treat yourself as well. Valentine’s colors can vary from season to season, but they are always a shade of pink, red, purple, and even white.

Apple Red – A Valentine’s Classic! (1) Excursion Sling in Apple – $89.95 (2) Rolling Tote in Apple – $149.95 (3) Avenue Tote in Apple – $99.95

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Pinks and Purples - (1) The Natalie Satchel in Wisteria – $99.95 (2 and 3) The Kensington Mini in Lilac – $69.95 

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Finding the Perfect Shapewear for Your Body

Presented by Classic Shapewear



Finding the Perfect Shapewear for Your Body

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro; Adams Media


Disclosure: Items mentioned in this post were sent for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. :)

Bring back playtime, all the time! Dive into a bubbling swamp world. Drum on an Outdoor Sound Wall. Explore the gooeyness of Glowing Slime.

With the one-of=a-kind projects in 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, your family will rediscover the spirit of imaginative play! These fun activities help develop your child’s creativity and skills- all without a screen in sight. Featuring step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, each budget-friendly project will keep your child entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. Best of all, no one will complain about turning off the TV or computer with such entertaining activities!

  • Natural Dye Fingerpaints
  • Taste-Safe, Gluten-Free Playdough
  • Erupting Volcano Dinosaur World
  • Fizzy Rainbow Slush
  • Taste-Safe Glow Water
Complete with dozens of exercises for babies, toddlers, and school-aged children, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids will help your family step away from your devices and step into endless afternoons of playtime fun!


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My kids get to watch TV and play games at times, but I limit the time on it. There are tons of educational games and shows, but kids these days need to do MORE and watch LESS. The cold weather keeps us from playing outside as much, so this book is perfect for the colder months.

This is a definite must-have for any parent, teacher, or grandparent. This book is filled with ideas and projects to get the kids excited. It’s split into chapters about making Slime, dough, paint, small worlds, sensory activities, and DIY Toys.

The first chapter is dedicated to explaining how to use the book. Asia explains “I know activity books can seem overwhelming- there are so many choices and perhaps you don’t have all the materials yet. So my challenge to you is just try one thing. Everyone has water, so check out Chapter 6: Simple Sensory Activities, and look at my water play activities.”

That’s what I love about this book! There are so many activities to try, yet most don’t require a ton of supplies. She even has all the supplies you need listed at the very beginning so you could get it all in one or two trips to Walmart or Dollar Tree. Nothing on the list costs very much, containing items like cornstarch, flour, baking soda, vinegar…

The memories that come from crafting and creating with my kids is what I love best. I want them to be able to look back and remember the things we did and the things they learned. We have craft night every Saturday (or every other depending).. but my kids LOVE it.

Chapter 2-Slimes

Slimes stretch, ooze, and goop and can be made in a variety of ways. I love that I can play guessing games with my kids before they use the different slimes they made. I can ask them questions like how far can it stretch, can it be cut with scissors, or if it can be rolled into a ball and bounced.

The slimes will usually last a week or more if sealed in a plastic bag. There are 11 different types of slime to DIY from this book. There is the simple two-ingredient slime, the polka dot slime, and even a glowing slime. They are all non-toxic and dye free, so most are even safe for babies. It tells on the page which ages can use each slime recipe.

Chapter 3-Doughs

There are an assortment of dough recipes, all of them can be stored in airtight containers to keep them from drying out. Playdough isn’t only fun, it helps with fine motor skills as well. Depending on your kids age she gives amazing ideas for learning/playing with the dough. Making or building different things or if your child is small- they can squish, pull, and roll it.

The classic playdough recipe in this book is cheap and lasts 4-6 months when stored at room temperature. Instead of paying money for plastic kid tools, use items you already have laying around you house. Keys, marker tops, toys, or kitchen gadgets (rolling pin, etc)

There are recipes including foam dough,salt dough, moon sand, play clay and so many more. There’s absolutely no dyes or chemicals in these recipes, so they are perfect for kids allergic to gluten, eggs, soy, and nuts!

Chapter 4-Paints

My kids love to paint, so I was glad to see a chapter dedicated to making our own. There are plenty of different paints, which are even safe for babies to fingerpaint with. Gel paints, glitter paints, puffy paints, sidewalk paints and even glowing paints! Love it!

Chapter 5-Small Worlds

My kids love imagination play and this is a cool way to boost their imagination. This chapter focuses on helping your child build small worlds to interact with. This included instructions on frog world, dinosaur rescue world, dragon world, ocean world,swamp world, insect world, and so many more!

These different little worlds are absolutely amazing and so cute. There’s nothing better to a kid to have their own little world where they can play and discover. Some of these do require stuff like water, dirt, and rocks—so you need a plastic see-through bin to create the worlds.

Chapter 6- Simple Sensory Activities

Simple sensory activities will help develop your child, their senses, and fine/gross motor skills. Sensory play includes a lot of pouring and scooping, filling different sized containers, and moving/selecting large and small bits of materials.

These activities do include senses such as touch, smell, and sight. They get to play in a variety of items such as colored water, colored pasta, colored beans, soap foam, colored salt, coffee grounds, shaving cream, flour, or sugar. This lets them touch and play with materials that all have a different texture when touched.

Chapter 7-DIY Toys

These toys are amazing for smaller kids and toddlers as well as babies. Making DIY toys with your children will be so much fun for them. This chapter features awesome stuff like DIY Cardboard Butterfly Wings, Foam Reusable Bath Sets, and a Recycled Car City. For babies they have PomPom Straw Push Toy, discovery bottles, and sensory boards.

We are in love with this book. I love how Asia (the author) doesn’t just help give me fun ideas to share with my kids, the materials are cheap and easy to find as well. The items can be found at Dollar Tree or WalMart and don’t cost an arm and a leg like some craft books for kids.

What are some of your favorite kid craft books? 


About the Author>


Asia Citro, MEd, creator of the popular blog, Fun at Home with Kids, has a strong science and education background, and is an experienced teacher and mother of two. Fun at Home with Kids launched in 2013 and has been featured on Babble, Red Tricycle, Disney Baby, Apartment Therapy, and MSN.com, among others.

She lives near Seattle with her wonderful husband, two awesome children, and two destructive cats. She started writing Fun at Home with Kids in February of 2013 and has since spent many late nights experimenting with new play recipes and sensory materials.

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: the best and easiest playtime activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com is her first book and is jokingly referred to by family members as her third child. To read about her most recent late night discoveries or to see more photos of her adorable kids at play, visit www.funathomewithkids.com.


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

10 Healthy + Delicious Smoothies to Lose Weight & Have More Energy

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Smoothies are a quick & tasty way to get a big source of daily-needed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It's a great way to get raw fruit and vegetables in your diet.  If one of your resolutions is to eat healthier or lose weight, these are perfect for you!

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Don’t SKIP breakfast- which may lead to your energy levels crashing before lunch. It could also cause binge eating later in the day, try a smoothie breakfast instead! Doesn’t matter if you throw in low calorie protein powder, need fruit smoothies for weight loss, or want a healthy shake, your blender can unlock delicious nutrition in moments!

Get yourself a Black + Decker FusionBlade Digital Blender with Personal Smoothie Jar. There’s less clean-up and you can take it with you on the GO! Perfect for even the most rushed mornings.

Perfectly Pink Fruit Smoothie


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The Perfectly Pink Fruit Smoothie From Jenn’s RAQ is concocted with milk, raspberries, bananas, honey, and flaxseed. Blend it all together and you have a naturally sweet smoothie that is sweet without the honey (so it’s totally optional).

Peppermint Cacao Smoothie


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This is the perfect “healthy” smoothie. There are a ton of smoothies that use chocolate, ice cream, and stuff that has a lot of sugar/calories in it. This Peppermint Cacao Smoothie from A Cedar Spoon tastes just as delicious as the others but this includes healthy ingredients such as frozen bananas, Greek yogurt, almond milk, peppermint flavoring and cacao powder.

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie


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Looking for an easy, natural way to keep your body healthy during Cold and Flu Season? Look no further than the Fruit and Veggie Smoothie from Thifty Jinxy. This can be your new daily smoothie, because it is easy to make with ingredients that you already have on hand.

Tropical Almond Coconut Mango Smoothie


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Every mom has those days where it feels like the kids have suctioned all our energy out of us. They are energy stealing little midgets if you ask me, lol. This Tropical Almond Coconut Mango Smoothie from A Cedar Spoon is packed with proteins to naturally boost your energy levels! Go supermom!

Healthy Chocolate Mockshake


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This Healthy Chocolate Mockshake recipe from Snappy Gourmet for you that is perfect if you’re trying to control those post holiday sugar cravings! It’s quick and easy to make, and it fills you (or the kids up)! So they aren’t asking a million and five times about supper before 4 pm.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie


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I absolutely LOVE anything with blueberries in it. They are absolutely delicious and an amazing way to get your vitamins!! Instead of choosing that blueberry cheesecake and wrecking your diet, mix up this smoothie! It doesn’t matter whether you use frozen or fresh blueberries, this Blueberry Muffin Smoothie is sure to be a hit!

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie


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This Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie has oatmeal, almonds, peanut butter, yogurt, fruit, orange juice and chia seeds in it making a sweet, rich flavor and great way to start your day. It’s super healthy because it’s packed with protein, Vitamin C, Calcium, Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It also is great for helping reduce cholesterol. :D

Energy Boosting Green Morning Smoothie


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Don’t rush out of your house with just a granola bar in your hand. It’s not satisfying and you could clearly get SO many more vitamins with this smoothie. This Energy Boosting Morning Green Smoothie from Family Food + Travel. When you start your day off with protein, and necessary vitamins and antioxidants, you’ll feel better throughout the day. More energized, healthier, and less fatigued and hungry.

Delicious 150 Calorie Smoothie

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This Delicious 150 Calorie Smoothie from Really Are You Serious is an easy 150 calorie snack option. It gives you a serving of dairy + a serving of fruit while packing quite the punch of fiber and protein to keep you energized and full.

Pineapple Pomegranate Smoothie


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If you are a fan of pomegranate and pineapple, then this is perfect! Not only is this Pomegranate Pineapple Smoothie from Simply Stacie delicious but it’s also tasty! Ever wondered what the two fruits taste like together? Now you can!

Hope you Enjoy these protein packed yummy smoothies!!!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Giveaway: ASUS ROG Gaming Laptop

Disclosure: This giveaway is not sponsored by Stylish Southern Mama, I seen the Giveaway and thought you all would like to enter!

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Asus ROG Gaming Laptop Giveaway

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence in 2015

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Hope you’re having a great start to 2015! With the new year upon us, your readers have surely begun making (and breaking) the typical resolutions, but it’s not too late to make a resolution that’s easy to stick with. This year, resolve to be more confident with these five simple steps:




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 Give yourself a mini makeover. Wear a bold new lipstick, sport a trendy new outfit or do something as simple as trying a new hair care regimen like Thicker Fuller Hair for results you can see on the outside and feel on the inside.

In a recent survey conducted on behalf of hair care leader Thicker Fuller Hair, 35 percent of women said confidence is the main advantage of having fuller, thick hair.

In fact, when asked what they’d give up for thicker and fuller hair …

· 40% of women would go without wine and chocolate for two months

· 30% of women would skip sex for a month

· 17% of women would give up their cell phone for a week

You can radiate confidence inside and out with natural, non-medicated thickening solutions from Thicker Fuller Hair®. Designed for both men and women, Thicker Fuller Hair® products are formulated with volumizing Cell-U-Plex technology, a synergistic blend of pure plant extracts, vitamins and proteins that infuse the hair shaft to instantly bodify and amplify fine, thin hair; and Caffeine Energizers to help invigorate and energize the scalp. This unique formula is optimized to leave the scalp and hair healthier and stronger without added weight or residue.

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Kiss your comfort zone goodbye. Try something you never thought you could do and bask in your accomplishment once you complete it.




 Become an expert. Everyone is good at something. Identify your talent or a special interest and spend time practicing your craft.




learn Learn something new. Empower yourself through knowledge by taking a class, reading a book or even watching a good documentary about something you know nothing about.



Inspire yourself

List it. Make a list of your best qualities and greatest accomplishments and hang it up to remind yourself how inspiring you are.

Disclosure: This post was written in exchange for a product review, all opinions are honest.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss Set

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Disclosure: Items mentioned in this post were sent for review purposes only, all opinions are completely honest.


Mary Kay NouriShine Lip Gloss help you get brilliant shine and an instant boost of moisture that leaves lips feeling nourished. Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss is a no-compromise lip gloss that’s ready to become your best friend – for beautiful lips today and tomorrow! Loaded with benefits, this lightweight gloss delivers ultimate shine in vibrant shades.

  • Loaded with good-for-you ingredients.
  • Smooths, protects and conditions lips.
  • Rich, intense, long-wearing shades
  • In a range of finishes – from no shimmer to shimming sparkle
  • Custom-bottle fits in Mary Kay® Compact and Compact Pro®.


The lip gloss comes in 15 beautiful shades, ranging from almost clear to a deep berry. Some have shimmer, while some don’t. I love the variety and the creaminess of the gloss. It feels so amazing on my lips.

For this holiday, Mary Kay is adding seven new shades to their NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss ($18 CAD each) line. Each lip gloss is formulated with vitamin E, vitamin C, and plant minerals to nourish the lips. all1-text

I was sent these new seven shades; Berry Dazzle, Silver Moon, Sparkle Berry, Sun Blossoms, Shock Tart, Pink Wink, & Golden. The creamy, rich, luxurious formula of the lip gloss is the same within all 7 except Sparkle Berry- which is kind of rough (I can feel the glittered sparkles).


All the glosses besides Silver Moon and Golden are pigmented. They are kind of sheer with a slight shimmer. The shimmery glosses are packaged with sparkles but they are very smooth and creamy and not at all gritty or scratchy. (The exception being the Sparkle Berry).

hey are all very beautiful colors,;some neutral shades while some are popping & bright. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find a color you’ll love within one of these.

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The NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss comes in short plump clear lip gloss tubes. They all come with a twistable black cap and printed black logo & information. They contain a simple doe-foot applicator that is definitely good quality and fits my lips perfect.

The glosses are lightweight and slightly sticky, which isn't really a bad thing. The slight stickiness aids the gloss in holding on to the lips better. It’s made that way for longer wear. If you want to be able to wear your gloss without reapplying it all the time, you’ll want your gloss a tad sticky. The wear time is amazing, three to four hours with drinking coffee (A+). :D


Pink Wink

                                Hot Pink with silver and pink shimmers




Sun Blossoms:

Pale peach


Silver Moon

Sheer gloss with pretty light blue and pink shimmers


 Sparkle berry

Pinkish red with faint orange and lavender shimmers



Shock Tart

Bright Pink



Sheer gloss with champagne sparkles

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 Berry Dazzle

Pink plum with red and lavender shimmers




You can get all these shades + more on the Mary Kay Website!

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