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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Stay At The Drury Inns And Suites

I have rarely felt compelled to write a review on a hotel stay, but I was so impressed by the amenities offered the last time we stayed at a Drury Inn. I don't think I have ever stayed at one before and I have to say, since having kids, I appreciate all the services that came with our most recent stay. Being someone who travels with my family a lot there are three things I'm looking for in a hotel stay.

1. Free Wifi - I am blogger, I need the free Wi-fi and I don't want to have to pay extra for it.
2. Free Parking - Why should anyone staying at a hotel also pay to park there? (NOT NICE)
3. Fold out bed - so my kids can sleep on it if we can't get two queens, or at least a suite with a sitting area.

Drury Inns exceeded our expectations from the get go. When you walked into the lobby to check in, there was a popcorn machine and free soda right in the lobby. My tired hungry kids really appreciated the popcorn, and so did I!



First I was pleasantly surprised with our hotel room:


It was a suite and very spacious. It came with a mini fridge and microwave. Some hotels include, one but not the other, a large counter for all the snacks we have to pack for the kids, one central bathroom between the sitting area and bedroom, and a king size bed.

Also one thing I noticed, written on a card on the desk was the name of our housekeeper and her extension. That is pretty rare to know exactly who will be cleaning your room and where to call for extra towels.




Usually when staying at a hotel we pick a nearby restaurant to eat dinner at. We didn't have to leave the hotel for dinner! Just like a continental breakfast, Drury Inns has what is called "Kickback time from 5:30 pm on. We filled our plates with meatballs, salads, baked ziti, hot-dogs, soup and more. We didn't need to drag our kids back out in the heat of Phoenix to find a restaurant and then risk our time being limited by cranky impatient children. We ate til we were full and went back up to our hotel room. I totally wish I would have taken a picture of my plate, but left my phone in my room.

The next morning we were surprised with a wonderful breakfast of eggs, hash browns, waffles, biscuits and gravy, a cereal bar, donuts, fruit and more. So that's two meals we didn't have to worry about and all for the cost of $95 a night.




The next morning after breakfast, we hit Arrowhead Town mall to go to the Lego Store they had there and to just hang out for awhile, then we came back to the hotel  and took the kids to the indoor/outdoor pool.

The also had a hot tub, but I was too busy looking after the kids to enjoy it. 


 We met up with some friends for dinner that evening that we hadn't seen in a long time and were sure to hit the breakfast before heading back up to Flagstaff.


Over all it was a great stay and the only complaint we had was when my husband found a condom wrapper under the bed-skirt of our bed. It wasn't really that big of a deal because I'm sure the vacuum cleaner tends to miss anything that gets pushed under there. The room was very clean when we checked in, but we did mentioned it in the nicest way when we checked out and Drury Inns and Suites apologized for it and gave us credit for a free night's stay in the future. All I can say is having a friendly helpful staff and amenities that aren't considered "extras" is so worth it! If you are looking for more accommodations than most hotels, Drury Inns and Suites is the place to go and no, they didn't tell me to say that and this post is not sponsored in any way.




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meeno Babies #Giveaway!

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Sponsored By: Meeno Babies
Meeno Babies is a new baby company that strives to create innovative products for the everyday parent. They may be new, but they have over 100+ years of experience in the baby industry, from design and compliance, to development and manufacturing. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had the chance to review Meeno Babies Cool Mee Seat Liner. Visit her website here to read her full review.

Meeno Babies helps protect your stroller or car seat from wet kids good luck to those that enter!


**Giveaway Details**
Date: July 23rd, 2014 – August 6th at 11:59PM EST
Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Prize: One winner will receive one Meeno Babies Product of Choice!
**How to Enter**
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 lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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How To Protect Your Property As A Home Owner

Protecting your property is an important consideration as a homeowner. There are a variety of ways you can do this, but the most common and often the most efficient way to protect your home is by having a security system. Depending on the type of security system you have, you will be able to utilize features such as burglar alarms, fire detection and camera monitoring. However, a security system is just half of what you need. To get the most protection from your security system, you will also want to have security system monitoring as an added benefit.

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What is Alarm Monitoring?
Alarm monitoring is a service provided to homeowners who have some type of a security system. The monitoring service provides homeowners with peace of mind, even when they are not at home. The monitoring service will be able to observe your system and dispatch emergency services when necessary. They can call police and fire departments to help prevent burglary, fire or other damage to a home. Additionally, whether you're in your home or not during an incident when the alarm goes off, the monitoring service will call you and make sure that you're okay and fully informed of the situation. With most monitoring services, you can submit multiple contact numbers so they can contact you at home, at work or on your cellphone wherever you are.

Additional Benefits
An alarm monitoring service is not just there when your alarm is tripped and you have a problem. Monitoring services can also provide a variety of things that you would want to help manage who is coming in and out of your home. Homeowners can get texts or emails when the alarm is deactivated in the home. They can also access the alarm activity history so that they know when another family member is coming or going from the house at any given time.

An alarm monitoring service is an essential part of your home security plan. Without proper monitoring, you may not know what is going on at your house until it's too late. With monitoring, professionals can be dispatched in a timely manner and you can know instantly when there is a problem so you can always have peace of mind when you are away from home.





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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

$35 Origami Owl Jewelry #Giveaway


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To Launch my online Jewelry business I thought it would be a great idea to start with a giveaway and show you exactly why I love Origami Owl. You can read How I fell in love with Origami Owl Here

I thought it would be great to start building a good customer base, with a giveaway and if you are familiar with the jewelry at all and are just in love with it as I am, I reward my customers with free merchandise!

Enter your information on the rafflecopter form below to begin. By doing so you are entered into 2 giveaways. 1 for $35 in Origami Owl Jewelry and the second for a locket of your choice when you subscribe to the Origami Owl Newsletter. After I reach my first 100 subscriptions I will draw a winner from those names to receive a locket.  Also If you make a $25 purchase, for this giveaway only, you will receive a free charm of your choice. Just enter that information into the rafflecopter form.

Why should I love Origami Owl?
Origami Owl makes it so easy to express yourself! Choose a chain, a locket, a plate and the charms that best express you and create your custom statement necklace!



Giveaway Rules:
This giveaway is open to those in the United States only to those 18 years and older with a valid email address.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe #Giveaway

Welcome to the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway!

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Sponsored By: Prince Lionheart

Prince Lionheart has been family owned and 'Bravely Made' company since 1973. They offer a wide variety of innovative baby and kid products. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had a chance to work with Prince Lionheart and review their Deluxe Snooze Shade Plus. Visit her website here and read her full review.

They always come out with the coolest things when my kids no longer need them. I wish the best of luck to one of my readers for this awesome giveaway.

**Giveaway Details**

Date: July 22nd, 2014 – August 5th at 11:59PM EST

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

Prize: One winner will receive a SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover from Prince Lionheart! (ARV $60)

**How to Enter**

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 lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!



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Avoid These Common Sleep Mistakes Parents Often Make

Sleep? What's sleep? You probably cannot remember the last time you had a full night of sleep, right? Oh wait, yes you can! You were probably about three months pregnant and still basking in the glow of the idea of bringing a baby into the world. Well, sorry to say this article is not about you. It is about sleep mistakes made by parents. However, a healthier sleep routine for your child could translate to more sleep for you, so maybe this is about you, after all!

Not Having a Bedtime Routine

The most well-rested people tend to have a bedtime routine that allows them to relax their body and calm their mind. Children are no different. Getting your little one in relaxation mode before placing him in his crib will make a big difference. This could be a warm bath, dimming the lights while singing a lullaby, etc. The more consistent you are, the more effective the routine will be.

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Not Creating the Right Environment

Most parents decorate a nursery to be youthful and fun, but don't really understand that the environment will affect sleep quality. Avoid harsh colors, and choose lighting with a dimming option. A wall water fountain is highly recommended because the sound is soothing and the moving water cleans the air. Plus, it will act as a noise barrier, so your little one won't wake up just because you sneeze in the next room. You can get a nice one at online stores like LuxeWaterWalls.com.

Ignoring Cues

Babies and toddlers often show sleep cues that tell you when their natural sleep window has arrived. Yawning, eye rubbing, fussing, whining, loss of interest in play, and slowed activity are examples. During the sleep window, the child's body produces calming melatonin. If you miss it, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, which is a stimulating, stress-related hormone that gives him a second wind that is often accompanied by a little crankiness.

Creating and Relying on Sleep Crutches

A newborn very well may need you to rock, sway, walk, swing, sing, etc., to help him fall asleep. Experts suggest that when this continues past three or four months it becomes a crutch. It is recommended to put your baby to bed while drowsy, yet still awake, so they are actually falling asleep without the crutch from the beginning.

Straying From a Sleep Schedule

Your child's inner clock will adapt to the sleep schedule you create. When you stray away you essentially mess it up. When a schedule is consistent the child will get sleepy around the same time every day. If you are inconsistent, your child will feel like you would flying back and forth between time zones every day.



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