LASER X MICRO BLASTER



John strapped his receiver tightly on his upper arm. He was ready to finish this game and finally claim victory. The sun had set, making it difficult to see any distinguishing shadows of his friend.
Suddenly he see's a quick flash of light and they both take aim!

Sounds pretty exciting! You and your friend could find yourselves in this predicament. All you have to do is purchase a Laser X Micro Blasters this summer to have a blast of fun and excitement!

In the Laser X Player game you will find two Laser X Micro Blasters with two arm Receivers! This game features the state of the art lighting and sound effects. It's easy to reload, just press and hold the trigger.  It can be like having your own game in a laser tag arena, but right in your own backyard!

Everyone needs a little summer time fun! This is a great way to get the kids off the couch and outside!  This game can easily fit in backpacks  and a great game on the go!   It is recommended for kids 6+ !  Just strap on your receiver and blast opponents up to 100 feet away!

I would highly recommend this game for a family night of summer time fun! Divide everyone into teams of two and compete to see how long it takes to take the other person out! I am sure Mom and Dad will definitely want to join the fun! The top ones can later play each other and only one can be declared "Champion"!

The Laser X Micro Blasters can be found at Walmart, Costco or Target! The game is also available at GetLaserX.com  This product is affordable and retails for $29.99 for a double set and $14.99 to equip a single player. I am sure after you see the video below you will be rushing out to purchase the Laser X Micro Blaster!
Enjoy this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FGEHG8tYQ



Disclosure: I was given this game Laser X Micro Blasters game to review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

It's that time of the year again for a summer road trip. The car is packed, the kids are buckled in and Mom and Dad are excited to start making some new beach summer memories with the family.

The kids can't wait to make sand castles and swim in the hotel pool and Mom and Dad are looking forward to eating at their favorite seafood restaurant and relaxing in the lounge chairs under a large brightly colored umbrella on the sandy beach and forget about life for a week.

In the south we have many choices of beaches to visit. You can head to Gulf shores, Alabama or Florida to visit sandy white beaches. 

Heading to the beach has always been a tradition in our family. You get up at the crack of dawn, get in a already over packed car and hit the road in hopes of seeing lots of sunshine on your trip.  It does rain sometimes at the beach, but most of the time it's just short showers, that come in quickly and leave just as fast.  There are times when the rain sets in and the weathermen start huddling together and start talking about hurricanes, but here in the south when vacation arrives rain is usually the last thing on our minds and deep down we hope the week we have picked for the family vacation will be sunny.

Heading south to beach is in itself an adventure.You never know what small town will open up a specialty gift shop or place  to eat, that you can visit and then add to your places to always stop at in the future on the way to the beach.

Basically that is how most trip traditions get started, someone in the family has stopped at place of business and was deeply impressed by its array of things to buy or eat, that once back home someone told someone about it and now we all have to stop there.  Funny it may not really be that good, but its "tradition" to stop by on the way to the beach!

Going to the beach is really a family affair in the south. You have to make your summer pilgrimage at least once a year in order to have something to talk about with far away family members, when they come to visit in the winter months.

Driving back home isn't as always as exciting, then the going down trip.The kids have sunburns and Mom and Dad are sad that another vacation has come to the end and now they have to return back to the every day life of work again. Once you get back home and wash what seems like tons of clothes and try to clean out the sand out of the car seats and floors, you have to smile because as you walk back to the house you hear your husband talking to a neighbor over the fence discussing the latest trip to the beach with the family. He has a exictement in his voice as he describes how wonderful the seafood tasted and the sand this time was so white and you couldn't ask for better weather.
You smile to yourself as you head in the house and think you can't till the next beach trip! This next time you will  have to stop and try out the new doughnut place for breakfast. The memories of beach vacations are indeed priceless.

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Welcome to Frugal Southern Mom's Backyard Chickens!

I have really enjoying blogging these past few years! I have learned a lot and still learning. Made new friends and I have received a pile products to review! Yes I have gone from posting daily to maybe posting a few times a month. To be honest, blogging has loss its appeal. So after a lot of careful thinking and research, I  have decided to add a few new areas to this stagnant blog!  Let's see if we can put Frugal Southern Mom back in circulation.

Secondly, there will be a new blog, called, " Frugal Southern Mom Backyard Chicken's"! Yep that means I will be doing two blogs1

My new blog will making its debut very soon! Look to see it's debut in June!


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Family Road Trip: Strawberry Picking


Strawberry Picking in Georgia

It's strawberry season in the south,  so let's head out to the "Go Pick Em Farms!  Your kids will love being able to pick strawberry's right from the plants. Just when you thought your picking strawberry's days were over, spring time arrives in the south and your local Pick Em farms are open for business! 
 
There are strawberry farms located across Georgia, where you can find the largest and sweetest strawberry's to make pies, shakes, jelly or just eat fresh right off the plant. Strawberry picking starts in March and last until May in Georgia. Grab your sunglasses, a pail and let's get to work! Be sure to dress comfortable. 
 
Here are a couple of farms to choose from: 

Ottawa Farms - Bloomingdale, Georgia. You will find Strawberry U-Pick fields, followed by Blackberries and Blueberries. Visit http://ottawafarms.com or call 912-748-3035 for more information. Ottawa Farms offers families a wide variety of activities besides strawberry picking, a general store and an annual Strawberry Festival.

Southern Belle Farm - Mcdonough, Georgia. You will find  5-acres of strawberries. They have several farm activities for the kids and a hay ride. They are only opened on weekends. After the hay ride, head to the concession stand for homemade strawberry ice-cream. They are located at 1658 Turner Church Road, McDonough, Georgia 30252, 770-288-2582. Call for prices.
 
Watkinsville Farm - Bogart, Georgia. You can reach them at 706-769-0627. They are open Monday-Saturday, closed on Sundays. They offer Super Spring Saturdays with activities for kids and concessions. There is also a petting zoo. You can buy pre-picked strawberries or pick your own. Call for prices. 
 
You can also find other farms to choose from at https://365atlantafamily.com/strawberry-picking-in-georgia-2/.     

In case you are looking for a new recipe to try with your pail full of strawberries, here is one of my favorites I make several times during strawberry season in the south! 
 
Slushy Strawberry Lemonade 
  •  1 cup of frozen strawberries 
  •  1 1/2 cups of sweet lemonade 
  •  Blend together and Enjoy!
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Geocaching Road Trip in GA

Geocaching in Georgia

Do you like a mystery? Do you like to find hidden treasure? It's time to escape for a weekend of geocaching! Pack up your GPS or smart phone and back pack and let's head to the a Georgia State park to find buried treasure!  Visit this website for directions and information about GA's state parks - http://gastateparks.org/.

I am sure your asking, "what is geocaching?  Geocaching is mixing high tech with finding buried treasure the old fashioned way!  You can use a smart phone app or GPS and discover hidden treasures. This can be great for preteens or teenagers. Make it a family weekend! This would be a good way to connect or reconnect with your teens! 
 
This is how it works, once you find the treasure, which is usually a small prize. You can take this prize and then be sure to leave a prize for the next person to find. You will need to have special coordinates to start your search for treasure, these are available at www.geocaching.com. This is where your smart phone comes in! Once your find your treasure sign the logbook to document your success! 
 
You will be amazed how many "geo-adventures" you can check out in the Georgia State Parks. There are also history trails which feature indoor boxes with combination locks that can only be opened after learning about the site's history. Your kids will love trying to solve the clues. This is a great opportunity for your kids to learn about history the fun way! Let's pack up our gear and head out geocaching!

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Transporting Your New Pet

Transporting Your New Pet 
    
How many times have your kids already asked, "Mom and Dad, can I have a dog?"  Even after several requests, if the time is not right, parents will say no. Of course being a kid, its hard to understand why you need to wait. You ask yourself, "What am I waiting for?"  Going to pick out your first pet is a big responsibility and you have to be ready to take time to care for it , walk it, feed it and water and most importantly take time to play with your new pet. 
 
Then one Saturday morning, Dad walks up to you and tells you to head to the car we are going on a short road trip! You ask, Where are we going Dad?  Dad said," its a secret!" You are really excited now! Not only are you hanging with Dad on a lazy Saturday, but now you have to find out what this secret is! Owning a pet is the best feeling in the whole world. Suddenly you are looking at the world differently through your pets eyes!  Who knew you could have so  much fun jumping in the leaves with your new four paw wonder! You also have a new ball catching buddy and going to the creek is also more exciting with two sets of eyes looking for buried treasures. Yes, taking care of a new puppy or older dog requires a lot of attention and I feel a good age is around 9 or 10.  

There are many places where you can get dogs, but my favorite place is getting one from your local humane society or rescue shelter! Usually there is a fee and that normally includes shots and neutering your new animal. Going to the Humane Society can be fun, but with so many dogs and puppies to choose from this may make it difficult to choose the right match for you. Here are some tips for the day you take home your new pet:

  • Take your time when looking.  Always make sure the new animal feels comfortable around you and is friendly. Some can be shy, but with a little love I am sure they will warm up to you in no time. Just make sure you find a dog that you love and that loves you back. 
  • Before you leave ask the workers if the dog your wanting has any special notes from previous owners. Just remember your going to be spending many years with your new family member! 
  • Before you head to the shelter make sure to prep your house for a new pet. Have all of the supplies on hand, set up their feeding and sleeping areas, and make sure that when you arrive home the house will be quiet and calm. 
  • When you head out to pick up your new pet, bring along some treats and items such as a new toy and a leash. 
  • Think about how you are going to transport them. If they are going to ride in a crate, make sure to buy or borrow one that is plenty large enough for them. 
  • On the ride home, ask your kids to stay as quiet and calm as possible. The animal will likely be nervous or scared, and loud noises will only make it worse. 
  • Make sure you are prepared to drive straight home. The sooner you can get the animal into its new surroundings, the better. 
Have fun looking for your new furry family member!

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Spring Road Trip to AL

Spring Road Trip to Alabama
 
Time passes by quickly and before you know it's time again to plan for a Spring family road trip. The kids want to go somewhere, to the beach, to Disney or they even ask to go on a cruise!  What do these kids think, Mom and Dad are made of money?  Sometimes parents are guilty of trying to "top" last year's trip and this is making our kids expect more each year.  I know we all just want to see a happy child, but at what expense?  

Planning a spring break vacation doesn't have to be stressful, just remember kids are wanting to spend time with you. Road trips are a time for families to make memories with each other. Take a look around your neighborhood and see what new places have opened up that you and your kids would like to visit. You might be surprised what new attractions may be in your own neighborhood! 

Camping is easy. Pack up and head to any near by state park. You will find several things to do, such as swimming, hiking, and of course camping. Cabins are usually available if you would prefer staying in a building. In Alabama we have several state parks. 

One in particular that comes to mind is Oak Mountain State Park, in Pelham, Alabama. They always have several programs going on and I am sure you will be able to find something to do for everyone! The Alabama Wildlife Center is great for kids of all ages. This place receives about 2,522 orphaned or injured animals from at least 100 different species yearly.  Recovery animals are on display so that you may witness their progress. The main objective is to hopefully be able to release them back into the wild one day. They also have many species of birds that cannot be released back into the wild. You can take a short hike to visit them. Oak Mountain also has horses you can ride on trails and a petting farm. Be sure to take pictures of  the peacocks, they love to pose for pictures! They also have a beach area you can visit, so don't forget your bathing suits! Going to a state park is as expensive as you make it. Camping is allowed in new improved areas with electricity or you can go primitive. There is a small daily fee for camping. Spring break doesn't have to break the bank. Making memories is what matters and spending quality time with your kids is priceless! For more information visit: http://www.stateparks.com/oak_mountain_state_park_in_alabama.html

FREE BOWLING



Participating AMF bowling locations are having a Kids Fest Day on Saturday, April 28th from 1-5PM. Kids ages 15 and under can enjoy 1 FREE hour of bowling. There will also be discounts on bowling for adults, plus food and drink specials for everyone, like $1 hot dogs, $2 pizza slices, and 12 oz. soft drinks for just $1!

PARADE ROAD TRIP

 

Trying to keep kids busy while on trips, always seems to be one single important thing on parent's minds. Many times, we make sure we have activities planned out for the children, more so than the family trip itself, but keeping the kids happy makes happy parents, which also makes a vacation more memorable.
Traveling with kids has its up's also. It's funny what kids will notice on a trip that would never occur to a parent.  Like for instance your child suddenly yells out, "Hey look out the window! Do you see the hot dogs"?   Of course, Mom and Dad are wondering what exactly the child is looking at or maybe he is simple reading a billboard on the road, but with much insistence your child finally convinces you to stop and look at the hot dogs! You have to laugh to yourself when you see the hot dogs, are plants sticking up out of the water. I can definitely see where he see's hot dogs, but it's going to be hard to explain that the plant is called a "cat tail". You can find them in the south growing in swampy wetlands. Which of course starts a new conversation. Now your child is asking, "So that is where a cat's tail comes from"? I will let you dwell upon that idea for a bit, said Dad. Let me know how you plan on explaining where a cat's tail comes from. I shake my head, this is going to be a challenge to try to explain to a toddler! As you can see, sometimes all the activities you plan for your kid is sometimes simply not needed.  Just an imagination of a 4-year-old can be all the activity you will need!
March is a month for windy, rainy weather and St. Patrick's Day. Let's head to the nation's capital, Washington, DC.  Here you will find many parades to attend in March.
This year the Washington D.C. 48th Annual St. Patrick's Parade will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:00 Noon, and will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W., in the Nation's Capital.
This year's theme is "Showcasing DC Irish Culture". It will celebrate local Irish-American leaders who have been instrumental in the promotion Irish culture throughout the DMV area and become leaders in showcasing Washington's unique Irish heritage beyond the city.
Traveling with kids can be challenging, but it can also be a lot of fun. Just remember to let your child use his imagination instead of planning activities for them and I am sure your family will have the best road trip yet!
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SNOW IN THE SOUTH


 Here in the south we don't always see a lot of snow, but this year, it appears the ground hog has again seen his shadow and we are in for least another 6 weeks of winter. If you live up north, where many are used to blustery, cold snowy winter days it's not a problem, but here in the south, we panic if the weatherman even mentions the slight hint of sleet, snow or icy conditions.   I will be the first to admit, we are not prepared mentally for snow here and this fact does not shame me in any way. I would much rather have an early spring with flowers and the occasional rain shower, but Mother Nature does not seem to see it this way this year, so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Road trips are nice, but sometimes with all the snow it's not always wise to get out on the roads and with snow comes closed schools and you will soon find yourself sitting on the couch looking at kids who are tired of snow and love using the word, "bored".  I do believe this is the one word I think that should be taken out of their vocabulary and marked out of all dictionaries!   It's planning time for Mom or Dad or whoever is able to stay home in the winter storm. I have tried to compile a list of things to do on a so called "boring day" according to kids!
Making cookies is always fun, just don't try to keep everything neat, it's not going to happen and months from now I am sure you will be finding bits of frosting on the cabinets! Be sure to try the No Bake Cookies. Hopefully you should have all the ingredients on hand.
No Bake Cookies
2 cup Sugar
1/4 stick of butter
2 1/2 cups of Quick Cooking Oats
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of milk
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter

Combine sugar, milk, butter and cocoa in sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add oats, vanilla and peanut butter. Blend together. Drop by Teaspoonfuls onto wax paper.
This should make about 2 1/2 dozen
There are many things you can do with your kids, playing board games or clearing off the kitchen table and putting a 100 or 200 piece puzzle together. Getting under blankets on the couch and reading your kids favorite book's aloud.
Being snowed in doesn't have to be "boring". It can be a great time for family bonding. Sitting by a fire and simply talking and sharing stories with each other,or if your kids are toddlers get in some cuddling and reading time. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure the word, "bored" is not allowed to be used! Be sure to take advantage of this down time to do nothing but enjoy time well spent with family! You will soon find out being snowed in with family isn't so bad after all.

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LASER X MICRO BLASTER

John strapped his receiver tightly on his upper arm. He was ready to finish this game and finally claim victory. The sun had set...