Monday, September 29, 2014

ALEXANDER Prize Pack Giveaway

OK~ I've got a quick giveaway for all of you Disney fans! Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day hits theaters nationwide on October 10th. Here's a glimpse as to what you can expect. One of you will win a ALEXANDER Prize Pack, just like the one that I will receive. I did not receive any compensation for this post and all the opinions here are mine and nobody else's. So..... who's ready to laugh?

This new Disney film is directed by Independent Spirit Award winner Miguel Arteta ( The Good Girl, Cedar Rapids, Youth in Revolt) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber. The year 1972 falls into play here, as well. I remember that year well, as I started Kindergarten that year. This film is bases on the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was first published in 1972! This book was written by Judith Viorst and inspired by her sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children's Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children's Book Award and was also a popular Reading Rainbow Book. As a Mom of two boys, I "get" this story!

It's always fun to see the "old" classics that I grew up with come around into something that fits today's world! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is sure to be a hit! Plan now to see it when it arrives in a theater near you.

I have a super fun Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day prize pack to giveaway.

- One (1) official ALEXANDER coffee mug
- One (1) giant green highlighter
- One (1) crocodile stress toy
- One (1) official ALEXANDER reusable bag
There's also a Family Press Kit with games and activities.

Want to enter? Enter through the Rafflecopter form below!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

North Iowa Bloggers Sample Fall Flavored Oreos

Photo: Courtesty of Beth Ann Chiles of It's Just Life

OK~ Oreo cookies are not something that I indulge in. But, due to the fact that the North Iowa Bloggers gathered for a sampling of the new Oreo flavors, I may now need to indulge. We did not sample the so-called "normal" Oreos that you find on the shelves all year long. We were able to find eight Fall flavors.  We sampled all of them and came up with a favorite.

Beth Ann of It's Just Life, hosted our North Iowa Blogger get together. She rolled out the red carpet for us bloggers and had set up an awesome "taste testing" station. Isn't this cool?

I know that you all want to know what these results were. Well, I do believe we all had similar taste buds. We did end up with several partial Berry Oreos, which landed in the trash! Amy, of Modern Rural Living was ready to chuck this one!

My least favorite was the Berry- Quite honestly I thought they tasted like pink medicine! I also think it's fair to say that others felt the same way. Katy of Learning As I Go expressed the dislike as much as I did!

Next, I would have to say Pumpkin Spice and Rootbeer did absolutely nothing for me. I would NEVER pay money for these. The Pumpkin Spice really had a strange taste- and the Rootbeer tasted good, until my tasted buds had time to absorb the bitter taste! Yes, I said bitter, and that's how it was.

Vanilla and Chocolate Birthday Cake tasted just like regular Oreos to me! They scored an even "like."

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough was OK, nothing  have to go running to the store to buy- but they were edible.

The Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies won overall- with all of the North Iowa Bloggers for the best tasting! Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids LOVED the Peanut Butter Oreos!

Although my favorite was Caramel Apple. I can say that I will buy these- I thought they were fantastic. Jeni of Jeni Eats is the food blogger of our group and I am anxious to see if she will come up with some awesome recipes from any of these!

So, tell me, are you an avid Oreo fan? What flavors are your favorite? The North Iowa Bloggers are always up to trying new products- Remember all of those Lays chips they tasted? This group is always up for fun. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

* The North Iowa Bloggers purchased the Oreos and the opinions expressed here are mine and those of the North Iowa Bloggers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blogger Opp For Halloween 2014

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Welcome to the first of many Blogger opportunities for the Holiday Season! Hosted by: Adventures of a Military Family of 8

For October we will be doing: "CooCoo for Costumes" Halloween Giveaway event

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Glimpse Into Life In Iowa

OK~ People ask me all the time, "What's it like to live in Iowa?" I'm not sure what people expect, but it is fair to say that where I live; it's rather quiet and the views are far and wide.

Wide Open Spaces

I often think people picture a horse and buggy, which is not the case.

I live in the country near a community of 27,000 people. I consider that to be quite big, but when it's put in perspective, it's not. Recently on an plane a gentleman from a town in California commented, "Yeah, we live in a small town too, there are 150,000 people in it." Yeah, now that's a jaw dropper for this Mom.

I am surrounded by corn and soybean fields. In case you don't know, corn is tall and soybeans are short.

Soybean Field In Iowa: Fall 2014

Our gravel road does not see much traffic throughout the day, so when we have five or six vehicles go by in a day, I often comment, "I wonder where all that traffic came from."

I often sit at a stoplight behind four or five cars and think, "Dang, this line is not moving fast enough." When I travel to a big city, such as Atlanta, things are put into perspective. It's not uncommon in a city like that to sit with a hundred cars at one intersection. So that measly four or five cars, is not bad at all!

Spring and Fall are busy with farm traffic. Combines and tractors are a common site on all roads, including highways. Farm equipment does not travel at 55 mph, so it's important to pay attention when driving in rural America when planting and harvest seasons are in full swing.

Our lakes are surrounded with lots of trees and wide open areas. In Iowa, lakes are enjoyed all year around. Boating enthusiasts enjoy the warmer season and ice fisherman love the cold! Which brings me to the dreaded topic of Winter. It's true, I cannot stand Winter! The older I get, the more I despise it. Last year we had 10 days in a row where our actual air temperature did not go above zero. Now that, my friends, is frigid!

In Iowa we wear boots when it turns cold. I'm always surprised to find people in the South wearing boots when it's in the 80's for temps. Boot weather to me is when it's cold out and/or there is snow and ice on the ground. The concept of feet sweating to get that "look" have never interested me. I will wait until the thermometer dictates that it's time to break out the boots.

And then there are our farm cats. They make life rather fun and interesting. And I'm happy to report that they are indulging in those field mice, which means I will have one less mouse to worry about when it comes to hanging out in our house.

So, that's a glimpse as to what life is like in Iowa. How does your life compare to this Iowa Mom's scenery? I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall TV Is Back On Your U.S. Cellular Devices, Is It Time To Cut The Cable Cord? #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moment Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 10+ years.

OK~ The Fall television season is back and it's no secret that many households have cut the cable cord, including this household. For us, it became an issue of how often do we have to wait for the cable company to come and repair "something." I got tired of the waiting and in all honesty, we have not missed it. We have turned to our mobile devices. U.S. Cellular happens to have a very reliable 4G LTE Network that offers a cutting edge device, such as my iPhone 5s.

According to an Experian Marketing Services Report, Americans who no longer subscribe to cable or satellite TV have increased 44 percent in the past four years, which equals 7.6 million households. A recent U.S. Cellular survey also revealed that 79 percent of respondents use a smartphone daily. Of those, 84 percent have cable or satellite TV, but 34 percent have considered dropping it for alternate services. Our digital world continues to change, and once a family embraces a smartphone or tablet, the new doorways to technology are truly endless.

So, are you thinking of cutting the cord to cable? Here's some tips to help you decide if you and your family are ready. In our household, it was a no brainer!

  • Determine what TV shows you watch. If your list is small, Google Play and iTunes sell individual TV episodes for $1.99 to $2.99. Season passes are also available at discounted rates.
  • Hulu Plus and Netflix offer monthly subscriptions that begin at $7.99, and you can watch HD shows on all of your devices including your computer, tablet, or smartphone. How cool is that?
  • Are you already a subscriber to at least one of the above mentioned monthly subscription sites? Then you may be interested in purchasing a streaming media player such as a Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire, which allows you access to thousands of channels, subscription services, convenient ways to rent or buy movies, watch on demand shows and play games.
It's inevitable that your kids will try to log into something you don't approve of. That's where U.S. Cellular's Parent/Child Agreement App comes into play! An investment worth every single penny.

Have you ditched cable or satellite tv? I'd love to hear about your experience! I know. in this house, it's been a positive one. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Udderly Smooth® Mug And Hand Cream Giveaway

OK~ If you have followed me online for sometime you probably know that I am a huge fan of Udderly Smooth® Products! I love the fact that their products are made in the United States, and they are even a Mid-West based company. I recently received a nice package from the good folks over at Udderly Smooth® and am giving each of you the opportunity to call this fun mug and hand cream all yours! I purchased the hand cream at my local Hy-Vee store and thought it would be a nice addition to the fun mug that I had received.

A little history behind Udderly Smooth®, they are family owned and operated. You will also find it interesting that Udderly Smooth® was originally invented in Ohio to use on dairy cows under harsh conditions. With several different products available in the market place, it's fair to say that Udderly Smooth® can meet your needs! From folks with diabetes issues to folks struggling with the side effects of chemotherapy, you will find a cream from Udderly Smooth® to help your skin heal.

A few months ago our local Social Media Breakfast Club put together a little video and I thought it would be fun to share it with all of you!

It's TRUE- A "Hands Down Winner!"

So, here's your opportunity to win a fun Udderly Smooth® Mug and a tube of amazing hand cream! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below and you could find your hands a little smoother in the near future!

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Good Luck! Stay tuned... I love Udderly Smooth® products and can't wait to share more with all of you. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?