Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rohto® Cooling Eye Drops Review And Giveaway

OK~ My immediate family members are always on the look out for an eye drop that relieves redness and lubricates the eyes. I did receive a sample of these Rohto® drops to review and was glad to receive them. Living in the country with harvest season in full swing, these drops offered relief unlike any other eye drop in the marketplace.  Rohto® is the number-one global eye drop brand and was first launched in Japan over 100 years ago. Since then the brand has been consistently advancing the eye drop category with innovative technology.



Introduced to the United States market over 12 years ago, Rohto created a distinct sub-category of “cooling eye drops” which now comprises an important and growing part of the market. Unlike ordinary eye drops, Rohto® delivers a unique cooling sensation using Freshkick™ technology that works wonders to soothe and comfort irritated eyes for up to eight hours – a feature that is loved and embraced by loyal fans.

The line of Rohto® Cooling Eye Drop products provide fast-acting cooling relief for a number of symptoms including red, dry, or itchy eyes caused by environmental irritants.  

Rohto® Cool MAX is the newest product from the brand, which hit the shelves in the stores a couple months ago. Have you tried them? Two immediate family members tried these eye drops and found them to be very soothing. Featuring maximum-strength redness relief, Rohto® Cool Max whitens red, irritated eyes, plus soothes and protects eyes from further irritation. As always, the opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

I have two 0.4 FL OZ (13mL) to giveaway to one person. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. 




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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Glimpse Into The Beauty of Rural America

OK~ It's a beautiful day here in North Iowa. We actually mowed our lawn last evening and I can honestly tell you that I do not remember the last time we mowed in October. Quite often, August is the last time we need to mow. It's balmy today, very windy but warm for October. Last evening I glanced out the South window of our house and this was the view.



I thought to myself, now that's what I enjoy about Rural America. Look at how peaceful things are. The soybeans across the road are being harvested and sunset was just beautiful. I then thought about January and what the view would look like. There will be ice and snow, something I wish we could somehow skip around.

So, I began to make a list of what I do enjoy about Rural America.


  • Quiet
  • Clean Water/Air
  • I Can See For Miles
  • Traffic Is Minimal
  • I Know My Neighbors
  • Sunset And Sunrise Are Stunning
These are really simple things, but are really huge. I take it for granted when I can have a view like this, and then I realize that it's a treat for many to get out into the country to see something like this. Do you get to experience sunrise and sunset where you live? 

I have often heard from people, especially photographers, that a lot of folks miss out on really good stuff because they won't get out of bed in the morning. I have to agree, sunrise is really something to see in Rural America. Next time you are in Rural America, make it a point to experience sunrise and sunset with your kiddos, as they will thank you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blogger Friends + Actual Cards = A Fun Birthday

OK~ I had a birthday this past week and I can honestly say that the bloggers of North Iowa sure knew how to make me smile.




I have not received this many actual cards on my birthday in years. But you know what? It was fun to hold an actual birthday card that was given to me. I am kind of odd, as I still enjoy holding an actual book in my hand, as opposed to my iPad when it comes to reading a book. If there is one thing that I need to get better at, it is sending and giving actual handwritten cards to people. I had a terrific birthday and look forward to moving forward in another year.

All of these cards got me thinking about how we all interact in today's crazy, busy world. Social Media plays a huge role in celebrating birthdays and other special occasions. I do think it's wonderful that we can send a simple birthday message across the miles through social media and celebrate the successes of our friends But there's still something to be said about a handwritten note, don't you think? My friend, Beth Ann of It's Just Life, really rocks the homemade cards, yes the handmade, handwritten ones! She has went so far as to talk about how your words matter, and the fact that letter writing is changing, as well as how all those scribbled notes are really letters!

I am a very lucky gal, as I have a wonderful family, friends, and awesome business partners and clients that continue to support me in my crazy, exciting adventures. When I look at this little "sea" of cards, this speaks volumes to me..... This group of cards reminds me that I do matter and it's definitely the kick in the pants that I needed when it comes to sending actual cards.

So, tell me. When is the last time you mailed or handed someone an actual card? I'm working on this and will continue too. But dang, Social Media makes it all a little too easy to wish someone a happy birthday! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Monday, October 13, 2014

Five Star Co-op: Keeping Communities Alive In North Iowa

OK~ The North Iowa Bloggers and I recently visited Five Star Co-op located in Burchinal, Iowa. As you know, Fall is a super busy time of year here in North Iowa.



Farmers are busy harvesting and the co-ops are all extremely busy. This particular co-op is one that I grew up with. It was known as the Burchinal Co-op for many years and has been a Five Star Co-op for several years.

Five Star Co-op is the heart of Burchinal, as there is no post office, school or store. There are several homes and maybe 100 people in town. So, when I say that Five Star Co-op is the heart of Burchinal, Iowa, it is very true.

Five Star Co-op is a resource for farmers when it comes to agronomy products, as well as knowledge. Petroleum, feed, and hardware are all available for purchase. Farmers were hauling in corn and soybeans on the day we visited.




The employees of Five Star Co-op shared their knowledge when it comes to being safe and what an ear of corn is made of. Did you know that an ear of corn has an even number of kernels around it?



Agriculture is constantly changing, but you know what? The basics of raising crops to provide food and energy for all of us still remains. Farmers are hardworking people that work hard all year long and strive to be good people in our world. Five Star Co-op in Burchinal still has one of the older elevators on the premises and is used regularly. Look at the difference in how these bins look and will look in the future. These steel bins hold a lot more grain than the older storage unit.




I was intrigued by this panel of buttons, codes and locks. All of this is in place to keep the corn dryer functioning and keep the employees safe. Keep in mind, the bin on the left has nothing this electronic installed in it. Technology is changing how employees work in the world of agriculture. There's still a lot of hands on jobs with Five Star Co-op, it's just different from 25 years ago.

And just in case you need a job, check out all the listings that Five Star Co-op has. Thank you to Five Star Co-op in Burchinal for educating us on what you do for our community.

For me..... I will continue to enjoy harvest with my family and look forward to see how our local co-ops evolve to meet the needs of our farmers.




There's nothing like a combine ride with Dad, a ritual that's been going on for 46 years. Yes, you read that correct, 46 years! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Family Four Pack Giveaway: HalloWeekend At Cedar Point 2014

OK~ I've got a super fun weekend giveaway getaway for you! Have you been to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio? If not, here's why you need to go!

Cedar Point is home to HalloWeekends now through November 2, 2014. Friday evenings kick off at 6 p.m. followed by a full day of fun on Saturday and Sunday.

If you enjoy roller coasters, thrill rides, family friendly attractions and haunted houses- Cedar Point is where you will want to be! Here's a glance of what you can expect.





Families will enjoy a Halloween Show & Kids' Costume Contest. This event is reserved for guests 54" and under. To participate in this fun event, report on Saturday and/or Sunday at 2:30 pm (pre-schoolers) and at 3:15 pm (grade schoolers) to the Howl-O-Palooza Stage (Next to Wicked Twister). You and your family will have a blast!

And in case you like skeletons!




You will not want to miss the extravaganza that is loaded with family fun and skeletons! A cirque-style spectacle that will dazzle your senses. Located near Celebration Plaza and the showtimes are as follows:

FRIDAY: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

SATURDAY: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

SUNDAY:  3:30pm,  5:30pm, 7:30pm

Tip: Arrive early to get a good viewing place!

From the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration to the Magical House on Boo Hill, Cedar Point is sure to thrill you and your family. 

Thrill seekers will love the mazes and scare zones! With several haunted houses and creepy scare zones, you will be a little creeped out and maybe wonder what you are doing in such a haunted space. From the Zombie High School to the Eternity Infirmary, you will be a little creeped out! If you don't watch where you are walking, you may walk right into a zombie, true story!

Note: These haunted houses are for teens+ and not the faint of heart. 

So, I know you would love to visit Cedar Point this Fall to experience a Halloweekend at Cedar Point!

I have a family four-pack of tickets to experience Halloweekend at Cedar Point, for one of you! Enter through the Rafflecopter form and you could find yourself on your way to Cedar Point, very soon.


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*You have three weekends left to use these tickets. These tickets must be used during the 2014 season. Cedar Point is responsible for the delivery of the tickets. I did not receive compensation for this post, the opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. My family and I were guests of Cedar Point in September of 2014. This does not include transportation costs or lodging costs.

THANK YOU TO CEDAR POINT FOR PROVIDING THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY TO MY READERS!







Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Fun And Affordable Halloween Costume

OK~ Who else is ready for the month of October to slow down? Dang, this month is flying by and I'm not sure that I am ready for it. On the bright side, I no longer have to think about a Halloween Costume for a little one. I will admit, I did get lucky in that department, as we had a Batman in our home for SEVERAL years! Those two costumes got a lot of miles on them.

Today I was reminded that Halloween is not that far away, as you can find mask after mask and costume after costume in a lot of local stores. Do you buy your kids' Halloween costumes or do you design their costumes? There's something to be said about a costume that Mom or Dad can whip up! This is simply the cutest, most simple Halloween costume I have ever seen.




Isn't this one of the most clever ideas ever? Look how simple this is! This proves that you do not have to spend a lot of money on a Halloween Costume! This costume wins- hands down!

So, tell me... What does Halloween look like at your home this year? I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?