Sunday, February 26, 2017

Parents, Are You Listening To Your Kids?

OK~ I've had the opportunity to speak with three different groups of teens the past couple weeks. If there is one thing I have noticed, several of our kids today are unhappy. When you listen to what our kids of today have to say, as I've sure it's been this way for years; they are honest and open with you.

If there's one thing I learned, it's that our kids are stressed with their schedules. When kids are not allowed to have any down time, they begin to dislike everything they do. Some of the kids I met flat out said to me, "I want to volunteer more with my church, but I cannot because my parents have signed me up for several different travel sports teams all year long." My reply was, "Have you talked to your parents about this?" They all told me, they won't listen.



Seriously? Parents, listen to your kids. The kids that I met last week were kids that were well mannered and really trying to please their parents. I could see that a breaking point was near and that's when the problems will set in.

I worked in a high school as a para-educator several years ago and I heard the same thing then. Sadly, many of the kids that I had this same conversation with were into trouble a couple years down the road. I have seen first hand that it is possible to over schedule your kids with activities. If you don't allow them to have some down time, they honestly have no clue what to do with it when they hit the real world.

Down time in the real world involves folding clothes, washing clothes, doing dishes, walking the dog and all those good things that we do to survive in the world today. Volunteering is something kids should be proud to be a part of, yet it can be another trap. I've also seen kids that were volunteered out. Hence, they hit a breaking point.

Parents, my challenge to you is to work on the finding the balance for your kids. I learned that many of our kids are hurting, tired and want to slow down. Listen to your kids and come to the best agreement that you can.

I do not claim to be a perfect parent, I never was. Stay in tune to what your teens are doing. Listen to them and they will thank you down the road. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Monday, February 20, 2017

My Challenge To You Is To Patronize A Local Business

OK~ It's been a while since I've addressed the topic of local. It's time to readdress it. When did it become the norm, for our so called local organizations that run around with the titles of our home towns, to not do business with local people?

I understand that we have a world wide economy. I do truly understand that. Our brick and mortar stores are struggling to stay open, yet local offices order paper products online. Really? What's wrong with patronizing a local business? I'm talking any brick and mortar storefront. The local tax dollars do mean something in our communities and each penny does matter.

My challenge to you is to stop into a store on your main street this week and spend a minimum of one dollar. Easy enough? If each person that read this, we could make a small dent. I dislike seeing local business owners struggle, yet it's true, in order to succeed in today's world, you do need to offer something unique.

My friend Lisa of Today's Your Day, is doing that! She offers creative balloon decorations that you cannot find anywhere else. Lisa offers balloon creations that she makes with her hands and a whole lot of love!


It is true that you can purchase some of the same balloons in a local discount store, but I can guarantee you that your balloons will not look as cute as this!

So, tell me. How do you support local businesses? I was disheartened to learn that in two communities near me, five, yes I said five, main street businesses are closing. My challenge to you is to patronize the brick and mortar stores we still have. Before we know it, we will all be saying, "Where did they all go!

Have a business idea? Run with it and make it happen. Now is a great time for an entrepreneur to thrive. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Thursday, February 9, 2017

$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway


Disclosure: No compensation was received. 
-- Please note: This is a religious based book. --


Welcome to this great giveaway event! We are happy to have partnered up with a lot of great bloggers, to bring you another great prize, and to celebrate the release of the book, "Escape." 

 
Lil’ Blog and Your Strong Tower are very excited to bring you this giveaway from Best Selling Christian author, Heather Rae Hutzel. There will be two prizes up for grabs!

The grand prize is a $25 Target gift card plus signed copies of both of Heather’s books, ESCAPE: Break Free from Mediocre Christianity and Embrace the Radical, Set-Apart Life You were Made for and The Book of Life: The Greatest Story Ever Told. Second prize is a signed copy of ESCAPE. 

If you are resolving to go deeper in your walk with God this year, reading ESCAPE will help you do just that. To read a detailed review on the book, click here

And a big thank you to the helping co-hosts, as well: Forever Dreamin', Cha Ching Queen, Michigan Saving and More, and Live Learning and Baking with Valerie.

The Giveaway
Heather Hutzel  had graciously agreed to giveaway 2 prizes, to 2 lucky winners! The contest runs from February 9, 2017 through February 24, 2017.  Open to US residents age 18 and up. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 to respond and claim their prize.

Entering to win is super easy (as always) with the GiveawayTools form, below:



 

 Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This event is sponsored by Heather Hutzel.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts February 9, 2017, and will end on February 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm. The winners will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Luck Of The Irish Giveaway: Win $50 In PayPal Cash or an eGift Card of Choice


A little luck of the Irish may come your way. Someone has to win, so why not you? Will you be celebrating St. Patricks Day in 2017? If you win, you will have $50 to spend on a party celebrating!


Welcome to the Luck of the Irish $50 of choice Giveaway!

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves


One winner will receive $50 via Paypal cash or an eGift Card of choice!


With St. Patrick's Day coming up, Holly of Southern Mom Loves wants to show one person just how lucky they can be in her 2nd annual Luck of the Irish giveaway!

The winner can choose from Paypal cash or an egift card. Just about any store is up for the egift card; If she can purchase it online and have it emailed to you, you can choose that store for your gift card! Amazon, Target, Sephora, Starbucks, Best Buy...which gift card will you choose? Enter through the widget below and good luck!

Giveaway begins on 2/10/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 3/10/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.



Disclaimer: The participating blogs, including All In An Iowa Mom's Day, were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Blogger Opportunity: $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway








Hey bloggers! Here is a great new blogger opportunity!
This event is hosted by: Lil' Blog and More, Your Strong Tower, and Sponsored by Heather Hutzel.



 This will be a fun event, celebrating the release of "Escape" by Heather Hutzel. (There are lots of
options available!)

** Please note ---- This is a religious based book. **



Prize for the event: There will be 2 winners for this giveaway. 


Prize 1: $25 Target Gift Card + both of Heather's books, signed by her.

Prize 2: A Signed copy of  the book "Escape" signed by the author.




Actual Giveaway Dates: 2/9 - 2/24




This is a great way to gain a lot more followers on your social media channels! There are completely FREE options, sharing options (for additional entries on the form.) and paid options, available! 



Last day to sign up for this event: 2/8




You can sign up HERE