Monday, July 6, 2015

Thank You Beth Ann And Jennifer For Embracing North Iowa Through Social Media

OK~ There's something to be said about a Farewell Tour when it comes to the North Iowa Bloggers. I look at where our little group has been over the past 18 months and just say, "Wow!" We've experienced a lot of amazing things together and, in my opinion, shown others how important it is to support local businesses. Our group is now 20+ strong, and a few months ago, we looked like this.

I really do wish people would hang around a little longer in North Iowa. But, I also understand that folks have to go where the jobs are, and what is best for their families. We do live in a mobile society and it was through a tweet that I met Jennifer Flaa of JeniEats. She was moving to North Iowa and on the hunt for a house. I introduced myself and directed her towards some realtors in North Iowa. We North Iowan's can be grateful that Jennifer took it upon herself to connect with the North Iowa Bloggers. This gave her an avenue to grow her blog and offered a fantastic opportunity to write about her experiences in North Iowa.

It was about the time that I connected with Jennifer on Twitter that I stumbled upon Beth Ann Chiles' blog  It's Just Life. Beth Ann had lived in Mason City for a few years, but our paths had never crossed. Well, once we found each other, we quickly connected and it's all a great story of friendship and blogging from here on out. We traveled on a flight to nowhere and Beth Ann spoke at the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club and invited everyone to be "The Ripple" in North Iowa. Take note: People listened to her and are making ripples in North Iowa because of what she challenged folks to do.

We had a  little blogger get together at The Landing in Clear Lake for these two awesome ladies, and of course cruised the Lady of the Lake after our meal! If you search the official Hashtag #FarewellTour2015, you will see a lot of activity is happening with these two bloggers moving.

Jennifer and Beth Ann are both moving out of North Iowa and I can honestly say that they have blessed my life in ways I never imagined. I will miss seeing them in real life, but I also know they are only a Tweet away! Jennifer will be sharing the stage with Donna Hup and I at Bloggy Conference in Ohio, come September. We will be sharing how local has impacted North Iowa and why a local blogging group is not only important for bloggers,but also for communities. Due to the fact that Jennifer was not afraid to connect with new people on Twitter, her blog has grown by leaps and bounds. She is no longer an official North Iowa Blogger, but due to her willingness to dig in her heels, she helped launch the North Iowa Bloggers into the spotlight, which we are all grateful for. And of course, Beth Ann is attending and will be our biggest cheerleader in the audience! We'd love to see all bloggers attend, as we know our story will inspire other communities to embrace bloggers, just as ours has.

Social media will keep us connected and I will be religiously reading their blog posts. Let's face it, who can stand to miss a Tea Pot Tuesday from Beth Ann, right? Jennifer is always trying new foods and with a gazillion grocery stores and restaurants around her new home in St. Louis, I can only imagine the mouth watering foods that she will be serving up.

Thank you to Beth Ann and Jennifer for being a part of my life! I have a feeling we may actually see each other quite a bit over the next year, as social media and blogging keep us all connected. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Adlens Sundials Review and Giveaway

OK~ I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of Adlens Sundials. I had never heard of these sunglasses until now. Adlens Sundials offered the ideal solution for what to wear for glasses or contact lenses to the pool or the lake. They were extremely comfortable and lightweight. I had no idea eye wear like this existed until I was approached to review this product.

Adlens Sundial Features:

  • -6D to +3D diopters (If you are like me, this doesn't make sense. It means that you can turn the dial on the side of the sunglasses to your vision level).
  • UVA & UVB protection
  • Continuously adjustable both near and far
  • Each lens can be adjusted separately
  • Easily change out your glasses to match your outdoor needs and activities
  • Can be adjusted to improve vision for 90% of eyeglass wearers and contact lens wearers who do not have astigmatism.
I can tell you that if my boys were younger and I was spending my summers at the local swimming pool like I did for years, a couple pairs of these would be in my beach bag. These were super lightweight and so comfortable. I loved the fact that they offered clear vision and if I felt the vision was a little off, all I had to do was turn the dial. I know these sound to good to be true, but they really are this easy to wear!

A little fun fact:

Two wave-shaped polycarbonate plates slide across one another to change the power of the lens. It's important to note, that this is not noticeable, unless you get eye to eye with the person wearing the Adlens Sundials. 

Shipping is a flat rate fee and you can track your shipping throughout the United States.

I received this nice summer prize package with a pair of Adlen Sundials and I have one to give to one of you! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below and you will have a chance at owning a pair of these fun, lightweight, practical sunglasses!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Dreams Giveaway And Blog Hop~ Summer 2015

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Summer fun continues and this is just a fun way to keep in the summer spirit! There's a lot of amazing prizes to be won here, so be sure to enter. If you don't enter, you cannot win.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Blogger Opp: Summer Dreams Giveaway & Blog Hop


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I will need promoters, co hosts, and blogs with their own giveaway(s) to attached to this.
All giveaways must run the entire time July 1 - 31.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Paying It Forward In Your Community Makes A Difference

OK~ I am truly blessed, as over the course of the last week I have witnessed a couple great ways people are paying it forward. I am truly blessed to be part of the awesome staff of  World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. The auctioneers that attend auction school are truly some of the nicest, most genuine and caring people I have ever met.

The February 2015 graduates literally paid it forward this past week. One student in the June 2015 term received a $700 scholarship from the February 2015 graduates. This group of auctioneers also raised enough money to give two auctioneers a one year memberships to the NAA (National Auctioneers Association).

 Now that my friends, is paying it forward. It's so fun to see a group of auctioneers believing in others, which could very well be their competition. When people work together magic happens. I continue to see this over and over again.

And then, at our North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club in North Iowa, Pat Palmer- The Computer Guy paid it forward by giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to Butcher's Steakhouse in Mason City. Pat had been the recipient of rib-eye steaks that Laura of Life On Skyview had given away the month before.

There's a lot of truth to be said that when you surround yourself with people you want to be like, you become that person. I can only hope that I can continue to give to others, as so many folks here in North Iowa continue to bless me day in and day out.

North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Attendees recently participated in the Milk Mustache Challenge that the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank is holding in North Iowa through June 30, 2015.

Go ahead... Show your "stache" on social media and donate here! It's all for good fun and a simple way to pay it forward.

So....... what will you pay forward? I challenge you to make a difference and as Beth Ann Chiles of It's Just Life says, "Be The Ripple"! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?