Thursday, April 24, 2014

Coconut Oil Tropical Conditions Giveaway

OK~ I was a little curious about this and I have several friends that have used Coconut Oil and really like it. So, I thought I'd share a giveaway that one of my friends is offering.

We have posted a few times on how awesome Coconut Oil is. Once again we are partnering with Tropical Traditions and giving away a quart of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Why Kids Should Participate In Fund-Raisers

OK~ Tonight I was reminded of why my boys were the quiet, shy boys that sold their Boy Scout popcorn. I was not the Mom that plopped the order form down in the center of the table and stated, "Here you go!" I was the "other" Mom.

I was the Mom that handed my boys the form and told them to go to the door and ask the people that lived there if they would like to buy some popcorn. 9 times out of 10 my boys clammed up. They would go to the door and mumble a little something. At that point I would then explain what they were selling popcorn for and what the Pack or Troop would be doing with the money raised. I would have my boys hand them the form with a pen in hand to order what they wanted. The customer would then return the form and they would say, "Thank you."

Now there were folks through the years that knew my boys would be selling popcorn and give us their order over the phone. For those orders, my boys had to fill out the form for the customer. Yes, I was "that" Mom too. Can you say grumble?

My boys are now almost 19 and 23. The beauty of all of this is the fact that they will now talk to another person if they have too. I know that by making them sell Boy Scout popcorn they developed people skills and some salesmanship skills. After all, it's important that young adults know how to sell themselves in a job interview, so selling Boy Scout popcorn is a win-win!

I often hear, "Why should my son have to sell the popcorn when I'm the one that is going to have to pay if they don't?" My message to these parents: "Wake up! There's more to this big picture than money. Your son will be more self confident, learn people skills, and be a more well rounded person."

So, do you plop the order form down in the middle of the table at your work place or do you have your kids sell their own fundraiser items for their activities? I'm all ears on this, as maybe I've got the wrong idea. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

May Flowers $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: April 21-May 12, 2014

OK~Welcome to the May Flowers $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Social News Daily and hosted by The Parenting Patch. If you are like me you are ready for May flowers, as these April snow showers should be bringing a LOT of beautiful May flowers!

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A Holiday Without Cell Phones = Success!

OK~ We had a wonderful family day for Easter 2014. We have had rain showers throughout the day with occasional sunshine, and the rain sure greened the grass up quickly. Now we patiently wait for the leaves to begin to bud on the trees.

The one thing that was really nice today about Easter was the fact that everyone had their cell phones put away. Imagine that?! On the downside, we don't have photos of the day, but we do have some fun memories.

Some family members were home ill, others had to leave right after eating, as they had to work tonight, so all in all it worked out fine. Can you recall the last family event you attended where the teens, young adults, and adults were not snapping photos or posting things immediately to social media? Many of you know that I love social media, but I also strongly believe the number one way to communicate is by talking to someone face to face. And we all know that it's kind of hard to do that when others are on their cell phones 24/7.

A game of cards, 500 was played all afternoon and food was eaten by everyone! And the conversations were very good. Pictures of "old" family members were passed around. Now I'm talking photos from the early 1900's and earlier with no dates on them. It was decided that it was a good thing to not stay out in the sun, unless you wanted to have wrinkles like that "old" woman in the photos. The old woman in the photos was my Great Grandma's Grandma. Yeah, try to figure that one out! That's an old photo with old clothing.

I challenge you to do the same at your next family gathering. Can you do it? Trust me.... you can. And you won't regret it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet My Fellow Bloggers In North Iowa

OK~ I'm looking at this blog and thinking to myself, wow- how did I get here? Did you know that All In An Iowa Mom's Day has been on line for more than five years? Yep, it's been a great ride.... lots of fun to come in the future as well. Just over the past few months I have met a few more bloggers in my area. North Iowa is really coming to life when it comes to bloggers and it's an exciting time to be a part of such a great adventure.

I'd like to introduce you to these amazing North Iowa women and their blogs!

Meet Debbie Albrecht of Debbie's Midwestern Kitchen.

Debbie writes about food, fitness, and other ramblings around her home. And just in case you missed it, she has one of the BEST steak recipes around on her blog: Copycat Northwestern Steakhouse Dinner is one you must try!

Val Plagge blogs over at Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids. If you'd like to know what the life of an Iowa farm wife is like, you can get it all by following Val!

Val has started a Little Free Library in Latimer, Iowa. Her community is going to love what she has done. Who wouldn't appreciate a place for families to read new books? Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids keep Val very busy!

Joy Brown writes over at Living Life Joyfully and On My Mind Right Now. Joy shares her thoughts and musings of being middle age and she has a passion for the National Inclusion Project.

Inclusion... a Right, NOT a Privilege will give you insight as to how devoted Joy is. My Face To The World is Joy's published book of her personal cancer journey. Connect with Joy, she will inspire you to live each day JOYFULLY!

Meet food/lifestyle blogger Jeni Flaa.  Jeni's recipes and musings will make you smile, as well as test your taste buds! Jeni blogs over at Jeni Eats.

Jeni also writes about her pets... those stories are often times pretty hilarious. So, from food and other fun things, Jeni will make you smile and brighten your day. Oh yeah, and just in case you need something new for the dinner table, here you go- Bonding Over Beef Stroganoff.

Beth Ann Chiles blogs over at It's Just Life, Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary. Beth Ann's Comments For a Cause will inspire you; in fact, she inspired fellow North Iowa blogger Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids to start Comments For a Cause on her blog!

If you love tea pots or not, you will LOVE tea pots once you become indulged in her blog! Trust me, she knows where to find the cool tea pots. Her love of travel, life and tea pots are sure to make you smile. Tea Pot Tuesday is one day you definitely want to swing by her blog- which tea pot is your favorite?

Donna Hup can be found at Donna blogs about giveaway, recipes, reviews and much more. If you are a movie enthusiast, you will also appreciate her reviews and insight to current and future movies.

Donna recently participated in a bloggers tour in Branson, Missouri. She experienced zip lining and had a blast! Donna is new to North Iowa, as she and her husband recently moved from Florida to North Iowa. I wonder if she wishes she would have stayed in Florida with the cold we had here this Winter? We are delighted to have Donna in North Iowa, as she is a seasoned blogger and offers fun information on her blog

Meet Laura Cerny. Laura blogs over at All Things Travel.

Her motto of Life is Short. Travel Like You Mean It is one I love! Laura gets around... Her travels to South Africa have been fun to follow on her blog. No Hooting, Save The Rhino, And Dung Beetles Have The Right Away will give you insight to her travels. 

And I think it's fair to say on behalf of all of us bloggers here in North Iowa we all enjoy meeting new people. We enjoy writing, sharing, and being social! So..... check out these blogs and see how long it takes you to find some new inspiration for your life. I don't think it will take you too long! These North Iowa bloggers are awesome writers and I'm proud to call all of them my friends. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?