Monday, June 20, 2016

#SPONSORED: Make Internet Safety Month Fun And Safe For Your Family

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments 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 15+ years.

OK~ If you have been around here any length of time, you know that I am passionate about internet safety and families. When you get your kids their first cell phone, the first thing parents need to do, is to go over the Parent Child Agreement. This is where the conversation begins, when it comes to talking about the apps and temptations that are available online for our kids.

Kids of all ages are living their lives online. They use the world wide web to help them complete school work and to stay up to date with the latest trends in their lives. From fashion, music and social media, our teens live very busy lives. The internet can be a fun space, but it can also be a very challenging space. Kids are downloading music, reading books and magazines, watching movies while using Snapchat and Instagram. When used appropriately, all of these things are a great tool. Kindness does matter.



According to a recent U.S. Cellular Survey, kids are receiving their first cell phone at the age of 13. Keep in mind, this is an average age. Your 13 year old, may or may not be mature enough to handle this connection to the internet. One statistic that I find alarming is that 24 percent of kids noted that they go online "almost constantly." We have got to get better at showing our kids how to use their time wisely, while online. Here are some tips to help you and your family navigate the world wide web.

HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH YOUR CHILDREN

U.S. Cellular has created a Parent-Child Agreement to help guide families' conversations about mobile phone usage. The agreement focuses on safety and etiquette, and it's customizable based on each family's specific needs.

DISCUSS ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS


If you don't think those conversations at the supper table matter, well, they do! Beyond texting, increases in the use of social platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat have opened up new communications pathways for teens. U.S. Cellular recommends that families discuss the importance of never posting harmful or hurtful comments on others pages and always being responsible for what is said online.

SET BOUNDARIES FOR ONLINE SHARING

Make sure your child knows to never share personal information online. That includes their name, age, address, school and sports teams, as well as any passwords. Also remind them to communicate only with family or friends and not to answer unsolicited requests or texts.

POST PHOTOS APPROPRIATELY


We all know how eager kids, and adults, are to capture and share photos; but many today do not realize that once those images are online, they are in the public domain and can even be modified by others. Talk about guidelines for sharing photos with friends and alert them to never post photos which could contain information about where they live or be seen as inappropriate. It is also best to not post or share photos or videos of others without their consent. I often wonder how many photos of others I am in, while in public spaces today.

USE PARENTAL CONTROLS

The NQ Family Guardian App is available for $4.99 a month of Android devices and provides safety and security by monitoring your child's locating and mobile usage. This service allows parents to review their children's calls and texts, and restrict certain websites and apps. Children can even send their parents an alert with the simple press of a button if they find themselves in trouble or find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. For iOS users, there is a wide range of parental-control options tat are automatically available in iOS 9's Settings app.

Most importantly, talk with your kids. The internet is a very large space. The conversations parents have with their kids online and offline, do matter. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ways You Can Show Kindness In Our Noisy World

OK~ So, I wake up to news of a horrific tragendy in the United States of America. The first thing I say to myself is, "What is wrong with people?" How can we keep our kids safe? We all have got to step up our game when it comes to being nice and kind to one another. I don't know about you? But, I get tired of the bickering on social media, the he said/she said stuff that bombards us day in and day out. Why can't we all just get along?

Life is short and it's reason to get out and enjoy every single day. I truly believe that you may be surprised as to where life can take you, when you let got of the hatred. I've pondered some thoughts this morning as to how you and I can both be a little kinder in our noisy world.

LISTEN

Do you know someone that is going through a tough time in their personal lives? Listen to them. They may need someone to pay attention to them and believe in them. If you go on and on and ramble about YOU, you will not help them. We all need to turn up our listening skills a notch or two. This, my friends, is a simple way to show kindness.



MAIL A CARD

Now that we have social media, it's easy to forget to actually hand write a note on a beautiful card. When is the last time you sent someone an actual card through the mail? And, in case you did not know, the price of stamps recently went down. A simple note in the mail can make someone's day in a way you never imagined.


COMPLIMENT SOMEONE

A sincere compliment is worth its weight in gold. When is the last time you complimented someone on something that you noticed was amazing? Try it.... give someone  sincere compliment and the warm, fuzzy feeling you get will be your reward.

Kindness should not be hard, but dang, it sure seems to be. When I focus on the not so kind activity in my corner of North Iowa, it's not pretty here either. No area of our country is immune to people not being nice to one another. In our culture today, it's no longer acceptable to agree to disagree. If only life could be simple and fun! 

I don't know about you, but my life just got a little nicer, more fun and exciting! This is another reminder that there will be no grass growing under my feet, as I live my life and find a new adventure around every corner in my world of travel. In my opinion, when you find your balance between social media and real life conversations; life gets pretty fun!

By listening, mailing a card and complimenting someone, adults set examples for our kids to follow. So, tell me. How will you be stepping up your game when it comes to showing kindness to one another? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 


Friday, June 10, 2016

Alice In Wonderland Summer PJ Wardrobe Giveaway

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A little summer fun is sure to bring a smile or two to your face! Summer time is carefree, relaxing and just plain old fun. 19 winners in all. Someone will have to win, why not you?


Welcome to the Alice In Wonderland Summer Pajama Wardrobe Giveaway!

Are you excited about the new Alice In Wonderland movie coming out? These new PJs by Richard Leeds International are the perfect way to get ready. They feature all of your favorite classic characters, so you can dream in style before catching the big flick. Holly from Southern Mom Loves reviewed these hot new pajamas (available at Target), you can see her full review here, and then enter to win a full Alice In Wonderland PJ wardrobe below!

  • 1st Prize: 1 (One) winner will receive one of each chemise design and one of each short set design for a total of 8 PJs!
  • 2nd Prize: 2 (Two) winners will each receive 2 chemises and 3 short sets!
  • 3rd Prize: 16 (Sixteen) winners will each receive a chemise or a short set!

        19 winners will be sent fun Alice In Wonderland PJs in randomly chosen designs from the styles shown above, in their Ladies size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below. (ARV $679.66!)

        Enter below, the odds are fantastic!

        Giveaway begins on 6/10/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 7/1/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only. Once confirmed, the winners will be added to the Southern Mom Loves Winner's List.


        Disclaimer: The participating bloggers, 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 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. Richard Leeds International 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, May 29, 2016

        Father's Day Giveaway: Win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card



        OK~ Dad is sure to find a thing or two that he loves from Best Buy. From the home electronics to smart phone accessories, Best Buy has it all. Dad may appreciate another tie, but secretly he probably wants an opportunity to shop for something for his Man Cave. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




        Welcome to the Father's Day $100 Best Buy Giveaway!

        Enter below for your chance to win $100 to Best Buy! Winner may choose an eGift Card delivered via email or a physical gift card delivered via snail mail.

        Giveaway begins on 5/29/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 6/18/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only (void where prohibited.) I will email the winner on Father's Day; The winner will have 24 hours to claim or I will redraw. Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here. All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not responsible for prize delivery.


        Disclaimer: The participating bloggers 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. Holly of 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.