Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Grow Your Garden Giveaway (ARV $535+ Value)

Welcome to the first ever Grow Your Garden Giveaway event!
We have many amazing sponsors and co-hosts who have teamed up to bring you an awesome gardening-related prize pack worth over $535! The prizes include a variety of gardening tools, planters, outdoor decor & more!
Follow along with hashtag #GYG

I am excited to participate in such a fun giveaway. Springtime brings a fresh start and what better way than a garden! Here in North Iowa we have a little ways to go, but the snow is all almost gone.

Event Promoter & Coordinator





The SimGar UNO Container Garden System is a new gardening idea that has redesigned the traditional gardening method of container and box gardens. The UNO is designed to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants of all kinds up to 2 times faster than traditional container boxes. The patent-pending design automatically provides water and nutrients to ensure healthy plants and high yields while allowing you more time to do the things you enjoy most! Dimensions: 38x26x13 inches. Plus, it's currently on sale for only $79.99!

Hanging planters

Pop it, plant it, hang it. Plantopia is the ultimate hanging basket. Grow from the sides and top with the unique snap in/out side panels. Create professional arrangements at home. With the Plantopia system create the largest display on the block. Grow flowers, herbs, tomatoes. Create a salsa basket with jalapenos and cilantro on the top and grow tomatoes from the sides or create a caprese salad basket with basil plants on the top with tomatoes out the sides. Plantopia includes simple visual instructions and a durable hanging chain, for use year after year. Made from 100% polypropylene. Endless possibilities, year after year.

Green Heron Tools

The HERShovel is a shovel-spade hybrid designed scientifically and specifically for women. The HERgonomic {ergonomic for Her} design allows for maximum comfort, efficiency, safety, and ease of use. The HERShovel is available in three sizes based on the user's height to ensure the perfect fit for Her! 

NOVICA Gift Card

 NOVICA $50 Gift Card - ARV $50
NOVICA unites talented artisans from India, Africa, Central America, Asia and so many other places all over the world, who create a wide variety of products ranging from fair trade jewelry to home décor and unique gifts. Not only do you purchase a product, but you can learn about the lives of each artisan who is creating your treasure and support their passion.You can learn more about our mission to support global artisans here." However, if you have had first hand experience with NOVICA we always feel it's most powerful for customers to talk about their own experiences with the brand.

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Zulily has thousands of home & garden items, decor, apparel and a variety of other products featuring your favorite brands, themes and designs. With daily deals up to 70% off, you are sure to find your favorite home and garden decor, tools and more for your outdoor adventures. 

ecoturf ecoduty

Easily secure landscape fabrics, erosion control blankets, turf, sod and more with the Ecoduty 6 in. contractor grade stake and Ecostaker Installation Tool. kit contains 250 stakes and one Ecostaker headpiece. Made in the USA from 100% recycled materials, this degradable stake has superior holding power to metal staples, is safer for the consumer and better for the environment. Product will breakdown in approximately 36 months and then biodegrade into all-natural byproducts. Ecostaker headpiece fits into any standard broom handle. Insert stake into the tool, push into the ground and rock forward to release the stake.

The Wedge Gutter Cleaning Kit contains four downspout Wedge screens and one Gutter Scoop to tackle any gutter cleaning job. Easily and safely remove debris from your gutters using the Gutter Scoop and then install the four Wedge downspout screens to prevent debris from building up, keeping gutters free flowing and preventing costly home repairs. {Each kit includes 4 wedges and 1 scoop. Prize is for 2 kits for a total of 8 wedges and 2 scoops.}

After a long day of working in the garden and flowerbeds, relax on the front porch with a calming glow from the Frux Home & Yard LED Candles. This set includes 24 flameless candles and 3 different sets of decorative wrappers. Worry free in the home and ideal around children and pets. Perfect for tents, sleepovers, candle dinners, lighting under plants or heat sensitive items, weddings, parties, gardens, patios, decks, paper luminary bags and lanterns, kids projects, centerpieces, displays and more!

Test out your green thumb with one of these beautiful, handcrafted aprons from the ApronsNBows Etsy Shop. Choose from a variety of colors, prints and styles. Aprons feature designer fabric and are treated with Scotchguard Protector to make clean-up a breeze! Who says you can't look cute while getting dirty?

LifeWell Technologies Gardening Tool Sets are not only made of quality materials to last a lifetime but, they also feature an ergonomical design for comfort. These gardening tools are made of cast-aluminum and are rust-resistant, easy to clean and durable enough for a lifetime of usage. The ergonomical design reduces hand and arm fatigue for added comfort and the ability to use for longer periods of time. The bright handles were also creatively designed to make them easy to spot in the yard and garden. Each set contains a garden trowel, transplanter with measurements stamped in the spade for planting and transplanting bulbs, seeds and similar plants, and a cultivator for weeding and breaking ground in pots, beds and small areas. {Each set retails for $25. Winner will receive two sets.}

 The GrowBox ARV $30
The GrowBox is a cleverly designed container perfect for a variety of gardening fruits and veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, herbs, berries and even flowers. The GrowBox waters, weeds and feeds your plants to ensure beautiful, healthy-grown plants that create high yields and take up minimal space. Great for seniors and kids and, perfect for the backyard, porch, patio and other gardening areas, small or large. Measures 28" long by 14" wide and 12" high.


One lucky winner will win each of the products listed above! 
Total ARV $535+
Giveaway Ends April 24th, 2015, at 11:59 pm CST. 

Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

AYL LED Emergency Flashlight Giveaway

AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight
Are you looking for stress-free and secure lighting?
You've found it!
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AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight

About the AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight:
  • Weather Resistant Anodized Aluminum Body - Industrial Grade. Features a rugged and high quality military-grade design for durability and versatility. 
  • It is quite versatile and comes with a total of 29 LEDS (18 white LEDs and 11 red LED). Bulbs can last for more than 100,000 hours. Powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included)
  • AYL LED Car Flashlight comes in a user-friendly design. It features a magnetic base that can be stuck on any metallic surface.
  • It comes with 3 light options; Cree, White, and flashing Red LED for improved visibility.
  • Easy operation: 1st click turns the CREE LED, 2nd click lights-up the 18 white LED, while 3rd click turns on RED LED.

How would you like one of these great flashlights of your very own? One lucky reader is going to win so be sure to get your entries in on the widget below.                                                                                               AYL 3-in-1 LED Vehicle Emergency Flashlight on AmazonAYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight
AYL 3-in-1 LED Emergency Flashlight gives you stress-free and secure lighting #AYLflashlight

My Thoughts:

What a great light for all kinds of emergencies. We keep a flashlight in our glove box or by the front door. This powerful little light only requires AAA batteries and it's 3 in 1 design makes is so much more versatile than our old ones that take those huge c batteries. Forgetting to turn off the radio the other night we had to hook up jumper cables and of course I brought out my new light and attached it to the hood of the truck to see what I was doing. The magnetic base made it stick easily leaving my hands free to clip on the cables. I am very happy with this light and will be getting another one soon to put in my hurricane kit.

Here in the Midwest tornado season is upon and this is a handy light to have on hand!

AYL LED Emergency Flashlight Giveaway

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Dates: March 31st -  April 7th
Prize: AYL has offered one reader a 3-in-1 Cree LED Flashlight with Magnetized Base of their very own.

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Someone has to win, why not you?

Thank You to all the wonderful blogs helping promote this giveaway.

AYL LED Emergency Flashlight Giveaway

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Wi-Fi On A School Bus, Really?

OK~ It's no secret that I am a lover of technology. I love the fact that we have a generation of kids that have an opportunity to connect in ways we have never connected. What I don't like is the fact that we, as a society, are failing our kids when it comes to technology.

I would love to know why our schools are not focusing on educating our kids on how to use these devices from an educational point of view? I shake my head when a ten year old says, "My teacher didn't care that we were on our phones." Problem #1 is the fact that a ten year old does not need a smart phone in the class room unless it is being used for a classroom assignment.

And then I read an article on how school districts in Iowa are considering installing wi-fi on school buses. What on earth? Here in Iowa we continually cut staff, cut programs and yet we consider wi-fi for school buses. I am perplexed and I seriously wonder where our priorities are. Something tells me there won't be an adult on the bus to supervise these kids while they surf the world wide web.

I love technology and I love the fact that our kids have an opportunity to use these devices. My friend Stacey Honowitz is a twenty-two year veteran of the Florida State Attorney's Office, with seventeen years dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit where is currently serving as a supervisor will be the first to tell you that parents and teachers need to be in the know. Children's sex crimes are the fastest growing crimes in America and we want to turn our kids lose with wi-fi on a school bus- seriously? And she will be the first to ask you, " Do you really need to post that photo?"

One may argue that many kids do ride the school bus for long periods of time. To the best of my knowledge there are state laws that need to be followed and maybe need to be re-evaluated. Using a $650 mini-computer, as a babysitter, for kids to have access to the world wide web on the school bus is not the answer. It could be argued that kids will be there anyway, maybe through the parent's cell phone provider.

I have a feeling that the three families that I recently dealt with in regards to vine and snapchat will be on the same page I am. I would love for one parent to show me how their child is using vine in a responsible manner, as I had a hard time finding anything good when I had to sift through these accounts for parents. And these parents wait to see where the inappropriate videos will show up on the world wide web.

We have a crisis on our hands when it comes to our kids using social media. Parents need to step up their game and be on the social media platforms their kids are using. A lot of parents will tell me, "I am on Facebook." I think to myself, So! Your kids are probably not, because you are.

For now I will wait and seriously hope our local school districts in Iowa will really dig deep to see how important wi-fi is on a school bus. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Summer Travel Just Got Easier With Travel Tips From U.S. Cellular #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments 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~ Since savvy moms are beginning to pan their families' summer vacations, I thought it would be a good time to share some apps and devices that can make traveling a little easier.

Family is what makes travel so special. There is nothing like planning a family vacation, whether is is immediate family or your extended family. However, managing logistics can often cause unwanted stress. Fortunately, there are a growing number of apps and accessories that travelers can use with their mobile devices, such as the 4G LTE iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, to streamline nearly every aspect of travel while improving the experience as well as saving time and money. We have some tips for you!


Did you know that 68 percent of smartphone owners have used their smartphone to assist them while traveling, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey? I can tell you, that I use my smartphone all the time to make travel plans. Three common booking apps that I use regularly include:


When searching for car rentals, flights, and/or lodging, these apps will serve you well. Here's another interesting statistic that is really picking up steam. Did you know that a recent U.S. Cellular survey found 27 percent of smartphone owners have booked a hotel room directly from their smartphone and 16 percent have purchased airline tickets? I can also tell you that these apps often offer discounts when you book through your app, as I speak from experience.


Ever been that person fumbling at the ticket counter for your confirmation number? Go paperless with Gate Guru, which organizes your full travel experience- from flight and rental vehicle information, to airport amenities.


With more than 10 hours of battery life and up to 128 gigs of memory, the lightweight iPad Air 2 makes a perfect travel companion for reading, listening to music, watching movie or playing games. Plus you can create your own in-flight oasis with a pair of noise cancelling urBeats-In-Ear Headphones designed for music lovers who don't want to sacrifice sound or style.


Upon arriving at your destination, you'll want to look like a local. The Around Me app shows nearby restaurants, banks and more (including hospitals or emergency care centers for anyone traveling with an accident prone family member, including directions to your destination. While you're enjoying your vacation, Postagram keeps you in touch with loved ones. Just take a photo with the app, and for a nominal fee your message will be delivered as a mailed postcard.


Crate an album of your favorite vacation photos on our phone so you have them on-hand any time you want to show them off or remind yourself how great your family trip was.

And as always, be sure you have the Parent Child Agreement App installed on the smartphones that your children are using. You can never be to careful when it comes to the safety of your children at home and while away.

Enjoy our summer travel and be sure to pack a little bit of patience and remember to pack your cell phone chargers! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Five Reasons You Should Call North Iowa Home

OK~ I have called North Iowa home all of my life. People often ask me what it's like to live in Iowa. Well, I do tell them that there are a lot of open spaces here and we do have fresh air to breathe.

Having traveled more the past couple years I can tell you that I love being in the Mid-West as
it gives me great opportunity to travel North, South, East, and West and cover a lot of diverse areas. And the beauty of my travel? I can return home to quiet.

So I've been thinking. Here are my top five reasons as to why you should call North Iowa home:

  1. North Iowa is home to several great parks. East Park in Mason City, in particular, is clean, family friendly and offers a nice variety of activities. From fishing to the Cannonball 457, East Park makes for a great family day. Just a year ago, my parents hosted a family reunion in East Park and several attendees from out of state commented how blessed Mason City was to have such a nice park.
  2. The architecture is very cool! I do realize that for some people cool architecture is not their thing. Let me tell you, Mason City is lucky to have the Frank Lloyd Properties all around town. The Park Inn Hotel is the last known hotel that is still standing in the world that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. That is a pretty cool fact!
  3. Buddy Holly brings a lot of smiles to North Iowa. A visit to the legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake with a visit to the Buddy Holly crash site will provide music and memories. The SurfBallroom has a lot of concerts throughout the year, and if you are lucky you will get to see a current musical artist perform in this legendary setting.
  4. Wide open spaces. Yes, we have a lot of wide open spaces in North Iowa that are not concrete jungles. Think about it! North Iowa is blessed to have many lush corn and soybean fields for six months out of the year. And once harvest rolls around, here in North Iowa we are very appreciative of our farmers and the work that they do to feed our world.
  5. North Iowa is also home to "Pilot Knob" State Park near Forest City. This is the second highest point in Iowa which offers hiking trails, fishing, horse riding trails, picnic areas, birding, camping and tons of other outdoor activities.
Photo Courtesy of Mary Hopper of Natural Plus Nursery
Clear Lake, Iowa

And you know what, this list could go on and on. There's really no reason to plan to travel out of state for a 4th of July Celebration, as Clear Lake, Iowa is home to one of the top 4th of July Celebrations across the whole United States!

I will admit it, selling North Iowa to a youngster in today's world can be tough. On the bright side, North Iowa is located 1/2 ways between Des Moines and Minneapolis with a 2 hour drive either way. For those wanting the more city like experiences, it's a short drive.

North Iowa is my home and will continue to be. My life is not hopping with lots of concrete, a lot of stop lights, or high rise hotels on a day to day basis. It's nice to explore other areas of the country and return to my peaceful road in rural America. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Introducing You To New Colgate® Optic White® PLATINUM™ Express White Toothpaste

OK~ I'm always looking for the next best thing when it comes to toothpaste. I don't like going to the dentist to get my teeth whitened so if I can find a toothpaste off the shelf in the store, it's a win, win for me. The good folks over at Colgate-Palmolive sent me a sample of the new Colgate® Optic White® Platinum™ Express White Toothpaste to sample. They also sent me a Colgate® 360 ® Optic Whiter® Platinum™ Manual Toothbrush to accompany this new toothpaste.

I have used Colgate® Whitening Toothpaste before and had really good luck with it. This new toothpaste seemed to whiten my teeth even more. The product information states that you should notice a difference within 2 days and I would say that's a fairly accurate statement. This new toothpaste contains 2x more of the whitening ingredient, Hydrogen Peroxide vs. Optic White® Sparkling Mint®.

Combining this toothpaste and toothbrush did give me a brighter smile in a short period of time. When brushing the stain removers work with your toothpaste to help effectively remove surface stains for a naturally whiter smile. The unique polishing bristles help to whiten teeth by polishing away surface stains and clean hard to reach areas.

From a pricing standpoint, it's much cheaper then heading to the dentist's chair in my opinion. A 4.5 oz tube retails between $5.79-$6.99. That size of a tube will last for a few weeks, depending on how many people are using the tube.

Overall, I'd say this is a win, win for anyone looking for a brighter smile. Colgate® Optic White® PLATINUM™ Express white toothpaste knocks the competition out of the park. You can purchase this toothpaste in food and drug stores nationwide. In fact, I noticed it for purchase yesterday in my local Walgreen's Store.

Do you like to try new toothpastes or are you always buying the same brand? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?