Saturday, April 18, 2015

Root: Fun, Affordable Cosmetics For Your Skin



OK~ Myself and two other North Iowa Bloggers recently ventured to Root in Waverly, Iowa. In case you have no idea what this wonderful company is all about, I've got a quick recap of my experience to share with all of you. Kristen of Make The Best of Everything and Laura of Cat Tales With Laura joined me for this fun Iowa adventure.



Root launched in 2013 and was founded on the belief that what you put on your face should be natural, safe and enhance your beauty at an affordable price. This is true! Not only were the products amazing, but the customer service in the store was simply top notch. These gals really care about their customers and the beauty of this whole thing- if you are not in Waverly, Iowa, reach out to Root online, they will be right beside you helping you make smart choices in your cosmetic purchases.

Eye shadow, blush, mineral foundation, lipstick, to skin care, Root has what you need! The prices are extremely affordable and competitive. Blush for $12.00 and eye shadow for $8.00 is a pretty good deal in my book. All natural ingredients designed to keep your skin healthy and fresh. The other neat thing- most of the products available through Root are made on site.



While in the store, customers have the opportunity to try all the products, experiment and get a professional opinion from the employees in the store. Need a make up brush or two, Root has you covered!



Anytime I can support an Iowa based company that offers products that I will love, I'm knocking on their doorsteps. I am so glad that I made the time to visit Root, as it is truly a business with a lot to offer. Here's a little fun fact. If you live in the U.S., orders that are $45 and above include FREE shipping!

So, tell me. Have you ever visited a local cosmetic shop where many of the products were made on site? If so, I'd love to hear about your experience. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 Pajama Giveaway


Mother's Day is just around the corner and it's not too early to start thinking about what to give Mom this year. Pj's are always a win, win!

Welcome to the Mother's Day Pajamas Giveaway sponsored by Richard Leeds International and hosted by Southern Mom Loves!


Mother's Day is in less than a month! What are you getting the lady in your life? If she's a fan of characters like Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Betty Boop, Eeyore, Tweety, Ariel, Marie, or Elsa from Frozen, she'll love the new PJ sets from Richard Leeds International, available exclusively at Walmart!


These comfy PJs come in sets that include a sleep tank top and capri pants in fun characters, gorgeous spring colors, and they're oh so soft! You can read the full review from Holly at Southern Mom Loves here.

You can find these PJs exclusively at Walmart in-store (You can find them in the sleepwear section) and online at Walmart.com!

You can find Richard Leeds International on their websiteFacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Follow them to get a first look at their new pajamas, and get notifications of exclusive giveaways!

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I have a HUGE giveaway for my readers! Richard Leeds International is providing 12 pairs of pajamas, one for each of 12 winners!

Each winner will be sent a pair of pajamas (like the ones Holly received) in a randomly chosen color/character, in their size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below. The selection will be either Mickey, Minnie, Eeyore, Betty Boop, Elsa, Ariel, Tweety, or Marie. 

Enter below, the odds are fantastic!

Giveaway begins on 4/17/15 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 5/1/15 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only.


Disclaimer: The participating blogs 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.

Sun Protection Zone Offers Protective Clothing For Your Whole Family - Giveaway Included

OK~ I recently had the opportunity to review an ultra-lite shirt from Sun Protection Zone. Here's what these lightweight shirts look like and check out all of these amazing features!


The features make this shirt one that you will want to wear at the gym and while out and about outdoors during Spring/Summer/Fall in the MidWest. It's a great workout shirt for the gym all year long. Aqua Blue and Light Pink were two color choices, I chose the aqua blue. The following features make this shirt a win-win!


  • Mesh Underarms 
  • Ultralightweight Fabric
  • Light weight wear for your workout sessions
  • Water repellant fabric
  • Reflective piping enhances visibility in darkness
  • Breathable fabric with 4- way Comfort stretch is UPF 30+
A common question of Sun Protection Zone is : What is UPF? Sun Protection Zone offers the following.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is a rating system used for apparel and indicates how effectively a fabric shields the skin from the sun's UV rays. The higher the UPF number, the greater level of UV protection it offers; a shirt with a UPF of 50 will let just 1/50th of the UV rays reach the skin. (The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a UPF of 30 or higher.) Many of these fabrics, like most of these offered by Sun Protection Zone, are also designed to wick sweat and water away from your skin, so you'll stay cool and dry as well as sun-protected while being active.

I really like this shirt, although I would recommend ordering it one size larger than what you normally would.  It's very lightweight and guess what? I can workout for 40 minutes and not have a wet shirt! That's a score for me!

Sun Protection Zone not only offers women's clothing, they also offer clothing for the whole family! One of you lucky readers will win this fun hat! I'd love to hear how you and your family are taking extra steps to protect everyone from the sun, clothing is really a hot new item for this!


Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


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* Thank you to Sun Protection Zone for the opportunity to review your products and to offer a giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post and the opinions here are mine and nobody else's.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring In Iowa Brings All Of The Following.......

OK~ Spring has finally sprung in Iowa and I am one happy camper. And yes, less than one week ago we did have snow. Snow in April is not unusual and it's not usually welcomed with open arms. I always look forward to the new growth that seems to appear everywhere. Our lilac bushes look promising this year, as do our apple trees. The buds are beginning to appear and will bring some added color to the landscape in a short period of time.




I finally saw more than one robin in one place. For whatever reason, those brown birds had been eluding me wherever possible. And then there's that feisty blue jay that camps out near our door all year long. I am thinking he had something to do with the robins staying away.



I am getting anxious to get digging in the garden. The notes are made, which include. Plant more potatoes. Plant more tomatoes. Plant more onions and green beans. All of the above are what we run out of in a relative quick period of time. Although, the last jar of salsa disappeared this past week. I had to venture to the store to purchase potatoes a month ago and the onions, well, they ran out a LONG time ago!

I look forward to the days where we can stay outside for a few moments to enjoy the quiet of the countryside. The winds have been blowing, and I know they will subside as we move from spring to summer. There's something to be said about standing in the middle of a gravel road and looking at the solitude all around.



The farmers will enter the fields soon. Spring planting looks a little different than years ago. Around us, there is a lot of no till, so we don't see tractors working the ground like years back. Top soil is precious and it's a great thing that our farmers realize how important it is to keep it around.



So.. tell me! What does spring look like in you area? I'm anxious for all of this new life to form and to see what spring/summer 2015 has to offer! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, April 10, 2015

National Siblings Day- Could We Do This Today?

OK~ It's National Siblings Day today and I am blessed to have a brother and sister in my life. We've always gotten along really well. Would you know it by this photo?


Yes, that is me with the garden hose. My sister has a kettle on the top of the car and my brother is trying to get out of the way! I got to looking at this photo and you know what? I honestly don't think kids could do this in the world we live in today. As you can tell, this was obviously at our home in the country and there were no neighbors nearby. If you saw this in your neighborhood, what would you think?

From the outlandish news stories I have read over the past year, I do believe my Mother may have been arrested if this were to happen today. Someone would call the police to report these three kids were unsafe and it would become a long, drawn out saga. It's rather obvious, one of our parents was nearby, as this photo exists.

Why have we as a society let it get so out of control that parents are not allowed to parent? Parents should be able to determine how they want their kids to enjoy life and have fun. I can also tell you that while letting a Cub Scout skip rocks across a stream 10 years ago, he commented  to me, "My Mom says I can't do this because someone will think I am a bad kid." I thought to myself, how sad is this..........kids can't skip rocks across a stream?

I just wish we could let kids be kids. Maybe this is one reason our kids are so sucked into smart phones and don't want to be outdoors playing. No matter what a kid does outdoors, someone will see something "bad" in it and report it to authorities. Kids can be on a smart phone and nobody will immediately see what they are doing.

I would much rather see a child outdoors skipping rocks, playing in a playground, having fun with their siblings, as opposed to doing things secretly online where they won't be seen instantly. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this..... So, do you think my siblings and I could get by with this little car washing fun in today's world? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?