Monday, October 5, 2015

Keeping Your Family Safe During Halloween With Family Friendly Apps #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 15+ years. In fact, I have never been with another cell phone company.

Halloween is a time of year that kids and families of all ages look forward to each year. From costumes to sweet treats, Halloween offers plenty for kids to get excited about. Parents and guardians, on the other hand, may feel some anxiety about the holiday, especially if they have teens or tweens who trick or treat and attend Halloween parties. It's a night where staying connected with kids takes on an increased importance. 

Fortunately, today's parents can breathe a little easier, thanks to smart phones and the top rated apps that can make Halloween a little safer and more fun. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, nearly half (47 percent) of parents have a child with a cell phone, and the average age children receive their first cell phone is 12.  The Samsung Galaxy 6S Edge is a great tool for keeping families connected. The key is to start the conversation about online safety early and install the U.S. Cellular Parent Child Agreement. This opens the doorway for communication and will hopefully help you and your family avoid any issues.

Here are some tips apps that will help your family breathe a little easier during the Halloween season and all the fun that goes along with the holiday.

- Take advantage of the flashlight function for night visibility (Most modern smart phones have this capability).

- Program phone numbers into their phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency)

-Set up alarms on your child's smart phone for periodic reminders to check in with you

Free or low cost apps for families for Halloween safety:

Family Locator App: Keeps tabs on trick or treating family members with the free Family Locator App. This free app allows parents to see their kids' locations in real time, get notifications when their kids reach their destination and allows parents to receive alerts when kids enter areas that are unsafe.

Red Panic Button App: In case of emergency, parents can ensure they're reachable at a moments notice with the Red Panic Button app.

A press of the button sends an SMS and e-mail that contains a link to Google Maps and their GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic button contact list.

FBI Child ID App: This free app provides invaluable tools in case a child goes missing. Convenient electronic storage of photos and vital information about your child enables parents to show pictures and provide physical identifiers to first responders. as well as easily e-mail information to authorities.

Ghost Radar App: Have a little fun this Halloween with the Ghost Radar App! This free app takes Halloween safety to a paranormal level by alerting users to any possible paranormal activity in your area.

Ghost Radar takes various reading on the device and includes a voice to announce when interesting words have been detected.

Halloween should be a fun event for your family! And just in case you are stumped on a Halloween costume for yourself or others, this costume will be the life of any party! Easy, affordable and fun to make, check it out!

U.S. Cellular continues to offer families easy ways to stay connected. Start the conversation early, so you don't have issues with your kids and cell phone usage. Enjoy Halloween and be safe during the month of October. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

$250 Coach Handbag Giveaway


$250 COACH MINI BENNET SATCHEL Giveaway Event Through 10/31/2015

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  • Signature canvas
  • Leather trim
  • Inside zip pocket
  • Inside multifunction pockets
  • Top zip
  • Handles with 4" drop
  • Removable strap for crossbody or shoulder wear
  • Retails for $250

Would you keep this or would you gift it to someone? With Christmas coming, this would make a fabulous gift, don't you think? As I get older the more I like a variety of handbags. I am not sure if this a good or bad thing. 

Go ahead and enter, someone has to win, why not you?

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Before School Cooking Classes Offer Families An Alternative For Before School Child Care In Winneshiek County

OK~ There's something to be said about communities that are proactive when it comes to providing opportunities and new experiences for families.The Mason City Family YMCA provides a nice variety of activities for families and offers new learning experiences, which happens to be in my back yard. And local..... seems to be 100 miles, you agree on that distance?

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Oneota Community Food Coop in Decorah, Iowa, while on a travel writer's tour with the good folks of Travel Iowa. The Food Co-op started a series of cooking classes for kids, as part of a before school program. Due to the fact that they offer several educational events, it seemed like a perfect fit. As with any community, the challenge seems to be getting the word out.

When I heard that they were offering a before school program for kids, which involves teaching kids how to cook, I was all ears! I am no Martha Stewart, but I can tell you that I am grateful for all of those cooking lessons that 4-H provided me through the years. When kids are part of the preparation process of putting food together, they quickly become interested. The working kitchen is right next door to the actual storefront itself, which makes it an ideal location. Up to date appliances and utensils to complete any food project make this a win-win for any community.

I would love to hear that the before school cooking program through the Oneota Community Food Co-op has a waiting list. Many parents struggle with finding before school childcare during those tween years and this is the ideal place for those tweens to gather. They are surrounded by people that have a passion for food and making a difference in a community.

Maybe it's the fact that kids and parents don't think cooking matters, when in all reality it really does. Who can afford to eat out all the time? Let's face it, it does get rather expensive. And the other thing about a before school cooking class, is the fact that it offers an offline opportunity for kids. Most of you know that I love being online, but I also love the fact that I can step away from it. Many kids today simply never take breaks from social media, which is not a good thing.

Be a proactive parent and find a before school program that will enhance the life of your child. If you live in Winneshiek County, check out the great programs that the Oneota Community Food Co-op has to offer. If you don't see a program on the list that you think would benefit your family, suggest it to the good folks of the coop. They want folks in Winneshiek County to eat healthier and have fun in the kitchen.

Be sure to "like" the Oneota Community Food Co-op on Facebook to stay up to date on what's happening around the Co--op.

So... tell me. Would you enroll your kids in a before school cooking class? I personally think it's a genius idea! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Farming Is A Way Of Life, Let's Keep It Honest And Family Friendly

OK~ I've been thinking, we all know that can always be interesting. I read an article in the Des Moines Register that stated Wall Street Investors are Buying Up Farmland. Now, I am not against anyone investing in Iowa farmland. What I am against is the fact that these people have no respect for the local neighbor or local farmer. I have seen this first hand.

Take this for instance....... There is a road on the right, which the farmer at the end of this road needs to access his field. It took more than three years for the county to come out and install posts, so the farmer, that lives hundreds of miles away, can no longer send his employees to plant where ever they choose. The issue I have with this is the fact that there is no respect for the farmer anymore. This continued for three years, until the county finally installed the posts.

In my opinion, landowners should be responsible for knowing where their land is and they should have to show their employees what land they own. So.. this got me thinking. I wonder how often a combine goes into a field that is not the actual land owner's. If these land owners can send employees to plant where ever they choose, what stops them from combining what ever they choose?

We truly live in a "new" atmosphere in the world of agriculture. The face of Iowa is changing very rapidly. Our population is not increasing and it's no secret that we have some of the best farmland in the country. How do we change this? I honestly don't think we can. Investors understand what we have, but we Iowans can no longer afford to purchase what we have.

Many towns no longer have schools or businesses, which makes it a hard sell for people to relocate to Iowa. There are people that long for the peace and quiet that Iowa does offer, we have to find those people! I love to travel and it's fun to travel to exotic, fun, busy places. But, I also appreciate the fact that I can return home to quiet.

I miss the days of having neighbors, even if they were a mile away. Our mile recently changed again, as a grove was taken out, which made for an additional acre of farm land for the farmer. Not a big deal, but it got me thinking. Most people that travel our road today would not know that fifteen years ago there was a family living in a farm house there and they farmed the 80 acres that surrounded the farm house. There are very few farmers that farm 80 acres today, it's simply not feasible. This family raised four kids and lived there many years. In the mile I currently live on, there are currently six of us. Go back twenty years, there were 16 people living on this mile.

And then there is the Pralle Family from North Iowa- this is what farming IS all about.

If you live in Iowa, what are some reasons you continue to live here? My family is nearby, as all of those six in the mile I live in are my relatives. And then you travel another quarter mile, you will find another cluster of my relatives. So... Iowa is all about family! Plain and simple, if you have family in Rural Iowa, you may find yourself rooted in the family farm. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?