Thursday, October 30, 2014

SantaSentMeALetter.Com Giveaway & Discount Code

OK~ There's something to be said about a personal letter from Santa. Santa letters have came a long way since I was young. It used to be that I had to send a letter to Santa with my requests and that was it. Fast forward to the year 2014. Kids, as well as adults, can now receive a personal letter from Santa without having to ask for one. So, when I had the opportunity to try this service, I hopped on the band wagon.

SantaSentMeALetter.Com is fun and extremely user friendly. Here's the scoop on how this fun service works. With more than 20 exclusive templates to choose from (including religious, non-religious, a letter for adults, and even a letter to Jewish children from Santa), parents and family members can use the easy Online Editor to completely personalize each letter to each child right on their site.

Christmas cards are something that I still do try to send, I'll stress the word try. Last year I kind of let it slide, but the year before I was successful at sending them. Christmas is a season of cards, giving and a season of being appreciative for others in our lives. A letter from Santa would be a super fun way to surprise an adult friend this holiday season, don't you think?

Every letter is then delivered on Santa's own custom stationary (available only at SantaSentMeALetter.Com) guaranteeing that every letter is unique and "authentic." Santa signs and wax seals each letter by hand before postmarking it directly from the North Pole! Parents can even add on an optional Nice List card or a Magic Key (that Santa uses at homes without a chimney).

So, tell me, what kid of any age would not love to get their own personalized letter from Santa? Three of you are going to win an Original Letter from Santa ($9.95 Value) and I also have a discount code of 15% (IOWAMOM20 is the code) for all of you. (This code expires November 20, 2014, so use it soon).

This giveaway will run through November 13th! The discount codes will be good through November 20th, as the letters will be mailed out Friday November 27, 2014. Any orders placed after the Thanksgiving holiday will be processed within 48 hours, with December 14, 2014 as the last day orders can be placed.

So- Enter through the Rafflecopter form below!

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*I was given The North Pole Package for review purposes. I did receive product to review and as always, the opinions expressed on this post are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Our Kids Are Using Social Media As a Plea For Help- Why Are We Not Answering Them?

OK~ I'm shaking my head again tonight. I'm reading the details about another school shooting and how there were signs on social media that this teen had issues. When are we going to wake up and realize that we have a HUGE problem on our hands? The problem being, our teens reach out for help through social media and everyone ignores it.

I will not glorify this young man and share his social media channels, but I can tell you that they are disturbing. It seems that this same type of thing happens time and time again. After the "bad" thing happens 9 times out of 10, it is reported that their were signs on social media that things were not going well.

Now I'm not going to point fingers in this particular case, but make a general statement. Where are the parents when it comes to social media and their kids? If parents would simply track where their kids go online, things like this would have less of a chance of happening. Sure, teens argue that it is an invasion of privacy. Really? Who is responsible for their actions until they are 18 and who is paying the phone bill?

There are easy ways to track where kids go online. U.S. Cellular offers a parent/child protection agreement, and I know other cell phone companies do the same. Another fantastic resource is WebSafety. I often hear parents say that these protection plans are too expensive. My answer to that is, "You give them a $700 computer and you are not going to protect them for maybe $10 a month?" Go figure, this Mom doesn't get it.

WebSafety is a new app that will give your family security. From monitoring porn that your children view online to all photos that are uploaded to your children's social media accounts, this app has it all!

I know for a fact that teens are swaying away from Facebook because Moms and Dads are there. Just recently I spoke to a high school business class on being an entrepreneur and using social media. These students said they had Facebook accounts but did not use it because Mom and Dad were there. They prefer to use Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat because Mom and Dad are not there. Do you see where this is going?

Our kids are smart! Let's ban together and protect our kids. When we, as adults, see something in question with a teen online, such as Twitter. We need to be involved as soon as possible. It's a fact, too many of our kids are dying from events that could have been prevented if someone was monitoring their social media accounts.

So, I challenge you! Will you get involved to help a young person when you see something questionable through social media? I hope you will do what is right and step up to help our teens! This Mom is working hard to educate folks locally and I can tell you that it is difficult. Families do not want to admit that their communities have these problems. Go out in your community and be the change - your kids and community will thank you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Millennial Moms And Social Media Accounts For Their Infants

OK~ Did you see the news story that shared 40% of millennial moms open social media accounts before their child's first birthday? Would someone enlighten me as to what the purpose of something like this is for? I'm all ears on this one.

Here's what I think that these moms think:

  • Facebook will always exists
  • Facebook photos will always be accessible
  • Their baby will not be abducted, as that happens to other people.

Seriously, why would someone do this? Facebook is a great social media tool, but it seriously needs to be used the proper way.

Stacey Honowitz, a supervisor in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit of the Florida State Attorney's Office and recently shared some great information in regards to photos and your kids. Before any picture is posted of a child, some thought needs to go into the photo. 

I love social media and I love sharing photos, but it is true that it is easy to share too often. I think the challenge is finding that fine line between sharing the fun and life experiences. All parents have the cutest kids on the planet, and that's just a fact of life! 

I know that actual baby books have evolved since 1991 and 1995, but there are some great online tools for baby books. Yes, our boys have actual books!

This is not a paid post and I am not working with Shutterfly, but I can tell you that Shutterfly does offer some great baby books. 

It is healthy to step away from social media now and then. The opportunity to create a baby book is the perfect opportunity for new moms to explore their creativity. So, if you are a millennial mom, does your child have a Facebook page? I'm still shaking my head on this one and probably will continue too. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rohto® Cooling Eye Drops Review And Giveaway

OK~ My immediate family members are always on the look out for an eye drop that relieves redness and lubricates the eyes. I did receive a sample of these Rohto® drops to review and was glad to receive them. Living in the country with harvest season in full swing, these drops offered relief unlike any other eye drop in the marketplace.  Rohto® is the number-one global eye drop brand and was first launched in Japan over 100 years ago. Since then the brand has been consistently advancing the eye drop category with innovative technology.

Introduced to the United States market over 12 years ago, Rohto created a distinct sub-category of “cooling eye drops” which now comprises an important and growing part of the market. Unlike ordinary eye drops, Rohto® delivers a unique cooling sensation using Freshkick™ technology that works wonders to soothe and comfort irritated eyes for up to eight hours – a feature that is loved and embraced by loyal fans.

The line of Rohto® Cooling Eye Drop products provide fast-acting cooling relief for a number of symptoms including red, dry, or itchy eyes caused by environmental irritants.  

Rohto® Cool MAX is the newest product from the brand, which hit the shelves in the stores a couple months ago. Have you tried them? Two immediate family members tried these eye drops and found them to be very soothing. Featuring maximum-strength redness relief, Rohto® Cool Max whitens red, irritated eyes, plus soothes and protects eyes from further irritation. As always, the opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

I have two 0.4 FL OZ (13mL) to giveaway to one person. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Glimpse Into The Beauty of Rural America

OK~ It's a beautiful day here in North Iowa. We actually mowed our lawn last evening and I can honestly tell you that I do not remember the last time we mowed in October. Quite often, August is the last time we need to mow. It's balmy today, very windy but warm for October. Last evening I glanced out the South window of our house and this was the view.

I thought to myself, now that's what I enjoy about Rural America. Look at how peaceful things are. The soybeans across the road are being harvested and sunset was just beautiful. I then thought about January and what the view would look like. There will be ice and snow, something I wish we could somehow skip around.

So, I began to make a list of what I do enjoy about Rural America.

  • Quiet
  • Clean Water/Air
  • I Can See For Miles
  • Traffic Is Minimal
  • I Know My Neighbors
  • Sunset And Sunrise Are Stunning
These are really simple things, but are really huge. I take it for granted when I can have a view like this, and then I realize that it's a treat for many to get out into the country to see something like this. Do you get to experience sunrise and sunset where you live? 

I have often heard from people, especially photographers, that a lot of folks miss out on really good stuff because they won't get out of bed in the morning. I have to agree, sunrise is really something to see in Rural America. Next time you are in Rural America, make it a point to experience sunrise and sunset with your kiddos, as they will thank you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?