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? 

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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?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blogger Friends + Actual Cards = A Fun Birthday

OK~ I had a birthday this past week and I can honestly say that the bloggers of North Iowa sure knew how to make me smile.

I have not received this many actual cards on my birthday in years. But you know what? It was fun to hold an actual birthday card that was given to me. I am kind of odd, as I still enjoy holding an actual book in my hand, as opposed to my iPad when it comes to reading a book. If there is one thing that I need to get better at, it is sending and giving actual handwritten cards to people. I had a terrific birthday and look forward to moving forward in another year.

All of these cards got me thinking about how we all interact in today's crazy, busy world. Social Media plays a huge role in celebrating birthdays and other special occasions. I do think it's wonderful that we can send a simple birthday message across the miles through social media and celebrate the successes of our friends But there's still something to be said about a handwritten note, don't you think? My friend, Beth Ann of It's Just Life, really rocks the homemade cards, yes the handmade, handwritten ones! She has went so far as to talk about how your words matter, and the fact that letter writing is changing, as well as how all those scribbled notes are really letters!

I am a very lucky gal, as I have a wonderful family, friends, and awesome business partners and clients that continue to support me in my crazy, exciting adventures. When I look at this little "sea" of cards, this speaks volumes to me..... This group of cards reminds me that I do matter and it's definitely the kick in the pants that I needed when it comes to sending actual cards.

So, tell me. When is the last time you mailed or handed someone an actual card? I'm working on this and will continue too. But dang, Social Media makes it all a little too easy to wish someone a happy birthday! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Five Star Co-op: Keeping Communities Alive In North Iowa

OK~ The North Iowa Bloggers and I recently visited Five Star Co-op located in Burchinal, Iowa. As you know, Fall is a super busy time of year here in North Iowa.

Farmers are busy harvesting and the co-ops are all extremely busy. This particular co-op is one that I grew up with. It was known as the Burchinal Co-op for many years and has been a Five Star Co-op for several years.

Five Star Co-op is the heart of Burchinal, as there is no post office, school or store. There are several homes and maybe 100 people in town. So, when I say that Five Star Co-op is the heart of Burchinal, Iowa, it is very true.

Five Star Co-op is a resource for farmers when it comes to agronomy products, as well as knowledge. Petroleum, feed, and hardware are all available for purchase. Farmers were hauling in corn and soybeans on the day we visited.

The employees of Five Star Co-op shared their knowledge when it comes to being safe and what an ear of corn is made of. Did you know that an ear of corn has an even number of kernels around it?

Agriculture is constantly changing, but you know what? The basics of raising crops to provide food and energy for all of us still remains. Farmers are hardworking people that work hard all year long and strive to be good people in our world. Five Star Co-op in Burchinal still has one of the older elevators on the premises and is used regularly. Look at the difference in how these bins look and will look in the future. These steel bins hold a lot more grain than the older storage unit.

I was intrigued by this panel of buttons, codes and locks. All of this is in place to keep the corn dryer functioning and keep the employees safe. Keep in mind, the bin on the left has nothing this electronic installed in it. Technology is changing how employees work in the world of agriculture. There's still a lot of hands on jobs with Five Star Co-op, it's just different from 25 years ago.

And just in case you need a job, check out all the listings that Five Star Co-op has. Thank you to Five Star Co-op in Burchinal for educating us on what you do for our community.

For me..... I will continue to enjoy harvest with my family and look forward to see how our local co-ops evolve to meet the needs of our farmers.

There's nothing like a combine ride with Dad, a ritual that's been going on for 46 years. Yes, you read that correct, 46 years! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?