Sunday, April 24, 2016

Natural Plus Nursery Open House April 30- May 7 : $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

OK~ North Iowans are always excited for a change of season, especially when spring arrives! We are all ready for color and warmer temperatures. Dave and Mary Hopper of Natural Plus Nursery are over the moon excited to see you this spring.

I had the pleasure of visiting Natural Plus Nursery this past Saturday with the North Iowa Bloggers.

I was not surprised to learn that fruit trees, specifically anything edible in the world of gardening and landscaping is very popular right now. If you are looking for edible landscaping ideas, Natural Plus Nursery is your go to resource in North Iowa. This budding pear tree was beautiful on the morning we visited.

Plan to visit Natural Plus Nursery during their upcoming Open House, as you will be glad you did. It runs from April 30-May 7, 2016. If you are looking for inspiration, Natural Plus Nursery will inspire you.

Metal for your yard- do you have any? There's a lot of fun metal ideas at Natural Plus Nursery, including these two fun pieces!

Get there early in the season, as fun items like this will be gone.

Natural Plus Nursery sweetened our visit for all of you! One of you has the opportunity to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Natural Plus Nursery. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Someone will win, why not you? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Little Caesars $50 Gift Card Giveaway


Hosted by: Tales From A Southern Mom and Hints and Tips Blog Sponsor: Little Caesars Prize: $50 Gift Card to Little Caesars

I don't know about you, but anytime I have the opportunity to eat pizza, I eat it!

Have you tried the new Stuffed Crust Deep Dish Pizza from Little Caesars? It is really good, and it is one that of course my whole family can agree on. They all love the cheesy stuffed center, and the deep dish crust. The pizza is pretty amazing!

The Little Caesars Deep Dish Pizza with Stuffed Crust is only $10 for a large, and it is filling. You add a salad maybe some fresh fruit and Crazy Bread you have a perfect fast hot and ready meal.
Now for the fun part of hearing all about this fabulous pizza!

They are giving away a $50 Gift Card to Little Caesars so you can have the whole gang over and enjoy this Stuffed Crust Deep Dish Pizza!

Dates: 4/22 - 5/6 Open to: US Residents 18+ Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Keeping It Local: Iowa's Main Streets Should Be A Pleasant Experience

OK~ I recently stopped to check out a Main Street in a community near me. I was looking forward to shopping in a couple locally owned stores, when I found myself exiting rather promptly. I choose to surround myself with positive people and let me tell you, I found some of the most negative people on the planet.

Here's something to think about. If you own a shop in the heart of a Main Street, train your sales people to be friendly and welcoming. There's nothing more disheartening than to be greeted with, "Why would you wan to shop in this *!*$$ town?" I said, "Excuse me." I then exited rather quickly, hopped in my car and headed down the road.

I began to question if I had done the right thing. Should I have tried to be nice and turn the conversation around? I have no time for people that choose to live with such negative insight. I choose to surround myself with people that think in a forward point of view. I can agree to disagree with someone, end of conversation.

Our communities in Iowa are changing. Several have had some stunning additions to their Main Streets and others have added some amazing festivals throughout the year. Clear Lake, Iowa, is home to a fantastic Kite Festival in the dead of winter. That to me, is forward thinking. Most lake towns forget about winter and skip it. I love the fact that Clear Lake chooses to embrace all 365 days of the year.

Our season of nice weather in Iowa is rather short. So, one would think if a person took the time to drive down Main Street, walk in their brick and mortar store, a welcoming undertone would prevail in today's competitive shopping market. After all, it's very easy to shop with our smart phones. I'm all about keeping the dollars local, but frustrated when my dollar is not appreciated.

I will give Main Street in this community another chance. I'm thinking maybe it was an off day. I travel through here every six to eight weeks, so I will return. If my mind was 100% closed, I would not set foot back on that Main Street. But, due to the fact that I am open to new ideas and experiences, I will return. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#SPONSORED: Taking Care Of Your Youngsters Teeth Just Got Easier With Plackers® Fruit Smoothie Swirl Flossers

OK~ There's something about trying to get kids to take care of their teeth. You've been there, right? Plackers® Flossers to the rescue! The day these Plackers® Flossers arrived, my nieces knew they were in for a little tooth cleaning fun.

The new Plackers® Fruit Smoothie Swirl flossers are designed to make flossing fun for parents and kids. The dual grip handle makes them easy to use for kids of all ages, and allows parents to assist. So now you may be wondering, what exactly makes these flossers so good?

  • Reduces tooth decay and promotes healthier gums
  • Removes plaque and food
  • Includes fluoride
  • Fruit Smoothie Swirl flavor
  • BPA free
I love the fact that the Plackers®Dual Grip Fruit Smoothie Swirl Kids' Flossers are designed for both parents and kids to use. The dual grip makes the flossers easy for kids of all ages to use, and allows parents to assist. The Plackers® hi-tech floss is engineered not to stretch, shred, or break, and includes fluoride to promote strong teeth and reduce tooth decay.

Dentists recommend as soon as a child has two teeth that are touching, parents should help them establish a daily flossing routine I can tell you, that I wish these would have been around several years ago when our boys were younger. My nieces, they loved these! They loved how they smelled and that they could use these themselves.

Here's a little tip that I think is pretty cool. When packing your child's lunch box, toss in a pair of flossers. They may or may not use them, but they will be reminded that caring for their teeth does matter. Hopefully a simple task like this will help instill the importance of healthy dental habits to continue for a lifetime. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Here's a little more about Plackers®:

Plackers®is a leading brand and pioneer in dental flossers and other consumer oral care products. Having patented the first disposable dental flosser, Plackers® is committed to developing high quality, affordable oral care products with innovative features that include a comprehensive line of dental flossers, dental accessories, and dental night guards. Plackers® holds over 20 patents and is sold in major retailers worldwide. For more information visit 

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