Monday, November 30, 2009

Soyphisticated Candles from my hometown- Mason City, Iowa!

OK~ Bet your wondering where you can purchase one of these awesome candles? Well, head on over to http://www.soyphisticatedcandles.com/home.html

These candles are made in my hometown: Mason City, Iowa. They are made of natural and renewable soy- and NO paraffin or beeswax. Now through Dec. 5th, Soyphisticated Candles is offering free shipping. Soyphisticated Candles also offers organic lotions, balms, and soap. Oh, and if you are looking for laundry soap, they also offer powder, bricks, and stain sticks. I am currently burning a beautiful aromatic soy candle, Alpine Snowdrift (love it)! This Mom loves the clean, burning candles that Soyphisticated Candles offers. So, if you are looking for a unique gift from Iowa- check it out! You will not regret your choice! Head on over to http://www.soyphisticatedcandles.com After All, It's All in A Mom's Day, Right?


The above post is based on my person experience and opinion. I did not receive any compensation to post this.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Seriously- How to stay sane during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Ok~ This Mom has played the game of let's do "it all" during the Christmas Season. Now that I am 43 years old and my boys are 18 and 14, this Mom says, "No More." Sure, there are some activities on the family calendar that are a Must. So, what MUST a family partake in:
  • The Christmas music program at school
  • The Sunday School program at church
  • The rehearsals for these two events
  • The occasional school band concert
  • Collecting donations for your local food bank and delivering them
So, what can a family say "NO" to and NOT feel guilty? This is my list-
  • A visit with Santa Claus at the Mall- (what parent wants to risk H1N1 this season)?
  • Buying presents for ALL classmates (in today's economy, this Mom says, "NO WAY)!
  • Attending community choral concerts
  • Spending down time at the Mall (poor example to set for our kids)!

Short, but straight to the point lists. Why put yourself through any added hustle and bustle of the season? Christmas should be a time of reflection of the birth of the Christ Child. Not by how many places we can go, how many presents we can buy, or how much money we can spend? God needs to be first in our lives, and then followed by our families.

When we do put him first, everything else somehow manages to fall into place! I hear so many people complain about how they cannot enjoy Christmas- the answer is pretty simple- Say NO to extra "things." And, engage yourself and your family in the joy of the season- include the birth of Jesus Christ in your families activities this year! Try it, you just might like it! If you choose to participate in activities that have meaning for your whole family, you will say, "Thank You" to yourself on December 26th! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The 2009 AMA Awards- YIKES!

OK~ My 14 year old really, really wanted to see Green Day perform on the 2009 AMA Awards. I have to admit it- this 40 something Mom does like Green Day. The language in the songs is pretty dicey at times- BUT- I like their music! Of course, Green Day performed towards the end- and wouldn't you know it- Adam Lambert's performance was shortly after. I was thinking to myself- during his freaked out performance- Garrett why didn't you go to bed? I could not believe that something like that would even be allowed from the 7- 10 p.m. time frame. It's too bad that Taylor Swift was over seas and did not perform- she does put on a nice, clean cut show!

And I do wonder if anyone was actually paid any money to dress the women presenters and performers. Many of the dresses looked like those big, black contractor bags- and just a "tad" skimpy!

It appears to this Mom that many musicians could take a lesson or two from Taylor Swift- her music is clean, fun, and has a clear message! And furthermore, she seems to be selling music- just goes to show that award winning music does not have to be raunchy and disrespectful! So, what's a Mom to do? Next time a major music awards show comes up on a "standard" television network- switch over to Directv- There were many more cleaner opportunities for viewing during that time frame for my 14 year old son! In the grand scheme of the program itself, Green Day was one of the cleaner cut performances. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Appliances are out to get this Mom!!!!!

OK~ This Mom has had it! The appliances in my home are junk! My theory is to buy the cheapest appliance on the market, as in five years time most need to be replaced anyway. This Kenmore HE3 Elite Washer is what I currently own- Hate it- waste of money! And, of course I have the worthless clothes dryer to go with it, just four repair jobs in five years. Many repair jobs, along with the smell and noise that this machine puts out. I did approach a salesman at Sears about our washing machine, he told me that they know the machine I have is no good, but they have updated it. All he wanted to do was show me the updated version. Well, hello? This Mom did her homework when she purchased this one, it was rated at the top in Consumer Reports! Not buying a HE3 Kenmore Elite, again!

Now, onto our furnace, which is five years old. We have had three service calls in five years. Yep, and another call in order tomorrow. And, of course, we bought a name brand, top of the line furnace. Again, I swear we would be money ahead purchasing a lesser known brand and going at it with the attitude, in five years time, it will probably need to be replaced. I seriously do not see the value of paying more for so called "quality." In the grand scheme of things, I do see this as job security for the repair man that will show up at our home tomorrow. I guess, there is a bright side to all of this!

The irony of all of this- Before this new furnace- the previous furnace in the home was 55 years old. We knew we would have to update it when we moved in, but did not realize that less would be better. We could have purchased a less expensive furnace that still functioned at a great rate in the world of today's furnace ratings. A little side note, the 55 year old furnace had been serviced yearly and had not had a service call, or any repairs, in 20+ years. This new one isn't anywhere near the quality that one was! Well, I guess, I take it all in stride! Hopefully when the dishwasher goes- it is five years old- I'll be home to catch all of that water!

Seriously, when shopping for new appliances, this Mom will look at price. If you gotta replace it in five years time; why fork over thousands of dollars, when you could fork over a few hundred? After All, it's All In A Mom's Day, Right?


This blog post is based on this Mom's opinion and experiences , just as all my other posts are.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This Mom does not want to join the 80% that deal with Food Borne Illness!

OK~ This Mom is ready for Thanksgiving! The turkey will be thawed appropriately and the knives will be sharpened. I also promise to not break off the knife inside the turkey, should I need to use a knife. I also promise to remove the liver, gizzards,and whatever else is inside the belly of this crazy bird! Yep, I have done all of the above and I swear to not experience this chaos for Thanksgiving 2009! I will be striving for a healthy, well prepared, Thanksgiving meal, unlike any other that I have prepared.

With all of the H1N1 illness out there, our family does not need to be exposed to a foodborne illness. The U.S. Departmentof Agriculture estimates that 80% of foodborne illnesses are linked to meat and poultry. This means, that it is mandatory, for you to properly handle all meats and poultry during this Thanksgiving season.

NSF International (www.nsf.org), a not-for-profit, public health and safety organization has been providing inspections, as well as certification services to the food industry for more than 65 years. So, what does this mean to you and I? Use their advice- The following tips will help keep your family out of that 80% category of people with foodborne illnesses over the Thanksgiving holidays.

  • Don't let uncooked turkey sit at room temperature. Shop for a turkey last and get it home as soon as possible. Refrigerate promptly, and bag the turkey separately. You will also want to place the bag below all other food in your refrigerator. Should that turkey start to thaw, you will not want that raw turkey juice on your food.
  • Thawing a turkey out can be one of the most challenging times of the season. Allow plenty of time for the turkey to thaw. You have three options here. Option 1: Place a covered turkey in a shallow pan on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator Option 2: Place the plastic-wrapped turkey in a pan of cold water, changing the water about every 30 minutes. Option 3: Completely submerge the turkey under a stream of lukewarm (70 degree F) running water.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly while handling any raw meat, especially turkey. Use lots of warm water and soap
  • Never place the turkey directly on the counter; keep in on a platter, plate, or roaster. Clean and sanitize the counter, as well as utensils after handling a raw turkey.
  • Always use a thermometer to check for doneness, even if the turkey has a pop-up timer. The magic number is 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thigh away from the bone. If the thermometer registers the magic number, voila~ Your turkey is done!
  • Refrigerate any leftovers immediately. Never use a large container for your leftovers. Separate the large portions into smaller portions, and cover the container loosely while cooling.
Do not let all of these safety precautions scare you out of tackling that turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Preparing a turkey should be easy, just be sure to use some common sense. Your family, as well as your kids, will thank you! Anytime Mom can go the extra mile in the kitchen, especially when it comes to safety, everyone is very appreciative. And that is what Thanksgiving is about, being Thankful! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?



The information for this article is from www.nsf.org- and my opinions stated in this article, are just that, my opinions, and nobody elses. I did not receive any compensation for this blog post.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This age thing----

OK~ I am a 40 something Mom and YIKES- these crazy eyes are driving me crazy! There's something about the words "reading glasses" and "bifocals." Those two words remind me of an old lady. So, if reading glasses or bifocals are in my near future, does this mean that I am an old lady? Well, according to my 14 year old, I am old because:

  • I eat oatmeal for breakfast
  • I look both ways before pulling into an intersection while driving
  • I go to bed by 10:00 p.m.
  • I like to read books
  • I enjoy crossword puzzles
  • I don't fully understand FarmTown on Facebook
  • I got extremely excited when I purchased a new pair of jeans from Lane Bryant, size 1!
Personally, I think I'm a pretty average Mom, just trying to make sense out of raising teenagers! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yep, I live in Iowa!

OK~ A few years ago we were camping at a campground in Colorado. Ahhh....I love Colorado. I was waiting in line for the pay phone- AHA! See, I told ya, it's been a few years back!

Man ahead of me asks me: "Where ya from?"

Me: "Iowa"

Man ahead of me states: "Oh, Ohio where they grow the potatoes!"

Me: Yep (Thinking that I have no hope on this one!)

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Craziness!

Ok~ This Mom is trying to understand when/how some people will ever get vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine. I know there are thousands of people that want the vaccine, but are unable to, due to supply issues. A recent dilemma brought to my attention- In our community, caregivers of infants under six months old have qualified for special clinics. But, should that caregiver be over 49 years old, have asthma, or have a cold- they will have to be vaccinated at a later date. Therefore, I'm sure many that would like to protect their newborns, are simply unable to. Another scenario that I recently learned of: Dad was able to be vaccinated, Mom was not due to dry throat, and 3 year old brother was unable to receive the vaccine. This 3 year old, that lives in the home, with a four month old, cannot get the vaccine because he does not go to daycare and does not have a chronic health condition. So, the Dr. recommends- Keep him home, do not take him anywhere! Ok- this three year old is pretty much housebound- no YMCA activities, trips to the grocery store, nor Sunday School. Not sure what the solution is, but what on earth is a family to do? Our county is following the guidelines put out by the CDC, which are pretty self explanatory, as it makes sense that people with chronic health conditions should receive the vaccine first- But, hello? Did I not read that President Obama's daughters received the vaccine? I'm a little perplexed, people in many communities all over the country, with chronic health conditions are still not able to get this vaccine and healthy kids/adults are getting this vaccine! Oh, and how on earth are kids supposed to get their second dose, when many won't have had their first dose? What a mess! This Mom is glad that her kids are healthy, older, and will (cross my fingers) survive this nuisance flu should it hit here! I wonder what could have been done differently, but I'm just a Mom, so we will wait and see! After all, it's All in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ways this Iowa family is going GREEN!



OK~ What are you doing to live green? Well, this family struggles in that department. Thanks to onceamonthmom.com and Blue Avocado, this Mom is now hip when she heads to the grocery store! Yep, I carry some pretty sharp looking bags in with me. Seems like a pretty simple way to contribute to a greener environment. Now, how about all of those bottled water bottles that many of us purchase weekly? Well, invest in one really nice water bottle and refill that bottle, from your own tap, and take it with you! Think about that- You have now eliminated the three plastic bottles that you probably would have tossed into a trash bin. So, what's a Mom to do, in regards to shopping locally? Well, get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce and find out where the local Farmer's Markets are in your area. Here you will find fresh fruits, veggies, and the liking for a great price! Think of all the transportation costs that have been removed, as by purchasing fresh produce, you have helped keep our air cleaner! So, this all sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? In our household, we all have to think about living a greener life, but by practicing daily, it does get a little easier. By shopping with reusable shopping bags, investing in ONE water bottle, and by shopping our local Farmer's Market; this Iowa family is turning a little greener! LighterSaferGreener.com has provided our family with lots of great ideas, in regards to going green. So, if you have a moment, swing by their web site and check them out! After All, it's All in a Mom's Day, Right?


Thursday, November 12, 2009

People- if your kids are sick- LEAVE THEM HOME!

OK~ I'm at K-Mart in the check-out lane. There is one woman ahead of me and a mother/son behind me. The little boy is obviously not feeling well. I hear his Mother say, "I told you not to touch anything!" Next thing, little boy sneezes, coughs, and stuff flies out of his mouth onto the candy at the checkout lane. Note to self: That is why it is never ok to buy candy/gum on a last minute basis. The woman ahead of me has now left with her purchases. Now, it is my turn. The cashier rings my one item up and next thing I know this little boy is tugging at my legs and his Mother is saying, "I told you not to touch anything, we were only coming to the pharmacy to pick up your medicine, you are highly contagious!" Another note to self: Disinfect my whole body when I return to work.......

Why on earth did this Mother drag this sick child through the store? I can understand dragging an ill child to the pharmacy to pick up his medicine, and then LEAVE- Do not shop with an ill child! I just don't get it----What's a Mom to do? After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So, you think you are having a bad day?

OK~ My life is really not that bad, but I have had a really, really bad day! So, I'm looking at why I should be happy that I had a bad day......I appreciate the fact that my boys are healthy; you gotta love that!:) I also am happy that I have a family that cares about me and is willing to give me a hug when it appears that the bottom is dropping out. Oh, and it's always nice to know that good old Wally will lay his head on my lap and say, "Everything will be just fine!" There's something about a dog and what they have to offer........and you know what? Wally doesn't EVER text message me from another room in the house. He looks right at me when he needs something, unlike my teenage boys! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Note to self (Important)!

OK~ Updated note to self: When cooking sausage, it is never OK to touch the spatula after the sausage has been flipped. My thumb and index finger are beginning to blister! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Is there a teenager close by?

OK~ 10 things that remind me that I do have a teenager in the house!

  • Smiles are hard to come by
  • I look in the mirror and see GRAY!
  • The tv is on at 2:00 a.m.
  • Ear buds are in use 24/7
  • Pizza, pizza, pizza
  • Whites/Darks, who cares? Toss them all in together, what's it gonna hurt?
  • Phone calls to me are made from the next room
  • Texting, texting, texting-Thank God for plans with unlimited texting
  • IPODS on the night stand
  • "Mom, I need gas money!"
As a Mom to two teenage boys, my life gets pretty hairy at times. But you know what? I love 'em and know that in the blink of an eye, they will be all grown up! Wow, just to think that they should still be 4 & 8- Not 14 & 18! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?


Sunday, November 8, 2009

This Mom does not want to see another piece of chewing gum!

OK~ I've seen this for years. Mom in grocery store, kid in cart, and gum in kid's hand. I have always thought to myself, "Is that Mom nuts?" That gum will surely end up in hair, carpet, fabric, clothing, or on the bottom of MY shoe! For whatever reason I will never understand, as just the other day I was reminded of why I despise chewing gum. I was casually walking across a parking lot to my car and I noticed my right shoe felt a little weird. Since my right foot is the foot with the foot drop, I didn't think much of it.

I hopped into my car. Started the car up, pedal to the metal, here I go! Well, I went to stop and woooahhhh, it felt really weird! I then went to move my foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal and it would not move. Wow, I yanked my foot up to get it to the brake pedal. Stopped the car and assessed the situation. The bottom of my shoe had the largest wad of pink bubble gum that I had ever seen. Now, I did wonder how I did not see that in the parking lot...UGGHHHHH.......That is purely the reason why this Mom has NEVER been a big fan of chewing gum. People, if you or your children chew gum, please dispose of it properly, as this Mom is tired of cleaning her shoes!

Through the years we have had gum in hair, in the carpet, in wool sweaters, and even on the bottom of children's car seats! What's even worse, is the fact, that in the previous listed situations, the chewing gum came from other people, not our immediate family. From peanut butter to ice, this Mom has tried many unique gum removing techniques. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas is Stalking this Mom!

OK~ Do you ever feel as though you are being stalked? Well, I'm beginning to wonder if the calendar and Christmas is stalking me. Everywhere I go, there are Christmas trees, cards, garland, and holiday lights. WHAT? This is November 6th folks! If my calculations are correct we have something like 50 days until Christmas. OK, some may argue that the weather is nice or we must have all of this in the stores in order to sell it! A couple weeks ago I walked through Wal-Mart (my favorite love/hate store), I turned around and Santa was sitting on a sleigh, looking for a home in a yard. Halloween had not even arrived! Yes, Christmas is stalking me- This Mom has decided to not think about Christmas (yet), and try to enjoy the Fall season. And once I do start thinking of Christmas, I will look for a manger scene- isn't that what Christmas is supposed to be about? I am not against the decor that goes along with the Celebration of the Birth of Baby Jesus, but it would be nice if the "want" factor was removed from Christmas!

Challenge to all of us: Take a moment out of each day and go out of our way to be "nice" to someone! Wouldn't it be nice if we could be like that each and every day! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dixon family Christmas tradition!

OK~ I'm guessing most of you have some sort of family tradition at Christmas! A good old game of Bingo happens at the Dixon family Christmas each year. The first year we did this, I found this lovely purse that my sister is sporting here. It says, "Spoiled." Everyone contributes items to the Bingo prizes and that crazy purse has reappeared every year. My sister received this lovely Bingo prize last year. I'm wondering if she will remember to wrap that thing up and bring to Christmas this year. Male or female, nobody is immune to receiving this Bingo prize. My brother had it the year before- it makes the rounds. After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

A must experience~Toy Story Mania

OK~ I LOVE MGM Studios! I also love Toy Story Mania, which is a fairly new addition to the Studios. As usual, Disney has produced another awesome ride. When any guest sets foot on the Walt Disney World property, they are immediately swept back in time! Toy Story Mania does just that. I was quickly taken back to my childhood years as I saw all of those large tinkertoys! Another childhood classic. Oh, and then there are the 3-D glasses that each rider wears as they toss pies, eggs, and tossers! All in a virtual experience, unlike anything you have ever experienced. Riders of all ages are sure to enjoy Andy's bedroom. If you and your family are planning a vacation to the most magical place on earth, you must check out Toy Story Mania! You and your family will be glad you did! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Here comes Thanksgiving!

OK~ Turkey day, or Thanksgiving as we know it, is just around the corner. As I was strolling through the aisle in the grocery store this evening, I was reminded of the year that I kind forgot to thaw the turkey....Well, I struggled with that slippery bird. Due to the fact that I had cooked the liver, gizzards, and whatever was "in" the turkey the year before, I knew that I needed to remove that "stuff." Well, let me tell you how I did it! I found the biggest knife that I had in the utensil drawer. I then began to saw away at the slimy thing. As I was sawing, I noticed the knife handle begin to tilt. Voila, I now had a knife handle in my hand and the blade stuck in the turkey!

We ended up eating the turkey the next day- so much for a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. So, I'm a thinking that this Mom has learned how to get ready for the big Thursday! Buy a fresh turkey the day before, therefore; no large knives will be needed! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Check out this Halloween Costume~

OK~ I blogged about "Hoochie Mamas" yesterday- and I am so happy to report that there are still Moms out there that are original, in regards to Halloween costumes! Check this guy out- He lives in Michigan- he was a bag of groceries! How original is that? After hearing of all of the "Hoochie Momma" costumes out there, I was so glad to see this. I'm sure this took a little bit of planning, but it sure sends a great message to Moms like me. I really began to wonder if there was such a thing as an original Halloween costume. Thanks, my young Michigan friend, you made my day.

On a side note- How about those Iowa Hawkeyes yesterday?

After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?