Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Walking LEGO

OK~ You know last year I did blog about "Hoochie Mamas" and how I hoped I would not see any on Halloween.  Due to the fact that I did not venture to far, I did not see one this year either!  But, I did see this awesome looking Lego!

By the looks of this costume, it just goes to show that costumes can be original, affordable AND fun!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Annual Ritual of Sending out Christmas Cards is Approaching~Shutterfly to the Rescue

OK~ I'm beginning to think about Christmas Cards, are you?  I'm thinking that Shutterfly  will be a resource for this Mom in 2010! The selection of Christmas Cards, Holiday Photo Cards, and even Christmas Gift Tags  seems to be never ending! So, how is a Mom to choose a Christmas Card this season?  Well, due to the fact that I did NOT send out Christmas cards last year, this will prove to be a wonderful solution for this Mom!


Isn't the theme of this particular card cute?  I like the way the candy canes are wrapped up in "Merry Christmas!"  Just a fun way to spread some joy when it comes to the holiday season!  The cool thing about Shutterfly is that each card is unique to you and your family.

And the Gift Tag Selection is HUGE~ Isn't this one fun? This would be a simple way to carry out the candy cane theme.






Maybe you want something a little different~ a Holiday Card. This one is fun! Another beauty of using this company~ You can even opt to have them mail many different styles of cards as well.  So, what's your excuse for not sending out A card during this upcoming Christmas season? Probably pretty hard to find one~ now that you have been introduced to Shutterfly.





You can download pictures of your choice that reflect upon your family!  So~ go for it!  Choose the card that suits your fancy and set a goal~ How about having your Christmas cards ready to go out the day after Thanksgiving?  Well, not sure if I can do that either, but maybe try....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

* I did not receive product to review, but for posting this I will received a promo code for 50 free holiday cards.  The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

How Does Your In-Box Look?

OK~ Think about this. Ten years ago did we ever discuss our In-box?  Probably not.  We were on the verge of using this term.  Just to give you an idea how quickly the "In-box" has evolved, I have received more than 22 SPAM messages today!  And I should be one wealthy Mom!  After all,  I did receive a letter from my long lost Aunt Matilda today from the country of Georgia; supposedly I have inherited millions!  All I have to do is hit return and submit a little personal information and it appears that I will become a millionaire!  Oh yeah, and the AARP Club- I really wish those messages would not have started NOW!  I am happily married, but for some reason some Asian Singles group thinks I need to join them......Wow~ the "In-box" has evolved, hasn't it?

In all seriousness; it is fun to be able to communicate with family, friends, and even the occasional business acquaintance.  So, how does your In-Box compare?  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How Old is Too Old For Trick Or Treating?

OK~ This was in the news several times throughout the day.  I thought~ I will blog about it, I won't blog about it and here I am blogging about it.  Now, growing up in Iowa, on the Farm, my brother, sister and I wore a mask- yes, a mask (nothing else in the costume department for Halloween).  We went trick or treating in the family car.  We stopped at a neighbor, yes 1 house.  Went to visit both Grandma's and that was it!  We had a few pieces of candy and were rather content!

When we got to school the next day kids would literally talk about the pillowcases that they had full of candy!  I had candy that would fit in my pocket, I really never believed that kids could get that much candy!  Fast forward several years....We lived in town for a few years and let me tell ya~ We had some tall kids show up at our door in their street clothes and they would look at me and say NOTHING.  I would then say, "Why are you here?"  They would then mumble, "Trick or Treat!"  Ok, I gave them a piece of candy.

My boys may have been denied the Trick or Treating experience, as once they turned 11- this Mom said ENOUGH!  I don't think they feel deprived, as they did not complain when I told them they were too old.  They accepted it and dealt with it!  This Mom just feels that Trick or Treat night on Halloween is for little kids and their families.  It should not be a night where older kids are encouraged to run the streets and fill up pillowcases~ Just this Mom's opinion!   After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Your family looks like triathlon material~ Is this woman kidding?

OK~ Our family does head to the YMCA on a regular basis, partially due to the recommendation of a Mayo Clinic Physician.  Last Friday Garrett ( he did not have school), Todd  & I  went to the YMCA to exercise.  We each tend to have a regular routine.  The conversation went like this:

The lady that works on the Fitness Floor:  "You guys come here regularly, see you all the time!"

Me:  "Yeah"

The Employee:  "You are all fit!"

Me:  "Ummmm"

The Employee:  "Would your family like to compete in our family triathlon"

Me:  "No, We may look fit, but we are not that fit!"

When I told Todd what she said he says to me, "Did you laugh in her face?"

We do not consider ourselves to be "that" fit!  I thought about it- Well, we do go and workout regularly and do the best that we can.  My legs just do not move right at times and I would probably collapse in a triathlon!  I do all I can to walk on that treadmill for  30 min. on most days!  The fact that we are moving on a regular basis is a good thing and maybe we should be thankful that we are able to move like we do.

My fitness goal is to keep my legs/ feet flexible- and the rest of  my body does benefit!  Somedays are not easy and I only go maybe 15 minutes, but I try!  I won't give up....Being Bootstrapped in Iowa is probably a good thing, as this Mom will do all that she can to remain as active as possible~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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*I did not receive any compensation or product for this post.  The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Things We Take For Granted

OK~ Thinking that I take way too many things for granted in my life........Think about it!  If you are like me, you take it for granted that your kids will be here tomorrow to hug, right?  You probably also take it for granted that you will be perfectly healthy tomorrow and the next day, and so forth, right?  Enjoy today- make the best of it!  Be thankful for those that you share the day with, do not be bitter!  Hug your kids, tell your significant other that you love them~ OH, and don't forget to say a prayer before you eat your next hot meal!  Just another thing I know that I take for granted!  And maybe your College Football team did not win today, but be thankful that you were able to watch the game!  And in Iowa, another beautiful October day~ So many things we take for granted......think about it....Maybe it's time to make a few changes here and there~ We've been given many blessings each day, so reach out and grab 'em!  After All, It's All In A Mom 's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

When is he moving out?

OK~ The conversation goes like this.........

Garrett:  When is Blaine ( his 19 1/2 year old brother) moving out?

Me: I don't know. When he is ready.

Garrett:  Let me know when.  I will help pack up everything and move him out!

Me:  Ok, I will remember that.

I'm thinking~ Wow!  I remember when you were 4 & 8 years old...You actually enjoyed each other's company.  I guess as the years go by things change.  There it is- that word change!  The older I get, the less I like the word change.  But, I also know that I need to accept change and as a Mom it can be a challenge. This Mom will roll with the changes.  I am kind of anxious to see how much he does help move his brother out when that day comes!  I have a feeling he may say, "I'm on strike!"  After All,  It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bullying and our Families

OK~ I've read more stories in the news today on bullying than I have read the past year.  What is going on with our kids?  The impact of bullying cannot be good for any family in America today.  We, as parents are seriously going to have to work on taking back our kids and say NO to all of this bullying.

I not only hear stories of how kids are bullied at school, but I hear of how horrible the environment is in our classrooms in our schools.  I recently had the opportunity to sit amongst a High School Senior, Sophomore and a Freshman.  The conversation went like this-

Senior:  You hear it to, don't you?
Me:  What are you talking about"
Senior:  Oh, I was just asking them if the kids swear in their classes?
Me:  (Eyes and ears NOW focused) In the classroom?  And what is done about it?
Freshman:  Nothing
Me:  What do you mean nothing?
Sophomore:  The teachers are afraid to send them to the office because the office says they have too many kids in the office.
Me:  Thinking.......this is wrong! I then asked," Does the teacher say anything to the student who is swearing?"
Freshman:  Nope, the teachers choose to ignore it.
Senior and Sophomore say:  That's about right.


OK~ That's just a little view of what is happening in the classrooms of one public high school.  It seems tho me that kids are even thriving on bullying our teachers.  From the students point of view, they seem to think that teachers are afraid to confront students.  My thought is that there's probably a lot of extra paper work that they choose not to have to deal with.  Our kids/teens are crying out for structure and desperately need it.  The one place we, as a society, should be able to offer structure, would be our public schools.  Ummmmm.....Food for thought.  This bullying is out of control and I guess we as parents need to keep talking with our kids, listening to them, and reaching out for "help" (whoever that may be) when it is necessary.

Maybe, just maybe, if families would make church activities a little more of a priority in the lives of our children/teens, a small dent could be put into all of this bullying. The past three out of five weeks, our son has been the only youth at our High School Youth Group at our church- where are all of the teens?I'm assuming many of them are at home on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and some are at a high school sporting event AND some are out running the streets- AND  a whole other post- all of these sporting events on Sundays..........

 If anything, it would be a great way for families to be together, be in a supportive environment where swearing and disrespect is not accepted!  Just my ramblings........After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rokenbok ~Family toys that grow along with your child~ Review

OK~ I will admit I knew nothing about Rokenbok Toys when I was approached about reviewing a couple of their awesome toys.  When I received these two toys~ Wow!  Time to dig in and check 'em out! A winning toy company with more than 50 toy awards!



These toys rock!  Let me tell you- my 4 year old nephew absolutely loved these toys.  They are not only fun, but educational.  He, with his parents, and my 15 year old son, have spent hours assembling, playing, and enjoying these toys!  The cleverness of this product is the fact that kids don't even realize they are learning, while they are playing!




You can see how serious he is, as he is making all of this work!


Parents, as well as youngsters, can "play" with these toys.  The thought process is definitely challenged while assembling and figuring out how all of this will work.  This set-up is portable, easy to take from room to room and sturdy.  The above toy is the Rok Works Construction and Action Set.  My nephew is 4 and with parental supervision and the interaction with a 15 year old, he has loved every moment of this!  The Rok Blocks are also intermingled in this sea of "action!"


So many clever ideas and activities that the young brain can drum up!  It's truly amazing how kids can have fun and stimulate their brain!

What kid doesn't love the opportunity to "drive" a dump truck?  These sturdy toys simply encourage our kids to think outside of the box and have fun!

Parents, if you have questions and want to know more about these amazing toys~ Head on over to Rokenbok~ Information for parents!  You will quickly learn that these toys will provide quality play, while learning!  With the holiday season right around the corner~ this would make the perfect gift for any child!

This Mom and her family highly recommend Rokenbok toys this holiday season, as well as year round!  Young imaginations are ready to dive in and create!  Let it happen~  Take the time to check these open-ended play toys out!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did receive The Rok Blocks and The Rock Works Construction Play set for review purposes, and they were given for me to keep. I did not receive any financial compensation. The opinions expressed in this review are mine, and nobody else's.  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Five signs that you are Getting Older (or should I say aging well)?

OK~Now that I am another year older I was contemplating how my body feels.  Remember what it felt like to just run, tumble, and not have a care in the world?  Well, I'm thinking hard, but I can remember.  I still wonder to this day how the neighbor girl could run with her horse on the gravel road with her bare feet~ ouch!  My feet hurt just thinking about it!  If the thought hasn't crossed your mind---Here's my 5 signs that indicate I am aging well:

1)  The bathroom cabinet is stocked full of wrinkle reducing creams

2)  The word gray hair is serious NOW- not just a few strays

3)  Reading can be a struggle- Thank God for bifocals

4)  The evening news- what's that?  When is the last time you could stay awake to actually watch it?

5)  And last but not least.....I realized this today.  I got up- stretched my tired ,achy body- headed across the living room- it was clean.....no toys to stumble over.  Seriously, it seems just like yesterday we had toys all over the place- Where did those years go?  They have turned into expensive toys- cars, electronics, and the like!

My house is still full of laughter with our boys, but it is different as they age and we age!  The road of life is just that.......a road!  It's a journey and it is different for all of us~ Enjoy every day- Life is precious and it does feel good to have a Birthday now and then!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

alternaVites Review & Giveaway (USA Only)


Sponsored by Tomoson.com





                                                    
Taking vitamins shouldn't be something anyone dreads to do.  With alternaVites, there are no pills, tablets, or capsules when it comes to vitamins.  This is a breakthrough vitamin.  With more than 100 million Americans having difficulty swallowing pills, alternaVites lets your body take in the vitamins and not lose the pill.  This vitamin is one of a kind, as this multi vitamin and mineral crystals contain 23 essential nutrients that are sprinkled on your tongue and simply dissolves in seconds.  How simple is that?  With a Mixed Berry flavor, there is no funny after taste or special mixing.  The vitamin comes in a daily dose packet~ Easy to transport and take with you!  

I personally found the packets easy to handle and the product did dissolve on my tongue, just as the product is stated to do.  Water is not needed, as the vitamin dissolved quickly and there was no unpleasant after taste.


                                                  

And alternaVites does not contain sugar, animal products, animal by products, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, or chemicals.  With this simple, easy to take vitamin, there is simply no excuse to not take your vitamins.   

Thanks to alternaVites and Tomoson.com, one of you have the opportunity to win a months supply of this simple, easy to swallow vitamin!  

Be sure to leave me an e-mail address so I can contact you, should you be the winner!  The winner will be announced here and on Twitter!  The winner will also be notified directly through E-mail and have 48 hours to respond. Random.org will choose the winner, as well~Good Luck!   Contest will end at 11:59 (CST) October 28, 2010.

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My 36th Wordless Wednesday Post

Monday, October 11, 2010

So, you wanna be a Mom~Have you thought of.....

OK~ If you are a Mom, you can relate....Being a Mom is the toughest job I have ever had.  It is by far the most stressful, tiring, yet FUN job!  If you are not a Mom and contemplating the thought, you might want to take the following into consideration-


  • Babies don't sleep very much the first year of their life (They sleep, but not when Moms need to)
  • Toddlers run.....and run.......and run.......
  • Elementary kids love to go to school, as recess rocks!  They also think reading is pretty cool!
  • The tween years can be very interesting, as tweens are learning about who they really are and girls can look pretty interesting, as they experiment with Mom's make-up
  • Ahh.....The teen years......a teen with a new driver's license, car keys and a nervous Mom, need I say more?

Well, so you still want to be a Mom?  Being a Mom really is FUN!  All of the toys that I have stumbled over through the years....you know what?  I kind of miss that!  It's now shoveling out the room of a teen or a young adult male!  The years go by so quickly.....take in every moment and pray A LOT!  Our kids are truly a blessing~ enjoy every moment~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What do you think~ time for a new countertop?

OK~ Another beautiful week of Iowa Fall weather, and here we are in the house working! Lots of noise and cuts being made.  We are in the process of installing a new countertop.










This crazy back splash area.....it's gonna be interesting.  Paint may be our best friend, although ceramic tile may be a more promising option.  With crooked walls- paint will probably be the best choice.









And now to deal with the walls that are not square.  So much for using a square while cutting the laminate.  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Teens and Books

OK~ This is the basket next to the toilet!  The one I'm hoping that is read the most~ 1001 Things Ever Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home~ So They Don't Come Back!  Have you tried this?  Not sure if it's working, but this Mom is praying hard!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Is 18, 19, 20, or 21 the new age for Adulthood?

OK~ We all know that teens turn 18 and voila~ We all expect them to act like adults, be an adult, be responsible like an adult, BUT~ as a Mom to a 19 1/2 year old I can tell you that it does not work this way!  This young adulthood is a process in itself!  As a Mom of younger children told me last week, "You can't just toss 'em out to the wolves!"  Well, I thought of her comment and as a Mom I could not do that.

Our almost 20 year old has been responsible in regards to paying the bills that he has, keeping a job,
doing some laundry, and sleeping in his bed!  It's taken some organization on our part,~ locating envelopes, addressing envelopes (don't know why they don't teach that in school anymore), and where to keep personal documents, such as birth certificates and the like.

Blaine grew up in the era when it just became the "thing" when each child had to get something for every little thing they participated in.  And most of you know, this Mom has never agreed with that process.  And parents made sure there kids schedules ( and many still do) were packed to the brim!  This Mom never jumped on that bandwagon either. I also refuse to be the "helicopter parent" as I firmly believe that kids and adults of all ages learn from mistakes that are made. We limited activities- orchestra, scouting, voice lessons, and church activities kept him busy.  He turned out OK~ I think!

Fast forward to young adulthood and most of these young adults have no clue how to manage "down time."  The peer pressure is still overwhelming, at almost 20 years old!  In Iowa things are fairly quiet compared to a larger city. Young adults do not have a calendar plastered full of activities or Mom and Dad insisting that they partake in such and such an activity.  I do believe that kids need to be a part of something (extra curricular activities are good) but they can become too hectic for any family to function.  It's interesting to watch as our oldest son ventures into adulthood.  He has had many trials and tribulations along the way, but with a few prayers, I do believe this young man is going to make it!

I think I babbled enough about these young adults....It's been a journey. So, what age is considered an adult? 18, 19, 20, 21 or NEVER~ And face it, we all probably know some adults that have never really grown up~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

My 35th Wordless Wednesday Post

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Brilliant Lenses Cleaner/Optical Microfiber Cloth *Giveaway* (USA)

Sponsored by Tomoson.com








                       


OK~ I was excited to receive this package yesterday.  I received a lens cleaner that is alcohol and ammonia free~ It's all about the SR-8 that is in this product.  And let me share this:  My eyeglasses, sunglasses, and even cell phone have taken a "shine" to this product!  Brilliant Lenses is a premium eyeglass cleaner with SR-8 which adds a protective barrier to lenses to resist scratches and soiling from water, sweat, dust and dirt.  And another beautiful thing about this product, it works on all types of lenses. So, you are probably wondering what this SR-8 actually is; here you go: 



SR-8 Will not dry out Protective Coatings
SR-8 Improves scratch resistance
SR-8 Coats the lens leaving a protective barrier
SR-8 is a Polimer Additve that reduces surface tension, which makes cleaning easier each time it is used

Brilliant Lenses Cleaner and optical microfiber cloth are extremely user friendly.  And the size- a perfect fit for bags, purses, totes of all sizes!  The fact that this product is easy to take on the go and works, makes it a simple product to have with you all the time.  Who doesn't enjoy being able to see out of a "streak free" set of eye glasses?  With Brilliant Lenses, you will never have to look through "dirty" eye glasses again.

And thanks to Tomoson,com and Brilliant Lenses, one of my readers at All In An Iowa Mom's Day will win their own cleaner, microfiber cloth and little carry bag!  

Contest starts today and runs through Midnight on Sunday, October 17th, 2010 (CST)- Winner will be chosen on Monday, October 18, 2010 through Random.org. A valid E-mail address must be available for prize notification and a valid shipping address must be available for product shipping purposes (No P.O. Boxes). 

Be sure to comment when you make each entry!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Not sure what to think~ do you?

OK~ I have heard "Thank You" from my 15 year old son six times within the last 15 minutes.  Ummmm....makes me wonder~Does he want something?  Is something up?  Maybe something happened at school?  Well, I guess this Mom will wonder about this so called something~ There is a chance that maybe he's just growing up~ A Mom's wishful thought!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Another Fine Conversation.......

OK~ We are eating supper....The potatoes reflect my cooking skills~ there are chunks of potatoes in them that are not cooked.......GRRR....They were boiled, mashed and even baked again (Twice baked potatoes)- I mashed 'em and tossed some cheese and paprika on top.  Hey, I thought they looked pretty good.

Garrett is eating steak and tasting these potatoes and here it goes....

Garrett:  "Mom, you need to start wearing a hair net!" As he's showing me a long hair, that is obviously mine.

Me:  I say nothing

Garrett then tosses the hair onto the floor.

Todd:  "Wow, just toss it onto the floor.  It's just like living in a pig pen!  Just toss anything anywhere!"

Now I'm contemplating, where should he have placed that hair? Is it time to invest in a hair net?  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 1, 2010

October is here~


OK~ Fall is here in Iowa~  


Quiet week-end, homecoming is over!  No "nice clothes" shopping to do~ looks like our first frost may come tomorrow night.  Fall is officially here........Bought Garrett a nice, new orange sweatshirt for pheasant hunting~ not many pheasants out there, but it's the thought that counts, right? Not a fashion statement by any means.  I think I can safely say that sweatshirt will NOT be left in his school locker at any time during the 2010-2011 school year!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?