Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monave Vegan, Gluten Free Lip Gloss, Review & Giveaway

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I recently had the opportunity to review this natural lip glaze. A unique product~ as each and every ingredient is hand-picked for its purity, and products are made for real women: long-wearing, totally weightless, natural-looking and easy to use. The one thing I liked about it was the fact that this lip gloss did not feel sticky. This product literally glides right on. The look and feel was what I expect in a high quality lip gloss. Oh...and the naturalness~ Not too bold, not too bright, just right!

Monave Lip Glaze is a silky, natural lip product that adds a bit of shine, some sheer color that is perfect for a relaxed look. It is completely free of irritants, and preservatives, abiding by the philosophy that makeup should have organic food-based ingredients. Luscious coconut oil and natural orange flavor give slip, and shine without being sticky. Pigments are 100% naturally derived minerals.

If you want to know a little more about Monave cosmetics and what this company is all about~Take a swing through their company website~ Monave- Mineral Makeup that's pure, vegan and gluten-free. One of the most versatile lines of cosmetics in the market place today.

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Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

OK~ I'm reminded today of how difficult waiting can be. Face it, nobody likes to wait for anything. It's no secret, as I am NOT a patient person! Here's the top three things that I do not enjoy waiting for!

  • The results of a medical test
  • Weight loss
  • Summer in Iowa
Waiting for the results of any medical test is usually a very stressful time. During these times we are tested...patience, patience, patience! And what is it with losing weight? I can eat all of the oatmeal in the world, exercise daily and still wait for the weight to fall off...What's up with that? Oh yeah, and all of these bare trees. I cannot wait for them to become properly dressed..Who doesn't love a flowering tree with lots of greenery...Well, I guess people with allergies probably despise them! Seems as though we are all waiting.....waiting for that perfect moment in time! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My 60th Wordless Wednesday Post

Mother's Day Is Just Around The Corner

OK~ We all know that Moms are the heart and souls of our homes! I'm so grateful that my Mom took the time to be involved in all areas of my life while growing up. She was the Sunday School Teacher, The VBS Snack Lady, The 4-H Leader, and the Mom that always listened (and still does). The best advice my Mom ever gave me in regards to parenting was to let my boys be themselves and she showed me how to reach out to others.

Little did I know that those little gestures she made towards others while I was growing up, would have such a positive impact in my life. It's important to include everyone~ yep, that included the kids that I maybe didn't know very well. The occasional visit to an older person showed me that it's important to show others that you do care. Want to show Mom you care~ Tiny Prints offers Mother's Day Cards and much, much more......

In our crazy world today life gets busy! We find ourselves going this way, that way; and every which way in between. It's important to remember every person is unique and has a special purpose in our world! I recall taking several Cub Scouts to decorate doors at a local nursing home for the holiday season~ all because my Mom showed me that things like this do matter. I'm sure my Moms positive influences on me are why I took the initiative to call up a homeless shelter to see what is needed. And, the next week, several Cub Scouts, along with myself were Christmas Caroling and taking bags of goodies.

And my boys, I've said it before~ love them unconditionally. I will always love them, but not what they do! Life is about choices and learning from our choices along the way. Through simple and difficult choices, we've found our way through this maze~ it's kind of fun at times! Love your kids, reach out to others, trust in God, and it's OK to make a mistake now and then. Thanks, Mom~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I will receive a $50 Tiny Prints Gift Code in Exchange for writing this post. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.  The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. Tiny Prints did provide the photo with the link.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Economics 101~Crash Course Coming Soon!

OK~ This is seriously what I get when my 15 year old gets himself a snack. I'm thinking a crash course in Economics 101 is in order~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sea World~ Orlando~Manatee Rescue

OK~ I have to say that I enjoyed the Manatee Rescue exhibit at  Sea World, Orlando. You can get right up next to these beautiful animals. The manatees that you will see while visiting Sea World in Orlando, have all been rescued by SeaWorld's animal rescue team.

Once they become healthy enough to be on their own, the are released into their natural habitat. Just one of the many exhibits we saw at this amazing park in Orlando. Manatee Rescue, an exhibit you don't want to miss while spending a day at Sea World, Orlando!

An amazing animal to observe, don't you think? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*My family and I did receive complimentary park tickets in March 2011. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. These photos were taken with my camera.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Mom Has a Question or Two.....

OK~ Sunday has come and gone....And I'm perplexed. How is it in the state of Iowa, that a young girl, maybe 10 years old, can purchase a dozen donuts with a food stamp card? Garrett and I witnessed this today. What is up with that? I'm assuming that if she's denied the use of the card, we are letting her go hungry.  Food stamps have their place, but this just leaves this Mom shaking her head. So much for the Healthy Kids Act.....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Guest Blogger~ Wilfred Reinke from Oshawa Ogre's Views, News, & BBQ'S

For the past year or so I have been online friends with a Mom from Iowa aka Sara Broers, What do we have in common you may ask?

Am I a Mom too? ... No, I am a dude, having this past year hit the "Big 50"
Do I live in Iowa? ... No, in fact, I do not even live in the US
I must love the country life then.... Nope, I am a city boy living in Oshawa, Ontario Canada (just outside of Toronto)

What we do have in common is the passion for the written word. We may write about different topics but both of us believe in what we write about.

Myself, my passion is the world of BBQ, not just the cooking but but also the products and equipment along with Barbecue Competitions, Restaurants and most of all... The people!

Being a writer covering all things Bar-B-Que allows me to speak with many people from all aspects be it Suppliers, Manufacturers, Cooks, Restaurant owners, Competition Teams and the Fans that go to the events.
If there is one thing that I can say about them all it is that they are down to earth people that love to interact with each other and enjoy the time that they spend doing their craft.

Let's get down to why I am here, Sara asked if I would do a post on her blog, sharing one of my favorite recipes and I decided that I would share one that many people would not know of but has taken the BBQ world by storm the past couple of years and that is MOINK Balls.

MOINKs are a food that is easy to make and is perfect for family get togethers  and kids love them. 

What is a MOINK? It is a Bacon Wrapped Meatball that has been seasoned and slow cooked on a grill or in a smoker. Wait do not leave just because you do not know how to slow cook or think you need special equipment. Do not worry, as this can be also made using a regular propane powered gas grill. Oh and yet the way the term MOINK was coined by another online friend of mine Larry Gaian,who did not invent the Bacon Covered Meatball but with some friends thought that the Meatball was "MOO" and the Bacon was "OINK" so he just combined them to get "MOINK"

Last June Larry even held an International World MOINK Ball Day where people make MOINKs and send in pictures to him where he publishes them for all to see.

Here is how you can make your own MOINKs

You will need the following.....

  • A bag of Frozen Italian style Meatballs... the pre-cooked ones, from your local grocer (most suppliers have approx 72 -90 meatballs in a bag approx. 1" in size.
  • 2 or 3 packages of Bacon, Thick sliced works really well.
  • Toothpicks

  • 1 bottle of Kraft or equivalent Zesty Italian Dressing. (Oil type not creamy)
  • Your favorite pork rub or seasoning.

  • Your favorite BBQ Sauce or even Steak Sauce
  • Gasp.... Grape Jelly!

It is best to start to prepare this the night before by taking the bag of frozen meatballs (You can make your own too if you like but the frozen ones work well) and open the bag and pour in about half of the bottle of the Zesty Italian Dressing and put them on your fridge to defrost and marinate overnight.

In the morning take out the toothpicks and soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.

You need half of a slice of bacon for each meatball so take out enough bacon and take a pair of Kitchen Scissors or a knife and cut the slices in half.

Take a half slice of bacon and wrap it around the meatball and secure with a toothpick, and repeat for all of the meatballs.

As far as how many MOINKs you will need, I would suggest plan on 6-8 MOINKs per person

Place the wrapped meatballs in a big bowl, dish or cookie sheet.

Use A Pork Seasoning or rub and sprinkle liberally over the top of the wrapped meatballs, note try to use a seasoning that does not have a lot of salt in it as you get salt from the bacon.

Let them sit while you get your BBQ ready to go.

If you have a Gas BBQ with at least 2 burners you want to turn the heat on one side and leave the other side off. Ideally your aiming for around 250 - 275F temperature in the BBQ you should be ok with the burner on low to medium range.

To cook the MOINKs you will be using indirect heating which means your heat source will NOT be under the food it is like your using your BBQ as an oven.

Position your MOINKs on the grill and if you have a warming rack you can use that as well. In my 2 burner Gas grill I can cook about 80 MOINKs at a time using the warming rack as a second level.

Here is an option, if you like some smoked flavour take some wood chips asn soak them in water for 30 minutes before the cook and take a few chips and wrap them loosely in foil and poke holes in the foil with a fork. place the Foil pack over the flames and it will smoke. Just leave the lid down on the BBQ and let the smoke circulate.

Close your lid and the cooking time will be about one and a half to two hours just check every 15 minutes or so after the first hour, looking for the Bacon to be cooked but not too crisp.

Once the bacon is cooked enough to your liking you need to dip them in sauce.

Here is where we do something that seems like a bit odd but this really does work well.

Take your favorite BBQ or steak sauce and add an equal amount of Grape Jelly and mix well. I use a short glass to hold the sauce. Using the tooth pick as a handle, dip each MOINK in the sauce and put back on the grill and then cook for another 15 to 20 minutes the sauce will give you a great glaze to the MOINKs, just be careful as the sugar in the jelly could start to burn if you leave it too long.

They are now ready to serve on a platter, Great for parties or as a finger food when watching the game.

If time is an issue you can make these ahead taking them off the grill at the time you would sauce them and put them in the fridge when your ready for food sauce and reheat on the grill.

I guarantee that you will not have any leftovers as MOINKs are addictive and there will be some that will scarf them down like M&Ms

If your like me and you have been introduced to Low & Slow cooking you will be searching for other cool recipes that you can do on your outdoor grill that is a lot more interesting than Burgers and Hot dogs.

I have more recipes at my own blog Oshawa Ogre's Views, News & BBQ's
If I could offer you all one word of advice it would be to support the small run BBQ sauce and Seasoning makers out there, the quality of the products are so superior to the standard BBQ products that you see on your local grocers shelves. You will find that on my blog I review and promote many of these smaller run makers and you will find links to their websites where you can purchase their products directly online.

*Thank You to Oshawa Ogre for posting at All In An Iowa Mom's Day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

February 2, 2011.......

OK~ February 2, 2011, has come and gone. On this day, our oldest son celebrated his 20th Birthday AND Mr. Groundhog did not see his shadow....Therefore, we all did a happy dance! When the groundhog does not see his shadow it means Spring is near! I'm just taking a quick glance at our 10 day forecast. Here's the brief rundown:

  • Lows in the 20's
  • Snow off and on the next 10 days
  • Highs 30-40
  • Cloudy
OK, Mr. Groundhog...It's now time to show your stuff! Bring on the sun and warm temps-This Mom is tired of Winter and ready to see some serious green in her yard! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring is Springing in Iowa

OK~ Yesterday my 15 year old son had a great idea~ How about stocking that new pond with fish?  Interesting concept...What do you think? This is a ditch, not a stream. Just shows you how much rain we have had the past few days.

And then there is the ditch in front of my house...Think I've got some gravel for my driveway? This is what the snow plow removed from the snowy roads.

And then there is the stream.....Lots of water here!

And then I look at this and think...Winter is still here!

But Wait...There is hope~ I then saw this!

Winter can still return~ I just hope it stays away until next Christmas...Now that's wishful thinking, isn't it? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls: Universal, Orlando~Islands of Adventure

OK~ My family and I visited Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure for the first time last week! We had a really, really fun time! Lots of fun for the kiddos, teens and adults. One of our favorite attractions in this park was Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls~ Truly one of the most awesome water flume rides I have ever been on.

The water is cool, refreshing and it's just a good old time!

One thing that I really noticed at this theme park was how colorful everything was.  Every area of the park had a theme....and the fresh paint really made each attraction "pop!" There are several drops within this that keeps you guessing; when is that big 75' drop going to happen? Well, let me tell you- once it hits, it hits! We were soaked....But, on a perfect 80 degree Florida day, it felt wonderful!

Islands of Adventure was a great day for our family~ and I know you and your family would also enjoy a day here! I have much more to share about this park~ Of course, Harry Potter and all of his wizardry and Seuss Landing are hits at this park, as well. More fun blog posts to come! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*Our family did receive two 2-day park to park passes. We also received a goodie bag with Universal Studios items. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wild Adventures~ Lorikeet Landing Aviary

OK~ My family & I  recently visited Wild Adventures Water & Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia!

One of the attractions that are family really, really enjoyed was the  Lorikeet Landing Aviary. The birds were beautiful! We walked through the two wired doors and found birds swooping down all around us. Well, what we did not know was that these birds expect each visitor to bring a $2.00 cup of nectar with them. So back we went~ Somehow we missed the area where the nectar was for sale. Once we had our nectar cups, we were set!

The birds are beautiful~ With 7,000 square feet available for these beautiful birds~ Our family loved this place!
If you don't think you like birds~ give this a try! Ahhhh...yes~ you must keep a watchful eye for the occasional bird droppings, you never know. All in all, a fun area of the park. And the great part of this fun theme park...Check out this food line!

In this photo, you see me, Blaine to the left and Garrett's arm on the right. This is seriously one of Georgia's best kept secrets. This theme park is clean, offers attractions for everyone and a lot of people are missing out! So, the next time you are heading down I-75 on your way to Florida.....Check this hot spot out~ You will be glad you did~ I know this family is glad they spent a day at this park! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*Our family did receive one day of complimentary passes to this theme park. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bullying....Need I Say More......

OK~ I could not resist blogging about this today. I have now seen the video of the smaller boy bullying a bigger boy. What perplexes me is the fact that this was filmed and the bystanders did just that..stood by! Both of our boys were bullied in Middle School, and we, as their parents, took the steps we felt were necessary. We requested meetings with their teachers to try to address the issues. These meetings helped, but after time, the issues continued. The fact that this Mom was on the Principal's speed dial indicates we had problems.

As in most bullying cases, both students are suspended from school. I will state this- I am proud of the boy that was being bullied for standing up for himself! I had a conversation with my 15 year old a few months ago- I asked him if any of the kids bothered him in High School that bothered him in Middle School. His response to me, "Mom, once you flatten them once, they don't bother you anymore." Interesting comment- straight from a kid that was bullied for several years. Our son was in the same boat as this young man that defended himself, he was suspended from school for three days. Another student made a remark to our son that implied that I (his Mother) wanted to *explicative* the teachers *explicative.* Our son punched the other kid. Just so happened this other kid had been bullying our son for quite some time, and our son had reached his breaking point!

The fact that these types of behaviors are occurring in our schools every single day bothers this Mom. Our society needs to make a change in addressing these behaviors- it is NOT ok to bully! I see adults bullying each other, as well. As usual, it all begins at home. I do not proclaim to be a perfect parent, as I have made several mistakes, and learned from them. It's just too bad that our schools don't have the staff to supervise our students during the school day. Can you imagine what happens when there are no teachers around?

I would love to hear your thoughts on bullying........I hope this bully from the video I keep seeing replayed has learned from this and will make an effort to become a better person. Life goes goes on, and parents will continue to battle this issue! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

OK~ Having spent lots of time together as a family the past week or so....the discussion turned to, "What do you want to be when  you grow up?" With a 20 year old son and almost 16 year old~this was a common conversation amongst us. So, what determines what you want to be? It's not about what you want to be; but about how you want to become that person! Face is full of challenges and often seems unfair. In this Mom's eyes........all I ask is that my boys be the best that they can be. Money is not everything~ but you know what? Doing something that one loves to do is worth so much more than all the money in the world! It's important to be able to support oneself, but it is also important to be happy and enjoy life.

Focus on the things that make you happy~ Focus on your family and your Faith~Good things will come! The two things that are always constant in the lives of my boys~ This Mom loves them NO MATTER WHAT (I  may not always appreciate what they do, but I always love them) and God is always there~ NO MATTER WHAT! 

It takes lots of occupations to make our world go round and there is something for everyone~ We saw many of them this past week. From construction workers, to amusement park ticket sellers, to waiters/waitresses; it takes a variety of people to make our daily lives happen! So, What do you want to be when you grow up? Food for thought ~ After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sea World Orlando, Florida~ March 2011~ Attn: Roller Coaster Enthusiasts

OK~ We had the pleasure of visiting this fun theme park while in the Orlando area this past week.  Sea World is home to many beautiful sea animals, flowers, and other beautiful creatures; but I had no idea that it was also home for two roller coasters that a true roller coaster enthusiast will love!

The Manta featured above is one of a kind! Riders are literally turned onto their bellies to ride this. 60 mph, twists, turns, and loops! It's a ride that you won't forget! I'm still amazed that I actually rode this...........

Next came the Kraken~ Love a fun coaster? This one is for you! This roller coaster is consistently one of the world's top 10 coasters by roller coaster enthusiasts. Need I say more? It's fast, furious, and is Orlando's tallest, fastest, and only floorless steel coaster! The loops and twists are obnoxious at a very high rate of speed. Yep, this Mom rode this one too!

I must make a note....I rode these each once! My boys, hubby included, rode it more than once! I am still in shock and awe when I think back to the Manta and the car swiveled. I thought to myself, "What am I doing?" Well, the things Moms do for their boys! I knew I could not chicken out at that point, as I was face down, belly down, and ready to head up the hill!

Sea World truly has something for everyone! Throughout the next few weeks you will see much more! But, if you have teens, love roller coasters...I must say Sea World, Orlando is a fun place to spend a day. You will not hear, I am bored!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*My family and I will be receiving complimentary park tickets in March 2011. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. These photos were taken with my camera.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My 58th Wordless Wednesday Post

The Hospitality Industry

OK~ We've been on a family vacation, and let me tell you- this Mom has three general observations that she has not been pleased with. To the best of my knowledge, the hospitality industry is all about making each of us feel welcome and providing us with accommodations that feel like home.  In regards to the hospitality industry as a whole, this Mom has observed-

  • The hotels we have stayed at are very short staffed- When Housekeeping has not arrived by 6:00 p.m. and the Front Desk finds that acceptable. (Yes, I said 6:00 p.m.)!
  • The simple things just need a little TLC- How about some paint?  Good Golly, our beach front resort hotel room would have appeared much nicer with a little bit of paint!
  • A lock on the door- It is amazing to me that hotels can even stay in business, in today's world, without proper working locks on doors.
These three simple steps could probably make these properties top notch ones to recommend! I know that the people working behind the front desk, and pushing the housekeeping cart around are doing their jobs. We don't stay at Hotels very often, so when we do, we expect service with a smile! I have to say that the last Hotel we stayed at in Iowa (yes, the fire alarm did go off), was clean, cozy, and inviting. On a happier note, my family & I have visited three awesome theme parks in the past few days~ and I have awesome pics and fun things to share with you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gift Cards~Where you can and can't use them

OK~ I purchased a few gift cards to chain restaurants before we left home on a family road trip. I thought it would be a convenient thing to use while traveling. Well, this Mom learned that all Subway's do not accept their gift cards. We pulled into a gas station which was home to Subway. The logo was Subway, the sign on the interstate was Subway's logo, drinking cups were Subway, AND the sandwiches were all wrapped in Subway paper. We gave the woman at the cash register two Subway Gift Cards...She scanned them and nothing happened. Another employee said, "We don't take those. We are PILOT." OK, I'm thinking we are standing at a Subway counter, the employee accepted them and realized they don't accept them, AND the Subway logo is above my head. We payed for our food, sat down at the table and nowhere on the fine print on these gift cards does it say....."Cannot be used at all Subway's!" Just this Mom's random thoughts.....This Mom will no longer purchase Subway Gift Cards...If they could be used at Subway, this Mom would buy them! And if this is the case, Subway needs to let their customers know that Subway gift cards are only valid at select restaurants. It would be nice if Subway would clarify how their gift cards work....After All, It's All In a Mom 's Day, Right?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie...

OK~ Traveling with two young men...20 & 15 years old is much different than traveling with toddlers. I cannot tell you how many times the name Charlie Sheen has came up in our conversation over the course of the last 24 hours! A few years back, it would have been, "Where's my toy?" "Mom, he touched me!" My, how the times have changed.  A curiosity of what is going on in our world....with all of the activity going on in Japan, has also been a hot topic of discussion in the car. Due to the fact that we all have technology right at our fingertips....I have came to the conclusion that there is really no reason that anyone should not have a clue as to what is going on in our world~ teens included! We march onward...I really hope we are done with all of the Charlie talk- this Mom is tired of it! I know, I should appreciate the fact that they are talking with me....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Three Things That I Now Know

OK~ A short list of what I learned today:

  • 15 & 20 year old boys travel rather nicely (Ahhh.....This Mom does NOT miss the bickering of the younger days)!
  • These 40 something eyes get rather tired driving, once darkness sets in
  • It's fun to be on the road again
Lots of exciting things to write about for all of YOU, my loyal blog readers! A Road Trip with the escape from the cold Iowa Winter.......and some good old family togetherness! Life doesn't get much better than this! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Repetitive Text Messages

OK~ If you have a teenager in the house, you have probably had to learn how to read and send text messages. I was forced to learn how to text message a couple years ago. I am going to share with you TWO of the most frequent text messages that I receive-

  • Bring Me McDonalds (This Mom does not oblige to this every time!)
  • Skipper Got Into Something (I shrug my shoulders and think, what's new?)
I'm thinking the Driver's License may be a good thing, but an expensive endeavor for my 15 year old son. McDonald's on a daily basis will spell JOB!

These messages come so often, that they show up as *duplicate* on my cell phone.  I get a few more messages on a regular basis, but these are the two that are in my phone a lot! So.....are you a texting Mom? I'm wondering what will come after text messaging...any thoughts on that? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sea World~ Orlando, Florida~ One Ocean opening in April 2011

OK~ Sea World, located in Orlando, Florida, has thrills that will keep you and your family on your toes. If you are fortunate enough to be visiting this park in April of 2011, you just might see One Ocean......This is a new show with majestic killer whales! This is a show where you will make a connection unlike any other. You will experience the powerful connections that sea creatures do have with us humans.

The adventure continues at Sea World in Orlando! Journey to Atlantis......A combination of a roller coaster and a water ride~ Dazzling water effects, simulated experience you must experience while visiting Sea World, Orlando!

And, if you are visiting during the Summer of 2011~ Be sure to stick around for the just-at-night shows! Sea World in Orlando is a thrilling way to spend a day while visiting the Orlando area. Plan your day now and your family will thank you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*My family and I will be receiving complimentary park tickets in March 2011. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. The photos are courtesy of Sea World, Orlando.

My 57th Wordless Wednesday Post

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

FIVE Reasons Why Iowa Is Good To Call Home

OK~ Statistics are showing that Iowa and the Mid-West are losing people left and right. I look down the road that I live on, and years ago, there was more than one other homestead.....several have been pushed into a pile. The land is now used for farmland, which Iowa prides itself on. But the people, where are our people going? We could debate this issue for hours and hours...but we are not going to go there!  So, I've compiled a list of why Iowa is a good place to call home.....

  • The stop lights are cycled in my local town- and I can sit at one with maybe 10 cars around me.
  • The air is crisp and clean
  • Neighbors know each other
  • I can see for miles around me~ I look out my window and I can seriously see for miles on a clear, sunny day!
  • The quiet of the outdoors
Just the other day, my 15 year old son commented that he thought Iowa was a good place to live. I asked him why.  His response was, "Well Mom, in Iowa we all know each other." An interesting perspective from a 15 year old Iowa teenager. He also commented that it was fun to throw rocks in the little creek that flows by our house.

I do wonder how many boys have missed out on the opportunity of simply throwing rocks into water. Seems like a simple activity, but one that many kids in today's crazy world never experience. During the many years that I accompanied boys to Cub Scout/Boy Scout Camps I always thought it was so nice to see boys outside, enjoying the great outdoors. Many boys commented that they never knew that there were so many cool things to do outside. Iowa has a lot to offer~Winter may be long~ but those nice quiet evenings in the six months that are to come will be so appreciated! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reality TV

OK~ This world of reality tv is not really reality, or is it? In the real world, do we-
  • Live on an island for 6 weeks at a time
  • Date 30 women or men at a time ( Maybe some do)
  • Race around the world
  • Live off of the land
  • Vote people off

Just some passing thoughts in regards to reality tv. I don't think I would make a very good contestant when it comes to any reality tv show! Do teens and young adults really "get it" when it comes to these shows? Do these shows help parents deal with this crazy era of "Entitlement?" I have expressed my views on MTV on what they now offer and still don't get why the channel remains MTV...There's much more than music on that channel. In fact, I have yet to click on that channel and hear music or see a music video. Just a sign of the times~ We all want what we can't have! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wild Adventures~Valdosta, Georgia~Rides for the Kids

OK~ Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia, offers rides for kids of all ages.  But, if you are a parent of a Pre-Schooler, you are probably wondering, "What does Wild Adventures have to offer my family?" Well, let me tell you...There is a lot for youngsters!

If you have found yourself in the car for quite sometime~ break up the trip with a stop at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia!  I-75 can be a busy, busy highway...Give yourself and the family a little break; with a detour to this clean, family friendly theme park! The signs are everywhere along I-75- follow them and you will have one day filled with fun-filled smiles and memories!

Dizzy Dragons is a fun one for kids of all ages.......with a speed of 6 RPM's and a 1 minute 45 second ride, it's sure to please your younger family members.  Yes, this is a "dizzy" ride.....Take a ride on the Dizzy Dragons and see who is dizzier~ you or the dragon?

Turtle Race is another one just right for kids that are between 36" and 46" tall~ Be careful here, as kids can be too tall to ride this ride! There is a lot of motion- just what kids love! Up and down, round and round~ this Turtle Race will have your kids smiling!

Wee Wagons ~take a look at this picture and the ride explains itself!

This is just a small sampling of what Wild Adventures has to offer you and your family! And, of course, there are animals that will be sure to bring smiles to kids of all ages. With opening day approaching~ March 12, 2011~ Excitement is building and Wild Adventures is ready to welcome your family for a day of fun filled adventures!

*Our family is receiving one day of complimentary passes to this theme park. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. Photos are courtesy of Wild Adventures Theme Park.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Boys and Haircuts

OK~ Just an observation on my part......My 15 year old son has an attitude! And you know when it really shines through? When his hair needs to be cut. And guess what? I have done the open mouth insert foot thing! I said I would never, never cut my boys' hair when they were little. Now that they are older and have no patience to wait at the hair cutting place, this Mom invested in a pair of clippers a few years ago and VOILA~ she can cut hair! I'm not sure what it is..but you know when we feel good about ourselves, we do present ourselves in a more positive way. Boy, I sure see it in my son.

It's amazing what a hair cut can do for the whole package deal. The attitude, the whole presentation, and just a feeling of happiness- it shines through in my son. Have you experienced this with your children or maybe yourself? For now the clippers sit in the cupboard and are waiting for the moment to arise, "Mom, cut my hair now!" If he knows what is best, he will make the call as to when he will have it cut. This Mom is ready for a new attitude!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Traveling With Teens

OK~ If you have ever traveled with a do realize it's a little different than the toddler days! The ear buds are in place and you hear a lot of "Huh? You say something"  It's like, "No, my lips are moving for the fun of it....."  Just my general observations....

When you travel with a toddler you do hear, "Are we there yet?"  AND yes, my boys STILL ask me, "Are we there yet?"  Nothing much different from two-twenty years old.

Toddlers like to be entertained....And teens/young adults are very good at entertaining themselves.  I should say that the dvd player, iPod, Kindle, and cell phones do this job rather well!

When my boys were toddlers, it was always a good idea to pack books, coloring books, crayons, and the like. Now, in the year 2011...I honestly don't think toddlers would be very content with these simple items. The book would probably be on an iPad or Kindle.......and toddlers would be watching videos on their personal dvd players, just like the teenagers of today!

This Mom feels old~ Where have the 20 years gone of traveling with my boys? Oh, and the really cool thing about traveling with a teen...You might even find yourself singing a little karaoke! This Mom hopped up to the plate and sang with her teenage son.  Let's just say that I'm glad the batteries to the family camera died right before this memorable performance! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flossing in Public

OK~ This Mom just doesn't seem to get the "flossing" teeth in public thing. While sitting in a restaurant, I observed a Mom passing dental floss to her daughter. AND then the daughter proceeded to floss her teeth while sitting at the table. I'm wondering....Do you think it is OK to floss your teeth while sitting at the table in a restaurant? I found it to be offensive, as I was trying to eat my lunch. Why would the Mom not send the daughter to the restroom to do this? I guess since I don't work at a dental office, I probably don't understand this concept! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Where's Your Line.....

OK~ Every parent knows there is a time when "the line" will have to be drawn. I'm just curious....When is it OK to draw this line? I've worked hard to instill hard work, responsibility, accountability, and respect into my boys.....I do wonder what has sunk in at different times, don't we all?

We, as parents, expect our schools to be accepting to all..and they do a pretty good job of that! Sure, there is work to be done, but this is something that continues to evolve in ways I never envisioned. I am no longer in the running for Mother of the I made my son attend classes today for 1 1/2 hours. There was an early dismissal due to the Iowa High School Girls State Basketball Tournament. Our girls basketball team made it to State- First time ever~ Big Congrats to these girls~ they earned it!

I was surprised to learn that several parents took the initiative to call their kids into the school to excuse them. I'm thinking out loud here- it's probably an unexcused absence. Now, in my day, an unexcused absence was something I and my parents took seriously! Today, it seems like a socially acceptable thing to do~ This Mom is confused.....I just hope that my boys know that in the work place, it is not OK to call in just because you are tired, want to sleep in, or say, "'s only 1 1/2 hours!"

Oh yes.....and I did skip a PE Class in high school~ I have the letter that my parents received from the PE teacher....The letter states, "Sara skipped class on such and such a date- AND she admitted to skipping the class." I am not here to say I am perfect...I am not a perfect parent and do not claim to be...But, I think our kids are confused enough in today's world...We, as adults, need to send the same message to our kids~ One that will teach them accountability and not all of this entitlement....that so many teens/young adults think they deserve in today's world.

So, where's your line? You kind of know where mine is.........After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

My 56th Wordless Wednesday Post

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wild Adventures~Valdosta, Georgia~Opening Day March 12, 2011

OK~ Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia, will be opening for the season on Saturday, March 12, 2011! Should you be from the Mid-West and planning a Spring Break Get-A-Way to sure to stop at this awesome theme park on your way to your final destination. Or, better yet, spend a couple days in the area and take in all the sights! There are many signs along I-75 which mention this theme park...follow the signs and enjoy a day of fun!

The Century Wheel~ guaranteed to bring back adult memories of the past.......No minimum height requirements, with a top speed of 12 RPM'S~ 2 Min. 30 Seconds long!  An attraction for the whole family!

What's new for 2011-
  • Two rare Indian rhinos
  • Giant Water Slides-Hakini Rapids and Kona Cliffs (Opening April 2, 2011 for Season Passholders & April 3, 2011 for all guests)
  • Cabana Village (Secluded Cabanas which can be rented in Splash Island Water Park (Daily rentals available beginning April 3, 2011)
Lots of fun things happening~ Should you be planning to visit on opening day~ Here's a run down of how to find Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia...There's a way to this fun park from the North, South, East and West!  And, if you are like me, you will be coming down I-75 South- take note, it's 2 hours from Macon!

Directions to Wild Adventures, Valdosta, GA
From Jacksonville (~2 hours)
I-10 West to I-75 North; Old Clyattville Road Exit (Exit 13); Left off of the exit, travel four miles; Park will be on the right.

From Tallahassee (~1 1⁄2 hours)
Rt. 319 (Thomasville Road) to US-84 E; I-75 South to Old Clyattville Road Exit (Exit 13); Right off of the exit, travel four miles; Park will be on the right.

From Macon (~2 hours)
I-75 South to Old Clyattville Road Exit (Exit 13); Right off of the exit, travel four miles; Park will be on the right.

From Savannah (~3 1⁄2 hours)
I-95 South to Brunswick (Exit 29) US-82 W to US-84 W; I-75 South to Old Clyattville Road Exit (Exit 13); Right off of the exit, travel four miles; Park will be on the right.

March 12, 2011 will be a grand day at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia! A new season, new experiences, new concerts & new memories for the whole family! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*Our family is receiving one day of complimentary passes to this theme park. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. Photos are courtesy of Wild Adventures Theme Park.

George~The Milkman

OK~ I can remember the day when George the Milkman delivered milk to our home. My Mom had a standing order with him AND if she wasn't going to be home, there was a plan. George would enter our home, read the little note on the fridge, place the items in the fridge, and go on his way! Can you imagine this in the year 2011? How many people would trust a person to come into their home like that? We truly live in a different time. We all lock our doors and are aware of our surroundings at all times, even in Iowa!

His name really was George and he was our Milkman. Seems like one of those jobs that has come and gone.....although, I recently read a news story where services like this are returning! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?