Monday, October 31, 2011

Home Grown Gifts- Cedar Antler- Clarinda, Iowa

OK~ The holidays are just around the corner, as much as I really, really dislike facing up to that fact. I found some really cute, fun, and unique wood working ideas from an Iowa vendor in our local mall a couple week-ends ago.

Now, this WELCOME sign is looking mighty fine in the home of my parents. The cool thing about these products is the fact that they are made out of lumber from the trees in Iowa. Now that to me, is natural and very local!

A nice selection of decor for your home or business. Brandon and Michelle Moon are the proprietors of CedarAntler and they reside in Clarinda, Iowa. The two of them together, are not only creative, but also very proud of their business. They pride themselves on Hand Made Crafts from Native Sawn Lumber. I happen to love the fact that these folks are hard working and using their hands to make these beautiful products!

Cedar wood is used in many of their items, with a lot of character to boot. So, if you are looking for something made with the hands, made in Iowa, and produced out of homegrown Iowa trees; you need to get in touch with these folks~They probably have something for that someone on your gift list, or something for you to add a little "oomph" to your home. Oh yeah, and I must add- Brandon even makes beautiful antler chandeliers. Now, there's an idea for your Dining Room!  So, Give these folks a call- 1-712-303-8825- they've probably got something with your name on it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

*I purchased the Welcome sign and a friend gave me the Live Well, Laugh, Often. Love Much Sign. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Video Rentals

OK~ I'm always ready for a pleasant surprise. I can't tell you how many times I have cringed at some of the video games that have been rented in this house~ Ugghhh....teenage boys and blood/guns/ and violence. I am thinking those wicked games have ran there course. We went to rent a video game tonight and my 16 year old son chose a Child rated game! Woo Hoo! This Mom is doing a happy dance. He's happy, I'm happy. All is well in this house tonight..After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall 2011

OK~ I'm looking/reading many posts about snow on the East Coast the end of October. This is my yard in Iowa ~ and this Mom is NOT complaining, as the white fluffy, snow will be flying soon enough! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Books- Past, Present And Future

OK~We've all got books laying around! How do you keep all of those books under control? I will say that I have really appreciated my Nook. I no longer have that tall pile of books next to my bed. I honestly thought I would miss the feel of paper in my hands, but that is not the case. I like having my Nook loaded up and ready to go at anytime.

I'm not so sure that I like the thought of books being non-existant. I think of the jobs that are lost and the feel of an actual book in my hands. I still like to be able to pick up a book and read it. But, in the grand scheme of things, many books are sure to go by the wayside.

We have became a society full of abundant technology, which I have learned to embrace. Our 16 year old son, has never really enjoyed reading- until now. His 11th Grade English class was fortunate to have two teachers that went out to community organizations presenting the students needs for Kindles to the organizations. And you know what? We are blessed....His class has a Kindle for each student. The Kindle stays in the classroom and he enjoys reading now. So, I have to say technology has been a blessing to this family when it comes to a 16 year old boy and reading.

What's your thoughts on books? Do you think we will see fewer actual books laying around? This Mom will keep her eye on those books- maybe through the eyes of her Nook. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parents + Kids = Volunteerism

OK~I'm thinking today~ and I do NOT necessarily think that thinking is always a good thing, but it usually is! The activities our two boys have been and continue to be involved in, have always involved the parents in one form/shape or another. What's been so interesting over the years is that the same people are involved in the scouting events, the church events, the team events......Our youngest son completed Cub Scouting more than five years ago and I just recently learned that the Cub Scout Pack has struggled, been non-existent for a period of time, and continues on the brink of collapsing. How sad is that? When we were involved in this pack, there were several active adults ( who were also at the church activities and other happenings in the community) that were involved in the pack. Cub Scouting takes a load of volunteers to make things happen!

 So.....what I am observing, is contrary to what I am hearing from the media. I am hearing that volunteerism is up~ But where? People.... Parents- Our kids are the future! Be involved in the activities your kids are participating in. No, this does not give you permission to be a helicopter parent, but permission to become involved. The last PTO meeting at our local school- 7-12 Graders- Close to (under) 20 people in attendance with 1/2 being school employees. This are just ONE Mom's observation...

Oh yeah...and the cookie cut-out fundraiser for my son's trapshooting team. Guess what? It's the same people, same parents, same kids that have signed up to help. Now, I honestly have no clue as to what is so difficult to stand at a table and place frozen cookies in the hands of people. Do you see a trend here? I'm beginning to think that those of us that are involved are enabling these other parents....I'm thinking that other parents seem to think that oh, "So and so will do it."

My thoughts continue...I'm still searching for the answer in regards to all of these people volunteering. Don't get me wrong~ There are many people that I know that are volunteering, making a difference in the lives of our kids. But, people~ let's not burn them out! Step up to the plate and take your turn~ it's really not that hard and you will meet new people, while making a difference in the life of a young person!

For now...This Mom will continue to Think.... My Motto:  If you are NOT involved- Do NOT complain~After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Wild Mouse

OK~ I'm really almost speechless. My 16 year old son just says to me, "Mom? What can you get when a wild mouse bites you on the hand?" I am not asking details...I do NOT need to know details....I am not sure that I want to reside under the same roof~ teens, mice, and all of this fun! Living in the country in Iowa definitely has its perks, but wild mice? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Naming Farm Kittens- It's Not An Easy Task!

OK~ What is wrong with this picture? Our kittens now have names- Cartman, Butters, Stan, Kyle & Kenny. Well, I must confess~ Kenny is no longer with us~ I'm just going to state that my car tire met up with him and I have no further comment on Kenny. When farm kittens are born the first part of August in Iowa, these warm days in October are a blessing to them. Here's three of the four that are left.

Naming these kittens was just not happening~ I'm thinking that my 16 year old has watched a few too many Southpark shows. When my boys (hubby included) told me the names of the kittens, I asked, "Who?" Well, it's rather obvious who does NOT get into Southpark at this house. Maybe it's best that I don't watch.....These farm cats are wonderful when it comes to catching those pesky mice~ and yes, it is that season~AGAIN! Lucky for Cartman, Butters, Stan & Kyle~we have been blessed with warm weather the past few days! Next time..this Mom is naming new kittens as soon as possible....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Community~ A Word We Hear About A Lot

OK~ I seriously think the word community seems to be popping up everywhere. I see community in Twitter, on Facebook, on Google Plus AND I even hear about it when I turn on the radio. It's not all bad, but I am wondering if it's a phrase we are all running with.

I am blessed to have a community of Faith Friends, Classmates, Facebook Friends, Twitter Followers, Trapshooting Parent Friends, Iowa Friends, Blogger Friends, and my list seriously continues on and on. When I started thinking about "my" community......I began to realize how blessed I truly am.

My family should probably be the top list in my community~ but, does a family have to be labeled? I'm choosing not to label it. So, there ya go! A community is wonderful to be a part of and I am thankful for everyone that I have connected with in all of the communities I have passed through! I'm thinking that the key is to realize that you are a part of a community~ embrace it and accept it! By accepting a "new to you" community~ the sky is truly your limit! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 21, 2011


OK~ Age....It took my five year old nephew to put the age thing into perspective.

I made the comment, "I can't do that, I am an old lady!"

My five year old nephew, "I am an old boy. I am going to be 6!"

How cute is that? This sweet, little boy reminded me that I need to be thankful that I am able to celebrate another birthday and I need to remember how grateful I am.  Each day we are given, is truly a gift from God! Another little blessing in my day~ A sweet one, that is for sure! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 20, 2011


OK~ Here is why my time AND yours is important:

  • My family needs me- There are meals to be prepared, laundry to be washed, and just the general day to day activities of running a household.
  • A dollar is a dollar- The dentist and doctor's office are busy places. Therefore, if I am running late or not going to be able to make my appointment, I call the office. I want to be sure my running late won't interfere with other patients and if I need to reschedule~ I will reschedule the appointment.
  • My son's teacher is busy enough~ Therefore if I have a meeting scheduled with his teacher, I attend or let the teacher know I need to reschedule.
So, what seems so difficult about this? Common sense seems to have been tossed out the window. I have been told by several teachers, doctors, moms, and dentists that they don't think others value their time! So.....this is a wake up call to all of us! If you can't make it on time......Use common sense and make that telephone call. 

My time is valuable, your time is valuable...So, let's work together and bring TIME back to the common sense in our daily lives. How do you value your time and the time of others? I will keep doing what I am occasional eye roll at the doctor's office (people just don't get it) and this Mom is good to go. Oh yeah, and that privacy issue in the medical field~ it's always interesting how I can hear what each patient is there for, how much their bill is~ makes no sense to me. But then again, I am just a Mom.

It always amazes me that a Mom will take the time to argue with a receptionist at an office....Geeshe..take a chill pill people! It's all about my time and your time~ Bring some common sense into your time~ we would all be a little happier! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


OK~ Haven't we been hearing about this next U.S. election for the past two years? Debate after debate...and I will tell you this. I do love my country, and I do care...but I am really, really tired of these political leaders campaigning year after year. Just for once, I'd love to see them do their job and not campaign. Through the eyes of my 16 year old..."Mom, they all say what they think people want to hear."  I had no comment, but was left with a thought for the next year. Politics, you gotta love to hate 'em! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Teens, School and Faith~ Yep, They Are Connected

OK~ My 16 year old son and I just had an honest discussion about his elementary school days. His comment to me, "The only teachers that ever really helped me with my reading were the ones that taught Special Education." This Mom is thinking- this is interesting.  He then proceeds to say, "I think all teachers should know how to teach all kids how to read. They shouldn't be able to just hand a kid a book and expect them to know how to read it." WOW--------------- Yep, out of the mouth of a 16 year old boy.

Garrett has been pondering what he wants to do after he graduates, as he is 16 years old and he is in 11th Grade. He honestly has no clue what he wants to do. Yet, society expects that he should know what he wants to do the rest of his life. I know many people in their 40's ( my age is showing) that still don't know what they want to be when they grow up! It's all about would be so simple if we all knew our destination, etc....

You know, the one thing that we can all depend on is our Faith.......I have faith that he will make good choices and figure out his destination after high school, with the Good Lord walking beside him. It is through my faith that I continue to make it through each day~ Geeesshhheee...and I thought the toddler years were tough...These teen and young adult years are not any walk in the park either! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Laundry~ There Is Something To Be Learned From The Laundry Pile

OK~ I'm drudging through the pile of clothes in my 16 year old son's room, pondering the thought of what is crawling under all of those clothes. There are not only dirty clothes on the floor, but clean clothes, as well. So, how does a boy know what is clean and what is not? Or, is this Mom just concerned about nothing? He does wear clothes and he smells OK (Thank God for Axe). be young and carefree! Laundry, maybe life would be a whole lot simpler if I just let it lay. Seems to me there is much to be learned from this 16 year old boy! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween In The Simple Times

OK~ I'm cruising through the store the other really just seems like the 4th of July Decorations were out on display. Now the Halloween costumes and candy...did I say candy? There is candy everywhere in the stores! Now, growing up I was fortunate enough to have a mask for a Halloween Costume. My brother, sister and I really never understood the concept of wearing face paint, or sporting an elaborate costume on Halloween Night. Living in the country, we did NOT go door to door Trick or Treating. Our parents took us to the neighbors home, a little under a mile down the road and to both of our Grandmother's homes. One was next door and the other was about 30 miles away. That was it.....

It took us many years to comprehend the stories that our classmates had of pillow cases full of candy. I don't feel that we led a sheltered life, as we did not feel like we missed out on a whole lot. Although, we did think a pillow case full of candy was pretty cool! And I am sure a lot of these kids were a dentist's dream!

Fast forward several years.....My boys did not have so called elaborate costumes. We did buy them costumes ( The Batman Costume we purchased was worn for more than 8 years between the two boys) and we did take them to more homes than we visited as kids. And NO, they did not carry a pillowcase! They each carried a little pumpkin bucket AND when and if - the bucket was full- it was time to go home!

Halloween seemed a lot more simple back then- I know, my age is showing. But in all honesty, can families afford all that our society expects out of Halloween in today's economic times? The decorations are not cheap, the candy is not cheap, and the could spend an arm and a leg if you wanted too! I hope many families opt for the simple costumes, enjoy the Halloween Season and set limits when it comes to all of that candy!

Halloween 2011- Make it Simple! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Patagonia Shoe Review and *Giveaway* Through OnlineShoes.Com~ Enter Now Through October 23, 2011

OK~ I had the opportunity to try out a pair of Patagonia Shoes and let me say that I simply adore these boots!

My shoe of choice was the Patagonia Better Clog Boot in Deep Espresso. The full grain leather upper was a very nice feature. My feet felt right at home while wearing these clog boots. The glove-like leather lining felt just like an old, worn glove on my feet.

They were also fairly easy to get on and off. Keeping in mind that my right foot is dropped and does not have full movement, I was able to get these on and off fairly easily. The zipper was very easy to use and it moved just like any zipper should. I also got to try these in the rain, and I am happy to say that the traction was very good. So, I can safely state that when Old Man Winter appears here in Iowa, these boots will be ready to tackle the precipitation that Mother Nature will be sure to lend us.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Closed........A Typical Sign When Traveling in October

OK~ Traveling in the Mid-West in October is an adventure. The Fall colors are everywhere, and traffic is not a problem. The +'s definitely outweighed the -'s on our latest little get-a-way to Door County in Wisconsin. There were obviously not too many screaming kids, although; there were a few here and there. You know, I really don't wish to go back to those days!

We enjoy lighthouses, as they are not something we see very often in Iowa. So, we decided that we would check out the Sherwood Point Light House located near Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. After meandering through the countryside, with less than well marked roads...We arrived at our destination to find this!

No Trespassing....Now, this might as well said, "CLOSED." We saw those words a lot during the time we traveled through Door County. It would be nice if the Wisconsin Tourism Department listed this in their travel information. Maybe we just picked up an "old" pamphlet at the visitor center when we crossed into Wisconsin. We were able to pick up a 2010 road map, so maybe this was just recently closed, as well. On the + side, we could take a pic!

If we would have known that this was not a site that tourists or visitors were welcomed at, we would not have meandered through the country side to find this. We should have known, when the sign off the main road was a painted, white, wooden arrow, nailed to a tree that said "Lighthouse." Usually places that are welcoming to visitors have clear directions, etc.....

Oh well, I can say that I visited the Sherwood Point Lighthouse. It looks interesting from the small parking area. It also looks like it is somewhat maintained. Lesson learned- it's probably a good idea to check with the local visitor center of the community you are visiting before you venture to a site.

The Fall colors were beautiful on Washington Island and Door County itself was beautiful. No traffic and the fact that there were no lines anywhere was just what this Mom needed! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Day of Not Thinking

OK~ Seriously, as a Mom~ How often do you have days where you don't have to think?  Today was the day for me. Yeah, I did think about my kids, but Todd & I had a really fun day today. We were under NO schedule. We did not have to be anywhere at any specific time. Everything was on OUR time!

Our morning started out wonderful.....With the recommendation of a local, we hit the Old Post Office Restaurant in Euphraim in Door County, Wisconsin. The food was very good...Here's my plate...

And the view....Now this Iowa Mom really, really appreciates this view at the breakfast table!

The water is clear, the skies were beautiful, and we have been in heaven here in Door County! Our day continued....We drove to the northern most tip of Door County and boarded the ferry to Washington Island....

We managed to pull up to the boarding area five minutes before it left~ perfect timing! The views from the deck were awesome. The Fall Foliage actually got brighter and more colorful the further North we got. Washington Island had the most colorful leaves of this fun, little journey we have had.

Washington Island~ We made it, on our time!
The view from The Tower on Washington Island.....Colorful, Beautiful!  Our day was relaxing, fun, and so enjoyable. And the beauty of today....This Mom did not have to think! How refreshing....I must say- If you have not tried a day without thinking, try it~ you won't regret it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 10, 2011

This Mom's Take On a Menu

OK~ I am not educated in the restaurant business, but seriously, if you are.......It's always a good idea to offer your potential guests your menu at the door. This makes the selection process a lot easier when it comes to ordering a meal. This Mom's mantra...If she can't sound out what the food is~She is not ordering it!

Pictures are good, and I do understand that this is just another expense for the restaurant owner, but hey...this could mean more business! Another tip~ if you do offer your menu for viewing at the door, make sure the menu is accurate and up to date...

This Mom can also report that she ate bread that resembled fruit cake..I kid you not.....that's this Mom's opinion. Then the waitress brought out this funky olive oil and aged oil.....looked interesting and I did eat it~ can't say that I care to again.

Yep, this Mom had an interesting experience at a restaurant today, but hey......the food was good, I really could not say what the food was, and I'm alive to write about it! Restaurants make a road trip all the better.......After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Farming In Iowa

OK~ A farm girl at heart, that's what I am!  Today I experienced my annual ride in the combine with my brother~ Woo Hoo!  

If you really look closely, this picture shows a lot of what is going on out in the field. From the view in the combine, to a tractor/wagon and then the semi in the rear view mirror...Lots going on...
Here's the view from the cab. Remember all of that green we had in Iowa a couple months ago. Well, once Fall rolls around, we get a lot of this!

And yes, here you can see how dry it really is! We are currently under a burn ban. This corn is very dry..going straight from the field to the bin. An unusual year, as of right now, there is not any corn to dry. 

 Here's three guys making sure everything is working....Gotta love it!

And then there is this guy, my youngest nephew....All five years of him! He loves riding with his Dad in the combine and is enjoying what we all love about the family farm. Fun, Food, Family, and a love of the outdoors! You toss all of these together and you get an Iowa Farm Family! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Family Dinner.....

OK~ We all know that life gets crazy and busy. Is the family dinner a thing of the past? I'm wondering....I hear and read of many parents that prepare special foods for their kids and they eat something else. Now that my boys are 16 and 20, they can pretty much make up their own decisions when it comes to meal times. If we are all home and dinner is on the table....we sit down together and eat.

My boys have rejected the plate in front of them a time or two over the years AND this Mom has not been afraid to direct them towards the jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread. I am guessing that in the year 2011, this would be frowned upon. My boys have never had food allergies and if they did, this Mom was oblivious to them.

My question for you~ Curiosity is getting the best of me. When you have a meal for the whole everyone expected to eat the same thing or do some family members eat different foods? I am all about simplicity, therefore; it perplexes me that many families opt for preparing special foods for their kids. Maybe it just so happens that I read a little too much and this should not even be something I'm writing about...Oh well......I'll keep fixing what I choose, as most of you know, I am NOT a good cook....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

OK~ This is seriously the cutest little thing we have around here........This kitty was born the first week of August and it is very fortunate to have had hot weather this past week in Iowa. Here's to a safe Fall & Winter to this cute little kitty....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Wild Thursday....

OK~ It's wild here in North Iowa today. The winds are blowing and it is very dry in our area. We even have a Red Flag Warning, yes, In Iowa - rare in this part of the country. This Mom is not going to get too stressed out...BUT.....our community needs prayers.  The day starts out with Event #1-

Garrett misses the bus...Not a huge deal- As he and I were having a conversation and he missed it....

Event #2-
16 year old son arrives at school...Long line because back packs/purses/bags are all to be checked, due to graffiti of a threatening nature in a boys bathroom yesterday.

Event #3-

Three juveniles are arrested and charged with multiple accounts of arson- starting a field fire near many buildings, including a nursing home. Yes, you are reading this correct..this is during school hours. All about four miles North of where we live. I am not sure of how serious our community is taking the issue, as it is fresh. Now, being a farm girl...I get it~ Corn prices are very good right now...Who will pay to replace this crop that this farmer has now lost? A crop of corn, is a farmer's life! This incident just breaks my heart...Nobody will win!

So....we pray for peace AND for a sense of pride to be restored within our community...As a Mom, I seriously thought Event#1 was reason enough to recall a do over to today..But, in the grand scheme of today's events......Event #1, reminded me of how I should seriously not worry about a little bump in the road! Event #2 And Event #3 would be reason to request a do-over.

I guess today was one of those days...God's little reminder that there is no reason to get stressed out over the little detours in our lives, as there is always a bigger one, and unfortunately, I did not have to travel far to find those bigger events today~ it was all within my own community. What a Wild Thursday.....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crazy Dog =Crazy Morning

OK~Skipper is driving me absolutely nuts!  We've now had more traffic in our driveway this morning than we usually see in one day.....The Fed Ex Man arrived with a wonderful package full of goodies~ something for you, my readers, to experience as well!  Oh yeah and I kid you not, the Fed Ex Man had not been gone more than 10 minutes and in drives the man who needs to read our electricity usage meter.

Skipper ran about 25 circles around both of these trucks, drove this Mom to the looney bin- where I felt like I have been the past 10 years! And of course, I had to tell both of these men to just "Gun it and go. He will run continuous circles around you, if you don't!" So, can I now have a do over to this day?

This do over would include a dog going outside on a leash and spending quality time in his kennel.  Just proves my point, that this crazy black dog MUST be on a short leash~ just like kids! I kid you not, if it's not a kid at this house~ it IS a dog!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast~ Hampton, Iowa

OK~ As part of the Bloggers Harvest Tour in Franklin, County; The Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast was a place of lodging for several attendees. I did not spend the night at this quaint Bed & Breakfast, but I sure did get to enjoy a delicious brunch~ Check this out!

A plate of delicious food~Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Little Smokies, Home-Made Cinnamon Rolls, Sausage & Biscuits, Potatoes, and Chicken & Rice. The food was delicious, but I must say that when a group of people gather around a table that is so set with the time....

The conversation is amazing! We had these quaint glasses filled with orange juice, which of course had colored ice! And I must say the kids loved the fun shapes and colors that filled their water and juice glasses. And the adults.....We all took a walk back through our childhood years. Being in the country, we talked about our years growing up. Some of us had grown up on a farm, others had grown up in the city, and some had grown up in small towns. But, the one thing we all had in common~ We all had experienced childhood in much the same way. We all recalled being able to go outside and play for hours on end. There were no cell phones back then, so when suppertime rolled around, the supper call was fairly simple. Our Mothers would yell that it was time for us to come in!  Now, fast forward to the year 2011, in most neighborhoods today, when a Mother is yelling; we all assume that something is wrong and question if 911 should be called. I was also pleased to know that I was not the only one that enjoyed dissecting insects when I was younger! Now, I am not a fan of bugs...but those lightning bugs were a lot of fun in my childhood years!

These two women prepared our meal from start to finish! The food was delicious and the service was absolutely amazing. You can tell that these two love their job. If you are looking for a unique, fun, yet affordable place to stay while visiting Franklin, County, Iowa....You must check out the Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast~ A cozy, inviting stay awaits you! Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome! Bring your immediate family, or extended family....There is a room for you!

Fall is upon us here in Iowa and theme of Fall was all around. So, the next time you are traveling in or through Franklin, County~ be sure to make a swing through the Country Heritage Bed & Breakfast! Your Hosts and Hostesses will make your stay an enjoyable one! After All, It's All In an Iowa Mom's Day, Right?

*I did enjoy brunch for no charge and I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Three Things To Do This Fall With Your Family....

OK~ The Fall season is here in Iowa and this past week-end was absolutely gorgeous! Sunny blue skies and the farmers are getting a lot of field work done. We have a few more days left of Fall in Iowa and I've got three things that I think you and your family would enjoy~

  • Check out your local communities...There's probably a Fall Festival going on~ take the time to check it out!
  • Find a bicycle trail. It's too early to pack those bicycles away~ keep 'em out and hit the trail with your family!
  • Head to a local apple orchard and/or pumpkin patch! There are many of these that have popped up all across the United States over the course of the last few years. Apples can be enjoyed for quite some time and carving a pumpkin with the kiddos....simply priceless!
Fall is here~ Make the most of it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvest Tour 2011- Hampton, Iowa

OK~ I should have known that when I drove into Hampton, Iowa this morning I was in for an awesome day! A Harvest Tour is happening this week-end, and I was delighted when I was asked to join this group of bloggers.  This is how my day wrapped up~ out in an Iowa bean field. And, as most of you know, this Mom was very happy outdoors in the Iowa sunshine! I have so much to share about this wonderful, welcoming community in North Iowa~ so, stay tuned

From the cute little boutiques, coffee shops, to the historical buildings....there's a lot going on in this community.  If you are in the North Iowa area, swing into Hampton~ you will be glad you did! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?