Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Making My Own Sunshine

OK~ It seems we have many days here in Iowa where we go without seeing Mr. Sun! On these dreary, cloudy days I really strive to make my own sunshine!

First of all- I try to post all positive comments in Social Media (Seems to work for 90% of posts) Face it, there are some posts that just can't be positive- it's life, right?

Secondly- I do get myself away from work for a couple hours....I head to the gym! It's not only good for my mental sanity, but also good for me physically. If you cannot get to the gym, bundle up and walk outside- hey, it's better than not moving at all!

Thirdly- Smile! This should not be hard, but there are times that it can be hard to smile. People will really wonder what you have been up to. But hey, what's wrong with that?

A couple days ago we had went four days with out seeing Mr. Sun and my 16 year old said to me, "Mom, why are you so happy. This weather sucks!" Well, there was some truth to his statement.....the weather did suck..Plain, Simple, and Straight to the Point! But then I thought....Ummmm..I must be doing something right- I had succeeded at making my own sunshine! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another Letter....Ugghhhh

OK~ Are we the only parents out there that get letters like this? We both dread it when we walk around the wall to enter the kitchen in the morning. If we see something white on the table that resembles this~ we close our eyes and pray really, really hard!We had the Spider letter on June 6, 2011 and NOW THIS.....Ummmm---20 year olds........


Yep...this time one of those little triangle windows was knocked out with a baseball bat or something to that effect. So- from the car tire fiasco about 15 months ago to this ~ this Mom is ready for some quiet with boys and cars....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yeah- A New Office Chair!

OK~ So you would think that an office chair would be a simple purchase, but not the case when a Mom like me decides on a Sunday morning that her back just can't take her old chair anymore! So, off to the stores we go. Now, I will confess, I did glance online, but thought I should try to patronize a local business. Problem being....Sunday morning 10:00 a.m.- strange- not many stores open, even on this holiday week-end. Weirdly enough, the place we thought would not have an office chair had one that fit our needs and our budget----> Menards had just what we needed!

And there were directions- and according to the boys in this house they are over rated!
And there was stuff!
And then there was an arm here and there!
According to the 16 year old in the house- this chair is gonna rock it!
And the end result....Seriously, when I see this~ I now know why my back hurt and we badly needed a new office chair!
After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Simple Way To Eat Leftover Turkey

OK~ One of the easiest ways to eat up leftover turkey. This is one that even your kids can make.
A few tortilla chips, your favorite cheese and turkey. Microwave for about 40 seconds and you are good to go!

Garnish with onions, peppers, salsa, sour cream..whatever your kids like! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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

Friday, November 25, 2011

All Of This Shopping This Holiday Week-End

OK~ I hope many of you found that "deal" you were searching for during the wee hours of this morning. I am not looking forward to the fact that I need to visit a grocery store today- poor planning on my part! My sleep and mental sanity (if there is such a thing) are too important to me at this stage of my life.

For those of you that ventured out....Enjoy wrapping all of those presents! It's exiting to see all of the photos of people barging through the doors of the stores and I'm also pleased to see that it appears that people have extra money this holiday season. Early morning reports are showing a great day! I sure hope this is an indication that our economy is making a rebound!

Thanksgiving was wonderful...Not too much leftover turkey, just enough for our family of four! We will not be eating turkey sandwiches for weeks on end, just a couple days. I sure hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are able to focus on the Christmas season! My Christmas cards are ordered and now it's time to focus on getting that Christmas tree up!

Black Friday is sure to be an exciting day for retailers. Remember tomorrow is a day to show your support to your local small business owners- Do you have your day mapped out for tomorrow? I hope you do...those small businesses are what keeps our local economies booming! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cars Through The Years

OK~ A great discussion today between Garrett, my Brother, and my Mom. Due to the fact that the 1978 Chevy pick-up that I grew up riding in to head out to those bean fields was hauled to the junk yard today, a bittersweet moment it was. I know, those of you that have no clue what a pick-up means to a farm family probably think we are all nuts. I spent many miles in the back cab of that pick-up! It was off to a bean field, or a corn field to pick up rocks. Thinking....34 years! That was a well defined Chevy truck!

And then there was the 1975 Buick Station Wagon...Blue! How lovely it was...My girlfriend, Kim and I spent many hours driving that car around the grain bins in our yard. I know, sounds crazy, but that is where she and I practiced our driving. Garrett, who is 16, kind of said, "What's a station wagon?" Just another sign of the times!

Oh yeah...and my first official car! A 1978 Buick Skylark- Bright, Sunny Yellow~ What a rockin' car that was. It was nice- bright and bold! Sadly, that car met the end of the road when my sister was driving it.

Cars and Trucks...they take us lots of places, but they also provide many years of great memories of life on the Iowa farm! So.....we continue to enjoy "Old Blue" Gotta love that truck- 20+ years and more!


After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall In Iowa

OK~ When the yellow school bus arrived today this was my view~


After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

So....How Is That Energy Drink?

OK~ I'm not a big supporter of all of these energy drinks that have entered the market place in the past few years. Maybe if they would have came on the scene when I was a teen, I may think a little different. Garrett and I are in Menards (yes, Menards- the lumber store) and there is a cooler full of energy drinks at the check-out.

Garrett:  "Mom- Can I have one of those?"

Me:  Thinking (Ummmmmm- wired kid, but he is 16 1/2 so all should be well) and then I say, "Sure!"

We then proceed through the check-out and head to the car. We get in the car and Garrett opens his drink in a black can. Our conversation then goes like this....

Garrett: "This tastes weird." (I am thinking, this is a good thing!)

Me: I then smell the top of the can and say, "Does it taste like chalk?"

Garrett: "How am I supposed to know what chalk tastes like? And furthermore, Mom- How would YOU KNOW WHAT chalk tastes like?"

I had no further comment! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Is Just Around The Corner

OK~ So, another holiday is creeping up on us. Today I've been reflecting on three things that I am very thankful for.

  •  I am thankful that my boys are healthy and able to give me that "eye roll!" Face it, if you have teens or tweens in your home, you know exactly what I am referring to!

  • Even though the skies are dreary and dark, I am grateful that I am able to drive to the YMCA and exercise. For it was five years ago during the month of November that I was working very, very hard so that I could walk again. I am so thankful for the physical therapists that not only pushed me, but also believed in me!

  • I am so very grateful for a warm home, roof over my head, and a family that loves me!


Yep~ through the good and bad.....I am thankful for so many people that have inspired me along this journey we refer to as "life!" Through the eye rolls, challenges, and everyday happenings~ I am so blessed......You, my loyal blog readers, make me smile! THANK YOU!!!!!

So, as we celebrate the holiday known as Thanksgiving~ this Mom is going to enjoy the food, smiles, and of course the "eye rolls!" After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?
      

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yep~ Time For The Clippers


OK~ You know, when Blaine was born, almost 21 years ago I said that I would never, never cut my boys' hair! Well...guess what? I have been trained (through my experience) to cut my boys's hair, hubby included! I have done this - get this- for the past 10 years!  I took care of two shaggy boys today~It was truly one of those open mouth, insert foot moments.........Gotta love those clippers! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Cheer at The Universal Orlando Resort

OK~ It looks like Universal Orlando Resort is hosting a wide variety of holiday events starting December 3 through January 1, 2012. Now, if your family considers you to be the Grinch~ surprise 'em! Universal's Islands of Adventure is one place you can come face to face with The Grinch! You can even purchase a spot at a special character breakfast with the mean, green one himself!

Mannheim Steamroller is even scheduled to perform on the Music Plaza State in Universal Studios six times this year~ December 3,4,10,11,17, and 18th! Maybe a parade is your thing~ Universal Studios will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of partnership with Universal Orlando- by filling the streets every evening with some of the same elements that are seen winding through New York City at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Photo is Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

The Macy's Holiday Parade will also welcome select park guest to participate in the procession as real balloon-handlers~ How cool is that?

With three magnificently themed on-site hotels and a night time entertainment complex, The Universal Orlando Resort is the ultimate vacation destination this holiday season! With three on-site hotels, tree-lighting ceremonies, food, and fun.......Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are awaiting your arrival~ Soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man......what a fun family adventure!

My own experience has always been that it is a huge benefit to stay on the property. The complimentary transportation and early park admission are definitely a win-win!



‘Tis the Season for Holiday Offers
Holidays Getaway Package
• 3 night stay at a Universal Partner Hotel
• 2 day base ticket for both theme parks, one park per day
• Complimentary scheduled transportation between the hotel and theme parks
• PLUS early park admission to experience Islands of Adventure and more
Starting at $249 per adult, tax inclusive

*Upgrade to on-site hotel (starting at $509 per adult, tax inclusive) and receive complimentary Universal Express access to skip the regular attraction lines – a FREE benefit of up to $87 per person, per day


For more information on Universal Orlando Resort's holiday celebration and offers, take a swing through Universal Orlando Resort's Web Site! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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

Monday, November 14, 2011

Being Thankful Amongst The Chaos

OK~ We all know that life can get pretty chaotic at times! We had one day this past week that an alternator and battery went out of one car. Within 10 hours, our microwave literally blew up and quit working! So, you may ask.....Why am I thankful? Well, I am thankful that my hubby was able make the repairs on our 20 year old son's car. I am also thankful that we had the "old" microwave in the basement and our 16 year old son carried it up the stairs to go back to it's home in the kitchen. Oh yeah, and I'm also thankful that these crazy farm cats are doing their job~ they are catching more than their fare share of mice!

I am also thankful for good health. Sure,  this household has had its ups and downs~ but we really are blessed! So many people are posting 30 days of Thanks during the month of November. I did not start that, as I was afraid I would miss a day or two. Although, I must admit, I am enjoying reading what everyone is thankful for! So-----What are you thankful for?

Here's to an awesome Thanksgiving and a healthy November/December in this household! We surely had all the chaos we could handle last week, right? After All, It's All In a Moms Day, Right?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boys And Cars

OK~ The night was interesting. Blaine (20 year old) calls Garrett to inform him that his car has stopped running in the middle of the highway. Garrett (16) says, "Mom, why would Blaine call me instead of getting the car off of the highway?" Makes a Mom wonder......After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

OK~ Betty Crocker to The Rescue! If I can make these- you can too- A tasty treat anytime of the year, but perfect during the holidays!


 Easy, Easy...Easy.........

The recipe is on the back of the package. Super, Super Easy to Make! The downside- I got 32 cookies out of one package.......With three boys home most of the day today~ How soon before these are all gone?  Any guesses?


After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kids/Teachers/Coaches- When Is This Going To End?

OK~This Mom is just downright frustrated. What is wrong with people today? I am now reading a news story in an Iowa newspaper about a teacher engaging with young girls online, and we are all aware of the scandal that continues to unfold in Pennsylvania. This should be a wake up call to parents.

Throughout the years my boys have been involved in many different activities and I never once swayed away from volunteering my time. These incidents are reasons why parents need to be involved. We all know that we should trust the teacher, trust the coach, as well as the Boy/Girl Scout leader- but let me tell you, the media is telling this mom this is no longer the case. If my boys are taking part in something, I will do my part. I firmly believe that if I do not participate or help to make things better, I have no right to complain. By being involved, I do have a right to complain!

I may have complained that things were overwhelming during my tenure as a Cub Master, and as an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts, but I am thankful that I jumped in! With so many parents afraid or not willing to step up to the plate to volunteer, the task can be daunting. If parents would see how important it is to step up and contribute, everyone's job is much easier. If everyone pitches in and does their part, life is good! The friendships I made were priceless and hey, this Mom even became a certified bb gun instructor with The Boy Scouts of America!

Now that my boys are 16 and 20- I can reflect on how thankful I am that I made that decision to become involved. I did not know much about coaching t-ball or soccer- but when no one else would step up to the plate, I willingly took the necessary steps to become trained in coaching these two sports. Attending PTO meetings throughout the years has, and still is, one of the easiest ways to know what is going on in my child's school- I really don't understand why parents do get this concept. I am guessing it is a personal choice.

Now, more than ever before, it is so important to know who your kids are hanging around with, where they are going, what they are doing and we even need to be concerned about who the adults are that are surrounding them! Parents, wake up! Become involved- I know this Mom is grateful for all of the opportunities that have been tossed her way. Helicopter Parenting...that's another story! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

To Vote...Or Not To Vote

OK~ I really believe that if I want to complain about something in the future, I should exercise my right to vote. Today was a day that I really, really wanted to go vote. But sadly there was nothing for me to vote on today. I will continue to educate myself on the issues when it comes to the economy, education, the state of Iowa, local government, and anything that will impact my life (which happens to be everything around me).

Sometimes I wonder if my little voice really matters. I have to have faith that my little voice will make a difference and know that when I cast my vote- it does matter! So.....the next time you are contemplating to vote, or not to vote~ Just go VOTE! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Driving.......

OK~ Teens know how to drive their parents nuts, as well as literally drive them crazy. But, like it or not.....teens do drive! Yep,  here in Iowa they drive cars, tractors, trucks, and atv's. Our boys have been very different in the fact that our oldest one could not wait to get his driver's license, and our youngest one has had to be prodded along.

I truly believe that teens will want to drive in their own time and on their own schedule. But, there does come a time when it's time for parents to intervene. Yup, that's what's happened at this house. We had to get the ball rolling in regards to him obtaining his driver's permit. And now that he's been 16 for six months, it is time to take Driver's Education Classes.

It's so different this time around. Our oldest son could not wait to get behind the wheel and Garrett, he's just so carefree and not a care in the world about it. He knows that just because he completes the class and has his driver's license he does not have to drive all the time. Wow- What a change! I always thought that all boys couldn't wait to get their driver's licenses-I must admit, it's kind of a welcoming change.

In time....Our kids grow up and become their own selves. And it seriously happens in the blink of an eye! So, for now, this Mom is happy that her 16 year old son (baby) is taking the serious approach to driving and enjoying the ride! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

P.S. His turns are a little interesting!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Perspective.....

OK~ It's all about perspective. Here in Iowa, we will have loads of white, fluffy, sloppy snow to tromp around in this coming Winter. In Florida, people will possibly endure 30 something degree temps and rain. I've always wondered if people in the so called warmer climates change their wardrobes during Winter.

I am learning...they do! Having lived in Iowa all of my life...when I think of sweaters- I see wind, cold, snow, and boots! I guess I need to get out more...I learned this past week that people in the so called warmer climates do wear boots and sweaters. It seems kind of strange to this Iowa Mom that snow boots would need to be worn in these warmer climates- but, I get it...It's about fashion and making sure to keep those feet warm!

Well- it's all about perspective! In this Mom's eyes...Winter is 0 degrees with 30 below wind chills and lots of snow! And yes, I buy snow boots to keep my feet warm and dry! Maybe, just maybe someday I will be able to buy a pair of snow boots strictly for fashion. But, for now...It's all about perspective- I will endure Winter and pray that I can "retire" to the South someday! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

News, Gadgets, and The Like...How They Are A Changing

OK~ It was just a few years ago when 99.9% of us had house phones and maybe a cell phone to travel with for emergency use. And fast forward to today....Many of us no longer talk on a house phone, as we use our cell phones for everything~ even to read the news!

Now today we see "Like Us On Facebook.......Follow Us On Twitter! Again, time has evolved. Many people use Facebook to get the days news, find out about a business- Facebook is literally ONE huge massive book of Yellow Pages! I am happy to say that I consider Facebook and Twitter to not only be a great way to stay connected with others, but it's a GREAT book of yellow pages! I am not a patient person...I can click and see what a business has to offer in a matter of seconds~ I like that!

My age is showing. I can remember the days of a typewriter (an actual typewriter with a ribbon) with several sheets of white paper, with carbon in between them (Can you still buy that stuff?) and after a matter of NOT making an error (Spellcheck is unheard of) a person may have had a nice looking group of papers to pass out to someone. I can't wait for the day in rural America when we will have high speed internet, as that will really make my job nice!

Just today- My Mom and I were talking about how we had heard about a local town having a week-end of Welcome To The Holidays in their shops. We ventured to this Iowa town, as we had seen all about it on Facebook! It's not just young teens using Facebook...It's a place of updated news ( locally and nationally) and a place to stay connected. One has to think, "Where will we be in 10 more years?" It kind of scares me, but I will roll right along with it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Shutterfly~ November is Family Photo Days~ Just In Time For The Holidays!



OK~Shutterfly is proud to be hosting Family Photo Days..... Throughout the month of November!  The must have styles of the season when it comes to YOUR family, in YOUR family photo! Enter Shutterfly's' photo contest and enjoy 5 free cards!  Shutterfly has you and your family covered when it comes to your family and your holiday cards this busy season!

It's family portrait time! This should simply be one of the happiest times for you and your family. In all reality, I have yet to meet a Mom that does NOT get stressed out over an upcoming family photo shoot. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, it's important to find clothes that not only compliment each family member, but clothing that compliments the clothing of other family members. Create a color theme when the planning process begins.

Now, if you have young kids, I would strongly sway you away from white. I do not know of any young child that will not find the red juice before "flash" time! If you and your family enjoy nature; why not dress in comfy, natural clothing? And better yet, head outdoors for a natural family photo. Rain, snow, wind, or sun- make the best of what nature tosses your way.

And you may never know what your kids may say when the photographer says, "Smile!" Our son once chose to say to the photographer, "You are a dude!" When we asked him what he was referring to he looked at us with a grin and said, "He is hair on the horses rear end!" This Mom was mortified! He then proceeded to tell us that all of the kids at school knew that , and we should too. Come dressed in the appropriate attire and be sure to let your kids know what you expect out of them while at the photo shoot. This Mom has learned from experience on that one!

Your family photos are something you pride yourself in. You can be assured that Shutterfly offers beautiful holiday cards to showcase your photos! You can opt for one, two, three, or in some cases even feature four photos on one card. Shutterfly also offers beautiful personalized photo gifts, which can be cherished for several years. Let's face it, when any Mom goes to all the work of getting everyone ready for a family photo shoot, it makes sense to showcase them in something a Mom is proud to share. Shutterfly offers the solution for busy Moms.

 Kick back and enjoy the season! Let Shutterfly do all the work for you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

* I will received a code for 50 Free Photo Cards from Shutterfly for sharing this information with you. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hometowns~What Makes Your Hometown Unique?

 OK~ I'm hearing the words hometown quite a bit lately. My hometown happens to be Mason City, Iowa.  And I'm pleased to share THREE things that make this community a great place to visit and raise a family!


  • I may complain when I sit at a stop light and there are ten cars present. But, in reality, these ten cars are much better than the hundreds that may be present at an intersection in a large city.
  • Living in the country, we enjoy the peacefulness that we endure when we step outside. Mason City happens to have several parks that are family friendly 365 days of the year. From a dip into the local swimming pool to coasting down the sledding hill; our parks are full of activities for families.
  • The Historic Park Inn Hotel recently opened! This hotel is the last hotel in the whole world that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1910. This hotel has been restored after a complete renovation and is open for guests! 

Here is the view when you step through the main doors of the hotel! Our whole community prides itself on the renovation of this historical hotel, isn't it beautiful? If you are an architect buff, this hotel is for you! So, I'd have to say my local town is a little unique in the fact that it has the LAST hotel in the whole world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright~ pretty cool, huh? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Saga Of The Books....

OK~ Garrett comes home from school today. "Mom, these books need to go back to the public library." I say, "OK." I did recall that he had taken a little field trip to the public library, a few weeks ago, so the red flags didn't go up too fast. Seems kind of odd that our high school library would not carry books about John Dillinger..but, that's a whole other saga.

Garrett thens says, "Oh yeah, they were due yesterday!"  Ok....to the car and to town I go. I was SO OVERLY joyed that these books were only one day late~ unbelievable. This is the same kid that would bury any/all books in the bottom of his locker until the end of the school year. So- this Mom is doing a happy dance! Only one day late~ Major, Major Maturity~ this Mom is happy, happy!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?