Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This Thing Called "Aging"

OK~ There's been a lot of discussion in the news, on talk shows, and in general lately on aging. I know that I sometimes have to pinch myself and say to myself, "Am I really that old?" I recall when I was 16, my gosh, 40 was ANCIENT...Now, I'm thinking 50 is looking mighty fabulous! And of course, my 16 year old son thinks that 30 is old....YIKES- I think he's got a reality check coming soon!

So....Would someone please explain to me why, just why........I cannot continue to grow hair where I want it to grow? And why does hair grow where I don't want it to grow? I am told it's all about the aging process- Well, what if I don't want to take part? I am finding out, we have to accept it. For whatever reason, the Good Lord has decided that dry skin and everything else that is dry - is- also part of the aging process! So...I guess I'll continue on this path of aging- I'm thankful for each blessed day- the friendships and you, my loyal blog readers, continue to bless me in ways I never imagined! So- for now, I guess I'm accepting the fact that I am five minutes older from when I started writing this post.  Garrett is now wanting to know why I sent him out the door to school- a half hour earlier to school today than he needed to leave-

Well- It's also got to do with that aging thing! Who, in their right mind can remember that every single Tuesday, school starts a 1/2 hour later than every other day of the week? That too- is too much for this aging Mom to handle. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Driving Just Gets Better All The Time

OK~ Garrett and I are in the car. He is driving and I am the passenger. We come to a stop sign- I look to the right AND I obviously leaned forward....Garrett says to me, "Mom, Move your head! I cannot see!"

My response was, "Yikes, You are just like your Dad! Your Dad says that to me in the same tone, same words, and same frustration!" Yep......This Mom can't look forward when the car stops..She gets in the way by just making sure the coast is clear. Our ride continued - I remained quiet and did not move! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January Into Spring....

OK~ I'm really digging this Iowa Winter! We have about three inches of snow the ground. The roads, for the most part, have been great. Just a couple little "bumps" weather wise, but so far, so good! The Iowa DOT must be lovin' this....they should be saving lots of $$$!

I know I should not get too excited, as Mother Nature can still throw a lot of Winter our way! With a new teen driver in the house, this Mom is VERY thankful for the mild Winter of 2011-2012! So...for now, this Mom is gonna have to start thinking about the upcoming Iowa High School Trapshooting Season- The season begins the middle of March- not that far away! And this Mom is also going to dream of the beauty that Spring has in store......... I can't wait to see and smell these lilac bushes once Spring rolls into Iowa!

So...If it's not a kid, it's a dog! The little blessings in my life are really GRAND- Skipper (black dog), beautiful lilac bushes, and a 16 year old son that makes me smile!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Conference Season~ Tiny Prints Offers A Nice Selection Of Business Cards

OK~ It's that time of year- Conference time! Most of us need to do a little updating of our business cards now and then. Tiny Prints offers the perfect solution. Think about the possibilities this year! Pinterest has came onto the scene, as well as Google+- it's important to get all your contact information packed onto your choice of business cards!

Whether it is your first or tenth conference, you will want to have a business card in hand that you are proud of! The one thing that I would recommend is to make sure you have enough business cards with you. You will meet so many amazing people. Others will want your business card and you will want to have one of theirs. Don't cut yourself short!

Oh yeah.....and make sure you have a special place to put all of those business cards in. There's not much fun in searching for business cards through every nook and cranny, of every bag, once you get home. Invest in a small case to put them in- money well spent. Your patience will thank you!

Tiny Prints offers many awesome choices. You can select Square Business Cards, Custom Business Cards, or Even Folded Business Cards! So many to choose from- design the card with your style and your colors!  Oh yes...and the themes- You can choose from Modern, to Nature, to Frames and Borders..and so much more!

Don't wait! Order your business cards today! Tiny Prints offers a nice selection, the website is easy to navigate; and you can be assured that you will be able to remain in contact with the many awesome people that you will meet at the Conference you are attending!

Enjoy Conference season! The first one on my agenda is Blissdom- I hope to meet you in Nashville in February 2012!

* I will receive a promo code for 50 Free Business Cards 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, January 26, 2012

Have You Experienced This Too?

OK~ Here's a short recap of the last 48 hours......I'm wondering how many of you can say "yes" to the following.

  • Have you worn your shirt inside out all day?  Yep, that would be me-Did that today!
  • Have you exited the Interstate Highway to return and head North instead of South?  Yep, that would be me- Did that today! (Only a 10 mile detour)
  • Have you reached for the salt and found out later you used the garlic instead? Yep, that would be me- Did that today!
  • Have you forgot to call the oral surgeon to make an appointment for you son who is complaining of his wisdom teeth? Yep, that would be me- Did that today! (A prompt reminder from my smart 16 year old will fix this situation)
  • Have you worn black socks to the gym? Yep, that would be me- Did that yesterday! (Isn't that what old people do?)
  • Have you let your dog in the house, only to be informed by your 16 year old son that the dog is carrying some type of carcass? Yep, that would be me- Did that today!
So, how many of my life experiences have you been blessed to experience?
Well....Let's just say- tomorrow is a new day and life is good! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The School Cafeteria

OK~ I'm happy that my son's school will have a fully remodeled cafeteria in a few weeks. Today was just a taste of what is to come.....They kids had 1/2 of the good "stuff" that they will have in a few weeks. After almost a year of limited meals, my 16 year old is ready for more choices. Now I do realize that I can put a cap on how much he spends at lunchtime. I do want him to eat what he needs to eat- if I was a 16 year old boy and very tall, I'd probably need a lot too!

Garrett says:  "Mom...Is it two meals if you take two plates?"

Me: "Are you talking about lunchtime?"

Garrett:  "Yes. Do they charge you for two meals if you take two plates? You know, Mom I don't get full with one plate!"

Me:  Thinking to myself- Yep, I am aware of that- Can you say raid the cupboards when he gets home fast enough? "Get what you need to eat. If you are hungry, eat!"

He still remembers the day when he was 10. The Doctor said to he and I, "Mom, this boy needs to eat everything and anything he wants!" He was below the 10th percentile for his age/weight/height. Yep...he's still tall and thin.........I do wonder....When will it catch up to him? And this hot lunch thing....Pasta bar arrives in a few weeks- I have a feeling the hot lunches will get pricier, but if he likes it, I'll gladly pay to put food that he eats on his plate! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Help- Organizing: 101

OK~ It's another Snow Day in Iowa today. This household is ready to return to its normal routine. I tackled another "project" today. I went on the hunt for some bowls and lids! Well.....This is what I found-
I had lids, lids, and lids. But, where are my bowls? I guess I'm now on a hunt! I'm thinking I may have to check a couple bedrooms in the house. 20 and 16 year olds like to "drag" bowls around, right?  Is it just this house, or do the lids seem to accumulate more than the bowls do? These Snow Days drive this Mom to dig into the cupboards....Lord only knows next week what we will find! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ummm...Wally- This Is Yours!

OK~  Wally likes the roof....and the couch! So, what's the deal? It's VERY cold  in Iowa - Winter is here and he won't touch this!
I seriously don't think it's adventurous enough for him...

He'd rather be bumming a ride.......climbing roofs.......He's NOT about being cozy!  But Wait....
Wally will gladly cozy up on the couch with a kid in a Horse Halloween Costume and Garrett! So....I do wonder- When will he think that new "warm" heating pad is a cool thing?  For now, it's very clean- I'd like the dog hair on that heated pad thing, as opposed to the couch! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bogs Footwear Review- Boots For "Outdoor" Activities

OK~ Old Man Winter returned to Iowa today! This is what Skipper thought of the snow.....

Now....I was kind of excited- sadly, more than him! I had purchased a pair of Bogs Boots and had not had the opportunity to try 'em out, until today!

I needed a pair of boots to tackle the upcoming Iowa High School Trapshooting Season. The season begins in March and the meets are usually very snowy, rainy, and muddy! So....I thought these were the answer!

These Classic Bog Boots (Mid Le Jardin) are a classic, outdoor boot! These Bogs Boots  are not only waterproof, but also protected with a microbe shield- designed to control odor, staining, and deterioration. I did have wool socks on (my feet stayed toasty) - they are supposed to keep your feet warm to cool temps of -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

My feet stayed dry...as we had lots of snow to parade through today!
So....If you are in need of a pair of somewhat fashionable, yet functionable boots- this may be the pair that you need! I like 'em. I was concerned about the ability to take them on/off due to my foot drop. They were a little harder to remove from my right foot than my left. The extra effort that is needed to get 'em off of  my right foot is worth the style and dryness they offer!

The true test will be when we hit the mud in the midst of the Iowa High School Trapshooting Season- And, I will let you know how my feet are enjoying the mud in these cute, little boots!  I guess I shouldn't say "little"- I do wear a size "11!"  Oh well......My feet will be dry, as we now have Winter in Iowa...lots of snow to plow through....After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I purchased these boots. I did not receive any form of compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine, and nobody else's.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time Changes Everything

OK~ We've all heard the saying at one time or another...time changes everything. Yes, it is true. Things look so very different after a few minutes, hours, days, months, or even years have passed. How often have you wanted to send someone an e-mail and saved it, only to return a few hours later and decide not to hit the "send" button? Yep, I think we've all been there!

Things change over time from a personal perspective as well. Think of the loved ones that have passed away before you.......The joyous times that were shared, the laughter and knowing that you will be joined together again! It's through our faith that we begin to realize that there is a purpose for everything in our lives. Thinking about the word purpose can be enough to make one's mind begin to spin! We are all born, we all live, and we all leave this earth at some point in our lives.

Today I'm reflecting on my nephew, Justin.

He crossed into heaven on January 19, 2005, with a BIG smile on his face! He was welcomed with open arms and we all find comfort knowing we will see him again! Those 17 years were special and I am truly blessed to have known such a fun, loving young man!

Time does change everything.........The next "time" you want to tell someone you love them- Do it! The next "time" you want to experience a new adventure in your life- Do it! The next "time" you want to eat butter- Do it! Yep, life is short- No matter if it's 17, 42, 87, or 93...There's always living to do! I'm thinking there is no time like today to life your life- Do it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We Have Snow!

OK~ I'm not usually this excited over snow....But, we have snow!
And this is the drift in our yard! Now, snow lovers would say this is absolutely pathetic, but I like it! Mother Nature has proved to be interesting in Iowa this winter! See all that grass? Yep, that is grass- this is January and this is Iowa! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, January 16, 2012

16 Year Olds Can Be Amazing

OK~ I've decided that my 16 year old son is an amazing kid-This is Why!

  • How I wish I could eat two heaping plates of spaghetti with sausage for supper and stay thin! Seriously, if I ate like this, I would be much larger than I already am! 
  • Sleep-What's up with that? This kid seriously runs on Duracell! This Mom needs her beauty sleep. The beauty of it at this period of his life, he does pop right out of bed, even for school. Clocky took care of that issue a couple years ago, remember that? 
  • He keeps our two dogs entertained- I love that! These two are so lost when he's at school!
  • And I love the fact that he's not afraid to attack a critter....Yep, that would be my son, Wally, and Skipper! From the occasional skunk, woodchuck, to raccoons- we've got 'em all!
  • He loves snow. Ever wonder why kids like snow and parents don't? 
What's so amazing to me is the things that our kids do and love when they are little, they still do as teens! They grow up, but they still have those "cute" little imperfections that we, as parents unconditionally love!

You gotta love the fact that a 16 year old can even say "Please" and "Thank You" occasionally! So, for now, this Mom's wondering when Netflix will go to sleep for the night...Tomorrow is a school day- I'm not watching tv, he is! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Power Of Social Media

OK~ Have you really ever thought about the power you have when you post something in Social Media? Several posts were shared throughout this past week, that I continue to think about. How about  the young    girls who were asking Mattel to introduce "Beautiful and Bald Barbie?" This will be interesting to watch!

And then there's a local gentleman who has lost more than 200 pounds, the old fashioned way in our community. He changed his diet~ Now- this guy has a story and I can't wait to see where Social Media takes him!  He has more weight to lose, and is an inspiration to many.

And then there's Pinterest! My oh my....Yes, I've jumped on the Pinterest Bandwagon. One person that I know commented that it seems to be a recipe exchange-at this point, he may be right. Most of my pins are recipes and the majority of the people that I follow are pinning recipes. And yes, I did try one of those recipes today- Can you say FAIL loud enough? On to recipe #2 from Pinterest, let's see if that one is better!

And then there is LinkedIn...If you are not on LinkedIn- Let's connect there! I have just really came to grips with the power that this social media outlet offers. Having connected with several people on Twitter, who in turn have shared how they connected with their current boss through LinkedIn- and now have a job- This tells me the power of LinkedIn is huge! We are all connected- from Iowa to Europe-Social Media has you covered!

The power of Social Media is changing how we live, the things that we do, and the places that we go. I'm guessing you attended at least one event over the past year, all due to a Facebook invite? I'm excited to see where 2012 heads in the world of Social Media. For now- I'll continue to check out the latests posts, happenings, and events in your world in 2012! I really do use Facebook kind of a like a family calendar anymore, anybody else feel that way? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Old Man Winter- Bring it On!

OK~ Here's my take on Winter 2011-2012 thus far!  Well......Old Man Winter, you have shown us your negativity (I seriously do not like those - temps) and you have also poured a few white flakes upon us. But, in all seriousness- if you are going to toss Winter our way...Give us some snow! Strange scenario this past week. Our two labs managed to go outside when the thermometer said 0 and bring in mud. With just a dusting of snow, I guess I might want to keep that crazy mop handy!

And yes- My feet will be armed for the upcoming High School Trapshooting Season in Iowa. I have purchased a pair of Bogs boots! They will keep my feet warm and dry!  So, Mr. Old Man Winter- I am ready for your Spring games (you know, I have pics of attending a trapshooting meet on May 14th, 2011) mud all around and snow flakes in the air!  Let's get Winter on the road, so I am not standing outside in snow, once May rolls around;  only mud! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Check The Ads Before You Visit The Grocery Store (Very Closely)

OK~ A reminder of why it's so important to thoroughly scan any ads before you hit the grocery store! I glanced through a couple of them and found some awesome Friday the 13th deals. So...off to town I go!

I was in one grocery store and saw Lays potato chips 2 for $2.50, a pretty good price. I will not pay full price for something that we really do not need. So, I tossed a couple bags into the cart. I got up to the cash register, one rang up at $2.50 and the other at $4.29!  Wow- I must've really misread the signage. One of the cashiers willingly offered to check it out. Well, the regular Lay's potato chips were $2.50, but the Honey Barbeque were $4.29- I said, "No, thank you. I don't want those today."

So, I venture on to grocery store #2- a mile down the road, so I'm not wasting a lot of gas driving around! These chips that were $4.29 are priced at $1.88! Yes...you read that correct~ $1.88!

Just an example of why it is so important to check out the prices BEFORE you hit the stores! With a price difference of $2.41, there is seriously no reason to pay full price for this item! Potato chips are not on my list, as I only buy them when they are on sale! So....a lesson learned~ check the ads! That's a lot of savings on one item. 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's Time to Clean Out The Lazy Susan- YIKES!

OK~ Admit it! You have a cupboard that you really don't want to seriously take a look at, right? Well, due to the fact that we had a little snow storm predicted (amounted to nothing), Blaine was home last night. Since he works in the food service industry, he is very much in tune to food expiration dates- I guess his Mother is not! After a couple minutes of digging around, he says, "Mom, I'm amazed we aren't sicker than we are!" I'm thinking, "What is he finding?"

He is taking this job very serious! OK...It's on to tackle this project! Some things that were in this cupboard had no dates on them. Blaine would say, "Another item. It's so old that the date is not even required to be on it!" Yikes......Can you say Fail?

This Mom was praying really, really hard that this would be the oldest thing we found! November 29, 2006 - Only a little over five years old! The tossing continues! AND- the oldest item we found was only almost eight years old, yes- you read that correct~ eight years old!

On the bright side, my soon to be 21 year old son says to me, "Well, at least there aren't any bugs in here!" Yikes.....I'm seeing a major shopping spree ahead!
I challenge you.....If you dare! Can you find something older than eight years in your lazy susan? I have a very bare lazy susan (probably for the best)!

So......It's time to plan that next shopping spree! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Drama Of The Coffee Shop

OK~ I'm hanging out in a local coffee shop this morning, surfing away. The table next to me is filled with three Moms, three toddlers and two new babies. These kids were all so quiet that I could not help hear the conversation amongst these women.

You know, since my youngest son is 16 1/2 years old, I am really not in tune to the "not sleeping" thing with a newborn baby. All three of these Moms continually talked about how tired they were due to their lack of sleep. Their problem seemed to be that when they put their kids into their own beds or cribs -the crying was non-stop. Hence, a night of toddlers & babies in their bed! Now....I'm probably being old schooled and thinking to myself, "Get through the crying for one night and life should be better!" My boys were in their own rooms, own cribs and managed to thrive. For those that want to have a family bed...Go for it, just was never the thing for our family.

These Moms were seriously wondering if they would ever get a good night of sleep. I thought to myself-NOPE! Get it now....When they get their official driver's license in their hand...that's when you enter the NO SLEEP ZONE! And there you have it- The Drama of The Coffee Shop: Take 1- After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, January 9, 2012

It's Official......Another Driver!

OK~ I'm not sure that I'm ready for this. He has signed on the dotted line, paper driver's license in hand, official driver's license to come in the mail soon! You know your son has grown up when the employee at the Iowa DOT says to him, "Is that you? Wow, you looked like a little kid in that picture from July 2010!" A wake up call for Mom too!

After signing his name five times..the fifth time was a charm! So...on to more adventures!  Woo Hoo- This Mom can hardly wait! Garrett is my responsible child (I keep telling myself this) and he will get safely from Point A to Point B. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mr. Chewy.com-Dog/Cat Product Review

OK~ We had never heard of Mr. Chewy until a couple weeks ago. Thanks to the wonderful folks over at Mr. Chewy, our dogs and cats were able to test out their merchandise. And let me tell you- the things that we ordered were a huge success!

Upon arrival, our dogs were going nuts- they could not wait for us to open the box.

This told us that the dog treats that were in this "brown" box were going to be a hit at this house!

             These were Beef Ear Chew Treats AND were devoured and enjoyed by our two dogs!
These Flossies were not only welcome by our dogs, but also us. A great way to clean your dogs teeth!

The website was very user friendly, and the product selection was very nice. With more than 70+ brands of dog and cat food, treats and supplies; your dogs and cats will be elated!  The prices were compatible, and the beauty of ordering through Mr. Chewy.com is the fact that your order is delivered right to your door step!

Our farm cats were digging their new chow!

They all ate quicker than usual and loved the taste of the Taste of The Wild cat food.

If you are looking for a convenient and affordable way to shop for your cat or dog, let Mr. Chewy handle your pet shopping. You can even set up a delivery schedule that works into your pet's needs. Convenient, Affordable, and Merchandise that your pet will love= Win, Win!

From the reaction of the dogs in this house....Mr.Chewy rocked the house (literally)! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I did receive $50.00 to spend with Mr. Chewy to complete this product review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


OK~ When I hear the words January- I think of snow, piles of snow, iced roadways, and general misery in North Iowa! Wow- Today was so nice out (again)! Mid 40's, sunshine, blue sky and you seriously have to really look in the road ditches to see the remnants of our lone snow storm of the season.

I am hearing reports of trees budding, which I do not think is a good thing. We have a few more months before we won't have a frost here, so that concerns me. I also love, love, love my lilac bushes. I love the color and scent that they throw off in April/May. So....contrary to what I'd really like to happen- I do think Mother Nature should probably chill down a little bit, so I can enjoy my lilac bushes!

If you are in the car wash business, your business is GREAT! If you are in the snow moving business..Ummm...you probably want to move out of the area. And, if you are waiting to use that new toboggan that Santa left a couple weeks ago....it's not happening here in the next week. With more than a couple months of Winter left- I'm sure Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve. So, for now, I'll enjoy these nice Spring like days! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Feeling A Little Older (Baby Passed Driver's Education)

OK~ It's official. Our 16 1/2 year old passed driver's education and has all the papers to take to the Iowa D.O.T. Strangely, he came if with his papers in his hand and says "We have to go sometime to get the actual license." I was taken back by this....He seriously could care less when he actually has his license in his hand. I recall that I could not wait to turn 16 and get my driver's license.

There's recent research that has been done, and it shows that teens prefer cell phones over cars- this Mom believes that. I would go so far as to say that teens prefer TECH over cars. Technology puts them in contact with their friends 24/7 through Facebook & Twitter. For whatever reason Garrett still has no desire to drive, but in due time I am sure he will want to.

So....next week, one day, we will venture to the Iowa D.O.T.- Still hard to believe that he is old enough to be driving! Where did all of those years go? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, January 5, 2012


 OK~ We played the board game Imaginiff on Christmas Eve. This was a card that came up in regards to ME- What choice do you think I made?

 Can you believe that my boys (all three of them) said Fine scotch and a cigar! I, of course, chose #5! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Iowa Caucus 2012

OK~ I attended the Iowa Caucus tonight and let me tell you about my experience! I love the fact that Iowa is true grass roots and we can chat about the candidates amongst our neighbors- An interesting time for this Iowa Mom.

I left home about 6:20 p.m.- as all of the news outlets had said that it was important to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to be sure you were registered and could participate at 7:00 p.m. I arrived at my destination (or so I thought) and saw NO lights on in the Rockwell Community Center. Now, I do not venture into the town of Rockwell, Iowa very often, but this was my voting venue. At this point I called a neighbor and asked her where the Rockwell Community Center was located, as I did not see a name on the building. She confirmed that I had arrived in the correct place. She then told me that the Democratic Caucus for our township had been moved to Mason City, about 10 miles away. So, I said to her, "Where do the Republicans go?" She replied, "I'm not sure!" I was thinking to myself- "Am I the only person that does not know where to go?" There were no other idiots like me sitting in their cars in front of this building..Ugghhh..

A quick phone call to my sister in Minneapolis- she locates some online information and she has nailed down two possible locations for our township. I then head to the school in town, and she confirms this might be the location. Now- this Caucus thing in Iowa is a pretty big deal, and there are no signs- nothing to confirm that I am in the right location. I try to open four doors- I kid you not, LOCKED! At this point I am ready to go home...And low and behold, a young teen opens the door for me. I then wander into the school, yes this Mom was wandering........

After a little wandering I see a fairly large sized room all lit up and I asked if this was my voting location for my township. Yes, I had arrived. By this point I was not a happy woman....I did feel bad for the volunteers in this location as I was not one of their happy campers of the night. After I had "chilled" for about a minute I was asked if I had registered. Well...Duhhhhh.......Nope! Nobody told me that I needed to register upon entering and since I later learned I had entered in the back entrance, let's just say I kind of skipped the table.

So, I am now calm and ready to get this caucus thing on the road. I was given the sheet of paper to check for my name for voter registration. Yes, I am a registered voter in the state of Iowa, as I did vote in the last school election, a few months ago. So, there should NOT be a problem. Well, wrong! My name and my husband's names are no where to be found on this form. Now I am informed that I need to reregister as a voter in the state of Iowa- OK, I do get it....I am probably an Independent voter and not on the Republican list. I fill out the paperwork and what's scary to me.....I was not asked for any identification. Now let me just say that I had met these people at this caucus event 10 minutes ago, and I do not know these people running the show here.

7:00 p.m. rolls around. At this point I am wondering how many people have showed up at the "wrong" location and just went back home. All in all a fairly good turnout for three townships, at least I thought so. The Iowa Caucus is now in session. I recall a caucus being a time to share your candidates views, etc. We were given our voting forms and told to vote. I'm thinking to myself.....this is not how I remember a caucus was. We all vote......Votes are ready to be tallied.

The person in charge announces that there has been a mistake, as people were not given the chance to speak on behalf of a candidate of choice. So...after much discussion- the first votes were torn up- by this point, my brain is spinning! Each candidate has their name read and there are people that want to speak for some of the candidates (this is what makes this a grass roots event). So, it's a good thing those original votes were tossed out.

We have great discussion......we vote - again! This time all is good.........The votes are tallied and let me share that in this small group of rural Iowa folks, it's a close race folks. Here's the break down- Romney (8), Paul (8), Gingrich (10), Perry (3), Santorum (9), Bachmann (8). I found these numbers amazing- All very close.........

The lessons I learned while caucusing in Iowa

  •  Next time I will confirm my voter location before I head out, not one week before. 
  •  Next time I will make sure I am registered in the party that I want to vote for at least a month before.
  • Next time I will volunteer to help out at the caucus site. I cannot handle all the disorganization, so I will step up to the plate and help out next time.
So you see, I have a lot of next times- A fun time caucusing in the great state of Iowa! Next time the process will be an event that I actually enjoy! This Mom refuses to accept the disorganization that I experience tonight. I truly understand why people stay home and refuse to participate...So, Next time will be a much better experience for all. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Shoplet.com Review: Swingline SmartTouch Stapler & Swingline Premium Chisel Point Staples Review

OK~ It's that time of year when papers begin to pile up. My life just got a little easier when I reached for the  Swingline SmartTouch Stapler. This stapler is not only easy on the hands, but also easy on the eyes. With one small click, you will have easily organized up to 25 pages of paper. It's important to remember that Swingline Staplers prefer standard premium staples.

I loved the fact that papers were stapled with a slight touch of the stapler. I wish this Swingline Smart Touch Stapler was a little more quiet. Due to the fact that Swingline Premium Chisel Point Staples are used with this stapler, I'm not sure if metal can be more quiet. The staples are strong and definitely pull everything together with a slight touch. This particular stapler is also not met for portability, so keep that in mind. It's great to keep at your desk, and tackles big projects with a minimal amount of effort.

These two user friendly products are available at Shoplet.com . The ergonomics of this Swingline Smart Touch Stapler are very good, as your hand grasps right around the actual stapler. This would be a great stapler for someone with arthritic hands, as well.

The QuickLoad feature worked great for someone like me, that does not have a mechanical mind. I am the type of person that usually needs a step by step guide to get a project completed. And another plus, there was not a chance that I would staple my finger while loading this up! And another cool thing, the box to store the staples in is very sturdy and even reusable.

With numerous office supplies to choose from, this Swingline SmartTouch Stapler will make your life a little easier. With tax time quickly approaching, summer camp registration forms arriving soon, as well as  those day to day forms that we, as parents are always having to fill out; the Swingline Smart Touch Stapler is going to keep you on top of all of it!

So..for now, I'll be reaching for the Swingline SmartTouch Stapler and know that it will take minimal effort to get all of those paper jobs done! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*The products mentioned above were sent to me for review purposes by Shoplet. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Has Arrived

OK~ It's a New Year- 2012 is here! It's really amazing how fast time goes- Doesn't it seem like yesterday we were ringing in 2011? That magical word called "time" that keeps on going- faster and faster each year. I can recall in the era of the 90's we were all talking about y2k and how things would change.

Now, looking back- things have changed a lot in that time frame. An iPod...We had no idea the word "iPod" when be in our everyday vocabulary in the year 2012. Tablets- Just a few years ago when we mentioned the word tablet, we immediately thought of a 70 page "tablet" with actual paper in it.

Time keeps on marching along- I keep marching along as well. Although, I must say that during the beauty of all of this aging stuff... It's fun to see my nieces and nephews grow up, while I do NOT age one bit! Yikes.....my "baby"- yes, my little boy will be entering the last semester of his Junior year in High School. That to me just seems impossible, but it is what it is! I'm holding on to the little boy in him as long as I can. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?