Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wally Is Ready To Go

OK~ Wally loves a truck. He even loves a truck when there is a cover on the back. He would stay back here for hours if he could. Do your pets like trucks? The most difficult part is getting Wally out of the back of a truck. It's never easy. It takes a lot of dog treats and a lot of bribing! Yep, that would be our family dog Wally. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Conversations In A Hospital Waiting Room

OK~ The conversations in a hospital waiting room are very interesting. For the past two days I have spent hours in a cozy waiting room at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Many of us have a lot in common. We are all caring people, enjoy sharing our life stories, and even find it helpful to cry on the shoulder of a stranger. But wait, there are no strangers in a hospital waiting room. Just another adventure in the life of this Iowa Mom. Prayers would be appreciated. My Dad is currently fighting for his life in the hospital. Prayer warriors, I appreciate you! After All, It's All In  a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Time For a 10:30 P.M. Snack

OK~ With a 17 year old boy in the house the question usually arises late in the evening such as, "What do you have to eat?" Quite often this is served!

Often times eight are not enough and he wanders back to the kitchen. It is up to him to dig more chicken nuggets out of the freezer, toss them into the microwave and eat. Thinking back to my teenage years, I don't recall eating chicken nuggets or anything heated at 10:30 p.m. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence at this house. Good or Bad, I'm not sure. After he is done with these, it is not uncommon to find him with a bag of grapes or a bowl of mandarin oranges. I am thinking this kid that is 6' 3" tall must be hitting a lot of growth spurts lately. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How Does Your Closet Space Compare?

OK~ I really do wonder if anyone else is dealing with this issue.

Yes, those are my clothes that were hung nicely in the closet. Would someone enlighten me as to why anyone else in my home would think this is OK?  Really, hangers and all! I went to hang them back up and the bar that they were hanging on is no longer in the closet either. Seems to me that this Mom needs to find a new place to hang her clothes. Ugggghhhhhhhh- the outdoor gear now takes precedence over Moms clothes. If I have any say in this, the outdoor gear will have a new location, not my clothes. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

TV In The Year 2012

OK~ I will admit that I do enjoy The Food Network and Brady Bunch, Andy Griffith, and Little House On The Prairie re-runs. My boys could care less about these shows. Back in the day when these television shows were popular, our lives seemed much simpler.

TV is so much different today. Reality tv is everywhere. I enjoy reality tv, but it fails to send a message that the tv shows of yesterday did. With reality tv, our kids see people struggling with weight, racing around the world, and even trying to survive! Yep, I enjoy these tv shows on an occasional basis, but from a parental point of view, these shows (in my opinion) do not represent real life.

Charles Ingalls brought compassion to the living rooms of many families in the 1970's. Carol Brady offered insight into bringing up kids, in a blended family, in the 1970's as well. Andy Griffith showed us how law enforcement worked in the quiet town of Mayberry. I wonder if there are any towns left that offer the solitude that Mayberry did?

If I had younger children in my house, I would struggle with what to allow them to watch. The good old family viewing hour no longer exists, and cartoons play 24/7. I loved Saturday mornings as a child, as the cartoons were something I looked forward to. Time to roll with the changes and hope that our kids of today will embrace the good old classics like this Mom has! by the way, I wonder what the classics will be in twenty years, any thoughts? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

King's Pointe Waterpark Resort: Lakeside, Fun, Family Entertainment In Iowa

Welcome to King's Pointe

OK~ King's Pointe located in Storm Lake, Iowa is was one of Iowa's best kept secrets until now. The word is out, this waterpark resort simply rocks! Here is what my family and I experienced in our two nights and three days here.

An Out-Door Water Park With Twists and Turns

The waterpark was fun, exciting and clean. And the really cool thing is the fact that this amazing waterpark is located in Western Iowa. Strategically located a few hours from Sioux Falls, Des Moines, Omaha and all the areas in between. When you stay on the property, your water park entrance fees are included in your resort fees. You can also purchase a one day pass and/or season passes.

Beautiful Storm Lake

The view from our room was beautiful. I had to keep reminding myself that I really was in Iowa.

A Tasty Rib-Eye From The Regatta Grille

The Regatta Grille offers lake side dining. Our waitress was speedy and our food was just fabulous. Our plates were full and our meals were cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend that you treat your family to a meal at the Regatta Grille at King's Pointe Resort. I would recommend reservations if you are dining after 7:00 p.m., as the wait time appeared to be quite long after the evening got rolling.

The In-Door Water Park Provided Twists And Turns For The Whole Family

And I cannot forget to share this with you. An indoor water park, as well as an outdoor water park are both on the property. How cool is that? The older I get the less I like the smell of an indoor water park area, as the chloroine smell is usually quite strong. I found the smell here to be somewhat strong, but not overwhelming. The little kids splashing around did not seem to mind at all. This resort will keep you and your family hopping!

The summer 2012 season is wrapping up at King's Pointe Resort. Now would be the perfect time to plan your visit for 2013. Stay tuned......this is only a glimpse into what King's Pointe Waterpark Resort has to offer. I do have much more to share! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

 My family and I were guests on the property in August of 2012. We did receive a $50 Credit Via a Gift Card for the Regatta Grille For Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner. We did also receive two nights lodging in a Family Queen Suite Room Which Features Two Queen Beds and a Queen Size Fold out Sofa. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fresh, Home-Made Garden Salsa Right Out Of An Iowa Garden

OK~ Our garden has been successful. It has been a pleasure to watch these tomatoes ripen!

Iowa Garden Tomatoes
The tomatoes continue to flourish and I'm loving this!

Fresh Home-Made Garden Salsa
Home made Salsa! My In-Laws make the best fresh, garden salsa. Do not ask me for the recipe, as I do not know it. I can tell you that each batch takes on its own flavor, so there really is no need for a recipe. Of all the batches that have been made, each recipe is unique! Gotta love that. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back To School With Tiny Prints: $50 Gift Code Giveaway

OK~ School bells are ringing and it is time to hit the books. Tiny Prints offers solutions for your active family to survive the 2012-2013 school year.

Paper Notebooks are sure to help you keep your day to day activities in check. Fun colors, custom designs, and designed for on the go families.

Design Your Own Notebook Through Tiny Prints

All classrooms tend to have students with allergies. The Gluten and Food Allergy Cards that Tiny Prints Offers are not only fun, but also very useful. The allergy, description of what needs to be done, and emergency contact information is all on these handy cards.

A Simple To Use Allergy Card Through Tiny Prints
Lunch Box Notes, Custom Stickers and Labels, Teacher Stationery, and Mom Contact Cards are other handy items to assist you in your Back To School Routine. Want to learn more about Tiny Prints and how other parents are using Tiny Prints to their benefit? Join @ResourcefulMom for a Twitter Party on Tuesday, August 21st from 1-2 pm PT/4-5m ET, accompanied with awesome prizes! RSVP today and join in the fun!

And there is more! Tiny Prints is offering a $50 Tiny Prints Gift Code (promo code includes free standard shipping, but excludes calendars, photo books, Erin Condren notebooks and planners, and gift certificates). Go ahead and enter, as you may win!
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* I did receive one $50 Gift Code for my personal use. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Volunteerism~ Are You Doing Your Part?

OK~ Today I am struggling with the word volunteer. When it comes to volunteering, why is it that the same parents are the ones to make everything click? Looking back to the days of the 1970's and 1980's they really are not a lot different.  My parents were the youth group leaders, the 4-H leaders, PTA members, the treat organizers, the sunday school teachers, as well as the bus drivers for many events. Maybe that is why that in the year 2012, I am reflecting on what this household has done through the years.

We have been actively involved in the PTO, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, soccer coaching, t-ball coaching, Sunday School, Church Youth Group- yeah, you get the picture. Basically, if we have wanted any type of successful program for our boys we had to step up to the plate to see that it happened. And after 18 years, this Mom is ready to let others step up. It is easy to say, "Ah yeah, they are replaceable." And you know what? What is really, really sad- is that a couple of the things we stepped down from are no longer around for younger kids to participate in.

If everyone stepped up and did their little part, things would all click a little easier. The poorest excuse this Mom has ever heard is a common one, "I don't bake!" Hello-------this is the 21st Century, that is why so many stores have built in bakeries. It is very easy to swing by a grocery store and pick up a couple dozen cookies- seems like a no brainer to me. And you know what, I am not a "star" baker, yet have managed to provide baked goods.

With a new school year approaching. Will you be doing your little part to make everyone's job a little easier? Or, will you let someone else step up to fill in for you? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sara Inspired Me And I Know She Will Inspire You

OK~ Many of you know that I hit the YMCA 5-6 days a week, usually over the lunch hour. A few weeks ago I was so blessed to meet a gal named Sara. Let me share with you how we met. I really feel we met because we were destined to meet each other.

I was on a treadmill watching the news and I glanced acroos the aisle. I saw a young lady trying really, really hard to perfect each step she took on the treadmill. As I looked over at her, it took me back to almost six years ago. Six years ago I was in her shoes. I was struggling to walk, working hard on the exercise machines, doing my exercises and making every step count.

So, of course, the social part of me had to come out. I asked her if she had been through back surgery. She said, "No, I was in a car accident." I told her that I could really relate to what she was going through. I shared with her that my right foot is dropped and I understood how hard she was working. My ordeal was much different than hers, but I quickly learned we had a lot in common.

I knew that we had to get to know each other, so we met a few weeks later at a local coffee shop. Sara brought pictures of the car accident that happened on March 19, 2007. The vehicle that she was riding in was involved in a head on collision with a semi. When I looked at these photos, my heart fell to a new low. She had been through a very, very traumatic experience.

She had suffered a broken foot, a broken pelvis, a fractuerd right eye socket, a spinal lesion, broken nose, brain injuries and her right side was paralyzed. She and her family also mourned the loss of James' grandmother, Jill Larson; who parished in the accident.

She spent more than 30 days in a coma. Me being the curious person that I am, I asked her what she recalled about being in a coma. She said that it is true that you can hear what is going on around you, as she recalls people talking and crying. She really feels that the love that her family had for her and God's will for her to be around, brought her out of her coma a couple months later. In regards to her memory of the actual accident, she only remembers what she has been told.

Sara was a newlywed at the time and remians happily married to her husband, James.The ironic thing, her name is Sara Ann (just like me) and she lives about three miles from me in the country. Here in Iowa, three miles in the country is a neighbor! We both have foot drops. We shared ideas on how to deal with our nerve issues that we both experience. We also shared exercises that we both do to help us get through each day. Sara is 27 years old and was born the year that I graduated from high school- and somehow, we found each other and can inspire each other to keep on experiencing life!

Sara has came so far and is a true inspiration! This gal really inspired me to keep doing what I am doing- yes, that means I need to continue hitting the gym. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but Sara and I both know that it is so important to live your life to the fullest each day, as life can change in the blink of an eye.

There is something about connecting with a person that is dealing with the same issues you are. We both feel that many Doctors do not understand our issues, so having each other, is a win-win situation. Sara's advice to everyone is, "Laughter is the best thing for you. It is the best medicine. It lifts your spirit up!" After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, August 17, 2012

An Iowa Road In August

OK~ Here is the view I have today. How does yours compare? The latest rains have helped in regards to the soybeans, but not so much for the corn fields around us.

The road ditches have remained somewhat green, and the weeds have had no problems thriving throughout the dry summer. The colors of fall remain to be seen. Several trees are beginning to lose their leaves and it looks like in about two weeks the combines will be rolling here in North Central Iowa. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum

OK~ When the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum arrived here, everyone was excited to check out the new vacuum. The most amazing thing about this vacuum was the weight of it. All 12.4 pounds of it, one of the lightest weight vacuums this house has ever seen.

I know these two details will interest you. The deep reclining handle allows the machine to clean under furniture, including beds and all types of furniture.

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum Feature: Reclining Handle

 The 3-in-1 Combination tool is easy to use and does not cause storage issues. Often times the attachments to any vacuum cleaner become overwhelming when it comes to storing the vacuum in a closet.

The suction that the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum was outstanding. With two dogs in our house, we were able to see all of that dog hair sucked into the see through canister. One simple push of a button and the bagless canister is empty and ready for another round of vacuuming. The canister could be a little bit larger, but that would probably add to the weight of the vacuum. Overall, the canister worked ok, as it was very easy to empty.

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum fits nicely under these stairs

The 30" power cord is a nice length. This particular model does not have an auto re-wind cord, but offers a fairly easy to use wrap around system on the back side of the vacuum cleaner. From past experiences, the auto re-wind system is often the first thing to break on any vacuum cleaner that this household has ever owned. The transitions from vinyl, laminate to carpet were all very smooth.

The weight of this vacuum makes vacuuming something that I can try off and on. Vacuums are hard on backs, and with my back issues; I am not supposed to vacuum. When I do vacuum, I often pay the price. The Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum is user friendly from the point of view that people with health issues may be able to maneuver this machine without a lot of added pain. As with any type of exercise program (including vacuuming) , I would recommend checking with your physician.

The suction that the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum was amazing. The vacuum really sucked and picked up a lot of dirt and grime. A vacuum that is lightweight, offers a lot of suction, user friendly attachments is what the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum is all about.

The Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum would also make a fabulous gift for any occasion. If you are in the need for a vacuum cleaner that actually cleans your flooring, the Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Vacuum would be a great fit for your household. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*I received a sample product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Miccousukee Restaurant: Frog Legs And Gator Tails

House SpecialtyFoods

OK~ The Iowa to Florida Road Trip would not be complete without talking about food. If you are headed to the Shark Valley entrance in Everglades National Park, the Miccousukee Restaurant is the ideal spot to grab a bite to eat. The restaurant sits a few yards from the park entrance.

The gator tail and frog legs caught out 17 year old son's eyes right away. There was no doubt in my mind that he would be adventuring away from the meats that we enjoy in the Mid-West.

Gator Tails and Frog Legs

The Indian fry bread appeared to be a popular menu item, as well as the Indian tacos. I ordered chicken strips, which I will add were very good. The boys ordered frog legs, gator tail, and catfish.  Our waiter was friendly and provided us with top notch service!

Dressed To Work While Providing Great Customer Service

If you are looking for a low calorie meal, this is probably not the place to stop. I must say we did enjoy a grease festival! The food was tasty, fresh, and food that we definitely still talk about. Here in Iowa, frog legs and gator tail is something that is just not anywhere to be found in a local restaurant. Part of the fun of a family vacation is tasting new foods and living to talk about them for the next 20 years. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hunger Games Giveaway on DVD- Ends on August 17th

OK~ I have exciting news for all of you. The Hunger Games comes out on August 18th and Mommy Bear Media has partnered up with us. You can win your own copy of The Hunger Games by entering below through All In An Iowa Mom's Day.

On Wednesday, August 15th, 2012, from 9-10 PM (CST) Join Mommy Bear Media and myself for a Twitter Party!  There are great prizes to be won, and of course The Hunger Games will be a highlight of the evening.

I hope to see you at the Twitter Party with Mommy Bear Media on August 15th, as well as in the drawing for your own copy of The Hunger Games! Go ahead, enter now. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thank You Mommy Bear Media for this opportunity!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Adventures of Baby Jaimie (Baby Jaimie Has a Crush) Twitter Party!


OK~ It is time for another fun Twitter Party! This time we are all about children's books. Jaimie Hope is the author of a children's book series, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie. Her newest realease is The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has a Crush.  On Monday, August 27th, 2012 from 9-10 P.M. (CST) we are having a party! Join us and meet the author, Jaimie Hope and maybe even win a prize. The story of Baby Jaimie Has a Crush is all about friendship and why friendships do matter in our day to day lives.

Random Winners of Prizes will be Awarded:
  • Two Mini Posters of Baby Jaimie Has a Crush
  • Two Print Copies of The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has a Crush
  • Two E-Book Copies of The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has a Crush
  • Two $10 Amazon Gift Cards
Be sure to follow @saramomof2 and @JaimieHope on Twitter. Tweet With the Hashtag #BabyJaimie during the party to join in the fun. If you are not quite sure how to participate in a Twitter Party, TweetChat is a simple platform to use. Key in the Hashtag #BabyJaimie and follow along.

Christmas is just around the corner, and Jaimie's book would make a fabulous stocking stuffer! 
We look forward to chatting with you on Monday, August 27th from 9-10 P.M. (CST). 

You must attend the party and be an active participant in order to win the prizes.
 An RSVP is not required. See you on the 27th!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Signs That Summertime is Wrapping Up

OK~ We have seriously had one of the hottest summers in Iowa that I can recall in a long time. This was the first time that I have experienced an excessive heat warning for five full days. Yep, five full days of misery. And there were days that were not labeled as excessive, but in this Moms opinion they should have been. Oh well, time to bring around a change of seasons. This morning we woke up to 45 degrees.

Summer has been busy here...............

Remember all that junk we hauled off? That was just one of our summer projects.

Loading Up The Beautiful Trailer

Then we had the tree trimming, lots of branches fell where they were supposed to.

Tree Trimming Was An Adventure

This building was due for a makeover - It all started when these boards came out of the barn. This is why it is good to have a 17 year old son around.

Re-Using Boards From An Old Farm Building From The Neighborhood

And now it's on to red paint! I'm thinking this building will look pretty darn nice once it's all painted.

Red Barn  Paint

Summer has been busy here. It has been hot. The lawn mowers have been quiet. The air conditioners are enjoying their break. The grass is just starting to take on a little green hue. We did get a 1/2 inch of a rain over the past week. It's really too bad that 1/2 inch did not fall a little sooner. Now we will wait to see what the harvest brings in Iowa. There will be a crop, but it will not be a very good one. Those that were blessed with timely rains will see the benefits in the grain tanks on their combines.

The school bells will ring the last week in August and it is hard to believe that this will be the last year that I will need to be concerned about when to register a child for school. Wow, where did those years go? Fall 2012 looks to be a fun one- Senior pictures are on the schedule, a new school year, lots of happenings with Social Media events, and I am sure the combines will be rolling a lot earlier in the fields around us than in the past. Are you looking forward to Fall 2012? I'd love to hear what you are looking forward to. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Valleyfair Amusement Park Offers a Day Of Fun In Shakopee, Minnesota

OK~ Valleyfair located in Shakopee, Minnesota, is the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest. Here you will find activities for the whole family. We recently visited the park on a Monday in July of 2012, and were greeted with fun all around us. One of the most noticeable things in this park was how clean it was. I quickly attributed the cleanliness to the fact that guests did not have to walk very far to find a trash can.

Trash Cans Are Strategically Placed
Admission to Soak City Waterpark, is included with your admission to Valleyfair. Here you will find water slides, a wave pool, and of course a very welcoming lazy river.

Ripple Rapids Meanders Through Soak City

The roller coasters are all around! The Wild Thing offers a 200 foot drop at 60 degrees and tops off at 74 miles per hour.

The Wild Thing Offers Three Minutes of Excitement

Planet Snoopy offers a wide variety of attractions that are ideal for kids that are 36-54" tall. Several of the attractions here are perfect for tweens. Tweens often feel left out when they visit an amusement park. They are often too short for the high speed thrill rides and often too tall for the kiddie rides. Valleyfair offers a nice selection of rides for tweens.

Sally's Swing Set- The Alternative To The Extreme Swings

Then there was food. Garrett ordered a burger, fries and pop. The grand total was $15.08. Yep, you read that correct. My suggestion, split this meal. The burger was good, the fries were plentiful and the pop was cold.

Coasters Restaurant Offers 50 Style Dining

If you are visiting during the week, I would not suggest spending the extra money on the fast lane wristband, which provided a shorter wait time. The lines on the Monday we visited were very short. We did not wait more than 10 minutes to ride any attraction. Guests can also save money on their tickets, by purchasing them online.

So, the next time you are planning a visit to the Twin Cities, make a swing through Shakopee and spend a day at Valleyfair. Your family will thank you and trust me, you will not hear, "I am bored!" You will hear, "I do not want to go home!" After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*My family and I were provided two one day park passes. We paid our parking, food and drinks. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Garden Fresh Iowa Produce

OK~ Our family has been blessed with a very green, full garden this year. Here's just a small sampling of what we harvested today!

Cantaloupe, Cucumbers and Carrots

And then this watermelon. This is one that seeded itself. We did plant our cantaloupe where the watermelon was last year.  We were blessed with this nice, large watermelon!

Watermelon chilling in the fridge
Two melons cut up and two nice sized bows of cantaloupe.

Cantaloupe cut up and ready to be chilled

Now the test. Our 17 year old son will eat a full bowl of cantaloupe when I have paid $3.00 or so for each melon. Will he eat the melon now? It won't get any fresher than this! What produce are you enjoying out of your garden? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Introducing You To Val Plagge- A Farmer's Wife That Resides In North Central Iowa

OK~ I want to introduce all of you to Val Plagge. I encourage you to read what she has to share and then go check out her blog. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? 

Val Plagge of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids
Ten Commandments for the Farmer’s Wife
When I am asked what “I do” I usually pause and have to think how I am going answer.  The truth is that I farm with my husband and father-in-law, I stay at home and watch my 17 month old son, I volunteer with several different groups that it could be a full time job, and I do independent consulting on a contract basis for leadership development, social media training and event management.  Maybe in the end the best way of answering that question is to say that “I’m a farmer’s wife.”  I mean a farmer’s wife helps on the farm, takes care of her family, volunteers in the community and usually tries to make some extra cash whenever possible.  When thinking of my life as a farmer’s wife I am reminded of a sign that my Mom had hanging in our kitchen growing up, “Ten Commandment for the Farmer’s Wife.”  I’m not sure where she got it from or when it was written, but I thought you’d enjoy reading it:
  1. Thou shall not sort cattle with your hands in your pockets, husbands and cows don’t like it.
  2. Thou shall serve meals which can be served 30 minutes early or 2 hours late.
  3. Thou shall learn to keep farm records.  
  4. Thou shall love the smell of new mown hay, fresh plowed earth, sweet smelling silage and the stinging sensation of ammonia in the sheep barn.
  5. Thou shall be inspired to see the sun rise and relieved to see it set.
  6. Thou shall learn to open gates, close gates and guard gates.
  7. Thou shall thrill at the sight of the bright new tractor and the birth of a new calf.
  8. Thou shall live close to God with the faith to cherish nature’s church.
  9. Thou shall cherish meals together, long waiting for the vet to arrive, and decisions of plowing up the winter wheat.
  10. Thou shall be exultant at the touch of a brotherly hand on your shoulder, the tender kiss on your forehead and those precious words, “thanks for your help!”
Val raises “Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kid’s” in North Central Iowa.  She wears multiple hats and loves being involved.  She’s proud of where she is from what her family does to provide food, feed, fiber and fuel for a growing world.  She blogs at and can be found on Twitter @PlaggeVal.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Social Media Platforms Offer Top Notch Customer Service

Customer service matters to all of us. Companies all around the globe offer great customer service day in and day out. The reason these companies stay around, is that they simply “get it.” They understand their customers and they know that their customers voices do count.
Social Media is changing how companies communicate with their customers. Never before has customer service mattered as much as it does in today’s business climate. Customers expect their questions to be answered and their problems solved. Social Media platforms offer customer service 24 hours a day, and customers expect top notch customer service from these social media platforms. It is of the utmost importance that companies hold the reigns and manage their social media platforms. 
The customer of today expects their issues to be resolved within a short period of time, 24 hours is reasonable for most companies. With social media platforms available to all companies, it does not take a customer long to seek out someone that will fulfill their needs. Chances are, if you cannot respond within 24 hours to a customer complaint; they will seek out someone that will answer their questions. 
Social Media platforms offer a terrific avenue when it comes to fabulous customer service. Millions of people are placed in front of companies and it is up to the company to provide the top notch service that today’s customers are longing for. Customer service matters and it always will. In fact, in a challenging economy; top notch customer service can be one of the easiest ways to build any business. One positive experience will often lead to a new client, so it is very important to embrace new customers and offer top notch customer experience.
By taking care of your customers through excellent customer service, your business will flourish. Customers do matter and it is up to you, the business owner, to retain their business through your positive interaction on Social Media platforms. Customer service matters more than ever before. I'd love to hear how a positive or negative experience on a Social Media platform impacted your future business with a reputable company, leave me a comment.

*The above is a sponsored post. I did receive monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Iowa Corn Field: August 2012

OK~ August 1st rolled around this year and this is a recap of what our corn fields look like. Notice how the bottoms of these stalks are brown. It is not usually until September rolls around, that corn begins to take on this color. Unfortunately, due to the extreme heat and the lack of rain, this corn will not yield a whole lot this year. This particular field represents the middle road of what is in our area. We have some fields that are greener than this and we have some fields that are browner than this. If you live near corn fields, how do they look in your area? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mommy Bear Media: Family Friendly Movies

OK~ Movies have been around for quite sometime and Mommy Bear Media is simply the easiest place to shop for good, clean, family friendly movies. The lineup of movies offered through Mommy Bear Media is awesome. You can find good old Andy Griffith shows, favorite Mom movies, and you can even find new releases, such as The Lorax. A nice selection of family-friendly movies for your whole family.

The Andy Griffith Show: Seasons 1-7

Reasons to take a look at everything Mommy Bear Media offers are:

  1. Once your movie is shipped, you will receive your movie in 2-5 days.
  2. You can only order G, PG, and some PG-13 movies through Mommy Bear Media
  3. You will not find offensive pictures and movies through Mommy Bear Media
  4. When you shop with Mommy Bear Media you are supporting a small business based in the United States.
  5. Family-Friendly entertainment is what Mommy Bear Media offers
  6. FREE SHIPPING- Yep, you read that correct!

Mommy Bear Media is having a Twitter Party on August 15th from 9:00-10:00 (CST). There are a lot of nice prizes to be won, so mark your calendars and join in the fun! 

Mommy Bear Media is also a supporter of bloggers like myself. I was so happy that they partnered with me and they paid for part of my way so I could attend the Type A Parent Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in June of 2012. So, thank you Mommy Bear Media for believing in bloggers like myself and being supporter of many bloggers in the blogosphere today! Since my attendance at this conference The Premiere Blogging Program with Mommy Bear Media has taken off like fire! Thank you to Mommy Bear Media for believing in bloggers, such as myself! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

* Mommy Bear Media did partner with me for the Type A Parent Conference. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Friday, August 3, 2012

King's Pointe: A Waterpark Resort Located In Storm Lake, Iowa

OK~ In a few days my family and I will be venturing to King's Pointe in Storm Lake, Iowa. King's Pointe is located in Northwest Iowa, conveniently located 2 1/2 hours from Sioux Falls, Des Moines, and Omaha. With both and indoor and outdoor waterpark, this resort is a 365 day of the year resort.

King's Pointe Waterpark- A splashing good time!

The accommodations at King's Pointe offer the conveniences of home. One of my favorite things is the fact that they offer free wireless interent. Those of us that like to stay connected while on the go, know how important access to the worldwide web is. From a cottage that sleeps up to 10 people, to a two bedroom suite, there is a room that will fulfill the needs of your family.

King's Pointe Resort

So, if you are looking for a last minute get-a-way with the family before the school bells start ringing; make your reservations today at King's Pointe Resort in Storm Lake, Iowa. King's Pointe Resort is also happy to assist you with your next corporate event, birthday party, or family reunion. With an indoor and outdoor waterpark, as well as a lake nearby, I am thinking the words I am bored will not be part of the vocabulary in this household while we visit.

A fabulous way to enjoy one of Iowa's finest resorts. Book a vacation with King's Pointe Resort in Storm Lake, Iowa. Your family will thank you! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*The photos here are courtesy of King's Pointe Resort. My family and I will be guests on the property in August of 2012. We will receive a $50 Credit Via a Gift Card for the Regatta Grille For Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner. We will also receive two nights lodging in a Family Queen Suite Room Which Features Two Queen Beds and a Queen Size Fold out Sofa. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Apartment Guide: Your Picks, Your Place Sweepstakes

Apartment Guide Offers Solutions For Your Busy Life

OK~ Apartment Guide has a cool contest going on. If you have not been participating the past few weeks, jump in now!  There is still time to join in the fun for an opportunity to win $10,000 to redo your space. If you are not familiar with all Apartment Guide has to offer, make a swing through their website. I do believe you will be pleasantly surprised! Solutions for your everyday life, as well as the college aged person in your household. Go ahead, enter today! Let me know if you win the $10,000 and what you will spend your money on. I am grateful to Apartment Guide for partnering with me to attend Type A Parent Conference in June 2012. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*Apartment Guide did pay for part of my way to Attend Type A Parent Conference in June 2012. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.