Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How To Be A Rock Star On Twitter

OK~ I hopped on the Twitter bandwagon in 2009 and do not regret it at all! Through Twitter I have met many of you, online and in person. So, this brings me to what I am thinking about today. Many folks jump on Twitter and think something magical will happen. I am here to tell you, that you are the magic behind those Tweets! There is nothing magical about it, it's all up to you.

My biggest pet peeve is when I follow someone on Twitter and they have set an automated DM (Direct Message) to me. This message usually thanks me for following them; yet they want me to follow them on Facebook or vote for them in a contest. This is where I am so grateful for the Un-follow button! Yes, I do use it and I am not afraid to.

When I follow you on Twitter I am following you on Twitter, end of statement. I want to get to know you, I want to learn who you are and what your passions are. Once I know that we have something in common, I will check out your blog and/or website and probably follow you through other social media channels.

So please, be a Rock Star on Twitter by not begging for me to connect with you on other social media channels or vote for you. You know what? If you just let me follow you and get to know you, chances are that I will see that you are genuine and I will be more than happy to vote for you!

Five amazing people that I first connected with on Twitter were @geekbabe @resourcefulmom @TheOnlineMom  @SueScheff @RobynsWorld.

I do now know if any of these amazing ladies know how grateful I am to have connected with them, but I truly am. They showed me how to Tweet and continue to inspire me! And through this process, I have met a gazillion more fabulous people- all thanks to the inspiration of a few Tweets!

If we are not connected on Twitter- let's connect and start Tweeting~ @saramomof2

So friends- be a Rockstar on Twitter! Tweet with your heart, soul and trust me- good things will happen! You know, that's how I found a job on Twitter- through my Tweets and being myself online. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Family Reunions~Are They A Thing Of The Past?

OK~ I am thinking about family tonight while looking at our summer calendar. I found myself thinking back to the simpler times. Family reunions used to be the first thing that went on the family calendar, not so much in today's fast paced world. We took a little "extended" family cruise this past March, are smaller reunions more popular today? To get 10 of us on the boat at the same time, it took some major planning~ 15 months, to be exact!

Let's take a stroll back in time when the times sure seemed a lot simpler, or maybe it was just the fact that I lived on a farm in Iowa and my summer revolved around the crops. I had several 4-H projects that I had to kick into high gear once school was out for the summer. June brought a lot of picking up of rocks in the fields, which quickly transitioned into a lot of bean walking. Then the county fair happened the end of July, and it meant that we still had the heat of August to look forward to; which quickly meant lots of sweetcorn on the supper table!

An annual family reunion was tossed into the mix. There were no ifs, ands, nor buts, we all had to go. Families attended and everyone looked forward to it. The family reunions that we have recently been a part of are held yearly and every three years. The ones that are held every three years have much better attendance than those held every year. Due to my husband's work schedule, Sunday afternoon reunions are impossible for our whole family to attend.

So-- this leads me to where my thoughts took me. Is Social Media partly to blame for people not attending family reunions? Is it the fact that people work many more hours/days than they used to? Or, are family reunions simply things of the past?

Wondering if my boys will see the value of a family reunion in 20+ years. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Volunteers Make Our World Go Around

OK~ Today I am thinking about all of the volunteers that have positively impacted my family in some shape or form. One of my friends shared earlier on Facebook that it seemed like a volunteer position is more work than a paid position. That statement got me thinking. I began to think back to all of those hours that I camped under the stars with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I reminisced back to all those den meetings and Pack Meetings. They were extremely busy days, yet I would not trade them for the world.

There are many people that have volunteered their time in Sunday School Classrooms that my boys attended, as well as the youth group volunteers that shared their heart and soul with them. Without volunteers, our kids would simply not have the opportunities that they have today. I guess that is one reason that I have stepped up to help out where I have been able to. Kids need adults that will listen to them and they also need adults that will keep them going when they need a little "push" to get something completed.

Those Kindergarten days were fun when we made Kindergarten handprints for Moms for Mother's Day. Thinking back to this day makes me smile. I can recall of my son's classmates wanting to wiggle his hands because his Mom said he never sat still! Sounds like the average five year old, don't you think?

You know what makes a volunteer so special? The fact that they have a passion for what they are doing, they do not expect any money, and they enjoy being a part of the lives of others. Our youngest son is currently blessed to have ten volunteer coaches for his high school trapshooting team. These coaches are giving more than 300 hours of their time to inspire our kids! We are truly blessed to have such a great set of role models.

Without volunteers our world would simply not go around. If each of us gave a small amount of time to inspire others with our passions, can you imagine what we could accomplish? I'd love to hear how you volunteer your time and why you enjoy it? Is your family blessed with volunteer coaches, as we are? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Cup Of Hot Chocolate

OK~ Coffee is all the rage right now and I am not a coffee drinker. So, when I go out for coffee with my friends, I often have a cup of hot chocolate.

I must add that this cup of hot chocolate was absolutely amazing. It had several different types of chocolate in it and look at all that whipped cream! My favorite part about enjoying a cup of hot chocolate is the friendship that revolves around this chocolaty treat.

A cup of hot chocolate allows me to chat with girlfriends and talk about what's going on in my life. And, of course, my latest topic of discussion has been our youngest son's high school graduation. Now, thinking about that, it's been a lot of talk and not much doing- that needs to change quickly!

A cup of hot chocolate is a fantastic way to relax by the fireplace in our home. Due to the fact that we have had such a chilly Spring, the hot chocolate has been a hot commodity in this house.

Do you prefer whipped cream or marshmallows in your hot chocolate? I prefer whipped cream, but I will take a large marshmallow or two; any day.

So, the next time you need to share an event in your life, call up a friend and go out for hot chocolate! Trust me, I think you will be glad you did. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

High School Trapshooting Builds Confidence In Kids

OK~ Having been a Mom on the sidelines for the fourth year of high school trapshooting, I do think most people would be surprised at the self confidence that is built in this sport. For people that have never stepped foot on a gun club, this may open your eyes.

Our son is a senior, as this is his fourth year participating in trapshooting at the high school level. One of our first matches, four years ago; we crossed paths with another young man who had braces on his legs and walked with crutches, and he shot trap! This young man is also now a high school senior. What is so cool about this, you may ask? What other high school sport could he letter in and compete equally with his team mates? I think that is pretty cool!

I have observed very shy kids entering the program and now two years later they are the chatterboxes amongst their team mates. We, as parents, understand how important it is for our high school kids to feel like they belong;  and high school trapshooting fulfills that need for many kids today.

Our team is blessed with several volunteer coaches. They give more than 300+ hours to our kids throughout the Iowa high school trapshooting season. Our kids looks up to these coaches and learn from them.

Safety is number one, as it is in any sport. Kids that are participating in high school trapshooting know gun safety and how to be safe when around guns. High school trapshooting builds confident kids, plain and simple.

The other cool thing about high school trapshooting is that every single shooter participates. There are no benchwarmers in high school trapshooting. As with any other high school sport in the state of Iowa, shooters must be academically eligible and follow school "good conduct" rules.

If your school has a high school trapshooting program and you have a teen sitting on the sidelines wondering how to get involved, check trapshooting out! Visit your local gun club and meet some of the people that have a passion for the sport. Trust me, you will be glad you did. This Mom has watched her son's self confidence grow in four years.... worth every minute of it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shutterfly Best Ever Gift: 16 Oz. Stainless Steel Travel Mug Giveaway

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OK~ Graduation time is getting closer and it's time to start to do some serious thinking when it comes to those gifts. Shutterfly  offers a fantastic selection of gifts to rock the graduate's life in your world.  My husband and I are currently in the process of going through pictures of the past, almost 18 years of our soon to be graduate, and I must tell you- there are tons of them! Shutterfly offers solutions when it comes to what to do with all of these fun photos. You will be inspired once you check all of the best every gift ideas that are offered.

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Our sons mug will be very unique. His will have photos of piano recitals to many photos of high school trapshooting events. It's good to be well rounded, right? Would your graduate's mug have fun photos for a mug like this? I am guessing they would. Think of those cute pre-school graduation pictures to those "awkward" Middle School years, there's a lot of fun memories to share.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Yes, You Heard Me- My Son Is Not Going To Prom

OK~ Here we are almost through another school year and another prom season has rolled around. Our youngest is a senior, which is probably not a surprise to many of you that read my posts on a regular basis. Prom is tonight and he is not going. Many people have said to me, "What? Why? He has to go to his Senior Prom?" My response is, "He has no desire to go." Hard to believe this cute little kid is almost 18 years old! From Pre-School to 6' 3" tall!

As I am glancing through Facebook and seeing all of the stunning clothes that his classmates are wearing, I am thinking to myself, "He would look sharp, too!" And then again I think to myself, "What is so bad about him hanging out at home on a Saturday night?" He and his Dad are fixing something on his truck. I, of course, have no clue what it is. I can tell you that it involves a soldering iron, as we had to run to town to purchase one. The one we have in the house had mysteriously disappeared, go figure!

I do not have to worry about him returning home in the wee hours of the morning, or attending a party that he should not be at. So, in the grand scheme of things, this is OK.

On a side note, I must say that the photos that I am seeing, in regards to prom dresses, are rather revealing. I have seen pictures of girls from the Kansas City area and they were wearing long, beautiful gowns that covered their backs, bellies, and thighs. Ummmmm...... locally, I am seeing a lot of bellies, backs, and thighs. Makes me wonder if any school dress codes will matter.

There is a reason that God gave this Mom two boys, as I honestly do not know how a Mom of a high school senior could go shopping for a prom dress this day in age. I can tell you that my parents would not have let me out of the house with a dress up to my hips! My age is showing and I am thankful that I have a son that is hanging out with Mom and Dad on prom night. My pocketbook is also breathing a sight of relief. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition -Vote Today!

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OK~ Another school year is close to wrapping up for many and this brings a time of reflection for many of us. Do you have a favorite teacher? Many of us have one teacher that made a positive impact in our lives. I did not realize it until several years later, that Mr. Harmon made a huge impact in my life. He challenged me in my writing. I will never forget the day he delivered the assignment of writing about your first childhood memory. Wow, as a 17 year old, that was a tough one! Think about that? He really challenged us, as that is not an easy topic to write about. I loved his classes and loved the fact that he challenged me. And due to the fact that he "bumped" into my Mom a few years later in a local business and asked her where my writing had taken me, I am writing here today!

As a strong supporter of teachers, I am sharing the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks program with you. This program will fund 15 teachers to travel and to experience first-hand the subject they teach, enriching their curriculum and inspiring students to explore the world. Hilton Worldwide has long believed that the power of travel will bring people together and understands that teachers can have a huge impact in the lives of students. We all understand the importance of new experiences of opportunities and experiences when it comes to our kids and learning. What an opportunity!

A panel of judges, including K-12 teachers and other education experts selected by IIE, narrowed the competition down to 30 finalists from 20 different states. As organized as their lesson plans, the applicants mapped out their travel dreams by detailing creative and engaging itineraries. These travel dreams include discovering how Shakespearean theater resonates with different European cultures, and even learning how Shanghai became the global leader of math by participating in a week-long Math Olympiad program in China.

The cool thing about  this- 15 winners will receive a grant valued at $6000 to travel to a destination of their choice; in addition to the trip, each winning teachers' school will also receive a $2,500 grant to use for cultural activities or enhancements. 15 runners-up will receive a $2,500 grant for their school to use for cultural activities or enhancements.One winner from all submissions will receive a cultural excursion for their classroom valued at $1,500. And if you vote in the Teacher Treks competition, you too can win! 10 random winners will receive one Hilton HHonors Gift Card valued at $250.

You can vote once per day. For full details and an opportunity to vote visit Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks today! Be sure to let your local parent teacher group at your school know about this fantastic opportunity- this is a great way to bring excitement to your child's school. Don't forget to register to earn points for travel, as well! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It Only Took 13 Years, But It Happened

OK~ Graduation time is getting closer. By the time June 1st rolls around, I will be able to say that I no longer have a child in a K-12 school. For the past 17 years, my life has happened around school activities. I'm thinking back to all of those classroom parties in the Elementary Days and how much the kids looked forward to those days. Those were busy days for many Moms. Moms were planning games, organizing treats and making sure the whole class new about the party. What a fun day this was in 2006!

Garrett and Mr. Walrod (Best Principal Ever)

Through the years I have found numerous "late" papers in his school bag, party invitations to parties that have already happened, and even rocks! Oh yeah, you gotta love rocks from the playground at school. Thankfully I never found worms in his school bag. My boys saved those for the bucket at home. Yep, I found worms a few days old in their bedroom at one time through the years. I should state that I did not find them, I smelled them!

It only took thirteen years for this to happen. You know how those school pictures come home mangled and tangled in the bottom of your child's backpack? Well, this arrived fully intact, no wrinkles and looking great!

Class Photos of K-8
Yep, this group of K-8 photos that the school office had on file was sent home with the Seniors in recent days. Can you believe it? There are seriously no wrinkles, folds, or anything like that. Amazing, isn't it?  

Moving forward... I wonder what else will come home over the course of the next 30 days! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Career Goals And Social Media

OK~ I love the fact that we are all connected through Social Media. What I do not love, is the fact that many people think that it is OK to share things about their careers that are just flat out inappropriate. If you are a nurse, I honestly do not want to hear about how horrible your patients were. Social Media is not the place to vent about your patients. This gives all people in the nursing profession a bad name.

And then there are my teacher friends, and yes, I have many. I do not want to hear how you cannot stand the thought of figuring out your career goals and how your job is draining you. Seriously? Get out. There is a better place for you. There is a career that you can find happiness in and enjoy each day.

Teens and Social Media. Where do I begin? Well, it's prom season. Seriously think before you share your prom pictures. If they are photo appropriate to share with your Mom, go for it! If you are questioning what you are posting, do not post it! Should be simple, right? Unfortunately, it is not. Just last week I found pictures of students in a restroom in a public school in my Instagram Feed. Yep, teens are sharing and it is not always the right thing. Teens need to remember that their Social Media platforms are all part of their resum├ęs. Most potential employers will think twice before hiring someone that does not manage themselves well online. If a teen cannot manage themselves online, how will they manage themselves at a job?

So, my challenge to each of you, is to make it a point to share positive new through Social Media. Think before you post, pin, and Tweet! People are reading your status updates, tweets and believe me, they are analyzing your pins!

If you are doing something you love, work is not work! It's that simple friends. Fulfill your passions, reach for your dreams, and don't be afraid to ask. Remember, if you do not ask, the answer is always NO! Career goals and Social Media can be a fabulous combination, so make it work for you.

Remind your high school senior, there is one in this house, that they need to be sure their online presence is a good one. Their future could be determined by that "one" Tweet! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, April 12, 2013

All Four Seasons In One Week- Yes, This Is Iowa

OK~ I am reflecting on this last week. Monday started out as a rather nice day, with temperatures in the 50's and winds out of the North around 10-20 mph. This would be our Summer day of the week. Moving on to Tuesday- Spring arrived, as the temps turned down a notch and the large thunderstorms moved in. Wednesday arrived and Old Man Winter made another appearance. A few inches of snow and a nice layer of ice!

Thursday arrived and I suppose one could say that Fall arrived on Thursday. Cool temps, clouds and a drizzly day after the snow and ice melted. On the bright side of this, Iowa is special. We experienced all four seasons in the period of one week. And today it's a whopping 30 degrees outside, with a brisk wind!

It's only April 12th, so there is plenty of time for Spring. Last year at this time our apple trees had began to bud in March and were zapped with a hard freeze the first week of April. This season looks to be promising when it comes to an apple or two on the tree. The buds have not popped out, as it has been too cold. So, hopefully when they do pop out, the threat of a hard freeze will be at bay.

Did you experience all four seasons this week where you are? Mother Nature has been pretty wild all across the United States and Canada.

It's pretty sad when Garrett is still heading out the door to school in the morning with his wool socks and winter coat in hand, for his afternoon job. One would think that by the middle of April all of these heavy duty cold weather clothes could be packed away. Not the case in 2013! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Local Matters

OK~ The word local can mean many different things, yet in all reality it boils down to working with those around you. This can be sharing tips in regards to social media, attending a festival in your community, shopping in a locally owned store, eating in a local restaurant, or even attending a high school sporting event. These are just a few ways that you can see how local participation does matter.

When I attend a blogging conference I love the fact that those around me "get" me! They share the same passions that I do, as we all want to succeed as bloggers. When we reach out to others in our local communities, we are not only helping ourselves, but most of all; we are helping others succeed! What a fantastic feeling to know that it is possible to leave a positive footprint in our local communities.

Are you reaching out to those around you or waiting for that "other" person to approach you? Well, here is your kick in the pants. Get out in your local community and make a difference. Once you connect with others that "get" you and your passion of wanting to succeed, your business has the opportunity to make a turn for the better.

Local does matter and it's up to you to be a part of it. Jump in and see how far you can go. Once you take that leap, the open doorways are endless. Are you making an impact on a local level or are you waiting for someone to make it happen for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and what it takes to be a mover and a shaker in your community.

Local for this Mom in the next couple months will be attending Iowa high school trap shooting events, connecting local businesses with bloggers, sharing social media with local businesses, shopping in locally owned stores, and attending a high school graduation. Kind of fun, huh? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Value Of Pen And Paper

OK~ I was thinking back to the days when I actually sat down and wrote several letters to friends. Now with social media, it's just so easy to connect through all of these channels. I received a written letter from a friend a couple months ago and I seriously need to sit down and respond. Yes, I will mail her an actual written letter, in an envelope, with a stamp on it!

I love social medi and how it helps all of us stay connected. But, I can honestly say that I miss the days of pen and paper. Will our kids of today understand the value of pen and paper, or will it not matter?

My thoughts as to the value of pen and paper.

Pens are fun! I have several pens that I love to hold and write with. My problem is finding things to write about on an actual piece of paper.

Paper can also be comforting. Paper can be colorful, plain, or just white. When holding a piece of paper there is something about feeling a sense of accomplishment and a sense of direction. You know that feeling when that GPS tells you to go "that" way and you end up in the wrong area of a city? Yeah, like that. That's the time a real piece of paper, known as an actual map, would be really comforting!

Pens and paper teach kids how to put all their thoughts in one place. As I am sitting here typing this, I am wondering if a pen and paper would lead me to write better. I am putting my thoughts in one place, just not holding a pen and paper.

With all of our technology today, will our Kindergartners of 2013 need a pen and paper for their school work in the year 2016?  If not, does cursive writing still matter? I envision this being a topic at PTO meetings in the near future. Lots of things to think about when it comes to pen and paper.

For now, I will continue to embrace pen and paper. It's always fun to receive an actual letter in the mail, even though I get maybe one a year. Now, in regards to e-mails, that's another story. I think I have one box with 5000+ messages, yikes! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, April 8, 2013

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Time To Weigh In On Kids Coaches Parents And Sporting Events

OK~ The high school trapshooting season kicked off yesterday in Iowa, as we had our first shoot of the season. If you are not familiar with trapshooting, it's really a fabulous sport to involve youth in. I have seen first hand how it has positively impacted the lives of many teens.

While chatting with a lady from another school yesterday she commented on how nice the parents were at trapshooting events. Now, due to the fact that I have not had a high school student participate in any other sport, I honestly have nothing else to compare it to. She commented on how her daughter's 8th grade volleyball team events were very difficult to attend. She said the parents continually talk trash about the coaches and the kids on the team. I'm thinking, "What?"

She went on to say that every single trapshooting event she had attended with her son, who is now a junior, her experience has been the opposite. Parents are cheering on every kid, not just theirs, and supporting all the kids that are shooting. So, my mind began to wonder, why is this?

Five minutes later I spoke with another lady who commented that she was so glad the high school trapshooting season had started, so she could attend a high school sporting event without all the drama. Is a lot of this due to our culture or did I just run into some people that have had bad experiences?

My thoughts- Yes, we do have volunteer coaches in high school trapshooting, as most schools want nothing to do with this sport. In trapshooting there are no benches, as long as kids are academically eligible, they shoot. Every single shooter has the opportunity to win at each shoot. Maybe it is because kids that trap shoot have to be disciplined and focused. I'm not sure why this is, but I have been blessed to have a son involved in this sport that has taught him so much. He wants his team mates to succeed just as much as he wants himself to succeed.

I am not sure why the difference. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Are parents supportive of all the kids and coaches at the athletic events you attend? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

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The IonFlow 50 Style delivers with an eye catching beauty cleaner that brings you healthier air. Third part tests shows that it effectively removes the smallest particles that cause the most severe health problems. The Style model offers an unbeatable combination of efficient, silent, ozone free, energy saving and easy to use, economical operation that is at home in any environment independent of life style or interior design. It's a perfect balance between blending in and standing out. You can place it on the floor or on a low side table.

With it's handmade transparent acrylic stand, Style has clear lines and a slim silhouette that offers consumers a stylish alternative to industrial looking air purifiers. It has also been awarded prestigious international design awards such as Elle Decor Rising Start Award, International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) and Design Defined.

You can find Elitemama's past review on the IonFlow 50 Surface Here. Review shows the assembly of the product and how it works. Lightair Surface and Style models are build the same, just different sizes!


One lucky reader will win a Lightair IonFlow 50 Style Model air purifier valued at $495. This giveaway is open World Wide! You must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway beings April 7th and ends April 21st. Enter the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!
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Disclosure: (ALL IN AN IOWA MOM'S DAY) is not responsible for the shipment of this prize. For any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Elitemama

Friday, April 5, 2013

Blogger Opportunity: $200 PayPal Giveaway

Erica Start Walking is bring you an awesome Blogger Op to celebrate her 1,000 Fans on Facebook! I was so excited about this I could not wait to participate and share with my readers and give you the opportunity to participate as well. 

The 1,000 Facebook Fan Giveaway Blogger Op is sign-ups are now open! SIGN UP HERE
  • Giveaway will abide by the new Facebook rules, so Facebook entries will not get punished. 
  • If you do not wish to post the announcement you can pay a $5.00 non-post fee. 
  • You will receive one free link for participating, you can choose from Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
  • Additional links $3 each
  • Co-Host Spots are available for $15. Co-Host will receive 4 links in the Rafflecopter, one link in the giveaway post and one enter/comment on Rafflecopter .
  • Page Host $10 (reminder this brings traffic to you page)
Sign Up ends May 1st. Giveaway will go live May 3rd and last for a month ending on June 3rd. 


One lucky winner will receive $200 via PAYPAL CASH Open International 

The blogger with the most referrals will receive a free Co-Host Spot. 

Please send payment for Additional links, Co-Host Spots, and Page Host via PayPal as a gift to ericabodker@ericastartwalking.com (ericabodker (at) ericastartwalking (dot) com

Sweet Relish Is Rockin' My Texas Style

Disclosure: Sweet Relish sponsored me at Blissdom 2013. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

OK~ I introduced you to Sweet Relish some time ago and I have to tell you the more I use it, the easier it is to use. I spent six days in Texas in March of 2013 and learned rather quickly that everything is better and bigger in Texas! Once I got home I relished several of my favorite Texas items. My list includes many Texas items that anyone, anywhere could buy for me and I would be one happy Mom.

Go ahead, take a peek at my Everything Is Bigger And Better In Texas List, which item is your favorite?

I have to say that I am really digging these boots! Yes, these are on my list, I relished these immediately.

Women's Corral 13"Brown And Red Overlay Boot

Sweet Relish is simply a shopping channel that is designed to minimize returns and make your shopping experience a pleasant one. There are always a lot of fun, new, inspiring ideas on this awesome shopping site!

I loved Texas and everything it had to offer, the Fort Worth Stockyards were a fun place to be. Don't you think these boots would look sweet on my feet? They would make my next visit to the Fort Worth Stockyards a very memorable one. Hey, I would fit right in with the cowboys and cowgirls!

What list would you like to start today? Sweet Relish offers a simple platform for you to build your lists on. Start relishing today and your shopping fun on line will have just begun. I know Sweet Relish is sure rockin' this Iowa Mom with her love of Texas!

Leave me a comment letting me know what item you can't wait to relish! Better yet, have your child build their birthday list and start relishing. Can you imagine how much easier the birthday present shopping will be for their grandparents? An exciting platform, Sweet Relish, embrace it today! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Meet Michele Borba: A Strong Advocate For Families All Around The World

OK~ In March I was honored to have the opportunity to meet Michele Borba. Michele spoke in St. Augustine, Florida on March 9th. The folks that had the chance to attend this two hour session, were very lucky people. Sue Scheff helped organize the event and did a fantastic job at bringing the community of St. Augustine, Florida together.

Sue Scheff, Myself and Michele Borba

For those of you that do not know who Michele Borba is. Well, let me tell you, she is one of the strongest advocates for kids that you will find today! Michele spoke to all of us about bullying and how each of us can help. Bullying is a problem in our society and her belief is that we have to empower the bystanders. When the bystanders have the tools on how to stand tall to a bully, everyone wins. Compassion is something we all need to teach our kids at a young age, which will help motivate a potential bystander in a bullying situation.

The biggest take-a-way I had from this event was something that I wish someone would have told me years ago. As a Mom of two boys that have struggled with bullying, I do think this may have helped. As parents we need to tell our kids to look at the color of the eyes. You may be thinking, "What's that?" Well, when kids are talking to others, they will appear much more confident and taller when they look at the color of the eyes.

Think of a classroom. If all of the kids in the classroom were constantly focusing on the color of their teacher's eyes, it would be difficult for a potential classroom bully to choose one student to bully. When kids hold their heads high, they appear confident, which in turn; is a deterrent for the classroom bully.

If you happen to reside in the St. Augustine, Florida area, I would encourage you to attend the next session of the Community Empowerment Series, on April 27, 2013. Theresa Payton is speaking on online safety, this should be another well attended event!

If you don't think social media can have a positive impact in your life, I'm here to tell you otherwise. When I made the decision to hop on Twitter in 2009, my life changed, in a good way. Had I not hopped on Twitter, I would have never been in St. Augustine, Florida on March 9th, 2013. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Decked Out Dad's Day: Bloggers Wanted

This Giveaway Event is all about DAD!  Let's celebrate every father we know by getting the coolest gifts out there.  These will include everything from technology to sports or tools and of course manly pampering as long as its something dad would like!  Sponsors to be announced by 5/15.

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Sign-ups close 5/19
**The blogger with the most referrals will receive the additional links at no cost
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M.O.O.N. has now added several perks/discounts for frequent participation in our events but you must be a member of our Facebook group to be eligible.  Please visit the M.O.O.N. group if you are a blogger and would like more information regarding these perks and other group events.

My 160th Wordless Wednesday Post

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tiny Prints Graduation Invites (Giveaway: $50 Code Towards Order WIth Tiny Prints Now- 4/7/2013)

*Disclosure: I will receive $50 credit towards an order from Tiny Prints for this post and giveaway. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

OK~ It's hard to believe that our youngest is graduating from high school in just a few weeks! It seems like yesterday he was learning how to crawl, walk, talk, run, and write. All of those Cub Scout camp outs, church activities, and high school trapshooting events will be memories in a few weeks. At the age of four, he was curious, seeking new adventures and loving life!

Garrett on the beach in St. Augustine, Florida

Fast forward to 17 1/2 years old- here we are!

Tiny Prints offers a nice solution when it comes to graduation announcements. A high school graduation is just one of the many graduation events that Tiny Prints recognizes. With several fun designs, it's difficult to choose! Quality you can feel and beautiful trend-forward designs. Check out these trendy designs!

Tiny Prints: Glittery Year

Studio Basics: Damask Stripe

And how about this tri-fold? Spiffy, trendy and fun!

Tiny Prints: So Proud
Tiny Prints also offers a nice solution when it comes to customized graduation gifts. Notepads, mugs, iPhone cases, notebooks, and personal stationery. The gift of personalization is easy when you utilize the awesome services that Tiny Prints offers. I love how easy Tiny Prints makes planning for a graduation party. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

One of you will win $50 off of your total order at Tiny Prints!  Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Pinterest fans take note- Join in a Tiny Prints Pinning Party on April 22 at 2 PM (ET) in the hashtag #TinyPrintsGrad RSVP- Resourceful Mommy Graduation Pinning Party!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Lost in Suburbia: Tracy Beckerman (4/1-4/7, 2013 -Book Review and Giveaway)

*I did receive a book to read for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

OK~ When I was offered the opportunity to review and read Tracy Beckerman's new book, Lost in Suburbia, I jumped on the chance. I have to say that I am delighted to share, my friend, Tracy Beckerman's new book, Lost in Suburbia with all of you. Tracy is a humor writer and Lost in Suburbia is one that is sure to keep your eyeballs glued to each page.

Moms all struggle with being a Mom and the day to day things that go on in a Mom's busy schedule. This is a must read! Moms everywhere can relate to Lost in Suburbia. Tracy talks about the job, her kids, the burbs, city life, Mom jeans, and finding her mojo- yes, she got it back! I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, so take note where you are reading it. This may not be the best book to sneak into your cubicle at work. You will laugh a lot while reading this book.

Oh yeah, and if you have ever drove your kids to school in your pajamas, you MUST read this book! Pajamas, make-up, and hair spray are over rated, right? Mark my words, this book is going to be a huge hit.... it's funny, real, and hits home with Moms everywhere!

I'm thinking Tracy should move in next door to me. Tracy is fun, energetic, caring, and she gets it! She gets that being a Mom is hard work, very rewarding, yet she still realizes that Tracy is Tracy. If you need to read one book in 2013, this is it! Buy it and you will be so glad you did. And who knows? Maybe you will find yourself in skinny jeans and ditching the Mom jeans! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

You can order Tracy's book Lost in Suburbia through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Indiebound, Powell's Books, and Penguin.

The other cool thing- one of you will win your very own copy of Lost in Suburbia! Leave me a comment here letting me know what your favorite part about being a Mom is or why you think Moms are special people! Make sure I have your e-mail address so I can notify you should you win! That's it, very simple!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Tracy Beckerman's new book Lost in Suburbia. The winner will be notified through e-mail on April 8th, 2013. You can enter now, through April 7th (midnight) CST. Good Luck and thanks for entering.