Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Is It All "Stuff" or Does It Really Matter?

OK~ We've been going through stuff lately and it makes me wonder. What do we do with all of this stuff in our lives? It's really just stuff, but then when I really think- it may be something more than stuff!

We came across several family photos and we look at them and say,"Who is that?" We are all guilty of not writing on our photos. The truth of the matter is- there will come a time when family members that do recognize the faces in the photos will have passed on. Are family photos family heirlooms? I would hope so. But then again, do I want this "stuff" in my house? The answer is NO! I have enough stuff already!

And then there are those crazy stuffed animals.  I am just as guilty of purchasing them and giving them as gifts as many other folks. The mutual decision is that these make great BINGO prizes at the local nursing home. I also realize that the folk that go visit their family member at the nursing home will say, "Yikes, not another stuffed animal!" But, in the grand scheme of things, it will make for a great BINGO prize and bring a smile to someone else's face.

The Christmas ornaments, Thanksgiving decorations, Easter D├ęcor, and even 4th of July decorations are stacked high in boxes 4' deep in a closet. Some of the ivy is very tattered and torn, which makes the decision to pitch it a rather quick one. What's a person to do with the painted Christmas tree ornament that is looking tired and literally hanging by a thread? What's the best option? Well, we chose to pitch it. We all decided none of us have the time nor energy to spend repairing it. After all, it would just land in another box, in a different closet, and become more worn.

How do you deal with all of the stuff in your life? Do you find it easy to pitch things or do you hang on to things for that "just in case" moment? I really, really don't want to be the Mom that hands things over to her boys when they are 40 and says, "Here ya go!" I want that stuff out of my house and into theirs! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Samsung GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Offers Families A Variety Of Features

Disclosure: I am part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program. I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's.

OK~ I have been using U.S. Cellular's GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for a few months now and it continues to surpass all expectations. Summer 2013 has been a memorable one and thanks to Instagram, I have an array of photos! Instagram has been my go to app when it comes to sharing what this awesome device has to offer. We vacationed in Colorado this past summer and shared photos through Instagram. Family members from all over could travel with us. This is the simplest way to stay connected with Family and Friends!



It is true that life's best moments happen when least expected. Just a couple days ago I found a Momma cat carrying a baby kitten around. The next morning, she had a grand total of three kittens near her. I, of course, took a photo and shared it on Instagram. Wow- talk about fun! People love to see pictures of cats and kittens. Summer on the farm, in Iowa, is extra special when new life can be shared through apps like Instagram. One follower stated, "Wow! Thanks for brining back the memories of my childhood to me with this adorable picture! Everyday was: play with the tame kittens or tame the wild kittens!" That to me..... says Instagram is rockin' U.S. Cellular's GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

While vacationing in Colorado I was also posting pictures to Facebook. I received four private messages. Each person was asking me what kind of camera I was using. I was using U.S. Cellular's GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1! I never edited one photo before posting it to Facebook, as I posted it straight from the device. The pictures were crisp and just plain stunning!

U.S. Cellular's Samsung GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, not only saves you time, but can make your life easier. I use a variety of apps and features including Instagram, Facebook, TripAdvisor, BigOven, as well as Google+ and Instagrid. TripAdvisor has helped us out in regards to lodging and where to find awesome restaurants in a specific area. BigOven has given our family a ton of new ideas when it comes to BBQ during Summer of 2013. The possibilities and uses of apps are endless. Each family has their own unique needs and there are apps to meet the needs of your whole family! With a new school year upon us, families everywhere will appreciate the numerous educational apps available for daily use.

Whether at home or on-the-go, U.S. Cellular's Samsung GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1 provides the tools needed to help create, discover, enhance and share life's Better Moments with your family. Embrace the variety of apps that are available to you and your family will love the new life experiences that they will provide.

Our family is appreciating every moment that we have experienced with U.S. Cellular's Samsung GALAXY S 4/Galaxy Tab 10.1. Summer 2013 has been a fantastic one. We definitely experienced many Better Moments due to having an awesome device in tow! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


My 181st Wordless Wednesday Post


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Why You Need To Rally The Troops Through Social Media In A Timely Fashion

OK~ Are you engaged on Social Media? Many of you are and some of you have chosen not to partake in this fast moving train. Here's some food for thought for those of you that are engaged on Social Media. I'm seeing something that is driving me crazy! So.... I thought I would share it with you.

First of all, do not expect people to flock in droves to a recently created Facebook Fan page that has a deadline for a vote in two weeks. The purpose of a Facebook Fan page is to build loyalty, connect with your fans, and engage socially. It is NOT to be used for blasting your agenda down your fans' throats. Think about it. That is the easiest way to lose fans!

I "get" the words call to action, I really do. But asking me to vote over and over in status update after status update will send me to un liking your Facebook Fan page faster than it took you to post that status update. Can you relate?

I really enjoy engaging through Social Media and I know many of you do too. For me it is about the people and the relationships that are built. If I ever get to the point where I am pushing an agenda or anything down your throats, please tell me! I do not want to be that person.

What I really dislike about these pages is that people expect action when a Facebook Fan page is built for a specific event, such as an election. The fact of the matter is that the people behind the scenes should have been educating people on this topic for the past two years on this Facebook Fan page. Just imagine the positive outcome if someone would just do their homework! Creating the page and begging for votes two weeks before is a major fail!

Social Media offers much opportunity for everyone, including you. It's a fun way to stay connected with loved ones, family and friends. It's a great way to learn about a new product or two. I've tracked this for the past two weeks and for me personally; I have learned something new in more than one tweet per day! Kind of cool, huh?

I do not claim to know everything about Social Media, but I can tell you this. If I don't understand something in regards to Social Media, I will find someone who does. It's all about community, building relationships, and working together.

So, the next time you are involved in a big event, embrace Social Media early on, not a couple weeks before you need to rally the troops.

BTW- I am really enjoying the pictures and stories of kids on their first days of school this year. Fun memories, but this Mom is glad she is moving on! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Butterfly Ministry For Girls: How You Can Help A Little Girl In The Foster Care System

I met Robyn at a Conference a little more than a year ago and have always appreciated her passion for helping others. She continues to surprise me with amazing things that she is doing. She and her community are helping little girls in the foster care system by using a historical, American Girl doll. Here's their mission and how you can help.  Robyn shares the details of the organization here.


About The Butterfly Ministry for girls
Helping little girls in the foster care system by using a historical, American Girl doll.

Mission
Our Ministry is based on the belief that children, especially little girls are of the utmost importance.

It is the mission of The Butterfly Ministry for girls to show comfort and love during what could be a difficult transition in young girls' lives.

This Ministry is offered as a service to our community and in hopes that using a doll will touch lives. We further offer this ministry to show these young ladies that someone cares.

Company Overview

The Butterfly Ministry accepts damaged, used or new American Girl dolls in honor of the Butterfly Girl. If they are in need of repair, they will be sent to the American Girl Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Cash donations will also be accepted to help repair dolls, or to purchase used and new dolls.

We also collect new and used American Girl books.

All dolls will be issued to little girls that meet the qualifications of The Butterfly Ministry based on need and/or agency referral. Dolls can bring comfort to little girls in times of darkness; they so often have to adjust to new surroundings in a short period of time.

Maybe your children or grandchildren once experienced the love of these dolls but no longer use them. This is where you can help. You can make a difference.

This ministry has been set up to ensure that joy is brought to the lives of others. We are committed to serving God and the needs of precious, little girls.

Have you or your business ever wanted to get involved with something worthwhile or that would have a positive impact on others? Here is that opportunity.

We aspire to provide comfort, love and prayers to these children. We can help strengthen each person's confidence and joy in Jesus Christ — at every point in their lives — and encourage personal and spiritual growth through prayer,

"Give a Dollar or Give a Doll" — because little is much when God is in it! Nothing is too small if you are giving with your heart.

Butterfly, you touched our lives and will not be forgotten.

Description

A little girl came into our lives as a participant of an on-going program at a local library. There we help to teach history with the use of the American Girl historical doll series. She was a beautiful little girl with brown hair and eyes who loved butterflies. This little "butterfly girl," as we called her touched our hearts and had a tremendous impact on our lives. She loved the American Girl dolls and the chance to interact with the characters and their American history stories, yet she never had the chance to have one of her very own.

In March 2011, our little butterfly died in an automobile accident. As leaders of the program, we decided to start a non-profit organization in her memory to give American Girl dolls to other children in need.

Think about this... can you help?

My friend, Robyn and her daughters have decided that we are on a mission to help this organization.  Along with their Girl Scout troop they are going to collect as many donations as possible and make a delivery to their new office.

Any donations can be mailed to:

The Butterfly Ministry for Girls
c/o Robyn Easlick
9 Anastasia Court
Easley, SC 29642

To learn more of this wonderful organization and their mission connect through the following links.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

There's A New School Year Upon Us And This Mom Is Doing A Happy Dance!

OK~ It's no secret that I really could not wait for those 13 years of school to end for our youngest son. He struggled in school and thank God for Trapshooting, it got him through. Trapshooting gave him a purpose and a reason to want to attend school. I am elated that I am done with the school system itself. Our boys had some wonderful teachers through the years, but I found it difficult to work with some of them due to the "protocol" that they had to follow. So.... I thought I would share three things that I will not miss in the coming months.

The first thing I will not miss is having to worry about when an illness would strike. Middle School was the worst. Anytime one of our boys was home sick from Middle School we had to haul them into the Dr. office for a Medical Excuse or they would have an unexcused absence. I will never forget the time that I took one of them into the Dr. office with the stomach flu. I was the bad Mom because I had exposed everyone in the office to this stomach flu that was running through our home. Well, I told the nurse, "Tell that to our school. I am here for a Medical Excuse so our son does not have an unexcused absence on his record, due to poor parenting." Yep, that seems to be how it goes - if your child is unexcused, it's the parents fault. I beg to differ on that- but it is what it is.

The second thing I will not miss is the atmosphere. I totally understand why there are so many families homeschooling their kids today- end of statement.

The third thing I will not miss is waiting for grades to be entered into the grading system. It was always interesting to me that kids could be failing a class when they had completed all of the work and turned it in on time- YET, the teacher never entered any of the grades. Thus, the grading system in place would show a failing grade. The solution from a Mom's point of view is: Enter the graded work into the grading system as the papers are graded. Now, not being the person responsible for entering those grades, I am sure there is a valid reason for things not being entered in a timely fashion. And we wonder why our kids struggle with meeting deadlines? Seems silly to me. Teachers should be setting an example of doing things in a timely fashion when they expect kids to follow through in a timely manner.

Be an advocate for your child as they venture through their education. If you don't, who will? That is the best advice two of our youngest son's teachers ever gave this Mom. Be an involved parent by attending Parent Teacher Conferences (I know they take time, but do it) and attend PTO Meetings (You will know what is going on). By being involved you learn who to contact when issues arise and it also allows you to get a feel for the happenings in the day to day life of your kids. So..... I'm doing a Happy Dance, as I continue to watch our two young adults blossom into responsible young men! Sorry to say it, but I really won't miss the school bells ringing in 2013-2014. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?



Thursday, August 22, 2013

School Bells Are Ringing And Clothing For Your Kids Does Not Have To Cost A Fortune

OK~ It's back to school for many families all across the United States. The first thought that crosses parents minds is simply, "How will I afford all of this?" We all know that our kids want to fit in and dress the part and the thought can be overwhelming. We were blessed as our boys were really content with a couple new sets of clothes and they were good to go. Our youngest was always happy with the "cheap" t-shirts that our local athletic store had to offer. Yes, we were lucky!

So....  what is a parent to do when they want their kids to dress the part. Here ya go- My friend Amiyrah of 4 Hats and Frugal has solutions for you!

Back-To-School shopping doesn't always have to happen inside of the usual retailers. Thrift stores can offer great variety when it comes to finding clothing for the return of the school year. This year, I've adopted a few new ways to shop for back-to school clothing for the kids. I hope that these tips will help you and your brood get some great thrift finds this fall, and beyond.

Tip #1- Let them choose


We've all heard the horror stories; Mom went to the thrift store to get our clothes, and she made us wear a paisley polyester shirt on the first day of school. Not cool, Mom! The best way to avoid this travesty is to provide the kids with their own thrift store budget (20 to 25 dollars), show them their section in the store and have them go to town. Besides the fact that this will be a great math experience (get as much as you can for the amount given, don't go over-budget, etc), they will be picking out their own outfits and will be proud to wear them to school.... Continue here.........

Thanks to Amiyrah for contributing to All In An Iowa Mom's Day. Connect with Amiyrah on Twitter, Facebook,  Pinterest, and Google+. Once you start reading her blog, 4 Hats and Frugal you will want to swing by on a regular basis, she rocks! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*Photo is courtesy of 4 Hats and Frugal


Monday, August 19, 2013

Giveaway: Nuby Children's Bath Toy: Whale Pail ( Now Through 9/2/2013)


All In An Iowa Mom's Day has partnered to bring those of you with little kids a fun giveaway. Nuby's bath toys are a huge hit with younger kiddos today- so take a look and enter to win!

As most of my readers know, I am a true fan of Nuby's bath toys.  Not only do they make bath time fun for your little ones, they always have mom and dad in mind to make things quick and easy!  As a Nuby Mommy Blogger, my children recently got to review the Nuby Whale Pail!


The Whale Pail makes cleaning up fun when your child's bath is over!  They scoop up their bath toys right into the whale's tummy!  And the pail has perfectly designed holes to allow water to drain easily away from the toys and then air dry.  This is what I have found to be so great about Nuby's bath toys.  They are always ensuring your child's toys do not stay wet too long, taking care so that they do not grow mold.  The Whale Pail has easy to install wall hooks, so that all of your child's bath toys can stay in the whale and hang on the bathroom wall.  I did not install the Whale Pail on our bathroom wall, as I was unsure how removable would be.  I personally thought a suction cup system might be better for this type of toy.  But, I find that our whale still drains perfectly with no problems after the bath.

We have quite the collection of Nuby Bath Toys!!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

How To Use Hashtags on Facebook

OK~ A couple of people have asked me what hashtags are on Facebook this past week, so I thought I would share a little bit about them. Hashtags look like this: # (The pound sign on your keyboard).

Hashtags are used when folks want to make something a little easier to find on social media networks. I am only going to address Facebook in this post. A great example would be when you are attending a local parade. Here in Mason City we have Band Festival each May.

I may post a status update of: Having fun at #BandFestival in Mason City. The thought here is that other folks that are attending Band Festival will be using that same hashtag.

In the graph search bar you can key in #BandFestival and would then see all of the status updates that had #BandFestival updates in them. If you are planning a vacation to Florida, you can easily search out #Florida. You will see all status updates with Florida information in them.

Maybe you are searching for Back to School deals. Just type in #BacktoSchool and you will find tons of information on Back to School. Or, maybe you are an avid scrapbooker looking for new ideas. Just type in #scrapbooking. Do you see the benefit yet?

Hashtags on Facebook area a useful tool. I have been using them on Twitter for  4 1/2 years and am just beginning to train myself on regularly using them on Facebook. Hashtags make searching online very simple. Try it and let me know what benefit you got out of using hashtags.

Just when we think we understand Facebook, we all need to learn something new. Hashtags are a great new tool on Facebook and it's one we can all learn to embrace. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Crystal Farms: Nibblers Cheese Snacks Review

OK~ I recently received samples of Nibblers that Crystal Farms recently launched. I loved the thought of a small package that was 100% real cheese. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised- these snacks were awesome!

Nibblers are packaged in 1.5 ounce stand-up bags and they are available in four amazing flavors: Smoky BBQ Seasoned Cheddar Cheese, Habanero Seasoned Pepper Jack Cheese, Chipotle Pepper Seasoned Cheddar Cheese, and Sour Cream & Onion Seasoned Monterey Jack Cheese.

Our favorite was the Smoky BBQ Seasoned Cheddar Cheese! I love BBQ and dang, these cheese Nibblers were super tasty!


Each of the conveniently packaged single-serve bags contain 9-10 grams of protein, so they're an excellent option for giving you the energy you need while snacking on the go. Perfect for busy summer months, and right into the busy fall sport season!

Everyone in our household was pleasantly surprised on how good all these flavors were These made for a perfect snack while boating on a hot, summer day earlier last month. 100% real cheese snacks that provide a bold and unexpected flavor in every bite is what you get when you dive into a bag of Crystal Farms Nibblers.

For families with kids returning to school this Fall, these cheese snacks would be a great addition for lunch. Boy Scout/Girl Scout leaders, 4-H leaders, Church Youth Group Leaders, and Sunday School Teachers will appreciate how handy these snacks are. They make for a health, easy snack; as each child has their own bag of Nibblers. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

For up to date product information, be sure to Like the Crystal Farms Cheese Facebook Page.

*As stated above, I did receive samples of Nibblers Cheese Snacks from Crystal Farms for review purposes. All opinions are mine and nobody else's. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

What To Include In Your Child's Lunchbox- Tips For The Busy Mom

OK~ Several of you have been asking for information on what to pack in your child's school lunchbox! Gwendolyn of Madame Deals is offering several helpful tips today. I hope many of you benefit from the following information, as there is a lot of inspiration in today's guest post! I hope your family has a great school year and packing your child's lunch is no longer a stress point in your day.

There is a great mystery about what to pack in a child's lunchbox. I think many moms are afraid that the lunch monitors, teachers and other parents are judging their parenting skills by what is inside. Having worked in my child's classroom and volunteered at lunch, let me assure you, we are looking but not to judge. We are looking to make sure that a child has enough to eat. So many times children come to school with not enough food. A child hungry results in a child having a bad day because no one want to work hungry.

Keep your child well-fed and fueled for the day with this list of what to include in your child's lunchbox.

1. Bottle of Water- it is true that most children like juice but this gives them a sugar rush and will leave them hanging when the effect wears off. Water is important to keep them hydrated.

2. Protein Snack- Cheese is a great option for this but if your child is the adventurous type then a hard boiled egg is another great option.

3. Fruit and/or Vegetable- This is where you can implement new foods that your child has grown to love. Carrot sticks and hummus, celery, edamame, tangerines, apple slices, grapes, and melon are just a few kid friendly option. Dehydrated fruit is also easy to pack if your child finds it tasty.

4. Main Dish- This is the time to get creative and have fun, but on those really busy days it is ok to throw in a Lunchable every now and then. Some of my favorite items to pack that my daughter loved were leftovers packed into a soup thermos, Silly sandwiches cut into shapes, pizza, lunchmeat and cheese roll-ups, and cereal (just give them $ to buy milk at school).

5. Fun Snack-  No child wants to be the one without a fun and non-healthy snack but you can choose healthy options and they won't know. Favorite choices are Goldfish, baked potato chips, pretzels, all natural fruit snacks, and yogurt tubes.

As you are packing your child's lunch don't forget to include a napkin, silverware, freezer pack and a little note. Nothing brightens there day than a little reminder of how special they are at lunch.

More ideas on what to pack in your child's lunchbox:


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Thank you to Gwendolyn for contributing to All In An Iowa Mom's Day! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 12, 2013

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Is Your Teen or Young Adult Moving To a New Place? Here's One Thing You Need To Know!

OK~ Another school year is quickly approaching and I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, this is kind of nice!" Both of my boys have graduated from high school and are now doing their own thing. So, this led me to think about things that your kids need to know about before they move out.

Once your teen or young adult moves into their own place, make sure they understand the parking rules. Many complexes have rules that even Moms have a difficult time understanding. If the rules do not make sense, simply ask in the office. Trust me, someone there will know.

How does this Mom know? Yep, you guessed it! Our son had his our car, at the time towed from his parking lot. You may be wondering, what does that entail?

Well, it entails a call to the towing company and the need for your child to dig into his/her checking account to find hundreds of dollars to get it out of the car pound! Short, simple and to the point- it is one BIG headache.

Lesson learned! Make sure you know where to park, where guests park, and if you need sticker attached somewhere on the car. Now that's another story. These stickers need to go in certain parts of the window, if they are stuck on the incorrect location; guess what? The car can be towed.

Sure seems complex, doesn't it? Make your life and your son/daughter's life a lot easier by understanding all the parking lot rules.

Oh yeah, and remember that car chaos we had last year? Well, our high school senior ended up purchasing five vehicle stickers for the high school parking lot. Each sticker was $5.00, so we contributed $25.00 to the high school parking lot fund. Hey, that sure beats the hundreds of dollars it may have cost to get it out of the car pound!  After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thelma and Louise Are Hitting The Road- Yep, That Would Include Me!

OK~ Summertime is here and it's OK to say that my summer is much different than it was 10 years ago. Ten years ago I was at the swimming pool each and every day from 1-4 p.m. with our two boys. Myself and other Moms often had the discussion, "What will we do once are kids don't want to come here anymore?"

Well, let's see. This Mom found Social Media and several new adventures along the way. Today was no different. My girlfriend, Laura and I hit the road! Yep, Thelma and Louise were out and about.




Laura put the top down and the open road was all ours! Iowa Cornfields, Soybean Fields, and the local elevator were spotted along our little road trip. Laura and I go way back. We have known each other since we were old enough to know who our neighbors were. Yep, she and I both live in our childhood neighborhood. She has lived in the same home all of her life. I now live a mile from where I grew up- and we now live 1/2 mile from each other.

We have both remained loyal to our agriculture roots. We appreciate the hard work farmers do and the food that we are able to place on our table. And yes, we both have gardens! Laura is my go to resource with my gardening questions, as she has all the answers. You see, I do not have a green thumb, at all! If I look at a plant, it can plan on being history!

So----- how do you unwind in the summer? I found a fun day out with "Thelma" to be a fun experience. I think it's also fair to say that "Thelma" enjoyed "Louise!"

A fun day..... Oh yeah, and I won't report that pedal to the metal moment either. Thelma and Louise hit the road today and had a ton of fun. Friends that go way back are truly the best. "Thelma" thanks for the fun day out- Let's do it again! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, August 5, 2013

How To Use Touch-Up Paint For Your Car

Best Ways to Use Touch-Up Paint For Cars

OK~ It's an inescapable part of owning a car. The mint-condition model you once proudly drove off the lot will eventually have some nicks, dents and scratches- especially if you live in an urban area or have a teen driver in the house. All In An Iowa Mom's Day has partnered with Nationwide Insurance to bring you this helpful information. It's up to you how you choose to respond. You can ignore them altogether, take your car to a body shop for repairs, or take a crack at using a car touch-up paint to take care of yourself.

The collision-repair industry is big business, generating more than $40 billion a year. Much of that is devoted to repairing small scratches and dents. Since cars are major investments for most of us, we protect those investments with car insurance from our preferred insurance company, so why not protect the car's appearance with a bit of car touch up paint? Here's a quick-hitting list to help you tackle it.

  • Step #1: Check your car's paint color code. You'll find it either in the owner's manual or somewhere on the car, possibly under the hood, in the trunk or around one of the door frames close to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Check with an auto dealer or your local auto parts store to see if they carry that color of car paint.
  • Step #2: Prepare the affected area for paint application by carefully cleaning and sanding it. Protect adjacent non-painted areas with tape.

  • Step #3: Shake the paint vigorously and follow the manufacturer's application directions closely. Proceed slowly, making sure to apply the paint evenly, whether it's from a spray can or applied manually with a brush.

  • Step #4: After it's dry, carefully wash the area and wax it, which will help to seal in the paint and protect against rust.
A few key things to remember when applying car touch-up paint:

  • You must always be carful when working around paint. It contains solvents and other potentially harmful elements. With that in mind, you should always work in a well-ventilated area.
  • You'll need to find a work area with moderate temperatures, since paint adheres best when the mercury reads somewhere in the 70s (fahrenheit).
  • Let each coat you apply dry over night.
With teen drivers and young adults in the house, we always seem to have a car issue going on here and there. The occasional touch up paint project is one that every driver can learn how to tackle. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kids Grow Up And The Vacation Memories Continue





OK~ We recently returned from a family vacation. I began to reflect on how different vacations were now that our boys are 18 and 22. Our youngest son traveled with us, and the cool thing about it- he could do everything on his own! And I will admit while he was growing up, I honestly thought this day would never arrive. I was taken back to the days where I had to be sure he had water, snacks, and clothes packed for the elements. We also reminisced about his encounter with a ground squirrel on the trail when he was really little. Let's just say he had to relieve himself and the little ground squirrel kind of entered his territory!

We ventured to one of our favorite family vacation destinations, Rocky Mountain National Park. Our boys have hiked since they were very young. When they were younger, we had several sessions of revolting while hiking on the trails. This time- our 18 year old son moved faster than my husband and I; and was eager to arrive at our destination.  I have to think all of those hikes that he did while he was younger were well worth our time.

This time our lodging consisted of a fully functional kitchen, running water, electricity, hot showers, a hot tub, and a fire place all with a view of the mountains. We have camped all 10+ times we have vacationed with our boys in the area, so this was very different! I am thinking our 18 year old son appreciated all of these conveniences at the end of the day. All the other times we have camped in the national park without electricity or a hot shower house. Our trailer did have a hot shower, but of course; we were all limited to how long those showers could be.

I am now faced with loads of laundry. Funny how that never changes after a vacation.


I will slowly dig us out of a week's worth of dirty clothes, as I always seem to get it done a couple days later. As I watched parents with younger kiddos throw rocks in a stream, I glanced over at my 18 year old, all grown up and he was content fly fishing. He had graduated! He was fly fishing, managing his pole and all the trees, clothing and fish that he caught. My, those years flew by!

So...... we are back home to the cornfields of Iowa, as we reminisce about another fantastic vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park. Do you have a favorite vacation destination with your kiddos? If so, I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?