Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Attitude Makes A Difference In Everything We Do

OK~ I've been thinking a lot about the word attitude lately. Do you ever think of your attitude or are you always thinking about the attitude of those around you?

Just today I was in a line at a local grocery store and not one single employee was smiling. I thought to myself, how sad is it that these people come to work every day and are not happy? I get it that some may have been having a bad day or felt under the weather. Seriously, life is too short to have a job that you dislike that much.

I will admit, Winter has been a challenge. Take a look at something like this to quickly change your attitude. Make it the best that you can!

Could it be that one person came to work with a poor attitude that rubbed off on the person next to them, and then the sour attitude kicked in for everyone? I have learned from experience through all of my 40 something years and my life as a Mom, that attitude makes the difference in 99% of what we do in our lives.

Throughout our younger sons high school trapshooting days, I can tell you that attitude made a huge difference in how successful many trapshooters were. Kids that came to practice without their heads in the game, did not shoot well. Kids that came to practice with their heads in the game, shot well! So many things in our lives are determined by our attitude and it should be something we all focus on every single day.

I have chosen to surround myself with people that want positive things in their lives, and I can tell you that it has made a huge difference in my own life. Of course, it does help that I have a job that I love. Being able to write, connect, and work with people day in and day out, I am happy.

So, how is your attitude? Try having a positive attitude every single day and I'll bet you and your family will all be much happier! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter In Iowa: Red Triangle And School Alerts Seem To Be The Norm This Year

OK~ We've got winter here in full force. It's returned with a vengeance. It never really left, but we did have a couple days of upper 30's, so we were all ready to break out the flip flops. And then Mother Nature decided she was going to follow through with yet, another red triangle that has popped up on my cell phone for 90% of the winter.

That red triangle has represented the following for the past six weeks:

  • High Wind Watch
  • High Wind Warning
  • Winter Storm Watch
  • Winter Storm Warning
  • Ice Storm Watch
  • Ice Storm Warning
  • Winter Weather Advisory
  • Blizzard Watch
  • Blizzard Warning
Seriously, I do appreciate these alerts, but I am begging Mother Nature to give us at least a 12 hour break from the red triangle popping up on my cell phone. This probably does warrant a red triangle, but I really don't want to admit it.

And then the school issue pops up. Now that our boys have both graduated from high school, I am not personally impacted if school is held or not. But, I do see how frustrated families are with the issue. We have been under a Blizzard Watch for the past couple days and a Blizzard Warning today. Two local school districts opted to have school. The issue I have with this is the fact that the Iowa DOT was providing Iowans with tons of public service announcements telling folks to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. I personally respect the Iowa DOT and value their opinion, not so sure that these two local school districts think that way. They did dismiss a couple hours early, in the midst of heavy, wet snow. What was so interesting, is the fact that right after school was dismissed, accidents started popping up all over the place.  It's definitely a day of job security for our local highway patrol and policemen. 

What's a parent to do? And we all know that it's not just that easy to call in and excuse a kid from school. When our boys were in Middle School, I had to drag them into the Dr.'s office when they had the stomach flu to get a medical excuse. They attended school regularly, but this was the district policy if you did not want an unexcused absence on your child's record.

Blizzard or not- I get why parents home school. Home schooling parents did not have to battle the school attendance issue and knew that their kids were safe during an Iowa blizzard. 

Hopefully, the snow days for our kids will be easier for school districts to call, as Spring gets closer. In the grand scheme of things, there has to be a safer and smarter day to have school.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to thank your child's bus driver. They have a large bus to maneuver around with a load of precious cargo. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

No Cell Phone For One Week- Yikes, This Mom Does Not Think She Would Survive

Disclosure: As 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. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 10+ years.

OK~ Do you ever wondered how connected you really are to your cell phone? We have cruised on a couple Carnival cruises over the past four months with limited internet service and I will admit it, I missed my smartphone. The actual calling part of it, not so much, but the ability to remain connected to everyone was difficult to do. I am fortunate enough to be a U.S. Cellular customer and experience their fast, reliable network. I have grown to love how quickly and conveniently I can connect with my friends and family.

My smartphone would have been a great companion while on board the cruise ship. Just the ability to text each other as to where we were on the ship would have made the cruise a whole lot sweeter. All in all, I love cruising and YES, I will cruise again! Seriously, this in-ability to stay connected, just about killed me. I was also a little worried as to if I would miss an e-mail from a client, which could have led to an opportunity that I would have liked to participate in. I was not willing to pay for international charges, so this was my best option.

Mark Malkoff, recently took the No Phone Challenge. Mark gave up his phone for a full, so called "normal" week. I honestly don't think I could even go one full week without my cell phone while at home. Check out how Mark was feeling by Day #7!

Just imagine, all of the day to day things that we rely on our smart phones for! Just like Mark, I would have to re-train an actual alarm clock in the house, better yet, I would have to find it! Vacation time was hard to be disconnected, but in my day to day life, I really don't think I could do it.

I would find myself begging to borrow someone else's phone to make a phone call. Seriously, I do not even know if we have any pay phones in our local town anymore, are they still around? If they are, I am sure it's no longer a dime or a quarter to make a phone call.

In all honesty, I missed being able to pick up my smart phone and check out what my sons and family were doing. Social media has opened the doorway for all of us to stay connected with our families 24/7 and I really missed that. Finally, after picking up my phone several times and staring at a blank screen, I put it in a drawer- dang, that was hard to do. I wonder how many cruising people dig that phone out of that drawer? Disclosure: This Mom left it in the drawer- nail biting and all!

With nearly half of American's pledging to communicate more often with family and friends in 2014, mobile phones will prove to be essential for those looking to create better moments with those they care about. So essential in fact, that one in five smartphone owners would rather live without food and water than their mobile devices, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. More than 75 percent of smartphone users would rather live without chocolate, while 69 percent would rather live without caffeine. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Social Media Breakfast Club is Changing How Social Media Is Recognized In My Hometown

OK~ When I started on this blogging train five years ago, I had no idea of how to use social media and quite honestly; I hardly knew what it meant. Well, I quickly learned that I had to learn how several social media platforms worked. After all, I had a blog and I wanted to share it with people all around the world. That to me, was an exciting thought!

Over time, I have learned the ins and outs of several platforms. I have also learned that some social media platforms work well for others and not so well for other types of businesses. What I do know is the fact that the #1 way to communicate is still good old FACE TO FACE communication!

We all know that it is not possible to communicate face to face 365 days of the year, so that is where SKYPE and Google Hangouts come into play. Over the course of the last five years I saw more folks in my hometown begin to express an interest in social media.Yeah, I know, we Iowans are usually a little behind what's happening on the East and West Coast.

For myself, as a blogger, attending blog conferences has literally changed the direction my blogging career has taken. I have met some of the leaders in the industry and the social media advice I have received at these conferences is truly priceless. Being able to have a face to face conversation with someone that can inspire and challenge me, is worth its weight in gold. As with any career, when you get with "your people" you are fired up and ready to move your business forward.

In June of this year, I started a social media breakfast in a local coffee shop. It's a casual, laid back group of local folks that have an interest in social media. I am wishing I would have started this sooner, as I think the interest in social media has existed, but local folks had no clue where to turn. We average 15 people per meeting (room capacity) and different folks attend each month. Now, if everyone showed up every single time, the local coffee shop owner would have to add on to this room! I love that this group is flexible and there is no pressure to attend each meeting.

If you are wanting to connect with more folks locally with an interest in social media, start up a social media breakfast club. We meet from 8:30-10:00 a.m. giving folks energy to kick off their day. We have one person share for approximately 15 minutes on a topic related to social media. And the really cool thing, we all have had an interest in social media and new friendships are being formed. That to me, says it all. And again, it's all about social media and it's meeting face to face!

Tell me, have you wanted to start a social media club in your area? If so, when do you meet and is it well attended? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Win 2 Smart Silk Pillow Protectors ($100 Value)

This Giveaway is for 2 Smart Silk Pillow Protectors ($100 value) Sponsored By: Smart Silk Hosted By: Life With My Two Kids Co-Hosted By: So Simply Stephanie Giveaways & Sweepstakes. If you are like me, you are always on the hunt for that perfect pillow, this may be the perfect solution for you.

Review on Pillows can be read here. Contest Dates: February 14 ~ February 28. If you don't enter, you will not have a chance of winning, so why not enter today?

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Disclosure: life with my two kids nor other blogs involved in this giveaway are not responsible for prize. If you have any questions about this giveaway please send an email to lifewithmytwokids@atlanticbb.net. All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks you can collect the entries, even if you do one entry you can get the extra 1 entries but if the winner tasks is a tasks you did not complete, a second winner will be chosen. If the winner tasks is the one you did you will be the winner.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Old Spice Giveaway : #SmellcomeToManhood (2/13-2/27, 2014)

Enter for a chance to win this awesome prize package sponsored by Old Spice and hosted by Holyjeans; My Favorite Things
With boys that have grown up in our household the past 23 years, Old Spice has been a staple for years! It continues to be a product that our family goes to on a regular basis.

This prize package consists of everything listed below:
  • Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray – "Scent Responsibly" and smell like a man, not a middle school locker room.
  • Old Spice Branded Earbuds – James Blunt never sounded so manly.
  • “Over the Top” DVD – Dominate at arm wrestling like Lincoln Hawk, without having to go to truck driving school.
  • Duct Tape – Fix anything on the planet.
  • Old Spice Branded Wood Flash Drive – Important Old Spice files everyone should memorize
  • Art of Manliness Book – Becoming a man is an art and a science. It was much safer to send a paperback book than a Bunson Burner.
  • Smellcome to Manhood Certificate – A made-up diploma to add to your LinkedIn profile
  • Bonus! Old Spice Hair Product – Guys who use Old Spice Hair product just seem to do better in life. Don’t you want to do better in life
US residents 18+ only need enter.  Giveaway ends 2/27 at midnight.  Winner will be emailed. No purchase necessary to win.

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Contact Amy at pnppowell09@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Enter To Win Your Own Epiphanie Bag: Camera Bag


Welcome to the Epiphanie Bags Camera Bag Giveaway!

(Up to $225 value!)

Sponsored by: Epiphanie Bags

Hosted by: Savory Savings & Gloriously Green Gal

Co-hosted by: Bloggie Away, Contest Patti,
Dividing by Zero &  Rainy Day Pennies

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As an seasoned or budding photographer can tell you, hauling the equipment around is one of the hardest things!  You want a bag that will protect your gear, but at the same time isn’t too bulky, too narrow, too ugly – the list could go on and on!  Krista from Savory Savings and Gloriously Green Gal recently got to check out a camera bag from Epiphanie Bags.  This chic and usable camera bag, turned purse is just what she needed.  Check out Krista’s full camera bag review and see just how much stuff she could fit into this fun and functional bag!

I know that I appreciate a handy camera bag, as it makes my life as a blogger a whole lot simpler. I do agree, that this bag is not ugly, which also seems to be an issue with camera bags, why is that?

If you are looking to replace your camera bag with something more user-friendly in both functionality and looks, check out Ephiphanie Bags!  Best part?  We’re giving one away!  One lucky US, 18+ winner will receive the Epiphanie Bags in-stock bag of their choice!  This giveaway will run from February 12, 2014 through February 26, 2014 at 11 PM CST.  If you have won an Epiphanie giveaway on any blog in the last six months, you are not eligible to win.  All entries will be verified.  Winner will be emailed (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) and will have 48 hours to respond or prize is forfeited and a new winner will be selected.  

Good Luck!

Krista from Gloriously Green Gal/Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs, including ALL IN AN IOWA MOM'S DAY are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

My 203rd Wordless Wednesday Post

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blogger Opp: $100 PayPal Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I am super excited that Jenny Saved A Penny now has it’s own domain! What better way to celebrate than to host a $100 PayPal giveaway! There is an option for a free sign-up option with announcement of the blogger opp and this giveaway is for everyone. I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at jennysavedapenny@gmail.com. Feel free to check out the website Jenny Saved A Penny and give me feed back. It is still fairly new and a work in progress but I would love the input. The details are as follows.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Free Blogger Opp: Sign Up #SmellcomeToManhood OldSpice Giveaway To Run 2/13 - 2/27


If you're looking to get in on a fun giveaway, Old Spice will be sponsoring this great giveaway price to be hosted by Holyjeans & My Favorite Things

Prize: Old Spice Prize Pack Approx Value $75
First Link Free w/ Announcement: (Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook)
Agree to Promote 3x/week
Giveaway will run from 2/13 @ 12:00am CST - 2/27 at midnight
HTML for Giveaway will be sent on 2/14 morning
Questions: email Amy at pnppowell09@gmail.com

Referring Blogger: All In An Iowa Mom'sDay
Announcement found here
Sign Up Form Here (Be sure and report my blog as your referral)

*Blogger with most referrals will receive a FREE Co-Host Spot including: 
  • 1 Backlink in top of giveaway post
  • 4 Social Media Links at top of giveaway widget(choice from Twitter, FB, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, Bloglovin')
  • Email OR Youtube Subscribe 
  • DailyComment/Daily Vote.   
So Post the announcement :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mom and Dad Return Home To Find This And That

OK~ I will admit that it is pretty darn nice to have an 18 year old to stay home and take care of the dogs and house while my hubby and I leave town. So, what should parents expect when they return home? It's no secret that our boys are slobs, as they like to leave their stuff here and there. And I tend to toss things here and there now and then too. Upon entering the house, here's the kitchen!

After a week of being absent, hubby and I honestly didn't think it was too bad. It appeared he had hot dogs, hot dogs, and hot dogs! An easy meal for an 18 year old boy. Maybe, just maybe one day he will surprise us and things will be all neat and tidy. And yes, the counter was clear when we left.

Now, his tv area is another story, Check this out.

It looks like Subway, McDonald's and Taco John's faired well while we were gone. Nathan's hot dogs and fast food kept his belly full while we were away. The biggest surprise was the fact that he drank 3/4 of a gallon of milk while we were gone. Top that off with all of these pop containers, I don't think our kid missed many liquids while were were out of town. If this is seriously the biggest issue we have when we leave town, no big deal, it's a simple fix. Took five minutes and things were good to go!

And then there were the two dogs. They are a challenge, as they like to go in and out, in and out. Seriously, it can be -10 degrees outside and they like to play the let's go in and out game! I cannot wait for warmer temps to arrive and stick around for a while. I keep telling myself that spring is coming and we will then have a mud festival to enjoy! Right now a mud festival sounds pretty darn inviting to me.

It was reassuring to know that we did have a responsible 18 year old son at home holding down the fort. He does a good job! The dogs are happy and were well fed and it appears that our son faired ok in the food department too.

So, back to the day to day routine and the chaos of day to day living return now! And yes, we did have to ask him to clear off his table, so we could actually see the tv. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway


Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

Organized and hosted by Summer That

Co-Hosted By:

So Simply Stephanie, My Turn for Us, Love Bakes Good Cakes, and Knitty Gritty Savings

The new Kindle Fire HD is a full-featured HD tablet at an SD price. There's more to enjoy than ever before with a stunning HD display, faster performance, longer battery life, and lighter design. Use your new Kindle to read your favorite books, watch your favorite movies, connect with friends on social media and more!
Tablets are a fun way to stay connected and the Kindle Fire HD offers a great solution. 

One lucky reader will receive a Kindle Fire HD 16GB WiFi!

Retail Value $169
Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.
Giveaway ends February 17th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canada, ages 18+.

Good luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. SummerThat.com will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. Co-hosts and other blog participants are not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Please contact SummerThatBlog@gmail.com with any questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Keurig V700 Giveaway: Register To Win One Today

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One lucky winner will win 

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System Value $149 and a bonus pack
Good luck, as someone is going to be very happy! Winter has been exceptionally cold, and this is the perfect way to warm up.
Bonus variety box includes:
  • 1 Barista Prima Italian Roast Coffee
  • 1 Café Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
  • 1 Celestial Seasonings® Sleepytime Herbal Tea
  • 1 Celestial Seasonings® Southern Sweet Iced Tea
  • 1 Gloria Jean’s® Hazelnut Coffee
  • Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend Travel Mug Coffee
  • 1 Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend Coffee
  • 1 The Original Donut Shop® Extra Bold Coffee
  • 1 Timothy’s® Columbian Decaf Coffee
  • 1 Tully’s® French Roast Coffee
    *Selections may vary based on supply

Feb. 1   12:01am to Feb. 21 11:59pm
All entries are optional,
Continental US resident only

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Disclaimer: ALL IN AN IOWA MOM'S DAY is not responsible for the awarding of the prize.  If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com