Friday, May 30, 2014

$100 Foreverly Giveaway: Enter Through June 21, 2014 For A Chance To Win

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                                       win $100

                               $100 Foreverly #Giveaway Event

The winner of this giveaway will win $100 -their choice- Visa, Target, or Paypal.

          A little extra spending money is always nice to have on hand. With summer arriving soon,
          this is perfect timing. A little extra fun, vacation money is always nice to have on hand.

Foreverly is a new daily deal site with boutique and handmade items at up to 70% off. All items will consist of a full range of women’s, children’s, and household items and accessories, all at large discounts from their regular prices. Each sale will last for three days, and then it’s gone forever! Foreverly was conceived out of a passion for fashion and beauty and tethered to a deep commitment to help others. Foreverly will be giving back 15% of our profits to charities that help with initiatives like clean water, human trafficking prevention, and microfinance. This allows our customers to work together with us to help change someone else’s world, just by shopping for things they already want and need. Each month, we will feature and donate to a different charity.
US Only- Giveaway Ends 6/21

Good luck! Disclosure/Disclaimer: This site or any other site associated with this event has in no way been compensated for the preceding information. This giveaway is valid where allowed by law, open to anyone in the United States who is over 18 years of age. One winner will be randomly selected on 6/22/14, notified via email, and will have until 6/25/14 to reply. If there is no reply another winner will be randomly selected.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pur Gum Review: Kick Aspartame

OK~ I'm not a huge gum chewer, but I will admit I kind of like to chomp on a piece of gum now and then. The good folks over at Pur Gum sent me samples of their two new flavors and you know what? I kind of like them. Cool mint and cinnamon are the two new flavors I had the delight of sampling.

You are probably now asking, why should I care that this gum does not have aspartame? Well, aspartame is a man-made synthetic sweetener that is found in most sugar-free gums, beverages, and candies. This also means that pregnant moms can safely enjoy chewing on Pur Gum.

Pur is sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Each piece of Pur Gum contains 1 gram of xylitol and 2.4 calories per gram. If nuts and soy are a problem for you, Pur Gum is a fantastic option, as it is made in a nut free environment.

And just in case you are diabetic, Pur Gum is diabetic friendly It does not cause a spike in blood sugar, and actually helps reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings, perfect for those suffering from diabetes. 

It's no surprise that Pur Gum is the #1 selling aspartame-free gum. It tastes good and does not have ingredients that make a person cringe. Pur Gum does not contain any animal ingredients either, which means it is 100% certified vegan.

With so many excellent features, why not give Pur Gum a try? If you don't like it, I can guarantee you that you will find someone who does enjoy it! This household is enjoying Pur Gum and all it has to offer. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

*As always the opinions expressed in this post are mine and nobody else's. I did receive samples of gum for review purposes.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Means Different Things To Different Folks & I'm Not Sure I Like It

OK~ Today is Memorial Day and it is a day where we remember our fallen soldiers. What is so interesting to me is to how this day is viewed so differently all across our country. I have to say that I was floored when I hopped onto Facebook this morning and saw that several parents were commenting that their kids were in school today. Upon reading that, my head began to spin.

I am wondering, how do parents deal with school if their kids were in a local parade or participating in a flag service at the local cemetery? I would like to think that these kids would be excused from school. It bothers me that families may have had to make these choices today. Memorial Day and an education are both very, very important. I don't think it is fair that families were forced to choose between these two things.

I am old enough to recall when Memorial Day was during the week, May 30th;  and I can remember relatives referring to it as "Decoration Day." As I got older, I began to realize that Memorial Day is when we remember all of those that have passed before us. And yes, it is a day when we do take extra time to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. It's because of their willingness to serve that we have the many freedoms we have today. Since going to a three day weekend, has that lessened the acknowledgement of this holiday?

I am truly grateful for those that have served our country and currently serve. It's because of these people, my family and I can have the freedoms that we have today. I loved the Facebook post that one of my friends had. She shared her grandchildren visiting her parent's grave alongside her. The family history that is learned through a simple visit to a cemetery is truly priceless.

So, today we remember....... It's back to work for 2/3 of our house in a few hours. The Memorial Day weekend ends soon here at our home. Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? I hope you did. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Quiet Holiday Weekend In Iowa

OK~ Another holiday weekend is upon us and you know what? We don't have any specific plans and I am ok with that. I hear so many people talking about being stressed out about being here and being there, and I'm just going to pray for nice weather so we can be outdoors at home here.

It's wonderful that Spring has finally officially sprung here in Iowa. The farmers are still planting corn and soybeans, as it's taken time for the fields to dry out. I kind of wonder if late May planting is going to be our new normal here in Iowa. Each Spring we can't wait for the leaves to turn green and the buds to come out on the trees. When they do, we are all just ecstatic! Our apple trees look to be good this year!

I always take our blue skies and clean air for granted, and I know I shouldn't. There's something to be said about that fresh air that we have to breathe in Iowa.

So, for now, I am gearing up for a quiet weekend at home. According to reports I have seen, it appears that a lot of folks are traveling this week-end. Many folks traveling more than 50 miles from home. So, my friends that are traveling- be safe and have fun! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blogger Opportunity: Event Sign Up With Foreverly- $100 Giveaway

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Bloggy Conference Offers Life Experiences You Can't Miss Out On

OK~ I've been on a fun little adventure with a Sharon on SharonTheMoments. Sharon and I met at Bloggy Conference in Ohio in 2011.

Sharon and I immediately connected and who would have ever imagined that less than three years later we would be traveling together? We spent one day park hopping at Walt Disney World and are now enjoying the ocean, sunshine, sand, heated swimming pool and the hospitality that can be found at Tuckaway Shores in Indialantic, Florida.

If you have ever wondered if you should attend a blog conference, this is one reason why! The friends that I have met attending blog conferences have become some of my best friends in real life. It's not only about growing a business and learning how to be a better blogger, it's all about the relationships.

Sharon resides in Ohio and I reside in Iowa. This goes to show you that through technology and social media it's very easy to stay in touch with the people you meet in real life. It also works the other way around, as the people you meet online can become great friends in real life.

If you are sitting on the fence and wondering if you need to attend Bloggy Conference in September 2014, this is one reason why you need to. The relationships you build at this blog conference are real and can be life changing.

Sharon and I are having a ball. You know, there was this rocket launch at 8:03 p.m. in Cocoa Beach and somehow, someway, we had to watch it at 8:07 p.m. on someone else's phone. Imagine that? Two bloggers carried away talking and forgot to keep an eye on the clock. Can you say epic fail?

I hope to see you at Bloggy Conference in 2014- Who knows where my next adventure will be? The people I meet in my life seem to be determining where I am going.... Nothing wrong with that! The people I meet are rock stars and continue to bless my life in many ways. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day And A Birthday

OK~ It's been a busy week. Mother's Day and a birthday in the house! Would someone enlighten me as to where 19 years went? Our little guy is now more than 6'3" tall and is 19 years old.

I can recall 19 years ago when he was born. It had been wet and the farmers had a break between corn and bean planting. The day he was born it was cloudy and rainy. The following days were warm and sunny. The beans were going in the fields on the day Garrett came home from the hospital. I spent Mother's Day in the hospital that year with our newborn son.

Our adventure as a family of four began. It took no longer than two hours at home when our oldest son sat on our newborn in his infant seat. Yep, and the fun has not ended! Never a dull moment in these 19 years. Then there was the time when both boys decided to bring a pail of worms in the house and not tell me. You know what? Worms smell really, really bad when they die! If it has not been a dog causing chaos, it's been a kid. I would NOT change any of it for the world- this life of parenting is pretty darn fun. Here's our 19 year old when he was 9 months. This was when he liked Mickey Mouse- fast forward one year later, he screamed at the sight of Mickey Mouse

I stumbled across a post through Facebook today that was a simple one, "How old were you when you became a Mom?" What's so interesting..... Oodles of responses and women were between the ages of 16 and 40 when they first became Moms. I know for a fact that many Moms are having kids at older ages and enjoying their lives as Moms. Moms are awesome Moms of all ages and it's evident that Moms work hard, day in and day out, no matter what their age!

In the long and short of this post, my message here is.... For those of you that have young kiddos, I kid you not, the years fly by! You will be in my shoes someday and ask, "Where did those years go? After All, It's All In A Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Blogger Opp: Summer Cash Giveaway Signup

           Summer Giveaway

Mama Foster will be hosting a Summer Cash giveaway during the month of June. I will be giving away $100 dollars cash via Paypal. This will be worldwide as long as you have a valid paypal email address!

I am looking for Co-hosts and there are other opportunities as well! I will only be accepting a limited number of people/links. Dates: June 9 – June 30 Prize: $100 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card Who Can Enter: Open Worldwide 1st Link: FREE with Announcement Post (anything except Google+ or Personal Facebook Pages) Co-Host: $20 Want to be a co-host for this blogger sponsored event? A co-host gets 4 links, a comment page, and a nofollow backlink. This is a great option for businesses or blogs looking for getting their name out there!

1 125 x 125 button, provided by you, on the post and blog will be shared on all the other co-hosts and link host blog. Only 4 co-host spots will be sold. Host Pages: None. Everything will be on the Rafflecopter. Extra Links: $3 Links can include anything EXCEPT Google+ or Personal Facebook Pages. Comments Pages: $5 for daily comment or $3 for a one time comment. Terms:
  • Promote giveaway with an announcement post
  • Announce giveaway on social networks at least twice during entry period.
  If you are interested in please fill out the form here and send your payment via paypal to In the notes of the payment, please put weather you are co-host or just paid links. Giveaway html will be emailed to all co-hosts and link participants.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Boy And His Dog

OK~ It's been a tough couple of days. It's true, the hardest part of pet ownership is saying goodbye. Our beloved Wally turned 11 on May 3rd. He arrived in our home ten years ago at the age of one. He was a "dump off." This is what we refer to pets that are left to run in the country and end up on our door step. We were never able to connect him to his original owner and he quickly made himself at home.

That first year was rough, as he had been used to running. He would run for miles on end and then return home in a couple days. He arrived neutered, so that was not the reason he would run. Once he finally realized that he had a home where he could call home, he stayed. And let me tell you, Wally was one of the most loyal dogs a person could ever own.

I will also confess that he did drive me "crazy" when he would sneak into the barn to devour the cat food. It took me a few weeks to figure out why the cat food disappeared faster than usual. Once he knew I was onto his game, he made sure I did not see him enter the barn again. If he did, I missed it!

Easter Sunday, just a few days ago, he was chasing birds and running out into the field to bury his catch! He also walked down to the creek with the four of us, which was rare, on this day. It had been several years that all four of us actually walked down to our dogs favorite Iowa swimming hole. Wally walked with us, but it was quiet evident that it took everything out of him to do it.

His usual spot when Garrett would be coming home from high school was not to be missed for all of Garrett's high school days.

He aged really fast the last couple weeks, as more gray appeared around his mouth and on his feet. Wally slowed down, slept more, stopped eating and drinking, and basically told us that his time with us was up. He was ready to move on and run with Chester and Max, our two shelties that we previously owned.

We have so many fun memories. The skunk stories will live forever, as well as his desire to ride on the loader of the tractor. Wally loved to dig and it was quite common to find him digging a hole with dirt flying several feet in the air. He loved to hunt for gophers!

He would also wait for hours in this location!

He and Garrett were best friends! There is something to be said about a boy and his dog. A week before he passed away, Wally was struggling to walk. He literally drug himself up two flights of stairs and hopped onto Garrett's bed, his usual sleeping place. Garrett was not home, but he knew Garrett would be coming soon.

We will miss our loyal companion, but we know he is in a much better place. Skipper, Wally's companion for the past six years, is also sad today. He is on a hunger strike and trying to find his new "normal" around our house.

Life goes on and our family will find our new normal. Losing a pet is tough. They become part of our families and it's hard to let them go. Wally is back home here. Three generations buried him- Grandpa, Dad, and Son. He's lying right where all the critters love to run. There's something to be said about a boy and his dog. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rural America: How Do We Keep Our Local Communities Alive?

OK~ It's been a few days since I posted the following to my personal Facebook page, "What types of stores and businesses do you want to see in your community that are currently not there?" Keep in mind that this was from my personal friends. Just imagine the things a business owner could learn through social media. Here are some of the answers:

  • Grocery store on a small scale, even if it was a gas station.
  • I would love to have a craft store in town, without having to drive an hour and a half.
  • An Italian Restaurant.
  • Something for Kids to do.
  • A bagel shop.
  • A decent store to buy high end women's clothing.
  • Christian retail book store.
  • I'd love a food co-op.
  • A Sam's Club would be welcome.
  • A glass studio.
  • I would love to have a Trader Joe's.
  • A Thai Restaurant would be nice.
  • A grocery store on the south end of Mason City.
These answers came from all across the United States, as well as the Mason City area. This is just a sampling of the 40+ comments that filled the thread. No matter where we live, we all seem to want what is not there. Could it be that we have determined what is there by our buying habits?

What I see in this quick list are business opportunities and a chance for business owners to step up their game. For example, if you own a business that features kids activities, you obviously need to find ways to get your kid friendly activities out there. 

Here in rural America it is quite evident that we need to change our ways of thinking. Rural America is thriving, but we do have work to do.With oodles of people relocating to other parts of the country, specifically here in North Iowa, we need to step up our game!

I had the pleasure of touring Couser Cattle Company this past week and let me tell you, Tim Couser nailed it! I asked him what his advice would be to a young person going into farming today that had no ties to a family farm? He responded, "It's nearly impossible. Many of our older farmers that are nearing retirement age need to take these young people under their wing and mentor them." Could this be part of the mass exodus of young people in Iowa?

It's true, our older citizens need to be mentoring these younger people, not just in agriculture; but in all types of businesses.

Two North Iowa business owners chimed in on the Facebook question that I asked and they responded with, "I basically learned that retail works Oct-Dec. in this town. I concentrate on markets, online sales, and wholesale the rest of the time." Another North Iowa business owner responded with, "I've been reading everyone's comments and all sounds great but the biggest duty to us all is to support the new businesses that open."

Now, not every business is going to fit in a community, but we need to support those businesses that interest us. I love the idea of having choices, and I can honestly say that I do wish we had more choices locally. But hey, I can usually make do. I did learn that a person cannot find a sun dress in North Iowa during the month of January, as that's a purchase you need to make upon your sunny, warm destination!

This leads me to a statement that many may dislike. Why is it OK to drive to Minneapolis to the Mall of America to shop when the Minnesota DOT is recommending no travel? I'm now talking about a two hour drive on I-35 from Mason City to Minneapolis. This happened over and over again this past Winter. Families would fill up a car with their kids and their friends. I am thinking it's a competition amongst families today. This 40 something Mom is still shaking her head thinking, "Really? Where is common sense?"

I love to travel and I love to get out of town, who doesn't? But in all honesty, if we keep behaving the way we do, we will no longer have what we currently have. 

This brings me back to the local shops that we would like to see in our communities. Are we willing to step up to the plate to shop locally or are we going to let our communities in Iowa die a slow death? There is something to be said about Tim Couser's perspective. Business owners that are nearing retirement have an opportunity to find younger people to mentor. Imagine how our main streets could look if residents spent their money locally and older store owners were willing to help continue a legacy. 

I have no doubt that there are good people out there mentoring our young people all across the state of Iowa. But, it's obvious that there is work to be done. So, tell me- Are you focusing on spending more dollars locally, or do you spend more of it out of your area? There are no right or wrong answers. The fact is, if local residents do not support their local businesses, they will no longer have them in their neighborhood. And at that point, the drive will be longer! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Enter to Win an iPhone 5s And Celebrate National Pet Week With U.S. Cellular #SPONSORED

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~ National Pet Week is May 5-11, 2014 and this house is excited! We love to celebrate our pets and we know you do too. And this guys birthday happens to be today- May 3rd- Happy 11th Birthday Wally!

Your smartphone or tablet can track your pet, find other animal lovers and promote responsible pet ownership. National Pet Week is the perfect time to download some new apps and learn about all you can do from the palm of your hand. Technology, specifically through the use of smart phones, is allowing us to be smarter when it comes to healthy pets.

Three pet friendly apps that I'd suggest you try are:

  • The Pet Planner
  • The DoggyDatez
  • Pet Rescue Saga
The Pet Planner app is available through Google Play and allows you to manage your pet's schedule, shopping lists and medical history. Users can add multiple pets and set reminders for grooming appointments, flea/tick treatment and medication. This app gathers everything you need to remember about Fido and Fluffy in one easy-to-check information center. 

The DoggyDatez app is a social platform that helps dog owners and their dogs make friends. Users can "mark their territory" and see who else visits their favorite pet-friendly location to meet up and play. You can also search for other Doggy Datez users by owner information, dog gender, dog age or breed.

Pet Rescue Saga, created by the developers of Candy Crush, lets users build their puzzle skills and save the animals. By matching two or more blocks of the same color, users advance through the levels and keep the cartoon pets safe. With hundreds of levels, Pet Resuce Saga is the purr-fect game for pet owners everywhere. Not only will pet lovers enjoy this app, but the on-line game enthusiast will be one happy camper!

I know you are excited to try out these apps and I'm excited to tell you that one of you will win your very own iPhone 5s (U.S. Cellular Network Phone, made for U.S. Cellular network only)so you can experience these apps and more!

I love my iPhone 5s, as it's super easy to use and it takes some pretty awesome photos too. The iPhone 5s is also easy to learn to use. You can visit U.S. Cellular to see if you are within U.S. Cellular's network. Who doesn't love staying connected with a 4G LTE network? I know that I love staying connected and love my iPhone 5s. So, here's how to enter! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Remember, you must be a U.S. Cellular customer to use this smart phone, as it will only work on the U.S. Cellular network. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right? You have until the end of May to enter- good luck!

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* All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not responsible for prize fulfillment, U.S. Cellular is the responsible party.A reminder: This iPhone 5s will only work on U.S. Celllular's network.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Matilda Jane $50 Gift Card Giveaway: May 2 - 16, 2014

Welcome to the Matilda Jane $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Matilda Jane

Hosted by: Gloriously Green GalSavory Savings

#giveaway #fashion

When it comes to kids' fashion, finding clothes that look great, hold up well and are appropriate can be 

OK~ When it comes to kids and fashion, finding clothes that look great, hold up well and are appropriate

can be difficult at times.

Krista over at Savory Savings had the chance to review an outfit from Matilda Jane

for her six-year-old daughter and shared her thoughts on these kid-friendly boho-style outfits in her review. I
think you will agree that these are some of the cutest kids clothes around.

How would you like to win a $50 gift card to Matilda Jane to expand your little one's closet? If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.If you have won a Matilda Jane giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from May 2 through May 16, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected. All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
Good Luck!

NOVICA: $25 Gift Card Giveaway 5/2-5/16, 2014

                                                                                             NOVICA Gift Card Giveaway

NOVICA Gift Card Giveaway Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Sponsored by NOVICA

Co-Hosted by Purple Monster Coupons

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. Emilee from Deals of Sweetness had a chance to review the shopping experience on NOVICA and was amazed by the artistic talent of the artisans. She loved the unique experience of having her ring shipped straight from India with a postcard and message from the artisan. Check out her full experience in her NOVICA handcrafted wooden ring review.

I absolutely adore NOVICA products. I personally own a beautiful bracelet and I wear it almost every single day. The artisans that share their talents through NOVICA are extremely talented individuals.

About the prize: One winner will receive a $25 NOVICA Gift Certificate.
About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 5/2 at 7pm and ends on 5/16 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate their review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Mother's Day Kindle Fire Giveaway: 5/1-5/11, 2014

Welcome to the Mother’s Day Kindle Fire HD Giveaway hosted by Mama Foster with Co-Hosts A Madison Mom, Eat It and Say Yum and Purple Monster Coupons.
Kindle Fire HD
Mother’s Day is a special day and what better than this jewel to reward yourself or reward another mother!
This Mother’s Day, we’ve decided to give away a Kindle Fire HD. Retail value: $119.
Good luck to all of you, as a Kindle Fire HD is something any Mom will appreciate.

You have until 5/13 to enter! I gave a couple extra days since the tornadic weather in Alabama slowed me down! So take advantage of the entries you can do daily! Giveaway runs 5/1 to 5/13 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US and Canada Residents Only. Good luck!

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Participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. Giveaway is not affiliated wtih Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media sites. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via e-mail and have 48 hours to claim prize before new winner is chosen. Mama Foster is responsible for prize fulfillment. Direct any questions to Courtney at

Thursday, May 1, 2014

NOVICA $100 Gift Code Giveaway: May 1- May 31, 2014

                                ;$100 Novica Gift Card Giveaway
Welcome to $100 Novica Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted By GiveawayMonkey with BloggieAway
Sponsored By Novica

NOVICA is an online store of fair-trade products made by artisans around the world. Novica is a platform that gives artists around the world with true artistic talents sell their handcrafted jewelry, handmade apparel and other arts to people all around the world at a very reasonable prices. Novica was founded twelve years ago and is based in Los Angeles, with offices in eight regions throughout the world. 

I personally purchased a bracelet from NOVICA a little over a year ago and absolutely love it!

Buying at Novica is a bliss because you are assured that all items are exquisitely hand made with care and attention PLUS every purchase is a way of empowering artists around the world to make an honest living while preserving the environment. Read Giveaway Monkey's thoughts about Novica to know more.

$100 Novica Gift Card Giveaway

Now, one lucky reader will get to experience shopping at Novica as we have $100 worth of Novica Gift Code for you to use on your next Novica purchase. Entry is easy and done through the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway runs from May 1 to May 31, 2014 and is open worldwide! Good luck!

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This giveaway is part of Giveaway Monkey's 2nd Year Blasting Blogiversary Giveaways. You can see the list of other International Blasting Blogiversary Giveaways here.

All In An Iowa Mom's Day
is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.