Monday, March 24, 2014

I Am Proud To Say That Rural America Is Still Thriving- But, We All Have To Change Our Way Of Thinking

OK~ Boy, did this article catch my attention today. Have you seen this one? Is rural America a thing of the past? The data shared in this article is somewhat shocking, when I see it in all of these colors. The area I live in is pink and red, which is declining and accelerated declining.


So, one has to ask, "Where is everyone going?" It appears that many are leaving due to jobs. When in fact, every single day I read in our local newspaper, and on social media websites that folks in our area are hiring. Many of these jobs are labor oriented, they do not require a college degree, though some do require one.

Our boys graduated from high school in 2009 and 2013. All we heard from 6th grade on was, "What college will they attend?" It seems that our society got caught up in the saying that all kids need a four year degree. Four year college degrees or more are fabulous to have, but they are not a guarantee for a job in a particular field. Our kids need to realize that life does not go as planned. I have said it many times, my path looks like this: A to C, Y to N, and H to B- life is full about making adjustments and moving forward!

It appears that we have a crisis in our area. Employers are not finding fully qualified, employable individuals. This means applicants may have to have some type of specific training to fill a job. An example may be a welding certificate, auto repair certificate, and the like. Many of these jobs involve manual labor.

On the other hand, when I go online to seek out jobs with our soon to be 19 year old I do see that many of these positions require 5-10 years of experience. Would someone enlighten me as to how a 19 year old with a specific certificate is supposed to get one of those jobs? It appears to me that employers are going to have to realize that they may need to train younger people if they want to employee people that can fill their jobs.

Rural America is my home and I don't think it is fair to say it is a thing of the past. I think it is fair to say that it is changing. Change happens daily, it's called life! This view- this is what Rural America is about... What do you see when you see a picture like this?



Do you see a field that will provide food for families all across the world? I also see a driveway that offers access to the farmer's field. Quiet, clean air, and a way of life I am proud to know! Do you know this way of life in Rural America? In my opinion, it's still alive and well! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Friday, March 21, 2014

Three Things That Are Awesome About The Internet

OK~ I was thinking of the internet, the good and bad. I can recall a day way back when there were very few websites online. It was exciting, yet hard to picture how things would shake out. And here we are in the year 2014 and we can see anything, go anywhere, and live our dreams out online. Who knew? It truly is an amazing experience. Here's something to think about, kids that were born in the year 2000 or after do not know life without the internet.

I can remember looking for websites that I would recognize way back when. Walt Disney World had a very vague website early on, when compared to what it offers today. Do you remember one of the first websites you looked at?

Love it or hate it, social media has changed how we all interact online. From Facebook to Twitter, we are all connected now. Family and Class reunions are a lot easier to form now, all due to social media. I'd say that is a great thing! It is super easy to stay connected, all due to the internet.

Remember those clunky books we had in our homes called Encyclopedias? The internet is a fantastic Encyclopedia, you gotta love that!

The weather is different now than ever before, as we all have access to what's happening or going to happen. Science is changing, but the internet offers a speedy way to get the information to those that need it. And if you have a smart phone, you know what the little red triangle is all about.



Yep, we saw that a lot here in Iowa this Winter. I think mine was on my smart phone for 30 days straight!

That's just three things that make the internet awesome. We are all connected, we have access to an encyclopedia 24/7 and up to date weather reports with one key stroke.

Tell me, what do you think is awesome about the internet, I'd love to hear your thoughts! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Opportunities Are All Around Us When It Comes To Blogging

OK~ Nobody told me that when I started blogging I was entering such a fun filled world! I never intended to grow as a person through blogging or even find myself educating others. Now, do I have all of the answers? Nope!

There are lots and lots of questions about blogging. Everyone wants to know something different, and that's what makes blogging unique. There is a place for all of us in the blogosphere. There is a place for bloggers that want to monetize their blogs, as well as folks that just want a place to share their passion through writing.

My boys have learned through the years that Mom does find some cool places to visit. For example, my boys will tell you that it was pretty cool to have a Mom that blogs when they found themselves spending a week-end at Cedar Point! Yep, a week-end packed full of family fun. Mom worked and then played with the family. So, it was all good.



If you are a blogger looking for a way to learn more about blogging as a business and interested in exploring an amusement park, you may want to buy your ticket to Bloggy Conference now! Tickets are going fast, as Bloggy Conference is a family, friendly conference that will help you build your blogging business. Your family is welcome to attend with you and trust me, the fun they will have on all of the roller coasters will be time well invested!

Blogging offers opportunity and your own space to share whatever your little heart desires. One of my favorite blogs to follow is It's Just Life. Beth Ann welcomes readers into her own little corner on line while she finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. She is passionate about her writing and loves her tea pots! Check out her blog on Tea Pot Tuesday- it's truly a day to check in on Beth Ann's blog. You can listen to Beth Ann on Tuesday's on KCMR Radio at 8:30 a.m (CST) to listen to what she has to share about her blog.

Are you a wanting to be a blogger or do you currently blog? I'd love to hear about your adventures and what your dreams include. Remember, now is the time to start living your dream! Today is the day you make your dreams come true. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Sneaky Chef Product Review And $50 Gift Card Giveaway To Fareway Grocery Store

OK~ I recently had the opportunity to try some new to our family foods, The Sneaky Chef! Have you heard of this company? Their food is tasty, looks good, and is packed full of nutrients that your family will never know was in their food. What a fun concept. Moms everywhere need to embrace this.

I made pizza casserole with elbow macaroni and pasta sauce from The Sneaky Chef. One of the easiest recipes around. I am not known for my cooking skills, but this is one recipe that even I can rock. Here's what you will need:


  • Elbow macaroni
  • Pasta sauce
  • Mozarella Cheese
  • Garlic salt
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • Pepperoni



Simple Steps:

Cook the elbow macaroni while browning the hamburger. Mix the pasta sauce and garlic salt together. Drain the elbow macaroni. Mix the elbow macaroni and the pasta sauce together. Pour the elbow macaroni and pasta sauce mix into a 9x13 or 8x8 baking dish. Layer the hamburger over the noodle mixture. Top it all with mozarella cheese and pepperoni. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

And here's the end product!


My family noticed the color of the sauce was not the "regular" sauce. They flavored it to their liking with jalapenos. Yes, I do have picky boys in this house. They did eat it, but did say it would take a little bit of time to get used to the new flavor. The success of this meal was the elbow macaroni, not a single thing was mentioned about the elbow macaroni! I will say The Sneaky Chef was successful with this meal.

Thanks to the good folks over at The Sneaky Chef, one of you will win a $50 Gift Card to Fareway Grocery Stores. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Someone will win, why not you? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Minimum Maintenance Roads Appear To Be Over Rated

OK~ Winter is still here and you know how this Mom knows, check this out! One would think that after years and years of hearing, "Do not go down that road until it is all clear!" So, what does he do? This!


I should know that when the phone rings and the call goes like this:

G: "Mom, Where are you?"
Me: "Uptown in a parking lot."
G: "You need to come get me on the way home. I'm stuck on the road."
Me: "What road?"
G: "The dirt road."

OK- Key word, dirt road. Yes, during summer it is a dirt road, Level B, which means it is a minimum maintenance road. Well, helllooooooo- you can tell by this picture that it has not been plowed in quite sometime. This is about 1/2 mile into this mile, so it was passable for a large section of it.

There is a creek that flows through here, which will flow over the road for a large part of the spring, so it will be quite some time before this road is passable.

And before it was all said and done it quickly became an extended family affair.


As our 18 year old son and my brother pulled his truck out, I explained to my seven year old nephew that when his Mom and Dad tell him to not drive down a road, they mean it. He looked at me and I could tell that went in one ear and out the other. Garrett's reasoning for driving down the road was to have fun! Kids, you gotta love 'em! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Sunday, March 9, 2014

What Season Is It? It's That Time Of Year When People Dress For All Four Seasons

OK~ I know that many of my fellow Iowans cannot wait for Spring to actually arrive. Today we are pushing the low 40's and tomorrow the upper 40's. What's really so interesting about this time of year in Iowa is the vast difference of clothing that people wear.

While out and about this morning I saw a lady wearing a cheap pair of flip flops, you know those $5.00 ones for the beach with capris? A few feet near her was a woman wearing snow boots, a hat, winter coat and gloves! And then around the corner was a man wearing shorts, a t-shirt with tennis shoes and socks. See what I am talking about?

You are probably now asking, "What were you wearing?" I was wearing jeans, boots, and a winter coat. Trust me, I love wearing sweatshirts once spring arrives, but 20 degree temps surrounded by snow/ ice and a projected high of low 40's later in the day was not enough to warrant a change of my dress code, YET!

I can guarantee you that our 18 year old son would have been wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. That is his dress code 90% of the time, as winter coats are over rated. I can remember when I was in junior high I tried to go without wearing a coat to school, but Mom won that battle. Her argument, "What if the bus gets stuck in the ditch?" Yep, made sense. I did not like it, but it makes perfect sense now that I am 40+ years old.

I did wear these to my home office last week.





My 23 year old son said, "Nice, perfect for the commute, Mom!" Yep, he gets it. I walk up 12 stairs and I sit in my comfy chair to tackle a work day.

We still have roads that look like this, so we have a few days to go!






So, I do think it will be a few days before I can even consider wearing sandals outside of the house! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Friday, March 7, 2014

Maggie Bags Tote of Many Colors Giveaway ( March 7-28, 2014)

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This giveaway is open to US residents whom are at least 18 years of age. Ends at 11:59pm CST on March 28th. For your chance to win complete as many or as little entries as you wish. There are only two mandatory entries into this giveaway, once you've completed those two entries, all other are optional. The more you complete the better your chances of winning! One winner will be chosen at random on or after March 29th, winners entries will be verified. Winner will then be notified via email if their entries were indeed fulfilled. The winner will have 48hrs in which to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. 
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 - 16GB- White With One Year Insurance Giveaway


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Monday, March 3, 2014

The Gardening Season Simplified With US 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~ We have tons of snow in the ground here in North Iowa, but you know what? Spring planting season will be here in no time at all. With the help of a smartphone or tablet, some creative apps, and a reliable 4G LTE network, both novice and experienced gardeners can simplify and enhance growing their gardens and planting the seeds for savings.

According to the National Gardening Association, an average well-maintained garden can yield up to $500 worth of produce, which can help families save money at the grocery store. I speak from experience, as I made a note when I recently had to purchase potatoes at the grocery store: My note said: Plant more potatoes in 2014! If we had planted more potatoes, I would not have been at the grocery store purchasing potatoes in January. Hopefully Mother Nature will behave this year. Last Spring was tough, we literally mudded our garden in, so we were blessed to harvest what we did.

Two apps that I plan to implement with my U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4 in 2014 are Garden Manager and the Happy Little Farmer Lite.



Garden Manger

This free Android app, available in Google Play, is perfect for the busy gardener. The timer allows for multiple alarms to be set for watering, fertilizing, spraying pesticide or any custom task. Snap and save quick photos in the app to treasure the plants you have been growing and even share on social media. And I love sharing things on social media, so this will be an app I cannot wait to utilize!

Happy Little Farmer Lite

This free Android app, in Google Play and Apple's App Store, brings the whole family together to be involved in the garden without getting dirty. The educational app allows young children to play games that teach how fruits and vegetables grow. Kids can plow, plant, water and even chase bugs away from their own virtual garden, picking up skills they can put to use when working alongside mom and dad in their real one, creating better family moments along the way. I'm looking forward to sharing this app with my 7 year old nephew, as he loves watching our garden progress through the season.

I can tell you that our eyes will also be on the sky this Spring, as we anticipate the arrival of Spring planting.

Several device workshops are happening all across the United States. Check out when and where you can learn more about your device and how to get the most use out of it along with a gazillion fun apps to simplify your life. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cabin Fever Produces Fun Family Memories From Years Past

OK~ Winter is dragging on and on. Our calendar says March 2nd and it is 2:00 p.m. and still below zero outdoors. Hello? March, are you home? How are you and your family coping? I know that I am getting a serious case of cabin fever.

I am trying to remember what it is like to walk out of the house without layers and layers of clothing on. From the long underwear to the scarves and gloves, this Mom is tired of it! I'd just love to be able to walk to the car without worrying about falling on the ice. Yes, it's so cold that even ice melt won't work. And that my friends, means it's a cold winter!

My hubby found a fun project, and it's no surprise, as he usually tackles this one this time of year. We have oodles of "old" family photos and slides buried deep in our attic and closets. Yesterday he dove into them. And low and behold, he found some pretty fun stuff! Our 23 and 18 year old sons even found these to be interesting.

Check this one out! If you have ever visited Mount Rushmore, you will get why this one is so fun. I wonder what year this was? There is no year on the photo. Any estimates?


The old farm photos are also very interesting. Now, I know we have had snow this year, but how about this much snow?




This is obviously before snow rakes had been invented. Yep, that's a roof of a building in our yard and it's still standing!

And how fun is this? You gotta love to see the photos of farmers working as a team. The threshing days brought a lot of memories for a lot of folks in the neighborhood.


I am making the best of a cold situation. I am writing, planning 2014, and actually having run reminiscing through the old family photos. I do wonder what prized photos will seem to appear out of nowhere. Today photos are not placed in boxes in attics, they are immediately shared through smart phones and voila- they are on Facebook for the whole world to see. On to the next photo box! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?