Monday, June 30, 2014

Giveaway: $100 Best Buy E-Gift Card




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From Cooking To New Apps- There Is Always Something To Do With Kids On A Rainy Summer Day

OK~ It's been a wild weather weekend here in Iowa and it appears that this weather pattern will continue for quite sometime. How do you deal with the rain and storms? I'm thinking of families with school age kids home for the summer and I've got some ideas as to how to entertain them!

First of all, kids love to be busy. If you give your kids a spoon and a bowl while you are cooking in the kitchen you may have inspired the next Food Network Cooking star. It's no secret that if you give kids the opportunity to try new things they will quite often embrace the opportunity and run with it. Sure, their food may not look beautiful, but who knows? It may taste out of this world!

If your kids are old enough to manage a tablet, how about exploring some new apps with them?





  • Draw Something 
  • Angry Birds
  • Helicopter Taxi
  • Pocket Frogs
  • American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs
These are just a few apps that can keep your kids busy during rainy summer days.

How about a day of art projects? Break out one large poster board for each child. Lay out paints and brushes, while letting your kids create their own art project. Make it a point to hang each creation in a spot in the house where visitors and everyone will see it. One other thing to note, have your kids wear old clothes while painting and paint in an area that is protected from splashes of paint. Once kids begin painting, things may get messy.

And when all else fails, why not break out a new book or two? There's something to be said about holding an actual book in your hand between your fingers.

Summer is cruising right along and there is no time like now to let the creative juices start flowing. Rainy days can bring memories and smiles that will last for years to come. So, tell me, how do you keep your kids busy on rainy days? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?







Sunday, June 29, 2014

Home Art Studio Giveaway: June 29- July 13, 2014

Home Art Studio Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Home Art Studio

Co-Hosted by Dividing by Zero and Deals of Sweetness

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The Home Art Studio program is a DVD based art education program specifically designed for homeschooling families. It is designed to increase students’ love and appreciation of the visual arts while enhancing a child’s ability to problem solve, think creatively, and truly see the world around them. Emilee from Pea of Sweetness has been using the Home Art Studio 2nd Grade Program with their children. See what they thought in her full Home Art Studio review.

Would you like to try Home Art Studio? One winner will receive the Home Art Studio program full set of DVD’s – Kindergarten – 5th Grade (ARV $150). This giveaway begins on 6/29 and ends on 7/13 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment, which includes All In An Iowa Mom's day

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blogger Opp: Target Gift Card $100



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Friday, June 27, 2014

Blogger Opp: Back 2 School Paypal Cash Giveaway

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

U.S. Cellular Offers Family Protector Program and July 2014 Device Training Workshops: #Sponsored Post

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 all know that it's important for families to stay in touch with each other. It is a fact that mobile phones allow to us to do this on a daily basis. The iPhone 5s makes it super easy to stay in contact with family, as it's easy to navigate.



In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents indicated that 13 was an appropriate age for a child to receive their first mobile phone, whereas five years ago that age was 15. I know locally, there is variation of opinion on this. I recently asked my fans at what age they felt it was appropriate for kids to have smartphone. The age range was six to never old enough. Yes, I do agree, it does depend on the maturity of the child, but six is fairly young.

I am also asked questions, quite regularly, as to what age is appropriate for my child to have their first smart phone? Many times it is because kids want to go on Instagram or SnapChat. It's important for parents to understand how to use these devices and help their kids understand why parents need to monitor them. U.S. Cellular offers a fantastic Family Protector Program, which will help parents put their minds at ease, once they hand over a smart phone to their kids. You can enroll in this program here and know that you are making a smart choice when it comes to the safety of your family.

Many of you know that I strongly feel it's important to still talk to people, and you know that face to face conversation still matters. Our kids are no different when it comes to using their smartphones. In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 39 percent of parents said they wish their children would talk to them instead of sending them texts/e-mails or instant messages. Personally, I think it's nice to hear their voice now and then, but in all reality, a text message is very convenient! There are times that a phone call is warranted, but often times a text message will suffice.

U.S. Cellular also found that 72% of families have rules when it comes to their kids and cell phone use. To help make this conversation much easier, as U.S. Cellular's Parent Child  Agreement provides customizable suggestions on safety and etiquette that focus on creating better moments within families. The intention is to make this work for each individual family, and to show how technology can enhance time spent together as a family.

U.S. Cellular is offering FREE device training workshops during the month of July. This is the perfect time to learn more about the devices your family owns. Everyone will be in tune to how to use them once the new school year rolls around. At these workshops, the helpful folks at U.S. Cellular will offer families advice on setting guidelines and sharing suggestions on what parents need to know when it comes time to invest in their child's first mobile phone. For a list of device workshops in your area, head on over to the Events that U.S. Cellular has to offer.

Handing over a smartphone to your child is not an event to be taken lightly. Take the time to educate yourself on how to use the device and then show your child how to be safe. There's a lot to learn and it's true that you can never be to cautious when it comes to the safety of your children. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How Important Is It To Post That Photo? Stacey Honowitz Shares What You Need To Know Now


OK~ We recently had some discussion on my All In An Iowa Mom's Day Facebook Page in regards to photos of children taken by their parents while potty training them. I personally feel there is no need for this anywhere on the internet. It was obvious that this is a topic that parents are passionate about. Most parents thought that it was a no/no, but there were several that thought it was OK to do. I hope you will think twice before you post that next photo online, as I know I will.

The last two years I have worked with several of the folks that have presented at the Community Empowerment Series in St. Augustine, Florida. Let me tell you, this is one lucky community. They get the "best of the best" for one whole day! Tips on being smarter and safer when it comes to being online. Michele Borba, an expert on bullying, is pictured here with Stacey Honowitz.


Michele Borba and Stacey Honowitz: Community Empowerment Series 2014- St. Augustine, Florida


I have met Stacey Honowitz and am deeply passionate about the work she is doing in the state of Florida when it comes to keeping kids safe online and everywhere. I invited Stacey to share some eye opening information with you. I realize some of you may be aware of where your pictures go when posted online, but I have a feeling that many of us could use a friendly reminder.
As a Supervisor in the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit of the State Attorney's Office, I have been asked to discuss the impact that social media has when posting certain information. The first tidbit of information that I would like you to know is that once the information is "posted" or "tweeted" it no longer belongs to you.  All those adorable pictures of your kids, dog, you, your home etc is now fair game for anyone to see and use. What we long believed was personal and special to us and whomever we chose to share it with is now fair game and free to the rest of cyber and criminal world.

We turn on the tv, open the newspapers, and listen on the radio to cases involving sexual predators. There is always legislation being bantered around with regard to sex crimes, sentences, and registration. What people fail to talk about is that the internet and especially social media sites have become a haven for predators and sex offenders. Trolling is common place for these people, because now they can seek out their victims on line. They are not visible, and for these individuals its a better way to operate.. This is like open season for them and allows them to go to work. People have become masters at being able to photo shop, and cut and paste. We have seen cases where photos of kids are put on the bodies of adults, and placed into situations that nobody would believe. 
 
In today's society we need to be smart, and one step ahead. Remember that people, especially ones that are master manipulators like sex offenders are usually computer gurus. Older children must be taught about "chatting with nefarious individuals, and parents who post pictures of their kids must know that they are sharing not just with friends, but the whole world." Be safe, use good judgment, and if need be, keep those photos that are so special to yourself.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on keeping your family safe online. Is this something you think about, or is it something that kind of gets tossed to the wayside. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?



More about Stacey: 

Stacey Honowitz is a twenty-two year veteran of the State Attorney's Office, seventeen years dedicated to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit where she is currently serving as a supervisor. She is also a frequent legal commentator who has provided legal analysis for Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, CBS News 48 Hours, MSNBC, CNBC, as well as Fox News and Court Television. She has prosecuted several high profile cases in south Florida and is also a guest lecturer who speaks about child sex abuse, the sensitive nature of these cases, the navigation of the criminal justice system and the importance of frank and open communication with children about this important and difficult subject matter.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It's A Great Day When Your Boys Pay For Their Own Car Parts

OK~ Now that our boys are 19 and 23 one would have to think that the car chaos would end, right? WRONG! Thankfully my hubby is awesome when it comes to fixing cars. And I do believe these two boys of ours do understand why they are lucky. When Dad can make the repairs there are no labor costs, maybe a meal, but that's about it!

I had the job of giving the boys a ride into town to purchase their car parts. Dad stayed home with both of their vehicles. Reality hit when we walked in and both boys knew exactly what they needed and where to find what they needed in the store.




They both paid for their own parts and never batted an eye. Me, I was a Mom in shock! Pleased to know that I had two young adult sons who were independent when it came to shopping and paying for car parts. And in all reality, what would I know anyway, right?

In all reality maintenance on vehicles is on going, but when there are four vehicles around; there's always one that needs something repaired. Remember that day our youngest son's car blew up?  Yeah, I'd like to forget about that day too. I did learn on that day that I would never need to worry about working for a towing company, I blew all of my chances. Yeah, I never did figure out how to control the vehicle being towed with a chain and don't feel a need to learn.

Blessed to have two wonderful young adults in this household- 19 and 23 years old.




Once a Mom, always a Mom. But dang, it's sure nice to realize that independence means something to them and I can relax over this "one" shopping trip to the auto parts store. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chewy.Com Review: Fun Dog Toys From Planet Dog

OK~ I had the opportunity to review another product from Chewy.Com and of course, I said, "Send it my way." I can also tell you that Skipper, our dog, was very glad to hear that as well. Once the UPS man drops off our Chewy.com package, Skipper goes nuts! He must recognize the writing on the box, you think?



Chewy.com offers several sport balls for dogs to play with. Planet Dog brand toys are offered in a nice selection. From tennis balls, baseballs, and squeaky toys of all shapes and sizes Chewy.Com has you covered.

Skipper recognizes the box when Chewy.Com has arrived at our home.


Thankfully we do not receive breakables, as you can only imagine what would happen if he were to destroy that box. He goes absolutely crazy when a box arrives from Chewy.Com.

When you purchase $49 or more, you do receive free shipping on your order. With dog food, dog treats, and dog toys all available here, this is your one stop place for your pet shopping. And if you have a cat, Chewy.Com has you covered, as well. 

We have one happy dog.


Skipper loves to see what comes from Chewy.Com. One thing I can say is that our products have always arrived prompt and are shipped in tight packaging. We have never had an issue with a damaged product upon arrival. 

As you can tell, our house gets a little crazy when the packages arrive from Chewy.Com, but that's OK. A little chaos means all is well in the house and life is good! After All, It's All In A Mom's Day, Right?

* As stated above, I did receive product for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post and opinions are mine and nobody else's.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Cash Giveaway

Welcome to Mama Foster's Summer Cash Giveaway hosted by Mama Foster with Co-Hosts A Madison Mom, Femme Fitale Fit Club Apparel, Barbaras Beat Blog, and The Body Workout.

Who doesn't enjoy having a little extra summer cash around? I know I do.  Someone has to enter and win, why not you?


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You have until 6/30 to enter! Giveaway runs 6/9 to 6/30 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 mamafosterblog@gmail.com

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Everalbum Review

OK~ I was recently introduced to Everalbum, have you heard of them? If you like to take photos and like to keep them organized, you will enjoy Everalbum.








Many of you know that I love to write and talk. But, when it comes to the technology related parts of the blogging world, I struggle. Everalbum does help make the whole photo sharing and storage thing very simple.




Photo editing can sometimes seem difficult. Often times you have to open an app to take the picture and then you open another app to edit the photo. With Everalbum, it's all easy to do in a couple steps without having to open a separate photo editing app. Now that makes Everalbum an easy recommendation for me to give someone. I'm all about simple and this one is just that!


Everalbum offers Editing




You can download the free Everalbum version over at the itunes app store. The Android based version is almost ready to roll out. iPad and iPhone users can now use Everalbum on a daily basis. I also installed it on my desktop computer, giving me another option of working with my photos. If you love sharing photos, you will want to invest in the Premium version of Everalbum. This will save you time and heart break over the loss of your photos.




Everalbum works on several devices





Key Value:

- With Everalbum you will never have to worry about running out of space on your phone EVER again. Once your photos from your phone are backed up, you can delete your camera roll and any future photo you take will automatically be added and backed up to your Everalbum.

- Never worry about losing family photos again. No matter if your computer breaks, or you lose your phone, once in Everalbum they are backed up and safe forever.

- Never worry about privacy or having your photos public. Privacy is very important to us and we've done everything possible to guarantee all of your photos are private to you and only you by default, except when you want to share your photos privately with family and friends.

Pricing:

- Very affordable pricing for families.
- $7.99/month or save 20% by buying yearly at $79/year and have up to 50,000 photos backed up in full resolution.
- Never worry about GBs, or MBs storage, Everalbum doesn't care about that.

On the go... wherever you are- Everalbum has you covered!


Everalbum On The Go




After losing all of the photos from my smartphone last Winter when "stuff" fell off of a shelf in the local coffee shop onto my smartphone, I now understand the importance of why it's important to store photos. Had I installed Everalbum on my phone at that time, this would not be an issue.

Want to sign up for Everalbum Premium? Here ya go! Head on over and sign up today. No more worries when it comes to storing all of your fun photos.


Swing on over to Facebook and "Like" Everalbum and follow Everalbum on Twitter for up to date information!


* A special Thank You to Everalbum for being a sponsor for our June 2014 social media breakfast in North Iowa. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post and the opinions expressed are mine and nobody else's.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hammock Bliss Giveaway: Enter Now Through June 18, 2014

This giveaway is Sponsored by Hammock Bliss

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There's nothing like a relaxing moment or two in a hammock once warm weather rolls around. Here in Iowa we embrace all of the nice days we can. So, here's a hammock I know you would love to utilize!

Relaxing in the breeze doesn't have to be a dream of the pass. Relax in a hammock from Hammock bliss. Say goodby to netting, toes getting caught, things falling through and hello to relaxation.
To read more about this hammock and watch our video review head on over to Economical Mommy
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Monday, June 2, 2014

A Day In The Life Of A Sky View Farms OB Nurse: Guest Post By North Iowan Laura Cunningham

I have enjoyed following North Iowan Laura Cunningham through social media and I have recently gotten to know Laura in real life. It's evident that she is passionate about her farm. I invited her to share what her life has been like on her farm. I think you will find her story fun and fascinating!


A Day in the Life of a SkyView Farms OB Nurse
By Laura Cunningham




Wednesday started out like any other day during our three-month calving season at SkyView Farms.  The sun was shining, cool breeze blowing and the cows and calves were enjoying a relaxed morning in the pasture.  While making my midday rounds, I came upon one cow who stood alone at the opposite end of the lot. Tail lifted and cocked to the side.  Pacing ever so carefully with her ears slightly back and an anxious expression on her face.  This momma was going to calve soon.
   
When cows are in labor, we (my husband Aaron and I) do our best to make sure someone is always on the farm to monitor progress.  As a rule we give the cow space, access to water and a dry place to deliver.  All was in order for this momma’s delivery but something was telling me she needed to be watched closely this morning.

An hour into labor, no hooves or little nose had appeared, the cow’s pacing had increased and her anxiety was noticeably worse. Something wasn’t right and I was going to need help.  A quick phone call and the vet was on the farm within 15 minutes.  After a brief exam he immediately went to work setting up the tools we would use to assist delivery, knowing with each passing minute the mother was getting weaker and the calf could be in trouble.  

One of the biggest challenges in raising cows and calves, is knowing when to intervene and when to let Nature run its course.  Unlike a human who can verbally communicate pain, discomfort or problems, calf delivery decisions are based solely on non-verbal cues and monitoring body language.  Intervening too early could place unneeded strain on the mother, but waiting too long could risk the life of both the mother and the calf. 

With one of us on each end of the calf puller we carefully watched the mother, matching her pushes and contractions with our pulling motions.  Within five minutes, the 75 pound heifer (female) calf was born. 
Newborn Heifer

We released the mother and quickly backed away giving her space to care for and bond with her newborn baby.

With delivery complete, it was time to shift to post-partum care.  This includes monitoring the mother to make sure she recovered from delivery, and watching for the calf to make its first attempts to stand and then to nurse.  It’s important that the newborn nurses within 2-8 hours to ensure she receives first colostrum.  This is the first milk produced by her mother and contains all the essential antibodies needed to help build her immune system.  Calves experiencing troubled births often struggle with this, and such was the case with our newborn.

Seven hours had passed and our little heifer hadn’t yet successfully nursed and was too weak to stand. I mixed up a batch of colostrum replacer and attempted feeding with a bottle.  Her little tongue was still so swollen and painful from her biting it during birth that she didn’t accept it.

Bottle Feeding Calf

The only option was to deliver milk via feeding tube every five hours to build up strength while her mouth healed.  It’s a painless process for the calf, but can run the risk of interfering with the maternal bond.  This calf's mother was good though.  She seemed to understand I needed to help her baby, and quietly watched as I fed her each day, continually licking her calf and trying to get her to nurse in between.  

On day two when the swelling had noticeably reduced on her tongue, I started in on what I like to call “bottle therapy”.  I downsized from the normal large calf nipple to a lamb nipple. 

Bottle Therapy
It’s much smaller and softer in hopes our little heifer would accept the bottle.  Over the course of the next two days, she continued to make progress and finally drank a full bottle on her own at the end of day three.  Day four continued with bottle therapy and during evening chores, our little heifer took her first feedings from mom.  A huge sigh of relief.  While I was prepared to be a foster mom, seeing those two bond and successfully nurse together left a warm feeling in my heart.  All the hard work and constant care had paid off.


Calving season as a whole could be compared to working in the obstetrics ward at a hospital, in which you are the sole nurse on deck for forty expectant mothers who don’t speak the same language as you, and may or may not deliver every day for the next three months.  However, the joy that comes from nursing a baby calf back to health far outweighs the long hours and heavy eyelids.  It’s all in the life of a cattle farm “OB nurse” caring for her forty newborns.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blogger Opp: Best Buy E-Gift Card $100



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