Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Dreams Giveaway And Blog Hop~ Summer 2015

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Welcome to the Summer Dreams Giveaway And Blog Hop!

Hosted by Michigan Saving and More

Co Hosted By

Deliciously Savvy

Heartbeats~ Soul Stains


Life in a House of Testosterone



JClaw TekFlash LED Headlamp – See review HERE.
JClaw Tek Fire Talon Multitool – See review HERE.
Box 4 Blocks – See the review HERE.
IntelliARMOR Hardened Glass Screen Protector See review HERE.
PumPediPumPedi Top Rated Foot Callus Remover – See review HERE.
Clever YogaTowel and Hand Towel – See the review HERE.
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Clever YogaYoga Block – See the review HERE.
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Clever YogaExercise Ball – See the review HERE.
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Stampin UpPaper Pumpkin May – See Review HERE
SafeTGloves - See Review HERE
Winning Moves GamesFISH, FISH, SQUISH!™ – See review HERE.
Winning Moves GamesGuess Who™ See review HERE.
20% off with coupon code 20OFFSUN

Summer fun continues and this is just a fun way to keep in the summer spirit! There's a lot of amazing prizes to be won here, so be sure to enter. If you don't enter, you cannot win.

By following us on our social networks and by email we are able to get the best giveaways together on the internet! Please take a minute to "like" us on facebook! Thank you!



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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 7/31/15. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com.


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I have teamed up with some of the best bloggers online to share these giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs and enter some fabulous giveaways!

Michigan Saving and More or any Summer Dreams Giveaway Hop Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Blogger Opp: Summer Dreams Giveaway & Blog Hop


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I will need promoters, co hosts, and blogs with their own giveaway(s) to attached to this.
All giveaways must run the entire time July 1 - 31.
Each prize must be a minimum of $20 rv.
I will have the grand prize and need help with promoting and cohosts for that.
Sign Ups Close 6/28
Giveaway Dates: 7/1 12AM EST through 7/31 11:59pm EST



or can email me at las93063 at gmail dot com
All bloggers will receive 1 free link for posting and promoting giveaway
and 1 for posting and promoting bloggersopp, HERE.
Please share this on your social media!
Please join my facebook group just for Bloggers: HERE
I will post the html in the facebook group when I email it out. If you do not receive by 6/30 check the group.
Co-hosts are $15 for the free links plus 5 more links of choice, Co host page on their site and at minimum 1 follow or secret word page, name and link to blog on giveaway html.
Of course no google+ and no required facebook like.
Other sign up options available on sign up form too!
Please sign up below! Or at this link HERE

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Paying It Forward In Your Community Makes A Difference

OK~ I am truly blessed, as over the course of the last week I have witnessed a couple great ways people are paying it forward. I am truly blessed to be part of the awesome staff of  World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. The auctioneers that attend auction school are truly some of the nicest, most genuine and caring people I have ever met.

The February 2015 graduates literally paid it forward this past week. One student in the June 2015 term received a $700 scholarship from the February 2015 graduates. This group of auctioneers also raised enough money to give two auctioneers a one year memberships to the NAA (National Auctioneers Association).

 Now that my friends, is paying it forward. It's so fun to see a group of auctioneers believing in others, which could very well be their competition. When people work together magic happens. I continue to see this over and over again.

And then, at our North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club in North Iowa, Pat Palmer- The Computer Guy paid it forward by giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to Butcher's Steakhouse in Mason City. Pat had been the recipient of rib-eye steaks that Laura of Life On Skyview had given away the month before.

There's a lot of truth to be said that when you surround yourself with people you want to be like, you become that person. I can only hope that I can continue to give to others, as so many folks here in North Iowa continue to bless me day in and day out.

North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Attendees recently participated in the Milk Mustache Challenge that the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank is holding in North Iowa through June 30, 2015.

Go ahead... Show your "stache" on social media and donate here! It's all for good fun and a simple way to pay it forward.

So....... what will you pay forward? I challenge you to make a difference and as Beth Ann Chiles of It's Just Life says, "Be The Ripple"! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Visit Goodwill Today To Help Create Jobs By Donating

Disclosure: I am writing on behalf of the Ad Council.

OK~ I have been busy cleaning out closets this week and I just returned from a haul to my local Goodwill Store. I had three sacks just like this one.

Did you know that when you donate to Goodwill you help create jobs?  Thanks to the programs and support service made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 261,000 people earned jobs in 2013- that's one person find a job every 27 seconds of every business day. So you're literally donating your stuff AND helping create jobs. I don't know about you, but this makes me feel good.

Currently Goodwill is focusing on a campaign called, "Donate stuff. Create jobs." This whole campaign makes my donation today a little sweeter. It's always a good feeling when I can help make a difference.

Are you curious as to how your local donations impact your community? Introducing you to Goodwill's Impact Donation Calculator. Simply input the number of items you are donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, resume preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you have helped provide someone facing challenges to finding employment. Just yesterday we discussed ways to be nice to one another, so it's fitting to be sharing an easy way for you to give back to your community.

The beauty of utilizing my local Goodwill store is the fact that I can go back in a week or so to shop. I love taking a day now and then to check out what's available at my local Goodwill store. You never know what find of the day will be in the store. It is a fact: One man's junk, is another man's treasure. That saying resonates with me every time I visit my local Goodwill store.

I challenge you to visit your local Goodwill store. You will not only find a treasure, but you will also help people keep jobs. To me, that's a win, win! With a new school year around the corner, now is the perfect time to start scoping the shelves at your local Goodwill store. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Simple Ways To Be Nice To Others

OK~ I'm thinking about the word nice. When was the last time you experience someone being nice to you? In the world we live in today, we often get caught up in the online chaos and forget about those nice things that we can do for others. It used to be we surfed the "net" looking up a specific item or business. Today, for many, surfing the "net" is all about social media. One of the easiest ways to be nice to someone on social media is to wish someone a happy birthday through a social media platform. Many social media platforms let you know when someone has a birthday. Why not wish someone a happy birthday? In my opinion, this is one simple way to be nice to someone in your life.

When is the last time you listened to someone talking to you? Sometimes all others need is an ear. Be that ear and you will find yourself blessing the life of another. When we take the time to realize, it's not about "me"- life happens! Blessing others by listening to them is a simple way to be nice.

All of you know that I am a social media enthusiast, so why not be nice by visiting the Facebook Business Page of a local business that you love? Maybe you received awesome customer service or are enjoying your purchase. Why not let them know by leaving them a positive note on their page? Now, in my opinion, that's a simple way to be nice.

Send out a card or two. I have made it a habit to send out actual cards for the past few months and I actually find it very rewarding. It feels good to send a happy note to someone. In my opinion, this is a simple way to be nice. I also think my mail lady appreciates the job security, at least I like to think that way. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wendell August Waterfall Salad Set Giveaway

OK~ Welcome to our Wendell August Waterfall Salad Set Giveaway~

Hosted By Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and Queen of Reviews

and Sponsored By Wendell August

It's picnic season and this is just one easy way to serve up a salad for a picnic anywhere! Who doesn't like an American made product that is fun to use and adds pizzazz to their tableware?

Do you know those people that only buy "Made in America" products? Well, I have become one of those people and this is why we are pleased to offer this giveaway to you. This giveaway is about much more than "Made in America" products but about introducing you to a company that offers personalized, handcrafted gifts that will be memorable for whoever you choose to receive it. These products make giving a Hostess gift effortless and oh so easy.

The Wendell August Waterfall Salad Bowl Set will transform any ordinary table into a sleek, stylish one where you will proud to invite people to sit at. This will also transform any salad into a work of art. You can read Tammie's review of the product by going HERE. Onto the giveaway~

Onto The Contest Rules~

  • 1 reader will win a Wendell August Waterfall Salad Bowl Set. rv $99.00

  • This is open to the U.S. only

  • This Sweepstakes will end on 6/29/2015 at 7 p.m.

  • All entries will be verified

  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. pankuch1605@hotmail.com is the email it will come from.

  • Must be 18+ to enter

  • Void where prohibited by law

  • Full terms and conditions are the entry form below

Disclosure­ All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery nor did I receive compensation. Only 1 prize per household. 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. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Reasons Why You And Your Family Should Visit A County Fair

OK~ There are such things as county fairs, all across our awesome country. Many parents that I speak with have no clue as to what happens at a county fair. They often respond with, "My kids won't have a good time."

Iowa has county fairs around every corner. In fact, the Worth County Fair runs June 17th- 21st, 2015. This fair is located in North Central Iowa, near the Iowa/Minnesota border. I have spent a lot of days at county fairs throughout the years and let me tell you, your time spent at one, will be time well spent.

Meet Up With Neighbors

Let's face it. Many of us only have conversations with our neighbors through Facebook, so why not head out to your local county fair and have a real conversation with them? Your kids will enjoy meeting up with neighbor kids while exploring the animal barns.

And of course, there is the food. Who wouldn't enjoy eating a snow cone with a friend on a hot summer like day?

Learn A New Hobby

Check out the 4-H and open class exhibit halls. Here you will find amazing projects and an opportunity to find your new hobby. Maybe photography is something you have been wanting to dabble in. Your county fair is the perfect opportunity to meet some experienced photographers and maybe even learn a trick or two. County fairs are known for having some awesome seminars where you can meet an expert on a specific topic or two. Make that first step, SHOW UP!

Summer Fun 

Summer is a time to kick back and relax. Unplug with your family from your technology and visit your local county fair. Here you can meet people, play in the sun, participate in a contest or two.

County fairs often have tractor pulls for adults and kids, hay bale stacking contests, cutest kid contests, and other fun stuff!

Make that first step by getting out the door and unplugging to visit your local county fair. There's summer fun around every corner and it's often right in front of you. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Best of the Best Summer Giveaway (ARV $600)


Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. Items were received for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to the "Best of the Best Summer Giveaway"! This giveaway features some of the best products that have been featured on Karen's Got Mail. I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers for this giveaway!

Summer fun is here and let me tell you this is an awesome list of prizes! I do personally own a pair of the Sophie Sandals from Dansko and I absolutely love them. So many fun prizes, something that will kick your summer off in an amazing way. Check out this list- just a fantastic list of summer fun!

Best of the Best Summer Giveaway Prize Package Includes -


  Silkberry Baby - One Bamboo Ruffle Romper (Girl) (ARV $25.99) (Color options: Ikat bloom, Lemon print, Apple print, Sizes available: nb-3m, 3-6m, 6-12m)


 Teach My - One Learning Kit of winner's choice (ARV $39.99) Teach My has just launched in 2000 Walmart stores! Walmart is investing in Women-owned businesses!


  Jack N' Jill Toothpaste -
  • One of each 5 flavors of toothpaste (Banana, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Raspberry and Strawberry)
  • One Silicone Tooth and Gum Brush
  • One Dino Bio Brush
  • One Wash Bag (ARV $55)

 Ella's Kitchen - Prize Package featuring Ella’s Kitchen as part of the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target Campaign. (ARV $30)
  • One Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink with Pears + Berries
  • One Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink with Banana + Ginger
  • One Amaaazing Apple + Zucchini Smoothie Drink
  • One Mmmighty Strawberry + Red Beet Smoothie Drink
  • One Superrr Sweet Potato + Mango Smoothie Drink
  • One Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target Canvas Tote Bag

  Dansko - One pair of the Sophie Sandal (ARV $120)


  Fresh Baby - Prize Package (ARV $39)
  • Eco-Friendly Water Bottle
  • Kid’s Collapsible Water Bottle
  • Farm Fresh Market Bag
  • Farmer’s Market Tip Sheet
  • 2 Pop Maker and Snack Pouch
  • MyPlate Foam Puzzle
  • So Easy Toddler Food Cookbook

Radius - One Tour Travel Toothbrush and one Totz Plus Toothbrush (ARV $10)


Plum Hill - One Plum Hill Essentials featuring all natural body care products that are good for your skin and good for the planet. This gift set includes 2 oz. versions of the sugar body scrub, body oil, hand and body wash and a lip balm. Available in five scents: Asian Pear and Lily, Coconut Lime, Cranberry Orange, Island Woods and Winter Vanilla (ARV $19)


Me4Kidz - One Medipro First Aid Kit Pod (ARV $10.99). Each First Aid Pod includes 100 items to keep you prepared for your basic first aid needs.


Oemi Baby - One Oemi Baby Bag in Grey (ARV $295)


Cookie Cutter Kingdom - Summertime Cookie Cutters (ARV $18)
  • Sandcastle
  • Pail
  • Swim shorts
  • Surf board
  • Sunglasses
One lucky reader is going to win the Best of the Best Summer Giveaway Package valued over $600! This giveaway is open to the US only. Giveaway ends 6/26/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

All In An Iowa Mom's Day is NOT responsible for prize distribution.

  Karen's Got Mail and the participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Easy PeasyTM Patches Giveaway

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I am so happy to be hosting this giveaway with several other bloggers. These are just fun, cute little patches, you agree?

These are great patches to let your little ones express themselves. You can add these great durable patches to anything. Cloths, backpacks, bean bags, anywhere. 

They have so many different shapes, styles, colors, and patterns to choose from, you can find one for anyone. These fun patches work on anything and everything- super fun, easy way for kids to add fun to their stuff!

For Amy's Review CLICK HERE

Thank you for stopping by. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below to win some Easy Peasy Patches for yourself! Good luck and thanks for swinging by and entering.

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If you have any questions about this giveaway please email me at grovesamy81@gmail.com.  All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not responsible for prize distribution.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

U.S. Cellular Makes Shopping For Dad Easy In 2015 #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 15+ years. In fact, I have never been with another cell phone company.

OK~ Father's Day 2015 is quickly approaching and U.S. Cellular can help you find the perfect gift for Dad. Are you a last minute shopper or the plan ahead type? Well, U.S. Cellular can help you out either way!

Dads balance careers, community involvement and spending time with their families; they also have their own hobbies and interests. Fortunately, wireless devices offer ways to simplify and enhance their lives.

Fathers, like everyone else, use smartphones and tablets for an assortment of entertainment purposes. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 55 percent of smartphone owners use the device to watch video, 45 percent listen to music and 61 percent play games. I can tell you this, at our home it's all about the video!

Whether at home or on-the-go, dads can take their wireless devices powered by U.S. Cellular's 4G LTE/high-speed network with them to stay connected. Here are some great gift ideas for your dad on Father's Day.

  • For music loving dads, a one-year subscription to a music streaming service could be packaged with urBeats in-ear headphones or an iHome Crystal Tunes speaker. The subscription service lets dad build playlists of his favorite music, and then listen on-the-go with headphones or at home with the speaker.
  • A tablet, such as the iPad Air 2 with the Watch ESPN app, makes the perfect gift for sports fans. The mobility of the tablet and app ensure dad never misses a game or his favorite sports programming.

  • If your dad is an outdoorsman, the OtterBox defender series case is a the best gift to protect his wireless device during his adventures.
  • Fitness guru fathers will love the iBOLT Universal Bike Handlebar mount and case. It attaches to the bike, and the dock includes a slot for headphones. How cool is this for an active father? I personally think these health fitness options are awesome that U.S. Cellular has to offer for Father's Day. Another health-focused gift option is a wearable fitness device, such as the Jawbone UP24 that keeps track of physical activity and rest.

As you can tell there is no shortage of Father's Day gifts with U.S. Cellular. Create those Better Moments as you celebrate Father's Day 2015. To be sure you and your family are all celebrating Better Moments this Father's Day, be sure to keep your kids and grandkids safe with the child/protection agreement app that U.S. Cellular offers. Be safe, be smart and enjoy Father's Day 2015 with your Dad! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ideas To Make Summertime 2015 Memorable For Your Family

OK~ School is out for the summer all around us here in North Iowa. Today I noticed several kids out and about literally "running the streets." So, I thought I would share some ideas on how to keep your kiddos busy this summer. The beauty of all of these things is the fact that these activities don't take a lot of money and it will help build relationships in families.

  • Go Fishing! Fishing licenses are not required for kids under the age of 16. Free Fishing Days in Iowa are June 5-7, 2015, which is for everyone.  Parents will want to purchase a fishing license, as parents can be fined (when free fishing days are not held) for putting a worm on a child's hook. You can purchase fishing licenses at many local sporting good stores or online.
  • Camp in your backyard. Why not? Kids love to camp, so why not invest in a tent that you can use in your backyard, as well as family camping trips?
  • Hike on a trail in a county park or a state park. Rockford Fossil Prairie and Preserve in Rockford, Iowa offers family fun all day long while hunting for fossils.
  • Host a neighborhood cookout. Invite neighbors to your home for a cookout. Everyone bring their choice of meat and a dish to share. Make sure your grill has lp and/or charcoal ready to go!
  • Libraries all across North Iowa and the U.S. offer family summer friendly reading programs. When is the last time you and your family set foot in the children's room of your public library?
  • Still stumped? Check out Val's Family Summer 2015 Bucket List of Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids!

In my opinion, there is no reason that any child should be running the streets during the summer months. Communities all across the nation and North Iowa offer opportunities to keep kids busy. When all else fails, why not spend time as a family playing a board game or maybe even breaking out a family movie that has not been viewed for a few months?

Summer activities do not have to be expensive. Let's face it. Kids want attention and they will remember the times you spent with them at the local swimming pool, coaching their t-ball team and even the time you helped them pitch a tent in the backyard.

If you ask our 24 and 20 year old sons they will tell you that they remember all of the days I spent with them at the local swimming pool and all the bicycle rides we went on. I never "dumped" them off at the pool and you know what, they remember that. They met new friends at the pool and you know what? I also met new friends.

So, tell me..... How will you keep your kids busy this summer? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?