Friday, October 23, 2015

Ahhhh.... A Simple Life, Does It Still Exist?

OK~ Having spent quite a bit of time traveling the highways and by-ways in the United States the past few months, I have to say, Wow! How do so many of you keep your car on the road with all of the texting and driving that I have witnessed? The super, scary part of this is that there are quite often kids in the car. Do people forget that kids are like sponges?

We live in a society where we are all expected to be available 24/7. I find that annoying, does anyone else? My phone is not my life, my life is all about talking to people and exploring new places. If I never put my phone down, I would have nothing to write about. Sometimes it's all about the place and the moment. Iowa offers a little quiet now and then, you agree?



I remember the day when it was super cool to have an answering machine in your house. I also remember the day when answering machines did not exist and you had to call someone later. And the best thing about this was the fact that nobody got all excited because someone wasn't answering their phone. It was acceptable that people were busy living their lives. Do you find it hard to put your phone down? You know, I get caught once in a while. I sometimes get excited about posting something to social media and forget that I should be focusing on something else. So, as you can see, I am just as guilty as everyone else.

The real life conversations do matter, as they are what makes life special. It's all about the people in our lives and the experiences they bring. These conversations make life seem simple. Does anyone else appreciate a simple life? I like having a quiet day where life seems simple. I also enjoy being able to put my phone away and not having the pressure to check it 24/7.

So... tell me. How do you bring simple back into your life? Or... is it something you don't care about? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




Monday, October 12, 2015

Teens And Jobs

OK~ The local grocery store used to be filled with kids working at the check out, not anymore. The age of the person running the cash register keeps going up and up. It used to be that a stop at 7 p.m. in the evening.

So, this, of course got me thinking. Where are our kids working today? It seems that many are not working anywhere. Which leads me to believe that Mom and Dad are spending a lot of money on a lot of electronic devices. The newest Pew Study shows that 70 percent of teens own a smart phone and 95% go online everyday and use Facebook. In all reality, most teens do not own their smart phones, their parents do.

Teens and Jobs


A job of some sort is good for a teen as it teaches them how to handle money, as well as gives them the opportunities to learn and meet new people. Some may argue that kids don't need to work, as they will work the rest of their lives. Well, around here, in North Iowa, if kids don't have a part time job they are very active in sports or they are running the streets. We don't have that in between place for our teens. Maybe other communities do, but where I live, that is not the case. Our boys worked in the local pizza place, the local gun club and scooped corn in the grain bins.

I would love to see teens at the check out in the grocery store or even in a local restaurant. Anytime we have the opportunity to build up our kids, lets do it. Part time jobs are confidence builders and they also help keep our local businesses open.

If you have a teen, I'd love to hear why they are working or why they choose to not have a part time job of some sort. And the biggest question, if they are not working, how are they learning how much a smart phone costs to have a month? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Three Simple Ways You Can Make A Difference During The Month Of October: Bullying Prevention Month

OK~ October has rolled around, again. October is also bullying prevention month and I honestly have to wonder if we are making strides in the right direction. I would like to think we are, and I do believe there are communities that are making a positive difference when it comes to bullying. Just yesterday I read this story that made my heart ache. This whole world of bullying and cyberbullying can be classified as a slippery slope, as it often seems nobody cares.



In my local world, in the past week, two events were brought to light that have been happening for more than 20 years. It seems that locals have known about these events and finally, 20+ years later, thanks to social media, someone has been bold enough to share the outrage that should have came about more than 20 years ago.

I have a difficult time trying to figure out why people can be so mean. I was brought up in a home where niceness mattered and believe me, I learned at an early age what it was like to have a conscience. I have always said that I would never make a good used car salesman. Sorry- if you are a used car salesman, but I could never do your job! I spent the last evening contemplating as to how we can change all of this, as one thing continues to snowball into another.

Here are three simple ways that you can make a difference when it comes to bullying during the month of October and forever more:

BE NICE

Make the time to be nice to others. This includes smiling and talking to people. And it is possible to be nice on social media. Reach out to someone through an actual card that you send through snail mail or send a nice message through social media. Niceness does matter and it is a valuable trait to use in your personal and professional life.

SAY THANK YOU

The two words Thank You are very easy to say and can make a difference. Often times the teenager that is taking your order at your local fast food establishment is taken for granted and not treated with much respect from restaurant patrons. Be the person that makes a difference and say, "Thank you."


SHOW EMPATHY

Empathy is simply the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Put yourselves in the other person's shoes and you may quickly change your tone and your words. If you are a parent, I challenge you to show your kids what empathy is. Encourage them to reach out to the student that sits alone at the school lunch table. When kids  have to think about how others feel in specific situations, they should learn how important it is to show empathy.

And one more thing.... if i see the word F*** (printed like this) on any more ads for campaigns for good, I think I will pull my hair out. I am thinking that they are trying to market to the younger crowd, but can you say fail? I am thinking the professional marketeers think that by using asterisks, it's all good. Really? Can we all just be nice?

When folks in communities are nice, say thank you and learn what empathy is, we can all say we live in safer communities. This does not seem like rocket science to me, it's all about living life with a conscience and being a good friend. How will you make a difference during the month of October and forever more? After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Monday, October 5, 2015

Keeping Your Family Safe During Halloween With Family Friendly Apps #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions 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.

Halloween is a time of year that kids and families of all ages look forward to each year. From costumes to sweet treats, Halloween offers plenty for kids to get excited about. Parents and guardians, on the other hand, may feel some anxiety about the holiday, especially if they have teens or tweens who trick or treat and attend Halloween parties. It's a night where staying connected with kids takes on an increased importance. 


Fortunately, today's parents can breathe a little easier, thanks to smart phones and the top rated apps that can make Halloween a little safer and more fun. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, nearly half (47 percent) of parents have a child with a cell phone, and the average age children receive their first cell phone is 12.  The Samsung Galaxy 6S Edge is a great tool for keeping families connected. The key is to start the conversation about online safety early and install the U.S. Cellular Parent Child Agreement. This opens the doorway for communication and will hopefully help you and your family avoid any issues.


Here are some tips apps that will help your family breathe a little easier during the Halloween season and all the fun that goes along with the holiday.


- Take advantage of the flashlight function for night visibility (Most modern smart phones have this capability).


- Program phone numbers into their phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency)


-Set up alarms on your child's smart phone for periodic reminders to check in with you


Free or low cost apps for families for Halloween safety:


Family Locator App: Keeps tabs on trick or treating family members with the free Family Locator App. This free app allows parents to see their kids' locations in real time, get notifications when their kids reach their destination and allows parents to receive alerts when kids enter areas that are unsafe.




Red Panic Button App: In case of emergency, parents can ensure they're reachable at a moments notice with the Red Panic Button app.



A press of the button sends an SMS and e-mail that contains a link to Google Maps and their GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic button contact list.


FBI Child ID App: This free app provides invaluable tools in case a child goes missing. Convenient electronic storage of photos and vital information about your child enables parents to show pictures and provide physical identifiers to first responders. as well as easily e-mail information to authorities.



Ghost Radar App: Have a little fun this Halloween with the Ghost Radar App! This free app takes Halloween safety to a paranormal level by alerting users to any possible paranormal activity in your area.




Ghost Radar takes various reading on the device and includes a voice to announce when interesting words have been detected.

Halloween should be a fun event for your family! And just in case you are stumped on a Halloween costume for yourself or others, this costume will be the life of any party! Easy, affordable and fun to make, check it out!

U.S. Cellular continues to offer families easy ways to stay connected. Start the conversation early, so you don't have issues with your kids and cell phone usage. Enjoy Halloween and be safe during the month of October. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?










Saturday, October 3, 2015

$250 Coach Handbag Giveaway

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