Monday, December 28, 2015

The New Year Family Camping Giveaway With #Ohuhu

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This looks to be a great way to kick off the new year, as someone will win this amazing prize package. Spring Break is just around the corner. Wouldn't it be fun to go camping this spring?

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Friday, December 25, 2015

How Christmas Changes Through The Years

OK~ There's something to be said that Christmas does not change, but it does. One thing that never changes is the fact that we celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus and gather together. It's also no secret that many do not have anywhere to go on Christmas, and it's just an ordinary day. And then there's the family photo when the dog won't cooperate, yeah, that's us!



For several years now, our parents and our kids' grandparents have traveled to Texas for the winter. So... that brought changes to how we celebrate Christmas. Christmas is celebrated in November with extended family and then in December, it's just the four of us. Our boys are now 20 and 24, so that brings a different feel, as well.

We had never considered going to a movie on Christmas Day until this year. Yes, we went to Star Wars and I'm glad we did. It was honestly something that I never grew up doing on Christmas Day and felt kind of odd, but after I got in the theater, it was all good.

We exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, which was a tradition that my husbands side of the family always had. We have kept that with our boys, and I also know that down the road that day may change. Right now our boys do not have a significant other, so there are no scheduling conflicts.

It was after 9 a.m. this morning that anyone was moving around the house. Much different from 10 years ago. The years fly by and if there's one thing I have learned, it's ok to be flexible and enjoy the time together that you can have.

Reflecting on Christmas 2015 has me asking, "Why do we have to have a day on the calendar to remind us to love one another?" Anyone else have any thoughts on that? I'd love to hear them. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

More Important Stories From The North Iowa Bloggers (Part Four)

OK~ It's time to share Part Four of the important stories that the North Iowa Bloggers have to share. The last part of this series I wrote was in  Part 3. Before Part 3, Part 2 was shared. and before that, there was Part 1. In case you haven't figure it out- we have some really awesome writers that reside here in North Iowa.



I'd like you to meet Abbey. Abbey blogs over at Mind Body Babies. Abbey is passionate about helping families. She is a doula and loves being part of the process of families greeting a new baby. She consistently offers great advice for new Moms to be over on her Mind Body Babies Facebook Page, as well. Are you a breastfeeding Mom that is challenged? Abbey will help you find the information and support that you need.

Meet Laura of All Things Travel. Laura enjoys traveling all around the Globe. If you want to know about cruising through Alaska, she has you covered! Maybe you want to know what the national parks look like out west, she's your go to gal. Laura's travels will inspire you to pick up the pace in exploring our beautiful world.



Leslie of The Gym Mom is exactly that, a gym mom. Leslie shares stories about her family and their adventures in gyms all across the country. If you and your family see a Mom doing a handstand in front of a national monument, it may very well be North Iowa Blogger, Leslie of The Gym Mom. Are your kids in sports or want to be? Leslie is a great resource for you, as well.

It's hard to believe that this is Part Four and there is more to come! I am so blessed to be surrounded with all of this awesome in North Iowa! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Monday, December 21, 2015

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Embracing The Christmas Spirit Without Snow

OK~ If you are like me, you are realizing that we are probably going to have a "brown" Christmas in Iowa. It is no secret that I am not a fan of winter, but I can tell you that a little dusting of snow on the ground for Christmas Eve would be ideal. We had a light dusting of snow the other day and we were left with this stunning sunset.





Last week I traveled south, to Florida. I met a local woman who said to me, "We have no lights out this year, as it's been too hot." So, as you can tell, there are a lot of people having a hard time embracing the Christmas spirit this year. We have come to expect snow, cooler temps and all those things that scream Christmas.

In the grand scheme of things, do we need snow or cold to be kind to one another? No, we don't. We also don't need snow and cold to be reminded that we celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas. We have been programmed to expect so many things in our society, that it's often easy to forget the real reasons behind many things in our day to day lives.

The spirit of giving is alive 365 days of the year. If we all took the time to think of others throughout the year, we would not feel so rushed on the days that rush up to December 25th. I have made a better effort throughout 2015 when it comes to connecting with people through snail mail and the like. Am I perfect? No... I truly have a LOT of work to do in 2016.

Just this morning I saw a friend post a request for gifts for teens and the outpouring of giving was fabulous. Social media brings a new avenue of awareness when it comes to reaching out and helping those in need. This particular family was homeless for part of 2015 and in the process of getting back on their feet. Because of social media and someone willing to share their need, this family will have a great Christmas. This, my friends, is what the Christmas season is all about.

I challenge you to put your smart phones down and engage in conversation. Several games of 500 will be played at our home with a few good laughs along the way. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


Saturday, December 19, 2015

North Iowa Bloggers Continue To Inspire And Share Their Stories (Part Three)

OK~ The North Iowa Bloggers are story tellers and let me tell you, they all share their stories with their own voices. That is what makes each of them unique. You met three of them and then met three more, and here are three more! The North Iowa Bloggers always have fun stories to share. When you read what they write, I know you will be inspired to try something new.



Meet Mary of Farm Girl Cook'n  she shares her life in Rural Iowa and a lot of family recipes. From lefse to butter pecan ice cream, She is proud of the fact that she grew up on a farm and learned a lot about cooking for farmers. Mary recently shared her story over on Latham Seeds website, check it out! From cooking supper to feeding a crew out of the fields, Mary has you covered.

Laura of Life On Skyview, shares her life on an Iowa farm. Laura is passionate about life on her Iowa farm and she would love to tell you about her cows. Living in Iowa all of her life, she has many family traditions to share. Her story about her experience with FFA is one you need to read. Traditions are a theme when you live in Iowa. Do you and your family have any traditions that are unique to living in Iowa?

Alicia of The Pork Diaries is always serving up something tasty! Did you see her most recent story about Bacon and Maple Krackers? The words bacon and maple immediately interested me! Alicia shares a little bit of pork and a whole lot more! If you read Alicia's stories, you will quickly learn that she has an active youngster in the house and adventures with her pigs.

The North Iowa Bloggers visit a lot of different places and introduce their readers to new communities all across the country. They have a strong interest in North Iowa Communities, as well as the midwest. Three of us visited Omaha this past summer and learned quickly that Omaha has a lot to offer.




The North Iowa Bloggers continue to inspire me and I hope they inspire you, as well. Stay tuned... there are several more North Iowa Bloggers that you need to meet. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?




Monday, December 14, 2015

Everyone Has An Important Story To Share: North Iowa Bloggers Included (Part 2)

OK~ Last week I introduced you to three North Iowa Bloggers. I'd like you to meet three more of them. The North Iowa Bloggers are a close knit group of folks that live in North Iowa.



We spend a lot of time together, online and offline. The beauty of it is that we each have our own story to share with folks all around the world. These North Iowans are making a difference, every single day. I would like you to meet these three awesome North Iowa Bloggers.

Introducing you to Donna of  Donnahup.com:

Donna is a lover of Jesus, her husband, glitter, super heroes, dinosaurs, and kindness. She also spends a lot of time volunteering at her church and is very active with the youth program. Donna is a great example of how being kind can make life so much easier. She also loves her small town midwest life. Being an Iowa native, it's always nice to hear that from someone who has lived in Florida most of their life. Trucker Tuesday is a fun read on her blog, so don't be afraid to get to know Donna! She will welcome you with open arms and a smile.

Meet Katy of Learning As I Go:

Katy is a proud step mom to two boys and she is passionate about travel and food. She's also a cheerleader for North Iowa, specifically the Hampton/Sheffield area. If you are looking for a new recipe or two, Katy is your go to gal! Her evenings are often spent in a gym watching her boys play team sports. Katy is always looking for ways to grow as a person and enjoys meeting new people.

Introducing you to Laura of cattaleswithlaura.com:

Laura has been a lover of cats all of her life. She lives on the family farm and enjoys helping others care for their cats. She has lived with many indoor and outdoor cats through the years. Her cat tales will inspire you to take excellent care of your cat. Laura is also an avid world traveler. She has traveled extensively around the world. Don't be surprised to see an occasional travel post thrown into the mix, as Laura loves to travel.



Each North Iowa Blogger has an important story to tell and I challenge you to read a couple of their posts. You will be inspired, as they are passionate about what they share online. These are three North Iowa Bloggers that you should get to know. Part 1 was the kick off of this series. And guess what? Part 3 will arrive sometime next week.

It's a lot of fun to be surrounded with so much awesome! These bloggers are cheerleaders for North Iowa and I can guarantee they will teach you something about yourself that you did not know. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?



Saturday, December 12, 2015

Paw-some ways to include pups in the holidays (and find out which states have the merriest dogs!) & Giveaway


Happy Howlidays! 
OK~I love the holiday season — the cold weather (not really), the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them too? My dog, Skipper.  I'm thinking it may be because of all the extra lovin' and gifts he gets from the family. Although, he's not a fan of Halloween as he's often painted up like a skunk. He is black and it's very easy to spray paint a white stripe down his back. Something tells me he enjoys the holiday treats a little more.

It turns out that I'm not the only pet mama to spoil her pup during this time of year.  That's why I love this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen).  They really know how to celebrate the holidays with your pup!



On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they've dreamed up:
My favorite was the Mistletreat.

Get it? (I love a good pun!) And this treat is sure to be a hit with Skipper.  Slobbery kisses? Check. Yummy treat? Check. Yes, it's pretty much the best gift idea ever.

I'm also loving the homemade paw-print ornament. I've seen these with children's hand prints before. Why not have your fur child make an ornament too?

Other great homemade doggy gifts include a treat bouquet, a sweet treat jar, and a ho-ho-howliday treat bag. Yes, Skipper is going to have a very nice holiday break. The boys and us love to spoil him!


The NosePrint.com also asked 3,000 Americans about their dog-related holiday habits, including whether their dog is involved in gift-giving, stocking-stuffing, Christmas sweater-wearing, and other holiday traditions. We have never gotten into the dog sweater thing here. Believe me, it's been tried, but not a hit.

What they found is that Americans really LOVE their pets. For instance, did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups? Have you completed your Christmas doggy shopping yet?

According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
 1. To express love to my dog:  72%
 2. Because it's fun for me:  60%
 3. To help my dog feel included like a family member:  54%
 4. To give my dog a moment of happiness:  53%
 5. To feel closer and bond with my dog:  43%

For me, I like to give presents to Skipper because of all of these reasons. He's such an important part of the family — I can't imagine the holidays without him.

The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
1.    48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
2.    43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
3.    32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
4.    29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
5.    22% make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations.

For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, check out these cool projects they have here: 
Finally, want to know which states have the most spoiled pups?
The 2015 TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index ranks states based on how much, on average, dog parents will spend on their furry kids:

Top 10 States That Spend the Most on Holiday Gifts for Dogs:
 1. New Jersey: $29.61 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
 2. New York: $28.95
 3. Pennsylvania: $28.75
 4. Utah: $27.75
 5. Georgia: $27.04
 6. California: $26.07
 7. Washington: $25.81
 8. Florida: $25.13
 9. Illinois: $24.98
 10. Virginia: $24.58

Apparently, it's good to be a dog in the New York tri-state area.  You can find the complete rankings of all 50 states at The Nose Print.Com. Here in Iowa we don't spend near as much as other states. I'm guessing it's because we baby our dogs all year long.

One final thing:  The folks at TheNosePrint.com have generously offered to give away a FREE Christmas doggy care package filled with some of the most delicious stocking stuffer treats for your pup.


From today through December 18, 2015 register to win the following:

To be entered to win the care package, just visit DIY decor article on TheNosePrint.com  and tell me in the comments below which DIY doggy decor project that you think your family would love best. Make sure to leave your e-mail address, so I can notify you if you win. After All, It's All In A Mom's Day, Right?

*All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not responsible for prize shipment and winner will be notified within 24 hours to claim their prize. If they do not, a new winner will be chosen. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Review And Giveaway: The Ozeri Ultra 42 Inch Wind Fan

Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan Giveaway! ($130ARV)

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Deliciously Savvy is Hosting a Giveaway in Which 1 Lucky Winner Will Receive an Ozeri Ultra 42" Wind Fan ~ Adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan with Noise Reduction Technology ($130 ARV)! I Love This Fan & It Is Definitely an Awesome Prize that Anyone Can Use! Enter Today & Good Luck!

Some of you may remember the loud, noisy fans that we used to use, yeah, way back when. My age is clearly showing. We actually have one of these fans in our home and love it! It is very quiet and works just the way a fan should.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Everyone Has An Important Story To Share: North Iowa Bloggers Included

OK~ There's something to be said about living in Rural America. It's true, we often know our neighbors and the people in our communities. Here in North Iowa, the North Iowa Bloggers are a huge part of my life. And just in case, you don't know who some of these fine people are, I'm going to introduce you to a few of them and their stories. With so many bloggers sharing so many great things, you will want to stay tuned as I introduce you to several other amazing North Iowa Bloggers over the course of the next few weeks. Everyone does have an important story to share, and I want you to get to know my fellow North Iowa Bloggers.

Summer 2015 memories were made with Iowa Food Bloggers Cristen Clark and Kristin Porter.


Meet Joy of Living Life Joyfully:

Joy is a cheerleader for everyone and anyone. She is passionate about helping folks with disabilities and including them in anything and everything. I look forward to her amazing, daily photos that she shares through social media. Check out the beauty of this Iowa sunrise.

Meet Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids:

Val is a farmer, farmer's wife, stay at home Mom, and blogger. Val is also a giver. You can log into her blog the first day of any month and learn where her comments for a cause are going. In December of 2015, you can comment on any blog post and she will donate money for a cause. The charity she has chosen for Comments For A Cause in December is The North Iowa Cheer Fund.

Meet Mary of Natural Plus Nursery:

Dave & Mary are owners of a family owned business in North Iowa. Mary shares the joy that new seasons bring to owning a nursery that is loaded with nature. Spring is a time when several of their clients look for a fresh start. These two will help you with your landscaping, assist in choosing the perfect tree and will even lend an ear when you need one. I can guarantee that you or someone you know will connect with the "heart" that Mary writes through, as she openly shares their journey of trying to start a family.

Wreath Making 2015 at Carlson Tree Farm

We all have a story and I love that our North Iowa Bloggers are sharing their stories and touching the lives of others all around the world. We are a close knit group. A positive work environment is so important and through blogging, several North Iowans have been brought together. I love that these people are a part of my life. Part 2 will come soon and I promise you, you won't want to miss it!

Be sure to "Like" the North Iowa Bloggers Facebook page to see what the North Iowa Bloggers are currently up to! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?












Blogger Opp: A Very Merry Christmas Giveaway

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Friday, December 4, 2015

$150 Giveaway Event: Amazon

We're giving away $150 to AMAZON!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mobile Payments Make Holiday Shopping Easier Than Ever #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.

OK~ Smart phones make it easy to shop this holiday season. Gone are the days when it is absolutely necessary to have a wallet in your purse or in your back pocket. We've talked a lot about keeping our families safe online, so it seems like an ideal time to talk about how easy it is to shop with your smart phone. The apps securely store payment information and utilize near-field communication, or NFC, to offer wireless payment through a merchant's payment terminal. Many of you are already using these apps, as a recent U.S. Cellular survey found that 47 percent of smart phone users manage or monitor their finances on their devices. These apps make it easy to track your purchases and it's easy to make payment with your device.

There are three major apps that you can use anywhere they are on U.S. Cellular's national network:

APPLE PAY:

Apple recently said it expects to have Apple Pay acceptance at more than 1.5 million U.S. Locations by the end of 2015. You can set up Apple Pay through the Passbook app on your Apple device such as the new iPhone 6, and payment can be completed by placing the device near the stores' register.



Apple Pay automatically connects the phone when near the NFC reader and requires a fingerprint scan to authorize the transaction. Apple Pay can also make payment online or within other apps.

GOOGLE WALLET:

For Android phone owners, Google Wallet can link multiple cards or bank accounts to an account which is accessed by a four digit pin.



Like Apple Pay, Google Wallet offers a tap-and-pay option to use in-store. Google Wallet can also be used in the Google Play store, within apps and online wherever a "Buy with Google" Button is found. In addition, Google Wallet can store customer loyalty cards from favorite stores ensuring users never out on a deal.

SAMSUNG PAY:

Samsung Pay is available on the latest Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy Note 5, and it uses NFC technology as well as magnetic transmission, making it compatible at almost all stores in the United States.



Most credit card holders are all able to link their cards and accounts to Samsung Pay.

Shopping this holiday season has never been easier. Head to your favorite store with your smart phone in tow and your purchases will be the simplest ever!

So.. tell me- Are you using any of these apps on a regular basis to make payment or are you waiting to try them out?