Brianna is a California girl loving the Iowa way of life! She and her husband Ryan live in Marion with their four month old son Cal and gigantic Bernese mountain dog Marshall. She is a School Facilitator in Marion, and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through Drake University. Her husband is a professor at Coe College; they met at a bar seven years ago and have been madly in love since. Brianna is passionate about education and working with at-risk students, she loves getting to work with kids each day! She enjoys gushing over her boys, reading, staying active, and visiting California to see her family every chance she gets.

Swimming Lessons With Mom: Basic Water Skills for Toddlers

Toddlers...too young for group swim lessons (bless their hearts), but old enough to be curious about the water. That tricky combination could make any parent feel as though they're in aquatic limbo. Luckily there...

In This Together: Moms Share Their Experiences with Anxiety

There is indescribable magic in the power of vulnerability and conversation. So why does the topic of mental health feel like a four letter word that requires a bar of soap to the mouth?...

Grin, Gripe, Let Go: 3 Ways to Compartmentalize Unsolicited Advice

When you become a mom, you suddenly realize you've been surrounded by parenting experts all along. Well-intentioned family members, online acquaintances, even the elderly stranger you meet in the HyVee checkout line is full...

No More: Sexual Abuse and Misconduct from Positions of Power

Over 150 women found a semblance of closure in a courtroom last month as the gavel dropped on serial sex abuser Larry Nassar. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina held nothing back as she delivered her sentence...

{Click} An Affinity for Mental Pictures

It was twilight in the Amana Colonies. Our little family of three was heading back to our car after a late afternoon of window shopping and enjoying some strudel. Seasonal garlands were hung along...
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Service and Volunteer Opportunities: Giving Back During the Holidays

The holiday season has arrived! This the time of year when many of us reflect and take stock of the blessings in our lives. It’s also the perfect time to remember those who are...

The Mombie Life: A Personal Study of Moms Evolving into Zombies

Drudging through her natural habitat, the aisles of Target, she clings to her venti latte for survival. Young creatures can be observed hanging onto her legs or wiping their noses on her shirt with...

Growth Minded Mama: 3 Ways to Foster a Growth Mindset in Our Children

“I’ll never be able to tie my shoes; it’s too hard!” Sound familiar? As parents, it can be difficult to navigate through the various struggles our children encounter as they grow. We want to encourage...