Caroline

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Caroline is an Arizona native who moved to Iowa in 2007 ‘for love.’ She and her husband live in Coralville with their 8-year-old daughter. Caroline works full-time at the University of Iowa and recently earned her MA in Higher Education Administration. Caroline is a self-taught sewer, fabric hoarder, Starbucks lover, wannabe graphic designer, and avid reader. Her greatest aspirations are to raise a kind, strong, and fearless girl and have a clean house.
Grateful Gratitude on Thanksgiving

A Season of Gratitude

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With the holiday season fast approaching, I find myself getting caught up in the busyness and consumerism that so often surrounds it. My thoughts turn toward list making, shopping, scouting the best deals, creating...

Out of the Mouths of Babes: The Crazy Stuff Our Kids Say, Rebooted

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A few years ago, I decided to gather all of the delightful gems my friends' kids have said into a blog post, because, you know, kids are hilarious. Well, nothing has changed since that...

When the Bare Minimum is the Best You’ve Got

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I’m finding it difficult to go above and beyond lately. Give 110%. Excel. Overachieve. Be a super mom. Cultivate a Pinterest- and social-media-perfect life. Do anything out of the ordinary. Honestly, I’m finding it difficult...

Coffee Shops in the Iowa City Area

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I once had a friend tell me that she didn't know who she would be without coffee, and her comment really resonated with me. I may have a massively huge and problematic slight addiction...

Thinking Outside the (Facebook Status Update) Box

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Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to clean up my Facebook account. I don’t mean "clean up" like there is anything in there to hide: my life is terribly uninteresting, I’m generally...

What it’s Like to Have Depression and Anxiety: An Analogy

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I think we can all agree that we just came out of an extraordinarily long winter. For many with depression, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, or any number of other mental or physical disorders, it...

Our Children’s Lasts: The Overlooked Moments We Should Cherish

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My daughter was sick a few weeks ago and crawled into bed with us. The poor girl couldn’t breathe through her nose and wasn’t able to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Of course,...

25 Dinner Tips from a Mom Who Hates to Cook

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I can boast an assortment of talents that I’ve found useful as a mother: getting strange stains out of clothing, cutting sandwiches in the “right” shape, picking every tomato out of a meal, remembering...

Parenting With Mental Illness: My Anxiety Affects More Than Just Me

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This isn’t easy for me to write about. Just the simple act of typing out these first words has made my heart start pounding. You see, I have anxiety, and although I am comfortable...

My “No-Spend Month” Challenge {Spoiler: I Survived and Target is Still in Business}

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I freely admit that I like to shop. Clothes, shoes, books, fabric, sewing patterns, things for the house… It’s so much fun to pore over websites and through sale racks, trying to find a...