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.

Parenting Is Not “One Size Fits All”

We all have opinions.  Some strong, some weak, some conforming, and others that are just way out there.  When we become parents, we have even more opinions.  Stronger opinions.  Soap boxes to stand on...

I Betrayed My Daughter With Just a Glance: Mom Guilt at the Dr.’s Office

My daughter is perfect.  She is smart, clever, funny, and kind, with a touch of sarcasm and naughty mixed in.  She is beautiful, with an eclectic sense of fashion and big blue/gray/green eyes.  I’ve...

The Power of Words: 35 Quotes to Inspire Parents (Plus Free Printables!)

Words have amazing power.  They convey love, cause laughter, and spread joy.  They break hearts, bestow shame, and start wars.  Words entertain me when I am bored, help shape my worldview, call me to...

My Kid is Spoiled, but I’m the One Who Needs An Attitude Adjustment

My daughter started Kindergarten this fall.  Before Kindergarten, she attended daycare full-time.  This means that she has been around other children since she was 8 weeks old.   The girl knows how to behave...

Patience, Practice, and Learning a New Skill

Back in the 7th grade, students at my junior high were required to take one of two classes. We could take “Shop” and learn how to make things out of wood, or we could...

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

My daughter is many things: smart, frustrating, beautiful, exhausting, snarky, genuine, honest, loving… and hilarious.  The things that come out of that girl’s mouth just crack me up.  There will be times that she...

Why I’m Probably Not Going to Have Another Child

I’ve always known I wanted to be a mother, but there was never a defining moment in my life where I consciously decided that motherhood was in my future.  I always just knew.  I...

Please Excuse the Mess… I Don’t Feel Like Cleaning It Up

I can boast a fairly decent list of accomplishments: I shower daily. Chances are good my daughter will eat at least one serving of vegetables each day. I know the entire soundtrack to almost...