Chelsie lives in Durant with her Fiancé, Joe, their Daughter (1), Stepson (7), and Stepdaughter (5). She grew up in Northeast Iowa making her way to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa were she earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design. She currently works at Phelps Uniform Specialists in Muscatine as the Design and Marketing Coordinator. When she isn’t spending quality time with her family, she likes to enjoy some of her favorites including: watching Hawkeye Football (and Packers!), reading lots and lots of books, drinking all the coffee, camping, running, and finding new outlets to be creative.

7 Things I Wish I Would Have Known My First Year of Stepparenting

I have been a stepmom for four years now. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and there are definitely things I am still trying to work through. As dynamics change and my stepkids'...

3 Ways Kids Benefit From Having a Working Mom

Going back to work after having my daughter was incredibly difficult, and hasn’t gotten any easier as she has grown into her toddler years. I think of her often during the day, and wish...

Why It’s Important to Recognize Stepmoms on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be tough for blended families. We have my stepkids 50/50, so they spend half of their time with us. When they are here, I take on half of the parenting role....

7 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month with your Daughter

March is Women’s History Month. Centered around International Women’s Day on March 8, we celebrate 31 days of all the inspirational women before us and the influential women of today. With the #MeToo movement,...

7 Reasons You Should Pay Your Babysitter Well

Finding a good babysitter can be a challenge. If you are like me, it can be even more difficult when you don’t have relatives nearby to help out. As parents, getting out for a...

Working Mom Hacks: 4 Ideas to Make the Most of Weeknights

We love spending our weekends doing quality family activities and getting the most out of our time with the kids. But as a full-time working mom, what about weekdays? Some weeknights I feel guilty after...

5 Clever Ideas to Use Up All That Halloween Candy

This year our house will have three trick-or-treaters. Three! That’s a lot of candy, more than what we know what to do with. Typically we let the kids have at the candy for a...

Toddlers: 5 Strategies for Coping with Emotions in Public

When the troublemaker in your toddler starts misbehaving in public, you can only hope to be fully armed and prepared. The hard part is you are trying to do this in a way that...