Dawn

Dawn
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Dawn lives life to play! Wife to Bryan and mother of four (ages 17, 13, 11, and 8,) she finds what she most enjoys and does it. Bryan tells people she hates a blank calendar; Dawn says she loves a colorful one. With a BA in Theatre and a certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa, Dawn has successfully run two business and volunteered on numerous community theatre Boards of Directors. She currently colors in her calendar with Youngevity confidence consultation appointments, Chamber Singers of Iowa City rehearsals, strength training and kickboxing at NLXF-NL, managing the office at BerganKDV, and setting as many dates with friends as she can. Dawn is passionate about respect and intentional choices. She loves coffee with cream, a good wheat beer, seeing someone discover something for the first time, and listening to audio books while driving.
An image of hearts as we discuss letting go for control amid COVID-19

Choose Connecting Instead of Controlling Amid COVID-19

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With the reality of being confined for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), I have seen many, many resources being shared with ways to keep our children engaged and learning....

You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone: Eating Disorder Awareness

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As a child, I was skinny. I remember I had a purple skirt that I was able to wear from age four until age 11. The only thing that changed was the length — my...
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Family Independence: Well Done, Prince Harry and Meghan!

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I recently saw the news that Prince Harry and Meghan are in the process of leaving the royal family to venture off to become their own family. I admit, I’m not one to really...

Monthly One-on-One Dates With My Kids: My Year-Long Experiment

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At the end of every year, I strive to reflect on what went well and what I’d like to improve going forward. Last year, I was reflecting on my year-long dates with my husband...

Parenting in The Teen Years: Setting Healthy Boundaries and Holding Limits

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I have been parenting for 16.5 years, but only parenting a teen for 3.5 years. I feel really, really confident in the birth to five-year-old range. It took me four children to get there,...
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Cashew Beef Stir Fry Recipe

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Let me preface this by saying, "I am not a cook." However, I have been on a healthy eating kick for the past year–eating more and finding healthier options. This led me to this amazing...

Eat Cheap in the Hotel: How our Family of 6 Saved Money on Vacation

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Anyone else struggle with budgets and family vacations? As a mother of four, I want to create opportunities for memories and bonding time with my family, but it can be expensive! For most of...

The Fun and Influence of Social Media: Accept the Fake Challenge

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Four or five years ago, my aunt started a social media challenge. She tagged a couple of her friends in her photo of herself wearing a dress and added hashtags, like #AcceptTheFakeChallenge, #InAprilWeWearDresses, and...

It’s OK to NOT MISS it

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Moms, do you see those posts everywhere that remind you that “the days are long but the years are short?” That “you’ll miss it when it’s gone?” I had lunch with a mom friend...

Self-Care is NOT Selfish: 31 Easy and (Mostly) Free Ideas for YOU!

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MOMS! It is time to take care of YOU.  I have learned, over the years, that I am important. Because I exist. Additionally, the only way I can truly give to others is by first...