Kate is the mom to Jack (2006), Liz (2007), and Alice (2011) and an avid Cubs fan through marriage. She's an assistant professor of mathematics and STEM education at St. Ambrose University and also moonlights as a mathematics teacher at South East Junior High in Iowa City. Between soccer, running club, tumbling, and piano lessons she likes to cook, run, and do yoga. She's also a sucker for 5Ks with cool swag and awesome medals.

I Quit Going to My Kids’ Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are a staple of the school calendar. Every 12 weeks, like clockwork, the form email goes out to family members of PK-12 students announcing the all-important parent/teacher conferences that are on the...
Things to get through winter

Iowa City Area Hidden Gems to Help Me Get Through Iowa Winters

All told, I believe this is either year 34 or 35 winters in Iowa, and until a few years ago, I'm sorry to tell you that I mostly hibernated through the months of December,...
Graphic: A Christmas Miracle

A Christmas Miracle: You Can Say No During the Holidays

Writing posts — like this one — for the holiday season is a tough topic for me. I think it's tricky because I don't want to add to the unrealistic and inescapable narrative of "Do...
Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in the Iowa City Area

Guide to Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide to find your next family fall field trip. It includes an interactive map...

Four Ways to Help Your Teenager with Homework

We’ve all seen the memes about homework and teenagers. While they’re great for a giggle, or to forward to your partner or friend, they aren’t really all that helpful for lowering the pressure around...
5 Ways to Prepare Your House for Vacation

Taking a Trip? 5 Ways to Prepare Your House for Vacation

For the first time in 18 months, we are loading up the family car and taking a multi-day trip out of state, just for fun! I love traveling, so much so, that I can...
ice cream and frozen yogurt in the iowa city area

Guide to Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt in the Iowa City Area

Nothing says summer at my house like sticky fingers and discarded ice cream cups found in the back of my car. Grab the wet wipes (and be sure the check the backseat side pockets!)...
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Currently I Am …(Here are Some Fun New-To-Me Things in the Iowa City Area!)

Currently is one of my favorite ways to catch up with people and to find new-to-me things around the Iowa City area. Here are the things I'm currently doing. Pick a category (or create...
photo: yoga and yoga mats in the Iowa City area

Yoga in the Iowa City Area: Virtual, In Studio, Outdoors

I consider myself a casual yogi — that is I've been doing yoga off and on for the last thirteen years or so. Sometimes, I've managed a pretty regular practice, other times I've done...
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Checking In with Ourselves and Our Children After What Happened at the U.S. Capitol

The riots inside of our nation's capitol this week left me feeling a variety of emotions. Among those that I am currently able to identify include fear, anger, confusion, frustration, and grief. I have learned...