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.
Halloween bark

How to Make Halloween Bark

Look, by all accounts 2020 is a dumpster fire. And I don't know about you, but I like my dumpster fires covered in chocolate and topped with more chocolate. Enter Halloween bark. Halloween bark is a...

Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in the Iowa City Area

Nothing says fall like a walk through beautiful apple orchards or pumpkin patches with your family. Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area you-pick pumpkin patches and apple orchards!...

Currently I Am …(Pandemic Edition)

Let's do a little catching up with this pandemic edition of Currently! Currently I am . . . Reading: You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain. Doing: Yoga online...

Some of the Coolest Black Mathematicians You and Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago I thought it was important to start teaching my students in my class about famous mathematicians. We spent a week researching, talking, poster-making. At the end of the unit I...

Try this Homeschool Schedule (Created by a Teacher) During Quarantine

If you’re choosing to homeschool your kids while school is not in session you might find this schedule helpful. I’ve been using a version of this schedule with my second grader, sixth grader, and...
celebrate national holidays while social distancing

Break Up Your Social Distancing Routine by Celebrating National Holidays

Hi Mamas! How are you doing? Hanging in there? I find that some days I think "I can do this!" and other days I think "Who can do this?" Either way, it sounds like I'll...
St. Patrick's Day in the Iowa City Area

Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Iowa City Area

St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's not because I'm Irish or because I love green beer. I always think of St. Patrick's Day as a celebration of...
The Last 10 Non-Essential Items I Bought for Myself

Treat Yourself: The Last 10 Non-Essential Items I Bought Myself

Between household items, grocery shopping, and kid stuff, it seems like I buy at least one thing every day. Most of it is essential day-in-day-out stuff that I typically purchase without really thinking about...
Holiday Bucket List

A Holiday Bucket List for Busy Moms

I don't know about you, but as the holiday season approaches I begin to see visions of sparkly Christmas trees, impressive gingerbread houses, and perfectly decorated living spaces dancing in my head. From about...

Can I Post Your Pic? Posting Pictures of Kids on Social Media

A few weeks ago on my favorite podcast (hey, Armchair Expert!) I heard Busy Philipps explain the social media policy she uses with her pre-teen/teenage daughters. Busy gets her daughters' permission before posting any...