Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.
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Why I Will Absolutely Spend $70 a Year on Disney+

In case you somehow missed it, we have another streaming service to add to our menu of binging options. Disney unveiled its new platform Disney+, which allows us fingertip access to hundreds of big-name...

Spooky Activities and Halloween Haunts for Teens and Tweens in Iowa City

Halloween can be more than trick-or-treating and costumes, but it can be challenging to find activities that are inclusive to the whole family. Here are a few ideas for families with teens and tweens...
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3 Ideas for the Ultimate Date Night in Downtown Iowa City

Year after year Iowa City is ranked as one of the best places to live in the country, and its vibrant business district is always featured as a top trait. This is exactly why...

Hawkeye Football Game Day Guide: Kinnick with Kids

Football and family are synonymous, right? In Iowa City, Hawkeye football games offer much more than the stereotypical college experience. There are many options available to keep the family fun going before, during, and after...
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Downtown with Kids: Kid Friendly Restaurants in the Ped Mall

Downtown Iowa City is kid friendly. Sometimes this community's robust, cultural hub can get a bad rap as a college bar district, upscale restaurant scene, or a no man’s land for minivan parking. These...
Follow these 5 tips to enjoy a Kernels Baseball game with kids.

Enjoy a Kernels Baseball Game with Kids: Follow These 5 Tips

Summer and baseball are synonymous. Hawkeye baseball and softball seasons typically end in May, but a family friendly day at the ballpark can still be found just 25 miles north of Iowa City on I-380...
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I’ve Been Judging You: And This Is Why

You deserve better. I haven’t always been kind to you. I’ve assumed your worst intentions. Doubted your intelligence. And ridiculed your appearance. I've been judging you: and this is why.  Discovering the worst version of myself   I’ve spent a...

What’s That Noise Coming From the Attic?

Spring is here. And the attic noises have returned. Our family is fortunate that we moved into our own home nearly two years ago. Before then, we took full advantage of being able to report...
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Why We’ll Be [Staying] Home for Christmas

So the Christmas classic goes, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” But, what if home is in multiple places? Home is easy to define when we’re young. It’s family–no matter how they are related...

Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in the Iowa City Area

For the family that is looking for the ultimate relaxation on Thanksgiving–a cook-free, cleanup-free, traditional turkey meal–check out any of these Iowa City area restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving. Be sure to give each...