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.

A Song for Summer from a Working Mother

Summer is in the air. And it doesn’t seem fair. School is out for break. Families are headed to the lake. Unfortunately for you, work isn’t going to shake. Soon your feed will fill with pics from the splash...

A New Take On Time Together: Yoga With My Toddler

It seemed entirely silly. That’s how I felt as I checked the box and paid the fee to reserve our spaces for a four-week mommy-and-me yoga session at our community recreation center. Yoga, to me,...

Miracle or Marvel: A Toddler Travel Success Story

Travel with young children is no easy task, especially when said kiddo is a teething toddler who just learned the powerful world no and somehow can shriek it in three different languages. That’s no, nein,...
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What We Wish We’d Done: First-Time Parents Battling Flu Season

Some lessons have to be learned the hard way. Our 15-month old daughter has been battling illness basically bi-weekly since her first birthday in late October. We both work full-time, so she spends her Monday through...

A Poem for My Child As Mama Graduates

Dear Sweet Child, It’s been a journey–one I started before you were even a notion. But halfway through my schooling, you came in to motion. We were ecstatic when we discovered you. (But panicked, too.) How could Mommy balance...
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How to Avoid the Pressure of Planning the Perfect Birthday Party

We’ve all seen the pictures, the pins–the pure perfection. We've seen the perfect party posts on Instagram and attended parties that are coordinated from the food to the favors. I didn’t realize how much work...

Choosing an Iowa City Neighborhood: A Mom’s Guide to Westside Iowa City

Check out our "Moving to Iowa City Guide" and learn everything you need to know, from buying and selling your house, to schools, grocery stores, neighborhoods, and more! Brought to you by The Bails Team...