Laura is a mom of three who works full-time from home as a Development Director for a children’s charity. Laura grew up in Maryland, spent her 20s living in Southern California and South Carolina, and has spent her 30s and now 40s in Iowa, moving to Iowa City in 2010. Laura loves dancing, reading, baking, and music. She and her husband Ryan started dating in college (gasp – over 20 years ago!) and they have been sharing life’s adventures ever since. Their biggest adventure is, of course, parenthood. With three kids, the action is non-stop - which is just the way Laura likes it.
Unstuffed Peppers

Easy One-Skillet Recipe: Unstuffed Peppers

Easy One-Skillet Recipe: Unstuffed Peppers - Stuffed peppers are complicated, but unstuffed peppers are easy and cook all in one skillet! Try this easy weeknight dinner recipe that is chock full of vegetables, but...

Make Veggies Delicious: Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Carrots Recipe

Make Veggies Delicious: Parmesan and Garlic Roasted Carrots Recipe - This simple and easy recipe for parmesan and garlic roasted carrots will make the whole family happy about eating their veggies! - salted butter,...

March Madness Basketball Cake: Easy Cake Decorating with Kids

Our Iowa brackets may be busted — let there be cake! If you love March Madness, despite the Iowa Hawkeyes falling short of expectations, don't let that totally ruin the Big Dance for you....
A Guide to Spring Soccer in the Iowa City Area

Spring 2022 Guide to Soccer in the Iowa City Area

Our community has many opportunities for kids to participate in soccer! This guide will help you find the best soccer program for your family in the Iowa City area. From programs for preschoolers through...
Easy sheet pan dinner

Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe: Sausage, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes

The stress of pandemic life has left me wanting to simplify just about everything — and dinner is no exception. I started making this easy sheet pan dinner recipe when two of my kids...

Quick and Easy One-Pot Meal: Unstuffed Burritos

Back to school time is always busy, so autumn has me breaking out all of my favorite easy recipes. This one for "unstuffed" burritos is cooked all in one skillet. There are two things...

College Savings: Getting Started with A 529 Plan

My oldest is ready to start high school in the fall and my youngest is going to be in third grade. With three kids, I know that each of them will have their own...

Summer Wine Glass Painting Craft (With Printable)!

During a week's summer vacation at the beach, I saw many ads for wine glass painting classes and I thought, "This is something I could definitely do myself, no $30 class fee required." And...

30 Teen (+Mom) Approved Songs for Your Summer Road Trip Playlist

Every summer, my family treks from Iowa City to our favorite vacation spot in Maryland. It's literally 1,000 miles away — 1,028 to be exact. To survive the long drive, I need a  great...
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My Post COVID-19 Vaccine Bucket List

I am about to be two-weeks out from my second shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. I am counting down the days until I am fully immunized. I’ve got a list to check off...