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 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 – about 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. Laura sometimes gives a good impression of having it all together, but she forgets about school picture day, drops her kid off on the wrong day for birthday parties, and those are just the things she’s not too embarrassed to tell you about. She makes some killer chocolate chip cookies, though, and hopes that might make up for the rest.

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...
homemade playdough

Easy And Fun Homemade Playdough Recipe

Looking for something fun and easy to keep the kids happy and busy inside on rainy or cold days? Try making your own playdough. It's fun to make together and your kids can then...
Easy Easter Bunny Cake

How to Make An Easy Easter Bunny Cake

I love to bake and my daughter loves to decorate cakes. So, any holiday is a good excuse to work together to make a fun cake creation. At Easter time, this fun and simple...
A Guide to Spring Soccer in the Iowa City Area

A Guide to Spring Soccer in the Iowa City Area

Soccer in a pandemic? Yes! There are many opportunities for kids to participate in soccer this spring, and I can tell you from experience with multiple programs listed that the organizations running these programs...

Easy Recipes for a “Just Us” Small Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving might look a little different for many families during our COVID year. (Please let it just be a year!). In an ordinary year, more than 50 million Americans travel more than 50 miles...
Derecho storm aftermath

Donate! Volunteer! Advocate! Here’s How You Can Help with Derecho Storm Recovery

A few weeks ago, many of us had never heard of a derecho. Now, the Iowa City community has learned that vocabulary lesson all too well, with 100+ mile per hour winds rolling through, leaving...