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.
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...

Make Your Own Take Out – How To Make General Tso’s Chicken

Throughout the pandemic, I've been looking for ways to enjoy my favorite restaurant meals at home. Sometimes that means take out and supporting our local businesses, and sometimes that means making my own delicious...
A guide explaining what is reopening in the state of Iowa

Iowa Governor’s New COVID-19 Rules: What is Reopening and When

On May 13, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a new Proclamation of Disaster Emergency due to COVID-19. In it, she outlines rules for what can and cannot reopen in Iowa between now and...

Printable: Eight Reasons You Can Interrupt Mom While She Works at Home

Many of us are working from home while our kids are being educated at home, all doing the best we can to make it work. My school-age kids can mostly fend for themselves throughout...
tips for working home amid covid-19

Tips for Working from Home Amid Self Isolation

With so many closures and directives to self-isolate as our community grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many more parents are working from home, many for the first time. Welcome to the work-from-home-parent choas workforce! I've...

I Gave My 6-Year-Old a Cellphone and I Don’t Regret It

I often read or hear other parents talk about "Wait Until 8th" or how they’ll never give their child a cellphone until they’re 16-years-old. In fact, some of our other contributors have written about...

Creamsicle Coconut Chews Recipe

Among the many jobs I do as a nonprofit development director, I run large scale fundraising events. Every fall, in the couple of weeks leading up to my organization's biggest fundraising event of the...