Megan, an Iowa native from West Branch, shares her home with husband Cody, their three kids (Charlie-8 Gwen-6 & Ben-2) and 2 dogs (Dottie- lab-basset mix & Ham-all basset). When she is not smooching on them she is trying to change lives as a social worker, taking walks around their Iowa City neighborhood or cruising in Rita her minivan looking to score deals at local thrift stores. Check our her finds on her Instagram page @megthethriftingqueen.

Mom-Approved Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Need ideas for what to share when someone inevitably asks you what they can get your kids for the upcoming holidays? Or how about for you to get your own kids who have it...

A Zoo Review: Take a Day Trip to Niabi Zoo in the Quad Cities

Niabi Zoo, located in Coal Valley, IL, is only a short one-hour drive from Iowa City. My family adores this zoo and makes a trip at least once a year. I think this is...

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I had a great idea the other day for a gift for my husband for Father's Day. I plan to get him a printed copy of the first picture of him and each of...

Mother’s Day is Coming . . . The Easiest Gift is Here!

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cleaning during covid-19

Spring Cleaning: Purging and Project Lists

As a mom of three, I was struggling to keep up with cleaning around my home. Luckily, we have someone to help and, if you can, there is no shame in hiring help. So, while...

My Minimalist Lifestyle: Five Years later

In 2016, I shared how I found minimalism — and all the benefits it brought to me and my family. Now, five years later, my husband and I have three kids, two dogs, and...

A Valentine’s Day Music Playlist

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Our New Year’s Tradition: Good Food and Good Times with Family

My absolute favorite way to ring in the New Year is to spend New Year's Day with my in-laws. Every January 1, we go to their home for good company and good food. A Carefully...

Now Streaming: Halloween Movies and Shows

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Trip to Decorah

Weekend Getaway Idea: Try Decorah

I am due with my third baby this fall. Between that and the 2020 COVID-19 lock down, I wanted to plan a little getaway before our lives are busy with bottles, diapers, and sleepless...