Megan, an Iowa native from West Branch, shares her home with husband Cody, their three kids (Charlie-6, Gwen-4 & Ben-2 months) 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.

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

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 7, 2022! Do you have gifts ready for the moms in your life? Take my advice: skip the bubble bath and give her something she can treasure forever — an...
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

It's almost Valentine's Day! I love playing music in the background of our busy home and wanted to create a playlist of love songs to celebrate. I, of course, first thought of the song...

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

I love Halloween. The music, the trick or treating, decorating and carving pumpkins, driving around and seeing neighborhood decor — and of course the costumes! Another thing I love: Halloween-themed shows and movies. Luckily,...
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...
Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City

Don’t Miss Rock the Chalk Downtown Iowa City

While I have happily taken a road trip to other towns to see their versions of this event, they don't compare to having one in your own backyard. I am so excited that MidWestOne...
Summer Bag

What to Pack: Summer Bag Essentials

Whether you are heading to the pool, a ball game, or a park, you need a summer bag that is packed and ready to go. I bought a waterproof bag from IKEA years ago...
Graphic: Iowa City Area Pools and Splash Pads

Guide to Pools and Splash Pads in the Iowa City Area

Summer is almost here! Take your kids to a local pool or splash pad and have them burn off all of their energy! Check out some of the pool and splash pads in the...