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.
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...
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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...
Formula feeding: 10 hacks

10 Formula Feeding Hacks

With baby no. 3 due this fall we are working away on the to do list. Next on our list is getting ready to feed this sweet babe. After learning the hard way that...
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Thrift It: My Year of Buying (Almost) Everything Used

I have an addictive personality. Once I start eating sweets it’s really hard for me to stop. I used to smoke and I used to bite my fingernails until they bled. A couple of...
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I Pay My Kids to Read

This is not click-bait, I really do pay my kids to read. For a long time, before bed, we had a great routine. Brush teeth, go potty, put on pjs, snuggle, read, sing songs, go...

Holiday and Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids: Mom Approved

With the holidays coming up it's time to shop for gifts! I love shopping for the kids in my family, but you know what I don't love? Buying another junky toy that will end up...

Halloween Music Playlist

Halloween is here! We're planning a whole day of fun so I created this fun playlist of my favorite Halloween themed songs to enjoy. I decided to share it with all of you too! From...
monster cookies

Make These Monster Cookies

It was time for a new cookie recipe and I remembered these super addictive and delicious monster cookies my brother had shared a few years back. You'll need: 3 eggs 1 1/4 C packed light...
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Sharing The Memories of Loved Ones Who Have Died With Kids

  As I write this it is my 36th birthday.  Like every birthday I can remember, I first think of my grandparents. You see, their wedding anniversary was the same day as my birthday.  I...