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.
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2020: The Year of the Toilet

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Ten YouTube Channels You Should Be Watching (Best Part It’s Free!)

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Mom Hacks: By Moms and For Moms

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15 Indoor Play Places in the Iowa City Area

Looking to beat the heat, get out of the cold, or do something indoors to entertain the kiddos?  No matter what season of Iowa weather or motherhood, there are many options for indoor fun...