Nikki Wildemuth

Nikki Wildemuth
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Nikki is new to the area. She graduated from the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education. She married her husband the same year. Nikki loved the creativity of teaching and continues to bring that same creativity as a stay at home mom. During the day you can find her chasing after her precocious toddler. By night she is a Pinterest junkie! She enjoys getting out and spending time with her family!

Our Thoughtful Five Gift Rule For Christmas

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I love Christmas! The music, movies, decorations, and traditions are among my favorite parts of the season. A few years back, I shared one of our favorite traditions to kick off the season, Grinch...

A Back-To-School Routine: Morning, After School, and Weekends

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Mornings are usually a little chaotic around our house. I have one child who bounds out of bed, ready to begin the day and another who needs a little time to herself. Before I...

5 Things To Do Before Your Child Starts Kindergarten

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Kindergarten is a major milestone in every child's life. Some parents are overjoyed by this new milestone, while others, like myself, will have their tissues handy. And while I look at my little girl...

A Letter To My Preschool Graduate

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Darling Girl, I can't believe your time as a preschooler has come to pass. Everyone told me it would go quickly, and of course they were right. I didn't want to believe them. I mean,...

The Ants Go Marching : 4 Tips For Keeping Ants Out Of Your Home

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The ants go marching one by one... I hate insects. I really do. I can be ever-so-slightly dramatic when I spot them inside my home. So when everyone begins to bask in the glow of...

Reflections After A Year Of Redshirting: The Power of Play

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When we sent our oldest to preschool for the first time, I remember how tiny she looked. Her chipmunk cheeks and petite frame were ever-present in that first-day-of-school photo. Three didn't look old enough...

6 Tips For A Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation or Spring Break Trip

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The polar vortex is bearing down upon us. My daughter has had a very long impromptu break from school. The house is a disaster. And I am completely EXHAUSTED. So I have decided it's...

Everything You Need To Know For Planning A Trip To The American Girl Store...

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I had been planning this day since my daughter was born. This was going to be the most magical 5th birthday celebration ever! And no, I am not talking about Disney. Our trip to the...

Creating A Holiday Calendar With Purpose

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The holidays are underway, and in our house that means a calendar filled with activities from late October through Christmas. I never used to give it much thought. We genuinely enjoyed the busy schedule,...

Cake Mix Cookies : A Simple Kid-Friendly Recipe

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Before my daughters were born, I dreamed the kitchen would be the focal point of our home. My little darlings would gather 'round the mixing bowl with pure excitement on their faces, as they...