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!

5 Things To Do Before Your Child Starts Kindergarten

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

Conversations About Death: Parenting Without All The Answers

Death. Of all of the talks and open dialogs I expected to have with my daughter over the years, this was not one of them. But there it is. It's like a giant neon sign....

In Favor Of A Simple Summer

I'm having a "Magical Unicorn" kind of summer with my kids and I am not ashamed to admit it.  During those cool spring months, I began to envision what our summer would look like. And...