Sarah Bengtson

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Sarah is a proud Iowa native who currently lives in North Liberty with her husband and 2 sons. She grew up in rural Benton county and moved to the Iowa City area in 2005 to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa in Physical Therapy. Now she balances raising two growing boys with a work as a pediatric physical therapist. Outside of work and family, Sarah loves music, playing her cello, running, baking, crochet, church activities, and cheering for the Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Vikings.
Two cub scouts

Cub Scouts in the Iowa City Area: An FAQ Guide

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If you would have told my younger self that I would be a "scouting" mom I would have told you that you were crazy. As a child, I participated in Girl Scouts some, and...
Graphic: Where kids can eat free in the Iowa City area

Where Can Kids Eat Free (or Cheap!) in the Iowa City Area?

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This is an important guide — every parent, grandparent, or caregiver has this question: Where can kids eat free or cheap in the Iowa City area? Some nights, no one wants to cook, and if...

Cherry Berry Crisp: A Gluten Free Recipe

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Nothing says summer picnic quite as well as a yummy cherry berry crisp. I love the sweet taste of the filling topped by the slightly crunchy brown sugar goodness of a great crisp topping....
Beaches and Lakes in the Iowa City area

Guide to Beaches and Lakes in the Iowa City Area

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Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach! Even though we are far from the coasts, you may be surprised to know there are several available in landlocked Iowa. Check out this guide...
Crying baby

Purple Crying and Child Abuse Prevention: A Mom’s Story

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If you ask a new parent their fears about parenthood, most will talk about disruptions in routine, feeding issues, sleep issues, and general questions about doing the right thing.  I would bet my socks...
8 Pandemic Friendly Spring Break Activities in the Iowa City Area

8 Pandemic Friendly Spring Break Activities in the Iowa City Area

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Spring Break is on the way! It seems almost cliche to say, but — like so many other things in the past 12 months — it's going to be different this year. This year won't...
A babysitter and child

Tips for Hiring a Babysitter in the Iowa City Area

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Hiring a new babysitter or using one for the first time can be a bit intimidating. How do you find a sitter? How much do you pay? Here are a few answers to common...

The Power of Yes: Holiday Pandemic Edition

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The pandemic sure has us saying "no" a lot more than usual. No to play dates, gatherings, vacations, and a lot of our holiday traditions. No to visits with older relatives. No to social engagements...

What Happens When You’re a Coronavirus Close Contact?

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Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice.  If you have medical questions regarding COVID-19, coronavirus, or anything else please contact your primary care physician. When we first started hearing things about a new and novel...

So….About Trick-or-Treating In a Pandemic

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What are you doing for Halloween? No really, what are you doing for Halloween? I have to admit that back in the spring when COVID-19 first started really moving around in Iowa I did not fathom...