Sarah Bengtson

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.

What Advent Means to Me

Do you have an Advent calendar? Twenty-five little boxes of prizes: candy, wine, socks, Legos, or all other manners of toys and trinkets? These calendars have gained all kinds of popularity over the past...
Graphic: Where to see Santa In the Iowa City area

Where to See Santa in the Iowa City Area

It's that time of year again — when Santa and his reindeer start making appearances all over the Iowa City area. Last year, he was greatly limited in his travel abilities, but this year...

Three Thanksgiving Recipes – Picky Eater Approved!

My kids are not adventurous eaters. In fact, sometimes they are downright picky. This means that holidays centered around food can vary anywhere from a little bit anxiety-provoking . . .  to downright stressful....
image: fall leaves: where to see fall foliage in the Iowa CIty area

Where to See Fall Foliage Near Iowa City

The air is growing crisper, mornings are cool enough for a sweatshirt, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air.  In many ways this year has been just as strange as the...
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Cub Scouts in the Iowa City Area: An FAQ Guide

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?

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

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

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

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

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...