Shari is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband Mark, 2 boys and a pug named Yoda. Her toddler and preschool age boys keep her very busy. She loves warm Iowa days for playing outside with her family. In her "spare time" Shari enjoys quiet activities like crafting, browsing Pinterest, learning photography, creating family photo books and watching favorite shows with her husband. She also loves Iowa City Moms Blog and her MOPS group for the connections with other mommies!

When it’s Too Cold Outside

Every year I get excited about the first snow flurries and the first BIG snow of the season.  I love seeing the yard covered in a white sparkly blanket.  That untouched beauty lasts for...

The Puppy, The ER, and The Mom Guilt

At the beginning of summer, my husband showed me a picture of an adorable puppy.  He said it’s the kind of dog he’s always wanted.  He found out the pup was still available, and...

Motherhood: The Ride

New mama, you are about to begin the ride of your life. Right now you still might be in shock that this is happening. You might be excited or nervous or relieved that you...

Love Those Crazy Kids

Some blog posts are full of great advice, tips, and tricks. This is not one of those.  I don't have amazing advice or magic words that will make your kids to listen to you....

12 Random Items That Make Mama’s Life Easier

Since having kids, my house is filling up with stuff.  The worst part is, many of the items are easily broken, not so great, or rarely used.  This got me thinking about the more...

Confessions of Iowa City Moms

Recently one of our sister sites, Red Stick Moms Blog, wrote a post about mom confessions.  As I was reading it, I started thinking of my own mom confessions! I’m pretty sure we all...

I Was a Pumper

I was an exclusive pumper (EP) for my oldest son.  He is now 4, so it’s been awhile for me.  But I would like to offer some support / commiseration for any mamas who...

A Mom’s Guide to: Things to Do in Cedar Rapids

My family moved from North Liberty to Cedar Rapids a year ago. (You might be thinking “What?! A Cedar Rapidian on the IOWA CITY Moms Blog?!?!” Yup! There are actually 2 writers that live...

Guilty of a Messy House and Easy Dinners

Flashback: Two years ago, I was working full-time and my almost 2 year old was in full-time daycare. Our daycare provider (who we loved) was going to be taking her maternity leave and I...

{Not Your Grandma’s} Mother’s Jewelry

I remember looking at jewelry catalogs at my grandma’s house when I was a little girl.  (She always had catalogs and I loved flipping through them!) The mother’s rings stand out in my mind....