Susie is a mom of two, book-lover and frequent challah baker. In addition to working at The University of Iowa, Susie is a PTA volunteer and sorority advisor. She loves date nights in the Ped Mall, catching a show at the Englert, and most of all, cuddling her family on the couch.
Graphic: Guide to Holiday Service and Giving Back in the Iowa City Area

Giving Back: Service and Volunteer Opportunities in the Iowa City Area

It's the season of giving! Now is a great time to learn more about Iowa City area organizations that serve our neighbors and community both during the holiday season and year-round. There are many...
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Hawkeye Football With Kids: Game Day Guide

For seven Saturdays each fall, Iowa City becomes the closest thing to Disney World for Iowa fans. Melrose Avenue practically vibrates with game day excitement. Hawkeyes wear themed shirts, sing songs with strangers, and...
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What do I do with all the mismatched socks?

In every relationship, there is a Sweeper and a Sorter. When tidying, the Sweeper relocates items from one visible location to one less-visible location. That's my husband. He's an efficient and quick cleaner. The...
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Iowa City Area Summer Events Guide 2022

Iowa City is the best in the summertime. We are so lucky to live in a community where we can delight in outdoor festivals, concerts, movies, and more. Get your calendar out (physical or...

I Am Still Reeling From This Children’s Book

Before my parents moved from my childhood home, they deposited in my entryway a stack of boxes. I had unsuccessfully lobbied my mom to dump everything. I didn't want to sort through my collected...
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Where to Donate and Consign in the Iowa City Area

It’s helpful to know how your stuff can find new life - and stay out of the landfill - through donation or consignment. Read on for Iowa City area donation and consignment locations that...

I Regret Giving My Kids a Phone

There was a reason my four-year-old had his own phone. It just wasn't a good one. When my husband and I got new phones, we kept the old ones for an upcoming vacation. It would...

6 Ways to Celebrate New Years with Kids in the Iowa City Area

When I was growing up, my family celebrated New Year's Eve at my grandma's home in Florida. We watched Dick Clark and ate ice cream sundaes. Just after midnight, I called my friends home...

You’re Not Crazy: This Year is Harder

Last year I participated in a study on the impact of COVID-19 on working mothers. I don't remember every question from the phone interview, but I do remember one answer in particular. "No one...

Our Experience With Tonsil and Adenoid Removal

Of Minnesota's 10,000+ lakes, there is one that my family lovingly refers to as the lake. It should take about six-and-a-half hours to get there, but we never make it that quickly. The drive...