Susie is a mom of two, student affairs professional, book-lover and frequent challah baker. Originally from Skokie, Illinois, Susie first came to Iowa City for college and grad school. The following decade was full of adventure and moving boxes as she and her husband followed jobs to New York, Illinois and Texas. They were thrilled to relocate “home” to Iowa City in 2016. In addition to working at the UI Pomerantz Career Center, Susie is a PTA volunteer and sorority advisor. She loves date nights in the Ped Mall, catching a show at Hancher or the Englert, and most of all, cuddling her kids on the couch.

Stock up and Make-Ahead Lasagna

Oh, how I love Ina Garten. This is not news to anyone into whose home I have brought a potluck item. Her cookbooks are in heavy rotation in my kitchen; their grease-splattered pages lovingly...

Disney Did the Right Thing By Closing: But I’m Still Sad

As you may have heard, Disney announced Thursday it would be closing Disneyland and Walt Disney World for the rest of March. The announcement joined a growing list of cancellations ranging from South by...

Iowa City Needs More Early-Morning Play Options

On a Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I texted a mom friend to see if she wanted to meet up at Dodge Street Coffeehouse. It opens early, has great coffee, and has a...

“Where Does She Find the Time?” Let’s be Honest about Hobbies

In small, quiet corners of my home lie abandoned hobbies, waiting in a suspended state of "you never know." In a kitchen cabinet, a stash of yarn remains from the crochet adventure of 2018...
Hanukkah Menu and Recipes

Have Hanukkah Your Way: A Flexible & Easy Menu

During Hanukkah, I love setting aside a night for a traditional family dinner. In the midst of the noise and busy-ness of December, the table can be a quiet and light-filled space. Depending on the...

Guide to Area Parent-Teacher Groups

When my son started kindergarten, it felt like stepping into a new city without a map. I could read the street signs, but it was difficult to navigate a new landscape of school culture,...

Welcome to Preschool Soccer: The 6 REAL Positions

Welcome to preschool soccer!  As you look around our field, you'll notice players demonstrating the highly specialized skills we emphasize early in our program.  Coaches identify the natural talents of each player and use...

Can We Agree to Stop Telling New Moms, “Just Wait?”

If you spend any time on parenting pages, you'll quickly learn there are a few phrases that are, well...discouraged.  In general, it's preferable to not comment on someone's body ("Are there twins in there?"),...

Money Hacks: One Small Switch That Changed the Way I Budget

Moving to Iowa City meant a new expense in our monthly budget: parking. Within my first week at University of Iowa, I was lucky to find an off-campus private business that leased spots in...
Fireworks shows

Iowa City Area Fireworks Shows

Happy 4th of July!  Here are some of our favorite fireworks shows around the area. Grab a blanket or some chairs, pack up some bug spray and your family, and get ready to oooh and...