I don't know about you, but as the holiday season approaches I begin to see visions of sparkly Christmas trees, impressive gingerbread houses, and perfectly decorated living spaces dancing in my head. From about Halloween to December 1st, the...
I never thought I’d be a person who had money, and I accepted that. “Scraping by” was what my family did growing up, and when I got married and had kids, my own new family became well-versed in scraping....
The first year after college, I couldn't afford to take days off work or to fly home. With my Real Simple magazine full of recipes in hand, I tried to mask being homesick by cooking a proper Thanksgiving meal...for...
Last year for Christmas I got an Instant Pot, and it was the highlight of my Christmas! Pot roasts, sweet potatoes, and baked chicken have been some of my favorite tries so far.  I've had a couple of epic...
While the craft stores have displayed their red and green since summer and the big box stores put out evergreens and jingle bells well before Halloween, many of us are just now starting to think about the upcoming holiday...
Earlier this month I received a text message asking if my daughter would be available to attend a birthday party sleepover. Three questions immediately came to mind: 1. Will my daughter even stay the night? She doesn’t even sleep in...
When my oldest child was born, I faced a problem common to many families: what would we do about childcare? Our family’s struggle on this issue isn’t unique, and it continues to this day. A Delicate Balance We were fairly young...
As expats living in Madrid, my family and I have become accustomed to new traditions. Many of these we celebrate as a family so that our children can learn about different cultures and traditions other than our own.  As many...
Dear First Snow Fall of the Season, Every winter, without fail, you manage to saunter your way into our lives with a blinding flourish. And every winter, without fail, I’m caught off guard. As the sun set last night on...

Uptown Mac and Cheese

In my estimation, there is no better comfort food than macaroni and cheese. I especially crave it around this time of year when the weather is turning cold and we're spending more time indoors. A friend recently hosted a...

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Family Holiday Activities in the Iowa City Area: Your 2019 Guide

While the craft stores have displayed their red and green since summer and the big box stores put out evergreens and jingle bells well...