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Fun Weekend Meals at Home

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Before the pandemic started, I had a bad habit of keeping the kitchen closed down too much once the weekend hit. By Thursday afternoon, I was already thinking about what restaurant I wanted to go to or where I...
As a mom of three little girls, I always assumed I would become proficient at doing cute, trendy hairstyles. Nothing too complex. Just sweet and simple. But no. I am a solid seven years into this #girlmom gig and...
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I Pay My Kids to Read

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This is not click-bait, I really do pay my kids to read. For a long time, before bed, we had a great routine. Brush teeth, go potty, put on pjs, snuggle, read, sing songs, go to bed. Somehow we lost it. 2020...
From the minute all of us mamas announce our pregnancy, the advice begins! I think it is part of being initiated into the mom tribe and most of the advice I really appreciated, but it hit me the other night,...
I have rarely wished for straight hair, but there are periods of time when I am more at peace with the state of my curls. Having a bunch of kids in a relatively short period has led to dryer strands...
Writer’s note: I plan to write this series of posts anonymously, not because of shame but because it is impossible to tell my story without also sharing parts of my daughter’s story. Her full story is her own to...
Over the past few weeks, I have been pondering the unjustified deaths of 2020 and the protests for equality and justice for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). As I looked back, my recollection of images displayed like scenes from...
As a former full-time elementary classroom teacher, I absolutely loved this time of the year. It is a moment when we pause and think about lessons of kindness, of peaceful protest, and of marches meant to make way for...
It’s cold and everybody is home. There is nothing better than to end the day by winding down to watch a show or two. Thanks to COVID-19, we all still need an escape. Well, look no further! The Iowa City...

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Indoor Play Places in the Iowa City Area

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On days when it’s too wet or cold for outdoor play, or your kids are just tired of the rain and snow, there are...