Writing posts — like this one — for the holiday season is a tough topic for me. I think it's tricky because I don't want to add to the unrealistic and inescapable narrative of "Do all the things! Have the...
My kids are not adventurous eaters. In fact, sometimes they are downright picky. This means that holidays centered around food can vary anywhere from a little bit anxiety-provoking . . .  to downright stressful. Thanksgiving is one of those...
Thankfulness. How do we teach our kids to practice gratitude and thankfulness in a world so cluttered with "the me" factor? I mean, if your kids are anything like mine, they have already started to think about the holidays....
It finally happened. After a year and a half of being so careful, when we were less than a week away from being able to get our kids vaccinated, our oldest daughter woke up in the middle of the...
You may have heard by now that October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you’ve lost a child at any point (before, during, or after birth), then you already know the importance of shining a light on...
Over my last few years of reading, I’ve come across a lot of great, conversation-sparking books about the experience of motherhood that I’ve recommended or bought for friends over and over. The books listed relate to the myriad facets of...
When I was young, I used to envision my life as an adult. Didn’t you? I observed my parents invite their adult friends over to hang out and I’d think about how I would host people at my own...
Is your child struggling this school year? Here are a few low-barrier opportunities for tutoring and homework help in the Iowa City area: Tutoring and Homework Help in the Iowa City Area Free Tutoring at the Iowa City Public Library for...
I recently had my second baby, and the outpouring of love and support from my family and friends makes my postpartum hormonal eyes a little watery sometimes! We’ve been blessed with how many people have reached out to check...
Being a mom is the hardest job we will ever love. In a world that is constantly moving so fast, the pressure builds. We are juggling appointments, schedules, work ... the list goes on. At the same time, the...

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Guide to Coffee Shops in the Iowa City Area

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The Iowa City area has a great selection of locally owned, unique coffee shops and cafes. If you are looking for the perfect place...