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 expands to carry its own...
When you think of someone who is kind, what qualities do you think of? Friendly? Generous? Considerate? Do you envision a meek and soft-spoken person who puts others before themselves? Is a kind person quiet and sweet? Because, guess what? I...
Despite phrases I catch myself saying like “pre-pandemic” or “before the pandemic” — we are still very much in said pandemic. It’s more like “before I was vaccinated" and while I’m grateful for my shot and continued scientific advancements,...
If you would have told my younger self that I would be a "scouting" mom I would have told you that you were crazy. As a child, I participated in Girl Scouts some, and while I enjoyed the activities...
Now that it’s the start of school again, it’s also (maybe) the start of school-friend birthday season again. The kids are always excited about the party, but it often brings up a conundrum for the parents — what is...
School is here! How are you feeling? Does the thought of getting everyone out the door by a certain time already make you panic? I know this all sounds overwhelming but it can be done. Try these tips to...
We’ve all seen the memes about homework and teenagers. While they’re great for a giggle, or to forward to your partner or friend, they aren’t really all that helpful for lowering the pressure around said homework. I’ve taught middle,...
This is not a sponsored post — I’ve been on this planet for quite a few trips around the sun, and in that time, I never really learned how to cook. I know the basics and I can read...
I didn't have strong feelings one way or the other about my high school reunion. I'm not super into bars or mingling. Thanks to social media, I also felt relatively up to date on classmates' lives, or at least...
Summer is here! That means a time of rest, relaxation, being outside — and lots of fun. The last thing on the minds of most kids is school . . . or anything academic. Meanwhile, many parents and teachers...

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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...