Summer is here and family adventures are at the top of our list this season. A natural fit for budget-friendly family fun is camping! You can't quite beat the simple joy of making memories in mother nature, away from...
No one is harder on themselves than women. I truly believe that. If we were given a printed-out report of how many times we berate ourselves or engage in negative self-talk each day, I think we would be astonished...
What is scarier: Toddlers on a plane or snakes on a plane?? I vote toddlers. I recently embarked on a trip to Florida and took our 21-month-old daughter along for the ride. I was excited to visit my grandparents but absolutely...
In the world of social media, motherhood has become a competition of sorts. There's a Facebook page for every opinion, strategy, or piece of advice. With one click of a button, I can find information on almost every topic...
I sat at my computer, trying to find the right way to compose the question. "I hope you aren't offended, but..." "It's nothing personal..." "Please forgive me if I sound neurotic..." Delete. Delete. Delete. Why was this so difficult? I was trying to ask...
Summer is on the way, and many parents are thinking about childcare options. Last month, I wrote about some of the great summer camps here in the Iowa City area, and I've still got summer care on my mind. For...
My husband and I are big fans of Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers. We often discuss his 10,000 hour rule with regard to our 15 years of parenting. This rule states that it takes roughly...
Every mother has experienced it. You're minding your own business, trying to read your grocery list off your phone with one hand, pushing your cart full of preschoolers and produce with the other, when it happens. A kindly grandmother-type...

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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...