Make the World a Better Place

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While trying not to be too political, I am deeply upset and disappointed with this election.  It is clear that no matter what happened, many Americans were going to be.   I have been trying to wrap my mind around...
October is OCD Awareness month. I'd like to dedicate this piece to honor those who struggle with OCD or any other mental illness. Remember that you are not alone. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with clinical OCD (Obsessive Compulsive...
When I picked my second-grader up from school the other day, her eyes looked tired, her nose was red from running all day, and she had a cough. She has asthma, and it is exacerbated when she gets a...
I’ve always known I wanted to be a mother, but there was never a defining moment in my life where I consciously decided that motherhood was in my future.  I always just knew.  I didn’t hesitate to promise my...
Most kids get along with their age peers and are a bit above average.  Those kids do well in school and tend to make friends with other kids their age.  Then there are the kids who are more intense,...

Mama’s Journey for Balance

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I talk a lot.  In almost all of my school report cards there were comments about how much better I could do academically if I spent less time talking to my peers.  I can drive for hours with no radio and...
I scheduled my 20-week ultrasound for May 23, 2014, because it was my birthday. That morning, we found out that “Baby Marshall” would be a perfectly healthy little one–what a relief and a great birthday present! The technician wrote...
Tonight I'm making enchiladas. One of our favorite meals. It's simple, and yummy, and we can eat the leftovers for days because let's face it, our small children prefer a cheese quesadilla from the microwave and therefore the entire...
I have small children in my house.  I also have big children in my house.  Their ages range from seven months to twelve years of age.  Unfortunately, that means that there are many different toys for different ages in...
If you were like me after graduating high school, you had your whole life mapped out. It may have gone something like this: go to college, get married, begin motherhood. While life happened, college got rearranged in my life plan,...

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Specialty Grocery Stores in the Iowa City Area

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One of the best things about living in the Iowa City area is the wide variety of food and grocery options for every palate,...