Iowa City abounds with great places to shop for everyone on your holiday gift list. Stop by some of our favorites this year on Small Business Saturday (November 25), or support these quality businesses year round. These local retailers...
As I sit down to write this I am distracted by my giddy excitement for the holidays. I am listening to Christmas music (I recommend the Jack Johnson Holiday station on Pandora), checking my email for the latest holiday promotions,...
Now that Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has officially begun, we will all begin to feel the pressure to GET READY! BUY STUFF! WRAP PRESENTS! DECORATE! MAKE MEMORIES! TAKE PICTURES! ENJOY EVERYTHING! It's a lot of pressure. There is too much to do. Pinterest will...
There is something so festive about bringing in a Christmas tree to decorate and liven up the living space. Dating all the way back to 16th century Germany, this tradition reminds us of the spring yet to come after...

Tried and True Toffee Tips

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There are a few things that I love about English toffee. It’s sweet, crunchy, nutty, and (my favorite of all) covered in chocolate. But what makes toffee even better is that everyone thinks it’s hard to make, so when I...
The MAGIC of the holidays... what does that even mean?  Maybe you're one of those people who loves to go above and beyond when it comes to making Christmas magical. Maybe you're just trying to find easy, cheap ways to keep...
If you are like me, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is your favorite time of year. I love all of the togetherness that Thanksgiving brings. From the food and conversation to football games and naps, Thanksgiving is hands-down...
Christmas time is a time of love, family, fun, and traditions. Many people give gifts to celebrate (traditionally these symbolize the gifts the wise men gave Jesus). I like to give gifts from the heart–ones I've spent time on,...
The Christmas season is under way! There is no shortage of advertisements for the perfect gizmos. The grocery stores are fully stocked with all the fixin's. Moms are gearing up and making a list of all their to-dos, and...
We are so fortunate to live in an area with a wealth of holiday activities to enjoy with your family! So take out your calendar, grab a pen, and plan which activities you'll enjoy this year! A couple of new...

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Guide to Swimming and Safety in the Iowa City Area During...

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When I think about summers growing up, I immediately think about swimming. My grandparents had an amazing in-ground pool and hot tub. I learned...