My Mom’s Sugar Cookies

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This time next week our kids will be counting the hours until winter break, and we will be filled with equal parts excitement and terror at the thought of our kids being home for twelve. whole. days. I don't...
Even if the weather outside is frightful, taking a drive to see Christmas lights in the Iowa City area can be the perfect, cozy activity to do with your family during the dark evenings of the holiday season. Get...
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...
The holiday season has arrived! This the time of year when many of us reflect and take stock of the blessings in our lives. It’s also the perfect time to remember those who are less fortunate, and the holidays...
Work and school are almost done, the presents have all been wrapped, and three little suitcases are packed and ready to go.  But it's not what you think.  Unfortunately, we are not headed off to visit faraway family, or...
As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities looks a bit different this year. While there are still events that will be...
There are just 14 days left until Christmas…can you believe it? Have you gotten a chance to take your kids to see Santa yet? Maybe you’re a person who takes their kids multiple times in a season.  Or maybe you’re like...

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...

A First Christmas

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Clearly, this isn’t my first Christmas;  this will be the 30th one I have under my belt. Nor is it my husband and I’s first Christmas together;  this will be number five for us (third as a married couple)....
It’s here–the biggest shopping season of the year is now upon us. Though Christmas is not for more than 50 days, by early November we’re already thinking about what to get for our kids, friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Many...

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Meet the Experts: 2024 Bloom Expert Panel

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Plans are well underway for our 11th annual Bloom: Mini Conference for Moms, and as always we are so excited for this event!  This...

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