The COVID-19 pandemic has now taken over our lives and our news feeds for several weeks. I have so many feelings about the changes that have occurred in such a short time, but it wasn’t until I read an...
Friends, we are living in some unreal times. As if the events of this past week were not hard enough to face as a community, we are doing it in the middle of a pandemic. Tensions and anxiety are...
If you’re choosing to homeschool your kids while school is not in session you might find this schedule helpful. I’ve been using a version of this schedule with my second grader, sixth grader, and eighth grader for the past...
Today starts Teacher Appreciation Week, running May 4-8, 2020. I don’t know about you, but normally our PTO would have been brainstorming, planning, creating, arranging, and executing decorations, surprises, food, and ways to show our teachers (and school staff!)...
Right now, I’m writing this while sitting on the floor with my daughter working at her desk with optional work to complete and my dog lying next to me. My life during this time reminds me of what summer...
We are in this together. It’s the phrase I’ve heard 1,000 times. It’s the phrase that supposed to sustain us, to get us through. And it does help, it really does. But it’s also true that each of us is going...
With so many closures and directives to self-isolate as our community grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, many more parents are working from home, many for the first time. Welcome to the work-from-home-parent choas workforce! I've been working from home, full-time...
Remember that time when I wrote about seizing the day and I was so over-the-top sappy that you couldn't even bear to read it? Or maybe you didn't have time to read it because your toddler was screaming for more...
Outdoor exercise is a great way to enhance your physical and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 epidemic. Fortunately, residents of the Iowa City area have an abundance of outdoor recreation options. Local tails and parks have seen an uptick...
COVID-19. Do your days right now just feel like endless re-runs of the movie Groundhog Day where everything is the same every single day and it feels like there is no end in sight? It is okay to admit...

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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...