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...
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!)...
Hi, The mom in your life may need a little extra TLC during the COVID pandemic—and it just so happens that Mother’s Day is right around the corner. The first thing to do is to talk about expectations. The recipe for a...
Many of us are working from home while our kids are being educated at home, all doing the best we can to make it work. My school-age kids can mostly fend for themselves throughout the day. But,...
Birthdays are a time for gathering, socializing, and celebrating. So many of our traditions do not fall in line with social distancing, so in this time of quarantine how can we still make it special? How do we social...
My deadline has come and gone, and yet I still stare at a blank screen without a clue as to what I should write. It generally helps to start with a theme or a topic, but even that evades...
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...
COVID-19 brings a myriad of disruptions to our lives, many of which are hard to cope with. Not to mention all the feelings associated with the current situation. So, what better way to express those feelings than with a...
Some of us moms are essential workers. This means we are getting up, getting ready, and getting out the door each and every day as if COVID-19 hasn’t taken over the world. We take our kids to be watched...
As I write this, it’s the middle of April and we’re about one month into social distancing. My husband and I have been working from home and my daughter has been home from school. Mentally and physically, we’ve all...

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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...