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...
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...
The reality of this pandemic is seen within our own daily routines. For most parents, school closures have changed the dynamic drastically. It can be an overwhelming feeling to ensure your children keep up with their education amidst the...
I wake up differently now. I don't want to sleep in. I want to get out of bed and get the day going. It starts with temperatures. I check temperatures on all of us and feel a second of gratitude...
Last year, right around this time, I posted a photo on Facebook and wrote, "That's the last spring break for us." My daughter Rachel planned to go to school at Northwest Missouri State University, and their spring break did...
Running out of things to do at home? Wishing you had a good book to read, now that you've got the time for it? Kids need new books to keep their reading skills sharp while school's out? You can...
I work from home. Not just because of this COVID-19 weirdness, but all the time. I (naively) thought I would be fairly equipped for what we’re experiencing. But, alas, I am not. Honestly, I am busier than I've been in...
Hi Mamas! How are you doing? Hanging in there? I find that some days I think "I can do this!" and other days I think "Who can do this?" Either way, it sounds like I'll be social distancing from everyone,...
Last weekend it became clear we were going to end up stuck at our house for the foreseeable future. This pandemic has become serious and it is hitting too close to home. I felt prepared with food, and household supplies,...
Stores nationwide are rolling out online sales to keep afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're looking to do some retail therapy while at home, start with locally owned shops. Our local brick and mortar shops are quickly adapting by...

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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...