I share this poem in memory of all of the plants we have lost after they were forgotten at work when we abandoned our posts during social distancing/quarantine. Ode to a Tiny Cactus A gift from a colleague So little and green You...
After talking to a couple friends, I realized all of us were at different places with our comfort level in picking up take-out from area restaurants. And now with things opening back up some restaurants are making a decision...
Quarantine has been all-consuming for everyone for months now. It's all we hear on the news. It's all we see posted on social media. And, rightfully so. We are in the middle of history. A global pandemic is rare for...
I have found myself doing lots of mindless snacking with all the extra time at home since COVID-19 took over our lives. I found I needed to add in some variety to my normal free time routine — however...
As the weeks go by amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, certain things start to feel normal. We adjust to the small, everyday things like wearing a mask to the grocery store or setting up our kids' Zoom links for teacher...
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...
I’m going to cut to the chase. Wear. A. Mask. In. Public. I know it might feel weird. I know it might make some people feel embarrassed or weak (?). I know it feels uncomfortable. I know it’s a little bit...
On May 13, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a new Proclamation of Disaster Emergency due to COVID-19. In it, she outlines rules for what can and cannot reopen in Iowa between now and midnight on May 27, when...
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...
My husband and I are American expats currently residing in Madrid, Spain with our two daughters — ages 4 and 9. On March 10, residents of Spain received a push notification on our phones that all schools — grades...

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Crash Course in Engineering: The Latest Iowa Children’s Museum Play Pack

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...