Summer is here! Moms tend to love it or dread it. If you're like me, I love certain things about it but kind of dread some things as well. As a mom of a child who thrives with routines...
My oldest son graduated from high school and I don’t know how to feel. Since he’s my first, I’ve had a lot of people asking about my feelings. The initial congratulations on his graduation are followed up with the question,...
A few years ago I shared some of my favorite podcasts by moms. Since then, I've added several to my regular downloads and they have become the soundtrack to my week. I listen to them when I'm packing lunches...
If you're an adult biological female, chances are you vividly remember getting your period for the first time. I was twelve years old when it happened–I hid it, deeply embarrassed, for a couple days before I screwed up my...
Allegedly, the year begins in January and ends in December. That's what our calendars tell us. But to me, the more accurate representation is that the year begins in August and ends in May, coinciding with the school calendars...
It’s that time of the year. The weather is turning nice. Everything is in bloom. The school year is winding down, and summer is coming. As a mom, that may excite you or cause you some anxiety. But as...
When we sent our oldest to preschool for the first time, I remember how tiny she looked. Her chipmunk cheeks and petite frame were ever-present in that first-day-of-school photo. Three didn't look old enough on her. Or at least...
“So we’ll do that, and I also need to tell when she gets tested, to be as, to be stupid, not to be as smart as she is. The goal is to be slow, to be not as...
Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient.  With Earth Day on April 22nd let’s challenge ourselves to make meaningful changes to benefit our family, our community and our world.  It can be big or small....
When moving to a new area, one of the first and foremost questions a parent asks is, "How are the schools?" We here in the Iowa City area are incredibly fortunate to boast some of the strongest and most...

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