Last year, my family's summer "bucket list" contained of an exhaustive list of pools, splash pads, beaches, fairs, museums, and zoos. And then 2020 happened. By the time the 2019-2020 school year was officially over, my kids had already had 11...
I wish this pandemic had never happened. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. I have days where I sit in my favorite chair, sighing deeply as I think about what is going on outside of the walls...
There is a video from six-and-a-half years ago of my newborn kicking on a blanket. Because I can’t seem to stop talking long enough to take a video, a conversation with my brother was forever captured. Like all good Baton...
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...
As you may have heard, Disney announced Thursday it would be closing Disneyland and Walt Disney World for the rest of March. The announcement joined a growing list of cancellations ranging from South by Southwest (SXSW) to the NCAA...
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's not because I'm Irish or because I love green beer. I always think of St. Patrick's Day as a celebration of spring! Once we get to...
I often read or hear other parents talk about "Wait Until 8th" or how they’ll never give their child a cellphone until they’re 16-years-old. In fact, some of our other contributors have written about this very issue, more than...
I recently saw the news that Prince Harry and Meghan are in the process of leaving the royal family to venture off to become their own family. I admit, I’m not one to really follow the news or the...
In case you somehow missed it, we have another streaming service to add to our menu of binging options. Disney unveiled its new platform Disney+, which allows us fingertip access to hundreds of big-name movies and shows from Disney...
It’s so hard when your little one is sick and you’re not sure what to do. Recently I went through a scary ordeal with a sick kiddo and a middle of the night ER visit. Thankfully nothing was...

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Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities: 2020 Edition

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As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this holiday guide – will look a bit...