When my oldest child was born, I faced a problem common to many families: what would we do about childcare? Our family’s struggle on this issue isn’t unique, and it continues to this day. A Delicate Balance We were fairly young...
Fall is a fleeting season; we dream of it far longer than we get to enjoy it. So don't wait–grab your pumpkin spice latte and check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Iowa City! We’ve compiled the best events,...
I'm opening the time capsule of my old blog posts again! Last time, I reflected on a blog post from 2014 called Bless This Mess. This month I'm looking back on a post I wrote in January 2015 titled...
It's the season of back-to-school, football games, changing leaves, and shorter days, with Halloween just around the corner. Here’s our “All Things Fall” guide to family-friendly activities in the Iowa City area and Corridor, brought to you by Hancher....
Downtown Iowa City is kid friendly. Sometimes this community's robust, cultural hub can get a bad rap as a college bar district, upscale restaurant scene, or a no man’s land for minivan parking. These are myths. The Ped Mall...
Happy summer, everyone! The best things about summer are the simplest, aren't they? We made a list of all the sweet, simple memories from our childhood summers that we want to share with our kids, and put them into...
Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach.  Sun + sand + water = hours of fun for all.  Even though we are far from the coasts here in landlocked Iowa, we are lucky to have a number...
Summer and baseball are synonymous. Hawkeye baseball and softball seasons typically end in May, but a family friendly day at the ballpark can still be found just 25 miles north of Iowa City on I-380 at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home...
I hear this almost daily.  From strangers, coworkers, family.  Shopping, at a funeral, on walks with my kids.  They are 3-and-a-half and 1-and-a-half.  I do have my hands full.  My kids are rambunctious, daring, emotional, curious.  My daughter has no...
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...

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