Once you become a mom, having other mom friends is NECESSARY. When you have young kids at home, you need a trusted group that you can turn to for advice or commiserate with. However, friends that don’t have kids,...

“Who Is the Real Mom?”

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It Wasn't The First Time It's one of those perfect days. Both of the boys are well-behaved as we weave through the aisles of the grocery store, collecting buns and hotdogs for our neighborhood picnic. The gathering is in two hours...
I remember pulling into the Coral Ridge Mall parking lot early. Like an hour early. I didn't want to be *gasp* late, and I wanted to give my 11-month-old son time to snooze in the back so that he...
I love Facebook. I can keep up with high school friends, college friends, and message board friends all over the world. Chances are you clicked this link from Facebook, as well. It’s a good way to connect with others. But it...
Recently, my husband and I were traveling on a vacation without our kids.  As we spent time in airports, I saw many moms with kids. I saw the stress on the faces of moms rushing through the airport trying...
It has now been a month since our move to Madrid, Spain. We've moved into our home, started our jobs, and our girls have started school. Let me start by saying that as much as I post all of the...
Several months ago, I shared the story of my experience with bullies and ways to combat bullying behavior.  With a new school year underway, there is no time like the present to talk to your kids about bullies and bully...
June 1st of 2018 was not only the day that we closed on our house, but it was also the last day of school, the last day to say goodbye to friends, and the day that we set off...
Many cultures have a coming-of-age ceremony. A 13-year-old Jewish person has a Bar or a Bat Mitzvah. A young Latina may have a quinceanera. A young man of the Hamar tribe of Ethiopia jumps over a bull. My family is...
When you become a mom, you suddenly realize you've been surrounded by parenting experts all along. Well-intentioned family members, online acquaintances, even the elderly stranger you meet in the HyVee checkout line is full of golden nuggets of wisdom...

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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...