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...
Getting together with a girlfriend or two is a treat! Do your planning conversations ever go like this? “So, what should we do?” “I don’t know. What were you thinking?” “It doesn’t really matter to me. What do you want to do?” “I...
They say that raising kids takes a village. I couldn't agree more, and I've only been at this for a short time! Honestly, I've got an AMAZING support system and am super grateful. So many people help my family...
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My Greatest Parenting Wish

My husband and I were sitting in the living room the other night, talking about our day, when our oldest came in and sat down nearby. She was listening at first, but then she started contributing to the conversation....
Being a friend to someone going through a difficult time can be tricky. Nobody wants to be that person who brings up a heavy topic on an otherwise “good” day, but we also all want to be the type...

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Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in the Iowa City Corridor

Nothing says fall like a walk through a sunny orchard with your family to select the perfect pumpkin or fill your basket with ripe...