After a recent Emergency Room trip with one of my kids, I felt a common fear among parents: how much is this going to cost? I know I made the right decision to go in, but it got me...
You’ve probably taken your kids for their back-to-school physicals. Maybe they’ve been to the dentist. But what about the eye doctor? Have you taken your kids to get their eyes examined? If you have worn glasses yourself since childhood, you...
Of all the battles that occur on playgrounds around the nation, few can be more contentious than this age old question: "Is it okay for kids to climb up the slide the "wrong way"? It seems like this is one of...
Remember back when you made those New Year's resolutions or goals? How are you coming with those? Have they fizzled out? Are you going strong and still feeling good about them? I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, goals,...
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...
The word "homesteading" might bring to mind adventurous settlers rushing to stake their claim on lands out west in the 1800s. You may think of homesteaders as Little House on the Prairie-types who reject modern technology and conveniences in favor...
I have worn makeup for the last twenty-two years. I started at age fourteen with a whole array of products–foundation, concealer, pressed powder, eyeshadow, blush, an eyelash curler, mascara. Beauty "tips and tricks" from magazines and books were consulted...
One of the best kept secrets during the summer months in Johnson County are local CSAs. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a system of food distribution that is based on relationships between local farmers and consumers. The basic idea...
MOMS! It is time to take care of YOU.  I have learned, over the years, that I am important. Because I exist. Additionally, the only way I can truly give to others is by first giving to myself. I get...

Community Yoga 101

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This winter I found a new favorite way to stay warm (like really, really warm), workout, and relax–and all in 60 - 90 minutes... Hot yoga! I've been a closet yogi for a while, meaning only doing yoga from the comfort...

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Crash Course in Engineering: The Latest Iowa Children’s Museum Play Pack

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...