A couple of months ago my son was playing sword fight with one of his friends.  She and he were running around the living room, yelling, screaming, whooping it up and having a wonderful time.  After a bit however,...
Good oral hygiene is a skill we must teach our kiddos.  As soon as those pearly whites come in, it is time to care for those babies.  At first you can just wipe down gently with a wet washcloth...
All mothers know how quickly the years pass and how hard it is to remember all those sweet and funny details about each stage of life with children. As the mother of twins, this is doubly true.  My beautiful baby...
The MAGIC of the holidays... what does that even mean?  Maybe you're one of those people who loves to go above and beyond when it comes to making Christmas magical. Maybe you're just trying to find easy, cheap ways to keep...

Diary of a Pokémon Mom

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About two years ago, my middle son found a little red and white ball in the 25 cent box at a garage sale.  The ball had a button on it, and a strange-looking little animal toy inside.  It was...
My twins will turn three in March. That is the oldest that any of my children have been for potty training. My oldest was a breeze. She decided around her first birthday that she was done with diapers, and...
I have 4 kids at home. One is in school, one is 3, one is 11 months, and one is 2 years old. I've lived through 2 year olds twice before. My first was pretty tame...she had tantrums and...

When it’s Too Cold Outside

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Every year I get excited about the first snow flurries and the first BIG snow of the season.  I love seeing the yard covered in a white sparkly blanket.  That untouched beauty lasts for about 5 seconds before dogs...
It’s that time of the year when Facebook news feeds are flooded with ’30 Days of Thanks’ countdowns, people announcing their RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness), and viral stories of strangers making a difference in the lives of others....
At the beginning of summer, my husband showed me a picture of an adorable puppy.  He said it’s the kind of dog he’s always wanted.  He found out the pup was still available, and for some reason, I agreed...

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Juneteenth Events in the Iowa City Area

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June 19th is Juneteenth, known as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union...