I became a mother in December 2011 and we brought our daughter home from the hospital to a condo in North Liberty. We had only lived in Iowa City five months when she was born. Although it felt like...
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...
Parenting is always about growth and change. Not only do our kids grow up, but parenting culture changes with the times. Trends seem to be constantly shifting around issues such as feeding, sleeping, discipline, and other topics. Advice that...
Darling Girl, I can't believe your time as a preschooler has come to pass. Everyone told me it would go quickly, and of course they were right. I didn't want to believe them. I mean, three years is a long...

It’s OK to NOT MISS it

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Moms, do you see those posts everywhere that remind you that “the days are long but the years are short?” That “you’ll miss it when it’s gone?” I had lunch with a mom friend the other day, and she...
The Scene Spring break; a six-year-old, three-year-old, and two parents; and a 19-hour car ride (as projected by Google Maps, without stops). ROAD TRIP! The Task Come up with things to keep both kids happy and quiet in a small space for a...
My husband went on a work trip recently. He went to Florida. He stayed in a massive suite. Facing the ocean. Without me.  That is neither here nor there. This post isn’t about how he left me for eight days...
When we sent our oldest to preschool for the first time, I remember how tiny she looked. Her chipmunk cheeks and petite frame were ever-present in that first-day-of-school photo. Three didn't look old enough on her. Or at least...
Now that the ground is finally covered in a layer of wintry white, it's time to make childhood memories by bundling up and hitting the sledding slopes. Read on for the skinny on the top Iowa City-area hills! 1. Hoover...
I had been planning this day since my daughter was born. This was going to be the most magical 5th birthday celebration ever! And no, I am not talking about Disney. Our trip to the American Girl Store in Chicago...

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Kicking Clutter to the Curb

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It’s well into the new year, and one of the things that’s always on my goal list is to declutter and organize my home....

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