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Winter is a great time to snuggle up indoors with a stack of books and a warm mug of hot chocolate as the snow falls gently past the window (or just covers your car in a disgusting crust of...
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“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.” -Mitch Albom from The Five People You Meet in Heaven It’s been several years since I first encountered the above quote, but recently thought of it again as...
We asked my oldest daughter (17-year-old Rachel) where she wanted to go on this, possibly our last family vacation before she goes off to college. She chose New York City, so in spite of my trepidation, we went. Here’s the...
As moms, we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We manage the household, our kids' activities, and run all the errands. We balance work and home life, buy groceries, make sure there’s toilet paper, everyone has...

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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...