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,...
I want to be hot again. There. I said it.  What's wrong with a mom wanting to feel attractive, like she's actually a woman and not just a MOM? I adore my kiddos. But 4 pregnancies and 3 deliveries...
Allegedly, the year begins in January and ends in December. That's what our calendars tell us. But to me, the more accurate representation is that the year begins in August and ends in May, coinciding with the school calendars...
2017 was hard.  And now that I think about it, 2016 and 2015 weren’t so easy either. I had a rough time having babies—the anxiety, sleep deprivation, and overwhelming to-do lists were difficult for me to adjust to. It...
A new year. A clean slate. A fresh start. January is a time many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions or set goals for the year. Research shows that about 40% of us make New Year’s Resolutions, but...
I’ll never forget the first time I gave my now 10-year-old son a bottle. He was nearly four months old and had been placed in our care by the Department of Human Services. Since his home environment had been so...
The holidays provide a wealth of opportunities to enjoy seasonal activities with your family! Check out these activities between now and the end of the year, and take advantage of all the Iowa City area has to offer! *Note: Many...
Journal writing was never one of my strong suits. As a teenager I would write in it periodically, basically whenever I found it in my room. Now that I am a mom I have maybe only written in it...
Last month, we were so happy to make one mom's holiday season a little bit brighter with an extra special holiday makeover!!  Mandy is a mother-of-four who hadn't had her hair cut in over a year, and had never had...

Making a Memory Jar

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A few years ago I came across a blog post about making a “memory jar” or a “happiness jar.” I don’t remember where I came across the original post, but the idea stuck with me. I’ve been doing it...

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Guide to Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

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Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide to find your...