I am about to be two-weeks out from my second shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. I am counting down the days until I am fully immunized. I’ve got a list to check off of the things I can’t...
When work initially shut down in March 2020 (henceforth referred to as the "days of yore"), I was confident we would be back in the office in a matter of weeks. My colleagues and I would squeeze in around...
I really hate baking. I love eating baked goods, but I really hate baking. I don’t know why, but butter, flour, and sugar and I just don’t get along.  My mom baked like crazy when I was growing up, but...
"Is that . . your playroom?" I realized with horror that an epic amount of disarray was visible over my shoulder on FaceTime. "Um, yeah..." I switched locations and changed the subject. "Playroom" was a generous and undeserved title. The room,...
I heard there is a fashion feud going on. Gen Z vs. Millennials. Apparently using certain emojis, the way we do our hair, and the jeans we wear are very controversial these days. Who knew it would come to this?...
How much is that doggy in the window? The one with the wiggly tail? How much is that doggy in the window? I do hope that dog is for sale. I remember the pet store in my hometown. I would walk...
Hiring a new babysitter or using one for the first time can be a bit intimidating. How do you find a sitter? How much do you pay? Here are a few answers to common questions when it comes to...
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I Pay My Kids to Read

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This is not click-bait, I really do pay my kids to read. For a long time, before bed, we had a great routine. Brush teeth, go potty, put on pjs, snuggle, read, sing songs, go to bed. Somehow we lost it. 2020...
The contractions started around 6 a.m. and my son was born at 8:08 a.m. My ten pound baby boy burst into the world without giving my body time to adjust. And that is how he has lived every day...
Mom Confession: I’m a bottom of the barrel kind of gal when it comes to buying myself bras. For the better part of 15 years I have shopped the sale racks and those bins of bras and undies at Victoria’s...

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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...