Need ideas for what to share when someone inevitably asks you what they can get your kids for the upcoming holidays? Or how about for you to get your own kids who have it all?  Look no further--below you...
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If you’re new to the area, I humbly suggest you locate the library first. Because once you’ve found the library, you have a gateway to everything else—not only books for the whole family, but also free WiFi; computer, printer,...
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This year was a milestone birthday — I turned 40 at the beginning of February. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel about that. Lately, my husband, my mother, and other extended family have been teasing me about...
Parent/teacher conferences are a staple of the school calendar. Every 12 weeks, like clockwork, the form email goes out to family members of PK-12 students announcing the all-important parent/teacher conferences that are on the horizon. In Iowa City, parent/teacher conferences...

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