I have one kid who is almost done with college, and another who is about to start, so it’s time for the fun activity of dorm room shopping. It’s sort of like decorating the nursery, except the person who...
{updated April 2023} Every city has its big, bustling attractions that are its claim to fame–its main event, its Friday special, its must-see hot spot. And the Iowa City area has many of these: The Ped Mall! Hancher! Kinnick Stadium!...
I was raised with a healthy dose of, “Girls can do anything boys can do,” but it wasn’t until I had daughters of my own that I really started paying attention to all the indirect messages that society sends...
A sure sign of summer — Iowa City area farmers markets have returned! Iowa City is home to a bustling downtown market, but many nearby and smaller towns feature charming farmers markets of their own. You could shop a farmers...
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...
Y'all, it’s not even Halloween yet and there are still only nine Saturdays until Christmas. NINE. If you are anything like me and you celebrate Christmas too, you are already thinking about holiday gifts for your kids and extended...
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in Eastern Iowa: the start of garage sale season! Below is your list of citywide garage sales across Johnson, Linn, Cedar, Muscatine, Washington, Iowa, and Benton counties. Happy shopping! Second...
The thing I love most about living in eastern Iowa are all the county fairs and our small town festivals. So much work and dedication make these happen year and after year by people who live here, and their...
Last minute shoppers: do you have some difficult gift recipients left on your list? Are you stuck on what to get them and nervous you might select something they won’t want? Or that they’ll then have to find a space...
Finally! It's time to bring our feet out of hibernation, buff those nasty heels, and break out the bright summer polish for our toes. I love shoes for so many reasons, not the least of which is the fact...

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