Happy 4th of July!  Here are some of our favorite fireworks shows around the area. Grab a blanket or some chairs, pack up some bug spray and your family, and get ready to oooh and aaah!   Did we miss any? Share...
Happy summer, everyone! The best things about summer are the simplest, aren't they? We made a list of all the sweet, simple memories from our childhood summers that we want to share with our kids, and put them into...
Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach.  Sun + sand + water = hours of fun for all.  Even though we are far from the coasts here in landlocked Iowa, we are lucky to have a number...
Of all the battles that occur on playgrounds around the nation, few can be more contentious than this age old question: "Is it okay for kids to climb up the slide the "wrong way"? It seems like this is one of...
Summer is here! Moms tend to love it or dread it. If you're like me, I love certain things about it but kind of dread some things as well. As a mom of a child who thrives with routines...
Summer and baseball are synonymous. Hawkeye baseball and softball seasons typically end in May, but a family friendly day at the ballpark can still be found just 25 miles north of Iowa City on I-380 at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home...
A few years ago I shared some of my favorite podcasts by moms. Since then, I've added several to my regular downloads and they have become the soundtrack to my week. I listen to them when I'm packing lunches...
The first time that I had shrimp ceviche was a couple years ago during a trip to central Florida. My very first bite of this delicious dish invoked long lost memories of childhood when I lived on an island...
There is something special about summer in Iowa City.  Throw your lawn chairs in the trunk, grab the sunblock, and enjoy a jam-packed season of festivals, farmers’ markets, and food.  There are just too many events to include them all, but...
A couple of years ago I read this awesome post on another City Mom's Blog site. Just to give you a quick summary, the author described a decision she made with her husband to eschew the traditional gauntlet of...

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Guide to Swimming and Safety in the Iowa City Area During...

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When I think about summers growing up, I immediately think about swimming. My grandparents had an amazing in-ground pool and hot tub. I learned...