Four or five years ago, my aunt started a social media challenge. She tagged a couple of her friends in her photo of herself wearing a dress and added hashtags, like #AcceptTheFakeChallenge, #InAprilWeWearDresses, and #DoWhateverYouWant. I had not been wearing...
The Scene Spring break; a six-year-old, three-year-old, and two parents; and a 19-hour car ride (as projected by Google Maps, without stops). ROAD TRIP! The Task Come up with things to keep both kids happy and quiet in a small space for a...
Hablas Ingles? Yo hablo Ingles. These were two of my ‘go to’ phrases that I commonly used during the first few months after our recent move to Madrid. I was mortified to speak to anyone in public. I would make my...
Over the course of this week I, along with many parents of young children, have gotten some pretty disturbing information about a character called "Momo" who is supposedly appearing in videos geared towards children on YouTube and YouTube kids....
If you're moving to or building a new home, or if you're just thinking of ways to make your life in your current house easier, consider the possibilities of a "smart home". Local expert Phil O'Brien is answering questions...
  There was a time in my life when I thought I’d NEVER give up my paper planner or other paper-based methods of organizing and life-management. You see, I’m not really a “techy” person. I’m not typically going to have...
Can't face another day of playing indoors because it's too cold to play outside? We've got you. Go check out one of these free or cheap movies playing in Iowa City and Coralville! There are lots of great options...
For all its positives, the internet can be a scary place, especially for a mom with kids who go online. How can you keep your kids safe online? Here are some helpful hints to get you started limiting and monitoring...
Do you watch the news regularly? Do you pick up a newspaper every day and read more than just the headlines? Do you have a favorite news podcast you never miss? Do you listen to NPR or other radio...
It's cold and the kids are home. There is nothing better than to end the day by winding down to watch a show or two. Then you remember that each show you are currently watching just had a 'mid-season'...

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