When it’s Too Cold Outside

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Every year I get excited about the first snow flurries and the first BIG snow of the season.  I love seeing the yard covered in a white sparkly blanket.  That untouched beauty lasts for about 5 seconds before dogs...
We accidentally planted 40 tomato plants. That’s not a typo. Forty. It started off innocently enough. When the ground was still snow-covered and the creek was still solid, we were dreaming of spring and yearning for warmth and the...

Shake It UP!

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November is here, and we are officially into holiday season. Many of us will be organizing our schedules around holiday gatherings and figuring out how to split our time among families and friends. Whether you are hosting, staying close to...
When my daughter was still a baby I began hearing a lot about the 3-Day Method of potty training. If you search 3-Day Potty Training Method you quickly become inundated with information. As I began sifting through all of...
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...
I love any excuse to be festive. Holidays, homecoming, birthdays, anniversaries, theme parties just for the heck of it.... I always have! However, I'm not a big fan of scary stuff.... I never have been! Which makes Halloween a...

The Working Mom Balancing Act

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They say the life of a working mom is a balancing act. For a couple of minutes tonight, I was literally balancing my child, my work phone, and a child’s potty full of pee. It could have gone horribly...
For nine months we dream about what our babies will look like. What traits will we share. For me? I scoffed when my husband stated with absolute certainty during my first pregnancy that our daughter would have blonde hair...

Love Those Crazy Kids

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Some blog posts are full of great advice, tips, and tricks. This is not one of those.  I don't have amazing advice or magic words that will make your kids to listen to you. I'm a regular mom with...

How to Potty Train in One Day

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With all three of my kids, we’ve done the potty-train-in-one-day method. I’ll admit it: The first time I heard about this, I kind of rolled my eyes and said, “Yeah, right.” Then my mother-in-law told me that she’d done...

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Specialty Grocery Stores in the Iowa City Area

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One of the best things about living in the Iowa City area is the wide variety of food and grocery options for every palate,...