Since having kids, my house is filling up with stuff.  The worst part is, many of the items are easily broken, not so great, or rarely used.  This got me thinking about the more unusual items that I find...
This isn’t an advice piece, nor am I seeking any. This is more of a, “I need to know I am not alone” type of piece. So, moms of the toddler tsunami, a.k.a., the toddler tantrum, are you out...
I love children’s books. Discovering that has been one of the fun, unexpected pleasures of being a mom for me. I had no idea how much I would enjoy books for the under-five set. But, even if they’re good...
Temperatures are rising, and many of us are counting down the days until we get a break our kids are back in school. (At which time we will begin counting down the days until our first break.) But for now,...
When my son was a newborn, I found it almost impossible to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” I tried sometimes. When he was four months old, I took a very early morning job so we could avoid daycare. I...
Three years ago I became a mother and welcomed into my life a very precious and uplifting little bundle of joy. No, I’m not talking about my daughter (although she, too, is a precious bundle of joy that is...
Flashback: Two years ago, I was working full-time and my almost 2 year old was in full-time daycare. Our daycare provider (who we loved) was going to be taking her maternity leave and I was struggling to find someone...
Spring has finally arrived and soon we will be feeling the warmth of the sun (hopefully more consistently than 1-2 days a week), while being surrounded by colorful flowers and listening to the laughter that fills the air as...
Let me start by saying, I am not a religious crusader. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all anything. Each family has the right to decide what does and doesn’t work best for them. This is simply my family’s...

Now We Carry An EpiPen

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I really didn't think my oldest son was allergic to anything.  In two months, he will be 4 years old, so it’s been awhile since I worried about introducing new foods to him. A couple years ago, I had asked...

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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,...