2020 was going to be epic. I had decided now that my kids are older, I was going to introduce them to a long lost love of mine — travel. I was even calling 2020 the year of travel! I had...
As you may have heard, Disney announced Thursday it would be closing Disneyland and Walt Disney World for the rest of March. The announcement joined a growing list of cancellations ranging from South by Southwest (SXSW) to the NCAA...
Raise your hand if you love a fun girls' weekend? I know I do! Yet, the girls' weekends are fewer and farther between than they were before I had children. These days it takes a lot of coordination and...
When our daughter was 18 months old, my husband and I took her on a long road trip with his family to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and downtown Deadwood. One night during the middle...
Anyone else struggle with budgets and family vacations? As a mother of four, I want to create opportunities for memories and bonding time with my family, but it can be expensive! For most of our family life we have...
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...
The polar vortex is bearing down upon us. My daughter has had a very long impromptu break from school. The house is a disaster. And I am completely EXHAUSTED. So I have decided it's time for a little positive...
I had been planning this day since my daughter was born. This was going to be the most magical 5th birthday celebration ever! And no, I am not talking about Disney. Our trip to the American Girl Store in Chicago...
So the Christmas classic goes, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” But, what if home is in multiple places? Home is easy to define when we’re young. It’s family–no matter how they are related or affiliated to you–it’s where...

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An Open Love Letter to Hawkeye Basketball

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Long before Iowa City Moms began, long before I was a wife and a mom, even long before I was a student at the...