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...
A popular destination for many Iowan families is the Windy City: Chicago. Many Iowans find themselves spending a few days in this popular destination, one of the biggest major cities in the Midwest, especially during the summer months. Being a...
We asked my oldest daughter (17-year-old Rachel) where she wanted to go on this, possibly our last family vacation before she goes off to college. She chose New York City, so in spite of my trepidation, we went. Here’s the...
We are now about 2.5 months out from moving our family to Madrid, Spain. We’ve put in for leaves of absence at work, and all of our family, closest of friends, and coworkers have been told about the move. We...

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Guide to Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

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Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide to find your...