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Mom’s Guide to the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library

Whether it’s you who needs to get out of the house or your kids who are itching to explore the world, we’ve all been there. Sometimes you’re organized and on time (ha!) and are able to utilize the programs in our community that have set time frames. Other times, though, it’s refreshing to have resources that […]

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Toddler Literacy Activities

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” National Commission on Reading, 1985  Wow! That fact got me thinking about my own childhood and activities I am doing with my daughter. Since I was a little girl, I […]

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Beat Cabin Fever: Infant-Friendly Indoor Activities in Cedar Rapids

Leaving the house during winter is always a hassle. The cold and bitter wind in Iowa makes you think twice about heading out the door. Things get a little harder when an infant is involved. Why would you want to expose your sweet little baby to the harshness that winter can bring? Well, sometimes you just […]

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Raising Thankful Hearts: 5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Encourage Gratitude

You’ve probably scoured Pinterest for new recipes or pulled out Grandma’s handwritten recipe for her famous pumpkin pie. Maybe you’ve made grocery lists, clipped coupons, and are beginning to prepare for house guests. You might be getting travel plans set.  Or maybe you’ve mapped out and created a spreadsheet (Yes, this really happens and high-five to […]

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Fall Inspired Books for Children: My Top Five Favorites

It’s hard to believe that we are saying farewell to summer, however, I am an autumn girl through and through, so I’m welcoming fall with open arms.  Hello to crisp fall weather, pumpkin everything, cozy sweaters, and hot apple cider! When the seasons change, so do the books on our bookshelves. I find that the kids gravitate […]

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Amazing Space Grand Opening Weekend at Indian Creek Nature Center! {Sponsored Post}

Indian Creek Nature Center is opening its brand new Amazing Space building and campus, and you’re invited! Join us for Grand Opening Weekend on September 16, 17 and 18 as we celebrate our new space. This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature a family-friendly schedule of guided trail hikes, kids’ crafts, nature face painting, evening campfires, building […]

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Hiking Eastern Iowa Part 3: 2 Places to Take a Day Trip

So far this summer I have aimed to keep my family non-busy and flexible. I’d rather not spend too much time planning out the day-to-day. That doesn’t mean I’m not willing to go do stuff or to have a great day away from the house with my kids. I find that now they are older, we […]

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We All Scream for ICE CREAM! (Recipes, Activities, and Local Favorites)

In July of 1984, Ronald Reagan made a Presidential Proclamation that July should be known as National Ice Cream month. A delicious decision! Fast forward thirty some years and here we are in July of 2016, and it’s flipping hot outside! So, I’m gonna take Mr. Reagan up on his offer and celebrate like there […]

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A New Breastfeeding Resource: La Leche League of Cedar Rapids

In preparation for World Breastfeeding Week, which occurs the first week of August annually, I interviewed Katie Hatch, one of the co-leaders of the new La Leche League of Cedar Rapids. This August 6th, their chapter will be hosting a celebration called Live, Love, Latch! at Guthridge Park in Hiawatha to celebrate their addition to […]

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