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Skip the Pool 10 Ideas for Water Play with Toddlers

Skip the Pool: Water Play for Toddlers

With the hot and sticky summer weather, we’ve been constantly on the lookout for fun ways to keep cool. My daughter loves being outside, so we often find ourselves playing in water! However, I don’t feel comfortable enough to let her swim on her own yet. So here are 10 toddler-friendly ways to play in […]

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Grill Safety The Day I Almost Lost My Family

Grill Safety: The Day I Almost Lost My Family

It was an ordinary summer evening. I was at the grocery store picking up some last minute items for supper. I had left my kids playing in the backyard with my husband, who was putting some pork chops on the grill. That’s when I got the phone call. “You have to come home. I can’t […]

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Survive Summer with these tips for managing the fighting and boredom!

School’s Out! Summer Survival Tips For Moms

I say this every year, but man, this school year just flew by!  School is just about out for summer, and while I’m excited to have my kids home, the fighting and moans of “I’m bored!” just about kill me every year.  So, I thought I’d put together some Summer Survival Tips for you (and […]

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Gold Medal Snacks for a Winning Summer Games Party

The Big Summer Games could not have come at a better time. It has been such a difficult summer for our country and our world, but these worldwide games have a way of uplifting, encouraging, and motivating us. The teamwork, passion, and challenges provide shining examples of triumphs and dedicated work to our children. You will find my family glued […]

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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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