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Home Invasion: How to Host a Family with Kids

Home Invasion: How to Host a Family with Kids

We’ve all been there. You are on your way to spend the night at someone’s house, perhaps with family for the holidays. You scurry around the house packing clothes, bibs, night lights, and favorite blankets. Did you remember cell chargers, snacks for the car, and a sippy cup for the toddler? The checklist is endless […]

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The Case For Christmas in July

My mom sadly hung up the phone. “They aren’t coming. No one is coming.” We looked around at the impeccably clean house. Tablecloths on and candles ready to be lit. The hors d’oeuvres table was a showcase of fanned out crackers and an impressive pattern of cheeses to sample.  Clean wine glasses sat upside down […]

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Mama Takes a Work Trip

Eight years ago, I was a very green marketing generalist and fell into a job that required some travel. At the time I was 25, lived by myself, and had very little real responsibility. Traveling for work was a perk instead of an inconvenience. I got really good at packing everything to fit in a […]

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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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