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must haves for summer swimming

Must Haves for Summer Swimming

Time to pack your summer bags, mamas! Splash Pads and pools are beginning to open in the Cedar Rapids area, so what better time than now to share a few of my favorite water season must-haves. Pack your bags early, and you’ll be able to enjoy the summer sun soon with no hassle! Also, be […]

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The Not-So-Terrible Twos

“Oh, boy! You’re brave,” a well-meaning lady said to me as we walked through the doors of a store, giving my toddler a smile. I knew what she was referring to, as many people have given me the same all-knowing look as my 2-year-old  and I are out and about: The Terrible Twos. Sure, we […]

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7 Post-Holiday Stress Relievers

7 Post-Holiday Stress Relievers

Winter brings so many wonderful things! You pull out your cozy sweaters, sit by the fireplace, and drink hot cocoa. You bake cookies and sweet breads with your family as gifts for friends and neighbors. The promises of the holiday season—festivities, family get togethers, office parties, and gift-giving all bring excitement. Then, you’re ringing in […]

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Pumping on the Fly: Tips for Traveling with Breastmilk

Pumping on the Fly: Tips for Traveling with Breastmilk

Many pumping moms eventually get down the pumping while at work predicament. But, what happens when you suddenly have to go on a work trip? Pumping daily is hard enough without worrying about TSA regulations, keeping milk the optimum temp while traveling, and finding places to pump! I’ve put together a list of my tried-and-true […]

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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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5 ways to garden with toddlers

5 Ways to Garden with Toddlers

Gardening has always been one of my favorite hobbies. When I was little, I planted a marigold in a cup for my grandma as a Mother’s Day gift, which she later transplanted to her garden. I always loved that marigold, and she always told me it was the best one she had ever seen! Having […]

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Staying Mold Free: How to Clean Water Toys

Staying Mold Free: How to Clean Water Toys

Bath time is almost a daily occurrence here, and bath toys are quickly gaining popularity. As the weather warms, our water table has also been gaining popularity! However, I cringe every time my little one picks out the “squeeze” toys that fill with water! The idea of mold possibly growing in them is something I […]

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