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Do What Makes You Come Alive Mama! It Will Benefit Everyone.

Do What Makes You Come Alive Mama!

I am about as passionate as they come. When I find something I love, I usually find a way to get involved or become a huge cheerleader for it (sometimes both). I have always been this way. When my first baby was born, my whole paradigm shifted and I LIVED to obsess over this tiny […]

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a letter to my second child

Mom Confessions: A Letter to My Second Child

Dear Second Child, We are so excited you’re here. You were very much planned – and even came sooner than we expected. Your big sis has been rubbing mama’s belly for months and practicing playing mommy with her baby dolls. We thought we loved you then, but now that you’re here, that love has magnified. […]

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Managing Your Own Disappointment

Managing Your Own Disappointment

It was our first night out in 2 months. I had been home-bound with a sick toddler for 4 days and I was very much looking forward to some adult company and conversation. He had a rough few weeks at work and was ready for a break. We dropped the kids at grandma’s and sat […]

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5 Favorite Baby Products From a Mom of Five

I recently had my fifth baby in nine years. In that time I’ve used a lot of baby products!! You find out pretty quickly what makes your life easier and what you can do without! Which is why I’ve put together this list of 5 of my favorite baby products!  1. Baby K’tan Baby Carrier I […]

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Don't Lose You Reclaiming Your Individuality in Motherhood

Don’t Lose YOU: Reclaiming Individuality in Motherhood

Everyone gives you advice leading up to your wedding day. “Don’t go to bed angry.” “Make time for date night.” “There’s plenty of time to have kids.”  One of the pieces of advice that stuck out to me came from my mother. She said, “Be yourself – don’t lose your identity. Don’t lose Valerie!” Almost […]

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Is Your Family Prepared for a Crisis?

Is Your Family Prepared for a Crisis?

2017 was a rough year for many people across the nation.  We saw flooding, earthquakes, and hurricanes leave many without power and the basic necessities of life. Though we in Cedar Rapids are much more likely to experience a blizzard or rising flood waters than an earthquake, there are many circumstances in life where being […]

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Meet Our New Contributor: Ashley Caton

Meet Our New Contributor: Ashley Caton

Meet Ashley Caton I grew up in small-town Alburnett, where I currently live with my husband of 10 years, Tom. He is a machinist at Sadler Machine Company. Tom loves to be outside working in his shop or playing his drums in the Worship band at church.   We dated for 5 months before Tom […]

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5 Must Have Items for Baby #2

5 Must Have Items for Baby #2

Many moms religiously research baby products for their first baby. They read through all of the reviews of products before adding it to their registry, making sure that it will be perfect for their new baby. Products are added that are rarely used and end up taking up space. I have always been known as […]

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Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

After a long day, what’s the first thing you want to do?  My guess is you probably didn’t answer, “Make a big, fancy dinner!” Me neither. One thing I like to do is prepare “Make Ahead” meals when I have a bit of time on a weekend. Here are two of my favorite recipes to […]

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