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Thinking back to when I was growing up, I remember being outside…a lot. When the weather started getting warmer and the days got longer, my brother and I would head outside after school. We’d come in for dinner, and then head right back outside until dark. It’s just what we did. Honestly, we didn’t have […]
I am not a morning person and I seem to have passed that gene on my daughter. Weekday mornings at our house were stressful and full of chaos as we rushed to get out the door each morning. After months – 0k, who am I kidding? Years of mornings like this, we started to make small […]
It’s mid-January which means one thing for Iowans – it is COLD! Not just, “Oh, it’s cold outside…” but more like “I’m wearing ten layers and I still feel the cold” kind of cold. It is kind of the perfect storm if you’re a mom. The holiday season is over. You are left with a […]
‘Tis the season for sniffles, earaches, fevers, and coughs. No matter if you’re a germaphobe or the “It-builds-their-immune-system!” type of parent, children always find a way to get sick – and it’s no fun! The unfortunate thing about colds and coughs is that they’re almost always viral and have no cure. No magic shot or pill can […]
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These bright colored, silicon cupcake liners are my favorite item in the kitchen right now. We keep a stack of them in the cupboard and I use them every…single…day. Whether its snack time, dinner prep, play time, or if I need to spice up a meal, these are my go to. They’re easy to clean, […]
Summer is my second favorite season for one reason alone…CAMPING! I’ve camped in many sorts of campsites; anything from rustic to electric and water at the site to RAGBRAI. It doesn’t matter to me. I love it anyway, though it is good to know what you are getting into. Despite thinking everything is all put […]
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 […]
High blood pressure. Persistent headache. Swelling. Protein in urine. All these classic symptoms of preeclampsia popped up during the third trimester of my first pregnancy. The last doctor visit before I gave birth, my blood pressure was so high that I was told to lay on my left side. The doctor returned and my membranes […]