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4 Reasons We Love Flag Football

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Flag football is my son's very favorite sport. He has been playing since he was eight and he absolutely loves it! It all started because of his love for watching Iowa football and evolved...

Go, See, Explore: Maquoketa Caves State Park

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Growing up, I had no idea how lucky we were to be so close to such a great landmark! But now, as an adult, the Maquoketa Caves are a place that I love to...

It Doesn’t Get Easier – You Get Stronger

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The first year with a new baby is HARD. Like, REALLY hard. So hard, in fact, older moms in public often offer unsolicited reassurance to strangers they see with infants and toddlers, smiling knowingly and saying "don't worry, hun, after...

A Hidden Danger at the Playground I Learned About the Hard Way

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I remember the day perfectly. It was a gorgeous, early spring day in Upstate New York.  My then 18-month old son and I were at the playground near our house playing and enjoying the...

To the Moms Drinking Mimosas in the Park

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It was a beautiful Friday morning in September. As I strolled up to the park hauling five kids under the age of three, I noticed you. I saw your group sitting at a picnic...

Go, See, Explore: The Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley

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(Coal Valley, IL): It's that time of year! The weather is getting nicer and summer is getting closer. And the Niabi Zoo is reopening! The zoo will reopen on April 17. Here is everything...

My Favorite Books that I Read in 2022 | Top 24

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I love to read. Finding time to read is another story (pun intended) but as my kids have gotten a little older - I prioritize reading and find the time. Whether it's for an...

Weekend Getaway: Decorah, Iowa

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This past summer, my family and I took a weekend getaway to Decorah, Iowa with some friends. I was blown away by the charm of this sleepy little town (in northeast Iowa) near the...

1000 Hours Outside Challenge: Get Kids off Their Screens and on Their Feet

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My family is participating in the 1000 Hours Outside challenge, meaning we are going to be outside for what amounts to about 3 hours a day. Want to join us? It’s going to be...

Getting Your Kids to Eat Vegetables isn’t the Goal

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You’re not alone if you feel like it’s your nightly mission to get your child to eat vegetables. Or maybe for you, it’s trying to get your kid to eat a little more protein...

Go, See, Explore: The Fun Station

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(Eldridge, IA): The Fun Station (formerly known as the 'The Play Station') is located in Eldridge, IA. It's an absolute favorite when it comes to indoor fun in the QCA! My kids and I...

Confessions of a Homeschool Rookie Mama

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This year marks my second year of homeschooling.  I have one first-grade boy, one kindergarten girl, and one crazy two-year-old who likes to take off with school supplies at random. Crazy toddler man gets...