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I’ve been thinking a lot about this school year both as a teacher, as a wife of another teacher, and as a mom. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to say to other parents to prepare...
Positive Thinking = A Longer, Healthier Life This “Living with Covid” era has us all running the gamut of emotions – there’s some fear and foreboding, annoyance, irritation, and short–temperedness involved. Now infection rates are going up and we are...
I'm trying to think of positives of the pandemic and be encouraging to my people, but I keep hearing “I’m bored.”“There’s nothing to do.”“I’m hungry (again)”As a mother to 9 active children, I’ve heard these words a lot lately. In...
I'm a hugger. I have four kids and I love to snuggle and be close to them, but I've realized in the past few months, I've been hugging less. So, I'm making a concentrated effort to HUG THEM MORE...
As we all know COVID-19 has changed our lives. From Easter to Independence Day, holidays look different in 2020. Our favorite fireworks show Red, White, and Boom, a classic Quad Cities collaboration isn't happening this year. We are happy...
During this weird time in history, Facebook has been riddled with memes about having to feed all the people, ALL.THE.TIME. If you feel like the short-order cook at your house, it's probably not your imagination. But pandemic or no...
It all started in the post-pandemic bread aisle. It was circa day 10 of COVID-19 living, and I had ventured to the store for my weekly anxiety attack/grocery trip. Still a quarantine-shopping novice, I had asked the kids to make...
These days, a day in the life of a teacher is far different than a normal routine.  My husband and I are teachers, and when the shut-down started, so had Spring break. This was the first year in a...
As more information is coming out about COVID-19, it seems pretty clear that the risk of contracting it is very low when you're outdoors. It's important to be out in nature anyway and get plenty of vitamin D for...
Summer is a traditionally busy time.  This summer looks like it might be a lot slower paced than in years past, with many things looking different in this unprecedented era of COVID-19. I still love the concept of creating...
It's been a long spring. Gyms are closed and we're all doing our best to keep moving and working out at home. It's hard to keep our motivation up. At the same time, many of us have binge-watched our...
What is it about a pandemic that causes us to take stock of a few things? For many of us, we've used this time to both mourn the loss of relationship as well as crave its return. In pre-COVID...

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