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I can’t believe in 3 weeks you will be starting Middle School. It seems like yesterday we were walking hand in hand into the first day of Kindergarten. Middle School is a big deal. This is a huge leap...
Want to take a road trip near the Quad Cities? We've got a lot to offer in the Quad City area, but if you're like me, sometimes you want a change of scenery and to get the heck out...
I'm always down for mindful ways to save money but lets face it, some of us weren't made for spreadsheets and budgets. Tips like cutting out stops at my favorite coffee shop are just not going to happen--not during...
Many Quad Citians could come up with all kinds of reasons why our area--and specifically Rock Island--is a great place to live. But for my sports fans, this one’s for you! We have a rich athletic history in Rock...
I will be the first to admit that being a mom can be difficult. Toddlers teeth, children whine, and tweens have attitudes. Juggling all your plans and everyone emotions in a day can be overwhelming. As a mom to...
Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in picture books, and every child deserves to see the many cultures we have in our world! I’ve put together this list books celebrating diversity for preschoolers, which is great to either...
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Nature is Healing

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Nature is healing. Who can say that they’ve taken a walk in the woods or watched the sunrise from a deserted beach and not felt calmer – more at peace? Science is starting to figure out how exactly this...
Is it just me, or has it been a tough year to connect with people? Our usual sources of community have not been as available to us during the pandemic. Even with the people inside our own four walls,...
Like many people, I wasn't sad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. Now that 2021 has arrived, though, I find myself continuing to reflect on the year that passed and lessons learned. So, for motivation, inspiration, and accountability,...
  Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Moms work hard enough so take an idea out of here to make your Valentines Day with the kids special and fun. You can do these with things I am sure you...
Recently I picked up the book: A Mother’s Reckoning — Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold. Klebold’s son is Dylan, one of the shooters responsible for the Columbine High School shooting. What mother of boys doesn’t...
I love a good tea party year-round, but it is definitely my go-to on a dreary winter day. Even as my kids are getting older, I find that my nine year old is not too old to enjoy a...

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Quad Cities Summer Bucket List | 2022

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Summer can be bursting with activities and travel or it can be filled with long lazy days of doing much of nothing. I prefer...
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