Amanda Larson

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Amanda is a planaholic, Cedar Rapidian who is a working wife and mother. She met her husband Nick while they were both playing college basketball at Upper Iowa University. They returned to Cedar Rapids after graduation and were married in 2010. They have 2 boys: Jimmer and Jordy, and a baby girl named Jerzy! Amanda is a Business Analyst with United Fire Group, where she has been since 2007. She enjoys all things sports, working out, performing in local theatre productions, and anything that involves her family and friends.
Learning the Power of Saying "No"

Learning the Power of Saying No

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I'm a yes person. Can you join this committee? Yes! Can you take on this project? Yes! Are you available Saturday afternoon from 2-4? Yes! You in for girls night Friday? Yes! I don’t say "Yes" to things I...
The Last First Year

The Last First Year

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We are, without a doubt, not having another child. It's physically impossible at this point and there is zero doubt or regret in that decision. We've kind of always said if we were fortunate enough,...
Just a minute making the most of the minutes that count

Just a Minute: Making the Most of the Minutes that Count

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I just need a minute to finish loading the dishwasher. Just one minute to put the baby down for a nap.  I need a minute to finish scrolling through my newsfeed. Just another minute until...
My Police Dad Life After the Badge

My Police Dad: Life After the Badge

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I am a police officer's daughter. Technically, a retired one as of October 2015. I grew up with donut deliveries before school with police lights glowing, a locker and binder covered in silver CRPD stickers,...
Say WHAT?! Dealing with a Mouthy Kid

Say WHAT?! Dealing with a Mouthy Kid

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I was told a few years back to enjoy the innocence of my children before they start school because that's when things "get ugly." It is clearly something that I thought was funny and...

The Truth About Date Night

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"Date nights are important," they said. "It will be fun!" they said. "Get away for a little bit," they said. The truth is, date night is a lot of work! It's a lot of prep, stress, worry, sometimes money, and...
The Value of First-Time Moms

The Value of First-Time Moms

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We've all dealt with them, and maybe even been them. Know-it-all Moms. Judgey Moms. The ones that swear by this or swear by that, frown at you if you didn't do this or did that, and slyly...

5 Go-To Beauty Products for Busy Moms

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Beauty Products.   Two things are certain when it comes to my beauty products: I don’t have time to mess with too many of them, and I can’t stomach overspending on them. Let’s be honest,...

Keep it Simple: Christmas Ideas for Busy Moms

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that any search involving Christmas ideas on Pinterest can be a little overwhelming. There are just SO MANY activities that can be done with Christmas.  What...

The First 63 Days With Three Kids: How To Survive

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Sixty-three days of life with three kids. I know what I’m supposed to say: “I’m soaking up every second." "It’s been the greatest joy." ”We are adjusting wonderfully.” If you judge our life by Instagram posts, it...