Courtney Dayton

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Courtney likes to describe herself as a lover of lists and post-its, all things nerdy, and as an all-around pretty awesome person. She lives in Marion with her husband, Jon, their two sons, and their two crazy cats. Both of her boys are rainbow babies, with Everett arriving in December 2013, and Hendrix in March 2016. Courtney is a Penn State graduate, and currently works as a team lead for a state agency. Aside from attempting to be successful at this parenting thing, she likes to go on adventures with her family that includes trying out all the local parks and ice cream stops. Courtney also likes to binge watch Netflix, attempt all things from Pinterest, and can be occasionally be found on her couch doing both

Mom Lessons: Turning “Mom Fails” into Wins

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I think one thing that often connects all mothers is the fact that we all have moments where we have completely failed as a parent. There is just that moment when something happens or you...

Get into the Spirit: Children’s Christmas Books about Giving

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We have a tradition in my family that involves wrapping books about Christmas and putting them under the tree. The kids get to unwrap one each night and we read it as a family. They...

Cedar Rapids Area Veteran Resources

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November 11th is Veteran's Day. If you are a veteran, first- thank you for your service. I personally hold a very special place in my heart for those who have served. My family is proud...

Cedar Rapids Area Trick or Treat Times and Halloween Activities

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Halloween is coming soon!! Looking for Cedar Rapids Area Trick or Treat Times or other fun Halloween activities? We’ve got you covered! Read on for all the details!! *Be sure to click on the event...

I Have ADHD? What It’s Like Getting Diagnosed as a Mom

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My adventure with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) began in earnest this year when my sons received this diagnosis. The doctor diagnosed my oldest son, 7, after we noticed that his difficulties controlling his impulses...

Four Tips to Help Your Anxious Child Prepare For a New School Year

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It’s hard to believe it, but it is already the end of the summer, and time to start thinking about the transition back to school. This change can already be hard for a lot of...

Family Food Boards: A Fun Way to Eat

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You may be like me in that the thought of making a meal overwhelms you, or that you simply just don’t feel like it. It could be that you know that one of your children...

Grilled to Perfection: Potato Packets

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Summer has now come, which means one thing: time for all the grilling! We love to grill a lot during the hot months, as it keeps the high temp of cooking outside with the...
Star Wars and Parenting

Star Wars and Parenting: May the Four Lessons Be With You

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I don’t know about you, but Star Wars has been something that has been a part of my life and family for a really long time! It was something that was introduced to both...

Four Lessons From the Garden

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In my home, there are these three little wooden boxes in the backyard. 5 feet by 5 feet of dirt-filled wonder. Each spring, we pour over seed catalogs and think about what we want to grow...