Jen Lamos

Jen is a mom to two kids, Penelope (19 months) and Jethro (2 months). A graduate of Central College, Jen moved to South Africa with the Peace Corps after college, where she developed school and community gardens. Upon returning to the states, Jen moved back to her hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa, where she met her husband Darin. In 2019, their young family moved to Cedar Rapids, where she began work with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a Healthy Food Access Specialist. Despite working full time and wrangling two young kiddos, Jen still finds times for her favorite hobbies-cooking, gardening, reading, and napping.

Slow Fashion Month: Six Tips To Start Your “Slow Fashion” Journey

April is Slow Fashion Month, and while I’m no fashionista, I’ve spent the last few years changing how I buy my clothes and jewelry. I love a bargain, and I love the ease and...

I Gave Birth as the World Shut Down

I tell people I gave birth as the world shut down. My little one was born on March 19th, 2020, just as the US was beginning to respond to the threat of the coronavirus....

Can We Just Skip February? 5 Tips For Surviving Until Spring

February is always a challenging month for me. And it’s not because of the reason you might expect: Valentine’s Day. I think Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday and doesn’t cause me too much...

Six Ways to Give Back in Cedar Rapids this Holiday Season

At some point every December, I begin to feel the pull in a million directions. There are so many things to do, presents to buy, cookies to bake, gifts to wrap, cards to

Six Tips for Establishing Healthy Boundaries During the Holidays

As the holiday season looms, I think more and more about how my family will maintain healthy boundaries during the holiday. Boundaries are something that most of us shy away from setting, especially with...

Pumpkin Pie In a Bag: A Fun and Healthy Fall Snack For Kids

Alright, friends, I’m going to start this post off with a controversial statement: I am not a big fan of pumpkin spice everything. I think it’s wildly overrated. I know, I know...pumpkin spice lattes are...

I Lost My Mother to Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline offers free and confidential support for people...

Five Fun and Easy Outdoor Sensory Activities for Kids

Summer is a great time to let kids play outside, and we try to spend as much time outside as possible, even though our kids are still pretty young. Prior to moving to the...

The First Day of Daycare: It Never Gets Easier

Today my son goes to daycare for the first time. It’s the last full week of my maternity leave, and I am easing him into daycare this week. As a second-time mom, I am...