Kristin Ristine

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Kristin is a single, working mother to two (9,4). She has lived in the Cedar Rapids area her entire life, though just outside Cedar Rapids in Atkins. She enjoys the small-town life and the relationships that come with it but enjoys being close to Cedar Rapids for recreation. She is currently working towards a degree from Mount Mercy University. When she is not working or doing homework, she enjoys watching her children play sports, watching Hawkeye Football, reading, writing, and binging Netflix.

{Event Recap} 1st Annual Cookies with Santa

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1st Annual Cookies with Santa A huge thank you to Santa and to everyone who attended our first Annual Cookies with Santa event sponsored by The Design Studio, CHOMP Delivery, and Laurie Whiting, Realtor Coldwell...

More Christmas and Winter Books to Add to Your Library

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Reading to your children can improve language skills, support imagination, and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. I love to read to my children, and this time of year is the perfect opportunity to pull...

Celebrating Holidays Without Your Kids: Keeping Traditions Alive

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The day I had to sit down in the mediator’s office and discuss which holidays I would be able to see my kids was one of the hardest days of my divorce. I love my...

My Favorite Fall Road Trip: Gays Mills, Wisconsin

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Fall is finally almost here! This means the return of some of my favorite things: Football Cooler temps Halloween Changing leaves AND EVERYTHING APPLE FLAVORED My favorite fall trip is visiting Gays Mills, Wisconsin. My favorite fall...

The Derecho Aftermath as a Single Mom: I Wasn’t as Alone as I Thought

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As I huddled over my children that August afternoon, I wondered what I would find when the storm was over. How I would manage? There was water pouring into the middle of our basement...

30+ Audiobooks That Are Perfect For Your Next Road Trip

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It's vacation time! Everything is packed, and the van is loaded. By the third time you hear “mom” from the back seat, you may already be questioning your decision to drive twenty hours with a...

Tried and True Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning this Summer

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School is out!  Summertime for children is a magical time filled with swimming, cookouts, vacations, playing with friends, and no school. With one of the weirdest school years we’ve experienced in the books, I know my...