Renee Nelson

Renee Nelson
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Renee holds three titles that are of utmost importance to her: mom to Cale and Ian; wife to Andy; and Communications Director for Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Although she has a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa, her heart still shines cardinal and gold for Iowa State University where she received her undergraduate degree. Renee’s a foodie who loves cooking, travel, her friends, her family, the Oxford comma, and happy hour. Cheers!

A Few of MY Favorite (Cedar Rapids and Marion) Things

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  We've had lots of time in self-isolation since this pandemic business started, and it's made my heart grow fonder of the things I love about Marion and Cedar Rapids. We don’t have the bustle...

Three Things Parents Can Do To Support Virtual Learning

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When our children are grown, they’ll tell their own kids about a time when they would excitedly hop out of bed on a winter school day morning and eagerly wait for the signal of...

Tap Into Your Superpowers As You Look At This School Year

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I made a pretty significant move in my professional career several years ago.  At the time, I was struggling to balance the demands of a rewarding but intensive work life with the needs of my young...

Prepare Today for a Different Return to School This Fall

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The end of this school year hit with an unsatisfying thud. Parents of graduating seniors hosted drive-by open house parties. Elementary parents picked up a garbage bag of school supplies at a pre-scheduled time. Our angst-filled...

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet COVID Lies

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Welp, now it's obvious. I’ve been spinning a web of lies for years. You know, like how I told myself that our laundry would all be folded and put away if I “just had a...

My Hope for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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I know a little something about family togetherness.  We drove from Iowa to Yellowstone National Park when I was fourteen. Our family of four packed two tents and everything needed for a week’s worth of...
kid making homemade pizza

Oh, Snack! A Pantry Survival Plan for Impromptu Play Dates

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It starts with an innocent request from your child to have a friend come over, and before you know it you have double the expected number of children in your home. Regardless of the time...
Almost Free Christmas Gifts

Three Almost-Free Gifts for Your Children

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You hit the streets on Black Friday, trekked to the small shops for Small Business Saturday, and blocked off your lunch hour on Cyber Monday. I trust that the biggest gifts of the season...
technology with kids

Four Ways to Teach Kids Computer Science: Help for the Non-Tech Mom

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I watched my niece play Angry Birds on my android device years ago. She clicked the screen in a way I had never considered. Then she adeptly used a move that helped her easily...
fall lakeside trees

Iowa, Wash Your Face

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My husband and I are Iowans but have lots of family in Texas-- cousins, aunts, uncles, fraternity brothers. You get the idea. And you know what you'll never hear in the great state of...