Taylor Schminke

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Taylor is an Iowa native, currently residing in rural Benton County. A graduate of Iowa State University in Animal Science, she works full time in the agriculture industry as a key account manager. She is wife to Cody, and mama to their sweet daughter Everly. She and her husband’s hobbies (second jobs?) tend to revolve around their farmstead: sheep, pigs, fields, a seed dealership, and following the livestock show industry. They also have a dog, Ace, and a cat, Aspen. When trying to maintain a sense of sanity Taylor loves being active, gardening, DIY projects, traveling, friends, coffee, and anything dark chocolate or salted caramel.

Lessons We Learn From Life on the Farm

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Since I grew up on a family farm, I've always had a desire to raise my own children on a farm. I thank my upbringing for everything from my love for the outdoors and animals...

Faking Sleep: Tips for Looking More Awake

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A lack of sleep seems to come with the territory of parenthood. Unfortunately, that also means tired eyes and dark circles. I'm not sure about you, but "you look tired!" has never come across well....
The Traveling Wife: How We Make Work Travel Easier on Our Family

The Traveling Wife: Five Ways We Make Work Travel Easier on Our Family

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As a salesperson in the agricultural industry, travel is a big part of my job. Before children, this was easy. Sure, sometimes I was jet-lagged or road-weary, but overall it worked well for my...

Tips for Surviving International Flights with Children

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Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time overseas. My husband wasn’t able to go, but I still wanted to take our 3-year-old daughter along. The thought of traveling that far with a toddler...

Recipes for Apples: Not Just for Dessert

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With fall finally here and cooler weather creeping in, many families begin to plan their fall outings. Apple orchards are a popular fall outing, often result in an excess of apples to eat! We...
Quick and Healthy Prepackaged School Snack Pairings

Quick and Healthy Prepackaged School Snack Pairings

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With the start of school comes a list of things you need to remember and plan for—paperwork, transportation, extracurricular activities, classroom parties, volunteering, and in some instances, supplying class snacks. Many schools have strict...

Finding Your Why for Workouts

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Do you find yourself making a health-related resolution every year? You make a goal to workout more, and you do great in January, maybe in February, too. But then, you start to taper off....

How to Help Your Child Develop a Love for Reading

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As my active two-year-old has gotten, well, more active, I find it harder for her to sit through an entire book. She either wants to flip the pages early or she wants a different...
I was Diagnosed with Postpartum OCD

I was Diagnosed with Postpartum OCD

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Seven. I counted to seven. I counted to seven and looked at the clock one more time. This time, though, it was right. This time I could fall asleep because it was safe. I counted...
10 Ways to Love on Long Distance Friends

10 Ways to Love on Long Distance Friends

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Throughout job changes, school changes, and general life changes—it seems many of us have long-distance friends. Even becoming a mother, with time so limited, can sometimes make it feel hard to maintain friendships. So how...