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.
5 ways to garden with toddlers

5 Ways to Garden with Toddlers

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Gardening has always been one of my favorite hobbies. When I was little, I planted a marigold in a cup for my grandma as a Mother’s Day gift, which she later transplanted to her...
Staying Mold Free: How to Clean Water Toys

Staying Mold Free: How to Clean Water Toys

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Bath time is almost a daily occurrence here, and bath toys are quickly gaining popularity. As the weather warms, our water table has also been gaining popularity! However, I cringe every time my little...

More Than A Scrapbook: 10 Alternative Ways to Preserve Your Baby’s Memories

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Like most new parents, you may have excitedly purchased a baby book, looking forward to filling in each new milestone. Like most new parents, however, you soon discover that the baby book wasn’t being filled...

Baby Sign Language: One Mom’s Experience

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My daughter has recently turned a year old (What?! How?!) and is quickly picking up on everything. She amazes me daily with new-found talents. Assembling simple puzzles, paging through books, going from walking to...

Baby’s First Flight: Tips for Flying with an Infant

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As winter wears on, many of us are starting to dream of warmer days. Often kicked off by Spring Break, many people are already beginning to make plans. Spring Break used to conjure up...

Nursing-Friendly Fashion for the Fall and Winter

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Trying to juggle fashion, nursing-friendly clothes, and the weather getting colder can be difficult. It’s usually one of the two: stay warm and fashionable, but don’t have easy access; or wear something nursing-friendly, and...

DIY: String Art (With A Twist!)

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You see it in stores, at friends' houses, or at craft shows. String art has been around for a while, and there is a reason why! This customizable, DIY project makes a great gift...

Nursing-Friendly Recipes to Boost Lactation

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When I first committed to breastfeeding, I didn't quite know how hard some days could seem. There was the engorged early days of the milk coming in, learning to latch, and worrying about supply...

We Went to the Orchard! Now What Do We Do With All These Apples?

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As the days and nights cool down and the fields begin to turn golden, it's hard not to get excited for fall activities. Who doesn't love pumpkin patches, hay rack rides, bonfires, a few...

Top Outdoor and Indoor Water Parks in Iowa

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As summer winds down to an end, many families are planning one last getaway before cooler days start to creep in. If you’ve got a weekend, check out these great water parks in Iowa!...