Valerie Earnest

Valerie Earnest
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Valerie grew up Naperville, Illinois, and is a Midwestern girl at heart even though she spent 16 years in Phoenix. She moved to Marion in 2016 with her husband, daughter (14), and two sons (12 and 9). Valerie graduated from BYU with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. She is a former band director, a current substitute teacher and accompanist, and an avid reader and crafter.

Float the River: Tubing, Canoeing and Kayaking in Eastern Iowa

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Hitting the river on a hot summer’s day is a tradition here in Iowa, whether tubing, canoeing, or kayaking. New to floating the river, or not sure where to go? This guide will help you...

Planning for a Pandemic Summer? We’ve Got You Covered

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It was about two weeks ago that I started freaking out about the impending pandemic summer. Summer break is usually what, ten weeks long? We leave school in June, excited about summer camps, pool days,...

Puberty is a Mess. Period. {Girl Edition}

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Have a girl, they said. It will be so much fun dressing her up in pretty clothes and hairbows. You’ll love taking her shopping and getting your nails done together. But they forgot to tell...
Maybe I Don't Want Things To Go Back to Normal

Maybe I Don’t Want Things To Go back to Normal

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As we reach the end of another month in quarantine, there's a lot of talk about re-opening our state (and country), about getting things back to normal. Maybe it's strange, but I'm not sure I...

Nobody’s Talking About The Grandparents

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Nobody's talking about the grandparents. You guys, I feel for the single mamas, the unemployed, the suddenly working from home dads who have to figure out how to do their job AT home and with...
COVID-19 Anxiety

I’m Struggling Right Now, and That’s Okay: COVID-19 and Anxiety

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I'm no psychologist, but I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from some COVID-19-related anxiety. I woke myself up coughing the other night. In my half-asleep, half-dreaming haze, I remember whispering to myself in the dark "Guess...
The Potty Training Advice I Wish I'd Had

Potty Training Stinks: Here’s the Advice I Wish I’d Had

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I thought I was a potty training guru.  My oldest child, a daughter, was fully potty trained after only two weeks, and I hardly did anything.  Little did I know the absolute horror that...

Cedar Rapids Area Live-Streams: Fitness, Literacy, Education and More

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Stuck at home due to Covid-19? We've put together a list of local businesses offering live-streams to help keep you fit, healthy, and entertained. What a great way to support each other during these...

Are You a Bucket Filler or a Bucket Dipper Kind of Mom?

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As a mom, too often I’m a “Bucket Dipper”, and that needs to stop. I’m a substitute teacher. I primarily teach elementary school, especially the younger grades. One of the classrooms I visited recently taught...

How I Get the Best Black Friday Deals Without Leaving Home

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There was a time in my life where shopping Black Friday was fun and exciting. I went out with family members, stayed up all night, got a few great deals, and ended with a...