Welcome to the carpool line at school--more notably known as the fifth ring of hell. Apparently, the simple concept of pulling up to the first orange cone is often confusing to the frazzled, behind-schedule minivan owner who makes great...
My son became a Cub Scout, and not a single leader welcomed us to the pack. Nobody called us to explain what to buy, what to expect, or where in the world all those darn badges are supposed to...
Nothing is more heartbreaking than your child coming home from school with hurt feelings or discovering your own child is responsible for the pain of other children.  The older your kids become, the more opportunity they have to experience...
Let me just start by saying that I’m a proponent of fed is best. Breast milk, formula, you do you, momma. I personally prefer to breastfeed exclusively, but it’s typically been a bit of a roller coaster. I long for...
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, let’s nix the term “Extended Breastfeeding”! In America, the term “extended breastfeeding” is, in my opinion, an oxymoron. Breastfeeding does not have a “term”. It is not something to be completed at a certain...
Hey there, my fellow preschoolers!  I consider myself an expert on public restrooms. “What makes you an expert?”, you ask, as you casually take a sip from your juice box. I'll tell you why: I recently went on a trip with...
I vividly remember the first day of preschool. They woke up early, had chocolate milk in fancy cups for breakfast and had picked out their outfits a week in advance. I sobbed for a solid hour after drop off,...
We all know there’s no handbook for this parenting gig, and that lack of official guidance is one reason we’re all looking for tips and ideas to do it better. I often think about writing a chapter in that nonexistent...
We’re officially in gardening season. Now, my thumb isn’t as green as I’d like it to be, but I still enjoy it. I’ve grown everything from strawberries, jalapenos and tomatoes to purple heirloom peppers, green beans and carrots. We...
Things were clicking along nicely for me with my firstborn until that fateful day in the shampoo aisle of Target. My content little baby somehow transformed into a tantrum-throwing toddler, making a shrieking sound just like a pterodactyl, along...
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NOW OPEN:: Scooter’s Coffee on 1st Ave!!

*We are happy to partner with Scooter's Coffee to let you know about their latest location! Coffee lovers rejoice!! There's a brand new Scooter's Coffee...
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