Dear Class of 2020, This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Not for you. Not for your family. I’m truly sorry. When you heard that school was closed for the rest of the year, I imagine many of you were devastated,...
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 you about puberty, and how...
I remember vividly cuddling my sweet bundle of joy in the first months of her life. I loved dressing her in frills + bows, where she smiled and gurgled her willingness to comply. A full tummy, clean diaper, and...
School picture day is rapidly approaching! Or as I like to think of it, the day my mom reminds me of Kari from The Incredibles movie. You know, the part where she answers the front door after babysitting Jack-Jack,...
Dear freshman daughter, I have been trying to figure out some wisdom I can impart to you as you embark on your high school experience. The more I think about it, the more I realize that you don’t need to...
One of the cool things about living in 2019 is the vast array of options we have when educating our children.  Homeschooling, parochial schooling, un-schooling, non-religious private schooling....you get the point.  We have fantastic options, people. We chose public schooling for...
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 rules for what can be...
Dear Daughter, I saw you before you turned from sweet little girl to independent pre-teen. I watched you giggle at yourself in the mirror. I swooned when you sang your made-up songs and role played with your Barbies. I...
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...
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A Guide to Cedar Rapids Gently-Used Clothing Stores

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When I think back to being a kid, what I remember about the end of summer was the back to school clothes shopping.  Listen--...