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...
“Oh, boy! You’re brave,” a well-meaning lady said to me as we walked through the doors of a store, giving my toddler a smile. I knew what she was referring to, as many people have given me the same all-knowing...
Baby milestones are a unique thing. As moms, we are constantly waiting for our child(ren) to do the next cool thing, but then at the same time we want them to never grow up. We can’t wait for them...
I will never forget the headline of my weekly status email from BabyCenter on June 23rd that read, “Congratulations! Your baby is now a toddler.” WHAT? How can that be? He went to bed as an eleven month old, and now...
My baby girl is turning two. Yep, the big 0-2. It's insane how fast the time is going by and looking at all her pictures bring back so many memories. As I reflect on the past two years, I...
Inspired by “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff: If you put a toddler to bed....they’re going to ask you for a good night kiss. When you give them a kiss, they’ll probably ask you to read...
I was raised in a home where it was prided to be "colorblind." Instead of acknowledging other's differences, I was taught to ignore them and love everyone the same. Don't get me wrong, it's great to be taught to...
With the hot and sticky summer weather, we’ve been constantly on the lookout for fun ways to keep cool. My daughter loves being outside, so we often find ourselves playing in water! However, I don’t feel comfortable enough to...
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 garden. I always loved that...
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Six Ways to Give Back in Cedar Rapids this Holiday Season

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At some point every December, I begin to feel the pull in a million directions. There are so many things to do, presents to...