In March I found out I’d be working from home with all of the kids. As our time together continued its indefinite extension, especially with school being canceled, I tapped into every resource I could for activities to keep...
The season of winter has arrived.  Whether you’re a cold-weather fan or not, when you choose to live in Iowa there’s really no way to avoid it.  I can appreciate winter if the temperatures stay at a reasonable degree and...
I LOVE TRASH!!!!!! Did anyone else remember that classic Oscar aria about his love for garbage?  Dude has a serious infatuation with all things discarded and I blame him for my children's love for raiding the recycling bin.  I recently...
The holiday season is a truly magical time of the year. It's the perfect time to carry on or create traditions with your family. When our first daughter was born in 2013, a friend shared on Facebook a tree...
Halloween can be silly, not spooky with this easy and cute Halloween handprint spider craft. It's perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, but school-age kids can enjoy it as well. I made these with my twins when they were only two,...
The amount of money, time and effort that goes into Halloween sometimes makes my stomach churn. Expensive, one-time-use costumes. Racing home from work to get everyone a real meal before the sugar ensues. Trick-or-treating on a...
Love is in the air and you’re surrounded by red. Chances are you’re stuck inside for stretches of the day during this next week. There is an even higher chance that you’ve exhausted all your indoor boredom busters with...
Allergies and Pinterest have made choosing what to hand out for Valentine's day complicated.  No one really wants their child coming home with a load of candy, which can be hard for families with food allergies anyway. "Non-candy" Valentines became...
Growing up, I always imagined that I would sew all of my kids' Halloween costumes, make all the pretty blankets, and handmade dresses too. I've accepted that while I'm totally "my mother" in so many aspects, I am not...
Grandparents are invaluable, especially when they are some of the very best. It can also feel impossible to shop for grandparents at Christmastime. There is very little they need and they also often have the extra time and money to...
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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...