Who loves playing exciting games like Chutes and Ladders and Candyland on repeat? Yeah, me neither! But my family does love games! Here are some of our favorite family board games:  (many have learning components, which is great while kids are...
If denial were a marketable skill I would be a millionaire. See, our toilet had been running for a while.  And by a while I mean the better part of a year.  I hollered to my husband "Please fix this!!!!"...
Ahhhhh, Spring is just around the corner! We have all been dreaming about it. Just picture it, bright sunny mornings, no clouds in the sky, kids playing outside, afternoon walks to the park, birds singing. When the time finally...
Holidays can be a stressful time for families, especially moms who are blessed to be “people pleasers”. We have an overwhelming need to make sure everyone else enjoys their day, and somehow in the midst of it usually forget...
When I think back to some of my favorite memories as a kid, it's usually related to a tradition.  And with the holiday season coming up, now is a great time to create your own family traditions! One of my...
At 27 weeks pregnant, I was looking down the barrel of the third trimester. So, when midnight struck on November 1st, I knew it was now or never to get my Christmas decorating done. I made at least a dozen...
My birthday is on October 31st. All my life my birthday has been shared with the happy trick or treaters, and now that I’m an adult, I can more clearly see the pros and cons of having a Halloween...
I’ve been a small business owner for five years now, and a mom for just barely one and a half. Because my business initially started out as something completely different than it is now, it still feels pretty new...
You may remember creating a dream or vision board when you were a kid. You’d cut out words, photos, places and titles that resonated with you and glue them to a piece of paper. That project was most likely...
Six months after my daughter was born, I traveled to Des Moines with two of my girlfriends.  One of the things we talked about was our greatest fears.  Theirs clearly focused on their kids: choking, strangers, leaving them alone. ...
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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--...