If you have water babies like I do, the announcement that Cedar Rapids/Marion pools will not open this summer was not a welcome one. I, for one, was excited that Little was old enough to have an afternoon at the pool...
Summer brings its own messes and extra chores. So, I was craving an engaging way for the kids to be aware of all they can do to help out because summer break is for parents, too! I'm not big on...
It was about two weeks ago that I started freaking out about the impending pandemic summer. Summer break is usually what, ten weeks long? We leave school in June, excited about summer camps, pool days, and lazy nights by the...
“I’m bored.” Ah, the infamous statement children solemnly and exasperatedly say at some point during summer break. The school year is finished, and the thrill and excitement of summer vacation is upon us. I’m craving the hot and carefree summer days,...
Summer is my second favorite season for one reason alone...CAMPING! I've camped in many sorts of campsites; anything from rustic to electric and water at the site to RAGBRAI. It doesn't matter to me. I love it anyway, though...
As summer approaches, many are dreaming about the idea of getting back to "normal." However, for Kate Getty at Metro Catholic Outreach, she understands that even with all the change that has happened, one thing has remained the same;...
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...
With the need to stay home as much as possible not going away any time soon, and the weather getting better, I am itching to get outdoor to somewhere other than my backyard and neighborhood.  Now, Little is ready...
The sunshine is calling and freedom is at our fingertips. Summer vacation has finally arrived! I can’t wait to let my children soak up every ounce of relaxation this summer and let them have some much deserved time to...
I’ve lived in a bunch of places. Born in Connecticut, I spent most of my childhood in Colorado where my mom had grown up. On my 16th birthday, we relocated to Marion, Iowa. I was bitter, party-of-one. I left...
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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--...