I noticed it slowly at first. Smudge, my cat, was not moving as much. She wasn’t really wanting to jump up on couches or on my bed to visit me. Smudge seemed more content to stay snuggled up on...
In the middle of a global pandemic, I think it is fair to say our lives are more different than we could have anticipated at the beginning of the year. Our ‘normal’ as we knew it abruptly came to...
Ready or not, it's back to school time! It's important that kids (and moms!) eat a healthy breakfast, but providing that can become overwhelming sometimes. Here are a few make-ahead breakfast ideas and recipes to help ease that burden: Green Smoothie...
It might be hard, but if you look for the good amidst the chaos, you will find it! My mom and I were on our way to see my grandparents after months of no contact due to COVID-19.  Besides a...
I made a pretty significant move in my professional career several years ago.  At the time, I was struggling to balance the demands of a rewarding but intensive work life with the needs of my young family. If I could have...
As a mom who gave birth to three children in 3 1/2 years, I'm no stranger to chaos! I've learned to keep my head on a swivel as my kids run in all different directions and I rarely...
It was an ordinary summer evening. I was at the grocery store picking up some last minute items for supper. I had left my kids playing in the backyard with my husband, who was putting some pork chops on the...
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Working from Home during a Pandemic With Kids: Zero Stars – Do Not Recommend With COVID-19’s spread forcing the world into lockdown, my job became remote overnight. I set things up at my desk at home and thought that I had...
As we pass the halfway mark of 2020, I want to kiss this year goodbye! Anyone else? A phrase I've heard as long as I can remember is "God only gives us what we can handle." It leaves us trusting...
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5 Places to Explore Caves Near Cedar Rapids

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Grab your flashlights and get ready to explore some cool caves within a short drive from Cedar Rapids. In fact, grab your jackets, too,...