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...
I remember clearly the first time I felt I was being mom-shamed. My son was two months old and was in the Pediatric Cardiology Intensive Care Unit. Because of his condition, he needed to be tube-fed. I was doing everything...
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...
The best advice I have ever been given came from an unexpected source. The timing was perfect, the tone was spot on and the person who gave it was sincere. It was from my dad. Now you might be...
As a mom of toddlers and school-aged kids, I'm tired. I'm beyond exhausted. All the time. I think any mom feels me on this one. It can become a serious problem for some moms--the extreme fatigue that turns to...
It’s been thirteen weeks. Thirteen weeks of working from home with my son who is now 9 months old. When we started this journey, he was just six and a half months old. He was learning how to transition from...

The Last Time

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Recently, I came across a poem while I was scrolling through my phone.  The title was the first thing that caught my attention; it was called The Last Time.  The caption said, If you’re a Mom, take a few...
Since I grew up on a family farm, I've always had a desire to raise my own children on a farm. I thank my upbringing for everything from my love for the outdoors and animals to my work ethic and...
I’ve been told that happiness is all about how you view things. How you interpret change, surprises, challenges, and how you overcome them usually defines how happy you are or will be in life.  It is fair to say that...
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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--...