It was just another routine visit to the doctor. I headed to the pediatrician’s office at the end of the day for my youngest’s one-year checkup. My masked four-year-old tagged along to get her flu shot and avoid a separate...
As I stood at the kitchen sink, I caught bits and pieces of my husband’s conversation with his mom. She’d called minutes before, and with a sinking feeling, I was pretty sure I knew why. With good reason, our...
As I write this, it is the first of the month, the day my article is due. I planned to wake earlier than my kids since I'm working from home.  And in expected irony, my youngest wakes at the...
Although we have all faced an enormous amount of hardships this year, I have to say that personally, this year has been the most transformative year I have lived. This year has been absolutely necessary for me and I...
*Thank you to our partners at Murray, Wilson, and Rose Counseling & Behavioral Services for sharing this information with us! The derecho that devastated Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities on August 10th has had an impact on all of us....
Have you ever heard of an oxymoron? It's defined as "a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear consecutively". Phrases such as "good grief", "original copies", and "plastic glasses" are all oxymorons. I'm here to tell...
Did you know that between 70 and 80% of new moms will experience the baby blues, otherwise known as postpartum depression, to some degree? Further, the reported rate of clinical postpartum depression in new moms is between 10 to 20%....
This world is crazy. 2020 is insane. If it isn't one thing it's another. We are all struggling. There are days that seem like they just cannot get any worse. I know we have all felt this way, especially lately....
The August 10th Derecho was something we'd all like to forget. With piles of debris still lining city streets, schools delayed and many businesses, homes, and parks damaged, the derecho is pretty hard to forget. My family is still weighed...
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...
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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...