With all that has changed over the past weeks, one of the biggest changes has been the people, or the lack thereof. As I look around me I am now surrounded by "co-workers" (my family) that are completely new...
The flow of the morning can set the tone for your entire day.  This is especially true on weekday mornings when getting where you need to be, whether it’s work, school or the bus stop, all depends on what...
Parenting is hard. Having to do it in two to three-hour spans after work is even harder. Weeknights are tough. There’s so much to do in the few hours I have at home. Quite frankly, I’m almost always running...
It starts with an innocent request from your child to have a friend come over, and before you know it you have double the expected number of children in your home. Regardless of the time of day, those kids likely...
The laundry will never be done. No one knows where all the lost socks actually go. These are simple truths of mom life. Do you know what else can be simple? Laundry. It may never be done, but it doesn't have to...
As a salesperson in the agricultural industry, travel is a big part of my job. Before children, this was easy. Sure, sometimes I was jet-lagged or road-weary, but overall it worked well for my husband and me. Since having a...
I am currently nursing my fourth baby. A few weeks ago I counted up all of the months I have spent nursing over the last seven years and so far I'm at 24 months. That's two whole years I've...
Understanding and coping with death is never easy for anyone, but it's especially hard for children. Taking something so deep and raw and putting that into a concept that a child can wrap herself around is perplexing. Earlier in November,...
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but also the time of year where I feel most out of control with my spending.  I’m a frugal person and absolutely love finding deals & shopping off the clearance rack....
Once my kids were born all I wanted to do was give them magical holidays, which is probably why we ended up with a lack of structure around Christmas presents. Looking back, I wish I’d reigned it in a bit...
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In + Around Cedar Rapids

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--...