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Simple Ideas For Kids to Give Back in the Community

It’s not uncommon for my family to give back, especially during the holiday season. Whether it be sponsoring a family in need, donating toys, or simply just baking cookies for those in our lives, we try to find ways to give of our time, money, or skills for the benefit of others. This year, after a […]

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Ways to be more intentional and minimal about gift giving

12 Ways To Be More Intentional and Minimal About Gift-Giving

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It’s the only time of the year when I can tolerate snow and cold, and I feel festive for a solid month. I want to spend my time with my friends and family, decorating the tree, going to ugly sweater parties, driving around to see the lights, […]

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Holiday Plays in the Iowa City Area

7 Holiday Plays to Enjoy With Your Family Near Iowa City

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of buying. Why not consider an experience that your family can share as a special kind of holiday gift? Here are some upcoming plays and special events in the corridor for the holiday season. “A Charlie Brown Christmas/What Could Go Wrong the […]

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Apple Orchards & pumpkin patches

Guide to U- Pick: Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches near Iowa City

My family and I are seasoned u-pickers. You name it and if it’s within 50 miles of Iowa City, I’ve probably picked it! I’ve rounded up u-pick orchards and pumpkin patches in the area for you and your family to enjoy. (Insider secret: all the u-pick places already have pre-picked produce, so if shlepping through […]

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Guide To Local Book Clubs

Guide to Iowa City Area Book Clubs: Join One or Start Your Own!

 As the third worldwide UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa City is a wonderful place to live for fellow bibliophiles like myself. This literary city provides many outlets for residents to explore creative writing and reading, through classes, events, festivals, and a large network of libraries and book stores. I love discussing books with other readers […]

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My grandmother with my mother and her cousins.

Holiday Traditions: Our Secret Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Whenever I hear the word “tradition,” I instantly want to break out in song from the Broadway show, Fiddler on the Roof. Recently I looked up the lyrics to the Tradition song, and I began to think about my own family traditions and how they have been passed down through the generations. My grandmother, Vita […]

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Holiday Markets, Craft Shows, and Vendor Fairs in the Iowa City Corridor

It’s here–the biggest shopping season of the year is now upon us. Though Christmas is not for more than 50 days, by early November we’re already thinking about what to get for our kids, friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Many of us wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to score the best deals at […]

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