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2018 Guide to Fall Family Activities in the Iowa City Area

School is back in session, football season is here, and Halloween is just around the corner. Fall can be a busy time, but there’s also so much to enjoy in our area. Get your calendars ready, and choose a few of these family-friendly activities to try out! Better yet–most of these activities are FREE! (I’ve […]

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Picture shared by Jessi, captured by Lindsay McGowan Photography

Our Favorite Locations for Family Photos Around Iowa City

For my family in the 1980s, the destination for family photographs was a department store portrait studio.  While studios continue to be a great option, outdoor locations can bring personality and variety to framed photos and holiday cards.  Iowa’s crisp weather and beautiful colors make fall a wonderful time to move beyond the traditional choice […]

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U-Pick Guide to Area Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

Get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather by visiting area u-pick pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this interactive map below to scout locations, activities, and hours for local u-pick businesses: Iowa City Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches Allen’s Orchard (Marion) What’s Picking: You pick apples. Plums, grapes, pears, squash, beans, cherries may be […]

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Thanksgiving Hostess Hacks to Save Your Time and Sanity

Whether you typically celebrate Thanksgiving at your home or visit family and friends, it’s no secret that hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful undertaking. Attempting to clean (and maintain) a house with children, prepping food, and worrying about making your guests feel welcomed can easily drive any mom to snatch a whole pie to […]

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