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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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Magic Diaper Rash Cream: The Powerful Homemade Recipe

My kids were lucky to only have a diaper rash a handful of times, and the standard Desitin worked just fine.  However, one time my daughter got a nasty rash with some sores and redness that caused her pain.  Seeing her cry, kick, and scream was not something we could tolerate, so we rushed her […]

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What’s the Deal With Baby Shark? The Viral Video Every Toddler Loves

Nearly three years ago my older son introduced us to the slippery slope of YouTube videos for children. We were suddenly immersed in a world of bright colors, choppy animation, and high-pitched songs. Many tunes were childhood standards: Wheels on the Bus, Five Little Ducks, and Itsy Bitsy Spider. There was Baby Shark, a chant I […]

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Swimming Lessons With Mom: Basic Water Skills for Toddlers

Toddlers…too young for group swim lessons (bless their hearts), but old enough to be curious about the water. That tricky combination could make any parent feel as though they’re in aquatic limbo. Luckily there are easy moves you can teach on your own–pool not included! As a ‘retired’ private swim instructor, I would like to […]

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5 Easy & Engaging Valentine’s Day Activities for You And Your Kids

Hooray! We survived the Holidays! All of the recycling from the Christmas toy explosion has been taken away, that Elf is stuffed somewhere in the garage, and the tree is on the curb (or maybe it’s still up…this is a Judgement Free Zone). While it’s tempting to start a countdown to summer, there are a few great holidays […]

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Halloween Treat Roundup! 14+ Themed Snacks and Goodies for Kids

Halloween is such a great little holiday. There’s not a whole lot of buildup, pressure, or hoopla–just one night of costumes and candy, with some spooky stuff thrown in for good measure. While I am a true holiday enthusiast and love them all for different reasons, I appreciate Halloween’s silliness and simplicity. In the weeks […]

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Making Magic: Tips & Tricks for Stress-Free Sensory Play

I’m terrible at making magic for my kids.  Santa gets (burnt) break-and-bake cookies, a Leprechaun has never snuck into our house and turned a gallon of milk green, and the only fireworks we watch are from the neighborhood hooligans setting them off in the field behind our house.  I envy those Pinterest moms that transform […]

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