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Jessica Holst

Jessica is a home educator and owner of QC Moms. She lives in a geriatric, temperamental farm home with her six children ages 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 and 5. She is passionate about natural living, homeschooling her wild and free children, gentle parenting, and trying to glorify God in her daily life. If there is any time left over, she enjoys reading, her planner, reading, cooking, writing, baking, Netflix and Facebook, reading, and learning new things. She also writes at http://www.farmfreshjessica.com.
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12 Fall Fashion Items You NEED to Be a Stylish Mom (and Almost All...

I love to be as stylish of a mom as I can be for as little money as possible. I learned a long time ago that I can throw on baggy sweats and a...
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2020 Guide to Quad Cities Apple Orchards

Apple crisp? Apple pie? Apple latkes? Yes please! Find those ingredients atone of our fine Quad Cities area apple orchards. Nothing says fall like apples, and nothing makes apples taste better than knowing they were...
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Guide to Quad Cities Pumpkin Patches

The Quad Cities is an amazing place to be in the fall. Actually, the our spot in the midwest is pretty perfect year round, and especially in the fall, and there's nothing like Quad...
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Guide to the Quad Cities’ Favorite Coffee Shops

Coffee is to moms what atoms are to the universe. It’s the basis of what makes this life possible and if it were taken away, there would be nothing left. Certainly nothing worth living...

45 Homeschool Activities Someone ELSE Can Do With Your kids

Like many parents this fall, you may find yourself unexpectedly homeschooling your children. You may be drowning in Pinterest boards full of great homeschooling ideas, but not have the time to implement them. Enter...
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Back to School Hacks 2020: Virtual Learning & In-Person Combo

Remote and Virtual Learning: Many of us are opting for, or it has been chosen for us, a hybrid of virtual learning and in-person school. We have the best hacks, tips and tricks for a...
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Back to School Hacks for 2020: Homeschool

Homeschool Hacks As an experienced homeschool mom, I often get asked by new homeschoolers for advice. I'll share my top homeschool hacks for those of you who might be trying homeschooling out for the first...
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Back to School Must Haves for Kids AND MOMS

It's THAT time of year: The mornings are getting chilly, Instagram is full of back to school photos, the kids' jeans are suddenly all capris, and that school supply list is sent home. While...
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Quad Cities Fireworks 2020

As we all know COVID-19 has changed our lives. From Easter to Independence Day, holidays look different in 2020. Our favorite fireworks show Red, White, and Boom, a classic Quad Cities collaboration isn't happening...

Amazing Nature Spaces for Fun and Social Distancing in the Quad City Area

As more information is coming out about COVID-19, it seems pretty clear that the risk of contracting it is very low when you're outdoors. It's important to be out in nature anyway and get...

Quad Cities Summer Bucket List (Social Distancing Friendly)

Summer is a traditionally busy time.  This summer looks like it might be a lot slower paced than in years past, with many things looking different in this unprecedented era of COVID-19. I still...
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Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Kids

Let's celebrate the beginning of summer vacation!  With temperatures rising and us all being outside a lot more, it’s important to review summer safety precautions for our children.  Here are our top summer safety...