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Rachel Gustafson

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Augustana College brought Rachel to the Quad Cities as a student, and she has stayed here ever since making Rock Island her home. Rachel works full-time as the Associate Director of Admissions at Augustana, and is raising three kids, Grace (15), Luke (13) and Claire (8). Her husband Bill teaches art at Rock Island High School and is a freelance artist doing murals, caricatures and architectural renderings. Rachel enjoys being involved with her kids' sports and music activities, and also is an advocate for JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in support of her daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. She also loves to plan awesome vacations and adventures with her family.
a Kid's Guide to Money Management

A Kid’s Guide to Money Management in the New Year

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Maybe your kids were lucky enough to get a few gift cards or even cash over the holidays.  Now what? In our kid's guide to money management,  January is the perfect time to get...

TEN FUN TEEN GIFT IDEAS

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Teens are not always the easiest to buy for, but it sure is fun to find that just right gift to make them smile. I asked mine to come up with some ideas.  Here...
What do you do when you're overwhelmed with family photos

What Do You Do When You’re OVERWHELMED With Family Photos?

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What do you do with all the family photos you are carrying around in your pocket on your phone? Do you have printed photos or photo albums? In my previous life, I was a...

Fancy Breakfast for a Fabulous Morning Any Day

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Breakfast is definitely everyone’s favorite meal in our house. Being home on quarantine, we had even more time to make “fancy breakfast” more regularly. When the kids wake up to the smell of cinnamon...

THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM SHELTERING IN PLACE

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This is some intense mothering. Like most of you, I haven't left the house in weeks. The things I have learned in quarantine do help me recognize the good when those inevitable moments come...
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THREE INVESTMENTS OF TIME WITH OUR KIDS THAT WILL PAY OFF

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It isn’t always easy to spend the time we want with our kids, and still get everything else done that we need to do. We are not done with the parenting journey yet, but...
guide to writing thank you notes with your kids

Five Tips for Writing Thank You Notes with your Kids (and a FREE PRINTABLE...

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I am a big fan of the thank you note. I was brought up in family that expected them, and from the time our kids were little, we strongly “encouraged” thank you notes after...
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GIVE THE GIFT OF ART

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Want to give a personalized gift that won’t be forgotten?  Give the gift of art! There are so many ways to show someone you care through a gift of art.   A caricature sketch can be...

TEENS AND DRIVING: ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

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It’s not like we didn’t know our kids would drive eventually. We have talked about it since they were little, having fun conversations like “Hey, in the year 2020, our oldest will start driving!”....
Dog Training

TRAINING THE FAMILY DOG – EXPERT TIPS

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We have a pretty good dog. Aside from being a little over exuberant when visitors come to the door (he thinks they all come just to give him some love), our six year old...
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MAKE CUSTOM TEE SHIRTS AND MORE THE EASY WAY

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Every spring when our annual Juvenile Diabetes Fundraising Walk rolls around, I start getting stressed out about making the custom tee shirts for our team. Of course, I never quite leave myself enough time,...

TAKING KIDS TO THE NATIONAL PARKS

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The National Parks can be a great travel destination for families. This year we tackled Yellowstone, Badlands, Mt Rushmore and the Grand Tetons which had been on our list since having kids. It reminded...