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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.

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...

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...
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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!”....
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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...

COULD WE BE ANY HAPPIER? CHECK OUT “THE HAPPINESS PROJECT”

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As moms, we spend a lot of time thinking about our family’s happiness, and what might make them happier, don’t we?  Would the kids like this dance class or that one? Do they have...

THIS IS YOUR SUMMER TO BE A MERMAID!

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*I did not receive any compensation for this post, this post was published for my personal enjoyment of the class and sharing with others.  Our youngest daughter loves mermaids. I’d even go so far as...

CELEBRATE MAY DAY WITH YOUR KIDS!

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I love May - we see neighbors we haven't seen in months, the kids get out the fresh sidewalk chalk, everyone is excited to dust off the bikes and play, and the daffodils seem...