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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 (17), Luke (15) and Claire (10). 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 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, and leaves the beach most of all.

Craft ideas to get you and your older kids through summer

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I have to admit, I was running out of ideas for my teens and pre-teen! Like many of us, my kids have been home for the better part of a year and we needed...

Lessons From My Father: Thanks Dad

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I loved hearing about and from our Mothers during May so I wanted to give a shout out to Dads too during their month. So much of what my dad taught me, is reflected...
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Reflecting on Lessons from Mom

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There are so many reasons to love May, starting with Mothers' Day! What a beautiful time of year to reflect on all that our mothers have done for us. Whether your mother is still...
create powerful memories for your family

The Power of Moments: Making Memories With Your Family

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Do you ever wonder what our kids will remember from their childhoods? Recently I picked up a book that really resonated with me - “The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact”,...
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TAKE TIME FOR A TEA PARTY

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I love a good tea party year-round, but it is definitely my go-to on a dreary winter day. Even as my kids are getting older, I find that my nine year old is not...
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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