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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 this year. We are happy...
It all started in the post-pandemic bread aisle. It was circa day 10 of COVID-19 living, and I had ventured to the store for my weekly anxiety attack/grocery trip. Still a quarantine-shopping novice, I had asked the kids to make...
These days, a day in the life of a teacher is far different than a normal routine.  My husband and I are teachers, and when the shut-down started, so had Spring break. This was the first year in a...
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 plenty of vitamin D for...
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 love the concept of creating...
What is it about a pandemic that causes us to take stock of a few things? For many of us, we've used this time to both mourn the loss of relationship as well as crave its return. In pre-COVID...
Do you know what our teachers and administrators are doing right now? Working ALL.THE.TIME. The beauty of technology is that during a health crisis, our educational system can still deliver quality curriculum right into our homes. The downside of...
It might feel like you're failing this "homeschooling" thing, that the only thing your kids are learning from the pandemic is to use less toilet paper. But while that is a good life skill, I'm here to tell you...
To say I've learned a lot in the past few weeks of sheltering in place is an understatement, but here are a few of my favorites. Our family of 6 cannot shower all in a row. Apparently we had never tried...
COVID-19 has taken a lot from us. It has taken our routines, our illusion of control, our sense of safety and for some of us it has taken very precious things such as family members and finances. Nothing is...
It’s what we introverts have been waiting for our whole lives: The President of the United States of America has not only excused us from all social gatherings – he has encouraged it. Our literal dreams have come true. ...
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 when  I'm feeling awful.  I haven’t...

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Black Friday and Before: 2020 Edition

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I am one of those crazy people who loves going Black Friday shopping, and sadly, this will not be one of those years with...