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I grew up a very lucky child. My parents worked hard to provide for us everything we needed and even much of what we wanted. But, like many American kids, I found myself sometimes battling that sense of wanting...
I am one of those crazy people who loves going Black Friday shopping, and sadly, this will not be one of those years with the rising Covid-19 cases. Fortunately, the stores know that many people are less likely to...
My friends and family get a lot of unsolicited book recommendations and one of my greatest joys is matching the right person with the right book.  This month I want to tell you about some favorite Halloween books for...
This year Halloween falls at the perfect time: it is on a Saturday, and there will also be a full moon that rarely happens on Halloween to make the night extra spooky. Of course, while we are still in...
Fall is in the air and I LOVE it! Sweaters, crisp breeze through the window, pumpkin everything, cider, football and comfort food. There is nothing like autumn in the Midwest! It’s like a deep, cool breath of fresh air...
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 locally grown at a Quad...
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 Cities pumpkin patches to celebrate...
  My kids are grown now but we still are making memories and strawberry jam together every summer. We love reminiscing about when they were little. I hope you try making it this year too! Making sweet memories with strawberry jam Squish,...
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...
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 tips for kids as we...
It seems like every spring and summer we have quite the run with severe weather. With Midwest weather varying from hail to heatstroke to tornadoes to typhoons (ok, just kidding, but the alliteration sounded good) it's important to know...
Since there's a good chance you'll be out in the sun this summer, here are some tips to protect yourself from the sun without sunscreen! It is possible to keep you and your littles safe without using sunscreen. Whether...

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    1. Let Them Pick Their Costume. For most parents, this seems like a no brainer. But if you're a control freak like myself, you...
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