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SUMMER OF ICE CREAM

  Our family has one primary summer tradition. Ice cream. Any and every occasion is a reason to celebrate or mourn with ice cream. Won a baseball game? Ice cream! Lost the game on a dropped pop fly? Ice cream. Braces put on? Ice cream. Braces off? How about we celebrate with ice cream? On vacation? Ice […]

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PRINTABLE BACK TO SCHOOL INTERVIEWS

This post was republished with permission from Becca at Who Arted. Back to School Interviews are a fun way to document your child’s changing preferences and personality throughout their school years! The concept is easy: have your little one fill out the below interview at the beginning of each school year. By the time he or […]

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FAMILY PLANNING WITH GENETIC DIFFERENCES

FAMILY PLANNING WITH GENETIC DIFFERENCES

It was almost a year ago when I first shared my unexpected journey into motherhood. As was true of those first few months, my life as a special needs parent continues to be full of surprises. My future plan always included multiple children, all of which would be two years apart. Naturally, after celebrating our […]

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The gifts of having a child with sensory processing issues

THE GIFTS OF HAVING A CHILD WITH SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES

Dealing with my son’s sensory processing disorder has not been easy. I could have done without the years of putting him through occupational therapy appointments, while making time at home to convince him to do the the strangest / most exhausting activities as part of his sensory diet, just to help him stay regulated. I never particularly enjoyed […]

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8 REASONS KIDS LOVE HY-VEE

We love sharing relevant and local information with our readers! We’ve partnered with Hy-Vee to share some of the amazing services they provide at their stores to make kids happy and a parent’s life easier! Take advantage of these services- that’s what they’re there for! Pinky Swear Kids Triathlon Kids can swim, bike and run in support […]

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SMOKY BBQ BURGERS!

This post was republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory. I love, love, love when a Stubb’s box arrives on my doorstep!  My kids think it’s Christmas, and frankly so do I.  In this package I received: Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce, Spicy Bar-B-Q Sauce, Bar-B-Q Spice Rub and their Pork Spice Rub. Decisions, decisions. Like all […]

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ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO EXPLORE OUTDOORS (WITH WQPT’S MR. SCOTT AND NATURE CAT)

Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from a local dad! (Yes – dads are allowed here, too!) Thanks to Michael Carton, director of education and outreach for WQPT – Quad Cities PBS (and dad to Bubba, age 4),  for sharing this post about […]

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WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

It’s July, the sun is hot, and it feels like the countdown to the new school year has already begun! This summer our family decided to go on a tour of our area with a specific goal in mind. We weren’t looking for parks. We weren’t finding the best splash pad. We weren’t exploring new trails. […]

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MOMMY CONFESSIONS

We are in full-blown summer mode in our home.  What does that mean?  It means…pretty much anything goes in our home most summer days. Which means my “momming” most days is pretty limited.   Today I am sharing one of my favorite throw-back posts from a couple years ago.  These mommy confessions are still so […]

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