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5 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR

It’s that time of year again.   The buses are gassed and ready for kids, classrooms have fresh bulletin boards, the little ones have new backpacks and the pantry is filled with snacks. It’s time for school to start!!! As I prepared everything for my kids to begin a new year, I realized there are so […]

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6 TIPS TO A CLEANER HOUSE (WITH KIDS AT HOME)

It doesn’t matter how tidy you are. Because as a mom, your kids probably don’t prioritize cleaning the house as much as you do. As a successful Ruhl&Ruhl REALTOR in Bettendorf, Amy Laing has walked through hundreds of homes in the Quad Cities. She’s seen it all. And as a mom of two (she has a 15-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old daughter), she’s […]

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THE FINAL PREGNANCY

I’ve been pregnant 7 times. I have 4 healthy boys (7, 5, 2 and now, brand new). I’ve had three miscarriages. As I write this, I’m snuggling the baby from my last pregnancy on my chest and I’m trying to commit to memory the way being pregnant felt. I didn’t love being pregnant. My pregnancies aren’t particularly […]

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HOW TO PACK A ROCKIN’ SCHOOL LUNCH

School’s back in session! The supplies are bought; bedtime routines are back in place and back to packing those daily lunches! I admit that I get stuck in a rut and pack the same old thing. It doesn’t take long until  I start to hear complaints of  “so and so’s mom lets them have “X” […]

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EMBRACE THE UNEXPECTED

While I may not have years of parenting experience, I have learned more about myself and life in my four short months as a mom than I ever thought possible. Life lesson #1: Embrace the Unexpected I have always been a planner…almost to a fault.  Over the years, I have often caught myself forgetting to […]

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HOME OFFICE MAKEOVER

We moved into our new house a little over a year ago and are finding it hard to decorate and fill the space. Please tell me I’m not the only one that has pictures still leaning in a pile against a wall, waiting to be hung! The problem is, I don’t know what I want my house to look like. […]

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DILL PICKLE PASTA SALAD

This post has been republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory. It isn’t summer without a creamy pasta salad on the menu. Bring this one to your next gathering! Love pickles? I do.  Well, dill pickles rather.  I hate sweet pickles.  Barf.  Don’t put them near me.  But the dill variety?  I’d snack on […]

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10 TIPS TO BUILD EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE IN TODDLERS

I am a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with a specialty in early childhood education.  While many toddlers learn to speak and never stop jabbering, some are slower to use their expressive language and may need some assistance from caregivers.  Below are the 10 most common tips I give to parents to help boost their child’s language. […]

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