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six ways to save money on party decor

I truly believe that almost anything can be a cause for celebration. You had a great day. Let’s celebrate! It’s your half-birthday? PARTY TIME! You showered today? Well … I wouldn’t throw a party for just any shower. But if you shaved your legs … it’s practically a holiday! I love hosting parties and entertaining, but […]

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best babysitter guide

how to be the best babysitter on the block

Raise your hand if you remember the “Babysitter’s Club” books. I was a big fan. So much so that I started my own neighborhood babysitting business at age 11. Believe it or not, people actually left their kids with me! That was the good old days. (It also probably didn’t hurt that I only charged […]

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creating a slide on a deck platform

For today’s featured blog celeb, we have one of our very own Quad City Mom’s Blog writers! Kim Woodward is a DIY genius and posts a lot of home improvement goodness over at her blog, Newlywoodwards. This blog was re-posted with permission from Newlywoodwards. Who needs to build a full play set (for thousands of dollars) when […]

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no bake banana nut bites

no bake banana nut bites

Ally has graced the Quad City Mom’s Blog with her presence before, and we’re excited to see more of her each month. This month, she’s sharing a recipe from her blog, Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats!  We are re-posting with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats. No-Bake Banana Nut Bites All the flavors of […]

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first steps

Seeing a baby walk around, arms out, toddling side to side and ever so often falling on their butt is adorable. However, if you have watched a baby learn to walk you know that the first step is usually the hardest.  They are unsure, lacking confidence and looking for security in what they know.  It […]

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your guide to QC area splash pads, pools and beaches

Summer is here! The thermometer has hit 90 degrees and it’s hot and muggy. Preparing for the dog days of summer, we have put together a guide to the splash parks, pools, and beaches around the Quad Cities.  The Quad Cities offers several family-friendly places for water fun.  Many of the are completely free! Check […]

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summer survival for the bad mom

Ah… summertime. Leisurely mornings. Drippy popsicles. Lightning bug jars. Sunshiny smiles. Beach towels. Carefree bedtime. I THINK I’M GOING TO LOSE MY MIND. Summer is here. I anticipate relishing my morning cup of coffee, lounging with the kiddos while they quietly play in the hazy morning sunlight. I settle into the couch cushions with visions of […]

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a letter to my dead father

Dear Dad, As Father’s Day approaches, I find myself thinking of you more.  The realization that this is the 29th Father’s Day I’ve spent without you leaves me melancholy.  People say that time heals, but I find it harder as the years pass to properly contain my grief.  You were my age when you died.  […]

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good enough

Remember that time you were at HyVee and came face to face (or mini green cart to the achilles) with a very smiley, VERY colorful little girl wearing a handful of skirts and bunny ears?  You probably met one of my daughters. A few years back, I gave up caring about what my kids looked […]

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ten boy mom

ten boy-mom challenges

Today you get the pleasure of meeting Rita Templeton, a local blogging celeb and mama from Fighting Off Frumpy! This blog is re-posted with permission from Fighting off Frumpy. There are few things I consider myself an expert on – I mean, I have to Google “how to hard-boil an egg” every time I do […]

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