THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME-

THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME? NOW’S THE TIME.

Have you been thinking about selling your home? Perhaps your family has grown and you need more space.  Maybe you are looking for a neighborhood in your preferred school district. Perhaps you just want something different. If selling is on your mind, summer may be the best time of year to list your home for […]

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The Surprise Baby

THE SURPRISE BABY

It was 2:30 in the morning a couple months ago. I had been tossing and turning for a couple hours thinking about the possibility that I had been considering the last day or so. And I couldn’t get comfortable because, well, I was feeling really uncomfortable. The thoughts kept coming… Could I be? No, I […]

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STRAWBERRY UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

This blog has been published with permission from  Ally’s Sweet and Savory This four ingredient cake will become your new summer staple. Did I tell you our littlest turned one almost two weeks ago?  Well, she did.  As most parents say, it was hard to imagine, the year went extremely fast.  You’d think being the […]

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PARENTING LESSONS I LEARN OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Parenting is the gift that keeps on giving. Each day I learn something new, laugh at something that is beyond my control, and worry and wonder if we are doing this right.  There are lessons that I learn over and over again. It’s like when I eat too much dairy. I know it’s a mistake, but […]

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Becoming a _YES_ mom

RECALIBRATING: BECOMING A “YES” MOM

Hi. My name is Olivia and I have a severe case of over committing. They say if you want something to get done, ask the busiest person you know, because she will probably say yes. A few weeks ago, I caught myself being snippy and impatient with my kids while I was “working” (slash doing […]

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15 POPSICLES FOR SUMMER

Summer just screams popsicles to me. When I was pregnant last June, I ate so many of them to deal with the heat. My obsession is still very real and while I love the variety stores offer, I love the thought of making my own.  So, my summer goal is to pick up a popsicle mold […]

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QUAD CITIES VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: LOCAL MOM RECOMMENDATIONS

There are some fabulous Vacation Bible School options in the Quad Cities this summer. I asked local moms for ones they recommend and here’s what I gathered: JUNE June 4-8, 6pm-8pm at Bettendorf Christian Church in Bettendorf, IA Preschool-5th grade, Cost: Free June 5-9, 8:45am-11:30am at Cornerstone Baptist in Eldridge, IL entering Kindergarten-7th grade, Cost: Free June […]

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Napping in the Car

HOW TO TRAVEL CHEAPER–WITH KIDS!

School’s almost out for summer, and the students (and their teachers!) have been counting down the days until they can sleep in on the weekdays and unwind a little after a long year.  Because my husband and I are both teachers, on those days that we aren’t still working in some capacity (believe me, teachers […]

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