Author Archive | Erin


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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lessons i’ve learned as a military spouse

Welcome, Krystin Salazar, our guest writer for today! My husband currently serves in the United States Army. Since the day we were married, I’ve had the honor and privilege of being a Military Spouse (aka MilSpouse). I capitalized that phrase because, take my word for it, it is a J-O-B! Never in a million years […]

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lice lessons

It was a day just like any other day. Hubby had left for work, and I was making the bed. As I folded another blanket, I stopped. “Lice…,” I randomly thought to myself. “I really hope I never have to deal with lice.” Then, poof, the thought was gone. And I went about my merry […]

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makeup favorites

  I love makeup. I love experimenting with different colors, methods, brands, and products. But lately, I’ve been in a makeup rut. The cold weather, drier skin, and aging have made my makeup routine boring and antiquated. So I thought I would poll some of our writers and readers and put together a list of […]

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kid-friendly snack ideas

  “Mom, I want a snack!” “Mom, I’m hungry!” How many times have you heard that? It’s so easy to give our kiddos a pack of “whole grain” teddy grahams or a plastic container of some sort of diced fruit soaking in heavy syrup and convince ourselves we are being healthy. But are we? I am […]

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holiday gift guide: jamberry nails

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Our mission at Quad City Moms Blog is pretty simple – connect with local moms and the community. This holiday season, we want to take this a step further to really help you find the most amazing gifts – from amazing local businesses! For 18 days we’ll be sharing our favorite items from […]

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today, i am thankful

  The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. ~ Henry Ward Beecher Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Instead of remembering to be thankful, our holidays can turn into just another item on our to-do list. If we’re not careful, our thankful hearts becoming complaining […]

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seeds of discontent

Discontent. It slithers into our subconscious. Uninvited. Oozing out of our pores. Feeding on the nature of self. Our lives are spent clamoring for accolades, acceptance, and affluence. We live each moment waiting. For more. For different. For new. For something. “It is not enough!” is the cry of our soul. Every thought, word, and […]

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a little play goes a long way

  Please don’t judge me. I have a confession to make. I don’t like to play with my kids. Ok, there it is. I said it. Let the scathing e-mails ensue. (But I know I’m not the only one – someone else admitted it in Olivia’s post last week – thanks, sister!) Seriously. I have […]

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just peachy

One of my favorite parts of summer is having ripe peaches on hand. All the time. The kiddos and I devour these summertime gems like candy. It’s a sad day when I go to the store to buy peaches, and they are no longer “in season.” And eating an out-of-season peach is just plain wrong. […]

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those crazy kids!

Imagine your life before kids… peaceful, independent, carefree, spontaneous, relaxed, organized, clean. Being able to ask yourself, “What shall I do today?” Ahhh, those were the days… Wait. Hello? Earth to mama…? Before you get lost in the reminiscent era gone by, don’t forget about those little ones clamoring for your attention at this very […]

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