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Let Your Child Trick-Or-Treat Parentless

Let Your Child Trick-Or-Treat Parentless

I have to continually remind myself that I’m not *that* mom. The one who disguises their concerns for their child’s safety and security by being extra cool and making their kids want them to tag along wherever they go. Both the ...
Are There Any Minuses to the SoundPlus?

Are There Any Minuses to the SoundPlus?

In a normal tone of voice, I called from downstairs, “Madison” And when there was no response, I moved to the bottom of the stairs and repeated, “Madison.” Then partially up the stairs in a much sterner decibel, R ...
The Information is There: Research It!

The Information is There: Research It!

Last Saturday I joined a lovely group of Iowa bloggers during the #IowaBloggersUnite gathering. The presentations were a mix of slide shows and round table discussions for both seasoned and new bloggers. Everyone, including myself, asked qu ...
Tech It Up in Time For School

Tech It Up in Time For School

If you’re on Facebook, you no doubt have started seeing it. The barrage of photos of children of all ages holding placards to their chests as they stand in front of their homes. “First day of xxx grade, 2016”. Or maybe you ...
What To Do If Your Phone Takes a Dip

What To Do If Your Phone Takes a Dip

A few years ago while en route with a friend to a conference, we stopped to use the airport restroom. I heard a plop followed by an expletive. It’s not what you think. This isn’t a potty-mouth story. Nor is it a story about bath ...
Best Portable Batteries for Pokemon Go

Best Portable Batteries for Pokemon Go

You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know about the mega-hit app, Pokemon Go. I have been absolutely amazed how many random people we see playing it when we’re out and about. Doesn’t matter where – in a ...
How Safe Are Your Kids Online?

How Safe Are Your Kids Online?

There are some things from our childhood that stick with us for life. A few weeks ago, I shared some positive actions from 4-H that I have carried with me since my youth and have previously discussed fond childhood memories with my dad. Of ...
15 Travel Apps to Make The Trip Easier

15 Travel Apps to Make The Trip Easier

Hopefully you’ve been following along as we recently traveled to New York with Netflix for the release of Kimmy Schmidt season 2 and to Los Angeles to help Disney promote the release of Captain America: Civil War as well as several sh ...
Philanthropic Friday: Supporting 4-H

Philanthropic Friday: Supporting 4-H

Ever have something from your childhood that sticks with you like glue? I’m not talking about daily chores, school lessons or childhood rules but rather an involvement that had (and has) a true impact on your life. I spent years playi ...