Between the children who have a strep throat infection without a sore throat, and the kids who have a sore throat and fever from something other than strep, it can be confusing about when to take your child to the doctor to evaluate for a strep throat infection.
If you happen to walk through the Pediatric or Pediatric Intensive Care Units at MercyOne Children’s Hospital, you might see some young patients wearing strands of colorful beads. They are Beads of Courage, and they help children around the...
When all this started, my husband and I  talked to our daughters (ages 9 and 7) about what a pandemic means. We did it in an age-appropriate way, including the severity of it, but also had a very positive...
You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can be exciting and scary. There are so many unknowns and questions you didn’t know you...
When it comes to weight loss fiber is KING helping you drop pounds while actually eating and feeling satisfied. Who knew you could eat lots of food and still lose weight!? To get the most out of all the...
I have two goals every day: Teach my kids something. Exercise. These are the only two goals I can handle right now.  Well, the exercise is, anyway. I fail in a million different ways every day. The only success I consistently achieve...
When first-time mom Libby Heinz received a brochure and recommendations from some of her mom friends to use Midwife Services of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, she decided to try it out. Not having an OB/GYN in Des Moines,...
We're honored to share this sponsored post featuring Lifetime Family Vision Center - providing complete eye care to families in central Iowa. About Lifetime Family Vision Lifetime Vision is the premier optometry practice in the Johnston, Iowa area. We offer the...
This summer has been for my family a summer of fitness. After years of bouncing around between failed gym memberships, short-lived home workout routines, and no exercise at all, my husband and I decided almost simultaneously this spring that...
This post is Sponsored by Prudent Produce - Central Iowa's first and only LOCAL organic produce delivery service offering area families easy, convenient, and affordable produce and groceries. I've shared why this works for our family and how it is a huge time, money...

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