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Author Archive | Erika Stevenson

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The Sex Talk

Do you remember the first time you heard about sex? I was a wide-eyed eight-year-old, playing at the home of my closest-playmate, “Beth”. At one point her older sister, “Sarah” joined us. Eager to prove her superior knowledge to us underlings, Sarah began dishing about a soap opera episode she had come across once.  She […]

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To the New Moms in My Life

  The first heavy snowfall of 2019 started on a Friday evening and accumulated throughout the night and well into Saturday morning. Knowing many folks would be staying cozy at home, my husband, kids and I decided to host an impromptu pancake breakfast for our neighbors. To our delight, the majority accepted our invitation. By […]

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The Joy of Missing Out

It was a quiet afternoon in late August 2015. In my desire to stay connected with my community back home in Des Moines, I scrolled through my Instagram and Facebook feeds like my life depended on it. Almost as soon as I started scrolling, however, I put my phone on the bedside table and pushed […]

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Urbandale library guide

Guide to Urbandale Public Library

Our family of five LOVES outings to the public libraries here in Central Iowa! As a homeschooling mom, my heart delights at my kids’ joy when they discover a new fiction series or find a stack of non-fiction reads on their current interests.  We have made the rounds to lots of local libraries. While we’ve […]

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stella from pella book

Introducing Stella From Pella and Her Magic Shoe! Meet the Author + Giveaway!

If you have taken your kids to local events featuring photo-ops and high-fives with their favorite superheroes, it’s likely you have indirectly crossed paths with my friend, Matt Morgan. Matt is the founder of the Iowa League of Heroes, (ILOH) whose mission is to “provide encouragement and support for children and families fighting difficult battles […]

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