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Author Archive | Haylie Steffensmeier

middle school transition

Ideas to Ease the Tricky Back to Middle School Transition

I see you, first day of school. Looming in the second half of August, just hanging out. Waiting to be recognized by teachers, parents, and students. Some might have had this date circled since May, while others are still pretending you’re a ways off. However you’re looked at, there you wait. And sooner or later […]

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tips for gardening with kids and toddlers

Summer Gardening With Kids

After a never-ending winter, the first sign of green and sun brought some much needed outdoor time in our house. Wagon rides, parks, trampoline jumping, and our oldest braving the swing set on her own have kept us busy these last few weeks! I love watching my daughter’s imagination expand to the outdoors and seeing […]

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Going to the Emergency Room with Kids: What to expect in the ER

What to Expect When You Go to the ER

Hospitals, doctors, insurance, and all things medical are far from my forte, and well outside my comfort level, but after two trips to Blank Children’s Hospital’s ER and a full day at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital this past month, I’ve learned a few things about what to expect. Now that we are all […]

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Heart Candy

Loving Your Kids Well With The 5 Love Languages

It’s the month of celebrating love and I LOVE, LOVE. I LOVE IT! As a kid, I vividly remember making Valentine boxes (shout out to my mom’s patience and creativity), practicing random acts of kindness in school, crafting Valentine projects, and sharing treats with classmates. In my adult life, all things hearts, pink, and Valentine […]

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Meet Haylie Steffensmeier

Hello Des Moines’ mamas! For starters, I am SO excited to be part of this group! I can’t wait to learn, love, and live this mommin’ path with you all. As a born and raised central Iowan, I LOVE THIS CITY and take great pride in the diversity, learning opportunities, and family-friendly experiences Des Moines […]

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