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August 2, 2019
Someone once asked me when I was seven months pregnant with my second set of twins, “Did you know that the divorce rate for couples with multiples is 70%?” Umm … no. But thanks for letting me know. So basically, my chance for divorce then is 140%? OK. Listen, marriage is work. It is hard...
Retirement planning can be confusing. 401(k), 403(b), SEP, and who the heck is IRA anyway? The following thoughts are intended to help get you involved, on track and engaged in a productive conversation about your retirement plan. What to know What do you want your retirement to look like? Is it drinking expensive wine in...
Just a couple of decades ago, when it came to technology, the average student could slide by with a calculator and a wristwatch. To make the grade these days, your kids likely will need a full suite of mobile devices. With the skyrocketing cost of new devices, you might be unwilling or unable to outfit...
It’s the time of year for many to think back-to-school. But what about also thinking back-into-fitness? Fall is the time of year for many to resume a regular routine and look for indoor fitness options and regular nutritious meals. But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. This...
When it comes to column writers, personality is everything. If you spend time around Addie Graffin, it doesn’t take long to find out she has plenty of it. The 38-year-old who lives in Platteville, Wis., wears many hats. She is a stay-at-home mom to two sets of twins, ages 3 and 5; a wife; a...
Everyone thinks that caregiving is something that comes naturally to us when it is needed. The reality is that it requires a very disciplined specific skill set. Some of the skills needed are inherent, but others require specific education and study. So, off to school we go to learn that very specific knowledge. Learn all...
Before the school year kicks in to high gear, it’s important to give yourself the tools needed for academic success and maximum organization. Here are six ideas to set up the perfect workstation: 1. Clear up clutter First, determine how you use items. If paperwork is referenced multiple times per week, store it on your...
Ah, school days. Whether you’re heading in for that first year or a returning veteran of the be-lockered hallways, the return to school is an exciting, sometimes stressful time. If there’s one thing that’s especially difficult to get back into the swing of, it’s studying. Good study habits are the work of an entire academic...
Ah, school days. Whether you’re heading in for that first year or a returning veteran of the be-lockered hallways, the return to school is an exciting, sometimes stressful time. If there’s one thing that’s especially difficult to get back into the swing of, it’s studying. Good study habits are the work of an entire academic...
Ah, school days. Whether you’re heading in for that first year or a returning veteran of the be-lockered hallways, the return to school is an exciting, sometimes stressful time. If there’s one thing that’s especially difficult to get back into the swing of, it’s studying. Good study habits are the work of an entire academic...
Long before she became a teacher in a classroom or yoga studio, St. Columbkille Catholic School early childhood and pre-k teacher Holly Flood knew that she wanted to work with children. Growing up, she thought she was going to be a pediatrician until she declared art as her major in college. “I thought maybe I’d...
Ah, yes. Back-to-school. Back to early morning scrambles to make it out the door. Back to book bags, new shoes and sack lunches. Back to the normal routine. I know for some that your routine is anything but routine. Rushing here and there, juggling schedules for yourself and multiple kids. Healthy, home-cooked meals often don’t...
Dubuque author and illustrator Lindsey Chapman has published her second children’s book, “Clark & Cleo.” It features a giraffe that has trouble making friends at school because she’s self-conscious about how she looks. She learns not to dwell on her physical features, and instead, to focus on being kind to others and to herself. Her...
Every parent has a plan for introducing little ones to something new, and brushing their teeth and teaching a good oral care routine is no different. The makers of CloSYS toothpaste, oral rinses and oral sprays offer tips and insight on starting kids off right when it comes to oral care. 1 Baby teeth erupt...
Even after years of encouraging girls to become more involved in science, technology, engineering and math, women remained underrepresented in those fields. The most prevalent discrepancy is in the science and engineering careers, according to a 2017 Girls Collaborate Project study. Whereas the overall workforce breaks down 50% men and 47% women, in the S&E...
For many area students, the past two months have been filled with basking in the sun, vacations, sleeping in and a much more relaxed schedule. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. It’s August, and we’ve all seen the back-to-school ads. With a new school year comes new challenges for parents and children....
School supply sales are in full swing, which means it’s time for the kids to go back to school. This can be an exciting time for children and their parents. But for some families, this time of year can be flooded with stress and anxiety. The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health found a wide...
Most likely you’ve heard of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two women who fought for women’s rights and helped paved the way 21st century women. But do you know the names Susan Gratiot, Adele Gratiot Washburne, Elizabeth Armstrong or Clarissa Emely Gear Hobbs? To help area residents learn more about these women and...
If you look around, you can see it coming. The days are growing shorter. The sense of organization, more apparent. And sales are running rampant at local retailers, with pens, pencils, colorful notebooks and more spilling from the shelves. Another school year is upon us, and whether you’re ready for it or not, we have...

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