Anissa Bourgeacq

Anissa moved to Johnston in 2016 after living in Iowa City for more than 20 years. She has two girls, Faith (16) and Fiona (10). She and her husband, Patrick, have been married for 21 years. Anissa is a registered dietitian and works for Sanford Health. For fun she loves to clean, organize, read, and binge watch Netflix. Her vices include watching the “Real Housewives” franchises and doughnuts!
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The Darker Side of Instagram

Our young women are trapped. Pretty and perfect like collector dolls perfectly preserved. They are positioned and posed in stillness, sliding up and down our news feed. Trapped behind glass the size of an...
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Good-Bye Negativity

Sometimes it's good to say good-bye. Recently I have been on a “decluttering” kick. Each week I spend a good deal of time going through my house and getting rid of things I don’t need,...
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5 Ways I Am a “Bad” Mom

What makes you a good mom or a bad mom? I read a lot of blogs, online magazines, social media posts etc. I like to consume a lot of content on various topics. Out of...
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The Day My Daughter Fired Me

I was recently fired from my job as “mom” from one of my employers. Well, maybe “laid off” is a better term. It was my 18-year-old daughter who did the firing. (I’m still employed by...
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Why I Send My Kids To Therapy

I send my kids to therapy. The therapists we work with specialize in adolescent behavior, specifically girls. I have a 17-year-old and an 11-year-old and they both meet with a separate professional. The older one has...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Urge to Hibernate

Winter is hard and this year was particularly brutal. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that fluctuates with the seasons. It usually starts in late fall and early winter and goes away...
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Confessions of a Chronic Fixer

I am a fixer. I fix things. I don’t mean in a home improvement or “handyman” sense. I mean in an “I want your problems to be solved" sense. For most of my life, I have...
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I Think It’s Great You Don’t Have Children

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day. She is about 20 years younger than me, smart, funny, ambitious, beautiful, and kind. The conversation gravitated to her likely engagement and eventual...

Why Am I Not Divorced Yet?

This past month I celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary. I’ve been with my husband 24 years. We have a 17-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old daughter, and a golden retriever. The years haven’t always been easy,...
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We Love Price Chopper: A Guide to Des Moines Grocery Shopping

When we moved to Johnston two years ago, Price Chopper was the closest grocery store to our new house. It is so close that it has become a regular stop on my way home...