Anissa Bourgeacq

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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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My Baby and Me on 9/11

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It’s been 17 years since 9/11. I know this not just because of the simple math of subtracting 2001 from the current year. I know this because my daughter is 17 years old. She...
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My Summer of “Swedish Death Cleaning”

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It is no secret to those who know me that I am a sucker for a good cleaning/organization project. My favorite thing to do is to declutter and organize. Remember when the “Capsule Wardrobe” was...
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I Let My Kids Take “Mental Health Days”

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If you have children in grades K-12, you’ve probably had to call the front office a time or two to report an absence. The call goes something like this: “This is Anissa, Fiona’s mom....
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My Dog is My Favorite Family Member

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Family members come in all forms. We have our extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws). We have our immediate family (spouses and kids). Our relationships with all these people varies depending on a multitude...
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I’ve Watched 710 Hours of Bravo’s Real Housewives

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The Real Housewives television franchise is a delightful pleasure of mine that dominates my DVR queue. In the past I might have referred to it as a “guilty” pleasure. Today, though, I am here to...
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Age 10: The Most Bittersweet of Ages

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I have two daughters. Both have reached milestones that have evoked many emotions. For instance, learning to walk, turning a year old, going to their first day of kindergarten, and many others. As parents,...
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4 Tips for Eating Healthy Over the Holidays

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You hear it every year: “The average person gains 10 pounds over the holidays.” Many of us have accepted this as “fact” and resigned ourselves to spending more time in our stretchy pants between...
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I’m Not Going to Step Out of My Comfort Zone

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There are countless motivational sayings that urge people to step out of their “comfort zone.”             “Do something every day that scares you.”             “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”             “You are only confined by the walls you...
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I Could Use a Hallmark Holiday Movie Right About Now

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First off let me start by defending myself. I am a self-proclaimed “movie snob.” I minored in film studies in college. I spend an enormous amount of time seeking out and watching critically acclaimed...
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I Became the Worst Version of Myself and Now I’m Better For It

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There is a line in one of my favorite movies, “You’ve Got Mail”, where the main character, Joe Fox, says to his online love, Kathleen Kelly— “Do you ever feel you’ve become the worst version...