Brittney Rutherford

Brittney and her husband, Tyler, have been married for 10 years and live in Ames. Their two sons, Beckett (5) and Hudson (3), keep them on their toes with constant wrestling, dinosaur-related questions and daily inquiries as to when their next trip to get ice cream will be. Brittney works full time in marketing and communications. She likes to bike (the kind with pedals), visit family, hang out with friends, be in or on water - and always has good coffee and red wine on hand.
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10 Lessons from a Decade of Parenting

The boy who made me a mom turned ten this month. After a decade of parenting, I have it all figured out. KIDDING! Anyone who tells you that is full of it. The past...
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8 Things I’m Loving Right Now

Recommendations from friends are the best! When friends share what they're loving, I know they actually like the product and aren't trying to sell me anything. But, as a busy mom of two boys, it's...
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5 Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts

Crafts. Does that word excite you or strike fear in your heart? I am somewhere in the middle-to-fear side of crafting. If that's you, Valentine’s Day crafts are easy! They give the kids something...
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The COVID Hangover

I feel hungover and it isn’t from too many margaritas. In March 2020, we were on our way home from the Wisconsin Dells and passed a pickup full of toilet paper and water. Things were...
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Mom-Tested Easy Holiday Recipes

There is nothing worse than pulling a holiday recipe off the internet only to have it fail right before you're ready to walk out the door and take it with you to a holiday...
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Christmas Tree Farms Near Des Moines

Do you love the smell of a fresh tree? Cut down or select a pre-cut tree from one of the many farms around the metro. Some even have pre-tagging starting soon if you want...
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Are You a Geriatric Millennial Mom?

The term, “geriatric millennial” took the internet by storm earlier this year when Erica Dhawan wrote about those of us born in the early ’80s being comfortable with analog and digital technology. Business Insider...
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6 Simple Kid’s Birthday Ideas

A bakery-perfect cake, centerpieces made from antique jars filled with bubble gum, and handmade superhero capes for all of the kids who attended describes my oldest son’s first birthday perfectly – and that’s the...
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Easy After School Snacks

School is right around the corner and that means hungry kids will be getting off school busses everywhere asking for after school snacks. Keeping the fridge and cupboard stocked with things that keep kids...
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5 Tips for Working Moms This Summer

Someone once told me, “You have 18 summers with your kids and they’re gone.” I work outside the home and that was a gut punch because it’s true on some levels. Summer as a...