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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The Mental Side of COVID-19

Our minds are funny things. When we have a chance to win a fabulous trip, we think, “There’s NO way I’ll win.” But, if it’s something bad – like COVID-19 – we think, “I’m...

Plan a Staycation in Des Moines

Sometimes a staycation is just what you need to reset after a crazy season. Our last hotel stay was in the Wisconsin Dells right as the coronavirus entered our lives. Recently, we were talking...
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5 Best Places to See Fall Leaves in Central Iowa

Central Iowa is beautiful this time of year! If checking out fall color is on your bucket list, check out one of these spots. Take a drive and enjoy the fall leaves.  Where to See...
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Explore Clear Lake this Fall

Is anyone else exhausted? Like you just need to stop and reset? I'm there. COVID-19 stinks. Working full-time and trying to figure out school for our elementary-age kids is really, really rough. I need to...

Backyard July 4 Celebration Ideas

My absolute favorite holiday is July 4.. The entire day is spent outside, the food is great, and the beer is cold. It’s also fun and relaxing – but, this year might look a...
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What I’ve Learned Working from Home

We’re like a lot of families. We both work outside the home. One kid is in school and one goes to daycare. We coach little league, hang out with friends, like date nights, and...
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Our Extra “Curriculum”

My husband and I are working full time from home while our eight and five-year-old boys invent new ways to annoy each other. Learning their letters, checking in with their (amazing!) teachers and reading...
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Focusing on Faith and Family in Uncertain Times

The fast-moving events of the past several weeks involving coronavirus (COVID-19) have left us all shaken in one way or another. We’re leaning hard on faith and family (virtually, of course, with extended family). If...
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Love Life After kids

How's your love life going? That's a weird question if you're married. You're knee-deep in laundry. It's 10 p.m. and you forgot your preschooler needs to take snacks tomorrow. Your second grader wants home lunch...

Advice from a boy mom: your kids are fine

I'm a boy mom. As someone who hates labels, I've finally accepted this one. All kids test your patience. Boys seem to do it ways that are loud and involve jumping off furniture. They don't have...