caseymanser

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Casey is an Iowa captive by way of Alabama. She lives in Urbandale with her first responder husband Derek, black lab Dakota, and human daughters Avery (2018) and Nellie (2021). She loves being a mom and is navigating her journey with her own version of what motherhood looks like including shamelessly singing “Baby Shark” on command and eating Oreos during nap time so she doesn’t have to share. Casey works part time in the non-profit field supporting families that are grieving the loss of a child. In her “free time” Casey enjoys baking, specializing in boxed brownies and pre-made cookie dough. She also enjoys reading historical fiction books and watching Netflix. Her preferred forms of communication include sarcasm, emojis and gifs.
reading with kids

Tips for Reading Chapter Books to Young Kids

I have always loved to read. While I hope my kids develop and explore their own interests and hobbies I have my fingers crossed that they will become little bookworms too. My daughter turned 4...
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Capacity Parenting

In my current season of motherhood, with a 4 year old and 1 year old, the seasons may change, but it seems I am in a constant state of busyness. Sometimes I tell myself...
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Becoming a Breastmilk Donor

In the last few years we have had to deal with a fair share of shortages. Things like coins, toilet paper, Sriracha, and now even tampons. But recently there was a national shortage of...
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5 Must-Haves for a Baby at the Beach

Whether a lake or an ocean, I think it's true what they say; life is better at the beach. Give me the sound of waves rolling in, the sand between my toes, and the...
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I’m Done Trying to be a Good Mom

When I entered motherhood I quickly realized it was impossible to be the perfect mom. Even if I met a standard I had set for myself, it was quickly proven inadequate by some other...
mom sitting with laptop and kids running around. overstimulated mom. Des Moines Mom

I’m an Over Stimulated Mom

Both my postpartum experiences, one of which I am in the midst of, have involved dealing with anxiety. The first time around I utilized a therapist, support groups, and managing my work life balance....
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Bonding with Baby #2

When you find out you’re expecting many fears and “what if” scenarios can run through your mind. These fears and worries continue on even after your little one has arrived safely. You worry if...
toddler girl playing with baby doll. Girl Mom. Des Moines Mom

I’m a Mom to Girls But Not a #girlmom

We live in a world of #hashtags that infiltrate every aspect of our lives, including parenting. And while I think most are fun and harmless, there are a few I just can’t get behind. This...
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4 Newborn Must Haves

When you find out you're expecting a baby the planning and preparation soon begin. I remember how overwhelming it was trying to pick and choose items for my baby registry the first time around....
pregnancy

Don’t Call my Pregnancy a ‘COVID Pregnancy’

I think it’s pretty common knowledge now that there are just some things you don’t say to a pregnant woman. Of course, you have those outliers of people who say them anyway, but certain...