Elise Handke

Elise has lived in the Cedar Rapids area since she was 6. She lives in Marion with her husband, Chris, and two kids, Avery and Maddux. An engineer from Iowa State by education, she currently works from home in logistics for General Mills, and she loves not having to commute which leads to more time with her family! She stays active by running daily (which allows for her daily audiobook/podcast fix!) and she teaches taproom yoga weekly at a local brewery. She loves coffee, wine, leggings, gardening, decorating/crafting/diy projects, Target, cooking, and is an avid bargain hunter!

In a World Where You Can be Anything, Be Kind

In a world where you can be anything, be kind. This phrase is one I’m sure we’ve all heard often, maybe even seen it on a poster in a school or social media post. Recently...

Quick and Easy Taco Night!

I love tacos. Like, really. I could eat them every day and not get tired of them. They also make for an affordable meal. So of course, taco night is a frequent meal in our...

New Ideas for your Easter Egg Hunt this year

My children love to hunt Easter eggs. Watching littles toddle around searching for eggs and seeing their faces light up when they find one is certainly a joy! While egg hunts can be kept...

Leggings are Life: A Guide to Mom-Approved Leggings

Since I switched to work from home full time when the pandemic hit, athletic leisurewear has taken over my wardrobe. Anyone else?  Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of...

Parenting Littles: It Won’t Be Like This For Long

As a mom of a toddler and preschooler, I find my mind circling back to this line from Darius Rucker's song often. Taking care of littles is so much work.  They depend on us for...

Tips for Beginning Your Yoga Practice Journey

Many of us are pursuing new fitness goals for the new year.  Some people may be thinking about starting yoga but are afraid to jump in.  As a yoga instructor, I hear concerns about...

How Postpartum Hair Loss Helped me Embrace my Naturally Curly Hair

I’ve had naturally wavy/curly hair my whole life.  However I never felt it had enough spring to be considered truly curly, so I pretended it was straight. I resorted to straightening my hair almost daily...

Tips for Dealing With COVID in Your Family: The Sickness and Shame

You have taken all precautions that you can… Staying within your “bubble” for the most part. You rarely go out to eat at restaurants indoors and avoid large gatherings.  Masking up when out in...