Andrea Cooley

Andrea Cooley
Andrea is a Jesus-following, coffee-drinking, book-loving single mom to 3 amazing kids. She is a work at home mom who spends her days reading books about trucks and trains and building forts out of couch cushions with 4-year-old Emerson and 2-year-old Foster while shielding baby sister Harlow from flying toys. You can find her in coffee shops around Des Moines drinking lattes and typing away on her laptop.
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5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

I am a white mom, living in a predominately white city, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't care about Black History Month.  Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) is an annual...

5 Reasons Moms Should Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Move over Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, February 13, is what we're excited about this year!  It's a day dedicated to ladies celebrating ladies. This year, take time to tell your besties how much they mean...
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Guide to Winter Fun in Des Moines

Living in Iowa, we can't escape winter. The months of January, February, and even March can drag on, feeling like an endless repeat of cold, dreary days. Why not embrace the season this year?...

Top 10 posts of 2020 The Best of Des Moines Mom

I think we can all agree 2020 has been a year we will never forget. The beginning of the year was full of so much hope for a new decade. Then COVID hit and it...

4 Ways to Encourage Your Girlfriend Who’s Going Through a Divorce

I cannot imagine living through my divorce without my tribe of girlfriends walking beside me. Nothing can prepare you for the hurt and devastation of going through a divorce. People who say they had an...
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Where to Buy Face Masks for Kids + Adults in Des Moines

It's safe to say no one expected face masks to become an essential part of our wardrobe at the beginning of the year. But as families are preparing to send kids back to school,...
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Pools and Spraygrounds Open in Des Moines 2020

Several Des Moines pools are opening for a shorter season in Summer 2020. Des Moines spraygrounds opened June 16. Birdland Swimming Pool and Teachout Family Aquatic Center are offering swimming lessons in July and August....

What’s Open in Des Moines Summer 2020 for Family Fun

After several months of businesses being closed and families staying home, many businesses in Des Moines are now open. While summer activities still look different due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of fun...
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It’s Time to Listen and Act

I don’t know how to write this post, but I know I can’t ignore the racial issues we are currently facing. I am a middle class, privileged, white mom, living in a predominantly white city....
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Berry Picking around Des Moines and Central Iowa

Late spring is prime time for berry picking in Des Moines and Central Iowa. We can't think of anything better than the taste of freshly picked fruit. Berry picking is a great family activity--kids love...