Andrea Cooley

Andrea Cooley
Andrea is a Jesus-following, coffee-drinking, book-loving mom to 3 amazing kids and wife to an incredibly patient and supportive husband. 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.

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...

Curbside and Delivery Options During COVID-19

Tired of cooking dinner? Kids need something to do? Here’s a running list of local restaurants and businesses offering Des Moines delivery or curbside service as of March 20, 2020. We will update as...
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Ways to Help Others During a Pandemic

It feels insignificant, but the best way we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home. Not only does this protect our immediate family but it also protects those who we are...
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Des Moines Mom Neighborhood Egg Hunt

Go for a neighborhood Egg Hunt April 5-12th! In person egg hunts may be canceled this year, but we can still celebrate spring with a neighborhood egg hunt (social distance style)! Encourage your neighborhoods to...

Resources for Uncertain Times

The world as we know it has changed drastically in the last week. We went from looking forward to spring break to suddenly having an extended break from school, working from home, and being...