Andrea Cooley

Andrea is a Jesus-following, coffee-drinking, book-loving single mom to 3 amazing kids. She is a work-at-home single mom to 3 incredible kids, ages 5, 7, 9. Amazingly they are all in school, but still keep her on her toes. You can find her in coffee shops around Des Moines drinking lattes and typing away on her laptop.
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We CAN Do This: Facts for Parents on COVID-19 Vaccines

A year ago, I vividly remember longing to send my kids to school and not just because it was the end of a long winter break. We were stuck at home for what felt...
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Easy Ways to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day

The kids are off school Monday for Martin Luther King Jr Day, hooray! Of course it’s always nice to have a 3 day weekend, but hopefully, you’re able to take some time to talk...
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Guide to Winter Fun in Des Moines

Winter doesn't mean you have to stay inside for months on end. Get bundled up and get outside for some winter fun. From ice skating to skiing, snowshoeing to sledding, there are places all...
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Top 10 posts of 2021 The Best of Des Moines Mom

For many, 2021 has been a challenging year, following an even harder year.  While much of the stress and uncertainty of living in a pandemic has remained, there have been many bright spots in 2021....

2021 Des Moines Mom Reader Survey

As we close out 2021 and plan for the future of Des Moines Mom, we want to find out more about you, our readers! Our goal is to bring Des Moines moms the best resources,...
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Des Moines Shop Local Gift Guide

We love supporting local businesses! Check out this gift guide to some of our favorite Des Moines shops and businesses to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.   Gifts for Date Nights Looking for...

Relax and Recharge at Sundara Inn & Spa in the Wisconsin Dells

Life is hard and the last year and a half has been harder than most for many reasons. As moms, we carry a huge mental load. There are constant demands on us from feeding,...
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Where to See Sunflowers Around Des Moines

With summer winding down and the promise of cooler fall days on the horizon, it’s time for sunflowers to shine. You don’t want to miss the towering blooms stretching as far as the eyes...
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10 Central Iowa Day Trips

Sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day. The great thing about Des Moines is that it's centrally located, so there are plenty of places to visit and explore that...
Annie Brees

Annie Brees: Balance365

Des Moines Mom recognizes that moms wear a lot of hats. You are a mom, wife, friend, diaper changer, nose wiper, meal planner, lost toy finder, the list goes on and on! This summer we...