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.
spraygrounds des moines

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...
talking about race

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....

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...
give back

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...
egg hunt

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...

Ultimate Guide to Grocery Shopping in Des Moines

There are plenty of options for grocery shopping in Des Moines. We share what we love about Aldi, Costco, Fareway, Fresh Thyme, Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, Trader Joe's, Walmart, and Whole Foods.
indoor activities

50+ Things To Do When You’re Stuck at Home

Not sure how you're going to keep your kids entertained while you're stuck at home for the next couple of weeks? We feel your pain! That's why we created this guide to indoor activities...
top posts

Top 10 posts of 2019 The Best of Des Moines Moms Blog

Every year is full of challenges and celebrations and 2019 is no different. Before we start 2020--a new decade!--we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the highlights of 2019. Our vision is to...