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.
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Free Outdoor Movies in Des Moines

  Summer is a great time to stay up late and watch an outdoor movie! The City of Des Moines and many of the surrounding towns offer free outdoor movies in parks during the summer. Check...
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Outdoor Yoga Classes in Des Moines

Get in touch with your inner yogi at an outdoor yoga class in Des Moines this summer.  There are a variety of outdoor yoga classes across the Des Moines metro (most of them are free!). Enjoy...
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Des Moines Moms Ultimate Summer Guide

We Love summer in Des Moines! We've got you covered from pools, outdoor movies, and farmers markets to berry picking, road races, and parades. 

I Still Need My Mom

I am 36 years old and have 3 kids of my own, but I will be the first to say that I still need my mom. She’s the one I call when I need a...
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Guide to Franklin Avenue Library (DMPL)

I am a self-professed book nerd. I love to read and I want my kids to love reading too. Aside from reading to them and exposing them to a variety of different books, the...
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Guide to Central Library in Des Moines (DMPL)

I love going to the library with my kids. It's free, they love looking at books and picking ones to bring home, and it gets us out of the house! I call that a...
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Guide to Birthday Freebies + Discounts

Birthdays deserve to be celebrated. But when you're a mom, your birthday can easily be just like any other day. You still have to make lunches, drive carpool, and wipe noses.  You deserve to be celebrated!...
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Sick Kids and Mom Guilt

I feel all the mom guilt when my kids get sick. And lately, I feel like they are sick all the time. I know it’s cold and flu season and the middle of another...
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Top Posts of 2018: Best of Des Moines Moms Blog

Every year is full of challenges and celebrations and 2018 is no different. Before we start 2019, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the highlights of 2018. Our vision is to create...
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Shop Local Gift Ideas

Everyone has a shopping list this time of year. From parents and siblings to spouses, girlfriends, and teachers, it can be overwhelming! We've done the work and curated a list of thoughtful gifts for...