Katie Cox

Katie Cox grew up in small town Iowa. After graduating college, she married her college sweetheart, Ben, who happens to be the funniest, sweetest and most handsome guy she knows. Katie became a momma for the first time in August 2009 to her adorable son Drake and again in March of 2012 to her sweet little boy Charlie. Katie blogs at Happy Where I Stand where she shares both heartfelt and hilarious stories from the front line of motherhood.
neighborhood guide - altoona

We Love Altoona: A Guide to Des Moines Area Neighborhoods

Altoona is located on the eastern edge of Des Moines. We love living in Altoona. It's a small town just outside the city and a great place to raise a family
whole30 failure

I am a Whole30 Failure

Let's Start at the Beginning  Over the past few years I've been on a health and fitness journey that lead me to drastically change my fitness routine and eating habits. I started doing cross-fit style...

Decorating Ideas: Making Your House a Home

Decorating your house can be overwhelming, expensive, and time consuming, but it can also be fun, budget friendly and easy! One of my hobbies is decorating (and redecorating) my house. I tend to lean...
Your Guide to All Things Leggings

Your Guide to All Things Leggings + Giveaway

Please tell me that I am not the only one who thinks leggings are the best thing to ever happen to style and comfort for women? I L-O-V-E leggings more than pretty much anything...

How to Survive as an Uncrafty Mom

This post is part 3 of 3 in the series Summer Crafts with Kids. Crafts. I actually enjoy crafts, and have been known to whip out a felt wreath or a tissue paper pom-pom from time...
How I Became a Mother: A Birth Stories Series

How I Became A Mother: The Day That Changed Everything

This post is part 5 of 6 in the series How I Became a Mother. I will never forget that cold December day when I stood in the bathroom holding the positive pregnancy test I...
A Year Later: Redshirting Your Kindergartner

A Year Later: Redshirting Your Kindergartner

About a year ago I shared how our family decided to Redshirt Our Kindergartner. He turned five right before kindergarten started last fall, and after much debate, we came to the conclusion that he was...
Self Embrace: Learning to Love the Skin We Are In

Weighing Me Down: A Story of Transforming My Body, Mind, and Heart

This post is part 1 of 5 in the series Self Embrace: Learning to Love the Skin We Are In. I used to start out each morning with the same song and dance: go to...
Life with a Two-Year-Old

Life with a Two-Year-Old

Author's Note: This will be my last regular post at Des Moines Moms Blog. I'm excited to pass the torch on to some other deserving and talented writers. I will still be stopping in...
Decorating with Your Kids for the Holidays

“Home” for the Holidays: Decorating for the Holidays with Your Kids

I never put a lot of thought into how to include my children in decorating for the holidays until I found my big Christmas tree lying flat in my family room. The tree had...