Content Coordinator Megan doesn’t really fall into any one mom category. With three kids from ages 5 to 12, she’s been a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. She’s breastfed and bottle-fed. She’s kept kids on strict sleeping schedules in their own beds and also embraced the benefits of co-sleeping. She’s a big believer in finding what works for you and your kiddo (and it’s often different for each kid). Megan is an Iowa native and lives in Ankeny with her husband Darren. They love to travel and are often planning their next road trip (even it’s a year away). They also enjoy entertaining and are famous among their friends for throwing big bashes to celebrate the Olympic Games. But her everyday life is mostly comprised of playdates, trips to the park, and trying to stay ahead of the never-ending laundry pile.    

25 Mother’s Day Ideas to Make This Year Extra Special

Moms have been working double-time lately—with an extra dose of anxiety! Some moms are juggling their full-time careers from home while also keeping their kids busy at home. Others are on the front lines of...

Things To Do in Des Moines in March 2020

With glimpses of spring on the horizon, March is a great time to explore the city and have some fun. We’re kicking off the month with our Mom’s Night Out event on March 5,...
February 2020

Things to Do in Des Moines in February

Family Valentine Ideas If picking out Valentine's Day cards and gifts brings more anxiety than joy, may we suggest an alternative: Family Fun Day! We found lots of great events happening in Des Moines this...
January Events

Des Moines Moms January 2020 Events Guide

Happy New Year! Resolve to get the kids out of the house and explore the metro. From theater events to inflatables, there’s so much to fun to be had through the winter. We also included...

Des Moines Moms Guide to December 2019

Ho Ho Ho… Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for twinkly lights and lots of holiday family fun. We also found some free storytime events and winter break boredom busters. Enjoy this December with lots of...

Gray Hair Before 40 (And I’m Totally OK With It)

As my dad tells the story, a lady asked my grandmother in admiration where she got her hair frosted. And without missing a beat, she responded, “If you had four kids like mine, your...
November Events Guide

Des Moines Moms Guide to November 2019

We are thrilled to partner with the Jester Park Nature Center to bring you this monthly event guide.  Get a head start on holiday shopping, at the Fall Maker’s Market at Jester Park Nature Center...
marathon labor

My Marathon Labor: A Birth Story in 30+ Hours

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. Before I had kids I ran marathons and half...
October 2019

Des Moines Moms Guide to October Events 2019

We are thrilled to partner with the new Burger Shed restaurant in Altoona to bring you this monthly family events guide.  Heart of America’s newest concept —the Burger Shed—is a nod to the roots of...

Empty Cart Syndrome: Adjusting to Kids Starting School

I mindlessly grabbed a cart while I scanned my grocery list. Then I stood in line for my twice-weekly Starbucks fix. I made small talk with the barista. Thanked him for the Americano and...