Nicole O'Banion

Nicole grew up in Quincy, IL before studying Visual Communications at Iowa State University. After over a decade living in Portland, OR she now calls Waukee home with her husband, two girls and a constantly shedding yellow lab. She is passionate about food and is constantly regretting her dedication to homemade meals when it comes time to wash dishes. When not cleaning, she enjoys gardening and exploring the metro area and beyond.
Crowd of people sitting outside. Outdoor Concerts. Des Moines Mom

Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2022

Warm nights, lawn chairs, snacks, and refreshments, all make for a perfect outdoor concert experience. From nights at a local winery or the big names of the fair grandstand, enjoy the sweet sounds of...
Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga Classes in Des Moines

What's more zen than yoga? Outdoor yoga! Taking your practice outside heightens your senses, challenges your balance, and helps you relax. Plus, a little vitamin D is always a boost. There are a variety of...
Running shoes on pavement. Road Races. Des Moines Mom

Road Races in Des Moines

Are you ready to hit the pavement as soon as the weather is above zero? Now is the time for you! Spring through fall offers a plethora of opportunities to run a road race...
father and daughter wearing goggles underwater. Des Moines Pools

Guide to Des Moines Area Pools

Des Moines pools open on June 4!  Enjoy the warm days(and nights) with a trip to one of the many pools in and around Des Moines. Before you head out, check out our tips for...
white plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Kids eat Free. Des Moines Mom

Guide to Kids Eat Free in Des Moines

Getting out of the house for a meal can be a treat. Getting a free kids' meal is an even bigger treat! Which Des Moines restaurants host ‘Kids Eat Free’ nights? And when? And...
Boy sitting in strawberry patch. Berry Picking in Des Moines

Berry Picking around Des Moines and Central Iowa

When it finally starts warming up a bit, it's time to go berry picking! Pack up the whole family and head out to your favorite patch. It's educational for kids to see where the...

Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2022

Farmers markets are plentiful in the Des Moines area. Thanks to our proximity to farmland, we have some of the best farmers markets in the country. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade...
spring break des moines kids

12 Spring Break Activities in Des Moines 2022

Staying in Des Moines for Spring Break? Des Moines has plenty of options to help your kids run off all that energy or for you to connect as a family.
kid playing in snow - Winter Bucket List

Winter Bucket List: What to Do in Des Moines this Winter

After the holidays, making it thru winter can seem daunting. A bucket list is a great way to help get out of that wintertime rut. From fun and unique things to do around Des Moines,...
New Years Eve

6 New Year’s Eve in Des Moines 2021

Cheers to 2022! Celebrate New Year's Eve with your family or get out for the night. Daytime activities for the kiddos let them be involved without having to extent bedtime. Ready to party the night away?...