Nicole O'Banion

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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.
halloween events

Des Moines Halloween Events in 2021

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Beggar's night (October 30) may be the traditional time to celebrate Halloween, but you can find events and activities all month long in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for an...
Apple Orchard

Apple Orchards and Picking Apples in Des Moines

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Apple picking is a great way to spend time with the family and the perfect fall activity. It also supports local business and yields a healthy snack or plenty of fruit for a cooking...
Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines Area

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Happy Fall! The air is crisp and the leaves are turning shades of yellow, red, and orange. It's time to decorate and secure some pumpkins for carving! Get out to one of the local pumpkin...
Outdoor Concert

Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2021

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Who else loves outdoor summer concerts? There’s not much better than seeing one of your favorite bands or discovering new music on a beautiful evening at an outdoor music venue. Des Moines knows how...
Des Moines Fireworks

Des Moines Fireworks

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Fireworks are a hallmark of the 4th of July. It's a wonderful family tradition to keep the kiddos up a little late to watch the big show. With the 4th being on a Sunday,...
Outdoor Movies

Free + Cheap Outdoor Movies in Des Moines

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As the nights start to warm up, it's 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...
Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga Classes in Des Moines

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Summer is a great time to take your yoga outside. Whether a beginner or seasoned yogi, the outdoors add fresh air and beautiful scenery to the already centering practice. And bonus, the steamy summer...
Road Race

Road Races in Des Moines

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Whether you are training for a marathon or just run for the fun of it, now is the time to tighten those laces. It's race season! The energy at a road race can leave you...
Des Moines Pool

Guide to Des Moines Area Pools

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Des Moines pools open on June 5!  Before you head to one of the Des Moines Area pools to cool off, check out these tips. Or jump straight to the guide! Refuel If you’re staying for a...
Berry Picking

Berry Picking around Des Moines and Central Iowa

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Late spring is prime time for berry picking in Des Moines and Central Iowa. We can't think of anything better than the taste of freshly picked fruit while enjoying the outdoors. Berry picking is a...