Nicole O'Banion

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.
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...
Des Moines Farmers Markets

Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2021

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Farmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh-baked treats bring an opportunity to discover new products and vendors in the...
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Guide to Kids Eat Free in Des Moines

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Whether your kid is a voracious eater, barely touches their food, or teeters between the two any given night, a free kids meal is always welcome! Which Des Moines restaurants host ‘Kids Eat Free’...
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12 Spring Break Activities in Des Moines 2021

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

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Winter can drag on. Making a bucket list is a great way to help beat (or at least minimize) cabin fever with these mom-approved ideas. From fun and unique things to do around Des Moines,...
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Where to See Christmas Lights in Des Moines 2020

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Looking for the best places to see Christmas lights in Des Moines? We’ve got you covered. This is a great holiday tradition the whole family will love. Bundle up the kids, turn on the...
Safe Halloween

5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Safely + Halloween Events in 2020

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Halloween is not canceled!  Many communities in and around Des Moines have not yet decided on whether to allow beggar's night or not, so this is the year to plan some new traditions. Put those...
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2018 Des Moines Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide

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This guide offers ALL of the resources needed for a successful pregnancy and postpartum period in the Des Moines area.
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We Love Whole Foods: A Guide to Des Moines Grocery Shopping

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When I moved to Portland, Oregon, 14 years ago, I desperately missed Hy-Vee. While living there, I found several wonderful local stores that I grew quite fond of, but when I moved 6 blocks...
Des Moines Birthday Party Guide 2018

2018 Ultimate Des Moines Birthday Party Guide

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The 2018 Des Moines Birthday Party Guide is here to help you plan the best birthday party for your child. We've compiled the best local resources into one guide.