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.

Des Moines Fireworks

Boom, it's fireworks time in Des Moines! Stay up late and enjoy the bright lights during warm nights. Make it an all-day or all-weekend celebration of Independence Day with many cities across the metro...

Free Outdoor Summer Family Movies in Des Moines

Movie nights may seem like a winter activity, but not when you can enjoy them on a grassy knoll. The City of Des Moines and many of the surrounding towns offer free outdoor...
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Outdoor Yoga Classes in Des Moines

Whether you practice yoga regularly or are wanting to try it out, from late spring to early fall you can take an outdoor yoga class. Be amongst the trees while in tree pose! There are...
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Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2023

Summer nights are perfect for an outdoor concert, so pack your snacks, drinks, and blankets or just bring yourself to say to the sounds. From nights at a local winery or the big names...
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Guide to Des Moines Area Pools

Des Moines pools open on June 3!  Enjoy the warm days (and nights) at one of the many pools in and around Des Moines. Before you head out, check out our tips for going to...

Des Moines Pediatrician and Family Medicine Guide

Looking for a pediatrician in Des Moines? Here's a guide to Des Moines pediatricians and family medicine physicians to help you choose.

Des Moines Spraygrounds and Wading Pools

Spraygrounds and wading pools are the perfect places to cool off without having to go to a full-blown pool and luckily there are dozens of options in and around Des Moines. Spraygrounds in Des Moines...
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Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2023

  Des Moines farmers markets are so much more than a place to buy locally grown and produced foods. They are a destination, often with entertainment, meals, crafts, and more. Support local and entertain the...
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Berry Picking around Des Moines and Central Iowa

Pack up the family and go berry picking! Starting as early as May, you can head out to the strawberry fields and head back out all summer long to pick blueberries, cherries, currants, aronia...
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What’s New in Des Moines this Spring 2023

Spring brings a new season and new businesses! There are always new restaurants to try and we have another new grocery store. A new indoor play place with activities for the whole family has...