Sarah stopped through Des Moines while moving from NYC en route to Chicago. She quickly met the love of her life and, after a marriage proposal in a hot air balloon over the bridges of Madison County, ended up planting roots in Iowa! Now a mama to four amazing kiddos ages 9, 8, 6 and 1, she spends most of her time running to doctor appointments, choir rehearsals and swimming lessons. When not on official mom duty, Sarah can be found teaching English online, directing a youth show choir or teaching private music lessons. She strives to always make a difference while keeping a smile on her face and a mocha in her hand.
World DS Day

Why YOU Should Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

My son has Down Syndrome. You know it the instant you see his face. His gray almond-shaped eyes beam when he sees Elmo and Mickey Mouse. His low-set ears house the most adorable tiny hearing...
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I Bribe My Kids and That’s Ok

I bribe my kids. There I said it. I'm one of those moms. I have too many kids and too much going on to just let them run around all willy-nilly and do whatever they...
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Raising Thankful Kids

"You should be thankful you have food to eat! There are starving children in {insert country here} who don't have food at all!" We've all heard a similar phrase at least once in our lives...
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Halloween Activities in Des Moines

Halloween is lurking just around the corner. There are tons of fun Halloween activities in Des Moines to keep your family in the spooky spirit all month long! From trunk-or-treating to storytimes and inflatables, there...
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Grandma’s Hands

My 8-year-old daughter kneeled in front of a blue metal wheelchair. With her smooth, slightly plump little fingers, she began to paint the fingernails on the stiff hands of her great-grandma. The two sets of...
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“Are They All Yours?” Why I Love My Big Family

"All they all yours?" I've heard the question more times than I can count. "Boy, you've got your hands full! Were they all planned?" "Why in the world do you have so many kids?" I grew up...
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5 Tips for Family Vacation Survival

How am I going to survive this vacation? Why does it seem like going on a "relaxing" family vacation never ends up being relaxing for moms? Between the planning, packing, traveling, child wrangling, feeding, and...
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The Best Donuts in Des Moines

I love donuts. And the selection of donuts in Des Moines does not disappoint. Growing up, I seldom had the opportunity to engulf myself in the gooey fried greatness of a nice fresh donut. Due...
Down Syndrome

I’m Just Like You

I'm just like you. I have two eyes, two ears, and walk on two feet. I have a strong opinion and do everything I can to make sure my point is heard. Occasionally I get...

Slime: The Good, the Bad, and How to Fix It

Slime. The very word makes me cringe just a little. When the slime craze first came out, I was intrigued. It is a kitchen science experiment that ends in a fun, gooey stress reliever. My...