Summer Evans

Summer has one amazing little girl, Charlotte, whom she and husband Luke are just head-over-heels in love with! Marketing & Communications Director for the City of Waukee by day, and ecstatically goofy mama by night, she and her family enjoy all things Iowa State, music, photography, and blogging (Random Acts of Summer).
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A Thank You Letter to My Husband During Pregnancy

My pregnancy with my first daughter was a breeze. Aside from falling asleep early on the couch sometimes and a little tenderness in the ol’ bra area, I felt great. Enter this pregnancy. My first...
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Tips for Planning A Babymoon

most Ah, babymoon – the last hurrah for you and your significant other before you’re tied down to that adorable new bundle of joy. I’m not sure the term “babymoon” has been around too terribly...
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Let the Kids Be Bored and Encourage Independent Play

My name is Summer and I have a confession. It’s a real struggle for me to let my daughter just be… bored. I think about my childhood compared to hers; there was A LOT of...
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We Love Waukee: A Guide to Des Moines Area Neighborhoods

Waukee offers a family-friendly environment featuring great amenities such as parks, trails, and special events. It is located in Dallas County, Iowa.

Spring Into Savings: 2017 Des Moines Area Consignment Sales

Winter is turning into spring! With the weather warming, we all know our kiddos are going to need new clothes. But maybe they don't need all NEW clothes. Perhaps some gently used wardrobe pieces...
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Rainbow Baby On the Way

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain." This is one of my favorite quotes. Dolly Parton said this after enduring many hardships throughout her...
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In a World of Chaos, Choose Kindness

2016 was a hard year. It seems to be "the worst year ever" according to a multitude of social media memes. And, quite frankly, I must agree that it wasn’t a great one. In my...
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These Are a Few of My Favorite Soup Recipes

During the cold months especially, our family cooks and eats a lot of soup! There are so many soup options, and they are so easy and good to enjoy on a wintery Iowa night. These...
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Pros and Cons of Having a Threenager

Everyone warns you about the “Terrible Twos”, but I think two-year-olds get a bad rap. Sure, kids start having tantrums at two, but what I’ve come to find is that the Terrible Twos don’t...
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Let’s Talk About Miscarriage

I had a miscarriage. There. I said it. It was hard for me to talk about it when it happened, but I’ve grown to know that it’s healthy to talk about it. I talk about it...