When to Start Swim Lessons

This post is sponsored by Foss Swim School in Ankeny. A new swim school in Ankeny starts students at age 6 months, aims to help families love water When it comes to the question of when a child should start swimming lessons, the answers are as diverse as you might expect, but, in the opinion […]

Making the school choice I never expected to make

Have you seen that meme circulating on social media where Ariel is signing her name to a big scary contract with Ursula? That pretty much sums up how I feel about our back to school decision this year. I’m sure I’m not the only one. My son will be in first grade this fall, and […]

Tips for Going Back to School Safely

/* custom css */ .tdi_8_bf5{ min-height: 0; } /* custom css */ .tdi_10_3fb{ vertical-align: baseline; } Back to school looks different this year in light of COVID-19. As parents, we want to keep our kids safe and healthy. The Iowa Clinic shares three things to consider as families get ready to go back to school [...]

Tips for Kids Wearing Face Masks

This sponsored post is brought to you courtesy of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

Real Life Laundry Tips

There are few things in life that are certain. These include death, taxes, and laundry. Yup, that’s right. The literally never-ending task of washing clothes, drying them, folding them, ironing, and putting them away. It feels impossible to be caught up on laundry because you and your child are always (usually) wearing clothes! It can […]

Why I Love Co-Sleeping

Before I became a parent, I naively compiled a mental list of all the things I would never do as a parent: No screens until they’re older. Limited sugar. They will NOT behave badly in public. Co-sleeping is not an option. Quite honestly, that list could go on for days. That list haunts me as […]

Pregnant During a Pandemic

After years of infertility, welcoming our first son through adoption, and our second by IVF, the last thing I expected last December was a positive pregnancy test. After zero medical interventions. We were shocked and thrilled to be pregnant and welcome a third child in August 2020. Little did I know, 2020 had even more […]

Tips for Vacation Rentals

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When you’re traveling with kids, vacation rentals are the way to go. We’ve stayed at places in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. During a couples’ trip, we even stayed in an oceanfront Airbnb in Belize! Vacation rentals offer more space than a hotel and make it easy to cook your own meals. Our family often […]

My Endometriosis Journey

I first got my period when I was in the sixth grade. I was one of the first to get it and of course, it was at a sleepover! I was able to guide my friends through their first periods and always had the supplies to help out. I remember one of my friends getting […]

Taste of Summer in Des Moines :: Local Discounts + a HUGE GIVEAWAY!

/* custom css */ .tdi_16_d25{ min-height: 0; } /* custom css */ .tdi_18_0bd{ vertical-align: baseline; } Celebrate the taste of summer in Des Moines and support local businesses! Summer and life, in general, look a little different this year, but before we head back to school we want to enjoy the last days of summer [...]

Two Goldfish Swimmers, Two Different Stories + A FREE Class

This post is sponsored by Goldfish Swim School, however all opinions are my own. A Tale of Two Goldfish Swimmers and Two Wildly Different Stories I have two children with very different personalities and levels of athleticism. Both came from the same gene pool, but you couldn’t prove it if you asked their teachers at […]

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Taste of Summer in Des Moines :: Local Discounts + a...

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Celebrate the taste of summer in Des Moines and support local businesses! Summer and life, in general, look a little different this year, but before...