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...
This year, I attempted to thrift my family’s entire wardrobe (whoa boy what great timing with a global pandemic). I definitely cheated a few times. Sometimes, our kiddos need a very specific outfit for dance class or an emergency...
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Life With Braces

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can be exciting and scary. There are so many unknowns and questions you didn’t know you...
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8 Ways to Treat Yourself

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It's no secret this year has been hard. Probably the most difficult year some of us have ever experienced. Now more than ever, moms need little ways to treat yourself because honestly, for me, those little treats are what...
As we close out 2020 and plan for the future of Des Moines Mom, we want to find out more about you, our readers! Our goal is to bring Des Moines moms the best resources, events, guides, giveaways, and information...
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Are you looking for fun (and safe) activities to keep the family entertained? If so, the Science Center of Iowa has you covered! SCI is taking safety seriously this holiday...
The number of children waiting for families is great. Amy Skogerson and Andrea McGinn love helping families with adoption.   November is National Adoption Month. According to Child Welfare, the purpose of the month is to increase national awareness of the...
How is everyone holding up? In March I wrote a post about taking care of your mental health in the times of COVID-19. It's been 7 months since I wrote that post and wow, have things changed since then....
Hooray for the holidays! We’re more than ready for a little Christmas cheer! From drive-through light displays to streaming live theater events, there is a multitude of family-friendly events happening in December. We are thrilled to partner with Make-A-Wish® Iowa to...
Blank Children's Hospital's Festival of Trees and Lights will always hold a special place in my family's heart. A few days ago my youngest daughter turned eleven. Thanks to the memories feature on Facebook, I could easily look back...
It’s 9 p.m. and you just crawled into bed after another exhausting day of parenting. You start to drift off when suddenly you’re jolted awake by one reoccurring thought… I forgot to move the Elf (perhaps with a few...

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Life With Braces

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can...