One our favorite family activities is hiking on a nice day. We started hiking as a family in Colorado when our boys were babies and haven’t stopped. If you are looking for a leisurely stroll or a more invigorating workout,...
Earth Day which is always on April 22nd may look slightly different this year given everything going on in the world, but that doesn't mean we can't still find fun ways to celebrate. Earth Day began in 1970 and is...
It's finally spring! I love being able to send my kids outside to play and burn off some energy. Here's a big list of outdoor activities for you if you're stuck in a rut of what to do. Hopefully these...
Go for a neighborhood Egg Hunt April 5-12th! In person egg hunts may be canceled this year, but we can still celebrate spring with a neighborhood egg hunt (social distance style)! Encourage your neighborhoods to participate in a Neighborhood Egg...
My oldest son Jack turned 6 last week, just as the impact of the current global health crisis was becoming apparent. For the week or two before we’d gradually been scaling back his birthday celebration plans, finally canceling his...
Early last week, I knew I was going to have to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day party I had been planning with a few of my close friends and their children. I knew this Covid-19 thing was getting serious...
I crave quiet. Lack of noise. Sound’s absence. Eradication of the endless voices screaming off the news page and inside our house.   It’s a nice idea. But the reality is children come with noise and if they didn’t, we’d probably worry....
Not sure how you're going to keep your kids entertained while you're stuck at home for the next couple of weeks? We feel your pain! That's why we created this guide to indoor activities for kids. We hope it...
Foss Swim School in Ankeny opens in late March, bringing a Minnesota couple’s passion to Iowa for the first time.  A tragedy inspired Jon and Susan Foss’ life’s work. Jon was taught to respect the water and embrace swimming by his...
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DIY Valentine Heart Garland

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Sometimes holidays sneak up on me and before I know it, it's a few days before and I haven't done much to decorate or prepare to celebrate. Today I wanted to share an easy DIY Valentine craft and decor...

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Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2020

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Farmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh baked goods...