Winter can drag on. Making a bucket list is a great way to help beat (or at least minimize) cabin fever with these mom-approved ideas. From fun and unique things to do around Des Moines, to creative and boredom-busting ideas...
Every other Thursday morning, I sit in a patterned turquoise chair working on my laptop while my son Alex, an active 9-year-old with balance issues, navigates a swinging obstacle course, bounces balls two at a time, and plays board...
Sometimes a staycation is just what you need to reset after a crazy season. Our last hotel stay was in the Wisconsin Dells right as the coronavirus entered our lives. Recently, we were talking about that trip, and how...
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...
Being a parent is exceedingly difficult right now. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are concerned about keeping their families and communities healthy. On top of that, parents are either working from home with little ones...
Central Iowa is beautiful this time of year! If checking out fall color is on your bucket list, check out one of these spots. Take a drive and enjoy the fall leaves.  Where to See Fall Leaves Clark Tower, Winterset City...
We’ve been virtual learning now for several weeks with our 2nd and 5th graders. One of the main challenges we’ve encountered is keeping my 21-month-old busy and engaged while still being readily available to help with learning.   Somedays, Blippi helps...
Halloween is not canceled!  Many communities in and around Des Moines have not yet decided on whether to allow beggar's night or not, so this is the year to plan some new traditions. Put those costumes on and plan a...
It’s hard to imagine ever forgetting what life is like right now: the stresses, the challenges, a new normal that evolves daily, the fleeting joys, the endlessness of it all. But, and I say this with every ounce of hope...
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We've all probably had a little bit more home time in the past six months. And screen time is likely up a bit as well, too. But something our family really is loving is game time. We have three...

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Des Moines Consignment Sales this Spring

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Kids grow like weeds, weeds that need clothes and stuff. Luckily, Des Moines has myriad consignment events and stores to help fill those closets....
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