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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11 Best Family Board Games

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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...
SUE can’t wait to eat, er… meet you! The Science Center of Iowa has a new visitor: the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. That’s right… SUE is back at SCI! SUE: The T. rex Experience invites visitors...
Like many parents this fall, I find myself unexpectedly homeschooling three children. Gulp.  I have concerns.  One of these many concerns is my kids’ lack of exposure to other adults. I understand different kids connect to different adults differently. “Teacher Mom” might...
Make family memories this fall with our ultimate fall bucket list. Check out more than 65 things to do in Des Moines this fall. No more generic fall bucket list: This Fall Bucket List was made with Des Moines families in...
Do your kids need to learn how to swim but didn't have lessons this summer? Check out swimming lessons at Foss Swim School in Ankeny! Two local moms share what they loved about their kid's swimming lessons at Foss. One...
Des Moines Mom regularly highlights local nonprofits. There are so many amazing organizations in our community dedicated to looking out for the well being of all who live here. We want to feature them and share ways you and...
Iowa may be landlocked, but it still has beaches to visit. If you know me, you know I am not a particularly outdoorsy girl, but I love spending time on the water.  So, when Covid-19 canceled my family’s planned...
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...
My absolute favorite holiday is July 4.. The entire day is spent outside, the food is great, and the beer is cold. It’s also fun and relaxing – but, this year might look a little different. No parades, limited...

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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...