During the dead of winter (or even the heat of summer), when going outside isn't always pleasant, having a craft or activity closet to raid is a savior! Here are my favorite craft supplies. I love to pull them...
Winter weather making you and your kiddos a little antsy? Beat (or at least minimize) cabin fever with the mom-approved ideas. From fun and unique things to do around Des Moines, to creative and boredom-busting ideas you can do from...
We cut the cord from our satellite provider shortly before our second kiddo was born. We were worried we’d miss the shows and channels our satellite provider had, but we decided to give it a try to save some...
I started geocaching with my kids when they were really young. We love learning how to find hidden treasures in our own city! It isn’t hard to get started, but knowing the basics for geocaching are important. The best...
“Fresh squeezed lemonade! Fresh squeezed lemonade!” I can vividly remember my seven-year-old self hollering those words on top of our neighbor’s barn as thousands of RAGBRAI riders rolled down old Highway 20. It was the most action our tiny town...
Are you a soccer mom?  Soccer moms are superheroes in my book. You're juggling schedules for practices and games, you're making sure players have all their gear, and most importantly, you're supplying snacks for everyone! Soccer Mom Survival Kit The best soccer...
A few weeks ago I found myself sitting dutifully at the required parent's meeting at my daughter’s dance studio. The owner carefully outlined the procedures and routines for the upcoming dance recital. I held a six-page packet of important recital...
Before having kids, we did everything on the weekends: cleaning, laundry, going to new events, exploring new restaurants, parks, etc. The weekdays were for working, exercise, dinner, and relaxing. Ah … what a simple life it was. After having our...
Coloring eggs is one of my kids’ all-time favorite activities. And we’ve done it all. From traditional egg-dying kits to DIY color solutions to coloring with whipped cream, we’ve tried everything. Once we even dyed eggs for Christmas, because...
There are few things more adorable than seeing your little one toddle around a grassy field searching expectantly for a colorful egg. While we all enjoy the sweet pictures of our kiddos smiling brightly with a basket full of...

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Movers & Shakers: Jodi Long WHO TV Anchor

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Des Moines Mom recognizes that moms wear a lot of hats. You are a mom, wife, friend, diaper changer, nose wiper, meal planner, lost...