Life with a toddler is...memorable. Few experiences can equally entertain and enrage moms and dads as the battles - I mean blessings - of toddlerhood.  However, the pandemic has changed these battles a bit. One might even say that momming...
I used to teach 5th grade, and I heard over and over again, "How can you teach 10 year olds every day? I could never do that!" It always struck me as funny because I truly love this age. Now...
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My Toddler Needs Me

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The other day I realized my toddler needs me. This may seem obvious, but I don’t mean she needs me in the sense of needing someone to make her food, change her diaper, or provide her with clothing and...
Social media wasn't something I had to navigate as a child. I got my first phone when I was a junior in high school and Facebook didn't come out until I was in college. As parents, most of us...
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to having a new baby. Lots of expectant parents spend so much of their time and energy preparing for labor and birth and getting the nursery ready that they forget...
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. During this month the unique grief bereaved parents experience is recognized. In October, we come together to demonstrate support to the many families who have suffered such a tragic loss. This...
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...
New moms need encouragement now more than ever. Besides the expected emotional changes and physical healing from birth, new moms are also learning to parent their newborn during a global pandemic. It is common in our society to hear...
My daughter who just started 6th grade is kind, generous, really, really good at math, a Girl Scout who just got her Bronze Award. She also happens to have turquoise blue hair.  It may surprise some when they realize...
I’ve always been a big football fan. I was a statistician for my high school team. My dad played college football and spent nearly 35 years as a football referee. I know the game and I love the game....

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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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Houseplant Care 101

Fish Fries in Des Moines 2021