August 1–7 is World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for 2018 is Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life. Find more posts about the joys and challenges of breastfeeding and pumping here.  The time has come again. The last bag of breast milk has left...
Of all topics about parenting, I was surprised that exclusive pumping gets the most blank stares or strongest reactions from fellow mothers. Exclusive pumping is breastfeeding without nursing. I only express my milk and don’t nurse. I explain it to...
“No, thank you, Mommy. I LOVE my diapers!” Those are words that can make parents of a 3 ½-year- old cringe during potty training. If your child is older than three, healthy, and not potty trained after three months of trying,...
When you become a new parent, it is amazing how many of your thoughts and conversations are about poop. Babies can’t tell you how they are doing, so we have to look for clues. Many parents are left wondering,...
Bedtime - Help Your Child Get Their Best Rest Back to school schedules are in full gear as we settle in to new routines. As parents, you know how important sleep is to growth and development for healthy kids. Here...
It’s been about 2 years since I last breastfed my youngest daughter, who is now 4. Our breastfeeding journey was completely different than the one I had with my oldest daughter, who is now 7. With my oldest daughter, we...
During the first year of my twins' lives I learned how to save time, energy, and money with two babies in the house. Through lots of prayers, cups of coffee, and conversations with other mommas, I am on the...
Even before I had children, I always knew I wanted to try breastfeeding. There were many factors that went into that decision, but the most pertinent to me was that it seemed the most natural and obvious choice. Little did I...
Some women love it. Some women dread it. Some women feel empowered by it. Some women feel conflicted by it. But the reality is, more than half the workforce in the U.S. is women, so more than likely, you know...
I had a fight with my shoes. Well, not my shoes. None of the shoes I threw against the wall atop the bench with three large magenta baskets labeled SHOES belonged to me. Flip flops, play shoes, basketball shoes, soccer...

In + Around Des Moines

Free + Cheap Outdoor Movies in Des Moines

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Summer is a great time to stay up late and watch an outdoor movie! The City of Des Moines and many of the surrounding...