When my husband said we needed to add yet another app to our television streaming, I was a bit skeptical. However, once he told me that we were adding Disney + and that I would have access to every Disney...
My refrain of, “Why don’t you turn off the tablet and go read a book?”, is often met with a slight groan from my 10-year-old daughter. As a former English teacher, you can imagine my shock when I realized,...
I appreciate all the great family shows available for our kids.  As a mom, it takes intentional effort to connect with our kiddos. Screens can come between us and our kiddos if we allow it or they can bring us...
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The Sex Talk

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Do you remember the first time you heard about sex? I was a wide-eyed eight-year-old, playing at the home of my closest-playmate, "Beth". At one point her older sister, "Sarah" joined us. Eager to prove her superior knowledge to us...
In the past two months, our family has been seriously injury-prone. My oldest son broke his collarbone riding a skateboard; my youngest son sprained his wrist playing soccer; and my daughter twisted her knee running cross country. After six x-rays, five...
I mindlessly grabbed a cart while I scanned my grocery list. Then I stood in line for my twice-weekly Starbucks fix. I made small talk with the barista. Thanked him for the Americano and set my drink in the...
I would love to be the mom with a beautiful chore chart where kids have the same responsibilities every week, and are compensated in a fair and consistent manner. However, that is totally not who we are!   Kids and...
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...
Summer is here and my boys are so excited for their summer of fun! This means endless video games, sleeping in, ... Just Kidding! While our summers aren't overly structured, we do have some general guidelines we've used for...
I was recently fired from my job as “mom” from one of my employers. Well, maybe “laid off” is a better term. It was my 18-year-old daughter who did the firing. (I’m still employed by the 12-year-old). Like most lay-offs, I...

In + Around Des Moines

December Family-Friendly Events in Des Moines

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Hooray for the holidays! We’re more than ready for a little Christmas cheer! From drive-through light displays to streaming live theater events, there is...
gifts for busy moms

Holiday Gifts for Busy Moms