Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10) is going to look a heck of a lot different for everyone this year. We may not be out at brunches or parks this year. We very well may still be "social distancing." Gifts may...
Moms have been working double-time lately—with an extra dose of anxiety! Some moms are juggling their full-time careers from home while also keeping their kids busy at home. Others are on the front lines of the pandemic, working in healthcare...
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Mom Uniform

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I walked down the stairs the other day and was met by my 6-year-old who excitedly proclaimed “Oh mom, you actually look really pretty today. I like your makeup and your curled hair.” That was the second day that week...
During this extreme time of uncertainty and unchartered territory, I’m sure I’m not the only one whose overall worry and anxiety about the state of our country has increased. As moms especially, it's easy to focus all our energy...
Imagine shaving your legs, enjoying a nice hot shower, doing your hair and makeup, and getting ready in PEACE. No interruption or anxiety that your baby (or in my case, babies) will wake or need you. At 6 months postpartum,...
Sometimes we eat popcorn for dinner. With M&M’s if we’re feeling fancy.   Sometimes we eat Totino's Party Pizzas for dinner. Occasionally I bake chicken nuggets on the same pan and I feel pretty productive.   Other times my husband cooks dinner.   Sometimes I...
As I sit typing, I have a cold cup of coffee to my left, play-doh that's drying out to my right, and every other toy you can imagine in front of me. I managed to get a quick shower...
Early on in motherhood I was made to believe that if I did things a specific way, my life would go smoothly. I just had to find the right “trick” or routine. Society tells moms if we try hard enough,...
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The Empty Cup

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Tonight, I was short with my boys. My mind is in a thousand places thinking about the neverending to-do list. I think that made the little irritating things they did multiply to something that drove me up the wall....
“Hi, would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” is a phrase I will hear a million times from February until the end of March. If you are the parent of a Girl Scout you know what I...

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Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2020

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Farmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh baked goods...