Although Spanx are a glorious thing, and can make us women feel a bit more powerful, I am not talking about them. Today, I am reflecting on how instrumental healthy support systems have been throughout my life, and this year...
Des Moines Mom wants to create a safe space for ongoing conversations about mental health. That is why we created this series, Mental Health and Motherhood. In this monthly series, we're going to be talking about mental health for ourselves,...

Be the Encouragement

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Formula or breast milk? (Formula for both my boys) Co-sleeping or baby in their own bed? (Own bed 99% of the time) Vaccinate or not? (Vaccinate following recommended schedule) Baby led weaning or baby food from the jar? (From the jar or more often...
The art of cinema and television are wonderful aids for personal reflection. Actors and actresses give us the ability to identify our past, present, and future. Their work helps us interact with our sense of self more clearly. Here is...
Over the weekend I read a new post from Amy Roberts, a mommy blogger I follow. In speaking of the importance of living an offline life, Amy made a statement that resonated well with me: Live your offline life first...
Winter is hard and this year was particularly brutal. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that fluctuates with the seasons. It usually starts in late fall and early winter and goes away when late spring or early...
With a new year in sight, most of us are simply counting down the days until 2020 is OVER, am I right?!? Forget about the holidays and who cares about finishing strong, if we could fast forward through the...
Mom Guilt.

Mom Guilt.

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Mom guilt. It is a real thing. We stay awake questioning many steps throughout our day trying to shake the feeling we did something wrong (even if we know we didn’t). We second guess decisions when other moms challenge our...
Move over Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, February 13, is what we're excited about this year!  It's a day dedicated to ladies celebrating ladies. This year, take time to tell your besties how much they mean to you, share some love...
kids jumping on bed. messy mom

A Defense of Messy Mom

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Our kids were completing their chore list the other day, whining while they worked, and the 6-year-old called me out for my untidy side of the bedroom. How could I expect them to maintain room cleanliness when my own...

In + Around Des Moines

How to Celebrate Juneteenth

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Do you and your family know what Juneteenth is? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition...
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Des Moines Fireworks