The mental burden for moms is heavy. We worry about our kids, we worry we aren't doing enough as moms, we worry about our relationships. Throw in a pandemic, school from home, economic instability, divisive politics, and racial unrest...
Our minds are funny things. When we have a chance to win a fabulous trip, we think, “There’s NO way I’ll win.” But, if it’s something bad – like COVID-19 – we think, “I’m definitely going to the hospital...
Hey 2021! So good to see you! If any of you are like me, we spent a good part of 2020 adjusting to new routines and lots more family and home time. 2020 was tumultuous but also a time...
dry january

My Dry January

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  The last two years my husband and I have participated in Dry January. After a year of week-night glasses of wine, we needed a reset and are going for year three.  Why Dry January? In the past, it has been a...
Ensuring patients have access to health care is a priority at MercyOne.  Recent innovations within their clinics provide patients access to COVID-19 testing and their primary care providers with ease of use through online scheduling, virtual visits, and ongoing,...
It's the new year and now is the time of year we’re thinking about resolutions. And often that involves our health. But what if we looked at resolutions differently this year? Instead of focusing on limiting our foods, working...

I’m Done with Diets

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I’ve never been particularly good at making or keeping New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I’m making one that I’m almost positive I’ll be able to keep.   I’m not going to diet anymore.   I’ve been on a diet or thinking I...
2020 was a very divisive year for everyone, especially for me as an introvert. It is not that I don’t have strong opinions on politics, social issues, health, religion, etc. But I don’t feel comfortable sharing these thoughts on...
lilUrinary incontinence. Bladder leakage. No matter what you call it, it is associated with the not so pleasant involuntary loss of urine, generally associated as a sign of “welcome to motherhood”, or maybe more of an “unwelcome” sign.  Despite...
life with braces

Life With Braces

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can be exciting and scary. There are so many unknowns and questions you didn’t know you...

In + Around Des Moines

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....
houseplant care

Houseplant Care 101

Fish Fries in Des Moines 2021