Kids either love Santa or are deathly afraid of him. If taking the kids to see Santa is on your holiday bucket list, here are some tips and tricks to make the visit as happy for everyone as possible!  Here's...
Whether you have relatives coming to town, or are looking for some fun to have with your little family at home, Des Moines and the surrounding area will surely not disappoint! Here is a list of local displays, parades, and...
Santa ain't the only one who could fill out the red suit this holiday season. This is my first winter/holiday baby, and I've noticed a few things that are different than my nice-weather pregnancies. Tell me I'm not the...
I didn’t grow up in Central Iowa, so when I bought a house in Des Moines I was new to the concept of Beggars' Night. (Traditionally October 30 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m.) In the first couple of...

Girlfriends Gift Guide

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We have crowdsourced some of our favorite items for this girlfriends gift guide. It is intended to be a resource of ideas for your BFF, your child's teacher or your neighbor who has rescued your child/and or pet one too many times.
Most nights, when I have a few minutes to sit and watch TV, you can find me watching either a rerun of Law and Order SVU or anything on Bravo. However, once October arrives, I can be found shamelessly...
First off let me start by defending myself. I am a self-proclaimed “movie snob.” I minored in film studies in college. I spend an enormous amount of time seeking out and watching critically acclaimed independent films. I usually win...
I love Christmas! What a fun and joyful season. After we celebrated our oldest son's 1st Christmas (where he was spoiled rotten by us and every other member of our family) My husband and I  knew that we needed to figure...
Cookies, pies, and sweet treats are hallmarks of the holiday season. We asked our contributors to share some of their favorite recipes. But if the thought of adding one more thing to your holiday to-do list is overwhelming, don't...
We get excited for the holidays in our house! As a blended family, holidays change each year depending on if it's an even or odd year. One year we have all four kiddos for Christmas Day and the next...

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Des Moines Pediatric Dentist Guide

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The Des Moines Pediatric Dentist Guide is here to help you find the best dentist for your child. All local pediatric dentists compiled in one place.
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