I am an unashamed Patriot mom - a believer in raising kids to love God first, their family second and to appreciate the incredible heritage that our forefathers (and foremothers!) left for us. Patriotism runs deep in my veins with...
Father's Day is coming up, and the dads are taking over! Stay tuned all week as we hear from several awesome local dads, and be blessed by these glimpses into the mind and heart of a father. Move over, Oprah...
While St. Patrick's Day makes nary a blip on most calendars, it's my favorite holiday. I spend the week before planning, baking, and cooking a fabulous feast - in between driving my daughters across the metro to Irish dance...

Tell Them.

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Whether it’s all the lovey-dovey holiday hype, the girlish fever for Daddy-Daughter-Dance fancies, a series of personal, real-life conversations I've had, or some combination of it all, something has my heart on high alert with the message I share...
I love birthdays! My husband jokes that my birthday is a week-long celebration (it's true!). Birthdays as a mom are even more glorious than my own. I love putting special touches and surprises throughout their day where my children...
My husband is full of good advice. As I struggled to squeeze every ounce of tradition, baking and family fun out of last year's Christmas, he sat back and waited for my attention. Then, he simply suggested to me,...
I don't know about you, but most of the pictures I see floating around on Facebook and Instagram this time of year (for that matter, ANY time of year) depict the perfect holiday. Kids are carefully and happily decorating...
The excitement and anticipation of Christmas has always made it my favorite holiday. Growing up, my brother and I would always wake up in the middle of the night and sneak downstairs to see what goodies Santa had brought...
Now, I would never describe myself as a Scrooge by any means, but whenever I hear a Christmas song come on this time of year with the lyrics, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I think to...
I dread Christmas for a single reason. More. Stuff. It seems like my house is filled with stuff. And though quite a bit goes out the door as it breaks or is donated, it seems that more replaces it. While Christmas...

In + Around Des Moines

Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2022

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Warm nights, lawn chairs, snacks, and refreshments, all make for a perfect outdoor concert experience. From nights at a local winery or the big...