I'm on a few mom Facebook groups, and questions come up often this time of year about what gifts are great for teachers and caretakers for the holidays. As a teacher myself, I never expect gifts, but little gestures are...
Ho Ho Ho… Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for twinkly lights and lots of holiday family fun. We also found some free storytime events and winter break boredom busters. Enjoy this December with lots of family-friendly events.  Psst… If you’re looking...
We love supporting local businesses, especially when they are run by moms! Keep your dollars local and shop from local businesses and entrepreneurs this holiday season.  Many local businesses can be found at holiday fairs. Check out our guide to...
Moms tend to either love or hate the idea of keeping an Advent tradition.  I love it. But I see the dizzying amounts of products and ideas out there. I understand why many moms dread it! Who has the energy...
Does anyone else struggle to find appropriate holiday conversation topics? The table is set and all of your loved ones gather round. You haven’t seen many of these friends and family members since this time last year. The only...
Looking for a fun date night to kick off your Christmas celebrations? Don't miss Tonic Sol-Fa's The Nights Before Christmas Tour, featuring the Emmy-winning quartet’s brand new holiday show. They will be at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre on Friday, December...
If our family had a spirit animal, it would be Clark Griswold. Real trees – the kind you go to a tree farm and cut down -  have been part of Christmas for as long as I can remember. I...
The holidays can be so fun, but also so stressful. Living in a Pinterest and Instagram world, we can see holiday tables people have spent hundreds of dollars making up and feel like maybe we're falling short. Holidays aren't...
thankful kids

Raising Thankful Kids

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"You should be thankful you have food to eat! There are starving children in {insert country here} who don't have food at all!" We've all heard a similar phrase at least once in our lives and maybe even said it...
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...

In + Around Des Moines

December Family-Friendly Events in Des Moines

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Hooray for the holidays! We’re more than ready for a little Christmas cheer! From drive-through light displays to streaming live theater events, there is...
gifts for busy moms

Holiday Gifts for Busy Moms