I was cradling my 5-month-old miracle baby in my arms when I heard our pastor mention an upcoming marriage conference as part of the weekly announcements. I didn’t think much of it as we hopped into the van on...
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Love Lessons

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We got married at the ripe old ages of 23 and 24. Like a lot of people, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 was part of the ceremony. Cliché? Yes.   We moved a few years ago and received a print of the...
This past month I celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary. I’ve been with my husband 24 years. We have a 17-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old daughter, and a golden retriever. The years haven’t always been easy, but if someone were to...
Des Moines boasts an array of fabulous restaurant patios. If you're feelin' al fresco, we've gathered a few of our favorite patios around Des Moines to make your planning a bit easier. Whether you want a friendly-family patio or you're...
Are you in a “dinner and movie” date night rut? With Valentine's Day coming up, many of us are thinking about date ideas to connect with our partners. For Christmas, I gifted my husband with “12 Months of Dates.” I wanted...
As the end of school drew near and my working mama guilt started to increase, I found myself working on our family’s kiddo-focused bucket list. (If you’re interested in creating your own, our monthly guides and this pool guide are great...
Massage Heights Lakepointe Center in Clive has a great Valentine's special for that lucky loved one in your life!   For $99, you can get a 90 minute massage + 3 elevations, or for $114, you can get a 90 minute facial...
Dear Husband, This stage of life we're in, it's hard huh?! It can be exhausting and sometimes we argue about decisions, specifically- parenting ones. At the end of the day, we both collapse on the couch after putting the kiddos to...
Every year, a group of six (or more) of our friends travel together on a Couples Weekend Getaway. We’ve traveled internationally and to more regional places like Minnesota and Illinois. Here are a few of our tips for planning a...
Remember that one time I made a schedule and then the baby got sick and stopped sleeping and the toddler, who is a very stop-and-smell-the-roses type of child (bless her soul), decided picking flowers was more important than, say,...

In + Around Des Moines

Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2020

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Farmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh baked goods...