Hi moms! I am very excited to be joining the Des Moines Mom team. I grew up in a small town, LeMars, the ice cream capital of the world. My husband and I are high school sweethearts, and both...
I have learned to love my December birthday. I have lived through years of combined Christmas and birthday gifts, the holiday-themed wrapping paper, and countless fuzzy socks as gifts. I used to complain about my December birthday (okaaay I still...
About a year ago, my family got a pack of “table topic” cards in a meal kit box. I initially rolled my eyes at another free gimmick that would probably end up in our trash, but I hung on...
Learn more about the COVID-19 pediatric vaccination to help you make an informed decision about getting your young children vaccinated. 
WE ARE FAM-I-LY! Now that I’ve gotten that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day, let’s stay on that subject. Family (defined): a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit. A...
November is National Adoption Month. When my husband and I struggled with infertility, we decided to dive headfirst into adopting. I admit, though, that my knowledge was very limited. The end goal was simply to become parents. Now that I’ve...
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Des Moines Mom is growing our team and we want YOU! Our team of moms inspire, encourage, support, inform, and simply share this journey of motherhood we’re all navigating together. We are moms of all ages, with kids in every stage, who...
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Meet Maria Hoey

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Heyoooo! I'm Maria and I am excited to be joining the Des Moines Mom team! I have a confession, I just moved here from Orange County, CA. AND I used to own OC Mom Collective. So, as soon as...
4 kiddos at 4 different schools plus extracurriculars. Cue the caffeine, podcasts to listen to in the car, and countless nights of dinner “on the go”. When you are planning your pee breaks every day, that screams overcommitted and...
Fall is the best season for parents. Absolutely.  In our house, conversation about the best season of the year revolves around birthdays, and the kids’ favorites lean toward those in which their birthdays arrive. Not surprising, but flawed logic nonetheless. Here’s...

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Things to do in Des Moines in February 2022

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  Walnut Hills Pediatric Dentistry is proud to serve Waukee and the surrounding communities and has a board-certified pediatric dentist on...