I am a white mom, living in a predominately white city, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't care about Black History Month.  Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) is an annual celebration of the achievements made...
I was prepared. I had read the blogs and followed the Pinterest boards. I was going to potty train my 2.5-year-old in a weekend. I had everything ready; the miniature potty, the potty seat, the pull-ups, training underwear, rewards, and...
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The Way to My Heart

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February is the month of love and all around I’m seeing hearts, pink and red, and ways to make the month special for the ones we love. Our celebration of Valentine’s Day has changed over the course of three kids,...
When the world started their long stays at home in March 2020, stories about the great things people made or discovered while in quarantine emerged. Isaac Newton spent 18 months quarantining during the bubonic plague when he came up...
It's almost Pancake Day! I did not know the history behind this day until recently. Follow along as I talk about what it is and share some recipes my family is making on Shrove Tuesday.  What is Pancake Day? Pancake Day...
. Even though parenting little ones seemed difficult at the time, I have come to realize that was the easiest parenting stage for me. I was totally in my element when my kids were young. Sure, it seemed like...
Life with a toddler is...memorable. Few experiences can equally entertain and enrage moms and dads as the battles - I mean blessings - of toddlerhood.  However, the pandemic has changed these battles a bit. One might even say that momming...
Unplug. Be present. Limit screen time. I’m sure you’ve all heard the key phrases. The words encouraging you to put down your phone and focus on the here and now. The words are meant to inspire parents to log off of social...
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My Dry January

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  The last two years my husband and I have participated in Dry January. After a year of week-night glasses of wine, we needed a reset and are going for year three.  Why Dry January? In the past, it has been a...
The word dyslexia is highly misunderstood. People are afraid, or ashamed, to say it but my son, my love, is dyslexic.  This is supposed to be an inspiring article. But the truth is, our journey is not done.  When I look...

In + Around Des Moines

Des Moines Consignment Sales this Spring

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Kids grow like weeds, weeds that need clothes and stuff. Luckily, Des Moines has myriad consignment events and stores to help fill those closets....
houseplant care

Houseplant Care 101

Fish Fries in Des Moines 2021