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I knew I was in trouble when a Coronavirus update from my cell service provider made me burst into tears.  Their message said, “We’re here and we’re ready,” and I was overwhelmed. What confidence! What comfort! Finally, someone had it...
COVID-19 is cramping everyone’s style.  I have to admit, although I am very extroverted, I am enjoying this much-needed rest.  I am so thankful I can stay home, not have to work many hours, and still get paid. I know that...
My approach to the COVID-19 situation has shifted dramatically since we embarked on this journey back in March. I started out uninformed and lackadaisical. But with each news report, governor’s press conference, and scientific article explaining what we’re facing,...
Becoming a mother is one of the single most challenging, yet heartbreakingly rewarding things I've ever done. Watching my three children grow up together is a close second. There's nothing like your oldest snuggling and loving on your youngest to reduce...
On April 9, 2017, our lives were turned upside down. Our daughter, Kai, had just turned two on March 19. For about a week prior to April 9, she was slamming sippy cups of water, soaking through diapers, and...
I have to admit, I heard about TikTok loooooong before I downloaded the app. It didn’t seem like anything I needed in my life, and quite honestly, after interacting with it for about a month, I don’t foresee myself...
The world as we know it has changed drastically in the last week. We went from looking forward to spring break to suddenly having an extended break from school, working from home, and being quarantined for the forseeable future.  It...
The fast-moving events of the past several weeks involving coronavirus (COVID-19) have left us all shaken in one way or another. We’re leaning hard on faith and family (virtually, of course, with extended family). If you're like me, your mind...
I sat down to sign the permission slip for my husband to get his vasectomy. A concept I found slightly insane, considering he’s a grown adult who is fully capable of making his own decisions. This wasn’t a field...

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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...