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...
I worked from home this summer, so we decided to keep our first grader out of daycare to minimize her exposure to COVID-19. I panicked in early June, wondering what would fill her days. We signed her up for...
My third little guy turned two in December 2020. He lived much of his first year during COVID times. We pulled him out of child care and his days consisted of two work-from-home parents and two sisters virtually learning. During...
Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was teaching 6th grade in a middle school. Like every morning, Channel One news was playing as the kids trickled in. The big news story was that a commercial airline flight...
I LOVE looking at old photos. But now that my boys are teenagers, what I really love is watching the old videos. Recently, a memory popped up on my phone. It was an old video I had taken of the...
A couple of months ago I sat propped up against my bed pillows. I was scrolling Zillow for fun. My husband and I were close to lights out when I came across a unique home. Handing the phone to...
Football games and Friday nights are right around the corner for many incoming freshmen as they begin their high school journey. When you are in a blended family and navigating step-parenting during school things are a little more complicated. Thinking...
Social media dominates our world. No doubt you have heard or maybe experienced some of its adverse impacts. While it can serve a good, useful purpose there are hundreds of scholarly articles about the impact of social media on...
"Mom, I don't like this."  "This isn't the snack I picked out." "Are you kidding me?" We have all heard comments like this by our kids about food, activities, chores - the list goes on. My son, just four years old has a...
As a family of four, we love getting to take and plan parties and trips. I am a planner by nature and love creating fun things for our family to do.  Take a Trip Every month we try to plan some...

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Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2022

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Warm nights, lawn chairs, snacks, and refreshments, all make for a perfect outdoor concert experience. From nights at a local winery or the big...