When was the last time you had a girls weekend away? I am learning that taking time away from my kiddos and being on my own is important. Whether it is a night out with friends, a quick trip to...
Do you ever feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? When you’re traveling with kids, it can be especially exhausting. I’ve always dreamt of a getaway where I could truly relax and unplug. But I...
There is a place, found on interstates everywhere in the summer months, sure to test the patience of saints and the grace of angels. It’s the front passenger seat of the vacationing family’s car. This is the epicenter of...
Here are my insider tips for getting the most out of your Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo visit.
There is SO much to do in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we couldn’t possibly cover it all in a single weekend, but we certainly tried! Our good friends, with a 4yo and 1yo of their own, relocated to the...
Growing up in northwest Iowa, my husband and I both spent many summers at Lake Okoboji with our families. It holds a special place in our hearts, but we realized we hadn’t been back for nearly 14 years. So...
Enjoy a beach day trip right here in Iowa! Like the Raygun shirt says, “Clear Lake: We’re closer than Okoboji!”  Clear Lake is an hour and 45 minutes from downtown Des Moines. With shops, restaurants, and beaches, there's plenty to do. I've been...
Vacations are hard with small people, amiright? As it's been best said, "vacations with kids are not vacations; they're parenting in a different location." And while I want to take fabulous, memory-making vacations with my kiddos, I'm not willing to shell...
Hooray! Summer vacation is here! For about a year, I've been counting down the months (now days, whoo!) to travel to our family's favorite beach- Topsail Island, North Carolina. This year is sure to be my most stressful adventurous yet,...
Last summer, my husband and I decided to give our kids a 1980s summer. (You can read all about it here.) No camps, activities, or schedules. We wanted lazy days, wide-open for boredom and adventure. We knew our kids...

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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...