I’m not fond of winter, though I am resigned to it. Growing up in Iowa, moving to Minnesota, then returning to Iowa, it’s obvious I’ve made my choice to deal with the harshest season. But that doesn’t mean I have...
Summer’s not over yet! With more than 3 weeks left til school starts, there’s still plenty of time to take a family road trip. And if you haven’t been to Omaha recently, I highly recommend heading west for a...
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...
I love the month of May! Mother's Day, sunshine, warm breezes, and the coming end of the school all year have me excited for summertime family events. And May is the time for planning all those upcoming fun things to...
Planning a family road trip? Before you load up, follow these tips for stress-free travels. 1. Get your car inspected. Before you hit the road, have a professional look over your vehicle. Ensure that all major services are taken care of...
We recently took our first ride on Amtrak and loved our experience. Our travels took us from Osceola, Iowa, to Granby, Colorado. This was a mother-son trip to celebrate my youngest’s tenth birthday. Arriving at the Amtrak Station We arrived over...
If you haven't been to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, I recommend you create a Summer Bucket List now! It is an easy day trip from Des Moines and provides an adventure for all ages. We love it for so many reasons but...
Summer is a great time for an impromptu family day trip. 2020 is shaping up to be a summer unlike any we’ve experienced before. If your family is anything like mine, warmer weather gives us the urge to explore....
This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Quick Trips from Des Moines. If the mood in your house is anything like it is in mine, you desperately need a day of sunshine and warmer temps. And even...
We’re all trying to find safe ways to get out of the house and have a little fun. For our brood, a day-trip to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo was just what we needed. With masks and pre-printed tickets in...

In + Around Des Moines

Where to Donate Items in Des Moines

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Do you do a monthly purge? Or have you recently decided you just need to get rid of some clutter? Donations are always needed...