Keeping a toddler entertained on a road trip can be difficult, but it's possible! We have traveled with our children from age 4 weeks on, and they have done a wonderful job in a car and on a plane....
Did you know that Dubuque, Iowa, is the oldest city in Iowa? Dubuque is also home to the world's shortest and steepest elevator. Did you know the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is a great place to learn about the...
Camping means different things to different families.  To some it is rustic wooded areas with no amenities.  To others it is a plush RV hooked to electricity and water.  Here in Iowa your camping experience can be as rough...
  Being a St. Louis native, there are many things I absolutely love about the city, especially this year with all the extra excitement with the big 250th birthday bash celebration. But I have to share with you an amazing vacation...
Looking for some help to pass the time while driving in the car? Do you have a long road trip planned for the holidays? Last summer my friend with two boys kept telling me about this truck CD from the...
My husband and I are slow decision-makers. I’ve used euphemisms like “careful” and “deliberate” but we’re just slow.  The challenges of this particular year have managed to slow us down even further and our indecision is bordering on truly dysfunctional. So...
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...
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...
My family recently flew to Florida for a trip that was canceled the year before due to Covid. Like us, it seems as though many families are starting to travel again. Traveling with three young kids (or any number...
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...

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...