I think I’ve found my heaven on earth. Last summer, after spending the school year learning about westward expansion in our American History studies, we had a strong desire to “go west” for our family vacation. We considered our options...
If your family members live far from Des Moines, you may be considering an airplane trip during the holiday season. This summer, we vacationed in North Carolina, and we flew with our toddler for the first time. I was terrified...
Did you know that you can get from Des Moines to Omaha on less than one tank of gas, thus making Omaha the perfect location for a fun mini-trip? Omaha is the ideal location for any occasion - a girls...
Everyone knows that the happiest place on earth is Walt Disney World, right? In our family, I am the planner. I arrange flights, rental cars, activities, tickets, food, as well as making sure everyone is appropriately packed. I stress over...
Each spring my girls and I plan a field trip to Reiman Gardens in Ames. Beyond the natural beauty of the flowers, gardens, and butterflies, each spring brings something different to the gardens. This year it's treehouses. Well, I probably wouldn't...
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...
This post is part 5 of 5 in the series Quick Trips from Des Moines. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Des Moines is one of the best places to take a visit. A small town that...
This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Quick Trips from Des Moines. Whenever my family has an urge to get away but we don’t want to go too far, we load into the car and head two...
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...
This post is part 2 of 5 in the series Quick Trips from Des Moines. When it comes to weekend getaways, we take a lot of them (oh, the downfalls of being a travel writer!) One destination that never disappoints my...

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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...