Meet Anissa


anissa family des moines moms blogGreetings!
I am so honored to be a contributing writer for Des Moines Moms Blog. Having moved to the Des Moines area in 2016 from Iowa City, I’ve fallen in love with this area. It has all the “big city” opportunities combined with the “small town” hospitality my family and I value.

I was previously a contributor to the Iowa City Moms Blog and am thrilled to be able to continue sharing ideas with the Des Moines Moms Blog community.

I have been a mother for 15 years, and I can tell you that I’ve seen many variable trends, styles, fads, and issues regarding the subject of motherhood.

One thing that remains consistent, however, is that no matter how we choose to parent, love and support is essential during this journey.

I grew up in Illinois, but came to the University of Iowa in 1991 where I graduated with a degree in Communications. After college, I met my husband, Patrick, and we’ve been married for 21 years.

I am mom to Faith (15) and Fiona (9). We welcomed Bijou, the world’s most lovable Golden Retriever, into our family in 2014 and our clothes have been covered in fur ever since!

I went back to school later in life (at age 40) to become a registered dietitian, proving it is never too late to pursue what gives you joy. I currently work part-time as a wellness coach for the YMCA.

For fun I love to clean, organize, read, and binge-watch Netflix. My vices include watching the “Real Housewives” franchises and doughnuts.



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