Andrea Cooley

Andrea Cooley
Andrea is a work-at-home single mom to 3 incredible kids, ages 6, 8, 10. She is the co-owner of Des Moines Mom and loves Jesus, coffee, books and dark chocolate. You can find her in coffee shops around Des Moines drinking lattes and typing away on her laptop.
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Things to do in Des Moines Over Spring Break

Are you spending spring break in Des Moines? Our family is! We have a growing list of things to do over break and wanted to share a taste. Here are five ideas for how...

Des Moines Mom Survey + Giveaway!

As we plan for the future of Des Moines Mom, we want to find out more about you, our readers! Our goal is to bring Des Moines moms the best resources, guides, giveaways, and information...
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5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

I am a white mom, living in a predominately white city, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't care about Black History Month.  February is Black History Month (also known as African American History Month). It...

Easy Ways to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day

The kids are off school on January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr Day, hooray! It’s always nice to have a long weekend, but hopefully, you’re able to take some time to talk to...
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50+ Indoor Activities

Not sure how you're going to keep your kids entertained when you're stuck at home? We feel your pain! That's why we created this guide to indoor activities for kids. We hope it helps...
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Where to Go Ice Skating in Des Moines

Channel your inner Hallmark movie main character and go ice skating around Des Moines. Many areas have community rinks. Check out our guide to outdoor rinks and where you can rent ice skates and...
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Guide to Winter Fun in Des Moines

Enjoy all Des Moines has to offer with winter-only fun. From ice skating to skiing, and snowshoeing to sledding, there are places all over the metro to enjoy the winter, including lots of free...
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Where to Eat Out on Christmas Day in Des Moines

Don't feel like cooking a big Christmas dinner? Several restaurants in Des Moines are open on Christmas Day.  We suggest making reservations, as many places do fill up. We hope you enjoy a stress-free holiday! <<...
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5 Things to do for Winter Break in Des Moines

Not sure what you're going to do with the kids during winter break in Des Moines? When the new toys have lost their appeal and you can't possibly watch another episode of Gravity Falls...
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Holiday Date Ideas in Des Moines

Celebrate the holidays with your partner in Des Moines! Here are our favorite holiday date ideas during this festive season. Holiday Date Ideas in Des Moines 1. Enjoy cookies paired with wine. Jasper Winery is offering a...