Nicole O'Banion

Nicole O
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Nicole grew up in Quincy, IL before studying Visual Communications at Iowa State University. After over a decade living in Portland, OR she now calls Waukee home with her husband, two girls and a constantly shedding yellow lab. She is passionate about food and is constantly regretting her dedication to homemade meals when it comes time to wash dishes. When not cleaning, she enjoys gardening and exploring the metro area and beyond.
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Where to See Christmas Lights in Des Moines 2023

'Tis the season to see holiday lights in Des Moines. From large-scale installations to neighborhood displays, enjoy the beautiful lights on a chilly night. Hop in your warm car or bundle up to stroll...

Des Moines Halloween Events in 2023

Don't limit the Halloween fun to beggar's night and a pumpkin patch. Celebrate the spooky (and fun!) season all month long. Whether you are looking for an adult-only event or something for the whole family,...
APPLE ORCHARD GUIDE

Apple Orchards and Picking Apples in Des Moines

Not only is apple picking around Des Moines a fun family activity, it's a great way to stock on healthy treats! Whether you want to fill a bushel of apples you pick yourself or prefer...
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Pumpkin Patches in Des Moines Area

As soon as there is a hint of crisp in the air, it's time to break out the pumpkins! Head to one of many pumpkin patches around Des Moines. Not only for great selection...
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What’s New in Des Moines this Spring 2023

Spring brings a new season and new businesses! There are always new restaurants to try and we have another new grocery store. A new indoor play place with activities for the whole family has...
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What’s New in Des Moines this Winter 2023

Don't let the cold keep you from checking out a new business in Des Moines this winter! From restaurants to bookstores, a reopening of a classic theater, and a new grocery store, are plenty...
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Where to Buy Hot Cocoa Bombs

What's sweeter than hot cocoa on a cold Iowa day? A hot cocoa bomb! Simply pour hot milk over the chocolatey orb and watch as the shell melts into nectar and marshmallows and other goodies...
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Des Moines Area Pumpkin Spice Everything

Love it or hate it, it's pumpkin spice season! For those in the love category, it seems to creep up earlier and earlier every year. And while you may think pumpkin spice lattes are...
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70+ Date Ideas in Des Moines

Date night! But wait, what are the plans? There is no shortage of things to do in the Des Moines metro and beyond. Whether you are planning ahead or need a last-second idea, we...
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What’s New in Des Moines this Summer 2022

There is always a new business or activity to try in Des Moines! From tasty new restaurants to places to play and everything in between. Here are a few of the new places to...