The hunt is on! Find one (or many!) Easter egg hunts and let the kids run wild while collecting candy and prizes. Leading up to Easter, there are several community hunts around Des Moines. Find the one that fits your...
How cold is too cold to send the kids outside? Tell me I'm not the only one who has Googled this! After 34 years of living here, I know winter happens. We embrace it with ice skating, sledding and fat...
Des Moines Mom regularly highlights local nonprofits. There are so many amazing organizations in our community dedicated to looking out for the well being of all who live here. We want to feature them and share ways you and...
Baby it’s cold outside … now what do I do with my kids? As the cold weather approaches, do you start to hear these common words come out of your child’s mouth? “It’s too COOOLLLLDDDD to go outside!” or “I...
My name is Summer and I have a confession. It’s a real struggle for me to let my daughter just be… bored. I think about my childhood compared to hers; there was A LOT of down time during mine. We...
When I was in college, I worked at a sleep-away camp in the summer. With my major in elementary education, I was almost always placed with the youngest campers. One week, however, they needed me to supervise a middle...
Three years ago our oldest son turned 10. As our gift to him, my husband and I took him on a trip by himself. No younger sister or brother elbowing him in the car. No compromises on where to...
If you are a mom to young kids, you know that most days feel like a snack free-for-all. Each day, I encourage my daughter to think of choices that include fruits, veggies, and protein rather than "snack" type foods. While we talk about it frequently,...
Is your spring calendar packed with practices and games? As a mom of three boys, we spend A LOT of time at the ballpark. Maybe your kids are into a different spring or summer sport that keeps you busy...
If you're like our family and at home this week instead of some warm, sunny, delightful tropical beach somewhere, here's a quick and easy activity for the kiddos! How to Make Homemade Playdough with Essential Oils: There are a million recipes...

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