Kick off the holidays at a Christmas tree lighting happening in and around Des Moines. Bundle up the family and get ready to enjoy the lights.  Christmas Tree Lightings Nov 17 | Holiday Promenade, East Village 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kick off...
I have this dream sometimes. While driving to work, I pass a car accident. A mangled mess of a car. Everyone in front of me slows down to look at the destruction. To see the tangled metal and the...
It's the most wonderful time of the year! I love Christmastime, don't you? My favorite part is the chance to focus on choosing the perfect gifts for the special people in my life.  Come with me on a little journey to one of...
Santa was a fun tradition that my family participated in as I was growing up. When my husband and I became parents, many people asked if we were going to continue this tradition. I definitely wanted to have Santa...
If someone told me a year ago we would be planning to host Thanksgiving on Zoom, I would have laughed (or cried)! Our extended family has decided to do our Thanksgiving on Zoom this year due to the COVID pandemic....
Celebrate Thanksgiving by going out to eat this year. Get a delicious meal and keep your house clean! Several restaurants in Des Moines offer Thanksgiving meals or skip the traditional meal altogether. Where to Eat Out this Thanksgiving Mulberry Street Tavern Grab...
I love this time of year. Yep, I was jumping up and down last week when we had snow flurries, and you better believe the boys and I played outside (though we didn't last long -- it was VERY...
Today's post is a guest contribution by Kristin Porter of Iowa Girl Eats. The falling snow, twinkling lights, and status updates of friends strapping freshly-cut conifers to their cars on Facebook can only mean one thing – Christmas is just...
I grew up in a tiny town in Southeast Nebraska. It wasn’t even big enough to have a stoplight, but what we lacked in size, we made up for in community. Our town was made up of citizens largely...
Looking for a fun date night to kick off your Christmas celebrations? Don't miss Tonic Sol-Fa's The Nights Before Christmas Tour, featuring the Emmy-winning quartet’s brand new holiday show. They will be at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre on Friday, December...

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