My family and I love all things Disney. We love the movies, we love the characters, we love Disney Plus, and we love the parks.   When our oldest son was sick, we took a much-needed family holiday on a Disney...
We love Ames. Just a short drive from Des Moines (approximately half the Frozen soundtrack, or if you're in our car, Zootopia's "Try Everything" on repeat about nine times). And while we love everything Des Moines has to offer, I thought I'd...
Here are my insider tips for getting the most out of your Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo visit.
Few in our fair state realize the sweet treat that awaits us in the town of LeMars. In this unassuming town is a company that produces more ice cream in a year than any place else in the world, thus...
There is a place, found on interstates everywhere in the summer months, sure to test the patience of saints and the grace of angels. It’s the front passenger seat of the vacationing family’s car. This is the epicenter of...
Everyone knows that the happiest place on earth is Walt Disney World, right? In our family, I am the planner. I arrange flights, rental cars, activities, tickets, food, as well as making sure everyone is appropriately packed. I stress over...
St. Louis is a fantastic place to road trip from Des Moines. At a 5 hour drive, it’s a doable option for a long weekend with enough things to do for an entire week’s vacation if you’re lucky enough....
Weekend getaways are few and far between for most parents and adults. But after the 2020 (and let's be honest 2021 too) we've all had, we need it more than ever! Just us adults, recently escaped for a quick...
Looking for a fun family road trip? Minneapolis is one of our family's favorite destinations. It's less than 4 hours away and there are more than enough fun activities to keep you busy. How to get there When heading to Minneapolis,...
I'm not gonna lie.... There are many times I take stock of my life and wonder, How did I get here? Because, looking at my rocky past, it is only by God's grace that I am alive, much less happily married...

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