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Co-Parenting: An Interview With My Husband

Co-parenting or sharing the role as primary caregiver or “stay at home parent” is becoming more and more common. Traditional gender roles are being replaced with parents who share more of the duties at home from housekeeping, to child care, to who the primary breadwinner is. As research shows, millennials are taking a different approach […]

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I Gave Up On Balance

I have tried desperately over the last few years to do it all. To make our lives run as smooth as possible, to be super mom, the super spouse and partner. To have the super career, be the super friend, sister, and daughter. I have tried frantically to be it all, do it all and […]

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Choosing Our Own Adventure: Why We Call Des Moines Home

Choosing Our Own Adventure

If you had asked me a decade ago where I would be living in 10 years, I guarantee Des Moines, Iowa, would have never crossed my mind. And yet, here I am, content as can be, in a city where I have found I am truly my best self. It’s taken me awhile to get […]

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Summertime Mom

Overall, I would consider myself a pretty good mom. Of course, some days are better than others, but at the end of the day, I give myself a more than passing grade for the job I’m doing. Sure, there are days and times throughout the year when motherhood feels exhausting, overwhelming, and like it’s sucking […]

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Boring and Glorious

For nearly a decade, all I have done is operate at 110%. Between surviving years of medical training, birthing and parenting, keeping my marriage and myself in tact, and relocating again and again, it’s been a lot. I’m not complaining. I’m just being honest. If you asked me to do it all again, I probably […]

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Pep Talk to Toddler Mom | Des Moines Moms Blog

Pep Talk for a Toddler Mom

Dear Toddler Mama, First off, congrats! You made it this far! You survived babyhood! I’m throwing up all the ‘praise hands’ emojis for you. I know people keep telling you to buckle your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride. They keep telling you your sweet baby is about to be gone and […]

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Meet Chelsea Smith

Hello! Let me start by saying, I am so honored to be joining this talented group of bloggers! As a new(-ish) Iowan and former contributor to Milwaukee Mom’s Blog, I am so very excited to be here and start connecting with the Des Moines Mom community. I was born and raised in Idaho, but I […]

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