I’ve been philanthropic in some way since I was very young. When I was 8, I scraped together literal pennies to donate to the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation. I collected them in a coffee can and handed it to Bill Riley when I took the stage at the 1992 Iowa State Fair Bill […]
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Crayons. Everywhere. On the table, under the table, possibly a piece in her mouth. The resident toddler prefers them scattered everywhere. Perhaps that’s how she best creates. A little voice at the side of my bed wakes me at 1:30 a.m. with a shakey “Mommy? I just threw up.” We stumble toward their bed to strip, […]
Let me start off by saying that my title is misleading. I don’t think preteens (or young teenagers, for that matter) should have any privacy online. None at all. Hear me out. I am a teacher, so I realize the digital world can be an amazing place, full of wondrous educational opportunities I could never […]
I took piano lessons from Kindergarten through my senior year of high school. The first few years were definitely a struggle—I hated practicing, I didn’t like my teacher, and I thought it was some kind of punishment that I had to learn to play the piano. In middle school, I realized I could sit down […]
Bedtime – Help Your Child Get Their Best Rest Back to school schedules are in full gear as we settle in to new routines. As parents, you know how important sleep is to growth and development for healthy kids. Here are a few tips to help your child rest for success: What Happens When Your […]
Back-to-school time is one of my favorite times of year. I get nostalgic about the excitement I felt as a girl and even as a college student every fall. Fresh starts. New pens and post-its. The crisp, clean pages of an untouched notebook ready to be filled with notes. Growing up as one of seven […]
We are thrilled to announce details of our next event: our Family Fun Day event! Check out all the details below. Who: All Des Moines Metro families! What: A morning of fun for all! Tickets are all inclusive and include all activities, snacks, a goody bag for each child ticket, and access to all giveaways as part of […]
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Don’t worry Mom, we’ve got you covered! Keep your kids busy (and preserve your sanity!) all summer long with these fun summer activities.
I love celebrating birthdays. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from my friend birthday parties my mom would put together. I was excited to get to start our own tradition with my kids of throwing parties for them to celebrate with their friends. Last year as we neared my daughter’s 8th birthday, I looked around […]