Upcoming Events

  1. Family Easter Party

    April 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Indoor East Egg Hunt

    April 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Easter EGGstravaganza @ Capital City Church

    April 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  4. Eggstravaganza at the Zoo

    April 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  5. Healthy Kids Day at the Waukee YMCA

    April 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

parenting life

Best Toys Aren’t Toys at All: Lessons from My Son

Best Toys Aren’t Toys at All: Lessons from My Son

As the weather has gotten warmer, and my son being old enough to play outside, my family has greatly enjoyed our yard and local playgrounds. The only problem was we didn’t have toys for outside. Turns out, we didn’t need them. Through my son’s creativity (my genes, of course), he was entertained by the millions […]

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |
Maintaining Friendships after Kiddos

Maintaining Friendships after Kiddos

I look back at the pre-kiddo days and chuckle a bit. I used to have a co-worker who would really irritate me when he would say “You think you’re busy now? Just wait until you have kids!” And while he was absolutely right, life is busier with a toddler and will only get busier once […]

[ 0 ] April 2, 2014 |
Your Kids and TV – How Much is Too Much?

Your Kids and TV – How Much is Too Much?

In a perfect world kids would watch no TV and stay away from video games and smart phones.  We would be perfect parents who have a craft or activity for our child every minute of the day and we wouldn’t need a break from the kiddos.  But unfortunately, if you are like me, you are […]

[ 0 ] January 28, 2014 |
Epsom Salt Bath – Great for Parents and Kids

Epsom Salt Bath – Great for Parents and Kids

Epsom Salt is a must have if you are the parent of a child who has a hard time calming down.  In my case it’s my 4 year old daughter.  Ever since she was a baby she has been overly hyper, always on the go and never wanting to calm down at bedtime.  Let me […]

January 14, 2014 |

things to do

Central Iowa Farmer’s Markets

Central Iowa Farmer’s Markets

Spring is finally starting to become a reality after a long Iowa winter.  What does that mean?  It means it’s time for Farmer’s Markets to begin popping up around Central Iowa.  Start making plans now to hit some of these great Central Iowa Farmer’s Markets this year: Ankeny Farmer’s Market:  May 17th thru September 27th […]

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014 |
Pinkalicious – The Musical

Pinkalicious – The Musical

I have read the book Pinkalicious close to a thousand times to my daughter over the past 3 years. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I have read it a lot! Not to mention all the Pinkalicious books that followed the original bestselling book by authors Victoria and Elizabeth Kann.  Anyways, 2 […]

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |
Valley Community Center

Valley Community Center

A place to get coffee that has a kids play area.  Hmmm.  That sounds pretty appealing to me as a parent.  Does such a place exist?  Why yes, yes it does.  Look no further than the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines.  Open Monday thru Friday (9am-2pm), the Community Center provides a great place […]

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |