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Avoid the Brain Drain This Summer

Avoid the Brain Drain This Summer Did you know that your kids could lose 40 percent of the gains they made this school year during summer break? It’s called the “summer slide” and its impact could be really discouraging when the 2021-22 school year starts back up. So how do we avoid this, and keep our kids’ brains from dumping all that important stuff they learned this year? Don’t worry, it won’t take a teaching...

EveryDollar Budgeting App

EveryDollar Budgeting App - Is it for your family? Money can’t buy happiness, or can it? It’s a taboo conversation starter for sure, but one we should think through to help us determine what role money plays in our lives and how we can manage it better. Without a plan, our money gets spent without us even recognizing it or acknowledging where it’s going. This has definitely been the case in our family, which is...

Greater Des Moines Donuts

Greater Des Moines Donut Hot Spots for Donut Lovers Where are my donut fans!? Our family definitely loves a good, over-the-top donut. I can tell you I do not remember donuts being so extreme when I was little, but I am here for the donut craze. We have gathered all of the Greater Des Moines donut hot spots you need to check out. How many Des Moines, Iowa donut places have you crossed off? Bookmark...

The VIPKid Experience. Is It For You?

One Mom's VIPKid Experience. Is It For You? Have you ever thought about clicking on that ad telling you to sign up today to teach English online? The flexible schedule, no lesson planning, and paycheck are tempting, right? Too much so for me; I bought in and tried it out, assuming it would be perfect for an elementary teacher turned stay-at-home mom.  The whole experience with VIPKid, an online classroom that teaches English to elementary-age...

Elm Village for Des Moines Families

Elm Village by Artisan is for Des Moines, Iowa Families Elm Village by Artisan offers a residential neighborhood atmosphere with big-city amenities in every direction. Nestled between three lovely Des Moines neighborhoods: Urbandale, Beaverdale, and Windsor Heights, Elm Village offers a little of everything just moments from your door. Elm Village by Artisan is 1.1 miles from Walker Johnston Park and trailhead, Urbandale Public Library, Urbandale Public Schools, and Get Air Sports the trampoline park.  Behind...