Healthiest State Month Trail Map

Complete healthy habits to earn a 5-2-1-0 drawstring backpack! The year 2020 has brought on many hurdles, including staying active. Our children and ourselves may have spent hours and hours in front of screens.  Des Moines Parent and the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative are thrilled to be partnering to encourage Iowa families to live a healthier lifestyle! October is Healthiest State Month! To celebrate all month long, we've created a fun challenge you can do to practice...

2020 National 4-H Week

2020 National 4-H Week is October 4-10 Polk County 4-H is part of America’s largest youth development organization where collectively we empower nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. At Polk County 4-H we offer youth research-based experiences that include a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity. Our programs encourage youth to build leadership, citizenship, communication, and life skills while giving them a strong foundation in science,...

How to Find a Doula

How to Find a Doula You’ve already decided that hiring a doula to attend your birth is the right decision for you and your partner. You already know all the amazing things that doulas can do for you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum after reading my previous article  and you’re blown away by the research supporting the use of doulas. There are many ways to find a doula….here are a few way Word of mouth Consult with your...

Fall Classes at Johnston Community Education

Fall Classes at Johnston Community Education Are your kids itching for new ways to fill their afternoons and evenings? Maybe the better question is, are you ready for your kids to get involved and learn a new skill, join a sport, or discover a fun hobby? Don’t worry, we can help!  At Johnston Community Education, we understand the struggles that parents are facing to provide fun and enriching activities for their kids while still keeping...

5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween the Pandemic Way

5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween the Pandemic Way ** This post may contain affiliate links Like everything in 2020 Halloween is going to look a bit different. As I write this there has been no official word about Beggars' Night in our town. There have been a few announcements of Halloween events, but other than that it has been pretty quiet. So, how do we celebrate Halloween the pandemic way? Halloween is a favorite in...