All-natural Room Fragrance Jars

One of the nicest things about coming home is the act of inhaling deeply and smelling home. I remember when I was a child sleeping over at a friend’s house and breathing deeply into my pillow just to smell home. I don’t think that I can clearly articulate what “home” actually smells like, but I know that I don’t want my home to smell like stinky onions or dirty diapers! These all-natural fragrance jars are...

Family Fun Night at Valley West Mall

The Des Moines metro is full of exciting and fun things for families to do. One of the many free activities you can find around town is Family Fun Night at Valley West Mall. It takes place one Tuesday a month on the lower level of the mall from 6:00-8:00 PM. Free inflatable rides and activities are available for the children. Each night offers a different activity or special guest. Kids of all ages will...

Gray’s Lake Park – A Great Place for Outdoor Activity

Gray's Lake With beautiful spring days not too far ahead everyone is getting antsy to get outside. One of my family’s favorite places to spend a nice day is Gray’s Lake on Des Moines’ south side. If you haven’t been yet, you definitely need to check it out! My personal favorite part of Gray’s Lake is the walking/bike trail. The two-mile trail circles the perimeter of the lake. Restrooms are located along the way which...

Motion Sickness Stopping You From Having Fun? Try Ginger

With Summer right around the corner your kids will probably want to go to an Amusement Park or ride the carousel at the Blank Park Zoo. But if you are like me and many other parents out there, these spinning rides might give you motion sickness. So what do you do?  Here's what worked for me: This past year I took my daughter to Adventureland to ride some rides and to relive my childhood glory....

3 Easy Ways to Save for Your Children’s College Tuition

So you just had a baby. It's never too soon to start thinking about saving for their future. With college tuition and expenses rising every year, you can start now and help secure a strong financial start to their adulthood. Here are 3 easy steps to help you save for your child's future: Sign up for a 529 Plan – Each state has at least one form of 529 plan that you can sign up...