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Dads & Doulas in Des Moines

“As a first-time dad, I was very unsure what to expect during labor. Having a doula gave me a support system to better assist my wife before, during, and after delivery. Our doula (Katie) was knowledgeable, supporting, caring, and patient. Our sessions before delivery were educational and prepared us for the physical process of having a baby. Her guidance and help during delivery made a long, arduous process more manageable. I cannot imagine going through...

Earth Day Events for Families in Central Iowa

  Celebrate Earth Day 2013 - Monday, April 22.       If you are looking for a few ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, look no further. Listed below are three fun ways to celebrate this special day with your families in Central Iowa: 1. Earth Day in the Junction (Valley Junction in West Des Moines, IA). This is a celebration that consists of a 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Hybrid Mileage Contest, Live Music,...

The Importance of Time Away for Parents

This past weekend my husband and I took our first weekend away from our son who is almost two years old. We’ve been on money-saving mode and this was the first that we really felt like it would be okay to have this getaway. Going away for a weekend was something that I was both looking forward to and something that I worried about too. Would Lucan be sad when he realized we were gone?...

When Life Hands You Extra Bananas, Make Banana Bread

We buy organic bananas each week for our kids to eat. The problem is my wife and I don't really eat them too. So we are left with extra bananas each week. I just can't let them go to waste and my daughter's stuffed pink monkey, name Punky, can't eat them, so I have to use them up in some way. This week I decided to make some Banana Bread. My wife enjoys it with...

3 Easy Ways to Save Money

  I think that in today’s day in age, we are all looking to cut costs and save our pennies. Here are a couple of ways we’re saving money in our household.   1.    Learn how to cut your husband’s hair. If you are fortunate, like me, to have a husband who could care less about their hair, this might be an easy way for you to save $13 every 6 weeks. For a $26...