A Letter to My Newlywed Self

Today my husband and I are celebrating nine years of marriage. It is sometimes hard to recognize those people who walked down the aisle nine years ago. I was just 21 and he was 23. We were young and fresh college graduates who were ready to start our life together with big dreams about our future. These […]

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Prime Nutrition: Local Business Highlight and Product Review (plus a special offer for DMMB readers!)

I recently had the good fortune of working with Alicia Seifert of Prime Nutrition in West Des Moines, and I’m excited to tell you about my experience with her business, her services, and her products. Co-owned by Alicia and three other Herbalife Independent Consultants and “fueled” by the products they sell, Prime Nutrition is a […]

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The Secret to My Shape: It’s Body by Baby!

You may be familiar with the Body by Vi fitness and weight loss program. Honestly, I’ve never tried it. But, I have undergone several years with another program that you may not be as familiar with. It’s called Body by Baby. And, oh, no, it’s not a special diet or exercise program. Instead, it’s just […]

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August Family Movie Night Hosted by Ingrid Williams

  We had so much fun at our July Movie Night, we thought we would do it again in August. We are so excited to announce our partnership with Realtor Ingrid Williams, who will be hosting a Family Movie Night. We would love for you to join us for an evening full of face painting, popcorn, […]

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Time for a Little Grown Up Fun in Des Moines + GIVEAWAY!!

Last month I told you about some of my favorite things to do with the kiddos in the summer (you can find it here). Today I am sharing some of my top activities that would be perfect for a date with your favorite person or for some fun with friends. Hope you find something to add to your […]

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Leading by Example

As my children grow up, I am realizing more and more how they are exactly. like. me. This has its perks and its challenges. Perks: I know how to respond to them and how to challenge them. I know how to relate to them in a way that they will grasp what I’m saying. I […]

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The Dance of Motherhood

We mommies experience indisputable changes after having our babies. Sleepless nights, extra laundry, added worry… all things every mommy will tell you just come with the territory. However, at church on Sunday, I observed one of the not-so-obvious side effects of mommyhood. As I stood talking to a friend before Sunday school I noticed we were both […]

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Local Business Highlight: Kerri Photography

We hope you remember our remarkable Mother’s Day Giveaway Week when we treated 5 local mamas to 5 amazing giveaways. One of those was a family photo session from Kerri Photography. What an awesome gift for a Mom to receive; time spent and documented with those she loves most. [We'll be sharing more on that session this Fall.] […]

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Back-to-School Physicals: Why Yearly Well-Child Checkups Are Important

It’s that time of year again. July 4th has passed. Summer is more than half over. Can you believe it? I grew up in Minnesota where schools did not start until after Labor Day, so here in Iowa it’s a new experience for me to start in the middle of August and know that summer is quickly passing. […]

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What Not to Say During Difficult Times

Growing up is hard, and sometimes it straight-up sucks. If there were no twists and turns, life would be pretty easy. Boring, you could argue. To those going through a difficult circumstance, however, a straight, smooth path can be a strong desire. Whether it be the death of a loved one, a struggle with infertility, […]

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