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Gingerbread House Decorating Event Sponsored by Ingrid Williams

Join us for a FREE Holiday Event Saturday, December 6th, 2014 10:00 am – 11:30 am Valley Community Center (map of 4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines) There are only enough spots for 100 children, so please RSVP! (RSVPs should be for the number of kids only–do NOT include adults in this count.) >>RSVP HERE<< We are asking for […]

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National Adoption Month: Giving Thanks

National Adoption Month: Giving Thanks

November is a time when we give thanks. It also happens to be National Adoption Month, tomorrow being actual National Adoption Day. Today I am celebrating and sharing my thanks: To my mom and dad – thank you for always being supportive of finding who I am. Never once did you feel discouraged because I wanted […]

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A Mom's Guide to Holiday Events in and around Des Moines 2014

A Mom’s Guide to Holiday Events in and around Des Moines 2014

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And we have a guide for events and happenings in the Des Moines metro to make it even more wonderful! Local Happenings: Altoona: Bass Pro Shop hosts Santa’s Workshop all season long (November 16 – December 24). Tons of free fun! Ames: November 14 – December 13. Snow Magic: […]

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Prematurity Awareness: Geneva's Story

Prematurity Awareness: Geneva’s Story

Three years of trying. One miscarriage. Two surgeries. Months and months of fertility medications. A ridiculous number of ovulation and pregnancy tests. After all of this, I was finally pregnant. I was blessed to go about my first pregnancy “normally.” I could exercise, prepare meals, meet friends for lunch, and maintain my usual weekly routines. […]

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“Home” for the Holidays: The Perfect Holiday Party

The Perfect Holiday Party? Hmmm. Well, I’m pretty sure that I don’t believe in anything in life being perfect, but how about a really kickin’ holiday party? Here are the things I think you really need in order create that fabulous evening of joy: A theme. You totally need a theme. A theme makes everything […]

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holiday traditions

“Home” for the Holidays: Holiday Traditions & Recipes from My Kitchen

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, rosemary, sage, orange peel… the list goes on and on. A normally avid baker and culinary connoisseur, holiday baking takes my pulse up a few notches and gets my sentimentally charged creative juices flowing. It seems to me that pairing food with emotion has gotten a bad rap as of late. […]

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