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Events

9 Ways to Win at Winefest

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014

I went to my first Winefest events last year. All I could think was, ‘Why didn’t I go sooner!’ Being my first Winefest event, I handled it like a newbie. Here’s my 9 tips...

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Restaurants

Why eat at a chain Wednesday: Jade Garden

Posted by on Jan 19, 2011

I don’t get up to Ankeny often enough to eat out so I was very much on board when my in-laws recommended going to a local restaurant. I have no doubt my efforts to eat local were...

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Feature

Mmmm, Beer: #IamRich Iowa Tour and Chance to Win

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

Mmm, beer. Iowa Beverage Systems took the Miller High Life #IamRich throne to 30 locations across Central Iowa. If you identify all 30 spots correctly from the photos here , you...

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Beats for the soul

Christopher The Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band Decide: The Fate Of A Good Man

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012

I have been waiting a long time to write this one, you guys have no idea. Christopher the Conquered was one of the first area acts that really opened my eyes to what this state was...

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Recent Posts

What Makes Me Happy: 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

What Makes Me Happy: 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

Aug 26, 2015

When I was growing up, I would daydream of moving out of Iowa. To a big city or a foreign country. Somewhere exciting where there would always be something to do, but I grew to appreciate Iowa. I stayed in state and went to college. I bought my home in Des Moines. I work downtown where food trucks sell their delicacies and music festivals take place just across...

My Top 7 Things I Love About Des Moines…Since 2013

My Top 7 Things I Love About Des Moines…Since 2013

Aug 25, 2015

I didn’t live in Des Moines when this blog started, so as part of the birthday celebration I can only go back as far s 2013. But, here are my Top 7 things I love about Des Moines since then: 1.     The People When I moved to Des Moines in early 2013 I didn’t know a soul in the city aside from my sister-in–law’s family. I was so worried that...

Top 7 Things I Miss About Des Moines

Top 7 Things I Miss About Des Moines

Aug 24, 2015

For those who don’t know have moved out of Des Moines, the city for NINE YEARS I called home! Now we are in Colorado, in a new adventure and new life, but wanted to share one last post with you about what I miss about Des Moines… Des Moines Women’s Club – I really miss those ladies. If you don’t know about the DMWC, then go check it out. Such a...

7 Things to Brag About Des Moines

7 Things to Brag About Des Moines

Aug 21, 2015

I was hesitant about moving to Des Moines. I was offered a job and had one question to answer: “Is Des Moines better than my current town?” The answer was yes. So I took the job with the plan to spend 2-3 years here. I’ve now lived in the metro for 5.5 years and have no plans of moving. Many things have sold me on Des Moines including affordable living,...

Des Moines: My Top 7 Things I Love

Des Moines: My Top 7 Things I Love

Aug 20, 2015

Looking at Des Moines as a whole, there are so many things that happen, have happened and will happen. The future seems endlessly bright and optimistic. Thinking about the things that inspire me, challenge me and bring joy to my heart related to Des Moines is not easy. I’ve tried my best to narrow the depth of the city into my top 7 things I love about our...

Top 7 Things Des Moines Is…

Top 7 Things Des Moines Is…

Aug 19, 2015

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in Iowa for over four years now. I arrived from California after a trying day of air travel with my 6-month-old daughter in my arms, while my Iowa-native husband made the journey by car with our pets. Save for a couple of visits with my in-laws prior to moving here, Des Moines (and Iowa) were largely a big unknown for me....

My Broader 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

My Broader 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

Aug 18, 2015

When I started thinking about seven things I love about Des Moines, I had a broader sense of all the great things about this city: the food, the scenery, the opportunities to get involved, the arts. I could go on about the great growth and changes we have seen over the years and how thankful I am for the opportunities we now have. But to save you from reading...