Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

Events

Black Friday for Baby, Kids Stuff

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

Sure, it’s March, but there’s a Black Friday-size shopping event going on this weekend. A massive consignment sale for all things maternity, baby and kid is taking place this...

Read More

Restaurants

He Ate/She Ate: Cafe di Scala’s Beatles Brunch

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011

He Ate  Brunches are getting better inDes Moines. We don’t quite grasp brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays, but that’s a minor complaint. Americana, Centro, Mullet’s (a...

Read More

Feature

Bloomsnap, the new way to buy flowers in Des Moines (and everywhere).

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014

It’s always exciting to hear of a new startup launching from Des Moines, but this time the news is a little sweeter.  That’s because our own author Shawn...

Read More

Beats for the soul

Mary McAdams – When You Dive

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013

There is a video going around now of a 45 of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” slowed down that has just blown my mind. Instead of the usual Dolly pitch, the vocals are sultry and...

Read More

Recent Posts

Summer’s Grand Finale

Summer’s Grand Finale

Jul 28, 2015

The end of July is always a bittersweet time for me. Summer weather is holding on strong and there are a number of events I am still looking forward to. At the same time, two-thirds of summer is already over and back-to-school advertisements are running in full force. Dam to Dam, the Iowa Craft Beer Festival, the Des Moines Arts Festival and even RAGBRAI are in...

The Signs of Summer in Des Moines

The Signs of Summer in Des Moines

Jul 14, 2015

Nothing screams summer in Des Moines like a street corner crowded with a bunch of garage sale signs. Every Thursday in the summer (and late spring and early fall), the signs go up around town, advertising that week’s big sales. Garage sale-ing enthusiasts are quick to detour from their intended destinations with one glance at a sign reading “multi-family”...

5 Ways to Enjoy the Des Moines Summer Heat

5 Ways to Enjoy the Des Moines Summer Heat

Jul 13, 2015

It’s that time of year when it’s so hot, you step outside and feel like you’ve entered a sauna. The mugginess and heat hit you like a thick fog, and I kind of love it. These are the days I long for during the long, cold winter months. Summer in Des Moines would not be complete without the hot days spent grilling, swimming, or cooling off with a...

My 2015 80/35 Plan

My 2015 80/35 Plan

Jul 9, 2015

For the past few 80/35‘s, I’ve used this space to list a bunch of bands I think you should go see, to let you make over your own mind about the festival. Meanwhile, over at my now cobwebbed personal blog, I used that space to tell you who I wanted to see. You see at DMiNB, I like to guide people into making their own decisions based on what I like. But...

Clive Festival Celebrates 40 Years

Clive Festival Celebrates 40 Years

Jul 8, 2015

I like to think I know a thing or two about the metro – like great restaurants, cool bars and fun events. Yet somehow, this being my sixth summer in Des Moines, I had never heard of the Clive Festival until randomly this last week. I can’t even blame it on being a new event; this year marks the 40th anniversary. Central Iowans will descend upon the...

A Weekend of Celebration in Des Moines

A Weekend of Celebration in Des Moines

Jul 7, 2015

For the rest of my life, the week surrounding July 10th will be spent celebrating one thing: my third daughter’s birthday. November 9th and January 11th are already holidays in our house (celebrating birthdays for daughters one and two) and last year we added July 10th to our list of special days. Until she someday decides to celebrate her birthday without...

Ready for 80/35? Canby – Alive Inside

Ready for 80/35? Canby – Alive Inside

Jul 2, 2015

I like to think I am pretty solid with words. I mean, I have been doing this for a bit now and I think I have a pretty okay grasp on the whole “written word” thing (grammar, much less, but I digress). However, what I still cannot grasp properly are titles. Every title I have ever come up with has been complete garbage. It’s why most of the titles of these...