Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

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...

Spirits at Salisbury

Spirits at Salisbury

Oct 23, 2014

I’m always sad when Summer ends.  I miss the endless sunshine and the heat.  I miss stolen afternoons on Big Creek or long weekends at Saylorville Lake. I miss after work cocktails on a patio soaking in the sun.  September is a very hard month for me but with October comes the reminder of what I love about the Fall. There is the ever indulgent Pumpkin...

Fleur Cinema’s Viewer’s Choice Series

Fleur Cinema’s Viewer’s Choice Series

Oct 15, 2014

One of my favorite theatres in the Des Moines area is the Fleur Cinema & Café.  They are a cozy, four screen theatre that has the best décor; I just love it in there.  As a fan, I of course follow them on Facebook and a few months ago I saw they were hosting a Viewers’ Choice series with 10 movies centered on an 80’s Favorite theme to vote on. The...

Hot Piece of Brass

Hot Piece of Brass

Jul 31, 2014

Did you know that Louis Armstrong used to perform in Des Moines? Can you imagine a balmy summer day, strolling through the streets of the city, and hearing the all too recognizable sound of a trumpet being carried over a warm breeze? Carl and Edith Weeks created that very atmosphere when they lived at the Salisbury House.  This couple hosted several notable...

Summer on the Hill

Summer on the Hill

May 29, 2014

A friend introduced me to Summer on the Hill a few years ago. She invited me to watch Casablanca at the Des Moines Art Center. I showed up to see people in lawn chairs, people with picnic blankets spread out across the lawn. Everyone was enjoying the weather with snacks and wine. As the sun set, the movie started, projected onto the side of the building. It...