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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....

A new spin on Valentine’s Day: FoLoLi, Festa di Sera Rosso

A new spin on Valentine’s Day: FoLoLi, Festa di Sera Rosso

Jan 21, 2015

First of all, it’s just fun to say—Fo-Lo-Li (stands for Food, Love and Life)—and throw in some Italian words that roughly translate to “feast of the red evening”? Fogettaboutit. But what makes this Valentine’s Day event really interesting is that it’s for singles. Yep. No couples allowed, thank you very much. The idea came together in a kind of...

Aqua-Tots: Get in the Swim

Aqua-Tots: Get in the Swim

Dec 3, 2014

Since moving here over three years ago, I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears open for a dedicated-to-kids swim school. Before moving to Iowa, we took our kiddo to a great swim school, La Petite Baleen, and I loved it (especially as the parent who got in the water). So when I found out about the recent opening of Aqua-Tots, I was quick to check it out. We signed...

Ready to Gravitate

Ready to Gravitate

Oct 21, 2014

I come from a line of entrepreneurial types, and have once walked that path myself (and will be again soon, but no spoilers here!). It’s only natural that I’m drawn to all things that capture the spirit of entrepreneurialism. A few weeks ago, I made the plea on Twitter for a co-working space in downtown Des Moines. Somewhere that could be a good place to...

FlashDine Des Moines 4  

FlashDine Des Moines 4   

Aug 20, 2014

It’s time for FlashDine! I don’t know how four years went by so quickly, but here we are, about to enjoy the fourth annual outdoor picnic at an unsuspecting Des Moines landmark. Last year was nothing short of incredible. Honestly, it felt like we were in Paris, where a similar concept started over 25 years ago – Diner en Blanc. About 100 people turned out...