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5 Fall Treats to Try in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

I don’t know about you, but the cooler weather has me craving something sweet.  So, I’ve been on a mission to find the most delicious fall foods in Des Moines.  After sampling each of these tasty autumnal indulgences, I will be one happy mama in need of a trip to the gym (or five).  Like to join me?  Read on to see where you can enjoy five fall treats in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…

Day Tip to Beaverdale – dsm4kids.com

Day Trip to Beaverdale

Tree lined streets, the famous Beaverdale brick homes, a great shopping district and a host of fun community events…can you think of a better way to spend a fall day than in Beaverdale? As one of Des Moines’ most vibrant neighborhoods, Beaverdale has a “small town feel”, but with all of the amenities of the City.  A day trip to this charming community will be peppered with fun pit stops with a day of shopping and dining at unique locally owned businesses. Read on for a few of our tips to enjoying a day trip to Beaverdale.  Continue Reading…

9 Healthy School Snack Ideas - dsm4kids.com

As the new school year begins, yet another thing to add to the to do list is the daily school snack.  No matter if you’re sending a snack for the whole class or an individual child, it’s easy to get into a snack slump.  Add in the rules…the snack must be healthy and nut free, which means the teacher will need to see the nutrition label, so nothing homemade, it can be downright challenging to come up with fresh ideas. No worries, we’ve found nine school snacks that are EASY, healthy and you can feel good about sending to school with your kiddo. Continue Reading…

An A to Z Guide to Iowa State Fair Foods - dsm4kids.com

It’s that time of year again! The Iowa State Fair has unveiled the new foods for this year’s fair. In addition to these newbies, you can also enjoy old favs. There’s always so much great food to eat at the Fair that it can be hard to know where to begin, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Loosen your belts…here’s your A to Z guide to trying foods at the Iowa State Fair. Continue Reading…

5 Hot Spots for a Cool Summer Treat in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Are you screaming for ice cream? No need for a meltdown, because we’ve put together a list of places where you can enjoy a scoop or two in Des Moines. From an old-fashioned ice cream parlor to a hip artisanal ice cream joint there’s something for everyone. Here’s five hot spots where you can enjoy a cool summer treat in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

5 Birthday Party Themes That Work for Both Boys and Girls in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Are you stumped for a theme for your child’s next birthday party?  No worries; we’ve got a few birthday party ideas that will please both your ladies and your gents.  From a vintage carousel party to food truck fun, here are five birthday party themes that work for both boys and girls in Des Moines.   Continue Reading…

3 Super Simple Recipes with Fresh Summer Strawberries – dsm4kids.com

When it comes to summer fruit nothing quite compares to strawberries.  We made our annual trek to the strawberry patch yesterday and are fully stocked up on the scrumptious sweet nuggets. Strawberries can be used in recipes in any number of ways, but we’ve gathered up a few choice recipes that showcase these delicious berries and are easy enough that kids can make them on their own.  Here’s three simple ways to serve fresh summer strawberries.  Continue Reading…

2017 Des Moines Mother’s Day Guide - dsm4kids.com

Looking to treat Mom this Mother’s Day in Des Moines? We’ve pulled together a few ideas for you in our handy 2017 Mother’s Day Guide.  We’ve listed places to brunch, special events and where to find a few fun gifts.  There’s no excuse not to show your favorite mom (sister, aunt, grandmother, BFF, MIL…) a little love and appreciation this Mother’s Day!!! Continue Reading…

2017 Day By Day Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Find a bounty of family fun at a Farmers’ Market near you! Even though produce shopping may not be an outing your kiddos typically get excited about, most farmers’ markets feature other activities like arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, live music and more. For the perfect warm weather family outing, head to the best farmers markets in the Des Moines area, where there’s always a little something extra to entertain the kids.  Continue Reading…

All in Favor of FREE Chick-Fil-A, Say “Aye”! - dsm4kids.com

By Natalie Maughan

Any family with young kids knows the chicken sandwich and lemonade all too well. Yet, have you tried Chick-Fil-A for their breakfast? How about giving a breakfast biscuit a-go on the house? That’s right, every Tuesday at local participating Chick-Fil-A’s you can get one “mystery” breakfast item for FREE for each person in attendance. Here’s the best part: you don’t even have to leave your car if you don’t want to. You can ask for it at the drive-thru. I know what you’re thinking: “How have I missed this?!” Well, here’s your chance to make every Tuesday morning even more awesome. Continue Reading…

5 Cafés & Diners Where You Can Start Your Morning in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s been a long week, you’ve struggled with some colds (why is the cold season so late this year?) and busy schedules, and it’s finally Saturday morning. You just want to sleep in.  I hear ya! Unfortunately, my daughter is an early riser, always has been.  My son is not….except for on Saturdays. (eye roll:) What about you?  Do you have kiddos that get up at the crack of dawn?  Let’s not stress ourselves over what we’re going to do with the kids for the LONG stretch of morning ahead of us. Let’s give ourselves a much needed break and get some fresh air and yummy breakfast to start the day and weekend off right at one of these five cafes and diners in Des Moines.  Continue Reading…