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Summer in the City: Des Moines Edition

As the snow melts and the trees begin to bloom, there’s a certain energy that returns to the air, especially in a place with harsh winters like Iowa. But no more so than in the early days of summer. As a kid, that meant never wearing shoes, devouring endless books for summer reading, picking raspberries in the backyard, and escaping to the lake for a long weekend.

Even though I no longer have summers off, I try to approach summer with the same sense of excitement. And while I’m not a big fan of the oppressive humidity or buzzing mosquitos that accompany the season, there are a lot of things I absolutely adore about Des Moines in the summer.

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Discovering the Birthplace of Des Moines

Unless you spend an inordinately large amount of time along Des Moines’ southern riverfront or happen have the same running route as I do, you’ve probably never noticed the tiny log cabin just off the parking lot of Principal Park. I first happened upon it a few years back while taking advantage of the downtown trail systems training for a half marathon, and since then it’s been one of my favorite hidden gems…

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Celebrating Hollywood in the Heartland

Since I’m not an Iowa native, I didn’t grow up visiting the State of Iowa Historical Building or the Iowa Capitol on countless school trips, and for one reason or another, I’d never gotten around to going. That is, until recently.

Before the haze of hectic holiday plans hit, I took the afternoon to explore the Historical Building and visit its temporary Hollywood in the Heartland exhibit…

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Introducing the Des Moines Essentials Guide

Now that I’ve lived in Des Moines for a little over five years (woah), I figured it was time to put together a list of some of my favorite places around the city. From my favorite place to get a gorgeously made latte to some of the best places to spend a free afternoon, you can find it all here…

The Week: October 24, 2014

Lately I’ve taken a little bit of a hiatus from blogging. For someone who spends all day writing as part of their career, I find that sometimes it’s important to step back and remember why I enjoy stringing words together so much. And then one morning I just wake up, itching to start scribbling something new, click-clacking on my keyboard to share a new adventure…

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Jolly Holiday Lights

Growing up one of my favorite holiday traditions was piling in the back of my mom’s station wagon to drive around snowy neighborhoods and admire the Christmas light displays. Every year my brother and I would get into our pajamas and pile into the backseat with blankets, armed with thermoses of hot chocolate and freshly popped popcorn, and ready to spend a good hour admiring the holiday lights…

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2013 Holiday To Do List

This year more than ever I’ve realized how quickly the holiday season can slip away—case in point, it’s already December 3rd. So in an effort to take a deep breath every once in awhile and remember to enjoy this time of year, I’ve compiled a holiday to do list, complete with some of my favorite winter activities…

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Eats: Classic Frozen Custard

A few weeks ago our intern informed me that he had a new ice cream place I just had to try. While I should have been embarrassed that my love for frozen treats is obviously apparent at work, I was immensely excited to act on his recommendation…

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Eats: Hotshots Craft Hotdoggery

Along with donuts, hotdogs are high up on the list of foods I know are bad for you but can’t help indulging in once and awhile. While I hail from the land of the Chicago dog–never, ever ask for ketchup in public–I’m much more liberal when it comes to experimenting with different condiments…