Top Seven Things to do this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day doesn’t have to be spent cooped up in your house or backyard. The following are the best events in Iowa- since this is a long weekend I have tried to include some spots outside of Des Moines for those who want to get out of town- that will help you celebrate this national day of remembrance. Decoration…

Top Ten Des Moines Area Farmer’s Markets

Des Moines’s farmer’s market has made national lists but let’s not forget the smaller ones around town that deserve just as much love. The following are the best farmer’s markets in and nearby Des Moines that you should visit before the season ends. Valley Junction Farmer’s Market– Thursdays 4-8pm, 5th St.- Valley Junction’s Farmer’s market…

Top Ten Mother’s Day Gifts under $100

Some mother’s are easy to shop for and others end up being more of a challenge. The following are inexpensive gifts to show your mom you appreciate everything she has done for you over the years.  Bath Bomb Gift Set-$19.95 This set of 6 vegan bath bombs come in different scents made with moisturizing natural…

Top Ten stands at the Des Moines Farmers Market

The Des Moines Farmer’s Market has made numerous national best of lists. The following are the best stands to hit while you’re there.   Farm Boy’s Hearty Food Company– even if you get to the Market early, there will most likely be a line. They offer very cheap coffee as well as breakfast bowls and…

Top Seven Places to take your Mom for Mother’s Day in Des Moines

  Mother’s Day can be one of the busiest holidays at restaurants so the following should help take some of the guesswork of finding a special place for her. Be sure to try to get reservations if possible to guarantee you get in quickly. Irina’s– This is a great option for those who want to…

Top Ten Summer Events in Des Moines

Summer is a busy time to see new and different events in Des Moines. The following events are favorites with both locals and visitors. The Iowa State Fair–August 10-20- This is the biggest event in Des Moines in the summer bringing in up to 100,000 each day of the 11 day fair in early August. The…

Top Ten Reasons to visit the Amana’s this weekend

A group of German Pietists moved to what has become the Amana Colonies in 1855 and lived a communal lifestyle until the 1930’s forming seven villages. They managed to maintain a self sufficient local economy for 80 years which is quite the feat considering how small this community is. Today, the Amana’s a charming retreat for…

Top Ten Ice Cream spots in Des Moines

Des Moines has a lot of options when it comes to ice cream besides the national chains. When it comes to ice cream, the following are worth the calories. Fiss’ Ice Cream – This is in Carlisle but they are well worth the extra drive. I have stuck with Peanut Butter cup each time I’ve…

Nine political podcasts worth your time

Planet Money – Planet Money covers mostly economics in a pretty much non partisan way.  Economics are seemingly intertwined forever with politics, and Planet Money is a good place to learn the basics from real world examples. Pod Save America – Four of former president Obamas aides started Crooked media and have an insight into what is going…