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 Baby Shower Gift Ideas

So you’ve been invited to a baby shower and now you’re wondering what to get the expectant mother. What you buy should be something that will be both practical and will make her life easier even if it is in a small way.¬† The following will be useful to the new mom as well as…

Top Ten Things to both love and hate about fall in Iowa

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s also a time that can be both great and annoying, oftentimes at the same time. The following are the reasons why fall in Iowa can have it’s perks and it’s downfalls. Let’s pretend we aren’t in Pandemic times and remember how these used…

Top Ten Halloween Events in and around Des Moines

The month of October will have plenty of options to get you in the Halloween spirit in Des Moines. The following are the best to go both with and without your children to celebrate the spookiest month of the year. The Slaughterhouse-October 2-November 1- From the band Slipknot, the Slaughterhouse is basically a walk through…

Top Ten Antique Stores in Des Moines

Whether you’re searching for the thrill of the hunt or you’re an avid antique’s collector, the following are the best places to find an new (old) treasure from locally owned shops in  and around Des Moines. West End Salvage-located on 9th Street and a second location in West Glen, this was one of my recommendations…

Top 7 Des Moines area orchards

Fall in Iowa means the opportunity to go to a local orchard and not only pick apples if you so choose, but also find other seasonal treats to purchase as well as some family friendly activities at some of the farms. The following are the best orchards in and around Des Moines to while away…

Labor Day during the Pandemic

When I wrote the Memorial Day during Covid article I naively thought this would at least not be as active in September as it was in May. I thought things would have settled down. I didn’t think it would be gone by any means but I didn’t think we’d be increasing this much and we’d…

Seven Places to get your Pumpkin flavor fix

You know it’s fall when all of the food items on the shelves and in restaurants features pumpkin as a prominent flavor. The following are the best places to get your pumpkin favorites without having to go to the big chains. Drake Diner– located at 1111 25th Street, the Drake Diner doesn’t make you wait…

Top Ten Signs You’re a Cheapskate

¬†Being cheap isn’t a bad thing per se, but sometimes people can go to extremes in the name of saving a few dollars. The following are signs you’ve reached cheapskate status. You not only shop at Goodwill, but you only buy things with the half price colored tags and finish it off by using a…