Top Seven Ways to Survive a Holiday weekend with your Family/In laws

This time of year usually means one thing that a lot of people dread- spending time with their own family and/or spending time with your partner’s family.  The following should make the time easier even if you still hate the idea of going. Be prepared for the worst- Yes, they may be trying to make…

Top Ten Safe Conversation Starters for your next Family Gathering

  Every family gathering has the potential to bring everyone closer together or tear everyone apart. The following are the most non-controversial but still interesting conversation starters to help learn more about your family and to help keep the peace during your time with them. What job would you have if money and lack of talent/experience…

Top Ten Christmas Events in and around Des Moines

You’ll have plenty of options of events to help you and your family celebrate the holiday season in and around Des Moines. The following are the best family friendly events to make a point of attending this year. Jolly Holiday Lights-November 23-December 29- Jolly Holiday lights has continued to make Adventureland it’s home this year. …

Top Ten Things those who are grieving wish You’d Understand

Grief is an emotion that everyone handles differently so giving blanket statements meant to come off as sympathetic can potentially cause more harm than good. The following are ways to avoid making the grieving process harder for those who have recently suffered a loss in their lives. Grief is an emotion that will show itself…

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 from the West Side

 You’re wearing North Face right now and it’s most likely their black jacket. You drive as aggressively as possible no matter where you’re going- it could be to somewhere important but who are we fooling, you’re probably just going to the mall. Said car is probably an SUV that’s big enough to seat 12 people…

Top Seven places to practice Archery in Des Moines

Archery is a great sport to build upper body strength as well as improve your coordination and mental focus. The following spots in Des Moines and the surrounding areas can be where you find your inner Katniss or Hawkeye. Yes, this isn’t a top 10 since I tried to focus on just archery spots,  but I hope…

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…