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…

Top Ten Tips to Make the Most of your College Experience

You’ve graduated high school and have moved on to the big world of college. The following are tips on how to make your freshman year productive and less expensive so your college experience is both memorable and doesn’t leave you in a massive pool of debt. Remember you are paying for this experience and act…

Top Ten Images from the Iowa State Fair

With the Pandemic forcing the cancellation of the Iowa State Fair this year, here’s some pictures of it to help ease your pain and to get you excited for next year’s fair.       10.

Top Seven Ways to Make your Mornings Easier

Mornings are hectic whether you have children or just yourself to worry about. The following should make getting out the door every day a little easier for everyone in your household. Don’t feel like you have to make your or your children’s beds- Yes, there have been plenty of studies showing this will make you…

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…

My Top Ten Smells of Summer

Freshly cut grass – There is nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. In the spring it brings about hope that winter is over and nicer weather is coming. Towards the fall the smell reminds you that you’re sick of mowing your lawn and winter is coming. The combination of sunscreen/bug repellent– The combination…

Top Nine things to keep in mind when you get sick of being single

Dating is a horrible, horrible thing but it is necessary evil if your goal is to have a long and happy marriage or at least be in a committed relationship if marriage isn’t your end goal. The following are things all singles should keep in mind when they get antsy about their single status. Being married…