Top Ten Questions You Should Never Ask No Matter What

Some things shouldn’t be asked of others no matter how well you know them. Though you may desperately want to know the information, ultimately these topics are incredibly personal and are up to the person to bring up if and when they want to so give them the choice to do so instead of forcing…

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…

Top Ten Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

Employees need a more compelling reason to give 150% every day they go to work beyond the paycheck they’ll receive for the time they put in. The following are the best ways to get employees motivated to do their best and are at minimal cost to their employer. Don’t do a blanket punishment for the…

Top Ten Ways to Deal with Workplace Gossip

Office gossip is unavoidable but it’s not something you have to deal with everyday. The following are ways to help bring it to a minimum and ways to deal with it if you happen to be the target. Don’t engage- People will gossip with you if you let them and especially if you yourself offer…

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…