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2014 Reflections

2014 Reflections

Dec 22, 2014

The year is ending quickly. It’s the time of year where I reflect on all that has happened. A lot has happened this year. At the end of each year and the beginning of a new year, people evaluate their lives and create resolutions, but I prefer to set goals. This year I have read a lot of books. Some that I have read talked about not having goals, just going...

4 Farms to Hunt for the Perfect Christmas Tree

4 Farms to Hunt for the Perfect Christmas Tree

Dec 17, 2014

Growing up, my family had the tradition of going to a store or impromptu tree lot to pick out a Christmas tree. With five people, this is not as easy as it sounds. We each had our own criteria of what we wanted — rather, expected — out of the perfect tree.  The type, height, width, fullness, color and smell were all part of the checklist with different...

Des Moines Scores Basketball Victory

Des Moines Scores Basketball Victory

Dec 2, 2014

I am not breaking any news here when I announce that Des Moines has been selected to host first and second round games for the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  I saw it two weeks ago on Facebook and have read about it, watched news reports about it and chatted about it with everyone from friends, to family, and even our nanny.  Des Moines is buzzing...

Waukee: Living in the Wild, Wild West

Waukee: Living in the Wild, Wild West

Nov 11, 2014

In March of this year, my family and I packed up our home in Urbandale and moved into a new home located just west of the old one.  We technically live in a little sliver of Clive, sandwiched between Urbandale and Waukee.  Even though I pay the city of Clive for water and trash pick-up, when I tell people where I live, I usually reference a landmark in...

Fall in Des Moines: Midwest Is Best

Fall in Des Moines: Midwest Is Best

Nov 3, 2014

Have I mentioned how much I love fall? The smell of charcoal on the grill or an apple pie in the oven, the hues of leaves changing from green to gold and amber, and the feel of the perfect fall breeze lingering on my skin: my senses are ignited, and my spirit comes alive at the dawn of fall. And I love it. While I enjoy apple and pumpkin scents filling the...