Creative ways to support local!

Posted at 6:48 pm on March 19, 2020

As you know, I love supporting local businesses. They are the heart of our community and what makes Des Moines such an amazing place to live. I feature local businesses on my Friday Finds series and choose to shop local as much as possible. I have so many friends and fellow entrepeneurs I respect and […]


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Friday Finds, episode 14 – KIN

Posted at 2:22 pm on February 28, 2020

Today’s Friday Find takes us to one of the coolest shops I’ve been in, KIN. KIN is a modern mystical shop in the East Village specializing in ethically-sourced crystals, apothecary and estate jewelry. One of the things I LOVE about KIN is it’s a woman-owned business that carries goods made almost entirely by women entrepreneurs […]


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Friday Finds, episode 13 – Brenton Skating Plaza

Posted at 10:34 am on February 27, 2020

I think we’re pretty lucky to have this fun ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Des Moines. It gives the most gorgeous, picture perfect backdrop of our city skyline! If you’re looking for something fun to do in our city during winter, give Brenton Skating Plaza a visit!


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Friday Finds, episode 12 – Gerri’s Bar and Grill

Posted at 9:23 am on February 18, 2020

If you’re looking for the perfect wings that are crispy but not too crispy and spicy but not too spicy, look no further. 😉 Gerri’s Bar and Grill across the street from the fairgrounds have, what I would argue are, the best wings in Des Moines. Come for the wings, grab a beer and stay […]


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Friday Finds, episode 11 – Hiland Bakery

Posted at 1:52 pm on February 7, 2020

Des Moines natives, rejoice! THE Hiland Bakery is back and better than ever! A new family has reopened this beloved bakery, which closed last summer after more than 70 years in business. All the fabulous recipes we’ve come to know and love – including my FAVORITE cake of all time – are back too. Stop […]


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Friday Finds, episode 10 – Fairmont Park

Posted at 1:23 pm on January 31, 2020

Looking for a new place to take the kids sledding? Des Moines has no shortage of awesome hills, but this is one of my favorites! Be prepared for steep hills and going super fast! So fast that in 5th grade my best friend Meghan Lacquement and I ran into a tree while sledding on saucers. […]


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Friday Finds episode 9, Crème Cupcake

Posted at 11:31 am on January 24, 2020

Have a sweet tooth or a love of signature cocktails? (Yes and yes! 😉) Then a visit to Crème Cupcake is a must. What started as a cupcake shop in 2010 has transformed into a destination for custom cakes, cookies and other treats… Not to mention the evening dessert lounge, which features specialty desserts and […]


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Friday Finds episode 8, Toads Tavern

Posted at 11:45 am on January 23, 2020

I love a good glass of bubbly and a nice restaurant…but the real way to my heart is a good dive bar and a Coors Light! This week’s Friday Finds video is for those who appreciate a great dive bar as much as I do! Not only was Toads Tavern voted Best East Side Bar, […]


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Friday Finds episode 7, Tesoro Casegoods and Oddities

Posted at 11:36 am on

Today’s Friday Find is in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Highland Park/Oak Park Neighborhood. I grew up around here and love all the growth happening now! This amazing shop features some of the coolest furniture I’ve ever seen, and it’s a must-see for those who love Mid-Century and Danish Modern styles. The owner, Rudy, travels […]


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Friday Finds episode 6, BLK & Bold

Posted at 11:09 am on January 4, 2020

Having a good product is paramount to having a successful business, but when you pair that with authentic values that run through every aspect of your business, the sky is the limit. This what Blk & Bold has done and continues to strive for through offering excellent coffee and investing in communities both locally and […]


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