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Oktoberfest at the Amana Colonies

Oktoberfest at the Amana Colonies is a local gem of an event filled with authentic tradition, delicious beer, tasty food, and plenty of German music to dance to! This isn’t just some polka band and beer, this an immersive weekend event filled with all sorts of fun! This was our first year going to Oktoberfest […]

Center Grove Orchard Strawberry Patch – Cambridge, Iowa

Center Grove Orchard has opened their strawberry patch for the first time in 2021, and we were so excited to check it out and pick our own strawberries. This is such a fun place to go as a day date during the summer, or perfect as a family outing! Typical with their apple picking in […]

Planting Potatoes in Iowa

Why We Love Planting Potatoes We have absolutely loved planting potatoes the past couple years and plan to continue planting them going forward. Here are a couple reasons why we love planting potatoes and why they do so well here in Iowa! Also, make sure to check out our previous Iowa Garden Harvest blog to […]

Scenic Sites in Downtown Des Moines

There’s nothing quite like exploring your own town to enjoy the nostalgic moments and seeing the changes or new features you never noticed before. We had gorgeous weather the other weekend, and took the opportunity to grab some boba and wander through downtown Des Moines. I thought I’d share the notable places we toured this […]

Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show – Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens is the gorgeous horticulture garden at Iowa State University that’s been in Ames, Iowa since 1914. It provides a variety of unique plants and garden areas for visitors and researchers to explore. This past year they introduced the outdoor Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show for the first time, so we had to go […]

Santa’s Rock N Lights – Urbandale, Iowa

Santa’s Rock N Lights drive-through holiday light display is a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit and do so from the comfort of your car! I’ve driven through the Jolly Holiday Lights in the past, another Iowa drive-through light display and was excited to visit this one this year. I honestly didn’t even […]

Celebrating An At-Home Wedding Anniversary

It’s hard to believe we just celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! We typically took the opportunity to dress up and have dinner at a nice restaurant in Des Moines, but that just wasn’t going to happen this year. Previous Anniversaries Our first anniversary we went to Centro (pronounced chen-tro), in Des Moines, famous for their […]

Strautman Christmas Tree Farm – Cambridge, Iowa

Considering getting a live Christmas tree this holiday season? Ever since we moved back to Iowa, we have consistently gone to Strautman Tree Farm as part of our annual tradition the day after Thanksgiving. We started this tradition after we got our first home, and we haven’t looked back since! Strautman Tree Farm is located […]

How to Take Care of A Live Christmas Tree

Curious how to take care of a live Christmas tree and if it’s worth the hassle? As someone who grew up with fake Christmas trees and has been converted to having real ones, I say yes, it’s definitely worth getting a real tree and is much easier than you may expect! Going to a local […]

Low-Risk Iowa Activities to Enjoy the Holidays

Looking for low-risk activities to celebrate the holidays safely within Iowa? Although Christmas and the holidays in Iowa will look different this year for everyone, there are still many ways to make it special and stay safe. The following list has compiled the most low-risk, low contact and fun activities within Iowa for the holidays. […]

Poshmark Thrift Picks – October 2020

Before the shut down, I was an avid thrift shopper! I loved to thrift for a variety of reasons – staying frugal, finding unique pieces, not having to contribute to fast fashion, lessening my environmental impact, and I love not being bothered by regular store employees while I try on as much as I want. […]

10 Best Restaurants in Ames, Iowa

Are you visiting Ames, the home of Iowa State University, and wondering where are the best places to eat? As an Iowa State University alum and now currently working in the Ames area, I have been able to explore the many restaurants within this town and have listed out the 10 best restaurants for you […]

How to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Iowa is really providing us with beautiful fall temperatures so far and I hope it stays like this for a while (let’s just ignore that it might’ve snowed this morning)! Now that I am working from home indefinitely, I’ve had such an urge to keep the house clean, smelling nice and feeling cozy. As much […]

Christiansen Forest Preserve – Huxley, Iowa

In Iowa, we aren’t as blessed with glorious mountain hikes or beautiful waterscape views, but don’t sleep on Iowa trails and forests! We have an amazing DNR in this state that takes great care of our trails and parks, with the added bonus of never worrying about excessive tourism. History & Information Christiansen Forest Preserve […]

YouTube Inspired Activities That Have Brought Me Joy

Being at home all the time and working from home means I watch a lot more YouTube than normal. I don’t have to worry about disturbing my co-workers with whatever I’m watching or listening to (which I love!). Although I have a lot of favorite channels and series that I watch consistently, I also love […]

Why We Got a Rescue Dog and What to Consider

After we moved from Georgia back to Iowa in our new home, we knew we wanted to get a dog. Actually, my husband was the one that really wanted one right away. I was more hesitant about getting one since I was looking for jobs and going back to classes at Iowa State. My husband […]

Iowa Vegetable Garden Harvest 2020

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been gardening for 4 years now in this house! Before we moved here, I knew absolutely NOTHING about gardening and have learned a lot along the way (lots of mistakes!). Luckily my husband grew up gardening with his family so he’s taught me a lot, and I obsessively watch […]

Our Iowa Derecho Story

I know it’s getting old to hear, but 2020 has been quite the year hasn’t it? I can’t believe it’s only been a month since the derecho came through our small town and really effected Iowa, but we are finally going back to some sort of normalcy. I wanted to share our experience since not […]

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins & Preparation Canyon State Park

Loess Hills Hideaway Cabins are the perfect couples or family getaway in western Iowa, and are also pet friendly cabins. You’re only minutes away from Loess Hills State Forest which includes the Preparation Canyon State Park, but otherwise this location is secluded from modern conveniences. We had to accept that we may not be doing […]

Kayaking the Des Moines River

This summer we finally bought kayaks! As newer kayakers, we ended up paddling along the Des Moines River quite a few times and had a lot of fun. I wanted to share our experience of a great weekend paddle along with some tips and expectations for anyone who hasn’t kayaked on the Des Moines River. […]