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Des Moines ‘do something’ date ideas

It’s been awhile since I’ve put together a Des Moines Dates series post and I’ve seen a few cute options lately, especially after hours at some of my favorite cultural attractions. Even if our own date outings are rare (childcare logistics tend to take the wind out of making plans), someone should have fun with these!

GET DIRTY IN THE STUDIO: SIP & SPOON‘ at the Des Moines Art Center
7/21/17 – Details

I like the innuendo, Art Center. This is a pottery class designed for couples, and you make a set of serving spoons. I’m pretty sure my line to get Joe out of the friendzone had to do with spooning, so I’m very much on board with this concept. He’s going to be on RAGBRAI during this, but I hear they host the workshops monthly.

And, speaking of spoons, I saw a post on The Grateful Chef’s page about Wooden Spoon Workshops, which hosts small group cooking classes a few times a month. Maybe your date thinks the whole point of going out to dinner is for someone to make the food for you, but then I think you should ditch them and find yourself a lifelong learner who enjoys a challenge. This is a home kitchen setting, just FYI.

If you’re interested in cooking classes, you can also check out the Des Moines Social Club Culinary Loft, or Cooking with Alessandra. Joe and I have done a small group class with her and you leave wanting to go to Italy for a culinary tour. (Speaking of Italian food and love, who watched season two of Master of None? I love Dev!)

Maybe you’re more of a Big Bang Theory couple? Joe and I did reserve a babysitter so we could nerd out at the Science Center of Iowa’s lecture on the solar eclipse!

SCI hosts lots of geeky date night options, including their regular mixology night which has a more 21+ vibe with music, drinks and some manner of themed science-y entertainment.

Another great museum-after-hours activity that would make a fun date is the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s “Social Irrigation” series. It’s a Thursday night after-work event with live music. (I checked and this is kid-friendly, so we might actually do this!) If you haven’t been to Trellis or seen the Gardens in a few years, the outdoor space is gorgeous and the food is delicious. There’s so much going on in the East Village these days/nights, but the Botanical Garden has easy parking.

Have you been on any fun dates lately? This doesn’t really count, because it was a whole-family excursion, but we went on an epic sunset bike ride and made a stop at Captain Roy’s, the new “dive” at the Birdland Marina. Good for you if you can check it out without two kids in tow.

We got curly fries and tallboys and watched the sky reflected on the river as boaters floated by. It’s just a short jaunt up the trail past the Botanical Garden, if you’re in the neighborhood.

Been on any good dates or fun family outings recently?

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Feeling fallish

How refreshing to reach outside to pick the newspaper up off the stoop today (yes, Joe and I are coffee-and-newspaper kind of morning people) and feel cool fallish weather in the air.

This is completely silly, but one of the road signs to the end of summer for me has always been the Nordstrom sale. Back in Junior High, Doc Martens were all the thing. I had to have them. The kids in my class actually made a club of having them. But my mom (the wise woman she was) made me spend my babysitting money on the shoes. I would save up and then buy them at Oakbrook mallĀ  during the big Nordstrom fall sale. The smell of leather and that yellow top stitching on Mary Janes — it brings me back! So when I was having a bad week the other week, and the Nordstrom sale was going on, I clicked my way to some retail therapy and scored a pair of brown boots I’d been searching for. They came in the mail and fall can now officially start!

Here’s something interesting: When I was at my conference in New York, one of the workshops was on bullying and our presenter told us that one of the psychological reasons kids want to wear what everyone else is wearing (in addition to Doc Martens back in my day, it was Starter Jackets) is along the same principles as the way many animals behave at the watering hole. By wearing the same thing as their peers, they blend in and have a lesser chance of becoming the target for someone picking on them for the way they’re dressed!

I’m lusting for these layers right now:

The back of this dress is darling. It’s a good thing it’s sold out in my size!

This classic-but-whimsical cardigan from Boden. I want to set their catalog on the floor and jump right into it every single season.

If this fallish weather has you feeling like going back to school and in the mood for a sweater, I say you should check out the class schedule at the newish East Village shop Hill Vintage and Knits and learn to crochet or knit this season! Then you can MAKE me that cardigan.


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