Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Weekend Fun in Iowa - Des Moines Arts Festival

Surely you've heard of The Des Moines Arts Festival! It's a huge, FREE, event that takes place each year in the summer. Here's some background info according to The Des Moines Arts Festival on Facebook:

"The Des Moines Arts Festival® traces its beginnings to 1958, when the Des Moines Art Center hosted its inaugural Art in the Park on the grounds of Des Moines’ fine art museum. In June 1997, with the advent of revitalized downtown urban energy, momentum grew to reinvigorate the 40-year-old event. Armed with a new name, new leadership, and a new location, the 1998 Des Moines Arts Festival® splashed onto the downtown bridges that span the Des Moines River, showcasing the nation’s premiere artists and creating an opportunity for people of all ages to embrace the arts. The Festival takes place in the heart of Des Moines surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Western Gateway Park."

There is tons of stuff to do! Check out awesome artwork, grab some food, attend one of the concerts, walk through the sculpture garden, and more!

The dates/times for the festival are as follows:

Friday, June 24 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, June 25 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

@ Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

For more info, including a schedule and printable map, visit: http://desmoinesartsfestival.org

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Guide 2016

Let's face it - all those "days" of the year (there's a day for everything now) so easily sneak up on us and by the time we realize it, we may not have time for that 5-10 day shipping.

Raise your hand if you have no idea what to get your Dad for Father's Day this year!

Well - we're here for you. We've put together a little last-minute gift guide including items that you can pick up in Ames or Des Moines or can be shipped with 2-day or overnight shipping. (Pro Tip: You may want to order today to guarantee on-time delivery!!)

 When you're on a budget, it can be hard to find those thoughtful or useful items that will be appreciated by a man who may not "need" anything. This is where you can think outside the box and consider what Dad might not even know would be useful or just plain cool to have.

 Check out our last-minute Father's Day ideas below for any price range!


$3.50 - Vintage Map Print For the Dad who loves a good piece of art or just plain likes maps, download this printable piece from Etsy, have it printed at Alpha Copies and grab a frame and mat from Hobby Lobby to complete the look!

$4.00 - $22.00 - Amber Glass Beer Growler Whether for his latest endeavor into home brewing or just some man cave decor, these amber beer growlers make a great gift! Pro Tip: Olde Main in Ames sells FILLED growlers for just $9.00 on Thursdays!

$9.99 - Moscow Mule Copper Mug Snag one or a few of these trendy copper mugs at Target (they're in stock!) and share a super simple Moscow Mule recipe to top it off! All you need is ice, vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and sliced lime!

$18.99 - Beatles Abbey Road Vinyl  With that nifty 2-day Amazon Prime shipping, you can get this digitally remastered vinyl before Sunday to send Dad back in time to those "good ole days." Dad's not a Beatles fan? No problem! Just browse the other titles Amazon Prime offers for one of his favorites!

$20.00 - Brown Tinted Aviator Sunglasses Everyone loves a good pair of shades, right? They also seem to be one of the most commonly misplaced items - so it never hurts to have an extra pair or two! If you can't get these ones delivered for Sunday - check out your local Target for comparable options!


$25.00 - Patterned Navy Tie Does your Dad love a good tie and classy attire? Snag this one at your local Target! They're in stock!

$26.00 - Belkin 4ft Lightning to USB Cable Does your Dad travel a lot? Maybe he often complains about his phone charger cord being too short or fraying from all the use. This super strong cable is sleek, affordable and available for pickup at the Apple Store in Jordan Creek Mall! Can't make it to Des Moines? Best Buy has them in stock and...Pro Tip: did you know that they price match?!

$30.00 - Google Chromecast Help bring your Dad up-to-date on the latest way to follow your favorite shows with a Chromecast, on SALE and IN STOCK at Target! If your Dad is more of an Apple-aficionado, see if your siblings want to go in on the newest Apple TV together. The new system features Apple's powerful tvOS, which feels like using your iPhone with tons of apps!

$33.10 - The John Wayne Film Collection Those Baby Boomer Dads loved a good Western and what could be more classic than John Wayne himself? Treat your Dad to TEN of "the Duke's" most iconic films in this set, available TODAY at Walmart!


$100.00 - FitBit Blaze Leather Band & Frame If your Dad already has the FitBit Blaze - add some style to his look with a leather band! Want to introduce him to the FitBit world? Check out the FitBit website to see all the latest options.

$127.84 - Beats Solo2 Hunter Green Headphones Add some form and function to your Dad's desk with these on-ear wired Beats headphones. Other colors available at the Ames Best Buy TODAY (just don't forget about price matching!)

If you have a budget of zero dollars - just remember that fun memories and kind words mean more than most "things" to our parents! Take some time to share a meal, play some yard games or write your Dad a heartfelt note to thank him for putting up with you over the years. At a minimum - take a few minutes to give him a quick call on Sunday to wish him a Happy Father's Day and thank him for being your Dad.