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Posted September 02, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, North Polk, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Spicy Lemon Chicken Soup

Have you found yourself gazing into the ‘fridge helplessly wondering what to fix for dinner? I was in that spot a few days ago. It was a few more days until my next planned “provisioning” trip. I really didn’t want to make a stop at the store. Inside my refrigerator

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Posted August 31, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, North Polk, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

THANKS!!!! – National Courtesy Month

The concept of courtesy and respect for others is never more important. With the changes that are occurring in our nation, being considerate of others is an attribute that we need to be reminded of. Courtesy seems to be disappearing in our society.   Having or showing a behavior that

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Posted August 18, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Looking For a Wine List Bargain? Go Off the Beaten Path.

One recent Saturday morning, a friend sent me the wine list for Green Zebra, one of Chicago’s top vegetarian restaurants, and asked for my advice. He was dining there that evening with friends who enjoyed wine but weren’t obsessive about it. So he would be tasked with ordering for the

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Clive, West Des Moines

Meet Angie Loney

If you’ve always wanted to try out West African drums or learn to play a keyboard, you’ll get the chance to do both in Angie Loney’s class. The two units are the music teacher’s favorite things to teach. The drums are shared within the West Des Moines Community Schools, which

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Clive

Improving your well-being

Wellness is not a simple thing to be attained with obvious, short term solutions.  Good nutrition is commonly associated with a healthy lifestyle.  The other major area you can control is your activity level.  Increasing your physical activity is crucial to improving your health.  The great thing is, there are

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Cover Story, Clive

Home away from home

There’s nothing like seeing Iowa and the country in a recreational vehicle. It’s the opportunity to experience nature up close and personal with your family, while also enjoying amenities like television, king-sized beds and air conditioning. It’s the camping experience many enjoy in today’s RVs, a home on wheels filled

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Clive

Are you prepared to retire?

Retirement used to conjure up images of lazy days spent in a rocking chair. Today’s retirement is very different. What does this redefined retirement mean to you? There is no one answer. In the coming decades, “retirement” will mean something different to each of us. Income Is Key A good

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Clive

Seeds of Faith

Andrea Stone and her family were fairly new to Clive when they had joined Faith Lutheran Church. She and her husband were looking for a faith-based preschool to send their two children. They were relieved to find they didn’t have to look any further than their new church. “We love

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Clive

Scale obsession and fat

Work out. Build muscle. Burn more calories. Look lean. Weigh more. Wait? What?! Are you obsessed with the number on your scale? Does it make or break your day? If you’re working out and your only measure of success is that number, you should reevaluate! Eight years ago, I lost

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Clive

Who should serve as executor?

A will is a crucial element in estate planning. All wills should have a designated executor who is charged with administering the estate of the person who passed away. It’s the executor’s job to gather and inventory all of the assets of the decedent, ensure that all debts and obligations

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