Meredith Digital’s powerful brands deliver experiences around home, food, family and lifestyle for 55 million women.  Meredith leverages content from their brands and social communities. Meredith empowers women to connect through online, mobile, video and social platforms. Meredith Digital engages women at every life stage.

Find out how Meredith Corporation brands Better Homes & Gardens, Fitness and Divine Caroline are targeting women through digital and social media.

Panelists Include:

  • Kenzie Kramer – Better Homes & Gardens
  • Katelyn Herlein – Divine Caroline
  • Karla Walsh – Fitness Magazine and Parents Magazine
Moderator: Jenny Singh
5:30-6pm – networking / wine & appetizers will be served
6-7pm – panel
RSVP required, get your tickets here!
Early bird tickets are $10 ($5 students) and available through January 28.

Time: February 3, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Meredith Corporation
Street: 1716 Locust St
City/Town: Des Moines, IA 50309


Book Review: The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

It’s been years since I haven’t finished a book. I felt a little guilty not making it through this book, but alas, my time was better spent elsewhere with this one…

The author maintains that, “All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.” This book provides the reader with 32 practical exercises on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned during her long career.

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Polk County Housing Trust Fund Bus Tour

As part of my participation with the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (GDMLI) this year, I took a bus tour of Des Moines with the Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF).

Eric Burmeister, Executive Director, PCHTF, along with leaders of various Des Moines-based housing agencies, gave us an overview of their projects as we drove through Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Capitol Park, Capitol East, River Bend, Royal View Manor and Oakridge Neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are located in the poorest areas and make up the Urban Core of the City of Des Moines.

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Serving with Joppa

My Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (GDMLI) small group had the opportunity to serve with Joppa a few months ago.

What Joppa does:

  • Express Christ’s unconditional love
  • Build relationships & visit often
  • Help people stay warm, dry and healthy
  • Provide food, supplies & care
  • Respond to needs & emergencies
  • Be a voice, advocate & link to resources
  • Encourage positive steps forward
  • Provide aftercare once off the streets

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Last week, Stammtisch – Des Moines German Club was hosted to a private dinner at Strudl Haus. Since Strudl Haus isn’t open to the public on Wednesday nights, we had the entire place to ourselves!


While not extremely large, our group of 30 fit extremely well in the cozy restaurant. Many attendees purchased their dessert to go before they even ordered dinner!


We ordered off of a special menu prepared for us by Chef/Owner Michael Leo. Michael prides himself on utilizing authentic ingredients preparation methods. Everything looked and tasted delicious.


With their Grand Opening on December 27, 2014, Strudl Haus is the newest addition to Des Moines’ international culinary scene.

You may have seen owner Michael Leo’s homemade Austrian pastries and sausages at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. He’s now committed to a luxurious Euro-style spot on busy Indianola Road.

Located at 1951 Indianola Road, their menu includes breakfast, crepes and German-style sandwiches, all in a Viennese-style cafe atmosphere. Oh, and they also serve beer and wine!

Strudl Haus is also open to hosting large parties as Stammtisch – Des Moines German Club will be hosted there in January. Enjoy!


Visiting Christkindlmarket Chicago 2014

by "Get it Done Girl" on January 2, 2015 · 0 comments

in Des Moines

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the non-profit I’m involved with, Des Moines European Heritage Association. Our main goal is to produce a German-inspired Christmas Market in Des Moines in 2016.

A few board members and I decided to visit Christkindlmarket Chicago to see what type of market they put on since they have been doing this for over 30 years now. Every Christmas market throughout the world is unique in its own way. We had an idea of what we wanted to produce before this trip and we returned home knowing that our market will be fun, educational and a great addition to our community. We hope you’ll be involved – sponsor, vendor, volunteer, attendee – everybody is welcome!

Check out a few pictures from our trip!


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