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Sneak Peek...

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Put this on your MUST-SEE list now because it won't be on the market for long!

Des Moines Home and Garden Show 2015

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Raise your hand if you’re in desperate need of a break from this long winter! We certainly are!


Well, we’re here with some good news for us all -- the Des Moines Home & Garden Show is happening now.  Like, TODAY through Sunday!  It is the perfect way to distract yourself from these cold, snowy winter days AND help you re-focus on what it is to come...warm, sunny spring and summer days conducive to home improvements and gardening goodness.



The 37th annual Des Moines Home & Garden Show is sure to be full of fantastically fun features, such as over 400 exhibitors, national and local celebrities (helllloooo, Matt Blashaw!), and all of the latest products and services in the building and remodeling industry.  A show known for its feature gardens (designed with local celebrities), the Des Moines Home & Garden Show guarantees that attendees will not be bored!  You are sure to find “innovative products, new ideas, practical advice, and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening, with hundreds of experts under one roof.”  In addition, with an increasing demand for the full range of home furnishings, interiors and outdoor lifestyle products, this exhibition is the ideal place to keep up on the latest and greatest, and to bring a little spring and summer inside during this frigid February.


From widows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping, and so much more, be sure to come, shop, compare and save! 


Here’s all you need to know about this awesome event!


WHEN: Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines.

COST: Adults: $12 (online: $10); children ages 7-12: $4; children ages 6 and under: free.

Home and garden show highlights

Do you have a whole-house remodel planned, or just need to fix that drywall patch? Check out the Des Moines Home + Garden Show for …

GARDEN MARKET: New this year, with a variety of garden products such as benches, statues and garden art.

TINY HOUSE EXHIBIT: A showcase by the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Restore on how to cut costs and live a simpler life.

SIPS AND SOUNDS LOUNGE: Take a break in the lower level lobby with live music.

LEANNE LEE: Diva of DIY and the 2015 Home and Garden Trendsetter of the Year Leanne Lee, author of a successful blog focused on step-by-step upcycling and video tutorials, runs a decorative painting and cabinet refinishing business called Rekindled Spaces, hosts a local DIY segment on KSHB-41's "Kansas City Live," and teaches at local elementary schools on the importance of repurposing.

SERVING UP STYLE: Pairs of local designers and media celebrities create an outdoor tablescape based on the celebrity's style.

HERO DAY: Again, the show will offer free admission to all firefighters, law enforcement officers and military personnel on Friday.

See Matt Blashaw

DIY and HGTV star Matt Blashaw will appear at the Des Moines Home + Garden Show:

FRIDAY: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

SATURDAY: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

SUNDAY: 1 p.m.

{source: Des Moines Register}

Ask An Expert: What can parents do to make moving easier on their children?

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Ask an Expert with Jill Heimerman, Director at Bright Beginnings Preschool



Question: What can parents do to make moving easier on their children?


Answer: Moving is hard on children, but in many cases, the parents worry more than they do!  I would recommend speaking with the teacher, meeting the teacher before the first big day, and I always recommend having our preschool children visit the classroom with the parent for a short while during a free play time before.  When they leave on a positive note, the children are very excited to come back to play with their new friends.  The more genuinely positive the parents are, the more positive the experience will be.  When I taught Elementary, there were times that children would come into the room on the first day without visiting beforehand.  Parents need to be in contact with the teachers.  Letting the teachers know what the children are interested in prior to the first day is a great way to help the teacher pair up a few friends to play with the new child, invite the child to sit by him or her at lunch, and to make sure there are a few children who are “in charge” of making sure the new child in the class is not left alone. Another thing parents have done in our community is to sign children up for activities.  Ankeny Parks and Rec has a fabulous catalog online that families can look at prior to moving into town to help get, not only the child, but families involved in the community.    Our library has many activities for young families as well.  Parents need to plan to be available a little more than usual for their young ones who are getting used to the newness of it all.  Most of the time moving is a busy time, parents may be starting new jobs, and so making time for your family will help you all stay busy.  Teachers want the experience to be positive for the family.  Please use them as a guide to help your family find fun things to do on the weekends!   Your realtor is also a great resource! 



A huge thank you to Ms. Jill! Stay tuned for more in our Ask An Expert series!

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