Hi, I'm Melissa. I am a mom of two girls living in Des Moines, Iowa. My oldest child is a first-grader who has fantastic leadership skills and is an extremely picky eater. My younger daughter is an adventurous two-year-old who loves climbing everything. I am married to my college sweetheart, Stuart, an attorney who has the biggest heart of anybody I know.
After a 10-year career in TV journalism, I now work in Communications/Public Relations. I enjoy spending time with my family, staying active, cooking, organizing, remodeling or decorating our midcentury home, hosting events, traveling and writing. I started this blog on a whim in 2021, even though I know I am 10+ years late to blogging, because it seemed like I needed a “pandemic passion project.”
I love the Des Moines area and all it has to offer, so I plan to highlight local businesses, events, activities and more. Drop me a line if you have an idea for a future blog post!
I decided to call this blog “Side Part Mom,” because everybody was talking about the #MiddlePartChallenge in early 2021, and I wanted to write about that as my first blog post.
But the name is also a reminder that while I am a mom, that is only one "side" of me. I can have other "parts" too. This blog will focus more heavily on those interests.