27 October 2014

Aqua-Tots® Swim Schools Open New Indoor Swim Center in Des Moines

Aqua-Tots® Swim Schools Open New Indoor Swim Center in Des Moines
Offering a free week of swim lessons Nov. 3 – 8 to teach children Lessons for Life

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, a leader in swim instruction, is making a splash in Des Moines with a brand new indoor facility. The newest Aqua-Tots Swim School, located at 7125 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines near the Jordan Creek Town Center, is opening its doors to swimmers on Monday, Nov. 3 with a free week of swim lessons through Saturday, Nov. 8.

The facility is the first dedicated swim school in the Des Moines area and offers a convenient location for quality swim instruction to residents of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and surrounding areas.

The year-round facility features a 46 X 24 foot indoor pool heated to a comfortable 90 degrees; a viewing area with free Wi-Fi services for parents; spacious and clean changing rooms for swimmers; a play area for siblings and children not participating in lessons; and a snack bar and retail area.

Aqua-Tots Des Moines owner Steve Matthews has been involved in swimming and teaching swim lessons for more than 30 years. Matthews became Aqua-Tots Swim Schools’ second franchise owner in 2007 and currently owns four Aqua-Tots businesses.

“At Aqua-Tots, we are truly committed to our communities by teaching children safety and confidence in the water and getting a chance to watch them succeed,” said Matthews. “As the only dedicated swim school in DesMoines, this new location allows us to make a needed impact in the Des Moines community, teaching young swimmers lessons for life in a safe and welcoming environment.”

In addition to offering free swim lessons for its first week of business, the new Aqua-Tots Swim School will waive registration fees for the first 100 customers to sign up for swim lessons.

Aqua-Tots Des Moines operates with flexible daily swim schedules from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The facility offers a variety of swim instruction with small class sizes, including lessons for children six-months and older, adult classes, weekend classes and more. Families can enjoy discounts when registering a second child.

For more information, please call Aqua-Tots Swim School at 515.612.9400 or visit www.aquatots-desmoines.com

At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, children learn the importance of water safety and encourage a life-long love for swimming. Since 1991, its nationally recognized Lessons for Life program has taught thousands of children to swimsafe.

13 October 2014

The Importance of Quality Components in Engineered Solutions

Engineering the right solutions for your customers and their respective problems requires you to be able to utilize quality hardware that meets both your durability and performance requirements while maintaining cost-efficiency.

This same premise holds true regardless of the industry you service. Fields like automotive manufacturing and repair, carpentry, construction, metalworking and roofing all depend on tools and equipment that's made to be durable and with the right functions in mind.

How Do You Choose Quality Components?

There are a number of ways to choose quality components when it comes to your engineering requirements. The most basic requirements are that they have the right physical properties and that they come from a reputable source.

The last thing to consider should always be the price as a component that fails under the strain of what would be proper use is an insufficient solution.

The Physical Properties of Components

Your engineering team will be the group who decides on the physical properties that a component needs to have in order to be able to fulfill its role.

For example, your company might design containers and toolboxes for consumers to use in the back of their vehicles. If you market in a region where there is a wide temperature variation or to a profession that requires such, certain metals may be more prone to sheering in colder weather. If a hinge or lock breaks on one of these containers, it could cause a mess for both your customer and your public relations department.

Choosing components that are made from the right alloys is only half of the solution.

A Trustworthy Company

When determining what parts will work best, it's important to take into consideration a company's reputation. You want to purchase your components from a business that has a long line of happy customers who have provided practical reviews of the components they have purchased.

Companies specializing in industrial hardware supply, like Sierra Pacific, provide top-notch components and products that are created using high-tech engineering processes. Everything from door holders to hinges and latches are made with thorough review processes, which means that the products will stand up to temperature changes, daily use and many other conditions.

29 September 2014

The Pure Pantry Wholegrain Dark Chocolate Cake Mix Review & Giveaway

Ever made the leap from everyday eating to leading a gluten-free life? Well, I am here to tell you that it is hard. Especially if you are a bread and dessert fan, such as my family. To be honest, I often resort back to my old ways and give in. After all we don't have dietary restrictions like some, I just know that it is a healthier way of life.

Now for those of you who must or even just wish to lead the gluten-free lifestyle, I am happy to report there is a mouthwatering option for those everyday bread style foods. The Pure Pantry offers a variety of healthy, delicious gluten-free baking mixes made with only the 100% natural and certified organic, whole grain ingredients. These products include baking mix, pancake mixes, cookie mixes and cake mixes.

The Pure Pantry sent Iowa Mom a Wholegrain Dark Chocolate Cake Mix to test in our kitchen. Let's just say I was a bit worried it would be better and lacking some of the consistency that everyday mixes have. I was proven wrong and then some.

Upon opening the bag, you could immediately smell the delicious chocolate scent. Mouthwatering really! Within the first few minutes of our test, I was already anxious for the end result and tasting.

The mix was a simple and the only additional ingredient some may not have on hand is vanilla. However for even the occasional baker, I bet you have keep this in some form on hand. It seemed a bit on the thin side but apparently this is completely normal as the cake came out perfectly after baking.

Look at that amazing dark color. Exactly what you would expect from a dark chocolate creation. The smell, OH MY! All full of full and perfectly cooked per the time on the bag!

The Wholegrain Dark Chocolate Cake Mix is made with sucanat and maple sugar, both natural unrefined sweeteners, and quinoa, sorghum, and brown rice – who would ever guess that a cake that tastes this good would also provide fiber, protein, and anti-oxidants!

  • Unbelievably delicious!
  • Gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free
  • Made with a unique blend of wholegrain flours
  • Free of refined sugars

All iced and ready to begin indulging in this fantastic treat. A few immediate things I notice about the Wholegrain Dark Chocolate Cake Mix from The Pure Pantry.

1. This is absolutely one of the moistest cakes I have ever tasted.
2. Dark chocolate does not mean bitter chocolate. This was beautifully sweetened. Pure perfection.
3. My family will devour this cake in one sitting. Boo for tomorrow's sneaky leftovers for mom!

The ultimate cake monster agrees. The Pure Pantry is a go for being a baking winner in our kitchen!

Elizabeth has really expanded her website, you need to check it out. It now include recipes, grocery shopping tips, traveling tips along with tips for eating in and out!

Discount Coupon Code:

We are offering a great deal for Pure Pantry Products! You can go to The Pure Pantry and use the following discount code for 15% off your first order on their website. Enter coupon code: FALL2014 The code is entered at checkout and expires November 30! Enjoy this fall with fabulous mixes that are yummy and proven.

The Pure Pantry Gluten Free Baking Starter Kit Giveaway:

Elizabeth is giving away to one lucky reader a fabulous Gluten Free Baking Starter Kit pictured above! The Kit includes her cookbook, "Fresh From Elizabeth's Kitchen," 3 cookie mixes and her all purpose baking mix! Everything you need to get you started on a gluten-free diet!

This giveaway is open to US only and ends October 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

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26 September 2014

StyleWriter 4 Giveaway *7 winners*

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20 September 2014

How to select the perfect oven for your kitchen

The oven is one of the most essential appliances in the kitchen. When customers are searching for ovens to install in their kitchens, there are three criteria that should use to ensure that the product they choose is a good purchase. Ovens must look nice, perform well and save energy.

They Must Look Good in Appearance

The first criterion used to determine if an oven is worth the purchase is its appearance. Some ovens have a dull look to them, appearing very basic at best. Then there are ovens that have a fancy appeal. Ovens can also have unique features such as stainless steel handles, glass-panel doors and eye-catching digital displays. What customers choose will depend on what they prefer.

Ovens Must Perform Well

Along with having a satisfying appearance, customers expect ovens to perform well. These appliances must be able to cook food to perfection, and they must not take too long to heat. Furthermore, features must be available that allow for the seamless preparation of a wide range of dishes.

Significant Savings on Energy

Now more than ever, there has been a lot of discussion about energy savings. With the cost of living rising along with the cost of utilities, consumers are always searching for ways that they can use the least amount of energy. While it is paramount that ovens perform well and look appealing, they must also be able to function like a first-rate, high-powered oven without draining on the utilities. 

Large companies that sell a wide range of ovens, such as the ovens from Appliances Connection, are guaranteed to allow purchasers to find an oven that meets all three criteria. Not to mention, there will be enough of a selection to enable customers to choose the oven that fits their preferences perfectly.