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Ideas for the Holidays

Hello Fall! Holiday Ideas for You

We’re all starting to feel a little nip in the air, and the holidays are drawing near. Are you starting to think about gifts or decorations? Let me draw your attention to some of these awesome local artisans and professionals.

Art by Magic

Want to add a zing to your home? Check out Art by Magic. Monika Agic is a talented artist based in Urbandale, IA. Monika created fine art paintings for years, but has now transitioned to furniture. She finds pieces who needs additional love and provides that love to let their natural beauty shine through. In addition, she is holding an Open Garage events from time to time. For more information, contact Monika at

Radiant Om Yoga

With the craziness of the approaching holiday season, do you need to find some additional peace? I recommend Radiant Om Yoga. Robin Bourjaily is a certified Yoga as Muse instructor, and in her own words, “emphasizes alignment, joy, and freedom in her yoga classes”. Robin also offers private lessons at your own home. For more information, contact Robin at

Chasing Laurels

Need ideas for different kinds of gifts? Check out Chasing Laurels. This is a local horseback riding school, offering semi-private and private lessons for all ages. Chase Corley is a CHA certified riding instructor with years of experience and starts her lessons with training students on how to care for the horses, the best foundation there is. Mention this newsletter, and receive a free lesson when you purchase a lesson. For more information, contact Chase at

Erin Carpenter Pottery

Looking for just the right piece to finish off your room? Let me draw your attention to Erin Carpenter Pottery. Erin is a talented pottery professional based in Ames, IA. Her pieces include semi-functional pierced bowls and vases as well as pieces with water etching, gold luster, and mishima (underglaze inlay). Erin also ships to anywhere, so you can send these gifts to friends near and far. For more information, contact Erin through her webpage at

Barnes Outdoor

Do you love Christmas lights but hate putting them up? Barnes Outdoor is a local business that offers year round services for all your outdoor needs. They are currently running a special on Christmas Lights! They install professional, LED Christmas lights on your house’s roof lines. LED bulbs do not break, almost never burn out, and are extremely energy efficient. You barely notice any change in your utility bill. Act soon and get a free automatic timer! Contact Ryan Strief for more information on all our services. Office: 515-727-1645 Cell: 319-321-1769,