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Good morning, Iowa!

Welcome to the first official week of summer. What a time to be alive! If you're looking for new things to try out this week, then slide on over to the Art Center cafe that opens today. Chef’s Palette, 4700 Grand Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Go grab a bite to eat and tell me what you think. Now, here's what people are talking about around Des Moines... 

I AIN'T SORRY

Catherine Marie Meisenburg doesn't have time for any somber shenanigans. Meisenburg took her old wedding dress, a baseball bat, a sharpie in order to write "LIAR" on a few cutesy photos and a few more items to really set the tone for her "separation shoot." Memorializing divorce through parties or rings isn't new, but social media has empowered people to "celebrate" life moments in more public ways. “People are saying that (Meisenburg) is a psycho or that she needs a therapist, but I keep stressing this was just for fun,” said photographer Angela Josephine. “It’s not like she walks around with a knife and a baseball bat all the time. This was for fun.”

WHAT'S IN WAUKEE?

In what might be one of my favorite "home envy" features, we stumbled across a Waukee home that was built according to principles of Vastu and Feng Shui, which enhance the peace and prosperity of the inhabitants. It includes a lush garden, a rounded stone paved patio, custom woodwork (knotty alder), Brazilian walnut floors, and geothermal heating.

IT'S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE

After being open for less than a year, Lurra Cocina is closing up shop. A sign hanging on the front door of the restaurant reads, "Unfortunately, Lurra Cocina will not be open this evening, Saturday, June 18, due to an unforeseen emergency. We apologize for any inconvenience." A new concept for the location is supposed to be coming in July.

IT'S OFFICIALLY SUMMER...

I don't know about you, but all I want to do is chill out at the nearest pool for the rest of the summer. Here are six places to go swimming in the Des Moines area.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT...​

- Ameena, Juice

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