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Brieanne H.

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Brie Hilton lives in the Northland is a stay-at-home mom with multiple side hustles in the Northland. Her oldest son, Charlie, is 7 and has his own pet-sitting business and outsmarts his parents at least three times a week. Her youngest, Patrick, is 5 and has cerebral palsy and autism, so she considers herself an expert on navigating the special needs life on way too little sleep. In her spare time (ha), Brie teaches group fitness classes, has a boutique in her basement, naps too much, and actively ignores the piles of laundry on the floor.
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I Hate Summer: How We Deal

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As we slide into the summer months, I'm overwhelmed by social media declarations of how excited people are to be outside swimming, playing, and barbecuing after a long winter. I'm happy you're happy. Really. I know...
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Stuck in the Middle with You

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When my son, Patrick, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, his doctor lifted his forearm and pointed to a spot exactly between his wrist and elbow. “This is the middle,” he said. “This...
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Supporting the Kansas City Community while Social Distancing

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It's everywhere now: social distancing as key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. It's a good idea. The fewer people who interact, the harder it is for the coronavirus to spread. Makes sense. Count me...
Lean In/Lean Out

I’m Leaning Out

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For the last four-and-change years, I've never seen myself as anything but a working mom. I never had any real desire to stay at home with my two sons. Of course there have been...
Everything I Need to Know About Parenting a Preschooler I Learned From Hamilton

Everything I Need to Know about Parenting a Preschooler I Learned From Hamilton

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Unless you live in a cave somewhere, you've likely heard of the Broadway sensation, Hamilton. (If not, go listen to the soundtrack, like, now.) I commute with my kids every day, and we listen...
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A Mom’s REAL Guide to Cold and Flu Season

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Winter is here, which means snotty noses, puke bugs, mysterious rashes and everything in between. I'm not a doctor, or a nurse, so don't confuse this with actual medical advice. I'm just that mom who...
Baby Naming: Strategies, Bargaining, and What to Do When You Don't Agree

Baby Naming: Strategies, Bargaining, and What to Do When You Don’t Agree

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Naming a baby is kind of a big deal. In grade school, I remember paging through the ancient baby name book my mom had purchased when she was pregnant with my sister, and writing lists...

Lessons from the Ocean: Finding Nemo and Special Needs Parenting

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Finding Nemo came out in 2003, when I was a 19 year old college freshman. Of course I was above the target age for the movie at that point, but because I'm a certified Disney...
We Don't Eat Dinner Together and That's OK

We Don’t Eat Dinner Together and That’s OK

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"Well, you know, even though we both work, we ALWAYS eat dinner as a family.  No matter what!" The other moms in the room murmured approvingly.  I glanced down. "We don't eat dinner together, and we're...
Here's What Cerebral Palsy Means to our Family

Here’s What Cerebral Palsy Means to Our Family

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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month ... ...and this is one of the many, many faces. Let me give you the facts: cerebral palsy (CP) is basically a giant umbrella diagnosis. It means, as a rehab doctor...

How I Fed My Baby: Donor Milk

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The doctor sat down. That was my first sign that something was wrong. Doctors, especially hospital pediatricians, wear sneakers because they're on their feet all day, standing at bedsides, doing procedures, walking from room to...
Don't Call Me a #boymom

Don’t Call Me a #boymom

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I have two children, Charlie and Patrick. They are bright, energetic, silly, and kind.  They love trucks and coloring and Paw Patrol, painted toenails and mommy's necklaces, going to the pool and crashing into...
Building Your Village

Finding Your Tribe: Internet Friends are Real Friends

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Everyone, it's time to come out of the closet. We are living in the age of wearable technology, Amazon drones and self-driving cars. So, hello. My name is Brie. I have internet friends, and I'm...
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? 9 Things to Love About a KC Winter

Do You Want to Build A Snowman: 9 Things to Love About a KC...

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It's the first week in December in Kansas City. There's a chill in the air, the grass is prickly with frost in the mornings, and hats and mittens are flying off the shelves at...
An Open Letter to the Body Shamers

An Open Letter to the Body Shamers

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Dear Consultants, Coaches, #girlbosses and "Business Owners": Hi. You don't know me, exactly, but you know me in theory. I am the person you prey on. I am a new mom, a few months postpartum. I'm...