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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The Task of Finding Myself Again

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Summer is waning, the masks are off, and Target is filling up with pencils and crayons and backpacks. As I think about my kids getting on a school bus at long last in a...
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Embracing Autism and Listening to Autistic Voices

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When my son was diagnosed as being autistic two years ago, I thought I understood what that meant. I thought it meant communication delays, trouble with social interaction, sensory meltdowns, and more. I had...
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One Year of Virtual Learning

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Back when my oldest son was starting kindergarten, I'm pretty sure I said at LEAST once, "I literally cannot imagine any scenario in which I would choose to homeschool." Then COVID-19 came into the world...
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Best Chiefs Treats in the KC Metro

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It's that time again...the Chiefs have clinched their spot in the NFL playoffs, and the energy in Kansas City is starting to build! But...instead of being crowded into bars and restaurants and Arrowhead Stadium...
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How to Write a Fabulous (and Eye Roll Free) Holiday Card

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When I was a little kid, I was big into having pen pals and making and sending cards. As an adult, this has translated into a deep, slightly irrational love of writing our annual...
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My Number One Holiday Life Hack: Outsourcing Meals

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Let me start with this: I love holidays. I am the person guiltily playing Christmas music in the car before Thanksgiving. I have themed outfits to embarrass my children. I love sitting around moaning...
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Tubie Life: What it’s Like to have a Kid with a Feeding Tube

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We recently joined the ranks of families who have children with a feeding tube. We've been very open about this on social media and realized that people have lots of questions they've always been...
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Everything I Know about Pandemic Parenting I Learned from the Kansas City Chiefs

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Doesn't it seem like a million years ago that the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl? Talk about a whole different world. People packed into stadiums without masks, sharing hugs and beverages, cheering...
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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...
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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...
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