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Jollene Hastings

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Jollene has been married to her husband of 5 years and is a boymom to a toddler and infant. She grew up on the coasts (CA and NJ), but moved to the Midwest for college. After graduating from Mizzou, she moved to KC and has fully embraced the BBQ, sports, and arts scene the city offers. Primarily a SAHM, she also owns a wedding planning/videography business. Being a foodie, she enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, party planning, and eating all the desserts. Her other interests include: traveling, Pinterest-ing, fashion, volunteering, music arts, bargain shopping, and taking 100 pictures of her boys--daily. She is grateful for family, adventures with her sons, and a loving Lord.
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Social Distancing and Being a Better Mom, Wife

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In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19, all of us have been instructed to stay calm, stay washing our hands, and stay home. Social distancing means making daily, conscious decisions to stay away...
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Coronavirus, Xenophobia, and Kindness in KC

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that coronavirus (specifically COVID-19) is infecting people around the world. I am no medical professional nor do I have any desire to debate the validity...
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Save Your Tupperware, Susan! (The Real Parties Moms Want)

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I love a good party. The recipe for a successful party includes any combination of: an excuse to dress up, having a fun theme, eating something delicious, plenty of girl talk, possible pampering, and/or...
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“Normal” is the Setting on Your Washer

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There I was, standing with one hand covering up the automated flush sensor, just so my son could use the public toilet without fear of the loud sound. When he was finished, he would...
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Boxes

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This fall, I moved for the first time in almost 10 years. Packing got the best of me. For months, it was the elephant in the room that I tried to ignore until I...
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There’s an App for That, Mamas!

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You've heard it over and over, and it started when the baby was still in your belly. "Motherhood is hard!" It's emotionally exhausting, mom brain is real, and you long for a community to...
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Mom Tips for Flying Alone with Kids

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Let's be honest, traveling somewhere with kids is a trip more than a vacation. I'm not discounting the fact that wonderful memories will be made, but if we're keeping it real, it's a lot...

Over the Moon: All About the Mid-Autumn Festival

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Santa didn’t usually come to my house, nor did I have many Easter baskets in my childhood. I never thought I was missing out compared to my peers, because I had Chinese New Year...
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A Mom’s Guide to Loose Park

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While we have many parks to choose from in Kansas City, I love Loose Park the most. Fall is just around the corner, and it's my favorite time to visit! Leaves are changing colors, air...
Field Station: Dinosaurs

A Roaring Good Family Time

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My 4 year old conveniently forgets things like which shoe goes on the correct foot, but can rattle off at least 10 species of dinosaurs with ease. When learning animal noises, my 18 month...
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(Mom) Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

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Life indirectly sets us up to be friends with like-minded and age-similar people. People we grow up with, people from our classrooms, people sharing in extracurriculars -- our peers. In all these cases, those...
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A Girly Boy Mom

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I've always been a "girly-girl." The kind who grew up having bows in her hair everyday and embraced any opportunity to wear a fancy dress. (The latter is still true.) My father has legit...

Changing the Perception of ‘Mama’s Boy’

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I fully embrace being a boy mom of two. While I don’t usually like to assign gender-specific behaviors, there’s something unexplainable to me about the bond between a boy and his mama. I’m experiencing...

Top 10 Bakeries of KC

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It's February, the month of love, and my love language is CARBS! If you've ever wanted to know where you can find the best baked goods, but didn't know if you could handle the...

Mommy 5-0: Playing the Bad Cop

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“With great power comes great responsibility.” Voltaire said it first, and then so did Peter Parker’s uncle. Lately, that’s been my mantra for being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). It’s true, right? Don’t downplay it; being...