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katiebarilaro

katiebarilaro
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Katie is a SAHM mom of three, a bad driver of a heavily dented minivan, a KC native, and an owner of a messy house in Overland Park (and not in a cute “Look at my kids playing in unfolded laundry!” way, but more in a “Don’t stick your hands under the couch until we’ve investigated that smell!” way). She loves long family road trips, dogs with people names, and using her rare kid-free time to go to concerts and movies. She hates speaking in third person and people with dog names. She is most proud of her children when they sing David Bowie songs in public and express independence in ways that cause strangers concern.

Kindergarten is Better with Two

When people find out that I have twins, they usually react in one of two ways: with a groan and a “better you than me!” or with a smile and an “I always wanted...

What I Learned From the Summer of 2019

It’s starting to feel like fall and I absolutely welcome the coming of my favorite season. But also, for probably the first time since I was a kid dreading my return to school, I...

What Type of Playground Mom Are YOU?

With eight years of playground experience under my belt, I consider myself to be a veteran playground mom. I’m no longer that fresh-faced rookie parent who walked into a park with my baby and...

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog™ Kicks Off Summer Fun at Crown Center!

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Crown Center is the place to go! Their fun and FREE rotating exhibit space has just transformed into Birdwell Island, better known as home...
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What We Want Out-of-Town Relatives to Know About Kansas City

My husband spent the first 22 years of his life in Pennsylvania, but now he’s one of us. He learned how to navigate the city I grew up in better than me (admittedly not...

Play, Learn, Create, and Explore at YMCA Summer Day Camp

If you’re looking for the perfect summer camp for your kids, offering a multi-faceted variety of activities to keep them busy, engaged, and having fun, look no further! The YMCA gave us a chance...
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In Defense of Instagram Shaming Our Children

I took a picture of my four-year-old throwing a major tantrum recently. We were in a donut shop with her big sister while her brother and dad were getting haircuts. I thought we’d have...

The Life-Changing Magic of Accepting the Mess

Do you have access to a Netflix account? Then you have definitely watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. If only for a little bit, out of curiosity for why your friends have been trying...

5 Perfect Gifts for Your Worst Enemy

Has someone wronged you this year? Is there a friend or family member upon whom you seek vengeance? Is there anyone whose life you’d just like to make a living nightmare? Well have I got...

Celebrate Fall at Worlds of Fun

Fall has finally arrived and it’s the perfect time to head outside and enjoy the season! One of our favorite places to do just that: Worlds of Fun! Not only does Worlds of Fun offer...

Sorry About That Last Name, Kids!

Alright kids, now that you’ve perfected spelling your first names with most of the letters facing the right direction, I’ve got some bad news. You know that funny name that I recorded each of...

Children Don’t Belong in Nice Restaurants’ and other Falsehoods

Every parent has experienced that ominous feeling. A relatively peaceful meal out with the family - a rare indulgence since having the kids - about to be disrupted by an adorable but incorrigible tiny...

Summer Road Trip: Meet Me in St. Louis!

I have many fond memories of visiting St. Louis as a kid, but I never thought of it as a must visit destination once I had a family of my own. But thanks to...

Five Things All Parents Should Buy From IKEA

The Fall of 2014 was a historic one here in Kansas City. Who can forget he Royals ending their 28-season playoff drought, coming back from behind several times in that incredible Wild Card game,...

OUR TIME… to Face Some Hard Truths This Royals Season

  It’s a weird feeling to be a Royals fan in 2018. For the first time in what seems like forever, we’re entering a full season of meaningless baseball. If you’re like me, you’re struggling...