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.

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...

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...

Front Row Mom

I don’t really have any hangups about aging. I’ve comfortably settled into the point in my life where I dread having plans to go almost anywhere. While I once turned down a car from...

Gentle-ish Reminders for Your Friends Who Misuse Car Seats

  Hey friends, I know this is not for you. You all read your manuals and checked the updated AAP, CDC, and NHTSA safety guidelines for proper child restraint use. And with that knowledge, I’m...

Conveinent Car Maintenance with Your Mechanic

      I admit, I’ve allowed my car’s oil light to be ignored for far too long. I don’t know much about cars, but I know that this isn’t smart. And yet, it’s something that I’ve...

Princess Culture – Bring it On

Recently, it was that time of year again when everyone wanted to know what my kids would be dressing as for Halloween. Let's start with my son. Aside from a two-day period of telling...

Kindergarten is Hard … on Me

Preschool to kindergarten is a tough transition. It means less sleep, less freedom and less family time. It also means more work, more rules and more distance between friends in different school districts. It’s...

Be Fancy AND Frugal with Craigslist!

When I decided to quit working and stay home with my children, I knew it would be necessary for me to contribute to our family in a different way. Like most stay-at-home moms, I...

Parents’ Guide to Day Out With Thomas

They’re two, they’re four, they’re six, they’re eight… and they’re coming to Kansas City! Well, no, they’re actually just two and one (not sure why Thomas’s number isn’t included in his own theme song)...

How to Enjoy a Royals Game Despite Your Kids

Baseball season is in full swing! Temperatures are warming, the kids are almost out of school, and for many of us, that means it’s time to start planning our first Royals outings of the...

Kids are Weird – Embrace It!

Some kids always seem so put together. There’s not a hair out of place on their heads, they always wear the cutest outfits, they’re perfectly and abundantly accessorized and their shoes are never, EVER...

Preparing for the End of a Royals Era

I had never been more prepared for anything in my life. As the Royals’ World Series parade began in 2015, I was exactly where I wanted to be. I had studied the parade route...

Winter Road Trip: 13 Things You’ll Need

So you want to visit family for the holidays, but you have a bunch of kids, air fare is expensive, and you have way too much stuff to haul across an airport terminal? Take...