Kristin Ruthstrom

Kristin is a Lee’s Summit suburb transplant, after living in the Brookside and Plaza areas for over eight years. Raising three young boys with her husband, Jake, has helped her to embrace the messy, wild side of life where love is expressed in bear hugs and body slams. Professionally, she can be found teaching classes as an adjunct professor in the areas of Business, Marketing and PR. She is able to provide her students with applicable, real-life knowledge as she draws from several years working in the corporate sector. “Free time” (ha!, what's that again?) is spent on an occasional date night to favorite local restaurants, reading blogs on everything from home design to politics, riding her sweet beach cruiser bike and thinking of ways to convince her husband to do yet another home improvement project.
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Guide to Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri

The only way to endure the long and sometimes harsh Midwest winters is to embrace the outdoor activities that embody the fun of the season. Skiing, tubing and snowboarding are the ultimate winter sports...
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Where to Shop for Chiefs Gear in Kansas City

Hometown pride is alive in well in Kansas City, and for good reason. The barbeque, the sports teams, the unrivaled Midwest kindness and the deep-rooted support for one another make this town a unique...

Family Friendly Places to Watch the Chiefs Game

Cross all your fingers and knock on any wood in close proximity, because the Kansas City Chiefs are once again throwing out Super Bowl vibes! If you are looking to watch Mahomes and Kelce...

A Journey with Asthma, One Family’s Story

Every parent knows the feeling of helplessness and worry when their child is sick. Sleepless nights are consumed by the checking and re-checking of symptoms. It is an out of control feeling coupled with...
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Holidays at Union Station: All You Need to Know

One of the most iconic holiday destinations in Kansas City is Union Station. The beautiful, historical building is adorned with the magic of the season as families bustle about to the buzz of miniature...
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Which Kansas City Nutcracker Performance is Right for Your Family?

A sugar plum fairy. Sparkling snowflakes. Exquisite costumes. Fantastical sights and sounds. The story and presentation of “The Nutcracker” adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original short story has been amazing audiences for decades. A Christmastime tradition for many, the...
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Guide to Shopping for Tall Moms

What's awesome about being tall? Seeing over everyone's head in a crowd. What's not awesome about being tall? Buying pants. Also, one-piece swimsuits, coats and maxi-length dresses. We might as well include mini-length dresses in that list, too....
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Spending an Afternoon at YaYa’s Alpaca Farm

A self-proclaimed agritourism destination, YaYa’s Alpaca Farm in Garden City, Missouri, has blossomed from one man’s sanctuary, to a Kansas City area must-see working farm. After a personal tragedy of losing his wife to cancer,...
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Top Apple Cider Destinations in Kansas City

Apple cider is the quintessential autumn drink both kids and their parents can enjoy. Thanks to an abundance of orchards and a collective love of everything the season has to offer, Kansas City has no...
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Kansas City’s 100+ Best Date Night Ideas

The calendar is blocked and the sitter secured, now for the hardest part of date night, figuring out what to do! Kansas City has no shortage of amazing places, so let this list guide you...

A Day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

The charm of the farm animals, the intentional areas to explore, and the emphasis on conservation and preservation are just some of the reasons Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a favorite destination for Kansas...

Best Places for Kids to Fish in Kansas City

Why travel hours to the Ozarks for prime fishing, when great bodies of water and an abundance of fish are right here? If your little one loves the thrill of a nip on their...
three boys at Chiefs Training Camp

Attending Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp with Kids

Kansas City Chiefs mania is poised to begin once again with the inaugural kick-off of training camp! Located in St. Joseph, Missouri, Chiefs training camp is a free, family friendly event for any and...

Meet the Kidpreneur of Aaron’s Sodas

Servaes Brewery, located in Shawnee, Kansas, opened its doors in April 2019 after its owner, Courtney Servaes, wanted to bring her love of interesting flavors and passion for brewing to the masses. Innovative and...
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Professional Bull Riding is Coming to Kansas City

Cowboys and cowgirls grab your boots and Wranglers because Professional Bull Riding Team Series is coming to Kansas City! It is bringing the entertainment, excitement and heart-pounding adrenaline for fans of all ages. In its...
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