Kristin Ruthstrom

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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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A No Fuss NYE Snack Menu to Satisfy Everyone

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The conclusion of 2021 is near, and that is something worth rejoicing! Like 2020, it was tumultuous and difficult. I’m planning on toasting to the year ending, but will also be tiptoeing in to...

Top 5 Festive, Secular Events to Get You Jazzed for the Holidays in KC

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After 2020 provided a less than ideal (read: sad and abysmal) holiday season, 2021 is making up for all of the merry that was lost last year. The holiday season is back, baby, and...

COVID-Safe Destinations in KC for Young Children

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With the recent announcement of children ages 5-11 now being eligible for a vaccine, there seems to be a collective therapeutic exhale from parents that we, as a community and country, might just be...
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Weston, Missouri — the One-Tank Trip You Must Take

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Looking for a one-tank kind of trip, that is COVID-friendly and all family members will find a reason to enjoy? Need a destination that is charming and picturesque, has small town charm, but offers...
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Top Apple Cider Destinations in Kansas City

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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...

Best Places for Fall Family Photos in Kansas City

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The first yellow leaves have begun to fall. The smell of pumpkin spice and apple cider donuts can be detected around every street corner. This can only mean one thing; to the delight of...
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It’s a Hot Girl Summer for Obvious Reasons

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Coined by the queen, Megan Thee Stallion, “hot girl summer” means embracing a lifestyle that many of us moms feel as though we left behind many moons ago. The term, for those stuck under...
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Third Grade is When it All Changes

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My boy is growing up. A friend who was once a third grade teacher warned me it would be coming. It is the collision of worlds, where they still seem so tiny, but want...
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Cheers to Us: It’s International Women’s Day!

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Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day! The theme for 2021 is #ChoosetoChallenge. It is a call to action, asking us to think critically in order to overcome gender inequality while also celebrating all...
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Celebrating Love and Valentine’s Day with Our Children in 2021

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Here we are. We have made it to February, the time of year jam-packed with candy conversation hearts and romantic love. Who could have imagined last year, as we perused the pink teddy bear...
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21 Realistic Resolutions for 2021

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After the backyard bonfires have sufficiently burned all of the well-meaning 2020 calendars into a pile of forgotten ashes, it will be time to jot down (only in pencil, mind you) our hopes, dreams...
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Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020

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Thanksgiving is going to feel different this year. It has to. Despite an entire world willing 2020 to take a much-needed detour away from Dumpster-fire-ville, she is proving to be relentless. She is forging...
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Decision Fatigue Is Real and It Is Weighing Us Down

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I sat in front of my computer for two days, trying to figure out how to put my thoughts in to coherent sentences regarding decision fatigue. Alas, here it is, and I can’t decide...
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A Letter of Appreciation to Teachers

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For months, debates have raged on regarding school re-opening plans. Everyone seems to have an opinion, and a strong one at that. The implications of the decisions are astonishingly profound. Administrators and school board officials...

Maybe This is the Reality Check We All Needed

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It’s been a long six months. What began as fear of the unknown, with a mysterious virus lurking in the air has morphed into a different kind of dread and trepidation. Now, we must...
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