Kristin R.

Kristin R.
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.

Maybe This is the Reality Check We All Needed

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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Pass the Sunny D, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Pandemic Summer

Spring and summer 2020, what an absolute dumpster fire, a complete failure of epic proportions. What is supposed to be a time of rebirth with flowers abloom and milestones to celebrate as communities reemerge...
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Just Wear the Mask, Please!

Just wear the mask, please! It’s a simple form of self-preservation and human decency, an act that takes very little time, money, and exertion. And yet I continue to be baffled as to why,...
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The Dichotomy of Motherhood is Extremely Bittersweet

The complex, contradictory nature of motherhood is what makes parenting so rewarding, and in the very same breath, painfully bittersweet. As our children grow and mature, we begin to reap the rewards of the...

Slivers of Hope in COVID-19

The world is reeling. Our country is suffering. The daily headline for every news channel recites the most recent death toll in which the pandemic, COVID-19, has captured. We are living in a cocoon...
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They Won’t Remember, But We Will

They won’t remember the endless nights spent rocking, consoling a small baby back to sleep. Even though the fatigue was felt through every bone in our bodies, we kept rocking and humming songs. Their...
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The Early Mornings are My Version of Self-Care

Self Care. The buzzword heard everywhere from mommy bloggers to doctors, talk show hosts to girlfriends. It is especially popular at the start of a new year with resolutions aplenty meant to bring us...
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A Mom’s Guide to Visiting Crown Center’s Ice Terrace

Kansas City is rich in family-friendly attractions, and Crown Center’s Ice Terrace is no exception! A Christmastime tradition for many families, the skating rink is in the heart of the city, and draws locals...
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How to Get Kids to Open Up About Their School Day

Ask my seven-year-old son about the latest Dog Man book he’s reading and he will list every semi-inappropriate joke the series has to offer. Inquire about the most recent episode of Transformers Rescue Bots...
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Why Are We Still Trying to Keep Up with the Joneses?

The American culture is one in which we are always trying to give the next generation of children a better and more magical life than the generation before experienced. The sentiment is actually quite...

Parents-Only Getaway

A parents-only getaway is a true luxury. My husband and I have been married for ten years, and as of last month had never been able to get away for more than one night...

10 Pieces of Advice 20-Year-Olds Need to Hear from a Mom in Her Late...

Your twenties: the decade of selfishness and self-discovery. It feels very long ago and just yesterday in the same breath. I still vividly remember every corner of my very first "grown-up" apartment, and I...

Hey Employers, Hire More Moms

Over a glass of wine, a few weeks back, a neighborhood friend and I had a conversation about school starting and the ever-evolving chaos that accompanies children. What started as pleasant and funny chitchat,...

Are We Ruining Youth Sports?

Are we ruining youth sports? Let’s just cut to the chase: the answer to this question is yes! I played sports for most of my youth and into college. I fully understand the positive implications...
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Being Pregnant in the Summer is the Worst

Pregnancy is magical. Growing and sustaining life is truly a gift … unless the third trimester takes place in the throes of summer. Then, pregnancy feels like becoming hostage to suffocating ruched t-shirts and...