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Kristin R.

Kristin R.
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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.

7 Tips for Out-of-the-Box Boy Fashion

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In a past life, I dreamt of being a fashionista. Then, I got pregnant and found yoga pants and that dream was far-gone. When I became a mom of two boys I thought my visions...

When the Fog of Infancy Lifts

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“This too shall pass.” “It gets easier.” “The fog will lift.” “You have your hands full!” We’ve all heard these statements from friends, family or well-meaning bystanders as we tiredly rock a crying baby or try to race...

Tips for a Safe and Fun Summer of Swimming

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Like peanut butter and jelly, summertime and swimming go hand in hand. Children love nothing more than splashing, jumping and cannon-balling into any amount of water, mud puddles included. The problem with this love affair,...
The Ultimate Mom Life Hack

The Ultimate Mom Life Hack

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Good news, ladies. I am pretty sure I have found the ultimate mom life-hack. It magically provides a peaceful shower (taken alone), a moment to sip (hot) coffee in the morning and allows time...

My Quest to Raise Feminist Sons

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It was just another ordinary night when my son unknowingly crushed my feminist soul. The family dynamic in our home, at the moment, is one in which I am home more often with the children...
The Gross Truths of Parenting

The Gross Truths of Parenting

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There’s a saying in our house: "Parenting is 25% mental toughness and 75% dealing with bodily fluids." Mere moments after the first sweet smell of perfect newborn head, kids will undeniably test parents' propensity in dealing with truly...
Marriage After Children - The New Normal

Marriage After Children – The New Normal

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On the first night home from the hospital with our newborn son my husband and I looked at each other and said, "Now what?" Everything we once knew had been erased, and the meaning...
Building Your Village

Mom Friends: How to Know if You’ve Found a Keeper

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Let’s be real for a second. Husbands are great. We need them as our companions, partners and Netflix-watching comrades. Moms, sisters, aunts, mothers-in-law, they are all invaluable resources and sounding boards. Coworkers can be...

Warning: Three is the New “Terrible Two”

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Terrible Twos. What a gross exaggeration, much like "sleep like a baby." Those responsible for coining the phrases were either delusional or drunk. Babies do not sleep, at least mine do not. And the twos are...
Mothering: What I've Learned From My Mom's Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Mothering. What I’ve Learned from my Mom’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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Cancer. This six letter curse word is all too increasingly finding its way in to the homes of loved ones, friends and acquaintances. We see the "Rally for…(insert name of child, mother, brother, sister, father...
Upcycling Toys: transforming trash into treasures

Upcycling Toys: Transforming Trash into Treasures

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Fact: Toys are expensive. If it is marketed for a baby, toddler, or child you can count on it being overpriced. And if it's licensed, forget about it! Not to mention the said toys...
8 Ways to Make Dressing a Post-Baby Body Less Painful

8 Ways to Make Dressing a Post-Baby Body Less Painful

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When newly pregnant, the first sign of the belly "popping" is an exciting confirmation that our life will never be the same. The squishy, dirty, little secret our girlfriends neglect to divulge is that...
Be Kind, Your Mom Says So!

Be Kind, Your Mom Says So!

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Dear Sons, In the three short years I have been a mom, our country has seen some tumultuous times. Tragedies like Newtown and Ferguson, the Jewish community shootings, and most recently in Charleston, have been...