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Pip lives in Brookside with her 2 year old son, Archer, husband, Daniel and Goldendoodle pup, Milo. She was born in New Zealand, and lived in London, Paris and New York before discovering there is no place like home in Kansas City. Two years into her stateside adventure, she is still struggling to understand gun laws, healthcare and the political system – but from all accounts so are most people who were born here. However, Pip has developed a taste for KC BBQ, Baseball and the Doughnut Lounge – cocktails with Donuts, what is not to love? On most days you can find her at Union Station indulging her toddler’s passion for sustainable transport AKA Thomas the Tank Engine. Pip has a Masters in Sustainability and works part time for a food company on ethical supply chains.

5 Tips for Raising a Puppy and Toddler

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I guess it should have occurred to me when breeders would stop taking my calls after I let slip we had an 18 month old, that puppies and toddlers are not a good combination....

Surviving the Toddler Bed Transition

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Sleep.  Since we first bought him home from the hospital, sleep has been our greatest challenge as parents. Three years in, and in the midst of transitioning to a toddler bed, and little has...
Why I won't be cutting my son's hair anytime soon

Why I’m Not Cutting My Son’s Hair Anytime Soon

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My son is almost 3, and I have never cut his hair. This is not for religious reasons. We are not Sikh. Although the Sikh’s belief that allowing one’s hair to grow naturally is...

Mama, Stop Using Social Media As Your Main News Source

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Recently, a fellow mom asked a question on a Kansas City mom’s Facebook group – why someone would consider voting for a presidential candidate whose appeal she herself was failing to see. The mom asked...

15 Values-Led Books for Pre-Schoolers

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Finding the holy grail of stories that feature good principles, prose and pictures for preschoolers isn’t easy. I’ve spent time trawling the library and internet, so you don’t have to. I’m an English literature major. About...

5 Habits of Fit Moms

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Exercise. Often it’s those that need it most that have the least time for it.  And for those that do find the time, maintaining momentum and motivation proves just as difficult. It’s challenging for...
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Why I Hired a Doula

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Choosing a doula was the first thing I did, as we prepared to move from the UK to the US at 8 months pregnant. A deliberate choice in my quest for the perfect birth...

Counting the Cost of Cloth Diapers – Was it Worth it?

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I used to consider myself someone who cared about the environment. In London, I rode my bike or took the train to work each day, while my weekly (mostly) organic food shop was delivered...

Geriatric at 35: Highs and Lows of an Older Mom

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If you're brave or lucky enough to be an older mom (aka over 35), you’ll know there's a lot of indignity and humiliation that comes with it. While you’re trying to get pregnant, news...

What’s for Dinner? Breaking Out of a Food Rut

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Post-motherhood, I don’t have the brainpower to decide what’s for dinner five nights a week, so I have outsourced this to the internet. Here’s how I broke out of my food rut. There’s a lot...

In Defense of the Netflix Babysitter

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In the list of things I said I would never do as a parent, before I actually became a parent, not allowing my children to watch TV rated pretty highly. I watched my sisters...
Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with Toddlers

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Hiking with toddlers is a bit like introducing new vegetables. You know it's good for them in the long term, but the short term can be painful for all involved. Here's what I've learned about...
What Would Jesus Say About Netflix Unlimited Parental Leave?

What Would Jesus Say About Netflix Unlimited Parental Leave?

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The news that Netflix will now offer unlimited parental leave to its staff was met with a round of virtual high fives from all corners of the media world this week - except, that...
Maternity Leave: How Long is Too Long?

Maternity Leave: How Long Is Too Long?

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When I first tipped up in Kansas City from London, 8 months pregnant and trailing my husband’s career, I enjoyed watching the looks of envy when I’d tell people I was on a year’s...