Tonya Blythe

Tonya Blythe
Tonya is a wife and mom of six – two biological children, sons Javan (9) and Tiras (6), and four children (7, 6, 3 and 6 months) by way of foster care. She is a Kansas City transplant from Aurora, Colorado (by way of MIZZOU and Jefferson City, Missouri) who enjoys BBQ, taco trucks, and sports of most every variety. She’s passionate about foster care, living organ donation, social media and its many uses, and movie theater popcorn. Love is best expressed to her in the form of Excel spreadsheets, cute office products, and fountain sodas from Quik Trip.

Find Your New Normal: Tips from a Homeschooling Mom

Nearly six years ago, I first told Kansas City Mom Collective readers about our family’s decision to homeschool our two boys. Since then, our family has doubled in size as we welcomed four additional...

Top 10 Posts of 2017: the Best of Kansas City Moms Blog

From real-life essays on motherhood to tips for navigating family life in Kansas City, here is our roundup of Kansas City Moms Blog's most-read posts of 2017!"We don't always have to explicitly tell our...
Learning Quest 529

Give a Unique Gift that Truly Matters

As moms, we all can relate to family members bombarding us about what to get our kids for the holidays. This year, give them an answer you’ll both love. Instead of another toy, ask...

#GivingTuesday: Harvesters’ Big BackSnack Give Back

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off a charitable holiday season when many focus their attention (and their resources) on organizations doing important work in their community. On this #GivingTuesday, Kansas City...
Downtown Dazzle

Downtown Dazzle: a Kansas City Holiday Experience

It’s no secret that there are a ton of great holiday activities taking place across Kansas City in the month ahead. As parents, we’re constantly looking for ways to create lasting memories of the holiday season...
Guide to Holiday Lights in Kansas City

2017 Guide to Holiday Lights in Kansas City

Briarcliff Holiday Lighting Celebration (November 11 | 3 p.m.) A Northland holiday tradition, join your friends and family at The Village at Briarcliff for their annual holiday lighting ceremony. Family activities include inflatables, music, caricaturists,...
Guide to Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City | Kansas City Moms Blog

2017 Guide to Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (November 11-December 24) Head to your local Bass Pro Shop for photos with Santa, games, crafts, and activities for the kids! Visit Santa at Oak Park Mall (November 11-December 24) Visit Santa...
Guide to Christmas Tree Farms in Kansas City | Kansas City Moms Blog

2017 Guide to Christmas Tree Farms in Kansas City

(Note: Please contact tree farms directly for questions relating to supply, hours of service, etc.) Kansas Bierman's Christmas Tree Farm-2825 S. 63rd St., Kansas City, Kan. Phone (913) 375-1317. D&G Christmas Tree Farm-Highway 69 & 247th St.,...
Guide to Holiday Festivals and Merriment in Kansas City | Kansas City Moms Blog

2017 Guide to Holiday Festivals and Merriment in Kansas City

Crown Center Ice Terrace  Many people see this as an annual tradition. Bringing their family to ice skate is the first thing they do each holiday season! You will definitely want to check out the...
Guide to Holiday Musical Performances in Kansas City | Kansas City Moms Blog

2017 Guide to Holiday Musical & Theatrical Performances in Kansas City

A Charlie Brown Christmas (November 7-December 31) Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone seems to be acting materialistic -...

Take Action: Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month which means there's no better time than right now to educate your children and get involved with addressing food insecurity here in Kansas City. Here are four ways you...
teaching hunger harvesters

Teaching Hunger to Our Children

The numbers are staggering. In our area alone, more than 364,000 are food insecure - missing an estimated 65+ million meals annually. More than 112,000 of these are children. Only 59% of food insecure children in our...

A Kansas City Kid’s Guide to the Solar Eclipse

Starting at 1:08 p.m. on August 21, parts of the Kansas City metro area will witness a unique astronomical event, the likes of which we won't see again until 2205: a total solar eclipse....

Kids in Foster Care: How You Can Help

Recently, a local news station produced a story with the following headline: "Both the Missouri and Kansas foster care systems are overwhelmed right now."  I didn't watch the segment or read the story, shared numerous...

You’re Invited! Olathe Medical Center’s Birth Place Tour and Twitter Chat

We're excited to invite you to two online events coming up this week with our partners at Olathe Medical Center. Local mom and guest contributor, Sarah Lorson, has been documenting her pregnancy leading up...