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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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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...
Top 10 Posts of 2016: the best of Kansas City Moms Blog

Top 10 Posts of 2016: 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 2016!"Just as we had started to recover, I...
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December Perks at SEA LIFE Kansas City!

Colder weather has finally arrived, which means parents across Kansas City will be looking for ways to keep the kids busy indoors this winter. (For a great list of local indoor activities to enjoy...
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The Most Valuable Gift You Can Give Kids

This holiday season, invest in the kids you love. Hint: It’s not the latest toy or gadget that will get five minutes of fame, then clutter the house. We’re talking about one of the...

Costco Mom Hour {Kansas City} Recap

On Friday, November 4th, more than 800 attendees (along with 40,000+ at warehouses across the country) joined Kansas City Moms Blog at the Midtown and Overland Park Costco locations for #CostcoMomHour. KCMB was excited to partner...

Making Evenings Count | 2016 #CostcoMomHour

If you're like me, then you're always looking for ways to make your days go just a little bit smoother. Between dinner for six, activities at least three nights a week and all those unexpected interruptions...
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