Valerie Stark

Valerie Stark
A firm believer that the Midwest is all that and a tator tot casserole, Valerie moved to KC after graduating from Mizzou in 2013. She’s been married to her husband Josh since 2015, and together they’re raising an adorable, tiny human firework named Finnian (1). Valerie spends her workdays making funny greeting cards while Josh wins at the stay-at-home-dad game by teaching Finn words like “yee-haw” and helping him style his Snapchat filters. When she isn’t tracking down a new place to drag her family to, you can find her blasting showtunes, sharing (very poorly) wine with friends, reading, listening to true crime podcasts, or near cheese. You can’t find her playing kickball, so don’t even try. Valerie, Josh, and Finn shoot for put-together, but settle for put-on-pants—and they love every second of their reasonably-chaotic life.
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Kansas City, I’m So in Love: Local Anniversary Gifts

If you follow the tradition of gifting each other themed anniversary gifts, local Kansas City businesses offer some great options to make your celebration one to remember. Listen, this year has been no joke—and...
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31 Ways to Celebrate Fall in KC During a Pandemic

Fall is by far my favorite season. Sweaters, cider, leaves, a ridiculously large stockpile of Halloween candy — what’s not to love? This year has been rough for so many reasons, but I am clinging...
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5 Children’s Books That Will Teach You Something New, Too

National Book Lovers Day is August 9th, and what better way to celebrate than finding some new children’s books to read with your budding bibliophile? Reading with adults is often the first way kids can...
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A Kansas City Summer Staycation

Let’s be honest: 2020 has served up a hot, steamy buffet of disappointment, cancelling everything from school to scheduled vacations. Whether you were planning on taking a summer trip and cancelled because of COVID-19...
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Fighting Mom Guilt Post-Pandemic

When the COVID-19 quarantine first started and I realized I’d be working from home, I was hit with a wave of mixed feelings, much like the rest of the KC community. There were the...
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The Great Quarantine Cooking Show

Like so many other parents-to-be, I went through all the traditional stages of pre-baby worry when I was pregnant with my first child in 2018. Will I be a good mom? Will I be...
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Thanks to Coronavirus, You’re a Homeschool Teacher Now

Congratulations! You’ve just graduated from the University of Corona with a degree in Home Education and an emphasis in What Do I Do Now? Should you unroll that diploma, you’ll find it’s actually just...

Coronavirus Can’t Stop the Easter Bunny

When I think of Easter, I think of my grandma. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s start again. When I think of Easter, I think of Jesus--and THEN I think of my grandma. I spent many...