Victoria is a wife and mom of two. Her firstborn, Joshua passed away shortly after birth in 2013. Her rainbow daughter, Madeline just started kindergarten. Victoria and her husband, Patrick, were both born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and love spending time exploring the city with their daughter. Victoria is a full-time working mom, dance mom, soccer mom, t-ball mom, PTA mom, slightly over-scheduled mom. Victoria has a passion for creating and spends way too much time pinning new crafts, recipes, and party ideas on Pinterest. She sometimes blogs over at Life with Madeline - www.lifewithmadeline.com
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Hoping for A Typical School Year

I have already started checking off our back-to-school list. Markers, crayons, folders, and notebooks. Maybe a new lunchbox and backpack. Oh, don't forget the hand sanitizer and masks! This will be my daughter's third year...

The Myth of 18 Summers

We’ve all heard it a million times. "You only get 18 summers with your kids, so make them count!" Well, I think that is just a bunch of bull poop. While theoretically, I suppose this...

Birth Story: Our Rainbow Baby

This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  The familiar wave of nausea had hit me hard. I crawled back in bed only to find myself huddled in the bathroom once again five...

Moving During These COVID Times

Like a lot of families, we have spent a lot of time at home this last year. All of that time at home made us realize that our house was not the home we...
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Self-Care When You are Too Busy for Self-Care

I would love a day off. An actual no work, no mile-long to-do list, no shuttling a tiny human all around town — day off. But right now, that is just not possible. While COVID has...
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Honoring Black History Month as a White Mom

With the arrival of Black History Month, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I, as a white mom, can honor and celebrate this month with my daughter. Over this past year,...
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Have a Paws-itively Merry Christmas with Your Pets

While a pandemic has had us staying home more and more, we have had to find different ways to keep ourselves entertained. We have organized and donated lots of unused items. We have picked...
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Adjusting My Winter Bucket List

Normally this time of year, I would be busy making our family’s winter bucket list. Making lists of Christmas light displays, Santa visits, Black Friday shopping plans, and planning big family get-togethers to watch...
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Recognizing My Anxiety

I was mindlessly scrolling through TikTok (don’t judge — I’m blaming the COVID-19 quarantine for this new pastime) when I first realized that the way my brain works is not normal. It was a video...

Back-to-School Anxiety

This time last year, I was writing about sending my baby girl off to kindergarten. I was anxious and nervous about sending this piece of my heart out into the big world of public education...
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Talking About Death with Your Kids

We have had a lot of hard conversations in our house lately. Last August, our daughter started kindergarten the same day her grandpa died. She ended kindergarten in the middle of a pandemic and civil...
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How to Stay Healthy and Have Fun this Summer

Well, it happened. The school somehow came to a close. There are no more Zoom calls scheduled with teachers and no more trying to balance kindergarten virtual learning with working from home. My daughter’s...
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Finding Your Win in Stressful Times

I will admit I didn’t want to write this. I wanted to be writing about surviving dance recitals and the best coffee shops for kids or a whole list of fun activities and places...
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Staying Entertained While Stuck At Home

Last week, I noticed that my flowers have started to bloom. I can see bits of green grass sprouting up, and we are starting to have days where we can leave coats behind and...
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Spring Break Fun in Eastern Jackson County

We had too many weekends this winter where the cold weather kept us inside, and we are more than ready to get outside and play! Naturally, I’m ready for sunshine, warmer days, and...
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