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 -
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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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Choosing Us

I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I love all the cheesy, romantic flowers, cards, chocolates, and I even love the heart-shaped jewelry. It always feels like a little bright spot in the middle of...
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Meal Planning for Beginners (Or Just Really Busy Moms)

My New Year’s Resolutions are almost always the same: find ways to be more organized, eat healthier, have more down time, and spend more time just having fun with my family. It always seems...

Free, Cheap, and Fun Winter Activities in Kansas City

The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of year. I love all of the lights, the glitter, and festive feel that seems to linger in the air wherever you go. It is also...
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A Very Kansas City Christmas at Crown Center

This post is sponsored by Crown Center, Kansas City's Christmas tradition. For our family, there is nothing more magical than Crown Center at Christmas time. For many in Kansas City, watching the lighting of the...

Her Body, Her Choice – Even at Five

It started at daycare last year. The other mom thought that it was cute. I thought it was not, and had they been in high school, and not just four years old, I would have...

When Your Rainbow Baby Misses the Sibling They Never Knew

“Is Josh still a baby or is he grown up?” asks my sweet rainbow girl from the backseat. I look at her dad, our eyes share the same sadness. “I’m not sure baby girl. I...