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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Dear Kindergarten Teacher

Dear Kindergarten Teacher, The day has finally arrived. My tiny baby girl is officially a big kid, starting big school, and I am entrusting a large piece of my heart into your care. There are...

Mommy and Me Painting at Pinot’s Palette

My five-year-old, Madeline and I recently created our Summer Super Fun Adventure List. Since this is her last summer before starting kindergarten and “big school” we are trying to pack in as much fun...

The Summer Before Kindergarten

Ten and a half weeks. That’s how long my daughter has between pre-k and kindergarten. The last five years have flown by, and soon I will be walking my little one down the long...

A Busy Moms Tips for Throwing an At Home Party

The at-home birthday party. There is something sweet and timeless about hosting a birthday at home. It can be as extravagant (bounce houses and pony rentals) or as simple (pizza and an ice cream...

How Busy is Too Busy?

“Come on, Madeline. We’ve got to go. Grab your water bottle and your bag and let’s get in the car.” I’ve been home for all of five minutes. Just long enough to switch from work...

How Pinterest Has Made Me a Better Mom

I’m that mom. That one that you love to roll your eyes at. It’s OK. I get it. Really, I do. I go overboard. I have seasonal decor for holidays that most people find...

Nurturing a Creative Spirit

My daughter is happiest on the stage. She has been dancing since before she could even walk. No, really. We have videos of her pulling up on furniture and bopping to the beat before...
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Making the Elf on the Shelf a Fun (and Easy) Tradition

Can I let you in on a secret? I LOVE Christmas! OK, so maybe that’s not a big secret. The day after Halloween I start asking my husband to please bring up all of...
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Halloween in Kansas City

I love a good excuse for my daughter to wear her Halloween costume. Here are some of the best excuses to wear a costume, I mean Halloween events around Kansas City. Boo at the Zoo...

Baby Loss Resources in Kansas City

One in four pregnancies end in loss. That is one of the statistics that if I heard it before February 22, 2013 I must have not listened. I mean those kinds of things only happen...

Making the Most of KC Weekends

My daughter was just six weeks old when I begrudgingly went back to work. At the time I was working in a job I hated and for people who were less than understanding about...

Why We Love Princesses

In our house, we have embraced the princess theme. Since having my daughter four years ago, I have read several articles that speak about not using the term “princess” with our daughters.  That it makes...

The Bedtime Battle

Our four-year-old daughter, Madeline, is our rainbow baby. Our first born, our son, Joshua, was passed away 36 hours after he was born the year before his little sister. When we had Madeline, I...

Preeclampsia Awareness Month – My Story

My first foray into motherhood didn’t go how I had always pictured it. I didn’t get the natural, peaceful birth I had imagined just my husband and I breathing together, focused on bringing our...

Kansas City Treats

Somedays a kid just needs a treat. Whether we are rewarding a good deed or just celebrating the weekend, sometimes we think that a special treat is in order. And while I have seen...