Dear 2020: We’re Through…

Dear 2020, This is a letter to tell you we’re through.  It’s time.  I’m ready to move on.  The thing is, it’s not me…it’s you. You are the reason our time together has to end.  You’ve been unpredictable, irrational, disorienting, and unrelentingly harsh. You tried so hard to bring me down, 2020, using an array […]

Dear 2020: You Didn’t Win…

Dear 2020, Wow! You are about to head out of here, no longer the year, but a piece of the past that I will likely never forget. I feel like we need to have some closure, but I don’t even know where to begin. When I think of you, my first thoughts are negative and focus […]

Dear 2020: You Were Off to a Great Start, Then…

Dear 2020, You should know that I’m not really a fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say “let me tell you about my favorite year…” and then jump into a humorous or heartwarming story about the last 12 months. It could happen, but I doubt it. You were off to a great start… and then, […]

Dear 2020: I Will Never Forget You…

Dear 2020, I will never forget you. I am not sure anyone will ever forget you. Not even if we want to. You made “masks”, “social distancing” and “quarantine” the new buzz words. Your tests felt like someone was sticking a chopstick up our noses. You shut down schools and businesses, forced us to stay […]

Dear 2020: If We Were in a Relationship…

Dear 2020, If we were in a relationship, I’d definitely say it’s complicated. You’re a year I didn’t see coming. One that left much heartache and sorrow in your wake. One that took so much from so many. One that kept us apart from our loved ones, powerless to help them from afar. One that […]

Dear 2020: Now That You’re Leaving, I Feel…

Dear 2020, Now that you are leaving, I feel EXHAUSTED. I mean, what a roller coaster you had us on this year. Highs, lows, dips, twists and turns, and some nausea-inducing loops. And COVID-19 was only ONE of the life-altering events. Granted, it’s far from over, and will stretch well into 2021… but that wasn’t […]

Top Posts of 2020 | The Best of Kansas City Mom Collective

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This wasn’t the year we anticipated. But the moms of Kansas City Mom Collective have worked hard to bring you up-to-date resources as well as stories to make you feel less alone. These are the top posts of 2020 (based on page views) that made you laugh, cry and feel empowered to take action. 1. […]

The Magic of Cruisin’ with Santa Claus: December 2020

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/* custom css */ .tdi_4_563{ min-height: 0; } /* custom css */ .tdi_6_786{ vertical-align: baseline; } The holidays looked different this year, but December was still a magical month for 225 families who attended Kansas City Mom Collective's Cruisin' with Santa Clause events. The event took place on three different weekends at our host sites: [...]

21 Realistic Resolutions for 2021

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After the backyard bonfires have sufficiently burned all of the well-meaning 2020 calendars into a pile of forgotten ashes, it will be time to jot down (only in pencil, mind you) our hopes, dreams and *gulp* resolutions for 2021. If I’m being honest, I find resolutions — how do I put this nicely — pointless. […]

Ringing in the New Year at Home

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Well, I think it is safe to say that EVERYONE is ready to put 2020 to bed, right? Out with the old. In with the new. I have never felt the urge to ring in the new year more than I have this year. But how are we going to do this when we are […]

Intentional and Mindful Living for the New Year

Let’s talk about how we can be intentional and mindful in the new year. Are you bogged down with everyday life? If yes, then this is for you. Are you going from one thing to the next wondering how all things are going to get done? If yes, then this is for you. Are you […]

Holiday Treat Recipes: Kid Friendly Baking

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Nothing says the holidays like baking. OK, decorating our home might shout it a little louder, but BAKING is a very symbolic way to welcome the season. Nostalgia wafts out of the oven just as significantly as the aroma of my Mom’s pumpkin roll baking. Memorable flavors, smells and experiences of childhood holidays inspire me […]

Creating Holiday Traditions That Last

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I feel a little cheated by the Elf on the Shelf.   This tiny North Pole transplant came around when my kids were too old to engage with him. While the Elf is the bane of many parent’s holiday, I find myself longing for a chance to tuck this sneaky little behavior moderator into silly places […]

Weathering a Pandemic When You Have Depression

Depression. My comfy old companion. Like a rainy, grey-painted world outside my window every day when I wake up. A big blanket I keep wrapped around my shoulders much of the time. Have I thought about ridding myself of this blanket? Well, sure. But the thought makes me uncomfortable because I’m so used to having […]

FREE Vision Tests for 3 Year Olds Offered in KC

This post is sponsored by the Eye Care Council. Find a participating optometrist and schedule your FREE See to Learn assessment today! When I was 8, we moved from the Independence/Raytown side of Kansas City to the northland. I started a new school and during that year, the teacher noticed I couldn’t see the blackboard […]

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101 Things to Do This Winter

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