Kids’ Masks by Charlie Hustle, a KC Favorite

This post is sponsored by Charlie Hustle, a Kansas City based brand representing the civic pride of the Midwest. Use the promo code COLLECTIVE15 for 15% off purchases of $25 or more. Valid 9/08 – 9/30 at https://bit.ly/31ezyd1. If you’d told me last year that one of my top concerns on outings with my children […]

High School Athletics and Activities During a Pandemic

Athletics and activities are a big part of many students’ high school experiences. With the threat of those being taken away this fall due to the pandemic, and in some cases already disappearing from metro school districts, it has forced me to reflect on how important these aspects of school really are to our students […]

Supporting Our Kids and Their Activities

We have probably all seen something similar to the situation I am going to describe. I was walking with my seven-year-old daughter to her softball practice in the sweltering heat. All of a sudden, we heard a really ticked off mom screaming at two baseball coaches. Her son was sitting nearby with his head in […]

Dear Kindergartener, It’s NOT Supposed to Be Like This

Dear Kindergartener,  It’s NOT supposed to be like this. You’re entering into the very FIRST year of elementary school. The year is 2020, and the world is in the middle of a global pandemic. CoronaVirus cases continue to rise in the United States, and we’re not really sure how this school year is going to […]

American Ninja Warrior Mom

When was the last time you heard unexpected good news? 2020 has been the year of the unexpected, but unfortunately, most of it hasn’t been good. I’m not going to run down the list of ever-growing events; we all know what’s on it. We are inundated with it all day long, from all sides. So, […]

Supporting Teachers: One Million School Supplies

Moms, friend to friend, can I confess something to you? I see what is happening right now with schools and teachers and kids, and I feel paralyzed and weary about all the heavy decisions and tough choices being made. I want to do something to help, but I don’t know what or how. My go-to […]

5 Reasons You Won’t Want to Leave the Couch During Virtual Bloom

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Embracing Change After 40

Whether your forties are on the horizon or you are knee-deep into them, you can expect to experience some changes. You will likely encounter a few creaking joints, maybe an increase in forgetfulness, and certainly a few strands of gray with some noticeable wrinkles. However, that’s not to say it’s all downhill. In fact, you […]

Trick-or-Treat in Kansas City


Need an excuse to wear that Halloween costume one more time? Check out these fun events in KC from the fun to the scary. Boo at the Zoo One more excuse to wear your costume at the Kansas City Zoo! This year’s event will be October 24-25 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The animals […]

Apple Picking in Kansas City


Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins (Belton, Mo.) A bumper crop of apples including Honey Crisp, Gala, Fuji and others from the 5,000 U-Pick apple tree orchard. Just wait until you taste the difference of a fresh picked from the tree apple. You’ll see why Adam and Eve couldn’t resist. Weston Red Barn (Weston, Mo.) Beginning […]

Pumpkin Patches in Kansas City


Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins A team favorite – Johnson Farms is a laidback experience whether you visit their market, greenhouse, u-pick offerings, fall fun activities, or pumpkin patch! At Johnson Farms this fall you’ll find: U-pick Vegetables and Pumpkin Patch open daily Tractor pulled wagon rides Farm animal corral 15 acre corn maze included […]

Fall Festivals + Events in Kansas City


SEPTEMBER KC Symphony Neighborhood Concerts Join the KC Symphony for chamber music at local parks and community gathering spaces. Social distancing and masks are required. Concert listings available here. Plaza Art Fair The Plaza Art Fair won’t continue in the way we are used to but the celebration of arts will go on! The Country Club […]

Black Breastfeeding Week: My Journey

I have often wondered what my own breastfeeding outcomes would have looked like if not for the immediate encouragement of my mom, my husband, my midwives, my doulas, my chiropractor, and my close mama friends. Outside of my community of support, I consistently struggled to find images of Black mothers breastfeeding with pride and affection. […]

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 all by herself without me to guide and protect her. She was excited and ready for the new adventure.  The […]

A Pandemic Lunch Packing Guide


Creating systems for our kids can be intimidating. That includes packing lunch, especially during a pandemic.  “Mom, can I PLEASE have a lunch box?” (February 2020) “No…sorry. We already pay for the food at your school.” (Me: RELIEVED, Him: Disappointed) “Mom, can I PLEASE have a lunch box?” (August 2020) Ehhh, I guess…we’ll have to […]



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Guide to Kansas City’s Favorite Drive-Thrus

Supporting local restaurants is something that is really important to my family, even more so during the current pandemic. I especially love drive-thrus because...