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Oprah, Me, and My 2020 Vision

In January, I spent an amazing day with Oprah Winfrey. Yes, it was just me, Oprah, and 20,000 of our closest friends. I was in desperate need of a big ol’ dose of self-love, inspiration, and motivation that no one could provide better than Lady O! My journey to Oprah started a few days into […]

Sandlot Goods Providing Locally Made Masks to Front Line Workers

Sandlot Goods is known for its locally made products with the highest quality materials. You’ve seen their wallets, journals, bags and belts. Now, they are making a name for themselves making masks. “The Sandlot mask initiative began as a Hail Mary to keep my people working and doing some good. We felt that we could both […]

Kansas City Donut Guide: A Dozen Favorites

There are lots of great places in the Kansas City metro where you can grab a donut, and I polled the contributors of the Kansas City Mom Collective to compile this list of a dozen of our favorite local donut shops. National Donut Day is the first Friday in June but every day is a […]

Black-Owned Businesses in Kansas City

At Kansas City Mom Collective, we always encourage you to support local. We would like to challenge our readers to seek out Kansas City’s Black-owned businesses. This directory includes a variety of businesses including restaurants, business and financial services, home and family services, fashion, beauty, health and wellness. Have a business to add to this […]

How I Will Remember Quarantine

The phrase “the new normal” is one of many newly ubiquitous expressions that has grated on me. I know that we have all had to adapt to a new way of living during the pandemic, but to call it our “new normal” implies that we are conforming to this way of living from now on. […]

I Admit It, I Want to Be My Daughter

My friends warned me. My mom said it would happen. I’ve even read about it for years. My daughter is growing up, and she doesn’t want to spend time with me like she used to. And to make matters worse, when she does want to spend time with me these days, it involves watching pointless […]

How We’re Talking to Our Kids About Racism

Our team, just like many of you, has been struggling to find the words to explain the news and wondering how we can be part of the anti-racism effort – no matter what our family looks like. We don’t claim to have the answers, but we know sometimes it helps to hear what other moms […]

World MS Day: A KC Mom’s Story

When my cousin Michelle (born and raised in Kansas City) was in her 20s, she had her first child, which is life-changing on its own. But around that time, she started to feel like she was looking through a screen door with her left eye. By 29, parts of her body were going numb. An […]

Family Friendly Hiking in Kansas City

It was the third weekend of KC’s stay-at-home ordinance, and by Saturday morning at 8 a.m., I had already received several texts and Facebook messages: “We need to get out of the house… we are going insane!” “Which hiking trails do you recommend for beginners?” “Where should we hike if we want to bring our […]

A Low-Budget Way to Turn Your Backyard into a Park

My son and I love going to the park. Since his earliest days, getting outside and meeting friends at the playground has been one of our favorite weekly activities. Sadly this year, just as the weather was warming up, playgrounds across our country have been roped off with caution tape and deemed off-limits for children. […]

Confessions of an Everyday Mom

I have a confession to make. I’m not a very good “special-day” parent. I’m more of an everyday mama. Sort of like the difference between fancy holiday china and school-night plastic plates from Ikea. You’re probably thinking—Oh, don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re a great mom! Well, thanks. I like to think I am a […]

Cooperative Games for the Win!

With two preschool-aged boys in the house, everything is a competition. Every morsel of our day is measured and compared to see who got to “go first” and who got half an ounce more applesauce.  They come by it naturally. My husband and I have been known to be asked to “tone it down” when […]

In The Garden

It’s that time of the year when our family spends a lot of time out in our backyard garden. This has been a very important life skill we have been determined to keep in our family. With an abundance of autoimmune diseases running through our bloodline, we do our best to feed our bodies whole […]

How to Get Mental Health Care from Home

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Now more than ever, mental health care accessibility is on my mind. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Health’s theme is “You Are Not Alone,” which seems fitting in this isolating time. As a social worker and an individual with mental health struggles, I’ve long been passionate about […]

Grief & Loss: How to Talk to Kids During a Pandemic

Last week was a DOOZY, even for coronavirus standards. A root canal, an irreparable furnace, a best friend’s miscarriage, and my 91-year-old Grandpa’s cancer diagnosis. I’m exhausted. I’m sad. AND thankfully I’m supported. Friends and family are my outlets; sharing with them allows me to disperse my grief and gives me access to encouragement. A […]

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Summer Reading Programs in Kansas City

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In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both...