A Very COVID Christmas Celebration 

I’ve been worried about what Christmas would look like this year. My extended family is on the East Coast, and I am in no way comfortable with flying back right now. But despite 2020’s efforts with a devastating pandemic, I refuse to let COVID diminish the light of Christmas and our celebration of Christ’s birth. […]

10 Must Try Holiday Beverage Recipes


Whether you need a great recipe for a fun holiday party.. oh wait, no parties this year… well, that doesn’t mean you can’t make fun recipes at home to try with your honey, or by yourself to enjoy in a nice bath after the kids go down. Is that just me? Here are 10 yummy […]

Motown Christmas, Mahogany Cards, and Mac ‘n’ Cheese – COVID Can’t Steal My Christmas Joy

You can’t take my joy, COVID. There’s so much we’re all not doing this Christmas, but I’m not going to dwell on that. I’m going to focus on being happy with what I am blessed with — my family and my health — and on the little traditions I’m keeping this year.  Black Santa The […]

To Regift or Not?


Gift-giving holidays are right around the corner and with them comes the age-old question “Is it OK to regift?” Even etiquette experts say “yes” when you do so carefully. You may be tempted to regift for a variety of reasons. Maybe you are trying to simplify and Marie Kondo-ed something that would bring joy to […]

Host a Virtual Holiday Beer Tasting


I’ll just go ahead and put it out there, I’m a bit of a beer snob. I’ve become the “beer person” in my group of friends, and I wear that badge with honor. One of my favorite things to do when we all get together is share and try a variety of different beers. A […]

Tips for Life on the Hybrid Schedule


Life on the hybrid schedule sucks. I wrote this post twice, and when I reread each one, I realized all I was doing was venting and complaining and making myself angry all over again. So, I thought I’d just share a few tips to help if you find yourself in this situation. Back in August, […]

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 up new hobbies — I now sew masks whenever I’m bored. And like many, we decided we needed some extra furry […]

Top 10 Things To Have On Hand If You Need To Quarantine

This post is written and sponsored by The Pediatric Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center offers a Pediatric ER with little to no wait times, a Pediatric Inpatient Unit and pediatric specialty care and outpatient services. Learn more at oprmc.com/pediatrics. As the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in our area, we want to make […]

Safe Santa Visits and a New Northland Ice Rink at Zona Rosa


Holidays of the past included a lot of hustle and bustle and a way too busy calendar trying to squeeze as much magic in as possible. With being on the KCMC team, I’m fortunate to have been able to experience the best holiday attractions Kansas City has to offer families. This year, the outings may […]

Must-Have Christmas Gifts that Celebrate Kansas City

I’m a Kansas City native. I remember ice skating at Crown Center as a kid and celebrating the Royals big win way back in 1985…AND in 2015! I love finding good, personal Kansas City gifts to share with my family and friends to show how amazing this “flyover city” really is. Here are some must-have […]

Continue the KC Holiday Tradition at Crown Center


This post is sponsored by Crown Center. From ice-skating beneath the towering Mayor’s Christmas Tree on Crown Center Square to visiting Santa at Santa’s Gingerbread Station, there is something for everyone.  There is nothing that says Christmas in Kansas City like Crown Center. This year is no different. Our family has been pretty careful since […]

A Holiday Letter Worthy of 2020

It’s that time of year again! No, really…check the calendar. I know it feels like we’re still on day 4,329 of Apriltember, but bells are a-ringin’, cash registers are a-dingin’, and choirs best not be a-singin’ because that’s how germs are spread. This has been a year like no other (and, cross your heart and hope […]

How to Safely Enjoy the Holidays in Kansas City

The holidays are looking a lot different this year, but that does not mean you can’t still finagle some fun as we close out the dumpster fire that is 2020. Here are several ideas for socially distant Kansas City holiday activities. Be sure to check with your immediate city, your county, and your favorite businesses […]

Gifts for Teachers & Other Important People in Your Life


Needing gifts for teachers or other important people in your family’s life, but unsure as to what to get someone that they will actually enjoy? As a teacher, the gifts I love the most are the practical ones as well as the ones that I am forced to use on me. The ones that show […]

Surviving Holiday Lights with Little Ones


I will never forget the first year my husband and I made grand plans to look at holiday lights as a family.   It was December of 2014, and we had invited my in-laws along for the ride. Our oldest was only 9 months at the time, and she despised the car seat.  We made the […]



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It's no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the...