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Quarantine life has been hard with a baby under the age of one (10-months old to be exact). At first, I felt like I was constantly reaching to come up with ideas to entertain her. Then, an article came...
It is obvious that our kids have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, restrictions have eased up slightly, but the outbreak is certainly still prevalent. With schools closing early nationwide, social/physical distancing continuing, and having been...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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....
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...
I started my Etsy shop back in 2015 after my daughter was born and I was going broke on bows. Every time I received a handmade order, I thought to myself, "I could make this." So I did. And...
The various phases of reopening in KC after two months of staying at home have left us feeling cooped up and stir crazy, some may even be experiencing quarantine fatigue. Continued social distancing doesn't mean cancelling connections; it just means cultivating creativity to...
I’ll just cut to the chase: COVID-19 sucks, especially if you’re pregnant (as if birth wasn’t nerve wracking enough on its own!). Beyond the base-level stress that a pandemic brings, social-distancing rules can really throw a curve ball into...
With the emergence of our new normal, what was once a place of meticulously planned and well-executed celebratory parties is now more solemn and somewhat bittersweet. You might have already heard about or participated in one of...

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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...