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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...
I walked into a time machine. All of your things were there from March, lots of St. Patrick's Day green! Your books were right where you left them, your coat was still hanging in your cubby. The half used...
The time we are living in right now is unprecedented. It’s a time I never knew I’d see, a phase I couldn’t have ever fathomed, a situation that had you told me about it a year ago (heck, two...
Like so many other parents-to-be, I went through all the traditional stages of pre-baby worry when I was pregnant with my first child in 2018. Will I be a good mom? Will I be able to afford a baby?...
From Antarctica’s sea of ice, to Singapore’s monkey-strewn coconut trees,  mothers from each of Mother Earth’s seven continents, share their coronavirus stories.  This phenomenal group of women were all asked the same questions (by me, a complete stranger): How are...
Two years ago, I curled up on my living room sofa and prayed for my life to be different. “You are not broken,” I repeated over and over to myself, my hands clasped around my stomach. “You are healing.”...
noun, singular -- Familyvert. A person who likes hanging out with his/her family a lot. “Man, I must be a familyvert because I'm having so much fun spending all this time with my family during this stay-at-home order!” Weird, right?...
Social distancing has completely rocked my world as I know it has for almost everyone. As a Type A extrovert, the isolation I feel from the lack of human interaction is sometimes overwhelming. I know there are tons of...
Have you had a feeling of guilt during the stay-at-home orders? Do you read stories, watch the news, scroll through social media, and feel differently than most of the world, than most of your other friends?  I’m not talking about...

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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...