Last month when Halloween itself was just a few weeks away, I entered a department store searching for an outfit for my husband for our family photos. As I walked in, I heard a song that is a familiar...
I agonized for weeks over the decision to send my kids back to school. Like most parents, I was afraid of what it could mean. Would they be safe? Would our family be safe? Would the teachers or families...
Mid-October brought the arrival of Amazon Prime Days, along with Black Friday-like deals at a number of other retailers. Naturally, I started thinking about Christmas shopping and asked the kids to compile their wish lists, hoping I’d find their...
In March of 2020, the world as we knew it took a sharp turn. It probably happened before that, but March was when it affected most of America. It was the week before spring break, and I remember the rumors...
I sat in front of my computer for two days, trying to figure out how to put my thoughts in to coherent sentences regarding decision fatigue. Alas, here it is, and I can’t decide if I like it or...
The sound of plastic costumes. The smell of sweaty children racing from craft to craft. The spider rings. The candy apples that are too hard to eat. The giggles and excitement of fall classroom parties! Well…thanks to COVID, that’s...
It seems fall has officially arrived in KC. The trees are showing off their changing colors and the temps are demanding shorts one day and chili the next. As we head into what will certainly be a very different...
Fall, is that you I smell in the air? I’m ready for some cooler nights, pumpkin patches, apple cider, and Halloween! Remember when all you had to worry about was whether all your neighbors’ porch lights would be on...
Who goes to a birthday party in the middle of a PANDEMIC? Who would be so careless as to risk the health of her family and her community just to attend a party? Who, I wondered, would be so...
Life is crazy these days. The pandemic, politics, the economy, schools, childcare, the weather... everything just feels messy and heavy. Maintaining sanity has proven difficult. For moms, the stresses we are juggling are unprecedented, and it’s completely understandable if you...
Fall is by far my favorite season. Sweaters, cider, leaves, a ridiculously large stockpile of Halloween candy — what’s not to love? This year has been rough for so many reasons, but I am clinging to fall excitement like it’s...
For months, debates have raged on regarding school re-opening plans. Everyone seems to have an opinion, and a strong one at that. The implications of the decisions are astonishingly profound. Administrators and school board officials (the school board being a...
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Recognizing My Anxiety

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I was mindlessly scrolling through TikTok (don’t judge — I’m blaming the COVID-19 quarantine for this new pastime) when I first realized that the way my brain works is not normal. It was a video from a psychologist talking about...
This spring, with sudden school closures, many of us found ourselves constantly entertaining and teaching our kids, and with school ramping back up, we are back at it. How will we have time for any socializing during this crazy...
Many people have missed sweet conversations and visits with grandparents during the pandemic, so celebrating National Grandparents Day on September 13 may be bigger than ever. There are still ways to honor and celebrate them this year, whether six...

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Guide to Fall in Kansas City

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Whether a pumpkin spice latte or a cozy cup of apple cider is your thing, fill up your thermos, put your kid in their...
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