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Matt sat quietly on the couch in my counseling office with his arm folded softly across his middle. "You threw me under the bus," he said to his wife Mindy. "You made me look like a lazy a#$ in front of everyone!...
My family and I, along with other families around Kansas City (and maybe the US!) have been eating clean for almost two weeks now as part of a 3o-day clean eating challenge. Here are my main tips and takeaways,...
It can feel overwhelming to research and scrutinize all the product ingredients we use on a daily basis. With all the proverbial plates moms spin, this task is next to impossible - and with shifting, fluctuating information and varying...
Breast cancer awareness once felt to me like a hazy, distant idea. Then, my own mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. In just one day, breast cancer became a part of our family - taking unwelcome residence right in our...
So - I’m not against pumpkin carving, or even Jack O’Lanterns. In fact, one of my favorite people in the world is an amazing pumpkin and fruit artist right here in Kansas City! But, even more than lighting up...

EAT Clean

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I'm sick of hearing everyone talk about how eating clean has given them more energy, made them less tired, boosted their immune system - basically, changed their entire life. I'm sick of hearing about it because it makes me...

The Dreaded First Workout

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Six and a half weeks after my new baby girl was born, I walked into a new gym I had been looking forward to trying for some time. I hurried my two boys into the child watch room while...
This is me on my wedding day, June 12th, 2010. I had worked hard for months to be in the best shape of my life; my dress, hair, and makeup were perfect, and the look on my husband's face when...
I cried so many tears the day my son had his first bottle of formula. What did I do wrong? Why isn't this working? If breast is best ... my son is ruined! These were the crazy thoughts going...
Breastfeeding. People have really, REALLY strong opinions about breastfeeding. Really  strong. I am not one of those people. I fully believe in a mother's right to choose what works best for her, her baby and the rest of her family. I...

Holy Yoga

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I remember the first time I heard the phrase "Holy Yoga." I had no idea what to expect. My only thought was that it seemed like a weird, oxymoronic phrase - I mean, isn't yoga kind of spiritual, anyway?...
As a mom of three girls, 11, 9 and 6, I think a lot about parenting mindfully on a finite planet. I think about what we engage in and what it conveys to my girls about the earth’s resources....

Losing It

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Pregnancy physically changes a mother's body: changes that are beautiful, but in my experience, hard to embrace when you already struggle with your frame. I once received a comment from a young woman before she entered motherhood, afraid of what pregnancy would do...
I used to joke that I wished I could have my pap smear more than once a year because I missed my midwife. After going through a pregnancy, a dramatic delivery experience and then a miscarriage, I'm pretty sure I...
Having children changed me in many of the same ways that motherhood has changed you; things which used to be a high priority (like a daily shower) seemed to find a lower priority level when parenting tasks took precedent....

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Guide to Kansas City’s Favorite Drive-Thrus

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Supporting local restaurants is something that is really important to my family, even more so during the current pandemic. I especially love drive-thrus because...