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...
There is never a good time for someone you love to say, “I have to have a biopsy.”   No matter how many times you have heard the words before, that sentence can literally take your breath away. For me...
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...
Seven years ago, my world was shattered. At 25 years old, I became a widow after losing my 27-year old-husband to suicide. I share my story every September for many reasons. I want you to remember Matt. I want...
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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...
There’s been a lot of different stages in my life, and yours. Twenty years ago, I was at a western nightclub called Cowboys 2000, embarrassingly enough. I was witnessing a wet T-shirt contest, which was essentially a wet boob contest....
My husband rushed out our back door to our deck where I was relaxing, reading a book. “Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer,” he said, almost like asking a question. I’m a 41-year-old female who’s enjoyed superhero movies, but I certainly...
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...

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101 Things to Do This Winter

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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...