Guess what, Mom? It is November. Somehow it snuck up on us! This season always promises magic and fun, but usually brings with it more than a sleigh full of stress. I don't know if it's having a second...
My husband and I both come from large extended families. He has several siblings, nieces and nephews. I have two brothers and a plethora of cousins with whom I'm very close. Our families live several hours away, which means...

An Ode to Halloween

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I will never forget my first Halloween as a parent. My little pumpkin (no pun intended, I really did dress her up as a pumpkin) was only seven months old, but I felt like I had entered a whole...
Want to maximize that costume and wear it as many times as possible? We've collected our favorite costume-wearing, treat-collecting events in the KC area below. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but favorites of our team. Add...
Is it just me or does having kids suddenly make you as giddy as, well, a kid, when it comes to Halloween? I'm that crazy mom that scours stores for the perfect skeleton pajamas, frequents the Target dollar spot to stock up on festive...
Note: This post is sponsored by, and written in collaboration with Lori Zehr, Retail Director of the GO Exchange. I love kids. I have two children of my own (boys, ages 8 and 10), eight nieces and nephews, and one more...
Yes, that's right... a chocolate bag. For those of you new to the area, or who have never had the pleasure of dining at McCormick & Schmick's on the Country Club Plaza, you may have never heard of a chocolate bag....
I'm not big on traditional New Year's resolutions. My goal each year is simply to become a better person, to learn from my past mistakes and grow from every experience that life has decided to toss my way. Parenting...
Wife, mom, chef, maid, personal assistant, class mom, event coordinator, dog walker, taxi driver… you name it, we do it. To add insult to injury, we are constantly asked for favors by our “working mom” friends, because we are… ready for...

Non-Candy Stocking Stuffers

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It’s difficult. The candy aisle is full of adorably wrapped sweet treats, and it’s tempting to buy an army of little M&M men and peanut butter cup-filled candy canes to top off the kiddos’ stockings. If your house is...
Last year was my first holiday season as a mom. It was magical in many ways – getting to include my baby in family traditions, taking those baby-in-a-Santa-hat pictures, and simply being thankful for the gift of our sweet...
"You're lying to your kids!" "It's so creepy!" "You're in it for years and years!" "Overachieving parents!" "They're just doing it to show of on Facebook and Instagram!"  Most of us have read blog post after blog post by people who think Elf on the Shelf...
This year, my boys are in preschool full time, which means for the first time, I have teacher gifts to buy. Buying gifts for your child's teacher(s) can be a daunting task. Do you just buy for the classroom...
I don’t know about you, but I spend approximately one week singing along to Frank Sinatra’s holiday classics before the stress of the season sinks in. One minute, I’m strolling merrily down the festive aisles of Target soaking up...
Pie plates hold only crumbs of the sweetness that once was, the wish bone is broken, wishes spoken, thankful words share and stomachs are stuffed fuller than the turkey once was. At the close of one holiday we welcome another....

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Guide to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

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Over winter break I took my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for a fun staycation. We only stayed one night but packed in a...
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