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  Find something special for the women in your life - custom jewelry, a girls night out (or in!) or personalized gifts for any occasion - with help from these lovely shops and businesses. Ceramic Cafe Ceramic Cafe is a "great place...
The holiday shopping season is upon us. Once Halloween is over, the Christmas carols start blaring, Starbucks releases their red cups and stores start promoting their Black Friday deals. If you're anything like us, finding unique gifts for our loved...
Growing up Thanksgiving was a big deal. Each year, we would have at least five or six families over. Extensions went into the dining room table and even the Ping-Pong table was dragged out to accommodate everyone. Being immigrants,...
It's the most wonderful time of the year! And the most stressful. And exhausting. And expensive. No matter how early we begin to plan for the holidays, calendar days seem to pass at warp speed come November. By early December,...
I love Halloween. Not only does Halloween take place during my favorite season, but it also involves presenting yourself to the world as creatively as possible; and, I have to admit a "mom perk" of Halloween is getting to...
Halloween. I’m the girl who would go to a midnight showing of "Psycho" and DVR any countdown of the Scariest Movies of All Time to watch when I was alone. I don’t know what that says about me, but my...
We love a good Easter egg hunt in our family. Who doesn’t enjoy the great variety of Tootsie Rolls, Peeps, chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs and bunnies, Easter Sweet-Tarts, and more? That said, it's very important to me that my children understand...
My dad's name is Patrick Leonard Kelly. He was born on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day); to say my family is a little Irish may be an understatement. :) My grandmother's maiden name is McNamara, and all my siblings...
It's no wonder that Kansas City has been listed as one of the top 10 cities in the United States to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! With more than 250,000 Kansas Citians claiming Irish heritage, March is a big month...
Holidays are  special to me. I love the way they break up the day-to-day norm and allow us to focus on something specific, different, and fun. My husband and I couldn't be more different in this area; I like...

Unrealistic Expectations

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Ah, Christmas. A time for joy, cheer, shopping, sharing, eating, laughing, and that time-honored tradition of watching Christmas Vacation. I can empathize with Clark Griswold a little. I, too, have unrealistic expectations ... Ellen: You set standards that no family...

Gifts that Give Back!

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I know most of you are wrapping up your Christmas shopping, but I want to share with you a few more ideas for gifts that do more than just give to your special person - they give to a...
In 2008, I gave birth to our third son and knew that it would be my last pregnancy. In December of that year, I felt the need to solidify our family traditions. Assuming that our family was now complete,...
The countdown to Christmas or any special event is almost as fun as the actual day. As you anxiously rip away the paper links, cross off numbers or flip open the small pictures, the excitement grows! Advent is the four...
As we enter the holiday season, many of us moms feel overwhelmed. From prepping recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, traveling to see relatives, decorating the house to create holiday magic for our kiddos, finding a place for that darn elf...

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Treat Yourself Gifts in Kansas City

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Move over, Goop, this is the gift guide we all need! Welcome to our Local Treat-Yourself Gift Guide full of realistic and LOCAL ways to...
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