I was a mother for almost two years before I held my daughter. Though she was the first baby I held in my arms, she was not the one who made me a mother.  The one who made me...
The other day I saw a group of young women walking into Target, They were tall, had beautifully highlighted and trimmed hair, had really cool handbags, and were laughing a lot. They walked into the swimsuit clearance section, and...
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Love is in the Lists

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If you are anything like me, life begins to get in the way of all things important. You start to discover without even realizing it that you are neglecting important stuff just so you can get the little things...
Quick! Throw some ideas in a jar, pull one out & go with it! No, seriously! With so many fun options right here in our city, you can't go wrong with whatever you choose. I don't know about you,...

The Love Language Struggle

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When I was first introduced the the idea of love languages I assumed it was some book that old married couples read to figure out how to communicate. Young and naive I scoffed at the idea of ever having...
Over the last 13 years of marriage, domains began to form in our home. At some point without even knowing it, there were very clear cut lines for who took care of what. There seemed to be unspoken rules...
A medical residency is, in no uncertain terms, an exercise in misery.  Residents are overworked, grossly underpaid, and in one of the most stressful careers imaginable.  My husband Austin is in his third (and final!) year as an Emergency...
There is a hot new space opening up in Liberty, MO this week and they have rolled out the red carpet for the whole community, including families. The new B&B Theatre in Liberty opens to the public July 12,...
As a child, I loved playing house. I was always the Mommy and my trusty Cabbage Patch doll was my daughter. Having a family with multiple kids and a husband was not optional to me. But throughout my twenties...
Believe me, I'm no expert on marriage. In fact, I'm working extremely hard on marriage number two to ensure that we don't become an unfortunate statistic. So, please don't mistake this post for someone who has it altogether. Rather--consider...

The Mom Shame Game

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I was at the nail salon indulging in a little pedicure love with my almost four year old daughter last weekend. All was going great until my nail technician asked if my daughter was my only child. “She is!”...

Surviving Year 7

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My husband and I are about to pass the eight year mark in our marriage. Several months ago, the thought of actually making it to our anniversary date, still together, seemed improbable to me. We had gotten to a...
This past weekend I celebrated another birthday. It was a milestone birthday for me: forty-one. The big 4-1. Blerg. Forty didn’t bother me at all. But here on the other side of 40, closer now to 50 than 30,...
Every tired mom deserves the kind of vacation where you can enjoy cocktails and girl time free from the guilt of leaving our precious little ones behind at home. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Trust me...
I became a mother on the exact same day as one of my closest friends! Exact. Same. Friggin. Day. It’s been three and a half years and I still can’t quite get over it. Honestly, it blows my mind...

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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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