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I so vividly remember the first time I voted. In fact, I switched my voter registration from my hometown of Bellevue, Nebraska to my sorority house in Lincoln, Nebraska -- Go Big Red! -- so I could vote for...
Recently my favorite TVLand Aunt along with many other moms have been making headlines for allegedly doing things to help get their children into good schools. Lots of people jumped to their defense saying they were only helping their...
I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve started a new job that requires me to be online often, or if it’s the recent discussion I’ve had with my high school students about it in class, but I’ve been thinking...
As a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) I get the question all the time from my working friends: what do you do all day? My go-to response is that I am Cinderella without the fancy ball or Fairy Godmother! Some people...
She was a planned C-Section after some complications during my son’s birth just 16 months earlier. It certainly went much better that way, and it appeared I was on the road to recovery after being in the hospital for...
For years, I said yes to things I didn’t dig. Jobs. Volunteer opportunities. Friendships. Activities. All of it. I said yes because I thought my work, my contribution, or my presence would make someone else successful, make them happy,...
Your twenties: the decade of selfishness and self-discovery. It feels very long ago and just yesterday in the same breath. I still vividly remember every corner of my very first "grown-up" apartment, and I can almost taste the happy...

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I suspected that I was older than many first-time moms when I became pregnant at 35. My suspicions were confirmed when my OB referred to my situation as Advanced Maternal Age. This condition was even more pronounced when we...
Last year, my family went wake surfing for the first time. My children and I sat on a boat in the middle of Table Rock Lake while the six other adults with us surfed. I watched everyone else while...
The weather is starting to cool. The leaves are beginning to fall. Everything is now pumpkin spice. Autumn has arrived here in Kansas City. With no shortage of fall adventures, our schedule has been packed with fun (and learning!)....
These two call me mom, and it’s my favorite name. Jeter, our 80-pound yellow lab, well, he doesn’t listen when you call him, and he likes to sleep all day. Being an empty nester and mothering adult children is so...
Let's be honest, traveling somewhere with kids is a trip more than a vacation. I'm not discounting the fact that wonderful memories will be made, but if we're keeping it real, it's a lot of work! And that scenario...
This summer, an amazing and unexpected thing happened on what started off as an ordinary Friday. When I got out of bed, I had no idea the sense of accomplishment that was in store. As the morning unfolded, I...
I love fall. The colors, the smells, and the coziness that fall brings just makes my heart happy. This year, I decided to do something I’ve never done before. I created a Fall Bucket List. I know, I know....
Okay, let’s talk homework. If you are struggling to motivate your kids to do homework, you’re not alone. Homework is a universal problem that all of us experience as parents. Where do we start when we have kids that are just...

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Ultimate Guide to The Holidays in Kansas City

The holiday magic in Kansas City is one of our favorite things about where we call home! From holiday festivals to magical theater to...