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I have a confession to make. I’m not a very good “special-day” parent. I’m more of an everyday mama. Sort of like the difference between fancy holiday china and school-night plastic plates from Ikea. You’re probably thinking—Oh, don’t be so...
With two preschool-aged boys in the house, everything is a competition. Every morsel of our day is measured and compared to see who got to “go first” and who got half an ounce more applesauce.  They come by it naturally....
It's that time of the year when our family spends a lot of time out in our backyard garden. This has been a very important life skill we have been determined to keep in our family. With an abundance...
Last week was a DOOZY, even for coronavirus standards. A root canal, an irreparable furnace, a best friend’s miscarriage, and my 91-year-old Grandpa’s cancer diagnosis. I’m exhausted. I’m sad. AND thankfully I’m supported. Friends and family are my outlets; sharing...
The various phases of reopening in KC after two months of staying at home have left us feeling cooped up and stir crazy, some may even be experiencing quarantine fatigue. Continued social distancing doesn't mean cancelling connections; it just means cultivating creativity to...
I will admit I didn’t want to write this. I wanted to be writing about surviving dance recitals and the best coffee shops for kids or a whole list of fun activities and places to go for spring  and...
With the emergence of our new normal, what was once a place of meticulously planned and well-executed celebratory parties is now more solemn and somewhat bittersweet. You might have already heard about or participated in one of...
I walked into a time machine. All of your things were there from March, lots of St. Patrick's Day green! Your books were right where you left them, your coat was still hanging in your cubby. The half used...
The time we are living in right now is unprecedented. It’s a time I never knew I’d see, a phase I couldn’t have ever fathomed, a situation that had you told me about it a year ago (heck, two...
From Antarctica’s sea of ice, to Singapore’s monkey-strewn coconut trees,  mothers from each of Mother Earth’s seven continents, share their coronavirus stories.  This phenomenal group of women were all asked the same questions (by me, a complete stranger): How are...
The complex, contradictory nature of motherhood is what makes parenting so rewarding, and in the very same breath, painfully bittersweet. As our children grow and mature, we begin to reap the rewards of the blood, sweat, and tears we...
Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! For you, this is your 36th Mother’s Day (I think, math is hard). For me, this is my first, and I have a lot I want to share with you as we celebrate this day...
noun, singular -- Familyvert. A person who likes hanging out with his/her family a lot. “Man, I must be a familyvert because I'm having so much fun spending all this time with my family during this stay-at-home order!” Weird, right?...
Social distancing has completely rocked my world as I know it has for almost everyone. As a Type A extrovert, the isolation I feel from the lack of human interaction is sometimes overwhelming. I know there are tons of...
Have you had a feeling of guilt during the stay-at-home orders? Do you read stories, watch the news, scroll through social media, and feel differently than most of the world, than most of your other friends?  I’m not talking about...

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In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both...