I don’t know about you, but I’ve been stuck in a big ol’ rut lately. The weariness of six months of quarantining has taken a toll on me. My routine is shaky at best. The hours in the day...
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When I was a first-time mom in 2014, I joined Baby Center — do you remember that app? I was asking strangers for their opinions on just about everything including our baby's future name, to which strangers responded without...
Children notoriously ask difficult questions, but what happens when a child’s difficult questions challenge mom’s faith? Or when the task of teaching your child faith raises concerns in your own heart and mind? Mom, what if God doesn’t cure our...
We have probably all seen something similar to the situation I am going to describe. I was walking with my seven-year-old daughter to her softball practice in the sweltering heat. All of a sudden, we heard a really ticked...
I have often wondered what my own breastfeeding outcomes would have looked like if not for the immediate encouragement of my mom, my husband, my midwives, my doulas, my chiropractor, and my close mama friends. Outside of my community...
My son and I had just spent a solid 15 minutes progressing only a few feet into what I was hoping would be a walk around the block. If you’ve ever walked with a toddler, you will understand that...
In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, I have a confession to make. Well, make that two. First confession: I am still breastfeeding my 2 ½-year-old daughter. Second confession: I’m kind of over it.I know some moms out...
Every time is the same with this one distant relative. I get a notification that I have a new Facebook message and it happens to be from that one family member. You know the one because you have that...
Kind is the new cool Everywhere you turn, the "be kind" message has taken us by storm. Public schools, Netflix specials, and monogrammed tees all tell us "Kind is the new cool." The campaign for kindness recognizes the problem of bullying, specifically,...
It’s been a long six months. What began as fear of the unknown, with a mysterious virus lurking in the air has morphed into a different kind of dread and trepidation. Now, we must figure out how to live...
We have had a lot of hard conversations in our house lately. Last August, our daughter started kindergarten the same day her grandpa died. She ended kindergarten in the middle of a pandemic and civil unrest. Between grandpa and COVID-19...
Eight years ago, I moved from Canada to Southern California. Never in a million years did I think that I would one day end up in Kansas City, much less Kansas itself. My only experience with the state was...
I have found myself saying too many times this year, “I just want to be happy." We are in the middle of a pandemic, these are uncertain times, and now we have to deal with the great school debate...
As mamas, we’d like to protect our babies from every possible adverse experience. Even though we know this is an impossible task—and if we didn’t know it before this year, we certainly know it now—we still look for ways...
A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of spending a couple of hours in conversation with my amazing family friend Morgan Walker about race, allyship, and growing up in the Midwest. Morgan's parents are some...

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101 Things to Do This Winter

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It's no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the...