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Baby Fairs: A Pregnant Mom’s Heaven

In anticipation of this spring’s opening of The Birth Place, featuring a Level II NICU, we have partnered with Olathe Medical Center and local mom, Sarah, to document her pregnancy and birth journey in this new space. Do you remember those huge catalogs you’d get in the mail? My sisters and I would get so […]

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Kids in Foster Care: How You Can Help

Recently, a local news station produced a story with the following headline: “Both the Missouri and Kansas foster care systems are overwhelmed right now.”  I didn’t watch the segment or read the story, shared numerous times on social media by local foster parents or sympathetic friends. I didn’t need to. When I read headlines like […]

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Dear Presley

Dear Presley, I was 29 and struggling when we met. I thought maybe you could help me through some lonely nights and be someone I could focus my love toward. I’ll never forget picking you up from the lady’s house. You had these sad, droopy eyes that I just couldn’t resist. You threw up 10 […]

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The Seven Year Itch?

My husband and I recently celebrated seven years of marriage. Of course we’ve been together longer than that, but passing the seven year mark of being lawfully wed seems somewhat significant. I think it’s that old “seven year itch” phrase that implies happiness declines after that. While I hope that won’t be the case for us […]

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We All Need More Staycations in Our Lives

Memories are made in the summer. From biking, to swimming and sleepovers children live for the excitement of the school-free months. Studies are increasingly emphasizing the need for parents and children to take a break from the everyday pressures and ongoing stresses experienced throughout the year. Cue the much needed summer vacation, a time for family […]

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Best Splash Pads in Kansas City

Summer is here and as the temperature rises we’ll all be looking for ways to cool off. If you are new to splash pads (also called spray grounds or spray parks), they are free public parks with water features that are open in the summer (generally Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend). All of these […]

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