I Don't Want to Have it All

I Don’t Want To Have It All

For too long, I ranked my success as a mother on whether or not I could keep everything balanced. It was almost as though my life resembled spinning plates in a circus act, perfectly in sync and never wavering. My career, my marriage, the cleanliness of my home and the happiness of my child all […]

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Someday We Will All Laugh About This, Right?

Someday We Will All Laugh About This Right?

Someday we’ll think back on this time fondly, people tell me that. All. The. Time. They tell me that things were actually easier in this stage of life, that soon things will get much harder. REALLY?? I’m not sure I’m ready to hear that. Maybe it’s just brain fog, but I think I choose ignorance. […]

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finding the beautiful

Finding the Beautiful

The baby is teething. The toddler is exercising his independence with dashes through parking lots and going forward down the stairs. The preschooler is having meltdowns at little things. Every little thing. The husband just finished his fourth week of weekday travel. Four weeks of solo bedtime routines. The house is a mess. The car smells […]

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I'm an Indecisive Mom

I’m an Indecisive Mom

Hospital or home birth? In-home nanny or daycare? A firm “no” or redirection? Superman or Monster pajamas? Public or private or homeschool? If you stop to consider all the big and small decisions we make for our children each day—even by default, at times—parenting can feel a bit overwhelming. To complicate matters, parenting “experts” often […]

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CHAT 2.0: Malala Yousafzai and the World-Wide Fight for Education for All

CHAT 2.0: Malala Yousafzai and the World-Wide Fight for Education for All

Disclosure: This post was written as part of a collaboration with Hallmark; however, all opinions shared here are those of the contributor who wrote them. Born in 1997, Malala Yousafzai grew up in northern Pakistan with her parents and two brothers. From the young age of 10, Malala has passionately campaigned for the rights of […]

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an evolving message

An Evolving Message to Our Son

“Be safe. Be respectful. Be kind.” They are the words I whisper to my son as we stand, foreheads together, surrounded by the toys and kids of my mother’s home daycare, giving quick goodbyes before I head to work. He has heard this reminder time and again, since before he could even explain its meaning. […]

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cup of coffee

Dear Half-Finished Cup of Coffee

Dear Half-Finished Cup of Coffee, Mornings seem better when you’re around. I appreciate you, even if you sometimes feel neglected or forgotten. Sitting alone there on the bathroom counter. Or the dresser. The fireplace. The washing machine. Oh yeah, the neighbor’s bench. You’ve been around the house a time or two for years. Thanks for […]

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Summer Publishing Break

Summer Publishing Break

An important announcement: Kansas City Moms Blog is taking a little break! For two weeks each July, we use our summer publishing break to recharge our batteries, spend some much-needed time with our families, and finalize our new contributor team (to be announced soon!). Don’t worry, though – we won’t be gone long … 😉 In the […]

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summer barbecue

Throw the BEST Summer Barbecue

Well, as I sit here the heat index is 112 degrees so I would like to start this post off by telling you that BBQ timing is flexible. A BBQ can be for breakfast. Lately, it’s so hot that the optimal BBQ time might be 5 a.m. I kid! I kid! Seriously, summers are for […]

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When You're Not Part of a Village

When You’re Not Part of a Village

Village (and tribe) posts seem to be all the rage right now on social media. Have you noticed that? Clever memes, heartfelt blog posts, post from media outlets, and friends sharing stories and photos of their own “village” or “tribe” out for an evening, hanging out at a park together, sitting on someone’s back deck, […]

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mama stains

Mama Stains

Thou shall never interrupt a mama taking a late night shower. Unless you’re sneaking in to quickly tell her how much you love her or to hand her some more of those fancy hotel shower soaps. Maybe you could let her know that you will have a glass of iced water or wine waiting for […]

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