Author Archive | Jenn

The New Rules of Snack Time

Snack time. I have a love/hate affair with it. My kids seem to whine for snacks anytime they are not snacking and then anytime they are, they whine for more or for different snacks or for snack time be over. Seriously. I know all the moms out there understand me on this one. Too many […]

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Preventing Sexual Abuse

Typing the title of this post pains me. It breaks my heart that this is the world we live in. About a year and a half ago, my husband went to a conference for his work related to counseling and supporting people through different types of suffering. One afternoon they spent the entire session teaching […]

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Daily Schedules that Calm the Crazy

Life with three kids is crazy. One is screaming about needing his bottom wiped, while the other is throwing food at his sister, while the baby crawls around looking for dangerous things to put in her mouth. Each night I thank God that we all survived the day. When I complain or apologize for not […]

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Stranger Danger: How to Prepare your Kids

One morning this fall, I was sipping my coffee while driving my son to school and had the first of two eye-opening conversations with my 4 year old. I told him Grandpa would be picking him up from school that day. He excitedly yelled “Yeah!” For some reason, this conversation prompted the following: “Hey Titus, why is […]

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Embrace Mornings: 3 Ways to Calm the Chaos

Mornings. Begging your kids to stop screaming so you can make a quick cup of coffee. Bartering with your kids to get to play on the iPad for a few minutes before school if they get dressed. Rushing through breakfast. Skipping breakfast. Making a huge mess in the kitchen. Oh… mornings stress me out. I […]

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Get out and DATE this winter

Get out and DATE this winter

My husband and I always promised each other before we were married that we would continue to date after we tied the knot. Our dates quickly went from bike rides around the city to sitting next to each other and reading our own books at Barnes and Noble. Don’t get me wrong, as a mom […]

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Iron Tribe gym for all shapes, ages

Monday at 5:30 p.m. is usually what I call the witching hour. Fussy baby, hungry cranky toddlers, starving husband. I’m sure most moms can relate. Last Monday, I left my husband alone with all our wild hungry children and went to Iron Tribe for a workout. This new gym describes itself as a great fit for any […]

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Eat Clean AND Dirty?

After 30 days of my life with only “clean food,” I’ve come to the conclusion that eating clean IS worth it! My goals during this challenge were to discover what the fuss was all about by asking the following questions … Does eating REAL food really make you feel better? Yes. Is life without sugar really […]

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Can you live without sugar? {a CLEAN eating update}

My family and I, along with other families around Kansas City (and maybe the US!) have been eating clean for almost two weeks now as part of a 3o-day clean eating challenge. Here are my main tips and takeaways, two weeks into this month-long journey toward a healthier life: 5. You really can live without […]

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EAT Clean.

I’m sick of hearing everyone talk about how eating clean has given them more energy, made them less tired, boosted their immune system – basically, changed their entire life. I’m sick of hearing about it because it makes me feel guilty every time I throw a granola bar at my kids for a “healthy” snack […]

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The Dreaded First Workout

Six and a half weeks after my new baby girl was born, I walked into a new gym I had been looking forward to trying for some time. I hurried my two boys into the child watch room while lugging my daughter in that awful carseat through the door. I was already tired, and I […]

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