Author Archive | Sarah

Smiles Change Lives

“Your child needs braces.” Words no parent (or their pocketbook) wants to hear. Though orthodontic care certainly requires some financial sacrifice, many children don’t have the financial means to receive necessary care. Smiles Change Lives (SCL) is an affordable orthodontic option for low-income families. For Dawson, 14, who received care through the program, he’s gained confidence […]

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Mommy, cancer patient, survivor

Kristen sat in the salon chair with her toddler son on her lap. Together, they watched in the mirror as her long blond hair got shorter and shorter. Finally, her husband and brother take the first shaves with the buzzer. Soon, the girl staring back at her in the mirror was bald. The story began […]

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Consignment sale wins

Given the opportunity to buy clothes to outfit my little men without forking over a large percentage of my monthly budget, I take it without hesitation. At the Just Between Friends Overland Park sale this month, I took my list of needs including jeans without holes, winter coats and hats, shoes and of course, K-State apparel. […]

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Just Between Friends for moms on a budget

When I was pregnant for the first time, I spent a great deal of time planning out all the cute outfits and brand-new equipment I’d buy for this precious little man. People showered me with gifts and bought me lots of shiny new stuff. But then, baby grew into toddler and clothes were expensive – and to […]

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Destination: Omaha

Each summer, we try to take at least one road trip to explore life outside of the metro area – preferably far enough away to require a hotel stay because in hotels, people clean for you! This year we loaded up the car, including a screaming six-week-old and traveled three hours north to Omaha, Nebraska. In the four […]

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Giving up on Google parenting

Giving up on Google parenting

It all started with a simple question – how can I get my newborn suffering from reflux to sleep anywhere besides my chest? But nothing is simple when Google gets involved. After making my initial query, I was led to online message boards where the momsters convinced me that I needed to give up all […]

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A little {free!} library of our own

Note: In addition to supplies to construct the library, Kansas City Moms Blog received samples from Alpha-Bits in exchange for writing this post. Opinions are those of the contributor who wrote them. I learned about the Little Free Library programs years ago – but the thought of building one, putting myself out there as a […]

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KC’s magical places where moms work and kids play

Finding time to get together with other mom friends is difficult at best when you consider nap times, music classes, and doctor appointments. Finding a place to chat is even harder when kids want out of the house but mom wants uninterrupted discussion or even more challenging – a place to get work done. There are […]

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Introducing the KCMB Mother of the Year

Maggie Sabato, Kansas City Moms Blog’s Mother of the Year, is a testament to the fact that a mother’s job never ends. She raised her two daughters – Stephanie and Cecily – on her own after choosing to remove herself from her marriage. Maggie, 85, can tell many stories about the challenges of being a single […]

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Taking the hassle out of grocery shopping

If grocery shopping were as simple as making a list, throwing food in the cart and driving home, my weekly errand would be a breeze. Instead, it involves finding the ever elusive “car cart,” bribing – which causes me to forget half my list and burn 500 calories just walking back and forth across the entire […]

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Talking to kids when tragedy hits close to home

We’ve gotten numb to reading the details of another shooting splashed across the news. Usually, it happens in someone else’s community where the victims’ names are unfamiliar. Yesterday, it didn’t happen somewhere else. It happened here. Reat Underwood, a freshman at Blue Valley High School and an Eagle Scout, was shot and killed along with […]

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Searching for more than a doctor

I used to joke that I wished I could have my pap smear more than once a year because I missed my midwife. After going through a pregnancy, a dramatic delivery experience and then a miscarriage, I’m pretty sure I was set on having 10 kids just so we could have our bi-weekly chats for […]

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Raising a super reader

We started reading to our son, Henry, when he was in utero; I diligently read black and white books like I was told to do in those first few months of his life. Now that he’s a little person who has his own ideas about whether he’d like to read a book or grind Play-Doh into […]

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