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Overland Park fire

The Firefighters

We left a birthday party last week and headed northbound on the highway back home. I casually looked out my window and noticed an enormous growing black cloud headed upward, eerily contrasting the pale blue sky. I knew something was wrong. We got off on our exit and immediately fear entered my heart. My boys and […]

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10 Steps to Preparing for a Kansas City Ice Storm

10 Steps to Preparing for a Kansas City Ice Storm

Have you heard? KC might be getting an ice storm this weekend … I mean, possibly … there’s a chance. Here’s your KCMB Guide to Preparing for an Ice Storm. You’re welcome. Step 1: Expect the unexpected, including absolutely nothing happening. Draft a statement explaining why (insert activity here) was canceled even though nothing has started […]

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Be Kind. Be the Change.

Groggy morning routine begins. Diaper changed. Cartoons turned on. Brewing coffee. Toddler signing for milky. Stumbling over toys. Four year old comes into kitchen and asks, “Mommy why did that bad guy kill people?” I thought I had turned on some harmless Daniel Tiger, but I had actually switched to the morning news. The heartbreaking […]

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Pretending to be Shannon Miller (and other Olympic memories)

Pretending to be Shannon Miller (and other Olympic memories)

Tonight the Olympic Games begin. The nations will march in carrying their flags with pride in the Opening Ceremony in Rio. We’ll tune in from afar, explaining to our children why these Games matter. Our team has memories of the Magnificent Seven gymnastics team and its dramatic victory, Flo-Jo’s speed and long nails and Michael Phelps’ record-setting performances. We […]

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To Paris, With Love

I’ve been in love with Paris, France since I was young. I remember growing up watching Madeline. Somehow she made living in a boarding school with nuns look like the best time ever. I wanted her hat. When given the option, I always asked for or ordered French Toast. It was actually one of the […]

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Teaching Kindness

“Middle school is coming. And I’m seriously considering homeschooling to avoid the bullying,” Ashley said as we watched our two daughters playing in the sand with their younger siblings. “Middle school was horrible for me.” “Me too,” I said, remembering the social perils that even a school uniform couldn’t save me from. When our babies were small, […]

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Sponsored: Creating a Fun Thanksgiving Table for Kids [As Seen on Fox 4]

With the following easy and fun decorating ideas, everyone will want to sit at the kids’ table this Thanksgiving! A Thankful Centerpiece Not only is this turkey centerpiece adorable, it gives kids the chance to express what they’re thankful for this holiday. Easy to make in only a few simple steps, everyone can get involved […]

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Holiday Gifts for Mom [As Seen on Fox 4]

Everyone wants to pick out the perfect gift for mom and, with these fabulous finds, you might just want to put a few of them on your own wish list for the holidays! Fits for the Occasion Tiles These stylish, erasable ceramic accent labels come with interchangeable, magnetically attached motif designs that make them perfect […]

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