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Rear View Mirror Reflections

There are a lot of lessons that I have unexpectedly side-swiped or rear-ended in my minivan. Some of them aren’t surprising, like constantly being called “ma’am” in drive-through windows. Lesson learned: I am old. You have to be a “ma’am” to drive a minivan. Right? Sorry, men. Or “sirs.” I constantly get honked at for […]

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Vea Kids: Family Travel Made Simple

Vea Kids: Family Travel Made Simple

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vea Kids. However, all opinions are those of the contributor who wrote them. For any parent of small children, the word “travel” is enough to make palms sweat and nerves fray. The packing, the change in routine, the laundry (and laundry, and more laundry) all seem to have us questioning our […]

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Planning a Babymoon

Planning a Babymoon

There are so many new trends surrounding pregnancy, births and entering the world of motherhood. As if becoming a mother isn’t stressful enough, Pinterest-perfect gender reveal parties and expensive push presents can make keeping up with the Kardashian’s feel like a daily chore. If you are like me and don’t buy into the hoopla when […]

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Deep Breaths: What I need to remember before holiday travel with littles

Deep Breaths: Holiday Travel with Littles

Christmas is right around the corner — which means I’m not only in the throes of last-minute shopping and nightly retrieving nativity pieces from their “journeys” around the house, but I’m also preparing to strap our tiny people (a 2.5 year-old and 2 month-old) in a car and head out for a week of celebrations. […]

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Omaha: The Family Getaway I Didn’t Know I Was Missing

Oh, Kansas City. You will always reign supreme as my home, my favorite city. However, if I’m being totally truthful, a recent weekend visit to another popular Midwest location almost had you dethroned. First, there was the quaint cobblestone and picturesque architecture of the Old Market district. The old-timey feel of its candy store. The […]

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Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with toddlers is a bit like introducing new vegetables. You know it’s good for them in the long term, but the short term can be painful for all involved. Here’s what I’ve learned about why, how and what you need to persevere in instilling a love of the great outdoors in your offspring. I am […]

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A KC Mom's Guide to a Weekend in St. Louis

A KC Mom’s Guide to a Weekend in St. Louis

As summer break nears its abrupt end, the cries of Kansas City parents echo through the streets, “But we never squeezed in a summer vacation!” Fret not. Four hours and one state away, St. Louis is the Midwest’s hidden family-friendly vacation destination. Give me three days, and I’ll give you a guaranteed fun-filled stay in The ‘Lou. Drawing upon my […]

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Camping With Kids

My gut reaction when I think about camping with kids is ::: groan ::: “Do I have to???” And this reaction is really because I don’t absolutely, 100% love camping. My kids, on the other hand, LOVE it! In fact, my 5 year old has been asking us about going camping almost on a weekly basis […]

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Confession: I love my minivan

Minivan I do Confess my delight in you Your sliding doors, Your room for more For another 10 years – You’re my boo. If writing a love note to my minivan is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I know, I know – it’s to many perceived as a sign of resignation, defeat even. A […]

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Road Tripping With Toddlers

Road Tripping With Toddlers

Between living 1300 miles away from all of our family and friends and two out-of-state adoptions, our family has done what seems to be more than our fair share of travel. While the thought of a road trip with toddlers might strike fear in the heart of many, I’ve slowly but surely gained some insight […]

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It’s A Small World After All

It’s true. Children believe that the world does, in fact, revolve around them. Such innocent self-centeredness stems from this limited period in their lives when they are fully catered to, their needs are met without request or explanation, and virtually all of life’s problems can be solved with a blanket warm from the dryer, some […]

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